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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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 

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

Cucumber, Yogurt Salad  

 If you are like me who can easily get bored from eating plain yogurt, then you are in the right place! This recipe is so easy and requires only a couple of ingredients. You can eat it by itself or you can devour it as a side with many other main dishes. All you need for this recipe is some cucumber, yogurt, garlic and thyme. For precise measurements, continue reading below. 

Ingredients:
2 cups chopped cucumber 
1 cup yogurt 
3 garlic gloves 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil for garnish 
Process:
In a medium bowl combine yogurt, mashed garlic, thyme and salt Mix until you get a creamy consistency. Add this mixture to a bowl containing chopped cucumber. Mix your ingredients together and drizzle your olive oil on top and voila 🙂 
Let me know if you would recreate this recipe and if so, what would you change about it. Enjoy!
Shahad xo