Cold Weather Food.

Hello everybody.

Gloomy cold rainy day, lentil soup is the best thing to do in these conditions.

Za’tar puffs are the order today along with another Daisies chocolate cake, though puffs contained cheese but I doubled it by stuffing rest of the dough with another kind for the boys.

Lunch today was our favorite, homemade pizza, never bored from it.

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Steaks with Onions and Mustard.

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Hello again.

Had to cook something quick before going out this morning, easiest of all grilled steaks covered with spices and mustard with caramelized onions on top.

Side dishes were mashed potatoes and lentil soup.

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Lentil Soup.

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Hello everybody.

You can feel Autumn coming today,cloudy with a nice nice breeze,nice after all these heat waves.

Made some lentil soup on the occasion with a bit of carrots and pumpkin, very good specially with lemon juice.

Here’s the basic lentil soup recipe.

 

You need:
*1 cup lentils.
*1 small finely chopped onion.
*1 sliced carrot.
*1 sliced courgette (كوسا ).optional.
* 1 cube chicken stock.
*1 spoon salt.
*1 spoon powdered cumin.
*6 cups hot water.
Sautee the onions, carrots, courgettes in a bit if olive oil till tender.wash then add lentils.stirr well then add salt, cumin, chicken stock.add water and leave to boil then simmer.
serve with fried or baked bread cubes and lemon juice.

 

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Cauliflower Stew.

Hello everybody.

Had to go many errands with my hubby this morning so a quick somewhat half cooked dish is required.

Thought to do okra but then cooking the meat will take some time since it’s still in the freezer,so thought was dismissed and shifted to cauliflower with minced meat stew since I already have cooked meat and boiled cauliflower just tossed them all with sautéed onions and garlic added a Maggi cube and some water. Served with tahini sauce and summaq.

I also made some lentil soup cause my youngest doesn’t eat cauliflower at all.
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Anise Sweet Cake.

Hello everybody.

Cold crispy day, in days like these one keeps craving something sweet specially with syrup in them like Arabic sweets.

My cousin posted this recipe the other day , seemed tasty and easy and it really is when I made it today.It’s now officially Amneh’s Cake,thank you loads my dear.

Lunch today was lentil soup and chicken liver,good in this weather as well.

Ingredients and method:

* 4 cups flour.

* 3 cup semolina.

* 2 big spoons anise seeds soaked in 2 cups warm water.

* 1 1/2 cups vegetable oi.

* 2 big spoons anise powder.

* 2 big spoons sesame seeds.

* 1 1/2 big spoons instant yeast.

* 1/2 cup sugar ( my own addition so it’s optional)

* Sugar syrup to soak cake when done.

 

* Mix all ingredients together and knead well till you get a soft loose dough.

* cover and leave to rise in a warm place.

* spread evenly in oven pan and decorate with walnuts or almonds.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes or till golden from edges.

* toast surface a bit.

* pour cold syrup on it while hot.

 

NOTE: could be done for Christmas dinner,really well flavored and aromatic.

 

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Kabseh (كبسه )

One of the things I’m happy about since starting this blog is that what to cook is really not a problem anymore, don’t know why!
Each night I really decide quickly,brainstorming in a second.
Today I made kabseh (كبسه ), to those who don’t know what it is,this dish is mainly a Saudi,I have the recipe from a Saudi friend living in Amman.I also made lentil soup cause it’s extremely cold outside.
I’ll begin with the soup.lentil soup is an old-fashioned soup done since long time ago,many recipies and ways to do it are found in grandmas and moms cook books.
I usually make it like this.
You need:
*1 cup lentils.
*1 small finely chopped onion.
*1 sliced carrot.
*1 sliced courgette (كوسا ).optional.
* 1 cube chicken stock.
*1 spoon salt.
*1 spoon powdered cumin.
*6 cups hot water.
Sautee the onions, carrots, courgettes in a bit if olive oil till tender.wash then add lentils.stirr well then add salt, cumin, chicken stock.add water and leave to boil then simmer.
serve with fried or baked bread cubes and lemon juice.

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Now to kabseh,originally it’s done with large pieces of lamb but Imake it with small lamb cubes or chicken cause that’s how my kids prefer it.
Basic ingredients are:
*Meat.
*onions.
*tomatoes.
*2 large grated carrots.
*2 large spoons tomato paste.
*2 small cloves garlic.
*bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, pepper corns, cardamom, salt.
* 5 dry limes (لومي ).
*1 spoon kabseh spices which is a mix of mainly pepper.cumin, and many other spices.
*basmati rice.

For the sauce:
*2 large ripe tomatoes.
*1 big spoon lemon juice.
*1 big spoon olive oil.
*3-4 small  hot chillies or dried crushed chillies. According how chilli you like it.
*freshly chopped coriander leaves if desired. * salt.

Method:
Put meat cubes or chicken in a pan.stirr till all water dries.add salt and all spices.stickes and leaves.limes.
*Add water and leave to boil till tender.
*In another pan.heat some ghee and vegetable oil
*add chopped onions and garlic till tender.
*add grated carrots.
*add chopped tomatoes and paste.
* when meat is done remove from water and add to mixture.
*add the dried limes..the ones used in meat broth.
*leave to simmer for 15 minutes then add the rice and sieved meat broth till above the rice by 1 inch.
* when most water is absorbed lower the heat, cover and leave till rice is done.

I usually wrap the pan in an old blanket for a while before serving, makes it more fluffy and done to perfection.

As for the sauce. Mix all ingredients except coriander in blender then chopp and add it.serve with the rice.

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Enjoy♡♥♡♥

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