Friday Lunch Order.

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Hello everybody.

Though I try not to take orders Friday but this one I couldn’t say no to cause it’s from a special old friend to her family.

Thank God though order was a bit variant but all went smoothly and was done on time.

I made

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wp-1461935390027.jpg cannelloni and zatar puffs.,

wp-1461935400234.jpg dessert was simple basic cake , always a favorite to many people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig Newtons.

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Hello everybody.

Cold rainy day with expected snow this evening, since I have leftovers and only made lentil soup to go along with weather conditions I made this new healthy recipe.

Fig Newtons  are traditional Italian cookies made from dried figs, they’re a very good source of fibers and nutrients specially during Winter times.

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Ingredients and method :

Dough:

* 3/4 cup butter.
* 1/4 cup sugar.
* 1 egg.
* 1 tablespoon orange zest.
* 1 3/4   to 2 cups flour.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 tablespoon cold water.
* pinch of salt.

Filing :
* 1 cup dried figs chopped to medium sized chunks.
* 1 cup water.
* 1 cup apple or orange juice.
* 1/2 cup crushed walnuts.

* mix and knead dough ingredients till you get a firm soft ball.
* keep wrapped with nylon in the fridge.
* meanwhile boil figs with water and juice then leave to simmer for one hour, figs will sticky and tender.
* may figs till they’re like a paste then add walnuts.
* cool completely.
* on a floured surface roll dough  then cut into similar shaped rectangles.
* fill each piece with the filling then close it all over.
* cut to small pieces then line all cookies on a floured pan.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 20-25 minutes or till golden from sides.

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wp-1453651156334.jpg excellent in this weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Lentil Soup.

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Hello everybody.

Last night my cousin who lives in Rome made this soup,recipe sounded easy and delicious, I even realized from the comments that many people here do it as well,called “Sahiha”  meaning lentils stay as is, not mashed.

Ingredients and method :
# 1 cup brown lentils.
# 1 carrot, celery stick, garlic clove and chili pepper.
# 1 tablespoon tomato paste or big chopped tomato.
#olive oil, salt, pepper and Maggi cube or vegetable stock.

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# boil lentils in 4 cups of water till done.
# saute garlic, celery stick, carrot and pepper in olive oil.
# when tender add lentils with water on them.
# leave to simmer till done then remove vegetables.
# add tomato paste, salt, pepper and Maggi cube.
# Serve with a slice of lemon.

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Tomato Gouda Soup.

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Hello everybody.

Cold rainy day,the kind that says a soup is extremely a must.

We had a late breakfast so a light lunch was efficient, though my hubby made Shakshouka but I only ate soup,heartwarming and tasty in this weather.

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Found this recipe on Pinterest, simple tomato soup with cream and some basil but with a twist, you use a bun as a bowl, remove pulb then add a slice of Gouda cheese, roast a bit in the oven then add your soup.

 

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Fresh Pesto with Shrimps.

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Hello everybody.

Found an amazingly fresh bunch of basil at grocery store today, couldn’t resist taking most of it and instantly made pesto and cooked in it. So aromatic and nutty, I even added some walnuts with the pine nuts, delicious 😋

wpid-wp-1449930229344.jpg  fresh pesto sauce.

wpid-wp-1449930249876.jpg shrimps pesto pasta with garlic and lemon juice.

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After cleaning and arranging my fridge, found an eggplant and a bunch of radishes that must be cooked or eaten before they’re ruined, so eggplant turned to dip and radish a salad with lemon juice and parsley.

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Pesto was quickly done with shrimps garlic and pasta with Parmesan cheese on top.

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Hope you all enjoyed your weekend 😍

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artichoke Spinach Baguette.

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Hello everybody.

Since yesterday’s lunch was so old fashioned today’s choice is extra Italian!
Fettuccine Alfredo with mushrooms and chicken was the main dish, on the side I made this yummy sort of garlic bread but with rich stuffing.
Saw this recipe on Facebook yesterday,you mix some chopped artichokes, spinach, cream cheese, mozzarella or kashkaval or cheddar as you like, season with garlic powder  salt and pepper and any other herbs like basil or oregano.

Cut the baguette to three pieces, remove the inside and  stuff it with the mixture . Cut to small slices  then brush all with butter, garlic powder and parsley ( I used thyme instead).

Wrap the loaf with foil paper, bake for 20 minutes then uncover and bake for another 10 minutes.

Serve hot with any pasta or pizza, so easy and delicious.

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wpid-wp-1447084939848.jpg line up slices,add butter on top.

 

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Shrimps With Tomatoes and Spaghetti.

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Hello everybody.

Too much work today,stuffed pickled eggplants,pickled olives and even did some with carrots,walnuts,chili and coriander.

Nevertheless this didn’t mean I didn’t cook so I made something quick and easy , I posted the recipe before but it was with risotto ,today I did it with plain spaghetti.

* Shrimps:

* 1 kg medium or jumbo shrimps.

* 2-3 garlic cloves.

* chopped sweet peppers.

* 1 can chopped Italian tomatoes or fresh ones.

* bunch of coriander.

* salt,pepper,and some chili powder.

* saute garlic and peppers in some olive oil.

* add shrimps and stir till color changes then add salt,pepper and chili.

* add tomato can and a bit of water then leave to simmer on low heat till sauce is thick.

* add chopped coriander and cook for another 5 minutes.

 

Absolutely delicious meal :)

 

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Lasagna Is Always A Good Choice!

Hello everybody.

It’s been a long long time since I cooked lasagna, I’m really surprised !

As the title say this dish is always a good option,everybody loves it .

Today I made simple basic recipe,with white sauce and minced meat with tomato sauce, I added some vegetables to the meat sauce ,peas, carrots and  sweet corn,this is optional of course plus I used the special moussaka spices I have from Limasol/Cyprus.

A tip my best friend Sireen once told me is to add one tablespoon of flour to the tomato sauce mixture so as to thicken it.
I also added dried oregano and a big spoon pesto sauce,so yummy.

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Authentic Italian Potato Pizza.

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Hello everybody.

Couldn’t resist and wait to make this pizza, search for the original recipe was very easy and anyways my cousin living in Rome posted it last night and told me how to make it.

Some recipes add ranch sauce or sour cream but guess this one is more basic and pure Italian.

Well taste and aroma are miraculous, rosemary gives it a real nice twist.

Ingredients and method :
#simple pizza dough (the 10 minutes miracle one)
# 2 large potatoes cut to very thin slices ( don’t peel them)
# fresh or dry rosemary.
# coarse kosher salt.
# crushed pepper.
# olive oil.
# mozzarella cheese.

# coat potatoes with some olive oil,cover and microwave for 2 minutes so as to tenderize.
# spread pizza dough then sprinkle with a bit of the cheese.
# arrange potatoes all over then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
# bake in a medium heated oven for 30 minutes or till bottom and crust are golden.
# add cheese on top and roast till it melts.

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wpid-wp-1443879381355.jpg easy basic ingredients.

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One Pot Veggies Pasta.

Hello again.

Lunch for the rest of us was one Pot Pasta with lots of veggies.

I used carrots, broccoli,onions garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms and avocados added when done instead of cream.

All in one Pot with salt, pepper, oregano and basil, topped with water and olive oil then cooked for one hour.

Really yummy specially with parmesan cheese on top.

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