Musakhan Roast (chicken and onions)

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Mussakhan is a popular Palestinian dish that contains chicken, Onion, and bread. What sets this dish apart is a spice called Sumaq. I decided to my make my own version and turn it into a roast.

Ingredients:

3-4 onions
2 whole chickens
Olive oil
Sumaq Spice
Taboon Bread or pita bread
Fried Pine nuts for decoration
preheat oven to 200c (400f)
Clean the chicken really well from inside and out, dry the chicken with a paper towel and set aside. Cut 2-3 onions into cubes,place in a roasting pan, add a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of sumaq spice.Slice one onion into thin slices, add a little bit of sumaq spice and olive oil , mix and set aside.Place the chicken on top of the onions, rub a little bit of olive oil on the chicken. Stuff the sliced onions inside the chicken, cover the chicken with sumaq and rub with your hands . Cook the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

Add taboon bread to a plate add the onions and the juice and then add the chicken, decorate with the pine nuts.

Advertisements

Beef with broccoli

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Not only does this look good, it also tastes amazing. Such an easy recipe, great for inviting friends and family over for a Chinese feast . I hope you will give it a try 🙂

Beef with broccoli:
Marinade:
Beef strips
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
4 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon of ginger grated or ginger paste
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of vinegar

2 cups of broccoli
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 teaspoons of oyster sauce
add 1 tablespoon of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of corn starch
1-2 teaspoon of hoisin sauce

Add the beef strips to a large bowl add sugar, garlic, ginger,soy sauce, and vinegar mix it all . Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
place two cups of broccoli in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, remove and place in cold water with ice
for 30-45 seconds. Strain from water.
Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and cook the meat once brown on one side flip it over, the meat will cook in its own juices.
Add the broccoli , cover with a lid until the juice of the meat has evaporated.
Add  soy sauce , oyster and hoisin sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of corn starch. Mix well and serve 🙂

Birthday vanilla cake

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

P1110730

I made this cake for my husband’s birthday since he really likes light cakes so I decided to make a very light vanilla cake with frosting :-). It’s so light and fluffy and its my favorite vanilla cake recipe. You can decorate this cake any color you want (I chose 2 shades of blue).

Birthday vanilla cake

2 1/2 cups of cake flour (Sifted)
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 teaspoon of salt
170 grams of butter  at room temperature
1/2 cup of milk ( room temperature) + 1/4 cup of milk
2 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla
5 egg whites at room temperature

Frosting:

(375 g) of butter, softened and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of milk
3 1/2 cups of powder sugar (sifted)
Preheat oven to 350F

Sift the cake flour in a mixer or use a electric whisk , add sugar, baking powder and salt. Slice the butter into thin slices and mix in with flour . Add 1/2 cup of milk .
In a cup add the milk , egg whites, and vanilla . Add the mixture slowly into the dry ingredients.
2 cake pans greased with butter and add flour. Add the cake batter equally and bake for 25-35 minutes or until stick comes out clean.
Then set aside for 10 minutes
place on a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting:
Add the butter to a mixer or use a hand electric whisk, mix for 5 minutes until creamy, add vanilla,salt and milk.
Sift in the powdered sugar and mix well for  6 minutes until its fluffy.
To decorate:
Flip the cake , and add a little bit of frosting spread it all over the cake, add the 2nd cake add more vanilla frosting and spread it all over the cake creating a thin layer . Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Divide the frosting in two bowls, add 1 drop of food coloring and mix
add more drops of food coloring to the other creating different shades of blue. Add the light color on top of the cake and cover the top and the top part of the sides, add the dark blue frosting on the bottom of the cake and spread it all over the bottom part.
Last step even the frosting out . For step by step photos click on the birthday cake PHOTO.

Mushroom Soup

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

I love mushrooms. I love the smell and the taste of it. So you can imagine how much I love this soup. Its one of my favorite soup recipes……MMMM I wish I can have some right now 😦

Mushroom Soup

2 pounds white or brown button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup of butter
1 onion chopped
1 tablespoon of flour
Thyme
4 garlic cloves
4 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of water
1 cup of heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Slice the mushrooms, add  butter to a large sauce pan and cook on medium heat until it melts.
Add the mushrooms sprinkle with salt, the mushrooms will release water, cook it for a while until all the water has evaporated.
Add the chopped onion,add 1 heaping spoon of flour and mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
Add thyme tied up in a string so you can remove it easily once your done, add the garlics, chicken stock and water.
Cook for a while until the vegetables are tender,  you could either add the soup to a blender or use a hand puree to blend it.
Add the cream and bring it back to the heat for 2-3 minutes and serve 🙂

 

Sahlab

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Sahlab is very popular drink in the Middle East during the winter.  Its sweet, creamy and just perfect for those cold days. You can find sahlab powder in all supermarkets in the Middle East but since I live in Texas, I have to make it from scratch. I hope you guys will try it 🙂

Sahlab:

4 cups of milk
3-4 tablespoons of sugar ( if you prefer it sweet you can add more)
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 teaspoons of rose water
Cinnamon to decorate or crushed pistachios

Add 4 cups of milk to a medium sauce pan, add the sugar and cornstarch mix well with a whisk and place on medium low heat add the rose water .
Mix well until it has thickened .
Add crushed pistachios or a sprinkle of cinnamon to decorate 

Shish Tawook (chicken kabab)

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Shish Tawook, cubes of chicken are skewered and grilled on charcoal. Marinated over night which gives it its amazing flavor. So juicy and flavorful, you have to try this .

Shish Tawook

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of coriander
pinch of ginger
pinch of cumin
salt and black pepper
pinch of cardamom
1/4 cup of ketchup
3 teaspoons of tomato paste
half a lemon juice
3-4 tablespoons of yogurt
Chicken breasts cubed

In a large bowl add the chicken and all of the spices, ketchup, tomato paste, lemon, and yogurt mix well ,cover with cling wrap
place in the fridge overnight . Remove the chicken 1 hour before grilling . Add the chicken to the skewers leave space between them and grill the chicken
until the chicken is cooked . Enjoy

Tomatoes in a pan

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

This is a very popular appetizer in Jordan. It contains tomatoes, green chili, onion, and spices. The way its eaten is by dipping the pita bread into the dish. You can also enjoy this with other dishes such as scrambled eggs, hummos and/or falafel .

Tomatoes in a pan :

2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 onion diced
3-4 garlic minced
4-5 tomatoes (peeled & remove seeds)
2-3 green chili’s chopped
2 teaspoons of tomato paste

In a pan add the olive oil once its hot add the onion and cook until onions are softened. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and chili cover with a lid until the tomatoes start to release its own juice .Add Tomato paste mix and cook for another 3-4 minutes . Serve with pita bread

Blueberry Pound Cake

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

This cake is one of my favorite cake recipes ever, its delicious and light. The taste of blueberries and lime is just perfect together .  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Blueberry Pound Cake

2 1/3 a cup of flour sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a little bite more than 1/4 tsp of salt
1 3/4 cups of sugar
zests of 2 limes
70 grams of softened cream cheese
227 grams of softened butter
4 eggs (room temperature) 1 extra yolk
2 cups of blueberry

 Frosting:
3/4 cup of sugar powder
 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice


Sift the flour into a large bowl, add baking powder salt and mix set aside . In a food processor add the sugar and the lime zest mix until its blended set aside. Add the following ingredients to your electric mixer, cream cheese & butter, mix until light and fluffy. Add the sugar mixture in, add the eggs each at a time while mixing. Slowly add in the flour until its all mixed.
Preheat oven to 350f
Fold in the blueberries , grease the cake pan well with butter and dust with  flour.
Pour the batter evenly , and bake for 50-55 minutes.
Make sure the cake cools down completely before adding frosting.
for the frosting add the sugar +  lime juice mix well and pour over the cake 

Crispy Chicken

Click on the photo for step by step instructions

Click on the photo for step by step instructions

If you love the taste of fried chicken but hate all the calories that comes with it, you will love this recipe . The Chicken is so flavorful and crispy, with a side of delicious vegetables. Please give this recipe a try and I promise you that you will never fry chicken again.

Crispy chicken :

4 chicken thighs + 4 chicken drumsticks
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Flour
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix all spices in a small dish, clean the chicken and dry it with a paper towel .
Add the spices on both sides of the chicken, I also like to add spices under the skin to give it more flavor. Coat the chicken in a little bit of flour and add to a pan with the olive oil, make sure the oil is hot .
Fry on both sides until golden in color, do not over cook the chicken
Bake in a preheat oven 375f  for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked
 

Pita bread

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

Click on this photo for step by step instructions

You can find this type of bread in every middle eastern house hold , its great for dipping hummos , cheese , etc..

and great for sandwiches , you can find this in any bakery but nothing  beats home made bread , not only will your house smell amazing it tastes incredible . I hope you will give it a try

Recipe

1 cup of warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of yeast
4 cups of flour
2 cups of wheat flour
2 tablespoons of powder milk
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

In a small bowl Add  warm water and sugar, mix in the yeast . Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.
In a separate large bowl add the all purpose 
 flour and wheat flour , powder milk , baking powder and salt . Mix well
Slowly add the yeast mixture in the flour mixture , add in the oil , Knead the dough either on a machine or by hand until nice and smooth. Add oil in a bowl cover the dough with a little of oil and cover place in room temperature for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
Cut the dough into equal parts i got 10 , place on a baking tray cover for another 30-40 minutes.

Preheat oven to the highest temperature , and with a rolling pin flatten out the dough into round shapes and place  the oven for 6-7 minutes don’t forget to flip it on the other side once its golden

  • About Me

    My name is Nadia and I am half Jordanian Half British. I love to cook both Middle Eastern and Western recipes. There is nothing I love to do more than to cook. I decided to open a blog to share my recipes and experiences with you. I hope you like it

  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 10,474 other followers

  • Previous Posts

  • Top Posts & Pages

%d bloggers like this: