Black Angus Beef with Blue Cheese Sauce.

Hello everybody.

Been waiting for a day when everyone is home for lunch to do these steaks that our dear cousin brought us cause they must be grilled and eaten right away,so this snowy day is perfect.

The steaks are” black angus beef bone in striploin bone calvetti ” was afreaid they won’t be done cause they’re very thick and I can’t do them outside on the grill but they turned out alright, well done from inside.

I used some BBQ seasoning and salt only and pinched them all over then grilled then on top of a very hot grilling pan, kept turning them with a lid on till done. Side dishes were roasted potatoes and sauteed veggies and sauces were gravy mushroom ( ready mix ) and blue cheese sauce ( only for me cause nobody else like it)

wpid-wp-1424540838700.jpeg Restaurant style dish.

wpid-wp-1424540854105.jpeg roasted potatoes and veggies.

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This morning I recycled some old goodies, processed some old rock cookies, all bran and mashed dates all together and made them balls, great as breakfast right? and I have two old oranges used them for a fresh orange cake and used the remaining of the Nutella cinnamon icing on top of it after adding some lemon juice to give it a tangy flavor.

wpid-wp-1424540925275.jpeg  date cookies balls.

wpid-wp-1424540934614.jpeg basic cake with lemony creamy icing.

Well it was a long day full of work but better than sitting doing nothing cause apparently we can’t go out :(

 

 

 

English Breakfast and Almond Hariseh.

Hello everybody.

What did you cook in this weather? all my group members started posting dishes since morning,all locked up in snow and cooking !!

My kitchen was busy doing lots of stuff,a brunch rather than a breakfast cause we ate late, I made a typical English breakfast sunny side ups,scrambled eggs,hot dogs and beans ,a favorite dish for my husband and boys but not me so I baked some ka3ek like last time but today’s batch was much better and more fluffy , ate them with cheese my kind of meal !

DSC_0868 hotel style breakfast.

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DSC_0864 20150220_150041  my ka3ek :)

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Last night I made this new recipe I found,wanted a change from usual hariseh or semolina cake so after searching decided to do this ,turned out nice but as my hubby said it’s not hariseh something totally different guess because it has almonds in it and eggs are separated so it’s a more a cake.

 

Ingredients and method:

* 4 eggs separated.

*1 cup sugar ( i think 1/2 or 3/4 are enough)

* 3/4 cup melted butter.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

* 1 tsp lemon zest.

*1 1/2 cups semolina.

* 1 cup ground almonds.

*pinch of salt.

* sugar syrup ( 3 cups sugar,1 1/2 water and 1 tsp lemon juice)

 

* Separate egg yolks from whites.

* beat butter,sugar,lemon zest and vanilla till creamy.

* add eggs and beat well then add baking powder, semolina and almonds.

* beat egg whites till frothy and stiff.

* fold in whites into mixture slowly with a wooden spoon.

* grease a medium sized pan and pour mixture in.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes toll golden.

*Note: you can decorate it with almonds or coconut on top as you wish.

* when done add the cold syrup on top.

20150220_133026  almond harisseh or semolina cake.

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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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20150111_162704  pickles,olives and beets.

20150111_163018  beans and rice.

 

Multi-grain Soup.

Hello everybody.

Still have 2-3 freezing days to go, heavy snow since morning and expected icing this night ,they say it’ll be like never ever before !

Found this bag of Italian multi-grain mix bag in Select Food Shoppe last week, I soaked a cup last night so as to tenderize a bit for easier cooking.

Simple easy way to make this soup, you simply saute some chopped onions with some olive oil,add the soaked grains,salt,pepper and a bit of cumin then add 5 -6 cups water and a Maggi cube and leave it to cook in pressure cooker for 40-50 minutes. I added some small pasta and lemon juice as well. Of course you can add meat cubes if you like it richer.

 

I also made Shepherd Pie and some Za’tar buns for lunch.

20150109_150358  shepherd pie,buns and soup.

20150108_141533  Mixed beans.

20150109_150425  really tasty heart warming dish .

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Hubby’s Birthday Celebrations.

Hello everybody.

Big Intercontinental breakfast this morning or actually noon celebrating my beloved hubby’s birthday,his favorite dishes eggs in different kinds and cheeses, it was really a nice gathering since we seldom meet for breakfast, a benefit from this storm at least :)

We skipped lunch cause all was full and now we’ll have the cake he asked for Red Velvet and of course a must every year Cream Caramel also a big big favorite.

Hope you’re all having a good time in this cold weather, I know it’s boring and makes one eat a lot but what else to do ?

20150108_185051  Red Velvet Cake.

20150108_185310  Cream Caramel.

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20150108_115103 20150108_115127 French toast.

20150108_185249 20150108_185510  Happy Birthday <3

 

 

 

Homemade Msakhan Bread! (مسخن)

Hello everybody.

Due to weather conditions it’ll be risky to go out and stuck in snow and since the plan was to make msakhan today

so I decided to bake the bread at home,after searching many websites to find a way of baking it in a regular oven I found this good one,very easy and outcome was superb !!

 

Msakhan is an old traditional dish made from chicken,onions,plenty of summaq and olive oil all placed on special kind of bread with nuts on top.

ingredients and method of bread:

Note : this quantity makes 4-5 bread pieces.

* 2 cups flour.

* 1 tsp salt.

* 1/2 cup warm milk.

* 1 1/2 spoons instant yeast.

* 1 tsp sugar.

* 1 cup warm water.

 

* Mix water,yeast and sugar and cover till bubbles are formed.

* add to flour milk and salt.

* knead well by hands for 10 minutes.

* cover and leave to rest and rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

* divide to 4-5 balls.

* roll or spread them into bread shape.

* heat the oven very well with a big oven tray in it.

* when well heated turn on the upper flame .

* place the breads on the tray and bake till surface is golden,bottoms will be done cause tray is already very hot.

* do all breads the same way,make sure the pan is always very hot before each batch.

 

You can do these not only for msakhan,actually boys ate some as is before lunch. Fresh bread is the best food ever :)

20150107_153102  final outcome .

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20150107_153123   Msakhan.

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