Tomatoes in a pan

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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

Pita bread

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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

Tabouleh

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Anybody who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with this salad. I could eat this all day. It is a very popular salad in the Middle East. Its basically Parsley, Tomatoes, and cracked Wheat. Simple but really good.

Recipe:

5-6 bunches of parsley

4 tomatoes diced

1-2 tablespoon of chopped mint

dice 1/2 onion

1/3 cup of cracked wheat

2 lemons

olive oil

salt to taste

Wash the parsley the night before you make them , and place them on a towel to dry over night .

The next day chop the parsley really well , and set aside in a large bowl , add the tomatoes  , mix.

Add a tablespoon or two of chopped mint  , dice 1/2 onion and mix well. Soak the cracked wheat in water for 2 minutes then remove the water, add a whole lemon juice and a little bit of olive oil , leave for 10-15 minutes Add the cracked wheat and mix add a little bit of olive oil (to taste ) squeeze half a lemon or a whole lemon (to taste ) and salt to taste . Adjust olive oil and lemon to taste mix well

Honeycomb Bread

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Do you love bread? Do you love cheese?   I have the perfect recipe for you. It’s called honeycomb bread and its so delicious. Its great for family gatherings. Don’t expect to have leftovers because these go fast 🙂

Recipes:

3½ cups of flour sifted

2 tablespoon of milk powder

3 tablespoon of sugar

1½ teaspoon of instant yeast

4 tablespoons of olive oil

1 cup of milk warm

4 tablespoon of melted butter

Any type of cheese cut into small squares or balls

1 egg mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of milk to brush the bread

Add sifted flour to a large bowl , add the milk powder , sugar , yeast and oil . Slowly add in the milk and melted butter .

Knead the dough for 15 minutes by hand or 10 by machine .  Cover and set aside for 1 hour or until it doubles in size .

Roll the dough into a thin log shape and cut into small balls , add a small piece of cheese in its center. Bring the edges together , form a ball so that the cheese is completely enclosed. Place in your baking tray and cover for another 30-40 minutes it will double in size.
Brush the bread with egg and milk brush all over the bread and add sesame seeds on top of the dough, you can use white or black sesame seeds.

preheat your oven to 180 C and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the bread is nice and golden on top.

Falafel

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Falafel is my favorite appetizer and its even better with hummos and pita bread. I never made Falafel when I was living in Jordan because its everywhere. But since I moved to texas, I had to learn how to make Falafel from scratch :-(.  My husband really enjoyed them especially during Ramadan. Give it a try 🙂

Falafel :

1 1/2 cup of chickpeas soaked in water overnight

Pinch of baking soda

1 chopped onion

1 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon of coriander spice

1 cup of fresh coriander

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

Vegetable oil to fry the falafel.

Add the chickpeas to water and soak overnight, drain the water from time to time. add a little bit of baking soda .The next day drain the chickpeas from the water

Add the chickpeas to a food processor , add the chopped onion , garlic cloves, coriander spice , fresh coriander and baking soda, salt ,cumin .Blend well

Shape the mixture into form of small balls and set aside. Heat the vegetable oil , once the oil is hot add the falafel and fry until golden in color. Serve Hot

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