Yellow Lentil Soup

My favorite soup of all times specially to have during Ramadan is the yellow lentil soup, extremely easy to do and very satisfying, you can always be creative with it by adding one extra ingredient in there and it would taste amazing, here is my favorite way of doing it:

Ingredients:

– 1 1/2 cup yellow lentil “washed and drained”

– 1 medium onion “chopped finely”

– 1 medium carrot “peeled and cut into slices”

– 1 medium potato “peeled and cut into cubes”

– 3 Tbsp of egyption rice

– 1 litre of water

– 1 Tbsp of olive oil

– Juice of 1 Lemon

– 3 tbsp of cumin

– Salt and pepper

Preparation:

1. Heat olive oil in a deep pan and cook the onion untill translucent.

2. Add the potato, carrot and lentil. Stir for about 30 seconds to mix everything together.

3. Add water and season with salt and pepper. Let Bring to a boil then lower the heat and let it cook for about 45 minutes.

4. When perfectly cooked, blend everything together and return on heat.

5. Add in your rice, make sure to keep on stirring other wise they will stick at the bottom of your pan, this step sort of reminded me of the time when i was doing a risoto you gotta continuously stir.

6. Take off the heat when your rice is fully cooked.

7. Add in lemon juice, cumin and add salt according to how you like it.

Adding croutons is always a plus when eating any soup so you could do that, if you don’t like the consistency of the soup it’s optional for you to add more water to make it less thick.

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Ramadan Kareem – I’m late!

Shame on me, shame on me, I’ve let my blog down by not posting all this time, but i’ve finally started to feel better ever since i passed my first trimester in my pregnancy, the nausea is not as bad as before and started liking food again.

Since it’s ramadan i have been preparing and cooking every now and then which i will post about on a daily basis “fingers crossed” hopefully starting from today!

My first Ramadan dish that i would like to start with is this yummy stuffed grape leaves.

This is how you do it:

 Ingredients:

– 1 Jar of grape leaves

– 1 1/2 Egyption rice “ wash and drain”

– 500 grams minced beef

– 1 Potato sliced

–  5 Ribs

– 7 Garlic cloves

– Juice of 3 lemons

– 1/4 Veg oil + 1/4 Olive oil

– Spices: Black pepper, cinammon, dry corriander, dry ginger, nutmeg

– Salt

 

Preparation:

1. Soak the leaves in boiling water for about 15 minutes.

2. Mix the rice with the meat, oils, spices and salt, the best way to do it is by using your hands.

3. Place a leaf and make sure to cut the stem off, shiny side down, and place around 1 tsp and a half of your rice and meat mixture in the middle and start rolling, if you’re not familiar with this step watch the video below.

 

4. When you’re done, in a deep pan heat some oil and cook your garlic cloves and ribs untill the outside is nice and brown, then turn the heat off.

5. place them almost flat, then layer the potato slices on top of the ribs, the reason why we don’t want the grape leaves to touch the bottom is because we don’t want them to burn.

Then place the stuffed grape leaves in circular motion.

6. Place a plate on top so you’re stuffed grape leaves are secured, pour in water untill the whole thing is soaked and add salt.

7. Let it cook for about 2 hours, if the water dries out you can add a little more.

8. When it’s fully cooked, remove the plate and add your lemon juice, the best way to present is to flip the whole thing on a plate and it will end up looking fantastic.

Oh i forgot to mention that sometimes we put eggs to boil with the leaves because they end up tasting so good ^_^

Enjoy!

Cool Invention

I can’t remember what program i was watching to come across this cool invention called the sushi popper, basically it’s a fresh pre sliced sushi placed in a portable tube that allows you to push from the bottom up to grab a bite from the top, comes with a long thin tube “similar to a straw” attached on the side that contains soya sauce so you can pour it from the top, it’s really cool since you’ll be able to eat it wherever you are without creating a huge mess!

It comes in three desirable flavors

 

Pizza night out

Since i am having trouble figuring out what to eat because i absolutely crave NOTHING, my hubby suggested we try this cozy place that opened recently called “Pizzeria Romana”, they serve authentic Italian pizza.

To be honest with you i was very much impressed with the restaurant as it is so cozy with very nice decorative elements, they had cool statues and paintings hung on the wall, as i was trying to control myself feeling nauseous i did manage to take 2 photos to share with everyone.

Because we were new customers we didn’t know what to order, we ended up ordering a dried beef with rocket pizza, and a regular salami and cheese and actually it was really good, it fills you up yet you don’t feel that greasy after taste and you can tell every ingredient used is fresh, we are for sure to be going there again.

I found another blog that has also posted about this restaurant which explains more and has way better pictures than the ones i took “gimme a break”!

An angel coming into this world

Yes everyone, i’m pregnant 🙂

The reason why i have been away for so long and couldn’t post at all since i found out i was pregnant, i am one of those 20% of women who get crazy pregnancy symptoms, the worse feeling in the world excessive nausea!!!! for the past two week i’ve been puking my guts out and can’t smell food AT ALL, how unfortunate since i have a cooking blog lol?

Thankfully this week i have finally started to feel somewhat better and started going to work, i know you guys are still following, please be patient i’ll try to post every now and then about random things and still will try to talk about food, i just can’t believe i’m so disgusted by food, my big big passion! “sigh”

 

Cupcake ATM

I was randomly searching for some images and this came across which i found amazingly interesting posted by Mr.Kate Looks like there is a cupcake ATM machine in New York city done by  a bakery place called sprinkles, imagine any flavor you want and it’s shot out to you! genius!

New pasta

I always used to see this type of pasta when I go grocery shopping but never allowed myself to buy it because it was a little over priced though I always felt tempted to!  specially that i’ve fallen in love with the shape and packaging,  there were also other kinds which were ridiculously over priced, this one was for 1.600 kd so i was like “oh what the hell why not?” I did a chicken mushroom gratin which turned out wonderful! and because of it’s thickness it didn’t become soggy when dipped in sauce for a long time because it can absorb a lot of liquid in.

Unfortunately i don’t have a picture of the gratin because it was in our stomach in a matter of minutes! but i will def do it again and take a proper picture, on a positive note i am posting the recipe so here you go:

Ingredients:

– 4 chicken breast cleaned and cubed

– 1 pack of mushrooms sliced

– 5 cloves of minced garlic

– 1 can of corn

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– Salt and pepper

for the white sauce:

– 3 Tbsp of flour

– 1 litre of milk

– 1 cube chicken stock

– 1/4 cup of canola oil + 1 tbsp of butter

– pizza slice of grana padano cheese grated

– Salt and pepper

Preparation:

1. Boil your pasta as shown on your package until al dente.

2. In a skillet, add a little bit of olive oil with a tbsp of butter, stir fry the chicken and make sure to season with salt, pepper and cinnamon.

3. Add in the garlic, mushrooms and corn, keep on stirring until fully cooked, make sure to taste and check if it needs more seasoning.

4. In a baking pan place pasta in when cooked, and mix in the chicken mixture.

5. It’s time to make your white sauce, add your flour along with oil and butter, keep on stirring until it browns, then gradually add your milk and keep on stirring, when it starts to thicken that’s when you know it’s ready, you add one cube of magi, a handful of grated grand padano and season with salt and pepper.

6. Pour your white sauce on top of your pasta and mix it in.

7. Top it with the rest of the cheese and bake for about 25 minutes.