Moroccan Dish: Chicken with lemon and green olives.(دجاج بالزيتون)

Hello everybody.

As I said yesterday today’s lunch will be special to compensate for the lousy one, have this recipe ripped off from some magazine long time ago, really rich and juicy and of course it’ll be much tastier if you cook it in the tajin dish or pot Moroccans usually use.

Ingredients and method:

* chicken pieces with bones.

* 1 big chopped onion.

* 4-5 cloves garlic.

* 1 lemon peeled and slices.

* 1 tsp fresh ginger.

* pinch of saffron (زعفران)

* 1 cup green olives pitted.

* 1 tsp dried thyme.

* salt pepper and olive oil.

* Marinate chicken in salt,pepper,onions,garlic,thyme,saffron and ginger for 1 hour.

* heat the pan then add some olive oil, then add chicken pieces without marinate and saute till golden on all sides.

* add all marinade and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.

* add lemon slices and olives,some more slat and pepper if you like.

* add 1 cup water and leave on very low heat till done or you can put it in the oven if you wish.

* serve with rice or pitta bread .


Really yummy try it!




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Tomato Thyme Pastries.

Hello everybody.

End of a long holiday,rearranging Eid sweets and Arabic coffee stuff,back to cooking and kitchen work.

lunch was fava beans with rice,didn’t make much cause only me and my youngest son like it,so I made some pastries the old fashion way, dough is simple flour (whole grain and white),yeast,oil, salt then added some sesame seeds and black seeds (قزحه).

Filling was green thyme leaves,finely chopped onion rubbed with salt and pepper,finely chopped fresh tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes, salt,pepper and chili powder and a good amount of olive oil.

Make the dough into balls then spread them,fill and close as triangles,I filled the extra dough with cheese and turkey.



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Pizza Loaf.

Hello everybody.

Full of activities this Friday,usual coffee at my sister in-law then lunch with my family at Zuwar Restaurant, beautiful place and scenery, then my dear auntie and cousin came for tea. feeling blessed as they say in Facebook statuses , love you all <3

I made this loaf for afternoon tea and a bowl of fresh fruit salad, this loaf recipe is easy and quick,tastes a lot like pizza but all mixed together, or can slice it and spread cheese or labaneh on top.

Ingredients and method:

* 2 eggs.

* 1 tsp salt.

* 3/4 cup vegetable oil.

* 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms.

* 1 cup chopped peppers.

* 1/2 cup pitted olives.

* finely chopped green thyme leaves.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

* 2 cups flour.

* white cheese and sesame seeds for decoration.


* beat eggs,salt and oil till creamy.

* add all other ingredient and mix with a wooden spoon (it’ll be like a thick cake but not a dough)

* decorate with cheese pieces and sesame seeds.

* bake in a well heated oven for 30-40 minutes or till done.


Great day full of delicious food and loving people.




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Tuna Sandwiches and Cheese Buns.

Hello again.

We’ve been eating too much meat, chicken, fatty food this week. So today I’m keeping it simple.

I made tuna sandwiches,  only added lettuce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt and pepper to a can of tuna, with some pickles in the sandwich and that’s it.

Early morning though I was rearranging the fridge, found lots of already cut  cheeses from breakfast,  thought to make cheese buns with them. So I kneaded a dough, exactly like  pizza , then arranged cheese slices with tomato slices and thyme. Form them into buns and baked them. Perfect for school lunches or snacks for kids.
Well, I had some dough left so I cut some fresh oregano from the garden, chopped a tomato on them, added dry oregano and sesame and made more buns.

Ended with a light delicious lunch…important point is that hubby and kids loved it ♡♥♡♥











Za’tar Sticks.( اصابع الزعتر)

Hello everybody. How’s your weekend so far???
Hope you’re enjoying the great weather♡.
We’re invited to lunch today at my brother’s fiancee family house…off cooking  also!!! . Actually we had great time and had delicious whole roasted lamp with rice followed by knafeh.
This morning I cut some fresh green za’tar leaves from my garden, so aromatic and tempting to do something with them.
I always bake these sticks whenever I have fresh za’tar, very good in the morning as quick breakfast with cheese or labaneh.

Ingredients and method:
* fresh za’tar or thyme.
* 2 big spoons of each eating za’tar (the one usually bought ready from stores ), dried oregano, sesame seeds, black seeds (قزحه ).
*1 spoon instant yeast.
* 1 spoon salt.
* 1 tsp sugar.
* 3/4 cup olive oil.
* 3 cups  whole  wheat flour.
* 3 cups white flour.
* enough lukewarm water to knead (1-2 cups)

* take one cup from the flour,add yeast, sugar and 1 cup water ( not hot nor cold) mix well and leave till bubbles are formed.
* add all remaining ingredients. Knead well with water enough to form an elastic  non sticky dough.
* cover it with a bit if oil and leave for 1/2 hour to rise.
*  spread it to a thin layer in a big oven tray.
* cut to long rectangles or any shape you like.
* bake in a well heated oven till golden from bottom then roast the upper part.
* store in a well closed jar or tin.












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