Humming Bird Cake.

Hello everybody.

Did this beautiful cake for my best friend’s son birthday, a traditional American recipe full of flavors and looked elegant as well.

Ingredients and method :
# 3 eggs.
# 1 1/2 cups suger.
# 3-4 ripe bananas.
# 1 can pineapple with syrup.
# 3/4 cup vegetable oil.
# 3/4 cup crushed walnuts, almonds or pecans.
# 1 tsp vanilla.
# 2 tsp baking powder.
# dash of salt.
# 1 tsp cinnamon.
# 3 cups flour.

Cream cheese frosting:
# 1 pack cream cheese.
# 1/4 cup icing sugar.
# 1/4 cup butter.
# some roasted crushed nuts.

# Beat eggs with vanilla, sugar and oil till creamy.
# mash and mix in blender bananas and pineapple can all together.
# add puree to cake mix.
# add rest of ingredients alternatively.
# bake in two small pans or one if you don’t want it layered.
# bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes or till dry from inside.
# beat frosting ingredients well and cool in fridge till stiff.

Decorate cake with filling inside out.

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Armenian Freekeh and Pineapple Salad.

Hello everybody.

Interesting and joyful atmosphere at Botma market this morning, been intending to go every Saturday but hadn’t got the time till now.

You can find a wide selection of seasonal veggies and herbs plus many jars of delicacies like jams and spreads,all looks fresh and healthy. Market is open each Saturday from 9-2 don’t miss it.

Well I certainly shopped some things including lettuce and baby spinach immediately made a big bowl of salad with fresh pineapples and walnuts.

Lunch was Armenian Freekeh with onions, mushrooms, cream and cheese with chicken breasts on top.

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wpid-dsc_0271.jpg fresh vine leaves.

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wpid-dsc_0276.jpg  yummy spreads and dips.

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Fruit Garden -Dabouq.

Hello everybody.

Been wanting to go to this place for a while now specially after they posted last week that they have an offer on berries ( buy 5 get 2 for free).

Well today since I had some spare time before picking my son from his exam and to stop worrying about it I passed by the Fruit Garden shop located in Dabouq and how happy I was that I went.

Neat,clean, cheerful place with helpful staff and very good prices, they even told you should come take pictures on Friday cause all Asian fruits arrive Thursdays,will definitely go back.

They have many services like preparing and cutting your veggies, sanitized herbs and vegetables, juices and fruit baskets, my dream shop.

Can’t wait to do yummy things with those fresh berries, started by a detox water mix with some mints.

Lunch today is pizza,again comfort food cause of the exams.

wpid-dsc_0194.jpg Fruit Garden / Dabouq.

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wpid-20150506_135249.jpg yummy healthy fruits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaiian Blessing.

Hello everybody.

Picnicking today, beautiful weather, company and place.

Went with my cousins to a farm near Amman, each one brought something, my share was a dessert so I made my specialty Hawaiian Blessing.

This dish is always a favorite and gone in minutes cause it’s not too sweet and full of fruits plus refreshing in hot weather.

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Turmeric Smoothie and Eggplant Pasta.

Hello everybody.

Was reading an article the other day about how much turmeric is beneficial to humans health, immunity booster, anticancer, metabolism inhacer and much much more and because I don’t use it much thought I’ll add it to a recipe so nobody can notice it,not a favorable spice in my house.

Found this lovely fresh smoothie recipe, blend all together mango, orange juice, pineapple or strawberries with a teaspoon of turmeric and a bit of cinnamon, really refreshing and delicious.

Lunch was a old recipe is have,eggplant with pasta in a mold.You fry eggplants and cook pasta with tomatoes, meat and red sauce then arrange eggplants alongside of a cake mold, pour pasta in between and bake till all holds on together. Result wasn’t that perfect maybe it needed some time to cool down before I flip it or more baking, but taste was great and rich.

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wpid-20150419_155323.jpg mango,strawberries,turmeric and cinnamon.

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Big Happy Lunch

Hello everybody.
Big family gathering, happy lively and full of love and old memories.

Mom made roasted lamb, I did my famous rice ( chicken, veggies with curry rice), spinach cheese pastries and mini pavlovas which turned out really cute.

Love you all, always a pleasure to meet.

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Pineapple Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting.

Hello everybody.

Had the pleasure of hosting my lovely niece this morning,a usual ritual every time she visits is baking something sweet,well a tradition we  both actually enjoy cause I guess I love to teach her something and she’s a quick eager learner to everything not just cooking and as she always says we must eat and try something from banancooking.

Today I have some pineapples left and some strawberries and since Noudy wants a pink thing ( a must ) so I we did this easy recipe but altered a bit in ingredients cause it’s too sweet.

 

Ingredients and method:

* 2 eggs.

* 1/2 cup butter.

* 1 1/2 cups sugar.

* 2 cups flour.

* 1/4 cup milk.

* 1/2 cup crushed pineapples.

* !/4 cup pineapple or orange juice.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

 

* Butter cream icing:

* 1 cup butter.

* 1 cup icing sugar.

* 1/2 tsp vanilla.

* a bit of cream or milk.

 

* Mix all cupcake ingredients alternatively till smooth ,batter will be a bit thick not runny don’t worry.

* bake in cupcakes or one pan in a medium heated oven for 20-30 minutes.

 

* whip all icing ingredients for 6-7 minutes till creamy then cool till you need it.

* decorate cupcakes with any fruit you like or coconuts.

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Grilled Pina Colada.

Hello everybody.

Went out noon time for a drive to IKIA,lovely spring day and greenery everywhere, love this time of year.

On our way back home we suddenly decided to BBQ, though weather is a bit cold and wind is crisp but it was nice cause quantity is not big like when you have a crowd.
I did the usual appetizers roasted tomatoes, yogurt mint oregano mix, hummus, salad. Plus I baked some fresh bread which was a real treat.

While eating I peeled a fresh pineapple and put it on the grill, when done I sliced it, added some sugar and grilled it more till golden then served it with nuts,cream and coconut, yummy yummy :).
Of course a BBQ must end with tea on charcoal, though boys made it a bit sweet but it was warming since we stayed outside enjoying the last minute of daylight.

Hope you all enjoyed your day.

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Chocolate Nuts cake and Pavlova.

Hello everybody .

No cooking today cause each one is invited somewhere and hubby went hunting.

I did two desserts though,a chocolate nuts cream cake for my friend’s sister birthday and a fruit Pavlova to take with me to my uncle’s house for dinner.

All looked yummy, hope taste is as good !

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