Thursday, December 23, 2010

afternoon snack

so with the kids at home for two weeks and between the fighting arguing and what not their always what to do for afternoon snack ... so today i decided to do an algerian classic which is kissera

all you need is semolina salt and oil and water as to how much is pretty much up to you


i used today i kilo or semolina and about a tsp or so of salt and oil about 3/4 tbsp  rub all together and then add water until you bring the dough together

then roll it out or here in most home they use the palm of their hand and flatten it out .... as to how thick or thin is really up to you as that too varies here

then place on a tabona and tajin  or you can use your cooker with those flat pan

here is what a tabon is like 


place your dough on top of the tajin and cook on a low to medium heat

till it looks like this


and then enjoy with a hot cuppa or some hot chocolate


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

my daughters bag

oh my , oh my,  this has taken me some time after many day and lots of yarn i have finally finished my daughters crocheted bag

it didnt go to plan as i didnt have the right type of wool but none the less it looks good and the main thing is that my daughter loves it

i joined a site called ravelry that was recommended by a friend and this is where i found the pattern for this bag .... to see the pattern log on or register first

this is how the bag looks on the site


and this is how my one turned out



as you can see it is a lot bigger as with real wool it would have shrunk but none the less it`s not bad.......


Saturday, December 18, 2010

a quick snack

sometimes the kids do have a late breakfast because they cant get up ... especially while on holidays form school .... those are they day where a very light lunch will do so today i sliced up some chicken breast and coated then i flour, egg, and breadcrumbs that i mixed garlic, pepper cumin, carwia, and coriander . salt


i fired in a small amount of oil .... then i made dome yogurt dip .... that natural yogurt, garlic and mint

and bought some algerian bread


put it all together and yuuuuummmmmmyyyyyy

Thursday, December 16, 2010

potato paratha

so i`m getting use to making these paratha it has taken it`s time but i got their so tonight i decided to try them with a potato stuffing which a good friend made for me the first time i tried them and masha`allah i loved it

so i used

4 cups of flour

about 4 tbsp of oil


water  enough to make a soft dough

i mixed everything together and then oiled it and left it for 20/30 mins

then i made the filling

4 potatoes




spices (what ever you choose to do)

i boiled the potatoes and once cooked then i let them cool down then i placed them into a frying pan and grated a carrot and courgette  and added garlic and spices and cooked on a low heat while mashed and mixing everything into the potato... once cooked let it cool

start with the dough and take a size of a walnut and roll it out thin then brush over it with melted butter and roll it and knot it (look at pic above to see )

once your finished all leave for another 20 mins then go back and each piece roll it out again and add the filling and fold and re roll lightly and place on a hot plate (tajin)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Virtues of the Prophet (PBUH) and Companions


Virtues of the Prophet (PBUH) and Companions – 7th Muharram 1432 (13th
December 2010)

Narrated Muawiya (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

I heard the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) saying, “A group of
people amongst my followers will remain obedient to Allah’s orders and they
will not be harmed by anyone who will not help them or who will oppose
them, till Allah’s Order (the Last Day) comes upon them while they are
still on the right path.”

Bukhari Vol. 4 : No. 835

Thursday, December 9, 2010

algerian paratha

so the name says it i set out to make paratha and ran out of time as dh arrived home early and couldnt wait to eat so i cut the time in half and this is what i came out with

well the pastry was

3 cups of flour
a pinch of salt
1/2 tbsps of oil (i added 3 )
water (i just poured until til i had a soft dough


mince ( as much as you like )
i small onion cut finely
three cloves of garlic
pepper / salt / cumin / Cinnamon
and parsley (a hand ful)

once i mixed the ingredients for the pastry i oiled it and placed it to the side for 20 mins normally after this i should roll out into discs. Brush with melted butter and roll into a sausage which you then knot and leave to rest for another 20 minutes but i ran out of time so i just took it from when i oiled it and made small balls and rolled them out

i place the filling on one half and then covered with the other half and then roll the rolling pin over it and placed on my hot plate ( tajin)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

whats new

well i always like to try new things and the most recent is pakoras  i know many ppl who cook them and i have eaten them once and loved them ... so my thought is lets try them ... so i did and masha`allah they were delicious  even my dh like them


and they are very simple to make too


i just sliced some potatoes and onions also i chopped some parsley ... the recipes that i found them from said coriander but i had none and it also said a small chili but i too had none so i added chili  powder instead as well as some pepper and cumin and salt

then i added a little water and then a little gram flour and kept doing that until the mixture was wet and once done i fried them and masha`allah i think they turned out great but i will leave that to the experts to say whether it is or not

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

on the side

so as each meal come i`m stumped in what to cook and if it was only one meal but here in algeria  lunch time isnt just a simple sandwich it`s a meal ..... and with growing children and a husband one dish isnt enough so your always thinking what else can i make with it ....

so masha`allah i`m always looking for inspiration and flicking through blogs galore  and one recipe i found which is very common here in algeria but is considered  a meal in it`s self is garantita ... but in my house hold it`s a side dish


so masha`allah i found this recipe here jazak`allah khair umm z

it is my first time to cook it and i hope it came out well ..... my dd10 loved it and my dh said masha`allah ... so it seems a hit



another side dish is potato cakes which is a very simple dish


i just peeled and wash and cooked 4 big potatoes

once cooked i mashed them now sometime i put a little milk and butter and once mashed i let it cool down but this time i didnt

then i added 1 small onion

2/3 cloves of garlic (you can use more or less )

a pinch of salt /pepper


then i  made them into balls and patted them down .... after this i placed it in flour .. then egg.... then breadcrumbs....and fried them in a little oil they were really delicious .... next time i was thinking to place a little piece of cheese in the middle


Sunday, December 5, 2010

something cheesy

so i love to cook with a cheese called kiri or philli  it make a delicious dish  .... so the many way i do it is


i make the sauce


chicken breast (as many as you like)

1/2 onions


white pepper /salt/ginger

and kiri/philli cheese


here are two pics of a sauce i make with them



in the first pic the chicken breasts are sliced into two and pre cooked a little before beginning the sauce and half way through the sauce i added them to finish them

in the second pic it is cut in to small pieces and fried a little with the onion and mushrooms and then add the spices

when the sauce is near finished add your cheese and lower the heat and allow to simmer until the sauce has become thicker


the first pic i make this with lataka`s recipe here

and what i do is put one of the lataka`s first then a little sauce then a piece of chicken the some more sauce and then another lataka and sauce and i end it with a piece of chicken on top and pour some more sauce over it


sorry i have no pic i forgot to take it ..... insha`allah when i make it again i will add the pic

now i also made it with some mash


the second type of sauce is just used with rice




Thursday, December 2, 2010

chicken and rice

so one of my friends made this dish and masha`allah i was so impressed at how easy it was i decided to try it

so jazak`allah khiar nicola and to the sister who`s name is sarah who had it first... this will become a regular in my house

it went down a treat and nothing was left

so here is where the recipe for the chicken kebabs are

the rice is simple .... i just cooked white rice  and cooked some peas and carrots and boil a couple of eggs and when every thing was cooked i mixed them together and then grated the eggs ... i halved it so that i could put olive oil over one and butter in the other as some of us dont like olive oil

a nice and simple dinner or lunch