Colored Cauliflower.

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Hello everybody.

Got these two lovely colored cauliflowers yesterday from our friend.When I asked my Facebook group what to do with them I got many suggestions, main one was to pickle them and another was roasting with garlic, olive oil and Parmesan or as gratin with potatoes.

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So now I pickled half and prepared a pan with potatoes and cream for baking. All looks appealing and colorful.

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Mloukhieh Today 😀

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Hello everybody.

Free today, no orders or things to prepare so I cooked at ease though babysitting my bundle of joy but he’s such an adorable boy, even ate some freekeh soup and chicken and loved it.

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I made mloukhieh, both coarse and fine, grilled chicken and freekeh soup. So yummy with pickles and peppers on the side.

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Light Lunch.

Hello everybody

No cooking today not only cause tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan but nobody’s home lunch time so I fixed myself a labaneh and Seniora sandwich with a pickle with remaining beans salad, desert was white cheese with apricot jam I made last night.

Noon time I made a big brownies pan for my son going to a picnic and some extra pickles.

Ramadan Kareem again.

 

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Dry White Beans.

Hello everybody.

Guess many people cooked beans in this storm, actually it’s heart warming in this cold weather,specially with some pickles,peppers and olives.

Had a small chance to go grocery shopping today,first time out since last week,roads still slippery and full of snow, hope tomorrow will be better !

 

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Courgettes in Yogurt ( Ablama).

Hello everybody.

Very very busy morning,my husband brought a big bag of turnip from the farm (لفت ) so I bought extra beets,cauliflower and eggplants and made two large pots of pickles for Ramadan.

I also made a batch of date rolls for my lovely cousin to take with her to Dubai,these rolls are becoming my traditional gift for people I love ,better than anything you buy <3.

After all this work I cleaned all my kitchen in and out then started to cook,I posted this recipe in the early days of my blog,today is a repeat to remind you of it,I know many people cook it first day of Ramadan cause they say you must cook something white !!

Ingredients and method:

* hulled courgettes.

* cooked minced meat spiced and mixed with roasted pine nuts.

* ewe yogurt or jameed and butter milk.

* starch.

 

* cook the yogurt after mixing it with equal amount of water and 2 big spoons starch,add salt,pepper and margarine.

* stuff meat after cooling into the courgettes.

* fry courgettes  or as I prefer roast in the oven with a bit of oil and keep turning them till golden from all sides.

* dip courgettes in boiling yogurt on low heat for 40-50 minutes.

* serve with rice.

I had some courgettes left so I cut them to rings,added salt,garlic,summaq and a bit of oil then roasted them in the oven and made tahini sauce on the side,really good side dish :)

Enjoy .

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How to make Pickles.

Hello everybody.

Today I cooked a repeated dish ,eggplant with rice (maqloubeh),I think made it with cauliflower,it’s the same but with eggplants instead.

Last week I bought these lovely mini cucumbers,great for making pickles,many housewives now starts to make them for Ramadan,they’re very tasty though people with high blood pressure must avoid them,but I usaully make them not too salty. I might even need to make another batch cause I’m sure they’ll be gone soon as Ramadan comes.

Ingredients and method:

* cucumbers (or any other vegetables you like e.g. cauliflower,beets,green tomatoes,small eggplants…etc)

* water.

*salt.

*sugar.

* vinegar.

*garlic.

* chili powder or flakes.

* In an clean empty juice or water bottle or glass jar insert cucumbers.

* make a salt water mixture, 1 big tablespoons for 1 cup of water,I usually make 4 cups of water for this bottle.

* fill water solution in bottle then add 2 cloves garlic and chili (optional)

* add 1 small spoon vinegar and 1 small spoon sugar.

* close well and shake.

* pickles will need one week to 10 days to be ready, you can leave it stored or open bottle ( be careful cause it’ll be very fizzy) then store it in the fridge.

Enjoy :)

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Homemade Shawerma .

Hello everybody.

I know many people specially youngsters prefer to eat Shawerma from local specialized restaurants. In my case I don’t like buying it at all ( had many bad health incidents whenever  I do !!) . It’s not a difficult dish to do at home,you even  eat with comfort cause you’re sure of meat quality and hygiene  as well.

I started Spring clean up today,so to be quick, called the butcher and ordered fresh lean steaks . picked them noon with some fresh thin bread and started cooking.

Ingredients and method:

* shredded beef marinated in soy sauce,balsamic vinegar,lemon juice,salt,pepper,all spice,cinnamon,cloves and pinch of nutmeg .

* 2 big thinly sliced onions.

* Summaq.

* sliced tomatoes,pickles and tahini sauce for adding in sandwich.

* thin bread ( خبز شراك).

 

* Heat pan till very hot then add meat ,stir till all excess water is gone and meat starts sizzling.

* mix onions with summaq then add over meat.

* lower the heat to minimum and cover till onions are tender. ( you might add a bit of water so as meat won’t dry).

* upon serving fill bread ,roll it and press it in grill till crispy.

* serve with french fries,tomatoes,pickles,tahini,mayonnaise as each one prefers.

 

Bet you it’s  best than any Shawerma sandwich you buy !!!

Enjoy my friends.

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What to cook tomorrow!!!!!

Sorry for the delay today…guess it’ll be what to cook tomorrow.
Well Saturday is usually grocery shopping day..so I usually cook fastest thing I can think of.
Today I made Mloukhieh. ( ملوخيه ناعمه وورق ).
I usually make the two kinds..cause each one of my boys prefers a kind.
So I make whole mloukhieh,meaning leaves not chopped and loose or finely chopped kind.
I was in such a hurry so as to save time,I used :

Two large boneless chicken breasts,cut them into squares .

  • In a heated skillet,  put the chicken cubes, add a bit olive oil.salt, pepper, all spice, dry coriander.
  • Stir well till chicken is brownish.
  •  add a small finely copped onion 4 or 5 chopped garlic cloves and stir all till tender.
  • I split the chicken into two portions,first one added coarse leaves (     ملوخيه خشنه )and the other chopped fine leaves (ملوخيه ناعمه ).
  • add 2 cups chicken stock to the fine leaves plus lemon juice and 1 spoon white vinegar and 1 cup also to the coarse leaves plus lemon juice.
  • Leave on low heat to simmer for half an hour.
  • Serve with rice,fried bread cubes in the case of fine leaves and eat it with bread in the case coarse leaves.
  • Definitely a side dish of pickles,olives,green onions and bell peppers will be delicious with this dish.

Hope you all had a nice day♡♥
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