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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Roasted Bell Pepper Sandwich/Salad.

It’s been one lazy month :). Sorry I haven’t been posting new recipes. I’ve been a bit busy with projects and I literally have no time to invent new dishes. but I’ve been cooking :)

All the dishes I’m going to post from today and up until I adjust to my new routine, are going to be easy, simple and suitable for any busy life.

Today is Sandwich/Salad day.

All you need is the following:

  1. Roasted Bell Peppers
  2. Roc Continue reading
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Rocca, Apple Walnut Salad

After A full day at work, all I wanted was a light crunchy salad followed by fulfilling sandwich. So I made the following :)

Ingredients:

  1. Rocca
  2. Thin apple slices
  3. Walnuts
  4. lemon
  5. olive oil
  6. salt
  7. black pepper
  8. Balsamic vinegar
  9. mustard seeds.

Directions: drop everything together in one bowl and mix ;)

Bon Appetit!

Basma.

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Crab Pasta Salad

 

I went to Marks & Spencer last week and I bought canned white crab meat and kept it in my room for inspiration. I know its weird but I like to keep things where I would see them everyday :).

 

Direction and Recipe:

  1. So, I made my usual salad dressing, and added the preserved crab water for extra flavor and set it aside. you can always substitute crab with tuna but never use tuna water in the dressing.
  2. boiled whole wheat organic pasta with salt and olive oil. Some say its a waste of oil but I like how it clings to the pasta when its drained.
  3. cut onions, spring onions, tomatoes, lots of rocca.

and that’s it!, mix everything together and serve it immediately.

Tip: Pour cold water on the pasta while its drained to stop the cooking process.

Bon Appetit!

Basma.

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Weekend menu

 

 

I had it all planned out..

lemon chicken salad, sushi, roasted garlic spread, pink sauce pasta, hot chocolate and dessert…

 

I went to Geant, it took me forever to find a parking spot, went inside.. it was sooooooo crowded. couldn’t find anything I wanted.

what would you do if you were in my shoes?

an hour later, I lost my patience and grabbed a fresh chicken breast and an ostrich egg and went home :). spent all night carving the egg, then making a massive egg dish.. and today, I made the chicken lemon salad for lunch.

I was able to hollow the egg without breaking it, and the salad was a success. but I still want to make the multiple dish day. perhaps weekdays, early mornings when people are either asleep or  working.

let me leave you with the pictures:

 

 

Chicken lemon salad.

 

Ingredients:

  1. chicken dressed with olive oil, salt, black pepper, crushed chili peppers.
  2. cabbage
  3. lettuce
  4. pomegranates

direction:

  1. Butterfly the chicken breast: take the chicken breast and cut it in half horizontally but don’t cut it till the end. leave about 2 cm. open it (like a book) and place it between two sheets of plastic wrap and hammer the hell out of it until its thinly spread but not separated :).. I’m still trying to perfect it. can’t make it thin enough without breaking so I settle with about .5 cm of thickness
  2. dress it with the above ingredients and grill (2-3 minutes each side or depending on how thin it is)
  3. that’s it :), arrange it the way you want to pour the dressing on top

 

 

 

Vanilla Ice cream with crushed lady fingers layered in..Garnished with paprika :)

 

 

 

Hot Chocolate – with Marshmallows rolled in paprika

 

 

 Paprika – my favorite spice. you will be deceived by its appearance… it looks like cayenne pepper, but its sweet and has the most wonderful aroma. its amazing with chocolate, great it salads… try it with popcorn and it will be your next best friend :)

 

 

 

 

Bon Appetit!

Basma.

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Rice Salad

Alot have happened those 2 weeks. all I can say is that 24 hours a day isn’t enough but we try to make the most of it and I sure am doing my best.

back to cooking,

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and she mentioned my rice salad. it’s been a while since I made it so I thought it would be a good time to introduce it here :)

I usually make it with wild rice or black rice, but I tried the mixed rice pack this time. tasted a bit different, more starchy but great never the less. It disappeared 5 minutes after I made it!

Recipe:

  1. Onion (optional)
  2. Tomato
  3. Parsley
  4. This salad dressing
  5. Garlic and Ginger

Directions:

  1. take a cup of rice, rinse it with water and cook it with boiling water and a bit of salt.
  2. let it rice cool a bit then mix it with the dressing
  3. add in the garlic and ginger
  4. then add parsley, tomato and onion.

You can add as much dressing as you want, what ever veggies you would like to add and enjoy it’s freshness.

can’t be any easier. not really a salad. its a well dressed rice dish.

I hope you like it as much as I do :)

Bon Appetit!

Basma

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Refreshing Salad Dressing.

It goes with everything, crunchy leafy greens, beans, pasta.. seriously everything :)

Recipe:

2 parts of olive oil

1 part lemon juice

salt to taste

tarragon mustard (its my favorite, but if its not available, try dijon)

put it all in one jar, close it and shake it well untill its all blended together. sometimes if I don’t know what to eat at night and I’m looking for something fulfilling and refreshing, I’d take rocket leaves.. LOTS of them with red beans and mix it with this dressing.. yum!

Bon Appetit!

Basma

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Light lunch

 

>>>followed by a heavy snack but don’t tell my nutritionist :p

 

Today’s dish is so easy and healthy. grilled meat with sauted veggies and a lightly dressed salad.

 

Ingredients:

  1. thin steaks
  2. onions
  3. carrots, cut in long thing slices.
  4. salt and pepper
  5. Worcestershire sauce
  6. broth
  7. roasted bell peppers

 

Directions:

  1. lightly wash the steaks and drop them in white vinegar for about 30 seconds. remove them and sprinkle them with salt and peppers.
  2. in a hot non stick skillet, grill the steaks, 1-2 minutes on each side, depending on its thickness.
  3. remove the steaks and in the same skillet, drop the onions and carrots. once they whither, add the roasted bell peppers.
  4. add couple of drops of worcestershire sauce and return the steaks. toss everthing up together and lift them from the heat.

 

its very light and satisfying. my salad was made of lettuce and rocket. the dressing has balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and lemon.

afterwards, I tried to experiment with cookies, and kind of binged out. ;p.. they were very soft and fresh I just couldn’t resist!

 

did you notice how much I’m using carrots these days? no idea why. 

Bon Appetit,

 Basma.

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