Basbousa

Can anyone tell me where has the summer gone? It has been ages since I last posted on here and I miss blogging so much, and what better way to start blogging again than to share a sweet treat. By now you are thinking what is Basbousa? Basbousa is a traditional Middle Eastern cake that is made with semolina and is covered with sugary syrup. It has been enjoyed all across the Middle East for quite sometime now during special occasions as well as family gatherings. I have to admit though when I was young I didn’t like Basbousa, maybe because my mom used to make it a lot and I got used to it. I think we can all relate when your mom cooks the same dish over and over, you just come to detest that dish.IMG_4462So recently, I started craving Basbousa and found myself all over Google trying to find a good recipe.This recipe was adapted from Xawaash  so make sure to go and check out their website. The only difference I did is I added tahini to the baking pan when I was brushing with butter.

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Lebanese Nights Semolina Pudding 

Sweet, creamy and delicious, Lebanese nights is a traditional dessert that is so refreshing and easy to make. It consists of semolina pudding flavoured with rose water and topped with whipped cream and pistachios. This dish is super indulgent and is made for special occasions and family gatherings. Let’s dig in:) 

 

  
  
Ingredients: 

Pudding 

  • 1/2 cup semolina 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 2 tsp rose water 
  • 2 tsp orange blossom water 
  • 3 cups milk

Topping 

  • Whipped cream or Nestle cream.
  • Pistachios 

Sugar Syrup ( attar) 

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • 1 Tbsp of rose water 
  • 1 Tbsp of Orange blossom water 
  • A pinch of ground cardamom 

How to: 

Make the sugar syrup ( attar ) ahead of time. Bring the water and sugar to a boil and continue boiling for about 3-4 minutes. Add the rose water, orange blossom water as well as the ground cardamom and set aside to cool. 

As for the pudding, add the milk to a medium sauce pan and warm it up on medium heat. Dissolve the corn starch in 1/4 cup water. Next, add the semolina and sugar and stir for a couple more minutes. Add the beaten egg as well as the corn starch and continue stirring for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add in rose water and orange blossom water. Pour your mixture in a deep dish or small dishes and let it cool down to room temperature. I chose to serve it in mason jars as I had to attend a friend’s gathering and wanted to do something fun and different. Add the cream and ground pistachios. Lastly, serve with the sugar syrup. 

Enjoy! 

Shahad xo 

H U M M U S 

  
Hummus is a chickpea based dip that is staple in middle-eastern cuisine and is enjoyed across the world. Packed with healthy fats, hummus is our family’s go-to snack. I have been eating hummus for as long as I can remember and it is one of those best things that is so simple to make. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup tahini sauce 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 garlic gloves 
  • Juice of 1 lemon 
  • Olive oil for garnish 
  • Parsley for garnish 

Directions:

  • Rise the chickpeas in cold water and add it to your food processor.
  • Add the rest of your ingredients and turn on the food processor until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Garnish with olive oil, parsley and chickpeasas.
  • Serve with your favourite bread. 

Enjoy,

Shahad xo 

G U A C A M O L E

Made with ripe avocados, tossed with cilantro and served with tortilla chips; this recipe is beyond delicious. It is the best recipe E V E R. So go get ready and turn on your favourite show on Netflix and let’s enjoy this guac recipe.
  
Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe avocados (large)
  • Tomatoes (1/2 cup)
  • Onions (2 green onions chopped)
  • Lime (juice of 1 and a half)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp) 
  • Pepper ( 1/4 tsp)
  • Cumin (1/4 tsp)
  • Siracha 

Instructions:

Cut the avocados in half and remove the stone. Scoop the flesh in a medium bowl

  

Chop your tomatoes into cubes 

  

Chop your green onions and cilantro 

  
Add all ingredients on top of the avocados 

  

Use a potato masher to mash your avocados and to combine all ingredients together.
  
Serve with your favourite tortilla chips and enjoy! 

Shahad xo  

Chicken Tabsi

Warm spicy and full of flavour, this chicken dish has been a staple in our household for the longest time. It is one of my favourite growing up. 

  
This recipe is very special to my heart as it reminds me of the time my mom used to make it for us. The best part about this recipe is that it is so easy to make. All you need is some chicken, potatoes, carrots and spices.

  
For more details, keep reading below: 

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic gloves chopped
  • 2-3 medium potatoes cubed
  • 2 carrots 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 tsp Mediterranean seven spices 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar (any type) 
  • A squirt of ketchup and Hp sauce 
  • Parsley for garnish 

Directions:

  • Wash your chicken thighs and place them in a stainer to dry.
  • In a medium skillet, sauté your onions and garlic for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add your chicken thighs and sauté until your chicken turns colour to white.
  • Add your potatoes, chopped carrots, spices and water. 
  • Cover and let it cook for a couple of minutes on medium heat.
  • Then add your ketchup and Hp sauce.
  • Cook for 45 minutes. Then let it cook on low heat for another 20 minutes.  
  • Check if your chicken is fully cooked. 
  • Garnish with parsley

Bon appetite,
Shahad xo

Zucchini Yogurt Salad 

I am not a big fan of raw zucchini but I totally understand the benefits of eating raw vegetables. Zuchini is so good for you as it is an amazing source of magnesium, fibre, folate as well as vitamin C. Therefore, I decided to give my cucumber yogurt salad a twist by adding zucchini instead of cucumber and this salad was just as good (Yum!). All I did was add shredded zucchini instead of chopped cucumber and I kept all ingredients the same. For exact measurements and detailed instructions, continue reading below.  

  

 Ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1 cup yogurt 
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste 
  • Parsley for garnish

Directions: 

  • In a medium bowl, shred your zucchini 
  • In a spectate bowl, add your yogurt along with mashed garlic and salt
  • Mix your yogurt until you get a creamy consistency.
  • Add your yogurt mixture to your shredded zucchini bowl.
  • Mix until all ingredients are combined
  • Garnish with chopped parsley

Enjoy!

Shahad xo

M A K H L A M A

Are you wondering what to make with your ground meat? Wonder no more. Makhlama is a middle eastern mixture of eggs, meat, tomatoes and spices. This recipe is very healthy and can be enjoyed for breakfast or for light dinner.
  

It is a traditional middle eastern dish that has been around for quite sometime, referred to as omelette in Western culture.  Garnished with parsley and enjoyed with warm khobz (middle eastern bread), this dish is mouth watering.

 Ingredients:

  • 300 grams medium ground lamb meat (about 2 cups and a half) 
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic gloves chopped
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large tomato chopped 
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Parsley for garnish

Directions: 

  • In a medium skillet, add your cooking oil along with your chopped onions and garlic. Sauté on medium heat until your onions become slightly golden in colour
  • Add your ground lamb meat and cook for a couple of minutes. Then, add salt and pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes 
  • Once the meat is done cooking, add your chopped tomatoes and tomatoes paste and mix well. Simmer for a couple of minutes and give the mixture a taste. Adjust to your own likings.
  • Crack open your eggs on top of the mixture and cover the skillet and cook for about 10 minutes on low heat. 
  • When done, garnish with parsley and serve your Makhlama with a warm middle eastern bread khobz or any bread of your choice and enjoy! 

Alef ‘afya (Bon appetite)
Shahad xo