Coming from a small fisherman town in Israel my family and I share the love of seafood, fresh seafood that is caught from the near ocean and sold at the open market every single day…And In particular we adore shrimps and scallops and I always make sure to have them on hand in my freezer…
We all love s’mores but can you imagine it spread all over a sheet of a chocolate cake?
I could and I did…. I made up this delicious mash and ended up being this oeey gooey chocolaty goodness and it was to die for; and we could not get enough of it!!
This delicious tart was inspired by the mini fruit tart I received from my son and his wife when they came over few days before mother’s day to visit and celebrate it early, they both had to work on mother’s day and they were not going to be able to join the rest of the family on that day…
I loved the tart they brought me… so light، yummy and full of fresh fruit….There was a surprise inside of the tart when I took a bite of it, it had a thick layer of chocolate melted on top of the crust and a thick layer of fresh whip cream…It was amazingly delicious. Continue reading →
The garlic, the wine and the simple mix of spices all amazingly works together in this dish…
Chicken and garlic in one meal! Yes, it does not get any better than this delicious one pot wonder….And it does not require any hard work, much preparations, special ingredients or equipment’s to cook this amazing and full of flavors kind of meal… Continue reading →
Makeup free face! One good night gets you looking fresh, rested and relaxed!! Happy Sunday everyone #lifeisbeautiful #life #lifeofablogger #lifeofabaker #lifeofacook #happylife #whatagoodnightsleepcando
Sugar cookie dough is so versatile that it could be used in most recipes that calls for cookie crusts or as a crumbled topping for any custard or ice cream dessert or just as a dunking cookie in the morning cup of coffee, afternoon tea or evening milk…
I have been on a healthy lifestyle for a year now and one of the vegetables that I could have on this diet is broccoli, it does not matter if its fresh or frozen as long as I have it with any of my meals..So I have a lot of bags of broccoli in my freezer..
I always stock up on everything and berries are no exception, when I see berries on sale at the store I buy them, fresh or frozen it won’t matter to me… I fill my freezer drawer and forget about them until I envision a recipe to use them!
I have these cute cupcakes liners that I have so much of in my pantry that I bought few years ago…
I used them when I baked so many muffins and cupcakes for the office for St. Patrice’s day and Last Sunday was the perfect day to put them to use… I am not sure why I bought so many of them! Even after using them with this recipe I have a lot leftover, I guess I was feeling lucky with the clover leaf… What can I say I love them! Continue reading →
Every time my daughter and I say the word bundt we laugh so hard because we remember the movie “My Big Fat Greek wedding” its a bundt!!! Anyone remember that scene? it was pretty hilarious…We love that movie!!
Few days ago I made my Pulled Beef and Barbeque beans and of course I had to make coleslaw to serve with both dishes for dinner, what better dish to serve with these two delicious hearty dishes than a cool, crunchy and creamy coleslaw!!
Few days ago I made my Pulled Beef , a dish that I had cooking in my slow cooker doing the day while I was working… And I had too for sure to pair it with BBQ beans, because what else goes with this amazing dish beside BBQ beans and creamy coleslaw!
Today we woke up realy early to attend our granddaughter Nashwa’s basketball tournament… it was 5:00 am and we had to be there at 7:00 for a game that starts at 8:00… It was raining and it was a long drive from the house to the tournament… yes its been a long day!! Continue reading →
I love the smell and the flavor of jasmine in anything..so few months ago when I was in LA at the Asian market I bought a bottle of Jasmine essence, I did not know how or with what I was going to use it but I had to buy it, I could not help it the fragrance is deliciously intoxicating… Continue reading →
I had to clean up my produce drawer and use up some of the vegetable that were in there…I had two eggplants and colorful bell peppers. I also had poblano and anaheim pepper that I had to use before they expire…
When its cold and 20 miles an hour winds outside and you cannot use your grill but you want to have a juicy steak for dinner, what to do? I found the simple way to achieve that prefect, Smokey, delicious, juicy and flavorful steak is to have it prepare in sauté pan on the stovetop…Just a little butter or olive oil, room temperature meat and any of your favorite combination of spices and you have an easy meal on your hands in no time.
My granddaughter texted me few days ago and asked me if I could make her some Rice treats and of course I had to deliver….I am madly in love with her, very smart, intelligent and beautiful inside out…And I do love making treats for my kids and grandkids…
Sugar free dessert became the only way for me to bake for my husband, what to do for a man that loves sweet? It was easy for me, I started re-creating all of my baking recipes for him as sugar free dessert since we found out he is diabetic and that was many, many years ago…
After All the Banana chips cookies Banana chips cookies I made the other day were gone; (thats how delicious they were) I had to bake another batch, but this time I doubled the recipe to accommodate the demands for these delicious cookies… Continue reading →
Today I realized that I have saved a lot of banana chips from the so called tropical mix nuts and tropical fruit bags that we buy from the health store, every time I buy a bag I realize more and more that they are just full of banana chips and hardly any mixed nuts or any tropical fruits…
There is no doubt that Indian cuisine is one of the flavorful and aromatic food out there, I love Indian food as much as I love middle eastern food…I enjoy cooking Indian food and I really love it when the delicious aroma fills up my kitchen, the spices, the texture and the flavor are amazing.
Today was a special day for all of us, its my daughter and granddaughter birthday…. it was such a surprise that day for all of us, when our granddaughter decided to be born few weeks early and on her mother birthday, this kid is always in a hurry……. I just love her…….It is so special to celebrate your birthday with your own kid, at least I think so!
It was cold and crazy windy outside today and this is the best kind of days for me to bake and tests recipes, oven on for a long time and that’s for sure will keep the house warm. Also it was clean the fridge from leftovers kind of day…
I think Chocolate is one of the most loved sweets on earth, I am not that big of a fan…(I know everyone thinks I am crazy) but let me tell you I surprised myself after I tasted my own creations…this chocolatey cake is one of the best cakes I came up with and everyone agrees with me…
These panini press you have hiding in your kitchen cabinets are not just for making a panini sandwiches, they are an amazing tool to use as a grill, last night I used it to grill vegetables and I often use it to grill steaks or chicken.
Maqluba is the national dish in the middle east..Each recipe has its own variety of vegetables, such as tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots and eggplant!
my favorite way to make it with eggplant and cauliflower, chicken or lamb are the meats of choice to be used in Maqluba.
Maqluba latterly translates to “upside down” in Arabic, when the casserole is inverted, the top has the crusty layer of the rice, some chose to have the vegetable on the bottom instead of the rice, but my mom always made it with the rice on the bottom, I love it and so does my family.
4 LB boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs.
8 cups cold water
1 stick of cinnamon
2 bay leaf
1 large onion thinly sliced
1 med cauliflower cut up to floweret OR
1 large eggplant cut up in to 3 inches circles
3 cloves of garlic minced
3 cups of Jasmin rice or long grain rice
1/2 tablespoon of black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon of salt divided
1 1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon ground cardamom
6 cups reserved chicken broth
6 tablespoon olive oil divided
3 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 425
In a large stockpot add water, chicken, cinnamon stick and bay leaf, bring to boil, lower the heat to medium low and simmer uncovered to avoid spells for about 25 minutes, making sure to skim off the foam every few minutes until the broth is clear.
In the main time, spread the eggplant on to nonstick or lined baking sheet in single layer, drizzle 3 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle 1/4 of tablespoon of salt, rub the oil and the salt into the eggplant, bake for 30 minutes.
Rinse the rice with cold water drain, set a side.
In a medium size nonstick pot add the remaining olive oil, butter and Sauté the sliced onions until golden, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, make sure the pot is large enough in order to cook the entire meal in.
Add the sautéed onion and garlic to the rinsed rice, add all the spices and the remaining salt and pepper. mix well.
Remove the chicken from the broth onto a plate and let it cool for a minute, discard the cinnamon stick and bay leaf, reserve the broth.
Shred the chicken into large bite size.
Line the bottom of the pot with a layer of the rice and onion mixture, add a layer of eggplant or the vegetable you chose to use, repeat until all of the eggplant used and end up with a top layer of the rice.
Add chicken broth, cover and bring to boil, lower the heat to simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes.
Let the rice stand in the pot covered for about 10 minutes.
Hold a large serving platter over the pot and invert the rice carefully and serve.
Some recipes have toasted nuts on top but I love this simple one!