Focaccia Bread – First Trial

I made Focaccia bread today! It was my first time ever and it looks good! Didn’t try it yet. I’ll update the post with the recipe when I try it today at lunch :)

اليوم سويت خبر الفوكاشيا. أول مرة اجربه و توه طالع من الفرن. شكله لذيذ بس لي الحين ما ذقته.

ان شاء الله احط الوصفة اذا طلع طعمه لذيذ. راح يكون غداي اليوم :)

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update: it turned out to be great and I made several batches however, the recipe will be part of a menu and I won’t be able to share it. Plus it’s a bit too messy. No specific ingredients :) sorry

Basma

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Quick apple pie

 

 

When I’m in a hurry and I want something really delicious and easy to do, here’s what I do:

Ingredients:

  1. 4 apples
  2. 1 pack of puff pastry
  3. Cinnanom to taste
  4. Brown sugar and white sugar to taste
  5. Lemon so that apples don’t brown
  6. Nutmeg if you’re able to find them :)

 

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice the apples. Mix them with the juice of either a whole small lemon or half a big one.
  2. Mix in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Adjust quantity to taste.
  3. Thaw the puff pastry squares, knead them to make them bigger a bit but not too mush it will be tougher to eat.
  4. Place the mixture in the middle of the puff pastry and cover them.
  5. Bake them until they’re browned. If you want extra flavor and color, brush the pastry with butter.

 

I usually use my muffin tins, place the puff pastry and then place the mixture in it without closing it but I’m not at home and I couldn’t find any muffin tins :) so I’m left out with these funny looking shapes.

Variations: you can mix the mixture with caramel sauce. My favorite is serving it with custard or vanilla ice cream.

Tip: in case you don’t have puff pastry, you can use white toast. Cut it in squares, flatten them, brush them with butter and put them in the muffin tin instead of the puff pastry.

 

 

Bon Appetit!
Basma.

 

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Sinfully Delicious M&M Cookies

I’ll go straight to the recipe since the cookies just cooled off and I can’t resist the smell. :D shay latheeth wayed wayed wayed

I’m not a very good aunt today :), making my nieces those sugar loaded cookies but they’re seriously worth it.

Ingredients:

1 1\4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 cup of soft butter (room temp)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
A pack of M&Ms, the 150 grams one.
Walnuts if u want

Directions:

- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
- Mix everything except the M&Ms together.
- Add the M&Ms, mix them for a bit
- using a spoon, scoop out the dough making small balls. Make sure each ball is at least 3 cm apart so they don’t stick.
- Bake them for 10 minutes or until they’re slightly browned. I like mine crispy, so I baked them for 11 minutes and cooled them off using a metal wrack just like the picture. It prevents it from being soggy.

I made 16 cookies, each cookie has around 216 calories. The whole mix is around 3460 so you can make smaller cookies using a teaspoon and have less calories per cookie :)

Best served with a cold glass of milk with the kids.

Bon Appetit!
Basma :)

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Moist Roasted Lemon Chicken


 

Happy Ramadan!

Today’s recipe is very simple and DELICIOUS. The first time I tried it was in June and we just couldn’t get enough of it. It’s pretty simple too! all you need to do is to follow up the recipe below:

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. A whole chicken, cleaned, and rubbed with turmeric and flour.
  2. Lemon slices
  3. A whole potato cut in cubes
  4. salt and pepper
  5. Garlic slices
  6. Butter (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Rub the chicken with a tiny knob of butter or olive oil from the inside and the outside and sprinkle some salt and peppet
  2. Stuff the chicken with the potato cubes, lemon slices and garlic. you can add lemon juice if you want as well.
  3. Use a roasting bag this time. it will keep the chicken moist and delicious. Close the bag tightly and put it in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. (Heat: 175-180 C in a preheated oven)

 

 

and serve it while its still hot :)

You can substitute the lemon slices with Orange slices, add more herbs if you want, or add carrots for a sugary flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

Bon Appetit!

Basma :)

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Artichokes – My Favorite Dish

This is probably the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Its delicious and easy to make.


Ingredients:

  1. Artichoke globes
  2. Lemons
  3. 1 Garlic
  4. White Vingegar
  5. 2 Garlic cloves
  6. Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Cut the tip of the artichokes and boil them with 2 lemons cut into quarters, white vinegar, and a whole garlic head (tips cut off)
  2. Once you can remove the leafs without any force, remove the artichokes from the heat and strain it.
  3. In a blender, blend olive oil, garlic and lemon.
  4. And you’re done! all you need to do is tare each leaf and dip the end of it with the sauce and eat the flesh. once you reach the heart, remove the feather like thingies and soak the heart with the dressing and eat it.

That’s it :)


Nutritional Info:

Each Artichoke has:

  1. 90-105 calories depending on its size
  2. 3.6 grams of fat
  3. 8 grams of fiber
  4. 5 grams of protein.


Bon Appetit!

Basma :)

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Baked Kabosha Squash


I wanted something flavorful and delicious for dinner so I made what I want to think of as a healthy alternative to our regular deep fried fries. If you’re not into kabocha squash, go with any type squash.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 medium sized squash (the firmer the better) peeled and cut similar to fries.
  2. Paprika, garlic powder and salt &pepper to taste.
  3. 1-2 TBS olive oil which is optional.

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix olive oil with squash, and sprinkle the spices on top. Give them a toss and spread them over a cookie sheet or foil. You can also spread the squash first and drizzle olive oil and spices on top.
  2. Place them in a pre-heated oven (200 Celsius) for 30-40 minutes or until they’re browned and dry in the edges.


I like my fries to be extra soft and caramelized. If you want them to be crispy, bake them for 40-45 minutes.



That’s it!

I’m charging my camera so I snapped a picture with my blackberry this time :)

Bon appetit!
Basma.

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Mom’s Recipe Box: Sponge Cake Recipe.


Thank you for all the likes! it’s now possible for me to post the recipe and for you to enjoy it :)


This is not any sponge cake! it is THE BEST THING YOU’LL EVER EAT.

The Ingredients:

  1. A pack of thick cream (Forget about dieting this time. It’s soo worth it)
  2. A pack of whipping cream.
  3. 1.5 Cups of sugar
  4. 1 or 2 tsp vanilla or a juice of a medium sized orange with orange zest if you like fruity flavors. you can customize your own cake :)
  5. 1.5 tsp baking powder
  6. 2.5 Cups of flour
  7. 5 Eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven – (175 degrees)
  2. In a bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the whipping cream and the thick cream to the dry ingredients and mix them until they’re well incorporated together
  4. Whisk the eggs together then add them to the mixture
  5. add the vanilla essence or any other flavor you want then pour them in the baking plate thingy (forgot its name, blame it on the flu :))… Make sure it’s only 50-60% full, because it has to have enough space to rise properly when it’s being baked.
  6. Place them in the oven and bake them for 40-50 minutes.
  7. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool before you try to take it out of the baking pan. The cake will break apart if handled when it’s hot.

It’s very important to know your oven. Mine it sealed, so things get cooked very fast. If you’re not familiar with how your oven works, wait for 40 minutes then insert a toothpick to the center of the cake and take it out. if it has no batter, then your cake is ready.

Try out different flavors like almond essence, orange juice and zest, lemon zest.. some like combining icing sugar with any citrus juice and pouring it over the cake when it’s still warm. I like mine with vanilla and a bit of orange zest.


Bon Appetit!

Basma.

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Help Me Post This Recipe Please.

I was going through my mom’s recipe box and I found 3 sweet recipes that I loved and I don’t normally go for sweets.

The above picture was the end result of recipe #1.. The softest, most delicious and aromatic sponge cake I’ve ever tasted. Just the memory of it makes me hungry!

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I’d love to share the recipe with you…

But here’s the trick… I can’t post the recipe!

UNLESS I get 50 likes.

That’s the deal I got :)


Please HELP ME post this recipe by hitting the like button Below :)



Bon Appetit!

Basma.

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