Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Put 1 cup sugar,4 tablespoons cocoa,1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan and let it boil for 2 minutes then take off heat. Add 1 cup of peanut butter ,1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 cups of oats and stir well. Drop teaspoonful of the mixture on a baking sheet or tray lined […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Marinate chicken thighs or pieces in a mixture of ras el hanout spice mix,cinnamon and zhoug spice mix or some chili depending how much heat you like. Mix these spices in 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and lemon juice. Rub the chicken thighs with salt and pepper then rub in the marinade. Let it marinate for a […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Doughnut Muffins
Today I made a batch of doughnut muffins ,so easy to make .Ready in 30 minutes.
Sift 2 cups self raising flour and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
In a jug whisk 1 egg,1/3 cup of oil,3/4 cup of sugar .3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the liquid mixture to the flour and […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Easy apple cake ..
.just mix allthe ingredients in a bowl with a spoon .
First peel and dice 4 apples and pour the juice of an orange .
In a big bowl put 1 cup light brown sugar,3 sifted cups of self raising flour or use plain flour and add 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

n a food processor finely chop a bunch of parsley,a medium sized onion and 4 garlic cloves.Put in a bowl with 500g of minced beef, 1 teaspoon grated ginger ,1 tablespoon of Al Amier kebab spice mix and 1/2 teaspoon of zhoug spice from Dical House and leading supermarkets, If you do not have these […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Start by crushing a packet of digestive biscuits and I added 2 cups of Leverno Amaretini from Dical House to add an almond flavour to my biscuit base ,Put the crushed biscuits in a bowl and add 125g melted butter and stir, Press this mixture in a spring form tin
I used tinned ready made caramel […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Marrow & potato patties
Grated a large marrow removing the seed and a small onion,2 garlic cloves ,1 packet of instant mashed potatoes,2 eggs and salt and pepper. Mix everything well then shape into patties . Can be baked but I chose to fry mine . Fry until golden on each side

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

2 packets of ready rolled puff pastry . Put one on the base of a pie tin. In a bowl mix 250 g ricotta (I used the creamy ricotta sold in tubs) 1 pkt of cream cheese (Philadelphia or similar) 2 eggs ,1 cup of grated mature cheddar cheese ,salt & pepper to taste and […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Thaw if using frozen prawns ,put in a bowl season with salt and pepper ,add the juice and zest of a lemon . Heat a large deep frying pan or a paella pan ,add some butter and oil and when its hot put the prawns in and stir fry for about 2 minutes then transfer […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Cook 1 cup brown lentils in 3 cups water for about 25 minutes until just tender.Drain in a colander and rinse and let them drain well. In the mean time finely chop an onion and 4 cloves of garlic ,fry but be careful not to burn or else it will have a bitter taste.Finely dice […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Deboned capon stuffed with minced meat,bread crumbs,spices ,herbs,onions,garlic ,seasoning and eggs ,covered with foil then roasted .

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Pasta with salmon
Cooked makkarunelli then mixed in tinned pink salmon,sliced olives,a small jar of shredded salmon ,a finely chopped garlic clove,olive oil,lemon juice,dried chives ,some cumin and cayenne pepper.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Heat some oil and saute a chopped medium onion ,1 large carrot diced into small pieces,some chopped celery and 2 cloves garlic. When the onion softens put 1 teaspoon turmeric,1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon curry. 1 cup of orange lentils ,mix in with the onion then pour 1.75lt of chicken stock ,juice of […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

used Biorinatura agave syrup from Dical House Mosta instead of sugar and made the buttermilk needed for this recipe adding 1 tablespoon Biorinatura apple cider from Dical House ,Mosta to 3/4 cup of milk and let it curdle . I prepared it first thing . Preheat oven to 200 C and grease and lightly dust […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I saw this idea as I was looking for recipes online and I have been making it for my kids even thou they are grown up they still enjoy them and I do too as a light lunch or meal. I used wholemeal spelt spaghetti to make this, Thread uncooked spaghetti into sliced pieces of […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Put water toboil to cook the penne. Add salt and a teaspoonful of turmeric and 1/2 a teaspoon of hot or mild curry to flavour the pasta.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and a dash of oil so it will not burn and fry chopped chicken breast or if you have you can use ready cooked […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Rub the rabbit pieces with salt & pepper. In a bowl mix 2 tablespoons mayonnaise,1 teaspoon mustard,finely chopped or squeezed garlic,2 teaspoons mixed spice,1 teaspoon garam masala,juice of a lemon,2 tablespoons brown steak sauce and worchestershire sauce,1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce. Whisk this mixture and rub it in the rabbit pieces. Let it marinate for […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I used a hand held beater to make this cake. In a mixing bowl sift 3/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt and add 3/4 cup of sugar . Stir then add 1/2 cup butter and beat until well combined.
In a bowl whisk 2 large eggs,lemon zest and juice of a large lemon […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I used pizza dough for this quiche. Lightly mashed some cooked broccoli and cauliflower,seasoned beat in 2 eggs and 3/4 cup cooking cream,grated cheese,chopped sausages and finely chopped parsley. Put diced Jack Link’s beef jerky from Dical House ,Mosta & Sliema and leading supermarkets . This is not just good and healthy as a snack […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Ftajjar imhawra biz-zejt – Bread filled with a mixture of chopped sun dried tomatoes,olives,capers,mint,white beans,spring onion,fresh garlic,tuna & sardines. Perfect for a packed lunch 

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Chop a large onion and saute until soft , Put 400 g thawed frozen spinach in a bowl. Mix in the sauteed chopped onion,2 crushed garlic cloves,salt and pepper and mix in 5 eggs . Heat a large non stick frying pan and heat some oil. Put the spinach and egg mixture in the pan […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Heat oil in a large saucepan or pot. Lightly fry the lamb chops to seal. I had 8 lamb chops. Put the lamb chops in a bowl or dish until you cook the stew. In the same pot saute 2 large sliced onions,4 large carrots,2 thick celery stalks and a few garlic cloves. Add 1 […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I thought I will try to make baked not deep fried Zeppoli this year, Filled them with sweet ricotta mixed with orange peel and chocolate drops a small dollop of cherry jam
on top and sifted icing sugar . These can also be filled with custard or chocolate cream .
For the Zeppoli pastry : Sift together […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

To make these veggie spring rolls I used a packet of frozen spring roll pastry squares . There were 20 sheets of square pastry.Let it thaw before using in the fridge and while using it is very thin so taker care and cover the remaining pastry while using it with a damp cloth so it […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Prepare the chicken thighs by rinsing and blotting dry with paper towels . Then rub with a mixture of garlic,thyme,salt and pepper and pour the juice of two lemons over them,Slice 2 large onions,4 large carrots and some garlic cloves. Heat some butter in a large oven dish and then add the vegetables,2 bay leaves […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

For this rice dish I first made the soup Heat some oil in a pot then saute a large chopped onion,celery and 3 carrots & 3 peeled and chopped tomatoes.Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric,1/2 teaspoon of curry and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin. Add 500 g chopped pumpkin ,saute for some minutes ,add 1/2 a […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Heat some oil in a saucepan and saute 2 large chopped onions,chopped celery and 2 diced carrots. Add 1 teaspoon mixed spice and let it cook until the onions soften. Add about 3 cups of diced pumpkin ,2 chopped garlic cloves . When the pumpkin softens add 3 cups of fresh (or frozen ) broad […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A hot spicy seafood soup with Chinese style noodles . This makes a hearty family meal.
Dice 2 onions,1 sweet red pepper and celery ,heat some oil in a large pot and saute the diced veg. If you like it spicy add a chopped chili pepper. 1 teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon hot curry. Add a […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A rich lush chocolate cake ,I made it in a star mold cake tin and filled the centre with lots of melted nutella then covered the sides with more nutella and made a spiral design in the middle using white chocolate .
For the chocolate cake beat 3 egg whites until white and foamy then add […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Sift 11/2 cups self raising flour in a bowl ,mix in 1 cup sugar,1 teaspoon cinnamon ,1and 1/2 cups oats Rub in 1 cup of butter.In a small bowl or jug whisk together 3/4 cup of yogurt ,2 eggs and 1/2 teaspoon each of vanilla and almond extract. Pour the yogurt ,eggs mixture over the […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Spinach bake
Spinach,finely chopped garlic mixed with whisked eggs,milk & seasoning then put in a greased oven dish top with grated cheese and thinly sliced tomato and bake in a 175 C oven until it sets .

 

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Parboiled quartered and roast potatoes , For added flavor I added a chicken stock cube to the water ,tossed in some oil ,salt & pepper .Then roast until crisp & golden  in a 180 C preheated oven

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I love one pot and one dish meals . I usually make my cottage or shepherd pies with a mash potato base and a mashed potato topping but today I just used the mashed potato for the base.
Peel ,dice and cook the potatoes for mashing.
In a pot heat some oil and saute 2 large chopped […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

In a large pot heat some oil and add a large diced onion,when it softens put in a medium sized aubergine cut into chunks. Add 2 teaspoons Al Amier Baharat spice mix and 1/2 teaspoon Al Amier Zhoug spice mix both these spices are found from Dical House ,Mosta and leading supermarkets .If you do […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

In a bowl sift 2 cups of self raising flour ,add 5 tablespoons of sugar and the zest of a lemon. In a jug whisk 1 large egg,1 cup milk (if you wish coconut milk can be used )and 1/2 cup of oil. Pour the liquid mixture over the flour and beat just until the […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Fish & seafood soup
Heat some oil in a pot and fry a large chopped onion,chopped garlic. Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric ,1/2 teaspoon curry (hot or mild depends on taste) a pinch of dried chili flakes. Then add peeled and chopped tomatoes ,diced white fish fillets and diced surimi lobster tails ,chopped fresh herbs,a teaspoon of […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Sift together 13/4 cups flour,11/2 teaspoon baking powder,1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl.
In a bowl or jug whisk 1/3 cup vegetable oil,3/4 cup sugar,1 egg and 3/4 cup milk .
Pour the liquid mixture over the flour mixture and mix until it is a batter. Do not over beat. Spoon in muffin paper […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

No butter ,oil or eggs are used in this brownie recipe. Dense fudge brownies with chopped almonds and white choc chips .
Sift 1 cup flour ,1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teasġoon salt in a bowl .
Heat some water in a saucepan and over it put a heat proof bowl and melt 150 g good […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I find that corned beef and cabbage taste so good together ,many might say corned beef is not healthy but I believe that if it is eaten once in a while it will do no harm.
Core and boil a cabbage in lightly salted boiling water for about 10 minutes until the leaves are easy to […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

These are really moist and so quick & easy to make. In 10 minutes the mixture is ready and in the oven and while you do the washing up they will be almost ready.
In a bowl sift 2 cups flour with a tablespoon of baking powder,1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon,and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix in […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

My family love pies and I like to fill them up with loads of veg . Perfect hot or cold and made into small individual portions for a picnic or packed lunch.
Chicken & veg pie
500g short crust pastry
500 g minced chicken or chopped chicken breast
mixed veg I used carrots,peas, finely chopped potatoes
2 large onions chopped
1 […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Marinate chicken thighs or pieces in a mixture of ras el hanout spice mix,cinnamon and zhoug spice mix or some chili depending how much heat you like. Mix these spices in 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and lemon juice. Rub the chicken thighs with salt and pepper then rub in the marinade. Let it marinate for a […]

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Mixed roast veg and chicken wings . Marinated the wings in mixed spice ,salt & pepper,pinch of chili flakes,2 tablespoons of Nick Hickory smoked sauce from Dical House ,Mosta .In a large bowl I put aubergine,mixed coloured peppers,onion,garlic all cut into large chunks,halved small tomatoes,thyme,cumin ,coriander ,seasoned with salt and pepper. In a small bowl […]

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

When we are sick we need to eat light and easy to digest meals .This is an easy meal to prepare and light to digest yet very tasty.
Smothered boneless ,skinless chicken thigh and potatoes with lemon & thyme
Sliced fresh onions,2 finely chopped garlic cloves,a layer of boneless,skinless chicken thighs ,lightly seasoned with salt ,sprinkling of […]

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

My easy Baklava…
We were watching a program on tv about Middle Eastern cooking and they were making baklava .My husband said he fancied some baklava so I improvised using what I had at hand.
I had 2 packets of ready rolled puff pastry .I opened one of the pastry on a baking tray. I melted 2/3 […]

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Tabbouleh
This is a popular Middle Eastern meze which is made with bulgur ( cracked) wheat or couscous,lots of finely chopped parsley,finely diced tomatoes,spring onion,cucumber ,bell peppers ,olive oil and lemon juice.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I used straciatella yogurt but if you have another kind of yogurt it can be used and if you wish add some chocolate drops or chips. Heat 1/2 cup milk and add 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda and pour and mix in with 3 ripe mashed bananas
In a bowl whisk 3 eggs and 1 cup […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This is like a very big baked cabbage omelette .
Heat some butter and oil in a very large saucepan or pot. Saute 2 large roughly chopped onions,I added 75g of chopped beef jerky but bacon or pancetta can be used. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon garam masala and cook until the onion is […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Ricotta pie with tortilla wrap instead of pastry .
I made this ricotta pie using tortilla wraps (medium size) as the pastry.
Mix 250 g ricotta with 3 beaten eggs reserving 1/4 cup of the beaten egg for the top.,seasoning and grated cheese .
Grease a pie dish with butter then line with a tortilla wrap and put […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

An easy yet delicious and tasty supper this evening. Sauteed chopped onion,garlic in butter ,added 2 cups sliced mushrooms and a small sliced chili ,1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. 1 ltr chicken stock and seasoned to taste & some finely chopped parsley. Let it boil then added 2 small packets mushroom tortellini and […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I used a frozen cooked lobster in its shell. First I defrosted the lobster and broke the shell and took the lobster meat , the roe called coral and set it aside. Then I put the shell ,claws etc in a saucepan added 4 1/2 cups of water,a bay leaf ,3 crushed garlic cloves ,seasoning […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Pizza dough ,roast vegetables ..sliced aubergines,marrow,sweet red pepper,cherry tomatoes ,sliced mushrooms,quartered onions,sliced garlic mixed in a big bowl with olive oil,mixed herbs,lemon juice ,sweet paprika and lots of salt and pepper. Roasted in a 180 C oven until nice and golden.
Pizza dough spread over greased oven dishes then divided the roast veg over the 3 […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

In a bowl sift 11/2 cups self raising flour and 3 tablespoons cocoa. Add to them 1 cup oats and 1/2 cup sugar.In a jug whisk 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice added to make it like buttermilk or else use buttermilk if you have,1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1 egg.Pour the liquid […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

In a bowl mix 3 apples cut into chunks ,1 teaspoon cinnamon,1/2 teaspoon ground anise seeds and 3 tablespoons sugar,1/4 cup sultanas or currants and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.
In a bowl sift 13/4 cups self raising flour
In another bowl whisk together 1/2 cup veg oil,3/4 cup sugar ,1/4 cup orange juice,1/4 cup yogurt and 11/2 […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Rub rabbit pieces with salt & pepper and put in a bowl. In another small bowl mix 1 tablespoon mixed spice,1 teaspoon all spice,2 teaspoons sweet paprika,4 bay leaves,2 tablespoonful of mayonnaise,2 tablespoons soy sauce,2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce,a few drops of Tabasco chili sauce ,juice of 1 lemon & as much chopped garlic as you […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I used a store bought ready rolled puff pastry and left it on the grease proof paper and put it in a pie dish. Wash the strawberries and gently blot dry,slice them then mix with some strawberry jam or a tablespoonful of sugar.
For the filling mix 1 cup ricotta ,1/2 cup mascarpone,I […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

A very easy and delicious dip to serve. It was a great hit with my family . Just blend together 250 g ricotta (I used the Maltese Benna type not the creamy ) 100g cream cheese (I used low fat) 2 tablespoons basil pesto,2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and a few drops of Tabasco chili […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This is one of my family’s favorite meals. It was mine as well when I was at home. My mother makes the most delicious meatballs never tasted better than the ones she makes. Today I decided to bake not fry the meatballs. Came out really good ,will be baking them from now on .
To make […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I used the food processor to make the cookie dough. Put 1/2 cup walnuts and blend then add 3/4 cup sugar,2 cups flour,1/4 teaspoon salt,1 cup butter and 2 teaspoons of instant coffee dissolved in 2 tablespoons of hot water and blend until it becomes a dough. Turn out to a lightly floured worktop and […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

For this gateau I made a white chocolate yogurt cake base . In a bowl whisk 2 150g cups of white chocolate flavour yogurt,2 eggs,1 cup sugar ,1/2 cup oil ,then sift over it 2 cups self raising flour and mix in the yogurt mixture until it is a smooth batter. Do not over beat. […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Chicken legs marinated for a few hours or overnight in a mixture of mayonnaise,garam masala,lemon juice,mustard and squeezed garlic cloves. First rub the washed and dried chicken with salt & pepper then cover with the marinade.
Put sliced potatoes,carrots ,quartered small onions and lots of garlic (according to taste) season with salt & pepper and pour […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

For this seafood soup I used mussels ,surimi shrimps and chopped white fish fillets but you can use any fish or seafood you like.
Heat some butter and oil in a pot then saute a big chopped onion,a chopped de seeded chili pepper (add as much as you prefer it to be spicy) 1 teaspoon turmeric,1 […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I like sweets made with nuts and Kwarezimal is one of my favorite. There are different recipes this is how I make mine.
Roast 300 g almonds and after they cool put in a food processor and blend. I prefer mine coarsely ground. Put in a large mixing bowl and add 11/3 cups sugar ,2 cups […]

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This is my easy Prinjolata recipe
This is not the traditional Prinjolata recipe but its delicious and fun to make it with your
children.
I made 14 (would have made 15 but the ‘tasters’ wanted to check it out 😉 ) I used a muffin tin foil cup as a measure and for shape.
Crush 2 packets of savoiardi […]

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

All who follow my recipes know I do not do complicated recipes ,many are quite straight forward even the cakes most are a one bowl recipes and do not take forever to prepare. I like to go look for recipes online and I happened to see this easy marmalade recipe. It was a recipe on […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Sift 11/2 cups self raising flour in a bowl ,mix in 1 cup sugar,1 teaspoon cinnamon or allspice ,a pinch of ground cloves and 11/2 cups oatmeal,rub in 1 cup butter and 2 tablespoons milk . Press half this mixture in a greased 13 x 9 in oven dish.
In a small pot put 250 g […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Made a bowlful of shredded red ,white cabbage and carrots for coleslaw and we did not eat it so I decided to use it to make cabbage soup.
I used beef jerky Teryaki from Dical House to make the soup more flavorful.
Saute chopped onion and the beef jerky cut into small pieces . 1 […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Mix 500 g couscous in a bowl with some olive oil ,in a pot heat some oil and saute sliced spring onion and a fresh garlic stalk,add 1teaspoon garam masala ,1 teaspoon turmeric,1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper ,add 3 cups frozen mixed veg I used a diced carrot,potato & pea mix. Add 2 cups vegetable stock […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Cook about 800g-1kg cauliflower florets for about 8 minutes in slightly salted boiling water. Saute 500g frozen thawed spinach in a tablespoon of butter and a squeezed garlic clove for a few minutes. Then let it cool a bit and add 3 beaten eggs and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a bowl mix 250g ricotta,3 […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

So easy to make and so yummy ! I use a hand held mixer ,cream 1 cup peanut butter and 1 cup brown sugar ,then add 2 beaten eggs and 2 1/2 cups oatmeal and lastly 1/2 cup chocolate chips . Form into balls and put on a lined baking sheet . Press […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Looking through online recipes to get ideas how to use avocado not just as a dip I found this recipe and tried it. Super easy and very tasty.
Put water to boil for pasta ,I used small shells (500g) .
Scoop the flesh of 2 ripe avocados in a bowl and mash lightly,add a few chopped sweet […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

A crushed biscuit base made with a packet of crushed almond biscuits and 1/2 cup melted butter and pressed on the base of a spring form tin.
Lemon meringue filling cream made using 2 packets and cooking according to the instructions ,I always add less water so its a thicker cream. Spreading the lemon cream over […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Broccoli soup
Saute a chopped onion and 2 cloves garlic,add 2 chopped potatoes and 1.50ml vegetable stock,a large head of broccoli cut into florets.When it boils simmer until the broccoli is tender then blend until creamy . Adding the potatoes makes it creamy without having to add cream. I served with a pinch of cayenne pepper […]

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

With this cold weather nothing is more welcome than some hot steaming plateful of hearty soup.This is a very filling tasty soup.
Heat some oil in a pot and lightly fry 4 chicken thighs on both sides for a few minutes then take out and put in a bowl and in the same pot saute 2 […]

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

First rinse the green mung beans ,put in a pot add 6 cups water and cook until its tender. Do not add any salt or else it will not cook and remain hard. Strain .
Heat some oil in a pot and fry a large chopped onion,add 1 teaspoon turmeric and […]

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Today my youngest Malik was very happy when I said I was making noodles with spicy beef and veg. He loves noodles ,he would eat them everyday !
Put a pot of water to cook the noodles to boil.In the meantime prepare the meat & veg.I used a bag of frozen Chinese stir fry veg which I […]

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Cauliflower florets ,cabbage ,thickly sliced carrots,celery(the big stalked celery),aubergine,green and orange peppers. Layer and sprinkle sea salt and let them stand for at least 6 hours . Then rinse well and let them drain in a colander. I make it to every 1 ltr white vinegar I add 1/2 ltr water. 1/2 tablespoon turmeric,1/2 tablespoon […]

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Cauliflower and potato soup
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook 1 chopped onion, stirring, for 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.1 carrot and 2 stalks celery.
Add 2 chopped potatoes,4 cups stock and 1 cup cold water to pan. Bring to the boil. […]

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Used ready rolled puff pastry ,spread the filling over the pastry circle ,then put halved hard boiled eggs in the middle and pieces of mozzarella . Rolled like a roly poly ,brushed with egg wash then sprinkled nigella (black seeds) and sesame seeds on top . Bake in a 180 C oven until golden.
For the […]

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

When i make pies I am sure my family is happy because they love pies ! This afternoon I made pies with a minced beef & I added a tin of corn beef mixed veg.
I made short crust pastry in the food processor,500g plain flour,1/2 teaspoon salt,175g butter blend these ingredients first until they become […]

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

I made short crust pastry in the food processor,500g plain flour,1/2 teaspoon salt,175g butter blend these ingredients first until they become like bread crumbs then pour in 1 beaten egg and slowly add cold water until the dough binds together.Turn over on a floured surface and knead lightly . Wrap in cling film and chill […]

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Nothing is better in this cold weather than a steaming bowl of comforting & warming hot soup. Cauliflower is abundant right now so I used some to make soup.
Saute a large chopped onion and sliced large celery stalks,sliced carrots.parsnip and some mange tout beans and 2 potatoes cut into chunks. Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and […]

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

I used this delicious traditionally made Italian pasta with a truffle taste .
While the water was boiling for the pasta I heated a deep frying pan ,added a knob of butter and some oil,then sauteed 2 chopped shallots,1/4 cup chopped beef jerky or bacon ,then add some chopped aubergine about 2 cups,sliced garlic cloves,zucchini (1 […]

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Saute a chopped onion,2 marrows,2 potatoes,2 carrots and celery stalks and I had centinarja (chayote). Add 1 teaspoon ras el hanout spice mix .Add diced chicken breast (I used half a chicken breast and added a back bone chicken piece for more flavor . Mix in 1 cup green lentils then add 2 tablespoons tomato […]

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Made this for my son’s girlfriend Stephanie for her 19th Birthday .
Made 2 easy chocolate cakes ,sift 2 cups self raising flour & 3/4 cup cocoa and mix with 2 cups sugar. In a jug mix 2 eggs,1/.2 cup oil ,1 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and […]

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Today I made an avocado dip which is very easy to make and so delicious. Peeled and chopped 2 avocados and put it in the blender adding 1/3 cup tahina (sesame paste) 2 cloves crushed garlic,2 tablespoons olive oil,2 tablespoons lime juice ,1/4 teaspoon ground cumin,salt ,1/4 teaspoon cayenne and some chopped parsley parsley . […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I love thick pea soup and bacon bits give it a smoky flavour. I thought I use beef jerky instead of the bacon bits and I must say the soup was delicious and flavorful. The Jack Link’s beef jerky can be found at Dical House Mosta ,I also used the liquid chicken stock from Dical House . […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Today I made pumpkin & yellow lentil soup and added tortellini . Was going to add some ditini (zibeg) pasta but then decided to put tortellini. I love tortellini in broth so why not in soup ? 🙂
Heat some oil in a pot and saute 1 diced onion,1 carrot,some celery stalks,2 potatoes and 400g pumpkin. […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

This Christmas I made 4 batches of mince pies ,as soon as I see the tin emptying I make another batch.
Christmas pie dough. Sift 2 cups plain flour,grated orange zest , rub in 3/4 cup butter ,mix in 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg yolk .Add enough orange juice to have a soft but not […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Orange,cranberry & chocolate chip cupcakes or the flavour of your choice placed in the shape of a Christmas tree then iced with green butter icing and decorated. For this tree I needed 14 cupcakes,From the cupcake recipe I made 18
Preheat oven to 180 C and line cup cake trays with the paper cupcake cases.
In a […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Cannelloni filled with a mixture of spinach ,ricotta salt & pepper and some grated cheese and mixed well adding beaten eggs.Some good tomato sauce ,some tablespoons sprinkled on bottom of a greased dish ,the filled cannelloni placed on the base,remaining tomato sauce poured on top evenly over the cannelloni,topped with cooking cream and lots of […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Preheat oven to 175 C and grease and flour a star shaped tin or a bundt tin.
Beat 3 egg whites until stiff then add 1 cup sugar until fluffy then mix in 1/2 cup oil.
In another bowl sift in 1 cup flour,1/2 teaspoon baking soda and a pinch of salt,a good pinch of cinnamon and […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Today I decided to stuff centinarja (chayote),peeled and cut it in half ,removed the hard inside core then scooped the flesh so I could fill it with meat stuffing.I saved the flesh I scooped out to use in a soup.
For the stuffing I used minced beef ,a finely chopped onionand 2 garlic cloves,parsley,some lemon pepper,salt […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

This egg dish was a hit with my family so I made it for brunch .
Fried some chopped onions ,garlic and a chili pepper then added chopped green pepper ,1/2 a teaspoon of sweet paprika and another of smoked paprika and a good pinch of zhoug spice mix which is a bit hot .Then I […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Made this cake using canned Iraqi date molasses called dibis in Iraq (can be found from shops selling Middle Eastern food) and walnuts flavoured with ground anise seed and orange zest.
In a bowl pour 1/2 cup date molasses ,1/4 cup oil,1/2 cup milk and whisk ,then sift over it 2 cups self raising flour,1/2 teaspoon […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Usually I make the traditional log with the crushed biscuits ,nuts etc. This time I made it using a bag of exotic mixed dried and candied fruit which I blended in the food proicessor to chop with 150 g mixed roast nuts thyen put them in a bowl and added100g coconuts ,a melted Chocfleurs chocolate […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I made this sugarless and fat less fruit & nut cake for Christmas .
Overnight I soaked 500 g mixed fruit (sultana,currants,raisins,cranberries,whole cherries,candied peel )in 400 ml strong hot tea and 100 ml orange juice and 1teaspoon rum flavoring .
Then the next day I added 200g roasted walnuts ,2 beaten eggs and 4 cups sifted self […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Marinated chicken drumsticks in a mixture of mayonnaise ,mustard and garlic . Wash and dry the drumsticks. Rub well with salt and pepper and then mix in the marinade. Cover with foil and roast for 35 minutes then uncover and cook until they are roasted and cooked through 

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Cream 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar until creamy then add 2 beaten eggs and 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla or orange flavoring . Then mix in 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup finely chopped dates and 1 cup crushed walnuts. If the dough is too sticky add some more flour. […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Used short bread dough ,like we make for figolli cut into shapes and put a bit of banoffee curd on one side then with a smaller pastry cutter I cut inside the other shape and put it over the
pastry shape with the jam and pressed the edges .
Made some with raspberry jam as well. […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

This year I made a stuffed capon for Christmas dinner.
Made the stuffing by finely chopping using the food processor ,a big onion,garlic cloves,parsley,bread crumbs ,grated cheese,chopped cured chicken & turkey ham,chopped some beef jerky from Dical House instead of bacon,500 g minced beef,1 tablespoon dried thyme,grated zest and juice of a large lemon,2eggs ,salt ,pepper,cumin,coriander,chili and paprika […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Sliced onions ,lots of chopped garlic ,parsley,mixed herbs (thyme,basil & mint) chili,turmeric,cumin and some bah arat spice mix & zhoug spice mix ,blanched and peeled cherry tomatoes a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice and seasoned with salt and pepper. The awrat cleaned and rubbed with salt ,some garlic and lemon […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Pasta shells cooked in a cherry tomato,finely minced beef ,diced aubergine & peas sauce .Cream,eggs and grated cheese added then baked.
Saute a chopped onion,garlic cloves and diced aubergine then add 400g I used fine minced beef ,When the meat browns add a can of cherry tomatoes in sauce, a small can of peas and a […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Wash potatoes and cut into chunks. Par boil ,put chicken stock cube in the boiling water,turmeric and some curry. Drain then toss in olive oil,I added some paprika,zhoug spice mix which is a bit spicy ,crushed garlic cloves and some ground dill. Roasted until crisp & golden.

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Sauteed batches of sliced onions,green peppers,marrows,mushrooms and potatoes. Then lined dishes with pizza dough ,spread some tomato and basil sauce ,then spread the sauteed veg between the pizza dishes. Added some sliced olives and garlic,On one I put pieces of mozzarella cheese then covered with the thin slices of sauteed potatoes. Gbejniet (goat’s cheese) Maltese […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Take a mini panettone and remove the papercase and turn upside down and slice the bottom .Scoop the inside taking care not to break it . I put it then face down in a cup . I made some strong black coffee and sprinkled a little inside. Filled half with chocolate cream (made with chocolate […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I made this using presents I received ………..
lined a spring form tin with a cut up panettone . Had melted chocolate inside ,put some banoffee curd then crumbled some choc & praline truffles . Then with a mixer I beat up 500 g ricotta with a tub of mascarpone ,added icing sugar to taste,vanilla ,some […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Made this using ready made & rolled pizza dough,mixed a tub of ricotta with spinach ,seasoning and a beaten egg and spread on the pizza dough,put a layer of sliced chicken breast ham and thinly sliced cheddar cheese .Rolled like a roly poly.Made several small slits on top ,rubbed with some butter then sprinkled some […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I think I may be an exception but I am not an Oreo cookie lover and in fact do not buy them but I got a lovely hamper as a present and there were 2 big packs of Oreo cookies and I decided to use therm in a gateau , Dipped the Oreo cookies in […]

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

This pasta is made with squid ink and its very good. No need for fancy sauces with such a striking pasta . I cooked in salted water as usual ,then I drained reserving a cupful of the cooking water. I heated some olive oil and added some crushed garlic and a few anchovy fillets stirring […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Penne rigate cooked with turmeric and a chicken cube added then tossed in a tomato sauce made with a chopped onion and chili pepper ,paprika,chopped garlic cloves,a can of green and black sliced olives,corn and pimentos,some tomato paste and a can of chopped tomatoes. Served with sataar (thyme ,spice and sesame mix) sprinkled on top. […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Banana,muesli & home made custard pots
A simple dessert made with a delicious easy home made custard that you can flavour as you wish using cinnamon,vanilla,chocolate,nutmeg,coffee or pistachios.You can sweeten it using honey or as I did used maple syrup. i flavoured it with butterscotch flavoring .
Make the custard ,,heat 2 cups milk ,1/4 cup maple […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Hazelnut cookies
Blend together 3 tablespoons peanut butter,1 cup ground hazelnuts,1/2 cup flour ,1 cup icing sugar and 1 egg. It will be a like a dough. Take pieces roll into balls and put on a lined baking tray. Press gently with a fork then bake in 175 C preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes.

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Stuffed marrows cooked in stew.
Marrows stuffed with minced meat,garlic,grated onion,finely chopped parsley,seasoning
and cumin and beaten egg. Fried chopped onions & celery ,added some curry and mixed spice ,chopped carrots ,frozen peas and chunks of potatoes. 2 tablespoonful of tomato paste and a can of chopped tomatoes,added chicken stock pepper and salt to taste. Put the […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Dried Figs & Banana Walnut Cake(with out eggs or butter)
Dried figs are sweet and often eaten as a favourite snack between meals. Adding dried figs into your daily diet can help you to keep your body’s everyday nutrient needs. If you have a sweet tooth instead of consuming extra fat, just munch these dried […]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Fried fish in batter
White fish fillets dusted in flour then dipped in batter made with 2 cups flour,3 squeezed garlic cloves,seasoned with salt & pepper,1 teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon mixed herbs . Then shallow fried until nice and crisp. A squeeze of lemon ,some salad and potato wedges.

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Torta ta San Martin.
300 g roasted nuts (I used walnuts) chop roughly.
Chop 3/4 pkt dates and 1 pkt dried figs
Grate orange and lemon rind
Preheat oven 180 C and grease and flour an oven dish.
Beat 2 egg whites until stiff then add 5 tablespoons sugar,2 egg yolks,4 tablespoons milk and 5 tablespoons sifted flour with 1/2 […]

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

A hearty soup that goes down a treat .
In a pot melt 1 tablespoon butter and a drizzle of oil.Fry 1 chopped onion and some chopped celery stalks.Add 1 teaspoon turmeric,1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.When the onion is a bit soft add 400g diced pumpkin and saute until its soft. Then add […]

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Monday, November 4th, 2013

Ross il-forn – Baked rice.
Ross il-forn for supper today. Its baking at the moment and there is such a lovely aroma at home. Today I added diced aubergine and zucchini to the meat when it was frying. I cook my meat & tomato sauce and then add the rice so I only use 1 pot.
Heat […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

These are so yummy and easy to make. 
Cream together 1 cup crunchy peanut butter and 1 cup brown OR white sugar ,then beat in 2 eggs and then gradually 2 1/2 cups oats and 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda.
Preheat oven to 180 C .Line baking sheet with baking paper and take walnut size […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Fried sliced onions,added some cumin and turmeric. Lots of chopped garlic using half the quantity while sauteing the fish pieces which I had previously seasoned and poured some lemon juice over them and let them marinate for about 30 minutes. Then I added some sliced potatoes seasoned well with salt and pepper added some water […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Heat some oil in a pot and fry some chopped onion,1 teaspoon of ras el hanout spice or a mixture of cardamom,cumin,turmeric,fenugreek,chili,cinnamon,cloves,peppercorns or just some cumin,turmeric and pepper. Depends on taste . I like it a bit spicy so I add some chili or cayenne pepper.
Then add some chopped chicken breast or thigh meat and […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Saw these online and made 2 versions of them using semolina for a recipe and flour for
other. The texture for the ones made with semolina is a crumbly,nuttier taste ,the ones with flour were are more crisp but both are very good. Just some advice they need to be carefully watched as the bake cos they […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Wash ,dry and rub a whole chicken with a mixture of salt,pepper,crushed garlic,some paprika and a dash or two of sweet chili sauce .
Heat some oil in a pot and add 1 tablespoon of ras el hanout spice,1 teaspoon of hot curry if you like the heat and I added a fresh sliced chili pepper […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Bragoli – Beef rolls or olives in stew
Finely chopped garlic,parsley,onion,turkey ham,and cheese mixed with herbs & seasoning and a beaten egg. Then putting some of this stuffing on each slice of thin sliced beef steak and rolled and secured with tooth picks.
Then the filled beef rolls are fried to seal in the juices. I deglaze […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Fry a sliced onion,add 1 teaspoon mixed spice and 1 teaspoon curry,add 500g beef (mince,diced ) I added beef strips cut from frying steak. When the meat is browned I added a 500 g bag of frozen mixed veg ,some worchestershire sauce,soy sauce and few dashes of brown steak or bbq sauce ,taste season . […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Prepare the bolognese sauce. Fry a chopped onion and some sliced celery then add 750 g minced beef ,fry until meat is browned. Add 3 chopped garlic cloves and I used 2 cups of frozen diced carrots and peas. Mix in 2 large tablespoonfuls of tomato paste ,fry a bit ,add 1 teaspoon sugar, then add […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Peanut butter,biscuits ,choc & banana gooey cake
Doing ‘stock taking ‘ of my larder and I found a bag of broken butter biscuits.I had bought a big family bag of these biscuits and I kept the broken ones to use for a biscuit base if I made a cheese cake. I whizzed these biscuits in the food […]

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

A family favorite that is easy to prepare ,I added chickpeas to it as well. as not all the family like peas I set some spicy chicken apart and add peas to it for me and my daughter 🙂
For an easy spicy chicken curry you can heat some oil in a […]

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

My family loves this especially Malik my youngest son who loves chicken sausages (Wudy) Goes down a treat or as we say in Maltese tinzilek ghasel a piece of it with a nice cup of tea.
I used ready made rolled puff pastry to make this today . In a big […]

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

My family loves baked ravjul it is like lasagna also I find that when I boil the ravjul and serve it with sauce I need more than 5 dozen for my family of 5 but when I bake it 5 dozen is more than enough and I even have extra.
For meat sauce I used onions […]

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Slices of lampuki ,dusted in seasoned flour with salt ,pepper turmeric ,garlic powder and dried mixed herbsthen fried until crisp . Served with patata bhal fil-forn (smothered potatoes with onions and garlic ,fried aubergine and peppers and salad,

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

While in Gozo we bought some lampuki and I decided to make some aljotta with the lampuki heads. Chop onion,peeled tomato,garlic and fresh chili pepper and fry . add 1/2 a teaspoon turmeric . Add 2 tablespoonfuls of tomato paste ,chopped olives,mint ,thyme and parsley add hot water and quartered potatoes.Season with salt & pepper […]

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

 I made these pancakes without baking powder as I was on holiday and only had plain flour but they still came real good and even light.
Mix 2 cups flour in a bowl,2 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt.In a jug mix 11/2 cups milk,4 tablespoons melted butter and 2 eggs. pour over […]

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Chicken drumsticks and thighs marinated in yogurt,turmeric,paprika,crushed garlic,chili flakes and salt and pepper. Heat a non stick big frying pan or wok. Put some oil and when its hot put the chicken pieces to fry. Reserve remaining marinade. Add sliced garlic cloves according to taste. and let the chicken pieces fry turning until they are […]

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Tapanade (olive dip or paste)
This can be also made using black olives
3 cups of pitted green olives
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
3 teaspoons of Balsamic vinegar or very good wine vinegar
1-2 cloves of garlic, grated and parsley
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend for a few seconds until smooth. The paste will be slightly […]

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Fried aubergine salad
Fried slices of aubergine mixed with chopped tomatoes,chopped parsley and mint and saatar mix or thyme and sesame seeds & salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything then drizzle olive oil and pomegranate molasses . Make in advance so it has a chance to marinate because it will taste better.

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

I love patties or pulpetti as we call them in Maltese and I make all kinds with vegetables ,meat and fish. These are made with spinach and potatoes and used no flour to bind or dust them in before frying so this recipe is good for those on a gluten free diet.
In a bowl mash […]

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Shredded salmon patties.
They are nice and crisp and very tasty. Delicious dipped in sweet and hot chili
dipping sauce.
For these patties I used shredded salmon,bought in small jars which are found in the fridge section usually near the roes eggs (caviar) and smoked salmon .
In a bowl put 11/2 cups fine breadcrumbs,1 jar shredded salmon drained from […]

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

For my son Ibrahim’s 21st birthday I made him a coca cola & marshmallow cake . Its a very moist cake almost like a brownie. While still hot from the oven I poked holes in it and put a generous layer of Nutella which melted . After it set I put it in the fridge then […]

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Tortilla wrap lasagna with spinach,mushrooms & cheese
A lasagna made with tortilla wraps,tasty tomato sauce ,spinach ,mushrooms and cheese . This was on my to do list after I saw it as I was going through recipes and decided to make it forlunch today . My son Ibrahim is home and he loves creamy, cheesy lasagna […]

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

Scrub and boil potatoes. Then cut in half if they are big .grease a baking dish preferably non stick with oil ,sprinkle some salt then place the halved potatoes ,mix some oil in a small bowl,add some garlic powder and brush the potatoes with oil. Sprinkle salt and coarsely ground pepper and baharat […]

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

I heard of beef jerky which is very popular in America but had never tried it. Its cured thin slices of beef which is then dehydrated . It is eaten as a snack but I thought I try include it in a recipe .
My mum cooks cabbage with bacon and I thought […]

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

Sliced chicken breast marinated then roasted . Marinating makes the chicken breast more succulent & juicy as roast skinless chicken breast tends to be a bit dry.
4 sliced chicken breasts . For the marinade I used the juice of 3 oranges and 1 lemon,some orange & lemon zest,2 teaspoons mixed spice made of ginger,garlic,turmeric,cumin ,added crushed […]

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Iraqi Halva
My husband is from Iraq and he told me that growing up his mother made halva and
they ate it like candy or fudge and it was also served with strong coffee or chai (tea) This is a no cook version of the halva,it tastes just like our helwa tat-tork but not as dense. When […]

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Monday, September 16th, 2013

Ready rolled puff pastry ,4 sliced apples mixed with 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves,1/2 cup dried cranberries . Put the apple mixture on the pastry and pour the juice of 1 lemon over it then gather the pastry and fold it inwards over the apple filling Sprinkle a […]

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Monday, September 16th, 2013

Heat some oil in a saucepan and fry a large chopped onion & diced large carrot,add 1 cup orange lentils and add 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock or water ,let it cook on low flame until the lentils are cooked.Add 1 cup peas,1 cup sweet corn,2 cups spinach,1 tin borlotti beans ,2 tablespoonfuls tomato […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

A tasty way to serve potatoes. I like to serve this with fish .
Heat some oil in a saucepan and fry a large sliced onion ,add 1 teaspoon mixed spice,If you like spice food add a sliced hot green or red sliced chili. 1 large thinly sliced green pepper ,fry until the onion and green […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Fry a chopped onion in a non stick frying pan until it softens,add 1/2 teaspoon curry . While onion is frying beat 4 eggs,season with salt and pepper,fresh or dried thyme,finely chopped parsley,some grated Parmesan cheese ,2 tablespoons milk. Add over the fried onions and mix in .let it set then flip over. Ready to […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

I had this recipe on my to do list and I decided to make them today. So easy to make and ready in a jiffy, 15 minutes is all you need to make and bake them .Only had to wait
for them to cool to taste them. They ‘re moreish and delicious with a glass of […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Juicy grilled chicken breast. Marinated for a few hours ,seasoned well with salt and pepper,1 teaspoon dried onion flakes,1/2 teaspoon garlic powder,1 teaspoon garam masala,1/4 cup lemon juice and 3 tablespoonfuls mayonnaise. Mix well and chill in fridge until ready to use.
Heat the grill on high,and heat the grill grid as well. I put the […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Finely chop an onion and large carrot,heat some oil in a pot and when its hot add 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice,1/2 teaspoon curry and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Fry a bit to release the flavor then add the chopped onion and carrot. Fry a bit then add 2 cups rinsed and drained long grain rice and […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Spinach & tuna crescents made with a buttery yeast dough that melts in the mouth. Found this recipe online and decided to try it. This dough makes 32 crescents.
In a measuring jug put 1/3 cup warm water and 3/4 cup warm milk and 11/2 teaspoons sugar ,add 2 teaspoons instant yeast and leave it until […]

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Couscous salad with finely chopped tomatoes,cucumber,parsley and grated carrot . The couscous is flavoured with turmeric, cumin and lemon juice.

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013

A very good marinade made with mayonnaise it helps to keep the chicken juicy and tastes divine. I have used this marinade varying the spices with chicken breast and fish which I grilled.
Mix mayonnaise with crushed garlic cloves,ground garam masala spice,sumac spice or add lemon juice ,turmeric and cumin. Rub this mixture over chicken pieces […]

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

A creamy spicy chicken & mushroom sauce flavored with turmeric,hot curry and garam masala ,turmeric added to the pasta cooking water . with a crispy topping of crushed ritz crackers ,squeezed garlic cloves and grated parmesan cheese.
Put a pot of water to boil and add 1 tablespoon turmeric to the water and salt.
First chop 500 g […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

I had 4 green apples in the fruit bowl and decided to use them,was not really sure what to do,an apple tart,apple crumble,apple pudding…. I was peeling and trying to decide . I
wanted to do something different than usual so I chopped the apples and put them in a bowl. I added 1 tablespoon soft […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Today I used up all the veg in my fridge because tomorrow we go buy fresh veg from the farmer’s market at Ta Qali . I was going to make a kapunata but then I decided to roast the veg. I sliced aubergine,green pepper,marrows,a big tomato,a big onion and garlic cloves .Put them in a […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Saturday morning at farmer’s market I bought some figs which were quite ripe. My husband loved the apple upside down cake so I decided to make him similar with figs. As I was getting out the ingredients from the larder I noticed I had a few dried apricots left so I thought I use them […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Peel and slice a large onion. I had about 8 small potatoes and as they had a thin skin I washed them well and thinly sliced them. Thin slices as if making crisps. Heat some oil in a non stick frying pan and fry the onion slices until soft then add the potato slices ,season […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

This time I lined the tin with different grilled veg. Aubergine,green pepper,marrows and mushrooms all grilled. Then I fried 2 large chopped onions and added some madras curry and mixed spice ,when the onions were soft added 500 g chicken chunks (bite size) and fried until cooked seasoned and let it simmer until it was […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

For the filling put a cup of rice in a bowl and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric,por over 11/2 cups hot water and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. Drain in a colander and put in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup chopped parsley,1 finely chopped onion,2 finely chopped garlic cloves,500 g minced meat ,I prefer […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Fry 3 large sliced onions ,add 1 tablespoon mixed spice and 1 teaspoon curry (hot or mild according to taste) When the onions are soft add the diced chicken I used boneless chicken thighs. When the chicken is cooked add mixed veg and 2 cloves chopped garlic I used thawed frozen veg mix, Add 2 […]

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Bought a big lovely boxful of cherry tomatoes from farmer’s market last Saturday for just 1 euro . I decided to include them in this ftira filling. I used pizza dough.
For the filling fry 2 large sliced onions until they are soft ,add 2 cups finely sliced mixed colored bell peppers and 1 cup sliced […]

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I made these chicken rolls using spring roll pastry . I baked them and I left the spring roll pastry square whole so made chicken rolls that are more than a bite size . When using frozen spring roll pastry let it thaw in the bag then while using be careful how you peel one […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

I like casseroles or hotpot recipes because you have a complete meal in a pot or dish . You can use chicken pieces with the bone or boned. I used boned thigh .
I dry rub the chicken with spice and seasoning . put half a teaspoon of salt in a small bowl,add 1/2 teaspoon black […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

When cooking basmati rice it gives off a lovely aroma and it has a distinctive taste . Adding cardamom pods enhances the aroma and taste more.
Heat some oil about 2 tablespoons,in a pot and when its hot add 2 cups rinsed and well strained basmati rice. Stir and add 3 pods of slightly crushed cardamom […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

This is a typical Iraqi date molasses dessert. It is quite sweet so best not to fill the serving cups to the brim.
Melt 1/2 cup butter and add 2 cups flour and stir on low heat while stirring until it turns into a golden color.In another pot mix 1 cup water,1 cup date molasses,1 […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

I do not like any liver much except fried rabbit liver with lots of garlic 🙂 I decided to try cook it this way ,this is a Lebanese recipe ,they cook chicken liver this way as meze .
Ingredients.
400g chicken liver cut and sinew removed
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint
4 […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Marinated chicken chunks in lemon,olive oil,squeezed garlic cloves,paprika,garam masala,thyme ,black pepper and salt. Left to marinate for a few hours then threaded on skewers with onion,tomato and green pepper. Grilled until done.

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

This is another pasta salad that is quick and easy to make .
Boiled penne rigate in boiling water in which I added some turmeric and hot curry. After I drained the pasta I put it in a large bowl and drizzled olive oil over it and seasoned with black pepper. In a small fying pan […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Wipe the mushrooms and remove the stalk ,keep the top end and the mushrooms that perhaps break as you are pulling the stem and chop finely . Chop finely a small onion and some garlic cloves. Melt some butter in a small sauce pan and saute the whole mushrooms ,season with salt and pepper. Saute […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

My best friend Louise is a chocoholic. Wanted to fill the cake with more choc but the weather was too hot. The chocolate fudge was dripping off luckily it came back together once in the fridge and the chocs were melting in my fingers as I decorated.
I made it using my easy chocolate cake recipe […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

A quick easy light light or snack.
I slit bread rolls and open ,drizzle some olive oil,some chopped tomatoes,sliced thin wurstel style chicken sausages ,sprinkled some oregano and grated provolone dolce over ,grill until the cheese melted and bread was crispy. Easy & simple to make yet so tasty 🙂

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

I love this but I do not do it often because its fried and uses quite a bit of oil. I have tried doing it using less oil but it does not taste as good so once in a while I treat myself and family by making it. My mum does it beautifully and hers […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

I had some extra kleaicha dough( the recipe for the dough is on the bog)  left and I rolled out in an oblong ,spread with some jam,sprinkled some raisins and had some left over crushed walnuts ,some of pinches of cinnamon then rolled like a roly poly. cut into slices then put on a greased […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

This is very easy to make and is a perfect light summer meal or side dish for a dinner party. I cooked some fusilli and then added diced carrots ,tomatoes,peas,sweet corn,chopped mint,2 crushed garlic cloves ,black pepper and olive oil.

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

These are traditional pastries made in Iraq for Eid the after Ramadan fasting month celebrations. They make a lot to share with their family and friends. These are made from a yeast pastry dough.
To make the pastry put 3 cups flour,1/4 cup icing sugar ,a pinch of salt,2 tablespoons nigella seeds and 1/4 teaspoon ground […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

I always keep some ready rolled pastry in my fridge for emergency meals when I am pressed for time or unexpected guests arrive. This can be done using different cured meat or slices of roast meat.
A ready bought puff pastry ready rolled . Slices of cured roast turkey ,250 g ricotta mixed with an egg […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Grilled lamb kebabs :Put 500 g minced lamb in a bowl,add 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley,1 small onion finely chopped,3 crushed garlic cloves,1/2 teaspoon paprika,1 teaspoon ras elhanout spice or mixed spice,1 tablespoon finely chopped mint or 1/2 teaspoon dried mint,salt and pepper,if you like them spicy chop a piece of fresh chili or add […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

As a starter for today’s fish lunch I made penne with salmon,cherry tomatoes and peas. Put a pot of water to boil for the penne. Meanwhile put some oil in a sauce pan and fry a chopped onion,when its soft add a chopped slice of salmon . Was about 250g . When the salmon is […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Line a baking dish with foil. Put some chopped onions,sliced green pepper and tomatoes,chopped garlic,finely chopped parsley,mint and thyme ,chopped fresh chili,leave out if you do not like it spicy. 1/2 teaspoon cumin sprinkled ,ground pepper and salt a drizzle of oil and lemon juice. Prepare the fish season it ,I like to slit it […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

I made this gateaux using a yogurt cake .
In a bowl sift 13/4 cups flour with a pinch of salt and 11/2 tsps baking powder.In another bowl or jug mix 1 cup yogurt of mixed berries ,1/3 cup olive oil,1/4 cup lemon juice,grated rind of 1 lemon and 2 eggs. Mix […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

This is a an Iraqi soup recipe. I made it with orange lentils but I usually use green lentils to make this. In a pot fry a chopped onion adding 1/2 teaspoon curry and 1/4 teaspoon ground lumi basra (dried lemon) optional if you do not have use 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Add lamb pieces […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Usually I fry corn beef patties but today I decided to bake them. In a bowl mix 2 cups mashed potatoes,half cup flour,2 crushed garlic cloves,1 onion grated,1 large tin corn beef,finely chopped parsley,2 tablespoons grated cheese ,1 egg ,seasoning. Mix well if the mixture is too soft add some more flour. preheat oven 180 […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

This time I decided to make this using minced lamb . First cut 2 large aubergine length wise in slices. Line baking sheets with baking paper and brush with some olive oil and sprinkle some salt then place the aubergine slices and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and roast in a 200 […]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

These are very popular when I have guests over and even when I make them for my family. They seem to vanish as soon as I put them down on the table. They are always the first to finish so I make sure to make a lot! Easy to make and you can vary and […]

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Marinated chicken thigh  chunks in lemon,olive oil,squeezed garlic cloves,paprika,garam masala,thyme ,black pepper and salt. Left to marinate for a few hours then threaded on skewers with onion,tomato and green pepper. Grill until done. Serve with salad,couscous ,potato salad or wed ges etc

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

As I was looking for recipes on an Iraqi food site I came across this recipe and I decided to try it. This resembles threading spaghetti in sausage and cooking it. This recipe the spaghetti is in the kebabs.
I made chicken mince kebabs. Mixing 500g minced chicken,1/2 cup finely chopped parsley,1/2 teaspoon baking powder (this […]

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

This is my version of the popular middle eastern dish called Maqluba which means upside down. I make it in an 11inch round spring form tin which easily serves 8 portions. Cut 3 aubergines length wise. If in season there is no need to sprinkle with salt but if out of season yes sprinkle some […]

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Zucchini fritters
2 cups grated zucchini,2 eggs,1 cup instant mashed potatoes or flour,1/2 cup grated cheese,2 crushed garlic cloves,1 finely chopped spring onion,salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients if needed add more instant mashed potatoes or flour if needed.Heat some oil in a non stick frying pan and put tablespoons of the mixture in the […]

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Yesterday I made the stuffed baby aubergines and today I used the flesh I scooped out to make a dip .
I fried 1 large chopped onion until soft then I added the aubergine flesh and fried ,adding salt & pepper. Fried until it was done. Then I added 4 large squeezed garlic cloves ,2 […]

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

From farmers’ market I bought lovely fresh thyme and juicy lemons and decided to use them with chicken. Its a fresh ,aromatic dish of marinated boneless chicken thighs (chicken on the bone can be used as well) onions,lots of garlic,thyme,ras el honoud spice which is a middle eastern spice mix that is not hot ,potatoes,carrots,mushrooms […]

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Yesterday at farmer’s market in ta Qali I found small baby aubergines. These are perfect to use for a middle eastern recipe of stuffed baby aubergines. Stuffed and cooked in a fragrant lemony tomato sauce.
Wash trim the stalks and hollow the aubergines with a melon baller or teaspoon,keep the aubergine […]

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

This is a middle Eastern red pepper dip. I make this following a Syrian recipe which uses pomengranate syrup but if you do not have any use some honey.
Roast 2 big red sweet peppers ,put on a greased baking sheet ,preheated 200 C oven turning every 4 minutes or so until its […]

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Bread rolls cut length wise ,drizzled with olive oil ,some squeezed garlic,sprinkled with zatar a mixture of thyme,spices and sesame seeds.And some mozzarella ,then grilled.
I buy zatar ready mixed from Middle Eastern shops . But it can be done at home as well . Will share the recipe with you. It is very good sprinkled […]

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

I had 2 sea breams and I decided to cut the fish heads and use them to make some fish soup.
For the soup fry some chopped onion,2 skinned chopped tomatoes,chopped garlic,a piece of fresh chili chopped. Add a teaspoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon cumin ,chopped olives and 3 medium size chopped potatoes. Chopped mint ,basil,thyme […]

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

I found this recipe online and decided to try it. Love the result so I am sharing it.
 To make 2 14 in round pizza,in a large bowl put 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 packets instant dry yeast ,mix with 2 cups warm water and let it stand for 10 minutes until creamy then add to […]

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

After making the rugata (orzata) I was asked if I make orange or lemonade and I decided to make my nanna’s orangeade recipe . Home made squashes today  This can be made with lemons as well.
Orangeade. Makes 4 cups orange squash
1/2 cup sugar
11/2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
2 cups fresh strained orange juice.
1 […]

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

This morning I made my nanna Bice’s rugata ,I make it every summer . Takes me back to my childhood ,when I would be playing outside with my friends and my nanna would come out with big platefuls of hobz biz-zejt bill-kunserva or bit-tadam and refreshing cold rugata.I also love the lovely scent as its […]

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

A quick and easy to prepare but tasty lunch or snack ,I call them pizza hobz(bread). Had 2 ftajjar (ciabatta bread) which were not fresh so I decided to cut them in half,put some fresh chopped tomatoes ,some olive oil,oregano,sliced sausage ,hard boiled eggs and mozzarella on top.Put under a hot grill until the cheese […]

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

This is an Italian recipe of ricotta & peaches.I made it with canned peach halves but it can be made with fresh peaches too.
Prepare a tart dish with the pastry. I used ready rolled puff pastry but short or sweet pastry can be used.
Strain the canned peaches well and dice 3 peach halves and slice 3 […]

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Baked Aubergine slices.
Put aubergine (eggplant) slices on a baking tray that is lined with baking paper and greased with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Brush the aubergine slices with olive oil and put a mixture of finely chopped fresh tomatoes and oregano or basil . Then top with some ricotta mixed with an egg […]

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I made these using ready rolled pastry dough. I always keep ready made pastry in my fridge so if Im in a hurry or its been a busy day I can create a meal in a short time. I had pizza and puff pastry. I must say both came good but the pizza calzone had […]

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I was as usual online looking at recipes and I saw this this aubergine pizza and was sure my family and friends would love this…and I was right! Looks inviting and smells amazing and tastes delicious everyone wanted a second helping. Can be made with sliced marrows as well. Its a very easy recipe even […]

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Years ago  first tasted this red couscous in a Turkish restaurant and loved its taste and red colour. I asked how its done and have made it ever since. You can add other veg or pulses to this couscous. To this I added chickpeas.
Heat a little oil in a small sauce pan and fry 4 […]

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013

I share my recipes on a food fb page and these cupcakes are a real hit ! I put them on my to do list and this weekend I decided to try them out. Really easy to make ,just 3 ingredients and they become delicious choc a full cupcakes . Will be making them again […]

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Ingredients: for 2 servings
1 pkt chow mein noodles
1 chicken breast  chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cups mixed Asian stir fry veg (frozen)
soy sauce
2 teaspoons madras curry paste
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons mango chutney
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons curry
Method:
Fill a pot with water add some salt and the turmeric and curry powder and […]

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

This is one of my fave desserts.
Ingredients:
1 large pkt finely crushed biscuits (for this one I used chocolate & vanilla biscuits but I have used chocolate ,ginger or almond biscuits )
100 g melted butter
1 tin Nestle ready made caramel
1 large pkt whipping cream or 1 small pkt whipping cream and 1 tub mascarpone
4 bananas cut […]

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

This is not just an easy and fast cake to make but it is also healthy ,no oils or fats,just 1 egg and a small amount of sugar. It can be made with gluten free oats so ideal for those on a gluten free diet and the milk can be substituted for a lactose free […]

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A friend posted this recipe on a fb cooking page and its very easy to make. Instead of boiling the ravjul you use it from frozen ,layer it in an oven dish with tomato sauce or Bolognese sauce can be used,cheese sauce and generous sprinkling of grated cheese ,I used romano and mozzarella. Place the […]

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

I prepared 1ltr hot chicken stock ,then fried some chopped onions and add some turmeric and curry ,added the chopped pumpkin and shelled broad beans and sliced mushrooms. When they were cooked I added 500g arborio rice and mixed it with the veg,then added the chicken stock slowly and stirred. You have to stir it […]

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

This is an easy recipe to make . A complete meal of mixed veg  and chicken . I used boned chicken thighs but drum sticks,thighs ,chicken legs or breast can be used.
Ingredients:
Boned chicken thighs rubbed with salt & pepper
2 onions sliced
8 potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
2 cups mushrooms sliced
1 cup fresh shelled peas or […]

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Slice the chicken breasts in half then slice through the thickness from 2 chicken breasts you get 8 pieces, season well with salt & pepper. I first dip in seasoned flour,then in egg and milk then in breadcrumbs . In the breadcrumbs I mix in dried chopped garlic,lemon pepper and some turmeric. Then I put […]

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

This is another method of roasted sliced potatoes. The bottom layer is sliced onions and red,green and yellow peppers . The bottom layer can be roasted as it is and used as a veg portion . I vary and add finely sliced eggplant,courgettes and tomatoes.
Roast sliced potatoes :
Slice onions ,green,yellow & red peppers thin slices,chopped […]

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

When I was young I lived at Marsa and a man used to come sell bigilla and he also used to sell sfineg tal-bakalljaw cod fritters and sfineg tal-basal onion fritters. I used to love those spicy onion fritters. I am a member of a cookery page on fb and someone shared the recipe of […]

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Ingredients:
500 g pasta I uses cavatappi (nokkli)
1 can cherry tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes
1 can tomato pulp
4 cloves garlic chopped
400g sauted spinach
250 g ricotta
2 cups milk
2 eggs (the eggs I used were large if they are small use 3 eggs)
about 2 cups grated cheese ,I used a mixture of pecorino and asiago
1 teaspoon mixed Italian […]

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Monday, May 13th, 2013

I woke up on Mother’s day early and all were still sleeping so I decided to bake my daughter Sarah’s birthday cake. Her birthday is 2 days after Mother’s day but as we were going to meet up the whole family ,grandma ,uncles etc we decided to have a double celebration. Eat out then come […]

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Monday, May 13th, 2013

Ingredients:
6 pkts noodles onion chicken or curry chicken
2 spring onions sliced
200 g sliced fresh mushrooms if using tinned no need to fry just add.
chili pepper sliced omit if you do not like it very spicy
half 450g pkt frozen Asian style mixed vegetables
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoons garam masala or curry (quantity according […]

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

This is a typical Maltese dish made with vegetables and simmered in a pot but it seems as if it was baked in the oven that what bhall fil-forn means . It is full of flavour and goodness. Can be eaten on its own ,served with fish or as I like it with tinned tuna. […]

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

So much awareness about people who have to follow gluten free diets .This is a gluten free cake. When I invite people over for a meal I always ask if they are allergic or do not like something because after lovingly preparing a meal it will not be such good news to know that your […]

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

We all love to nibble while watching a film or while online . I came across this healthy and tasty recipe. Chickpeas are healthy and roasted you can munch on them with out feeling guilty ! 😉
Ingredients:
2 cans chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garam masala or more according to taste  (you can use your favorite […]

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Saturday, May 4th, 2013

My family likes the tuna pasta casserole so I thought I vary the ingredients and made it using chopped boneless chicken thighs.
Ingredients:
750 g cava tappi pasta (nokkli)
4 boneless chicken thighs chopped into bite size pieces
2 cups  sliced mushrooms
1 cup peas
1 cup sweet corn
1 large onion chopped
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika hot or sweet according to […]

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Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Ingredient:
3 cups shelled broad beans
3 cups chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup fresh shelled peas
1 large onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
500g ricotta
4 eggs
1 cup milk
200g chopped mozzarella cheese
seasoning
500g short crust pastry
Method:
In a saucepan sautee the onion,mushrooms,garlic,broad beans and peas and season.
Let it cook for about 10 minutes a bit longer if the broad beans are not so tender.
Turn […]

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

This is great served with with roast or grilled meat,chicken or fish. Or as I served it today with tuna stuffed green peppers.I roasted the green peppers and eggplant as the stuffed green peppers were cooking in the oven.
Ingredients:
500 g couscous
1cup or 250ml boiling water
juice of 2 lemons
olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 […]

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

My middle son Ibrahim is a picky eater he doesn’t like vegetables . Only vegetables he likes are stuffed globe artichokes (qaqocc) and stuffed green peppers. Also lately when I roast vegetables he eats it and asks for seconds. I ‘hide’ vegetables when I make meat or tuna pies by grinding veg in the food […]

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Ingredients:
I onion chopped
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup shelled fresh peas
500g basmati rice
1ltr water
salt & pepper
Method :
Saute the onion in a large pot.
Add the mushrooms and peas and sate until mushrooms soften.
Add the rice and stir mixing it in  and cooking for a couple of minutes.
Pour in water ,add salt to taste and mix.
Cover with […]

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Marinating meat makes meat more tasty and juicy . One of my fave chicken marinades is yogurt marinade. There are different ones with different added spices.
Ingredients:
chicken pieces or chunks if using for kebabs
yogurt
piece of grated ginger or dry ground ginger
cumin
coriander
all spice
turmeric
cardamom
lemon juice
salt and pepper.
Method:
First rub the chicken pieces with the salt and pepper.
Mix the marinade […]

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

I like the taste of roasted vegetables ,find them more tasty then boiled . I usually boil the cauliflower then either drizzle some olive oil over it or use another dressing,dip it in egg and fry it,make cauliflower patties or au gratin in the oven. I saw this recipe on food network and thought I […]

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Monday, April 29th, 2013

I remember making this years ago,I made tortelloni and had a lot left over so I mixed with the tomato sauce and poured some milk,eggs and cheese on top and baked it. My family liked it and from that time I make the tortelloni and even ravioli this way.
Ingredients for 6 servings:
4 pkts tortelloni spinaci […]

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Sunday, April 28th, 2013

My daughter’s friend was celebrating her birthday and my daughter Sarah asked me to make her a birthday cake and she showed me a cake online and asked me to make one similar to it . I had a school reunion on the same day so I took a short cut buying ready made cream […]

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

As my husband is Iraqi I like to try cook Iraqi food for him. I have never been to Iraq and no one to teach me so I go look for Iraqi recipes online ,I found a very good Assyrian site and the cook is a wonderful lady called Mabel who explains and gives tips […]

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

This is a typical stew made in Iraq.In Iraqi it is called merqat bamia,merqat is stew and bamia is okra. Okra or ladies fingers as it is also known is a vegetable that is widely used in Iraq. They use it fresh,frozen and they thread it on string and dry it to preserve it. When […]

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Was at Farmers’ Market at Ta Qali and saw large round marrows and at once I thought baked stuffed marrows! I used lamb mince this time but beef ,pork or a mixture of both is good. I baked it with onions & potatoes so it is a complete meal.
Ingredients:
6 large round marrows, stem cut ,washed […]

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Vopi are inexpensive yet very good small fish. They make an excellent aljotta (fish soup) and if you do not mind picking out the bones they are delicious fried.
Gut and clean the vopi.
Then chop or crush garlic,parsley,mint some lemon zest and juice ,some chopped chili if you like it spicy and a good pinch of […]

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

This is a typical Egyptian rice dish from Alexandria that is served with fish. Easy to make and very tasty. Although it has a tablespoon of ground black pepper its not hot just mildly spicy.
Ingredients:
500 g basmati rice
1 chopped onion
1 tablespoonful ground black pepper
1 ltr water
salt according to taste
Method
In a pot heat oil until very […]

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

This can be eaten hot,warm or cold. And you can add your favorite fish or seafood .An easy dish to prepare . This is a good addition to a buffet meal . 
Ingredients:
500g pasta I used cavatappi
2 teaspoons turmeric
cooked octopus or ready bought from deli counter octopus in garlic
1 large tin tuna
sliced olives
capers
chopped mint and parsley
chopped […]

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Friday, April 12th, 2013

Tamarind is an ingredient widely used in Asian ,Indian & Middle Eastern recipes. It is found in worcestershire & Hp sauce . It is also used as a refreshing drink mixed with water . For this recipe I used Tamarind Syrup as a base for my marinade.
Ingredients:
Marinade-1/2 cup Tamarind syrup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 crushed garlic […]

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Friday, April 12th, 2013

Chocolate & almond base cake.
Ingredients:
200g good quality dark chocolate
150g chopped butter
5 eggs seperated
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups ground almonds or hazelnuts
Method:
Preheat oven to 160C and grease a spring form tin.
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a heat proof bowl over a small saucepan with water or in a microwave.
Beat egg yolks and sugar until […]

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Monday, April 8th, 2013

One of my fave soups is pumpkin soup. I like it creamy and thick . I used to saute the pumpkin with the onion and celery but then I was watching Food Network and the cook 1st roasted the pumpkin . I decided to try it that way and found that roasting enhances the pumpkin […]

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

I enjoy making apple desserts perhaps because they are my fave . I love cinnamon and apple aroma as they cook. These are very quick and easy to make and go down a treat with some tea or coffee.
Ingredients:
2 apples chopped finely
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sultanas
1and 1/2 cups self raising flour
2 […]

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

This year for Good Friday I decided to make stuffed artichokes and prepared the filling with the day old bread crumbs,tuna,anchovies,olives,capers,garlic ,parsley ,olive oil,lemon juice,some chili,finely chopped onion and tomato . I stuffed the artichokes and still had a lot of stuffing left over. I decided to stuff the small round marrows and tomatoes.
I added […]

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

This is a typical Iraqi recipe called timmen bagilla meaning rice with broad beans and its very popular there.Easy to make and very tasty.Can be served as a side dish with meat,fish or other vegetables or as a light meal with some yogurt . Broad beans are in season and this is another way to […]

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

I met Tucc during a school reunion and although we were not together during our school years we hit it off and as she lives abroad we kept in touch through fb, when she came back to Malta for a visit we had to meet so I invited her over for lunch . I decided […]

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

When lemons are in abundance I make good use of them. A friend of mine gave me a bag full of lemons so I decided to make some lemon cupcakes to give as a small token of appreciation to my youngest son’s teachers & carers. As its Easter I decorated them with white and dark […]

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Was talking to my mum about food and she told when she was growing up they were in USA and my grandma used to make a tuna casserole with potato crisps. I looked it up online and found this recipe although my mum told me my gran used to make it using only tuna,tinned chicken […]

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I saw this recipe on a television program years ago . I like this cake because there is no need for butter or sugar and just 1 egg so eating it eases the guilt knowing its not loaded with so many calories. The original recipe is to soak 300 g dried fruit in 250ml hot […]

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013

After making the boiled orange cake ,someone suggested I try it using lemons and I did. Bo
Ingredients:

2 lemons
3/4 cup oil
1 1/4 sifted cup self raising flour
1/2 cup coconuts
1 cup sugar
3 eggs

Method:

Wash and boil lemons for about 2 hours
Let them cool a bit and cut ,discard the pips and blend in a food processor.
Add the  other […]

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013

I love oranges and this cake is full of orange flavor ,moist and has a lovely texture. Also very easy to make. Only boiling the oranges takes some time but then you just mix all ingredients together in a food processor or use a hand blender. Best to use are our Maltese oranges .
Ingredients:

2 oranges
185g […]

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

In Malta rabbit is one of our traditional food. Lots of different ways to cook rabbit. Fried & stewed are the most popular.Today I chose to do a roasted rabbit with roast potatoes . All the family was out and was not sure when we will dine so this way the meal was ready in […]

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

I used to watch my nanna Bice make ross il-forn. She used to cook the meat sauce then in an oven dish put the raw rice ,mix with eggs ,then add the sauce and enough water according to amount of rice and bake . My mum makes it the same way or boils rice and […]

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

I remember my mum when we were young she used to make us pancakes for breakfast or as a treat . With honey and lemon juice,maple syrup,jam or even just a sprinkle of sugar on top. My daughter loves them with Nutella . My mum gave me this recipe it makes thick pancakes not the […]

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

I have been making this apple pudding since 1994. It is written in my recipe notebook and was given to me by my best friend Louise. This is a 100 plus times tried and tested recipe. It was a must when we had friends get together or Tupperware coffee mornings. It is also a family […]

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

A one pot meal that is easy to make .A welcome hearty meal on a cold day .Can be prepared in a pot and simmered on the hob or in a casserole dish and cooked in the oven. I used chunks of chicken for this hotpot but same recipe can be followed and chicken substituted […]

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

When I got married almost 25 years ago I started my recipe notebook. I would see cooking programs or be talking with friends and see or hear of a good recipe and jot it down meaning to try it later on. I remember sitting in my kitchen having coffee with a friend and she recommended […]

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Globe artichokes are in season and plentiful so its the best time to cook them. When I was small I used to feel when eating them that it was like I was playing cards . My son Ibrahim loves stuffed artichokes . This is my gran & mum’s recipe .
Trim & wash globe artichokes. Keep […]

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Only liver I liked was rabbit’s liver . Even my kids when I cooked liver be it veal,beef ,lamb or chicken liver they east  a few mouthfuls then complain it tastes dry . Then I was watching Food Network and I saw the cook soaking the liver in milk before cooking it.I tried it that […]

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

This is a cake made with our trademark favorite soft drink that is made using bitter oranges .Isaid kinnie in a cake ! But it helps make the cake moist & compliments the orange zest & juice used in the cake . This is a lovely chocolate cake ,light and moist and like most of […]

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Whenever I make the chicken & roast veg dish my family enjoy it so I decided to try cooking it with beef burgers .
For the beef burgers mix 750g minced beef ,seasoning and 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk . Mix them well then shape into burgers.You can also use good quality ready made burgers .
Cut […]

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Ingredients:

6 large poatoes washed unpeeled and sliced (1/2 inch)
2 onions sliced
1 teaspoon hot or medium curry according to taste
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 cup water
seasoning.

Method:

In a large saucepan heat some oil then fry the sliced onions add the curry and fry ubtil onions are soft .
Turn off heat and layer the potatoes over the fried onions […]

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Apple cakes and pies are a family favorite and I have a lot of tried and tested recipes . I usually like to use walnuts with apples but this afternoon I didn’t have any in my larder and I found a bag of ground hazelnuts and thought I use it. This is a fast and […]

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Last week I made tuna patties and I had comments from friends who told me that they bake the patties and not fry them. I had a cauliflower in my fridge and was undecided what to do with it ,was thinking to do it au gratin or boil it and put it in a greased […]

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

I used to love pulpetti when I was a little girl and watching my mum make them and eating them as she fried them in batches. She used to make tuna,salmon and corned beef patties.These can be served with a salad,roast vegetables,rice salad ,couscous or pasta .
Ingredients:

2 large tins tuna in brine or oil drained
6 […]

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

My husband and children do not like chicken breast much and so I buy more thighs and whole legs. I bought boneless thighs and find them very good .I use them with the skin and without. They make tasty bragoli (meat olives or rolls) cut into strips dipped in milk or egg then breaded and […]

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

These are parboiled potatoes which you can peel but I prefer to leave the peel on and then they are fried in a mixture of spices. I choose to fry the spices then toss the potatoes in it and roast them . Love the crunch .
Ingredients :

Parboiled potatoes cut into halves or in 4.
3 tablespoons […]

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The beautiful thing about this cake, besides its moist lusciousness, is that it all mixes up in one bowl, and you don’t even need beaters. It’s only mildly sweet, too; much of the sweetness comes from the apples & prunes.

Ingredients:
2 cups plain white yogurt
2/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup […]

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013

I like stuffed marrows cooked in broth or stew. Today I decided to add pasta to the stew. My family enjoyed it and they asked me to do it again so I thought I share my recipe.
Ingredients:

12 medium size round marrows ,washed and top stalk cut and flesh scooped out.I discarded the flesh but some […]

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

These are popular middle eastern starters served before a meal or a a light meal. Hummus (chickpea dip),Baba Ganoush (aubergine dip),ful imdemmes (bigilla ,fava dip),feta cheese & olives,tabbouleh (bulgar wheat or couscous salad),pitta bread and many more other are all meze dishes.
Hummus:

1 can or 2 cups chickpeas
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground […]

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

A delicious cake made with dried figs and lemon zest.
Ingredients:

1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
1 & 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 and 1/2 cups chopped dried figs

Method:

In a jug mix the wet ingredients,oil,milk & egg.
In a bowl sift the flour and baking powder,add the sugar.
Pour […]

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013

This reminds me of our maltese kawlata which is made with pork ,as I do not cook pork I make scotch broth using vegetables,barley and lamb. A very filling soup and  It will take the chill out of you on a cold winter’s evening.
Ingredients:

2 large carrots sliced
2 marrows diced
1 large onion chopped
4 potatoes cut into […]

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013

This lemon cake goes down a treat with a cup of tea . Made with grated lemons and a drizzle of lemon juice and sugar syrup. I of course used our Maltese grown lemons which are so good .
Ingredients:
Cake:

175g self-raising flour
1 level tsp baking powder
175g

 vegetable oil

175g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
2 tbsps milk
Finely grated rind of […]

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Lemon Drizzle cake
Friday, February 8th, 2013

Today I am sharing with you a delicious Iraqi recipe. it is like a cottage pie but instead of mashed potatoes bulgar wheat is used .Bulgar or cracked wheat is also used in the traditional Arab salad tabbouleh although most use couscous as well. I was invited for dinner by Iraqi family friends and I […]

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Meat olives can be made with different fillings,today I opened the fridge saw the fresh mushrooms and decided to use them as a filling,with chopped parsley,garlic,asiago cheese and turkey ham slices.You can also use breadcrumbs,spinach,hard boiled eggs,ricotta,basil,minced chicken etc . The beef olives can be simmered in a stew or baked in a casserole,can be […]

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Bragoli (meat olives ) in stew
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

These are lamb burgers that can be cooked under the grill ,shallow fried or on the bbq. I make them adding spices giving them a middle eastern flavor , You can serve in a burger bun with frenchfries and coleslaw ,in a pitta bread pocket or as I did with salad and spicy basmati rice […]

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Lamb Burgers
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

My hubby is from Iraq and they eat rice in many different ways . This is one of my favorite   recipes. With vermicellini or angel  hair pasta broken into 1-2 inch lenghts . These are fried before adding the rice then they cook with the rice.
Ingredients:

50 -75g vermicellini or angel hair pasta cut into […]

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Basmati rice with vermicellini,cashew nuts & sultanas
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

This is a traditional Maltese soup ,my hubby who is from Iraq loves it . He does not like peas so I do not put any . I also like to break some eggs in the soup when its almost ready and let them poach . Usually this is done in soppa ta l -armla […]

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Kusksu ( broad bean soup)
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Once you make fresh soups you realize how much more flavorful and good they are so much better than canned or in packets. You know you are using fresh ingredients and they are quick and easy to make.In this recipe I chop the mushrooms in small pieces but you can slice them then use the […]

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Mushroom soup
Thursday, January 31st, 2013

This is a Moroccan recipe . Full of peppers,aubergine,zucchini,lemons and fragrant spices. When its cooking it will create a lovely aroma all over your home. Perfect as a dinner party dish served with couscous and green salad .
First prepare the spices in a small bowl:

1 teaspoon turmeric,
2 teaspoons ground coriander,
1 tablespoon ground cumin,
1/4 teaspoon cayenne […]

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Moroccan style chicken thighs & roasted veg
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

These are traditional Arab pastries called Mamoul
. They make these to celebrate feasts like the end of the fasting month Ramadan  and other feasts. But they are made and sold all year long in middle Eastern confectionery shops. The pastry is made from semolina & flour and butter and it melts in the mouth. […]

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Date and walnut pastries
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Its cold and nothing is more welcome than a plate of hot soup. I adapted this adding some more ingredients from an Arab lamb soup recipe called Harira . The spices used are cinnamon stick,cardamom pods,bay leaves ,cumin,coriander & dill making it a fragrant soup. My kitchen was scented with a lovely aroma as it […]

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Lamb Soup
Monday, January 28th, 2013

An easy but delicious pasta dish. My family love pasta so I cook it in many different ways.
Ingredients:

500g fusilli or penne rigate
2 spring onions chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
smoked salmon sliced
some cooking cream or a cup of pasta water and some lemon juice

Method:

Boil the pasta in lots of salted water.
In a  saucepan saute the spring onion […]

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Fusilli with smoked salmon
Monday, January 28th, 2013

This is my take on Arabic couscous & stew. I do not make it as spicy and hot as they usually do it. Its full of thick cut chunky vegetables ,tender lamb making it a hearty meal. I serve it over couscous and with a bowl on the side of the stew gravy.

Ingredients:

1kg lamb shanks,thickly […]

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Couscous with lamb ,veg & chickpea stew.
Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I made this for my daughter ,she saw an Indian supper on a cookery fb page and told me that she would  like some. She was in studying so I thought I make it for her and I thought of making enough for all the family because I was sure that they would want some […]

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Cheats chicken Tikka served with spicy rice
Saturday, January 26th, 2013

First time I made this cake I cooked the pumpkin in some water then strained and pureed it. But when I made it again I decided to roast it in the oven and then pureed it. The taste was much better so I recommend that you roast it first.This is an easy and quick recipe […]

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Pumpkin cake
Saturday, January 26th, 2013

My mum always taught me that to make a good stew you have to let it simmer for a couple of hours on very low heat and the meat will be tender,the sauce will thicken and the flavors will be rich . As always mum knows best and I do well to follow her advice […]

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

This is a fragrant moist cut and come again cake . Perfect if you have a wheat intolerance or on a gluten free diet. Ground almonds are used instead of flour.
Ingredients:

2 oranges washed and boiled for 2 hours in enough water to cover them,check on them and top up with water if needed. You can […]

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Orange & almond cake
Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I made this for my youngest son Malik and all the family enjoyed them and now this dish is part of our family menu . I sometimes use diced or strips of chicken or beef . If you like it extra spicy you can use fresh chilis slice and fry with the onion .

Ingredients : […]

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Spicy wudy 7 veg noodles
Thursday, January 24th, 2013

These are simple to make yet very tasty as a snack and finger food for a party.No matter how much I make they seem to vanish as soon as I serve them !  😉
I have made them using all types of pastry but I found they keep their shape best using short crust pastry and […]

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Tuna Crescents
Thursday, January 24th, 2013

When I make rabbit stew we all enjoy the pasta with the rabbit sauce. Once I must have added more stock than I should and it remained too watery instead of thickening it I removed the rabbit pieces ,added a bit more stock and then when it was boiling I put in the penne rigate. […]

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Chicken & penne
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

We all have left over bread and either you toast it and make it into breadcrumbs or you make a bread pudding . My children do not like it too fruity ,just sultanas . I like it with candied peel & cherries . If you like it more fruity just add the fruit and nuts.
I […]

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Maltese bread pudding
Monday, January 21st, 2013

Nothing better when its cold than a bowl of piping hot soup. When I go to a Chinese restaurant I find the chicken & corn soup a bit too oily for my taste and I decided to do it my way. I made it and my family loved it so I’m sharing it . Hope […]

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Spicy chicken & corn soup
Monday, January 21st, 2013

Pizza is a family favorite. I make it twice a month . A perfect informal party dish when we have friends or family over.
My pizza dough:
Sift 1 kg flour with 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl & mix in 3 teaspoons dried yeast.
In a jug or bowl mix 1 & […]

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Pizza
Sunday, January 20th, 2013

I prefer marinated fried rabbit with lots of garlic and crusty fresh bread to dip in the oil. This is one of my rabbit recipes. This recipe is more healthy using less oil. Also it is a complete meal. This can be left to simmer on the burner or in the oven. I use this […]

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Rabbit Casserole
Saturday, January 19th, 2013

My husband is from Iraq and rice there is eaten almost daily . They have loads of tasty recipes most are spicy ,I adapt the spices to our own taste . With this rice dish I either serve a fresh salad or stir fry veg. When I make it hot adding more curry and chili […]

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Spicy shrimp rice .
Saturday, January 19th, 2013

This is a quick & simple pasta dish yet it is so good . I make it when I have a busy day cleaning the house or was out and pressed for time to cook supper. While the pasta is cooking I make the sauce and in less than 30mins I have a meal on […]

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Pipe rigate (small shells) with tomato sauce & ricotta
Saturday, January 19th, 2013

This is a simple & easy carrot cake recipe . The result is a moist yummy cake .

Ingredients :
• 250g self raising flour
• 400g caster sugar
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 350ml vegetable oil
• 4 eggs
• 350g grated carrots
• 120g chopped walnuts
Method :
Sift the self raising flour and cinnamon in a bowl.
Mix the sugar in,then the […]

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Carrot Cake
Friday, January 18th, 2013

This is a filling and delicious meal. With stew I usually serve mashed potatoes but I decided to serve it with couscous
Red Couscous
Ingredients: • 500g couscous
• 5 tablespoons tomato paste
• 250ml  chicken stock
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or chili powder
• seasoning
• 4 tablespoons  olive oil
Method:
In a bowl put the couscous with salt to taste […]

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Beef,chickpea & veg stew with red couscous
Friday, January 18th, 2013

I was not sure what to cook for supper didn’t feel like doing anything complicated ,my youngest suggested wudy sausages ,I opened the fridge saw the tubs of ricotta and the packets of ready rolled pastry I like to have on hand just in case and I decided to make a quiche. It was a […]

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

My family adores pies ,I pack them with veg and keep the pastry thin so they are healthy not stodgy . This is a recipe I got from my mother who is a very good cook  and has taught me so much .

Ingredients:

1 kg short crust pastry
400g thawed frozen spinach or blanched fresh spinach
2 marrows […]

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Spinach & Tuna pie
Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Nothing is more warming on a cold chilly Winter day than a steaming plate or bowl of hot fragrant soup. This soup is made with vegetables and mixed lentils ,with some small fine pasta and a few minutes before I turn off heat I break open some eggs and let them poach a bit then […]

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

A moist cake that goes down a treat with a steaming cup of coffee or tea and delicious even with a glass of cold milkshake .
Ingredients :

150g chopped dates
2 mashed ripe bananas
50g chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons dark or golden syrup or honey
100g butter or margarine
100g sugar
2 eggs beaten with 4 tablespoons milk
2 cups flour ,1 teaspoon […]

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Banana & Date Cake
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

This is another recipe of baked pasta . This does not have a crunchy topping ,it has a rikotta ,cream,cheesy egg topping . Smells divine while cooking and tastes delicious  😛
Ingredients:
• 500g macaroni
• 500g minced beef
• 1 chopped onion
• 3 cloves chopped garlic
• 1 big pkt thick tomato juice or passata di pomodoro or tomato […]

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Macaroni bake
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

My mum says when she was pregnant with me she used to want to eat this almost everyday and when I was young I used to ask her to cook it often. Now I cook it for my family .It’s a simple yet tasty meal.
This is the basic recipe but I sometimes add left over […]

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Tarja Moqlija -Vermicelli Frittata
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Pasta is a family favorite . This is one recipe from many that I will share with you .

1kg penne rigate
1 large chopped onion
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 small or 1/2 an eggplant chopped
250g chopped mushrooms or 1 tin sliced mushrooms
2 large tins corned beef
1 small tin tomato paste
2 tins passata or 1 bottle
4 eggs
1 cup […]

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

This is a favorite of mine . When I make a family sized omelette I cook it in a large frying pan ,cook the bottom side on the cooker then when the bottom has set I put the convection oven cover over the frying pan or put the pan in the oven under the grill […]

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spinach omelette
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

This is a typical meal that I serve my family during the fasting month of Ramadan . The Chicken & chickpea stew is called Teeshrib and it is an Iraqi recipe. Lentil soup & hummus are more familiar with us but we all have our personal recipes and I wish to share mine with you. […]

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chicken & chickpea stew,Lentil soup & hummus
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

This is a hearty dish ,the veal liver is thinly sliced and soaked in milk for about 20 minutes or more before frying. This helps the liver remain moist & juicy and tastes sweeter.

750g sliced veal liver
enough milk to soak it in.
flour to dip the liver in before frying
2 large onions
small tin or cup frozen […]

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Veal liver in gravy & roasted vegetables
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

My kids love couscous so I make it often  but try to do it in different ways . I made this using left over roast chicken .

500 g couscous
300 g chopped chicken
1 chopped large onion
250 g mixed veg (carrots,peas & corn)
1 teaspoon curry
1/2 teaspoon of each turmeric & cumin
300ml chicken stock
salt & pepper

 
In a large saucepan […]

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Chicken & veg couscous
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

My family love pies and I like to fill them up with loads of veg . Perfect hot or cold and made into small individual portions for a picnic or packed lunch.

500g short crust pastry
500 g minced chicken or chopped chicken breast
mixed veg I used carrots,peas, finely chopped potatoes
fresh or frozen thawed spinach
2 large onions […]

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Chicken & vegetable pie
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

This is a fish dinner that consists of awrata cooked in foil,spiced basmati rice,fried marrows in garlic and a raita which is a yogurt sauce made with cucumbers & mint
Awrata:
I cook this fish in a foil packet so it remains moist and just open the foil package for the last 5 minutes so it gets […]

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Fish dinner
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

A fast & easy meal or starter .
500g fusilli
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 eggplant sliced
3 courgettes sliced
1/2 cup slivered roasted almonds or walnuts
seasoning salt & pepper to taste & olive oil
Cook pasta in boiling salted water.
In a saucepan saute the onion in 2 tablespoons oil then add the eggplant & zucchini & fry […]

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Fusilli with eggplant & zucchini
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

This is an all time family favorite at our home. I make it using either lamb,beef or chicken minced meat ,used corned beef and even chopped cooked chicken breast . Also its a sure way that my sons eat vegetables so I add as much as I can. When Im pressed for time I ‘cheat’ […]

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Boil the chicken legs adding turmeric,cumin,cinnamon stick,curry and salt to the water. In the baking tin fry the sliced onions with mixed spice, add sliced potatoes and large sliced pieces of carrots and peas & some garlic ,add some of the chicken stock . Put the chicken pieces on top ,brushing them with some soy,tomato […]

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Chicken Tagine