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 

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

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

Lazy Biscuit Cake 

Oh-so-tempting! A sweet and crunchy treat that you won’t stop eating. It combines the richness of cocoa with the crunchiness of biscuit to give you an amazingly flavoured cake. 

  
I don’t know about you but when it comes to drinking tea, my husband and I love to enjoy a little dessert on the side. It is like our tradition. I thought I would share this recipe with you since you can easily find the ingredients in your household. 

  
It is also perfect to take as gift to your friends house. I usually place them in a nice plate and wrap them up with a cute ribbon on top. You know that everyone loves a little treat. So go grab your ingredients and let’s get started! 

 
Here is what you will need for this recipe! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack Mary biscuit 
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter 
  • 4 tsp vanilla 
  • 4 Tbsp Cocoa powder  
  • 1 egg

Process: 

  • Whisk the egg in a bowl and add the vanilla to it. 
  • In another bowl, whisk your butter along with sugar and cocoa powder
  • Add your whisked eggs to the cocoa mixture and continue mixing.
  • Break your biscuit into small pieces and add your cocoa mixture to it. 
  • Mix well until all ingredients are all combined.
  • Add you mixture to a parchment paper or a clear plastic bag and make it in the shape of cylinder.
  •  Place your mixture in the freezer over night.
  • Cut into small square pieces 

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