Roasted Meat Cubes.

Hello everybody.

Today I decided to try an interesting  recipe I saw on Tastemade, the new unusual ingredient is coffee ! guess it did give a special flavor cause end result was really delicious.

Ingredients and method:

  • 1 kg meat cubes ( veal or lamb)
  • 1 tsp of salt,pepper,chili.
  • 1 tablespoon coffee powder .
  • * 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

  • 1 small chopped onion.
  • 2-3 chopped garlic.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley.
  • 1 cup broth.
  • marinate meat in all ingredients except broth overnight or for several hours.
  • add broth then cover pan very well.
  • roast in a medium heated oven for 2-3 hours.
  • Note : check the pan after 2 hours it might need some water if meat is not done and sauce is dry.
  • You can make roasted potatoes with herbs and spices or sauteed veggies and salad.


very easy yummy new dish ,loved it and I’m sure will make it in Ramadan.



Early Mother’s Day Lunch.



Hello everybody.

All family men were invited to lunch Mansaf-ing as we say, on the occasion of my dear cousin’s wedding.

Well it was a good opportunity for family women to gather, I made a small loving meal for my mom,mother in-law, sisters and sister In-law and we celebrated Mother’s day together.

Made beautiful mini cakes with pineapple, strawberries, croquants and red velvet,though they took lots of time but outcome was really cute.



Lunch menu was steaks with mushroom sauce, baked potatoes on salt, fettuccine, eggplant fatteh and a big salad.




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wp-1458325593672.jpg  wp-1458325604357.jpg beautiful meal finale.







Stuffed Turkey.


Hello everybody.

Today we had a big festive lunch, stuffed turkey with all accompanying dishes.

Recipe from my sister which turned out very good, turkey was very moist and well done, I soaked it  yesterday in brine containing salt,pepper corns, cinnamon stick, cardamom, rosemary and vinegar.

This morning I dried it very well then stuffed it with sauteed onions and bread ( whole loaf of toast without crust edges)  then I added lots of butter between skin and flesh with spices and salt.

wpid-wp-1449255721421.jpg spices,butter and bread stuffing.
Wrap the turkey very well with foil paper and bake for 4 hours, begin with very high heat for the first half hour then lower it to medium or a bit less for remaining time. Remove foil last half hour so that it’ll be roasted and golden.

wpid-wp-1449255689811.jpg golden and done.

Along with it, I made potato gratin, rice with spices and meat on top, veggies, corn salad, butter sautéed red cabbage with cloves and rocca apple cranberry salad.

wpid-wp-1449255736122.jpg potato gratin.

wpid-wp-1449255749464.jpg sauteed red cabbage.

wpid-wp-1449255773059.jpg rocca apple cranberry salad.

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A big success thank God.









Old Fashioned Chicken and Potatoes.


Hello everybody.

Back to an old dish today, been a while since I made it.

Chicken with potatoes, of course with some onions and a bit of garlic. I even fried the potato cubes like old times.

Made some coarse mloukhieh on the side since I have chicken broth,yummy with fresh lemon juice and hot pepper.



wpid-wp-1448805001017.jpg coarse mloukhieh .



Potato Leek Soup.


Hello everybody.

Weather today requires a soup, cold and rainy though not heavy and continuous as expected.

Potato leek soup is very easy and simple,guess leek can be substituted with green onions if not available.


wpid-wp-1447858522434.jpg heartwarming dish.

Ingredients and method :
#  2-3 big potatoes.
# 1 small chopped onion.
#2 finely chopped cloves garlic
# 1 chopped leek.
# salt, pepper.
# 1 tablespoon butter.
# 4 cups vegetable stock.
# half cup heavy cream.

# saute onions, garlic and leek in butter till tender.
# peel and chop potatoes to cubes then add them.
# add stock,salt and pepper.
# simmer for 30 minutes or till potatoes are tender.
# mash all together or mix in blender.
# add cream and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes.
# sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top when served.




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.

Baked Mazorella Sticks.


Hello everybody.

Plan for today was kofta topped with tomatoes, onions and potatoes with Iranian rice on the side.


That was the main dish, then I decided to try this appetizer when my son sent me the video while in lectures, thought it’ll be a nice surprise when he comes home.

End result is good but definitely fried ones are better but they’ll do as healthier alternative.

You simply coat the mozzarella sticks in flour then dip them in eggs then in breadcrumbs mixed with oregano and spices. Then you repeat process again with eggs and crumbs.

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Leave in fridge or freezer then coat with melted butter and bake for 15 minutes.







Chicken On Salt!


Hello everybody.

Roasting over a bed of salt experience is still going on,today I tried it with whole small chicken and potatoes plus garlic of course.

Excellent delicious result,crispy from outside juicy from inside وnot dry and very well roasted. Guess next time I’ll do fish or veal.

Ingredients and method :
* 2 cups salt.
* 2 small whole chicken.
* head of garlic.
* potatoes.

* salt, pepper, all spice, chili flakes and lemon slices.

* clean and dry chicken well then season inside out.
*insert lemon slices inside and tuck thighs well with a toothpick or rubber band.
* in a deep oven pan pour salt and spread it evenly.
* put the chicken, potatoes and garlic on top.
* add rosemary or oregano if you like.
* cover well then put in a moderately heated oven for 1 1/2 hours.
* uncover and drizzle a bit of olive oil on chicken,roast till golden.
* press out tender garlic and mix with some butter and yogurt to make a sauce or dip.

wpid-wp-1446303592738.jpg chicken over a bed of salt.

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Really yummy,highly recommended






Salt Baked Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary.



Hello everybody.

Roast beef is for lunch today, usually accompanied with baked potatoes and veggies,which were all done in a different way I saw last night on my favorite source of new recipes Pinterest.

First I’ll start with the beef,sealed in hot oil butter mixture at first in a deep pan then I added some onions and garlic and gradually started adding boiled water and left it to simmer for 3 hours. Removed the beef to rest,added some flour to the sauce to make a gravy, so tender and yummy.

As for the potatoes here are the ingredients and method :
* 2 cups salt.
* medium sized potatoes.
* one whole head of garlic.
* some rosemary leaves.
* 1 tablespoon butter.
* drizzle of olive oil.

* in a deep thick oven pan spread the salt evenly.
* place the potatoes, rosemary and garlic after cutting the hard top.
* cover tightly and bake for 40-50 minutes.
* remove garlic to cool.
* drizzle olive oil on top of potatoes and back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
* meanwhile remove soft garlic pulp and add butter to it, I added a bit of yogurt as well to make a bit sour.
* cut potatoes and add garlic spread in it.


Serve with any roast or chicken.


As for the mushrooms, cut them to big pieces then add butter, oil, garlic, lemon juice, capers, salt and pepper and bake them till tender. Add chopped parsley when done.

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wpid-wp-1445956094691.jpg elegant lunch today!







Authentic Italian Potato Pizza.


Hello everybody.

Couldn’t resist and wait to make this pizza, search for the original recipe was very easy and anyways my cousin living in Rome posted it last night and told me how to make it.

Some recipes add ranch sauce or sour cream but guess this one is more basic and pure Italian.

Well taste and aroma are miraculous, rosemary gives it a real nice twist.

Ingredients and method :
#simple pizza dough (the 10 minutes miracle one)
# 2 large potatoes cut to very thin slices ( don’t peel them)
# fresh or dry rosemary.
# coarse kosher salt.
# crushed pepper.
# olive oil.
# mozzarella cheese.

# coat potatoes with some olive oil,cover and microwave for 2 minutes so as to tenderize.
# spread pizza dough then sprinkle with a bit of the cheese.
# arrange potatoes all over then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
# bake in a medium heated oven for 30 minutes or till bottom and crust are golden.
# add cheese on top and roast till it melts.


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wpid-wp-1443879381355.jpg easy basic ingredients.



wpid-wp-1443879423611.jpg  Remaining dough turned into a regular pizza with some kalamata olives. Yummy 😋

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