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 

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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