Lunch Order For Jeeran Amman Company.

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Hello everybody.

Sorry for the delay but it was a long eventful day with an early start cause I had a lunch order for a group of employees at Jeeran company.

They ordered steaks with mushrooms and gravy, mashed potatoes, chicken with broccoli and cream along with pesto pasta, quesadillas and French Pizza.

Dessert was a treat from me,muhalabieh with caramel.

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So happy that all was wiped out in minutes and reviews were awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Lasagna and Pan Garlic Bread.

Hello everybody.

Another busy Saturday, I think I should change my schedule sometimes I really wish to have a real lazy weekend, always failing to do so.

Well lunch today was lasagna with mushrooms and spinach inside,a bowl of Ceazar salad and I did the same pizza procedure as yesterday but with garlic powder, oregano, salt and a drizzle of olive oil on top, really yummy and crispy.

Guess this pan pizza will be on my easy to do stuff list.

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Coconut Jam Cake.

Hello everybody.

My hubby’s friends are coming over tonight,I had no idea of what to do till I came back from a visit to my uncle’s house at noon, guess once you enter the kitchen ideas will flow.

Result was some cheese and chicken pastries,fruit salad and a beautiful cake that I found in Jammie Oliver’s website,it’s a typical British cake served usually at tea time.I used my new cake slicer to make 4 layers of it then stuffed each layer  with strawberry jam, cream and coconut.

Lunch was lasagna and a dish of labaneh with  hedge mustard ( حويرنه)

Ingredients and method:

* 1 1/2 cups butter.

* 1 1/2 cups sugar.

* 4 eggs.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 1/4 cup milk.

* 1 1/2 cups flour.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

* Strawberry jam.

* whipping cream ( 2 cups)

 

* whisk butter and sugar till creamy then add eggs,milk,vanilla.

* add flour and baking powder.

* add either whole batter in one deep baking pan or two small ones.

* bake in a medium heated oven till done and center is dry.

 

* cool then slice cake to four pieces.

* assemble layers by adding jam,cream then coconut between each layer.

* cover all layers with remaining cream and decorate with coconuts.

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Today’s lunch ,lasagna and labaneh with mustard

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Lasagna and Beetroot Salad.

Hello everybody.

Nice warm sunny day we even had coffee outdoors in the garden, lovely :)

Lunch today was lasagna and some garlic bread with a big fresh bowl of salad with beets and linseed topped with vinaigrette.

Love to eat beetroots when in season, both tasty and healthy. Beets have many medicinal uses like reducing blood pressure,for anemic patients, antioxidants, excellent source of vitamins and fibers and many more.

Open the link for more details please.

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How to Pickle Olives (كبيس الزيتون)

Hello everybody.

Headed North to hometown Irbid yesterday for two reasons, buying olives ,since it’s the season to pickle them,from the same guy we buy each year on the road before reaching Jerash and then to go visit my lovely cousin and have lunch with our dear family members.

To tell you the truth I’ve been making olives only recently , used to be my mother in-law’s annual ritual specialty but since two years ago  ,as she says, retired from the mission so I’ve been doing it her way and send her share.

Pickling olives is a very easy process but needs a day work and messes your kitchen a bit specially if you’re making large amounts. First you must pick the kind of olives you like,some people prefer big ones some son’t,I usually buy local kind (نبالي بلدي),then you must press it either manually or in a special machine usually found at the shop or seller.

You can find many ways and methods to pickle olives in books or by experience or in factories, personally I found this method the easiest and always works with me.

Wash olives well,try to remove leaves and stems as much as you can, then soak them in water overnight or two , the next day wash again then mix them with a good amount of sliced lemons,hot peppers and lemon juice. Make the pickling brine which is exactly one big spoon of coarse local salt to each cup of water ( each liter of water needs 4 big spoons of salt), put olives in big glass or plastic jars then fill with salted water to the rim,close tightly and leave till done.

*Note: olives might take a longer period of time to be ready this way (a month maybe) if you want to be ready earlier you must soak it in water and replace it each day for a week then pickle it.

*Note: a tip to make sure your brine is perfect,place a raw egg in it,if it floats to the top then it’s good if it sinks then you need to add more salt.

* Note: usually I remove some of the olives when done, make a new salt solution and add new lemon and peppers, that way it’ll always be fresh and green.

 

Well now back to yesterday’s lunch, it was AMAZING ,elegant table,delicious food,various dishes and most important of all good loving caring company, I’m so lucky to have such kind generous loving cousins in my family.

Dishes were: Mansaf,lasagna,rolled steaks,sauteed veggies,chicken pie and a salad, dessert was chocolate cake,yummy coconut balls (took the recipe and will make it soon) and I made my Almond Orange cake, even coffee and tea tasted great believe me.

Thank you a lot my dear Um Tareq,hope all your days be filled with joy and good health.

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DSC_0543  DSC_0551 locally made pressing machine.

DSC_0631 DSC_0641 floating egg!

 

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Lasagna!

Hello everybody.
Lasagna fiesta today, remember the eggplant lasagna I cooked a month ago? I made a small one today and a regular one.
I also made some cooked cauliflower with minced meat, I know this is too much but I’m planning not to cook tomorrow cause my besties are coming to visit me at night ! I’m so excited ♡

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Eggplant Lasagna.

Hello everybody.

As I mentioned yesterday I did grocery shopping for many dishes this Saturday, one of the things I got stuff for is this recipe that I read in Al-Rai newspaper Friday morning,by the way they do publish very nice and applicable recipes each Friday,try to look through them they’re very useful.

Recipe is lasagna with eggplants,all veggies no meat or chicken.I made regular traditional one and a small one in my pottery pan with eggplants as trial,turned out very good and rich in taste,a success I might say,will be great in Ramadan or lunch parties.

Ingredients and method:

* 1 large eggplant cubed and fried.

* 1 small onion.

* 2 cloves garlic.

* 2 tablespoons tomato paste.

* 2 large tomatoes peeled and chopped.

* 1 small red sweet pepper chopped.

* 1 cube chicken stock (optional).

* 2 cups water.

* 1 pack feta cheese.

* 200 g, ricotta cheese (  I used some brie cheese and kiri instead)

* 2 tablespoons pitted black olives.

* bunch of parsley.

 

* 1 pack spinach lasagna.

* Parmesan or kashcaval cheese for topping.

* some olive oil and butter.

* salt and pepper.

 

* heat oil and butter then add onions,garlic and saute till golden.

* add peppers,tomato paste stir well.

* add tomatoes,maggi cube and water then leave to simmer till sauce is thick.

* mix feta cheese with olives and parsley.

* in a deep oven pan,add some of tomato sauce in the bottom then add layered lasagna sheets.

* add some sauce,then half eggplants.

* add cheese mixture then continue with another layer of lasagna,eggplants then sauce on top.

* bake on low heat for 45 minutes then add cheese on top and roast.

* wait for it to cool a bit and settle before serving, I also made some spinach labaneh salad on the side,yummy yummy :)

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Pasta dish for this week: lasagna

I noticed that all family members enjoy pasta of every kind and flavor…I myself , cooks a kind of pasta every week or 10 days.
Today I made lasagna…simple basic recipe..with white sauce..and minced meat with tomato sauce,,, I added some vegetables to the meat sauce..peas, carrots, sweet corn…this is optional of course.

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 yummyyyy.
I also made a basic salad  with fresh green onions and mint leaves.
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Of course nothing beats a cup of coffee after lunch with my best friend Rahoom
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