Beef with broccoli

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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:
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

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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


(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.

Shish Tawook (chicken kabab)

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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

Broccoli and cheese soup

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Nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm you up during those cold winter days. Instead of going to Panera Bread all the time to  have this soup , I decided to make it at home . I found  a similar recipe online and added my touch to it. Sooo yummy

Broccoli and cheese soup:

1 tablespoon melted butter + 1 tablespoon of butter

1/4 cup of flour

1 cup of milk

1 cup of heavy cream

2 cups of chicken stock

chopped broccoli

carrots sliced

1/2 medium

chopped onion

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese

In a medium sauce pan add add 4 tablespoons of butter on medium heat , add the flour and mix with a whisk and cook for 2 minutes . Add the milk and cream and chicken stock bring to a simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the broccoli and carrots , in a separate small pan add 1 tablespoon of butter once the butter has melted add the onions and cook until the onions are translucent . Add the onions to the soup and mix . Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste, cook it for 20 minutes .Add the cheese and mix well . Serve 🙂 

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