Mini Qatayef With A Twist.


Hello everybody.

Ramadan Kareem.

Tried these cute mini qatayef today, they’re similar to the ones served with cream or Nutella but in a different way.


You’ll need mini sized qatayef , fresh cream, crushed pistachios and sugar syrup or honey.


Spray a mini cupcake pan with vegetable oil then put qatayef in it , bake for 15-20 minutes or till edges are golden.


Cool then fill with fresh cream or ricotta with a one tablespoon rosewater and few crushed mistika

Decorate with pistachios, add honey upon serving.


Simple,easy and delicious

Spinach Gnocchi.

Hello everybody.

Warm sunny day,I just love these days, though chilli at night but at least you can enjoy a beautiful day.
Lunch was Italian style except the rice which was the Iranian recipe, it’s becoming our kind of rice these days.

Did meatballs the way my cousin Rita always do them, with parmesan,breadcrumbs, eggs,nutmeg, salt and pepper then after cooling them in the fridge they’re dipped directly in boiling tomato sauce, really yummy.

Another new side dish was Spinach Gnocchi, and tasty different kind of appetizer. To tell you the truth is did once maybe a couple of years ago but it was a failure then, today I did it with patience and it turned out just perfect.

Ingredients and method :
* 4 cups of spinach, cut washed and squeezed till all excess water is out.
* 1 1/2 cups ricotta or white cheese.
* 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
* 1 egg.
* 1/2 tsp nutmeg.
* 1 tsp salt and pepper.
* 2 big tablespoons flour.
* some butter and one clove garlic.

* squeeze spinach very well then add all ingredients except butter.
* roll mixture into egg shape.
* roll gnocchi in flour and leave in fridge for a while.
* cook gnocchi in boiling water uncovered till they float on top.
* remove slowly then arrange in an ovenproof pan with butter and garlic then sprinkle with parmesan and mazorella cheese, cook for few minutes till cheese melts.
Buon Apatito as they say in Italian.

wpid-wp-1427219647574.jpeg perfect end result.

wpid-wp-1427219665771.jpeg I used our white cheese instead of ricotta.

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wpid-wp-1427219695387.jpeg  gnocchi before adding the cheese.

wpid-wp-1427219710269.jpegwpid-wp-1427219702124.jpeg meatballs and Iranian rice.

wpid-wp-1427219779723.jpeg photo in cook book.

wpid-wp-1427219806333.jpeg and these are mine!
















Eggplant Lasagna.

Hello everybody.

As I mentioned yesterday I did grocery shopping for many dishes this Saturday, one of the things I got stuff for is this recipe that I read in Al-Rai newspaper Friday morning,by the way they do publish very nice and applicable recipes each Friday,try to look through them they’re very useful.

Recipe is lasagna with eggplants,all veggies no meat or chicken.I made regular traditional one and a small one in my pottery pan with eggplants as trial,turned out very good and rich in taste,a success I might say,will be great in Ramadan or lunch parties.

Ingredients and method:

* 1 large eggplant cubed and fried.

* 1 small onion.

* 2 cloves garlic.

* 2 tablespoons tomato paste.

* 2 large tomatoes peeled and chopped.

* 1 small red sweet pepper chopped.

* 1 cube chicken stock (optional).

* 2 cups water.

* 1 pack feta cheese.

* 200 g, ricotta cheese (  I used some brie cheese and kiri instead)

* 2 tablespoons pitted black olives.

* bunch of parsley.


* 1 pack spinach lasagna.

* Parmesan or kashcaval cheese for topping.

* some olive oil and butter.

* salt and pepper.


* heat oil and butter then add onions,garlic and saute till golden.

* add peppers,tomato paste stir well.

* add tomatoes,maggi cube and water then leave to simmer till sauce is thick.

* mix feta cheese with olives and parsley.

* in a deep oven pan,add some of tomato sauce in the bottom then add layered lasagna sheets.

* add some sauce,then half eggplants.

* add cheese mixture then continue with another layer of lasagna,eggplants then sauce on top.

* bake on low heat for 45 minutes then add cheese on top and roast.

* wait for it to cool a bit and settle before serving, I also made some spinach labaneh salad on the side,yummy yummy :)




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