Cauliflower Stew.


Hello again.

Started to think about what to cook today after morning order was done and delivered.

Well to tell you the truth I had to improvise anything according to what I have, so end result was cauliflower stew with minced meat, garlic, onions and tahini sauce on the side plus a small kibbeh for the boys.

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Easy yummy healthy meal.




Courgettes in Cooked Yogurt.


Hello everybody.

Today’s lunch was what we call in Arabic ‘Ablama ‘ which consists of fried minced meat courgettes cooked in creamy thick yogurt.

Many people consider this a royal dish, it is actually,specially if well done and courgettes are tiny.

These are steps of making ablama in photos taken by my mom two years ago.










Pumpkin in Tahini Sauce.

Hello everybody.

Two days ago my husband brought me two giant pumpkins from the farm, I’m not exaggerating they’re really giant that’s how they grow.

Thank God I managed to give away one of them to my neighbor and today I began processing the other, some for freezing and some I cooked today and guess I’ll give away some more cause I don’t have more space!

Today’s recipe was sent to me by my dear chef Rahmeh, pumpkin pieces cooked in tahini sauce with minced meat on top, really delicious and tasty plus everybody loved it, will definitely be on my favorite  list.

Ingredients and method :
# 1 kg of pumpkin cut to large cubes.
# 1 kg of plain yogurt.
# 6 tablespoons of tahini.
# 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
# 1 cube chicken stock.
# salt, pepper.
# 3 cloves crushed garlic.
# 1 bunch fresh coriander.
# some cooked seasoned minced meat.
# sauted almonds or pine nuts.
# cooked white rice to serve with.

# deep fry the pumpkin and leave in a sieve till all oil is out.
# meanwhile whisk yogurt, tahini, lemon, salt and pepper all together very well.
# transfer into a pan and cook till it boils and thickens.
# saute garlic till golden then add the chopped coriander to it.
# add garlic to sauce and stir very gently.
# add the pumpkin pieces and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
# you can add a bit of hot water if sauce was very thick.
# pour in a deep dish then garnish with minced meat and nuts.
# Serve with rice or pitta bread.

Very nice presentable dish, thanks again Rahmeh.



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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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Rock Cookies Gift

Hello everybody.

Went to a lovely gathering at a newly wed friend’s house, we really had a great time, different generations all together around a delicious elegant variant table. Thank you sweet cheerful Nisreen we really had great time.

Because Friday is usually a long  day and afternoon went so slowly I was really bored that I suddenly decided to bake some Rock Cookies last night to take some with me.

I even created a box to fill them in,I wrapped an old  Lindt chocolate box  with gift’s paper then added a small decorative flower, never throw away these small things on chocolates or giveaways you never know when you’ll use them .

Lunch today is simple basic pasta with minced meat and tomato sauce with some leftovers from yesterday.




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Turkish Pie.

Hello everybody.

Needed something to back up yesterday’s lunch so this pie would be great, since many of my cousins and aunties been doing it and posting its photos on my Facebook page so I think it’s time for me to try it. A success for sure, boys loved it.

Ingredients and method :
Dough :
* 2 1/2 cups flour.
* 1 cup warm milk.
* 2 tsp instant yeast.
* 2 tsp sugar.
* 2 tsp salt.

Filling :
* 1/2 kg minced beef meat.
* 1 small chopped onion.
* 1/2 cup sweet corn.
* some chopped green peppers.
* grated mazorella or kashcaval.
* some sesame and black seeds.

* Mix all dough ingredients together, knead well for 5 minutes then leave in a warm place to rest and rise.

* sauté meat and onions with some oil till done.
* add the corn and spices,I added salt, pepper, all spice and some chili powder.

* grease and pie pan the spread 3/4 of the dough to the edges.
* add the filling then half of the cheese.
* cover with the rest of the dough then cover top with remaining cheese,sesame and black seeds.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 40-50 minutes..

Serve with green salad or sautéed vegetables.







Cherry cookies and Eggplant Tajeen (منزلة باذنجان).

Hello everybody.

December is a  festive month,many people celebrating Christmas like to try new recipes for dinner or lunch or as Christmas treats or cookies. I’ll try to make something new each day this month to give you some ideas, food websites have thousands of recipes but not all are feasible or easy to make so I’ll be picky and try them before publishing don’t worry.

Today I tried these cute cherry cookies since my husband bought a big jar of preserved cherries, very easy and quick to do,you can even use any kind of preserved fruit you like but cherries have this beautiful red happy color that’ll look great on your table .

Lunch today was eggplant tajeen or a more precise description  Arabic style Moussaka, it’s very similar but without white sauce , it contains baked or fried eggplants with cooked minced meat with onions ,with layers of green peppers and potatoes ( optional ) some people make it with only eggplants and meat . After layering them you add a pack of tomato paste with 2 cups of water then leave to cook in the oven or on very low heat (  I added a cube of chicken stock to enhance the flavor)

Ingredients and method of cookies ( makes 2 dozens)

* 1 cup butter.

* 1 cup sugar.

* 2 1/2 cups flour.

* 2 tablespoons milk.

* 1/2 cup crushed walnuts.

* 1 cup cherries.


* Beat butter and sugar very well till creamy then add salt and flour.

* add milk till you get a firm dough.

* roll dough to a long rectangle on  wax paper.

* arrange cherries in a line in the middle then close dough on them.

* roll the cylinder formed over crushed walnuts then wrap all in the wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour till firm.

* cut the log to 1 cm pieces and arrange in an oven pan and bake in a medium heated oven for 15-20 minutes.

* cool then store in a well closed jar.

* NOTE: these cookies can be done a week ahead and will stay fresh if stored well.





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Stuffed Courgettes and Nescafe Croquant Cake.

Hello everybody.

Tonight we’re invited to a BBQ ,but I have to cook for the boys anyway,thought stuffed courgettes and pulp will be a good choice,they both love it !

I think this dish is a favorite in most Jordanian homes,you seldom find anyone who doesn’t like it, I usually stuff eggplants also but not today,I usually cook the pulp with it,everybody loves it, my youngest sometimes hides the remaining amount in the fridge for dinner or the next day.

I also made my traditional Nescafe croquant cake to take with me for our hostess at night.





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 ♡





Minced Meat in Pitta Bread (عرايس ).

Hello again.

  This is our main dish today, it’s supposed to be done on the grill when bbq-ing but I always do it this way and tastes as good , well frankly grilled on charcoal are  much more delicious but these are  just fine !!!

  The exact translation to the arabic name .( عرايس ) is brides ( plural of bride!!!!!!)  I really don’t know the reason of the name ..if anybody knows, please do inform me!!!
Ingredients and method:
* 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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