Poaching Made Easy

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This is the easiest poaching method I ever tried. All you need to do is get the egg poachies from home selection at arraya complex and follow the instructions:

1. Place a poachie in a cup or a mug, and break the egg inside

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2. Place the poachie immediately in the simmering water and wait for 6 minutes

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3. Take it off the heat and let it dry out a bit then gently shake the pouch till the egg comes out. Place it on a bun and enjoy eating it :)

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Mine was toasted bread, a lil bit of Dijon mustard, turkey slices, the poached egg of course and then topped with sriracha sauce which is my current obsession :)

bon appetit!
Basma

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Butter Bean Dip

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Making my own meals everyday is becoming a habit :)

I’m having weird cravings recently for everything vegetarian. Couple of days ago I made sweet potato microwave chips and dipped them in labna. Then popcorn with hummus at night!

Today’s dinner will be popcorn with this delicious dip.

العشا اليوم نفيش ويا تغميسة الفاصوليا البيضا

 

Ingredients:

  1. 1 can of butter beans – make sure they’s preserved in water and salt and not sugar. علبة فاصوليا بيضا محفوضة بالماي و الملح
  2. Half a minced garlic clove نص فص ثوم مفروم
  3. The juice of one lemon عصير ليمونة وحدة
  4. A pinch of salt if needed ملح اذا احتجتوا
  5. Around 1/4 tsp of black pepper ربع ملعقة صغيرة فلفل اسود
  6. Finely chopped parsley بقدونس مفروم

Put everything in your food processor and mix away! :) that’s it!

 

حطوا كل شي بمحضرة الطعام و خلطوا :)

تقدرون تاكلونه مع بطاط او ناتشوز او نفسي مع نفيش

بالعافية

 

You can eat it with chips, nachos or dip couple of popcorns like me :)

 

 

 

Bon appetit!
Basma.

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Preserved Lemons – أچار الليمون

This is the easiest lemon preserve ever. All you need is a sterile jar, coarse salt, a knife and lemons.

Start with cleaning the lemons by brushing them then cutting the lemons the same way I did and sprinkling some salt inside the cuts

أول شي تغسلون الليمون عدل و تفرشونه بفرشة بعدين تقصون الليمونة مثل الصورة و ترشون ملح داخل الليمون

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Then try to fit as much lemons as you can in the jar, the cut side facing down or tilted downwards. Press the lemons to fit more lemons in the jar. They will reduce in size with time.

و بعدين صفوا الليمون داخل القرشة و يكون الطرف المقصوص مواجه تحت عشان ينزل العصير. حاولوا تضغطون الليمون و تحطون ليمون بالقرشة كثر ما تقدرون لان حجمهم راح يصغر مع الوقت

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Sprinkle some salt on top of the jar when you’re done and close it. Leave it be for 3-5 days and then see if the juices from the lemons have covered the lemons. If not, add lemon juice till it covers the lemons.

و لمى تصفون كل الليمون و تخلصون رشوا ملح فوق اخر شي و سكروا القرشة و خلوها لمدة ٣-٥ ايام. بعدين شوفوا اذا العصير اللي نزل من الليمون مغطي الليمون خلوه. و اذا مو مغطي الليمون، زيدوه عصير.

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There’s another way of doing this. You can mix garlic and chili flakes with the salt and use it like I mentioned above.

تقدرون بعد تضيفون ثوم و فلفل على الملح و تستخدمونه نفس الطريقة اللي كتبتها.

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Leave the jars for 3-4 weeks then consume them the way you like. You can add them to sandwiches, use as condiment with rice, cook with them. Their uses are endless :)

خلوه لمدة ٣-٤ اسابيع يستوي بروحه و بعدين تقدرون تستخدمونه بالطريقة اللي تبونها. بالساندويتشات، مع العيش، بالطبخ. كل شي :)

تاكدوا ان القرشة نظيفة عدل قبل لا تبدون. و بالعافية

I’ll be updating you with pictures when they’re ready.

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Basma.

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich

 

 

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Today’s dish is a grilled chicken sandwich with light chunky hummus.

طبق اليوم هو ساندويتش الدجاج المشوي مع حمص قليل السعرات

 

Directions:

  1. Take half a chicken breast and either thinly slice it or butterfly it. Sprinkle both sides with salt, pepper and paprika then grill it without oil. Make sure you do not flip it until it’s cooked properly because it will stick and break if it’s not cooked
  2. Take around 5 tablespoons of chickpeas and smash it using a fork with 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of sesame paste, a squeeze of lemon, salt, pepper and paprika. You can add garlic if you want but i didn’t. (um3azoz, one of my instagram buddies suggested adding yogurt for a lighter hummus version)
  3. All you need is to assemble the sandwich; A thick layer of hummus, then the chicken breast (cut into stripes), then shredded carrots and rocca leaves. I used 100% organic rye bread from alraha stone mill.

 

الطريقة:

  1. اول شي ناخذ نص صدر دياية و نقصها شرايح ضعيفة. نرش فوقها ملح و فلفل اسود و بابريكا و نشويها بدون دهن. لا تقلبونها الا لمى تستوي لأن راح تلزق
  2. حق الحمص: هرسوا ٥ ملاعق كبيرة نخي مع ملعقتين روب و ملعقة صغيرة هردة (طحينة) مع عصرة ليمونة و ملح و فلفل اسود و بابريكا. تقدرون تضيفون ثوم اذا تبون بس انا ما حطيت ثوم
  3. و الحين سووا الساندويتش: طبقة كبيرة من الحمص، و فوقها الدياي بس نقصصه شرايح اول و بعدين جزر مبشور و جرجير

استخدمت خبز الجاودر من الرحى اللي بالقادسية.

و بالعافية.

 

 

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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 :)

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Basma.

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Roasted Stuffed Turkey Breast Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Boneless Turkey Breast
  2. 2 Zucchini
  3. 1 Parsnip
  4. 1 Medium Onions
  5. 1-2 TBS Olive oil
  6. Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Chili Flakes
  7. 4-5 TBS Philadelphia Herb Cheese.

Directions:

  1. I used butter ball’s turkey breast. it comes with a ready made gravy, and boneless turkey breast ready to be used. the first thing you need to do is to flatten the breast, either by butterflying the thick parts or hammering them. before that, the turkey has to be thawed properly in the fridge.
  2. In a pan, saute the onions and parsnips, add the spices and when the parsnips soften, add the zucchini.
  3. Take the mixture out of the pan and mix the herb cheese.
  4. Place the turkey on the table, just like the Nori sheets for sushi, Place the stuffings in the middle and roll it.
  5. Wrap the turkey with string so that everything stays in it’s place when being baked.
  6. Baking time: I’ll add this as soon as I’m home, But I remember having it on high heat for around 15 minutes then lowering it to 185 for an hour.

Bon appetit!

Basma.

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Seaweed Salad

I’ve been busy cooking this weekend. Made 2 sponge cakes, trying to figure out what went wrong with my readers’ cakes. and I finally got it. Gas ovens tend to dry out cakes, so if you’re using a gas oven or an electric oven and your cake became dry from the outside and mushy from the inside, then you need to cover it with foil for at least half of the time. One reader tried this tip today and it worked very well for her. she increased the heat from 175 to 180 and covered the cake with foil. Foil let’s cakes evenly cook which is what we want.. speaking of that, I think I’ll get me a slice for dinner!

The second dish I made was a seafood soup inspired by Tom Yam soup, but it’s not really a tom yam soup. I’ll post it later on this week. it has zero fat and it’s quiet nice!

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Got another easy recipe for you today :)

I went to the Korean grocery store that Nouf Al Mudhayan featured in her second spot light episode. One of the things I got was a pack of dried seaweeds; all colors! you only need to soak them with water than they’re good to go.

Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  1. Seaweed
  2. Lettuce
  3. Rocca
  4. Pickled Ginger (optional)
  5. 1 TBS Sesame oil
  6. A splash of Lemon
  7. 1 TBS Soy sauce
  8. A splash of Vinegar
  9. Garlic (Optional)
  10. A pinch of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Soak the seaweeds in water until they’re tender again and mix them with the veggies.
  2. Shop up some pickled ginger and add it to the salad if you want. I like to eat it separately
  3. Shake ingredients 5-10 together in a jar and mix them with salad. If you don’t like Sesame oil or Asian flavors, just go with a simple olive oil/lemon dressing. Everything works

Bon Appetit!

Basma.

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