Stuffed Cabbages with Lemon Sauce.

Hello everybody.

Stuffed two big cabbages for lunch today and hopefully tomorrow.

This time I tried this sauce I always wanted to do from my Greek cookbook but hesitate cause it contains too much eggs in it, I’m not a big fan by the way.

Well today I took the venture but omitted the eggs, recipe has flour to thicken the sauce so I guessed it’ll be enough and result was amazing, really yummy.

Ingredients and method :

*1 tablespoon butter.
* 1 tablespoon flour.
* 1 1/2 cup broth from cooked cabbages.
* 2 tsp lemon juice.
* salt and pepper to taste.

* heat butter well then add flour and wisk till it’s golden.
* add broth gradually and keep on whisking till you have a thick creamy sauce.
* add lemon juice, salt and pepper.
* serve over cabbages when done.

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Lemon Crinkles.

Hello everybody.

Another gift today for special people who asked for chocolate crinkles so I thought I’ll add some lemony ones with them.

Recipe is simple but though I felt something was wrong when I was making the balls cause dough was so sticky and loose but I made a mistake not to add more flour, I should’ve really cause the melted upon baking and got stuck all together.Taste is good but chocolate rules for sure.

Ingredients and method :

2 1/2 cups flour.

1 1/2 tsp baking powder.

1/2 tsp salt.

1 cup sugar.

2 tsp lemon zest.

1/2 cup butter.

1/4 cup lemon juice.

2 eggs.

1 tsp vanilla.

1/2 cup caster sugar.

 

#beat sugar, lemon zest and butter till creamy.
# add eggs vanilla, lemon juice.
# add baking powder, salt and flour.
# cool in fridge for 30 minutes.
#roll to balls then coat with caster sugar.
# flatten a bit with the fork.
# bake for 10-12 minutes in a medium heated oven.

 

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Gazpacho (cold soup)

Hello everybody.

Seems today’s the hottest this season though we can finally feel it’s Summer at last, thank God it cools at night.

A great lunch time option in this weather is gazpacho, a traditional Spanish cold vegetable soup, first time I do it, really nice and cooling plus very easy to make I even added spring onions and it did add a nice flavor.

I also did some eggplant dip or mtabbal and some fresh guava grapes bananas lemon smoothie,all very refreshing.

Ingredients and method of gazpacho :
# 3-4 big peeled coarsely chopped tomatoes.
# 1 cucumber.
# 1 clove garlic.
# one small onion (I added a small spring onion also)
# 1 small red sweet pepper.
# 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
# 2 cups tomato juice.
# salt, pepper, chili powder.

# chopped parsley, tomatoes and cucumbers to garnish.

# mix all ingredients in a blender very well.
# chill in fridge for 3-4 hours then garnish with parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers and crushed black pepper upon serving.

I personally loved this dish, hope you try it and give me your opinion.

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How to Make Hummus?

Hello everybody.

Being locked in this snow storm made many people creative or let me say willing to try  stuff that are usually bought ready like hummus and falafel.

Hummus is high in iron and Vitamin C plus folate and  Vit B6 and a good source of dietry fibers,it’s very useful in vegetarian diets to compensate protein.

It’s not that difficult to make them from sctratch,I know many folks specially living abroad who always do, but in countries like us,the easiest cheapest meal is always a hummus plate with falafel or hummus fatteh, no need for all the fuss in the kitchen.

My cousin living in Greece made a a delicious hummus last week so I thought to share the recipe with you.

Ingredients and method:

* 2 cups of soaked ( a night before) boiled till done chickpeas.

* 1 big spoonful tahini saice.

* 2 big spoons full cream yogurt.

* 1-2 cloves garlic.

* lemon juice,salt .

* some olive oil.

* Mix all ingredients together in food processor till smooth and creamy.

*add a bit of chickpeas boiling water to make thickness as you desire.

* decorate with chickpeas,chili powder or parsley.

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To make Humus Fatteh which is a Levant dish done mainly in Syria,Lebanon,Palestine and Jordan.you’ll need:

*  pitta  bread cubes or if you like use french bread (خبز حمام)

* make the same hummus mix but add more water and yogurt to make a loose sauce.

* before serving soak bread with chickpeas and water.

* add the hummus sauce.

* decorate with toasted almonds,pine nuts,chili powder and parsley ( didn’t have parsley today )

* serve hot for breakfast or appetizer .

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Stuffed Mushrooms and Chicory Salad.

Hello everybody.

Long shopping day as usual and no time to cook something so thought I’ll fix anything quickly.

I have some ready from store stuffed mushroom also from Miles that I didn’t make yesterday, so they were a good rescue, not bad but as my boys said the ones we make at home are much tastier.

I also made a bowl of chicory salad (هندباء او علت) ,I posted this dish long time ago,this plant is a favorite dish to many,cooked or as salad though the ones freshly picked from Ghor or farms are much more aromatic and original than the bunches bought from stores,but these will do for now, it’s a simple salad done with chopped chicory, very well washed cause it’s usually fill with dirt,then you add green onions,lemon juice and salt.

Nice quick lunch, will make it up tomorrow for sure.

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Soup for Sure.

Hello everybody.

Another cold and rainy day, I’m definitely positive most houses in Jordan have a soup on the table today , it’s the most effective heart and body warming tool these days :)

I made noodles with carrots and peas soup,added a bit of green onions and garlic, yummy with a twist of lemon juice.

Though I have some courgettes from yesterday but won’t be enough as always so I made some macaroni and cheese, pasta mixed with sauteed onions,mushrooms and two packs cooked mushroom soup with cheese on top.

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Potato Salad.

Hello everybody.

My son suggested meatloaf today,good option cause it’s diet friendly and easy to make since I woke up late today :)

Something to go with it without guilt is potato salad, healthy and fulfilling is potato salad,old classic recipe of boiled potatoes,green onions,parsley or coriander,lemon juice,olive oil and of course salt and pepper.Cut potatoes to cubes and mix all before serving.

A lovely lunch,meatloaf (plain) potato and green salad <3

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Artichokes.

Hello everybody.

Didn’t know whether to cook or no today cause I still have courgettes from yesterday but not that much,it needs an appetizer or a small thing with it.

Had to manage something from what I have in fridge or freezer cause my son took my car,so after searching I took out a bag of frozen artichokes,cooked mince meat and some carrots and peas, they’ll do for a stew !

Out of curiosity I searched for benefits of artichokes and usage, turned out to be a very useful plant, actually great for liver and digestive system,read the link for more info if you like.

As always when staying home,I baked something,za’tar sticks but added cheese and coarse sea salt on top and made Rita’s salad ( this is its name from now on )

Ingredients and method of artichoke stew:

* 1 pack frozen artichokes.

* cooked mince meat.

* cubed carrots.

* peas.

* small onion.

* salt,pepper and lemon juice.

 

* saute chopped onions in some oil till tender then add carrots,peas,salt and pepper.

* simmer on low heat till tender.

* stuff meat in artichoke hearts and arrange them on top of veggies.

* add lemon juice and a bit of boiled water and leave to simmer for another 30 minutes.

* serve alone or with rice as you like.

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Yalanji ( vegetarian stuffed vine leaves)

Hello everybody.

Though I’m suffering from a bad back pain,but I bought fresh vine leaves and tiny courgettes Saturday to make yalanji and It’s a shame to leave them uncooked or freeze them,so I prepared stuffing and God bless my Mom  came by to help,actually stuffed them all . Thank you precious Um Khaled <3<3.

This dish is famous in Eastern Mediterranean countries,Turkey, Greece and Cyprus,usually as appetizer or side dish with Lebanese  mezzeh ,today I cooked it as main dish for lunch,kids asked for it so yalanji it is. I also made baba ghanouj with it ( roasted eggplant with veggies).

Ingredients and method:(

* Hollowed courgettes ( scoop out pulp with special knife,كوسا محفور ).you can stuff small eggplants also.

* fresh vine leaves.

* 2 ripe tomatoes,peeled and finely chopped.

* bunch of parsley and mint leaves.

* 1 small onion finely chopped.

* salt, pepper and 1 tsp coffee ( don’t know why coffee is added but many people use it ,they say it gives a nice taste,no harm to add it anyway).

* 1/2 cup lemon juice.

* olive oil.

* some sliced potatoes sliced ,placed at bottom of pan.

 

* prepare stuffing by mixing washed rise,chopped tomatoes,onion,parsley and mint.

* add salt,pepper,coffee,lemon juice and oil.

* soak vine leaves in boiling water and cover till color changes then drain all water.

* stuff courgettes and vine leaves.

* line potatoes and sliced tomatoes in the bottom of pan or pressure cooker.

* arrange courgettes and vine leaves then cover with a plate covered in foil paper so as to stay compressed.

* add lemon juice,salt,olive oil and enough water to cover all by one inch.

* cook on high heat till water is bubbling for 10 minutes then lower heat to minimum and leave to cook for an hour and half or till done ( time depends on quantity you did)

* leave to cool completely then arrange in a large dish and serve.

 

Baba Ghanouj :

* roast eggplant on stove or in the oven, when done cut half way, remove pulp and chop.

* chop tomato,onion,pepper,parsley . p.s. you can add 1 clove garlic if you like

* add lemon juice,salt then mix all together.

* drizzle olive oil on top.

Note: I apologize for not posting exact quantities cause it all depends on how many leaves and courgettes you’re stuffing.

Unfortunately seems I either added too much water or overcooked it, first time this happens with me ,leaves turned out sloppy (بالعربي فرط اليلنجي :( ) I tried to save few good looking pieces to show you !!! we ate the courgettes and  baba ghanouj  .

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