Baking Day!


Hello everybody.

Two busy days, was invited to a big family lunch at my cousin’s in Irbid , loving gathering with lots of yummy food. Always a pleasure to visit my hometown.

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Today started with baking Eid bread ( افراص عيد) traditional old kind of bread usually done in Eid time ,this time I tried to correct what I did wrong each time I did them before by making them thick and bake them in a very hot oven.Result was really good this time !

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Then I cooked lunch ,Kabseh with hot sauce and fresh salad .


meanwhile I baked a beautiful cake for my friend’s son birthday ,chocolate and strawberries with ganache drippings.

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Apple Strudel.


Hello everybody.

Today’s order was for dinner, kibbeh in a pan  mini ones,good thing is I made one for lunch.

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Dessert was Apple Strudel, same recipe I did last year, always a success, did one for us as well.A small addition was some custard sauce with it but not the one with egg yolks and cream cause I didn’t have time so I just make simple custard with cream but a bit loose with vanilla and a bit of cinnamon.

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Ingredients and method of Apple Strudel again:

For the dough:

* 2 cups flour.

* 1 egg.

* 2 big spoons butter.

*pinch of salt.

*100 ml (almost 3/4 cup) lukewarm water.


* 1 kilo peeled and thinly sliced apples.

* 3/4 cup sugar.

* zest of a lemon.

* 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

* 3 tablespoons crushed walnuts or  almonds.

* 3/4 cup raisins soaked in some water.

* 2 tsp cinnamon.

* 2 tablespoons bread crumbs.

* extra butter to brush top of strudel.

* icing sugar for decorating.

* make the dough by mixing flour,salt and egg in the middle mix well then add butter and rub all together.

* start adding water till you get a round hard dough that you can handle.

* leave to rest for 30 minutes.

* spread some flour on a kitchen cloth and spread the dough to a big rectangle.

* make the filling by mixing all everything together.

* spread the breadcrumbs over dough then add the filling in the center.

* with the help of the cloth fold the sides together and ends also very well.

* transfer slowly to a big oven pan .

* brush with butter then make some lengthwise cuts with a sharp knife.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 50-60 minutes.

* dust with icing sugar upon serving.


Order included some baked Zaynab fingers and two suborek pans, one with cheese and the other with spinach and feta cheese.

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Scottish Eggs.

Hello everybody.

Kids wanted me to do this recipe since a while,a high protein comfort food,boiled eggs wrapped with meat then fried.

Original recipe is done with sausage meat mixed with grated onions, garlic, breadcrumbs and parsley but today I made it with kofta, same basic principle.

Boil eggs, peel then wrap it well with the meat then dust with flour, in egg wash then finally in breadcrumbs. Cool in fridge to hold up then fry in oil.

Kids loved it, men kind of meal.




Pumpkin Soup and Shepherd Pie.

Hello everybody.

Two warm dishes today , perfect in this cold day.

Pumpkin soup and shepherd pie, both filled with lovely veggies and aroma.

Ingredients and method of the pie:

* cooked ground beef.

* chopped onions and garlic.

* some veggies,peas,carrots,corn and mushrooms.

* 3-4 boiled potatoes.

* soy sauce,ketchup and Worcestershire sauce ( i didn’t have it today so I used HP)

* bread crumbs.

* salt and pepper.

* Saute onions,garlic and meat in some oil or butter.

* add the veggies and sauces and simmer till done.

* mash the potatoes with some butter and milk,salt and pepper.

* pour the potatoes over the veggie meat mix.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes.

* sprinkle some bread crumbs on top and toast.

* Serve hot with ketchup and salad.

Stuffed Cabbages.


Hello everybody.
It’s cold and rainy today, cooking plan is just perfect for this weather which is stuffed cabbages.
Just remembered that I made a video last winter of how to stuff and cook them,will repost it below.

how to stuff cabbages

how to cook cabbages

You should do it this week since it’ll be raining for few more days.

* minced meat.
* rice.
* ghee and vegetable oil.
* salt, pepper, all spices, dried mint.
* cabbage,  boiled and stems removed.
* garlic as much as you like.
* lemon juice.
*  Wash the rice then add the meat. I usually cook it before a bit.
* add spices, salt, mint.
* stuff the cabbages and line them with garlic in between.
* add lemon juice, a bit of oil and enough water to cover all cabbage.  I have this heavy pottery lid I use as weight or you can put a heavy plate.
* cook for 10 minutes over high heat then lower it and cook it for another hour or till rice inside is done.












Pumpkin Rolls.

Hello everybody.

Remember I posted this dish a while ago but didn’t have the recipe?  Well I got it at last and did it today.

Though original recipe is done with phyllo pastry but I used puff pastry instead and omitted oil and butter.

You simply cook the pumpkin cubes with some finely chopped onions then season them with salt,pepper, cinnamon, ginger and a pinch of cloves,then you spread the pastry to a thin rectangular shape,spread a bit of pumpkin filling and roll all together.

Bake in a moderate heated oven for 30 minutes then when done and golden turn off the oven and add a bit of milk all over them and leave in the oven to cool.

I also made some with minced meat and Russian salad.




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.


Meat in Pitta Bread ( عرايس).

Hello everybody.
Busy Saturday, too much errands today.
Before leaving the house I took out some minced meat to make these yummy pitta bread meat pastries or as we call them Arayes,I also made some vegetable noodles soup with a small plate of mhammara and mashed black olives.

All delicious 😋

Ingredients and method of meat pitta loaf:
* minced veal or beef.
* 1 small finely chopped or grated onion.
* 1-2 grated garlic (optional)
* 1 large ripe grated tomato.
* 2-3 tablespoons soaked burghul.
* finely chopped hot pepper.
* salt, pepper and tabasco.
* small pitta breads or big cut to halves.

* mix all ingredients well together.
* fill each pitta with a spoonful of the mixture.
* brush them with olive oil and bake in a medium heated oven till golden and crispy.
* serve with yoghurt and hummus or salad.

Enjoy ♡♥♡♥


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Kofta with Tomatoes.


Hello everybody.

Waiting for my sister in-law and her son for lunch, upon his request his grandma made freekeh and I made kofta with tomatoes peppers and potatoes.

Ingredients and method:
* 1 kg ready mixed kofta (minced veal with onions and parsley).
* sliced mixed veggies: eggplants, courgettes, pumpkins, potatoes.
* sliced tomatoes and green peppers.
* 1 pack tomato paste.
* 1 cube maggi.
* 1 1/2 cups water.
* salt and pepper.

* form the kofta to fingers shape then cook on low heat till golden and done.
* grill veggies till brownish on both sides, some people fry them but dish will be too oily.
* arrange veggies in rows then add kofta in between. * dissolve tomato paste and maggi in water then add on pan.
* add salt and pepper.
* cook on low heat for 1 hour.
* serve with white rice.

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