Creamy roasted tomato soup … شوربة البندورة المشوية بالكريما

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Ingredients:

  • 5 large tomatoes
  • 1 small head garlic , peeled
  • 1/2 onion , peeled, diced
  • 4 tbs oil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt 
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, heated to a boil
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

  3. Wash the tomatoes and peppers. Peel garlic cloves and the onion.

  4. Cut the tomatoes into 6 wedges and arrange on the baking sheet. With the garlic, onions and peppers.

  5. Drizzle with about 2 Tbsp of olive oil. And sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  6. Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

  7. In a big pot, transfer the roasted vegetable. Use your hand blender (immersion mixer) to purée the roasted veggies until smooth and silky.

  1. Add broth, sugar and adjust the salt. Add dried basil and let cook for 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in heavy cream and turn heat off.

  3. Garnish with fresh basil and croutons.

  4. Enjoy!!

Cinnamon star bread … خبز النجمة بالقرفة

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 1 tbs active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tbs plain yogurt (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup softened butter, divided

Egg wash:

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 vanilla extract

Frosting optional:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs melted butter

Method:

    In the bowl of your stand mixer, with the dough hook attached, add flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Mix to combine.
    Add yogurt, water and oil. Knead on medium speed until dough is smooth and does not stick to the walls of the bowl. If the dough still sticky , you could add some more flour.
  1.  Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen cloth and keep the dough in an air-tight container until it doubles in size (approximately 30-45 minutes).
  1. Turn dough onto a floured surface.  
  2. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, cover the balls, and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.
  1. On a lightly greased or floured work surface, roll one piece of dough into a 10″ circle.
  2. Place the circle on a piece of parchment, Spread with the butter to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  3. sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon evenly.
  1. Roll out a second circle the same size as the first, and place it on top of the filling-covered circle. Roll out the third circle and transfer it on top of the filled one
  1. Place a 2 1/2″ to 3″ round cutter in the center of the dough circle as a guide. With a bench knife or sharp knife, cut the circle into 16 equal strips, from the cutter to the edge, through all the layers.
  1. Using two hands, pick up two adjacent strips and twist them away from each other twice so that the top side is facing up again. Repeat with the remaining strips of dough so that you end up with eight pairs of strips.
  1. Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a star-like shape with eight points. Remove the cutter.
  2. With a fork seal the edges
  1. Cover with kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size (about 1 hour).
  1.  Preheat oven to 400F.
  1. For egg wash, in a small bowl, whisk egg yolk, heavy cream and vanilla.until combined. Brush over the bread.
  1. Bake until golden brown. (about 25 minutes)
  1. For glaze, in a small bowl, mix icing sugar, heavy cream and vanilla and spread over wreath if desired.

Enjoy! 😊

Salmon potato bake … سمك السالمون و البطاطا بالفرن

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  • 8 medium size potatoes, cut into slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • A few handfuls of baby spinach washed and dried
  • Butter, for greasing
  • 3 salmon fillets, sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mix of cheddar and jack cheese

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F./180C.
  2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, then simmer the potatoes for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the red onion until translucent, add garlic and then stir in the flour and season well.
  2. Stir in the milk and cream until the mixture thickens .
  3. Add spinach and mix to combine.
  1. Butter a Pyrex or any oven safe dish and layer up half of the potatoes
  2. Spread the onion/ spinach mixture on top of the potatoes
  3. Arrange the salmon pieces on top
  4. Top it with half of the cheese and then with the rest of the potato.
  5. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden and bubbly.

Easy chocolate cake …. كيك الشوكولاتة

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease and flour your cake tin.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Decorate with your favorite frosting and fruit

Fish tacos with asian slaw … تاكوز السمك مع سلطة الكول سلو الآسيوية

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Ingredients:

  • For the Dressing:
  • 3 tbs rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs dark sesame oil
  • For the Slaw:
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage (purple and/or Napa)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot (3 carrots)
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions (3 green onions)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced radish (2 radishes)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • For the Tacos:
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • ¾ pound (12 ounces) white fish, cut into small pieces and seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cumin and coriander. Dipped into flour and then deep fried.
  • 1 avocado, sliced for garnish
Method:
  1. To make the marinade: Whisk the rice vinegar, soy sauce,, honey and sesame oil together in a large bowl. Add the shredded cabbage, carrots, green onions, radish, cilantro and toss to coat.
  2. To serve, top the warm tortillas with fish, slaw and slices of avocado. Serve immediately with some extra slaw on the side.
  3. Enjoy