Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What have i been doing

well thats the question ... what have i been doing or up to ..... well over the last month and a half my life has changed ... i have become more grounded and know where i ant to go with it .... even my dh has found a new lease of life that has affected all of us ..... sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day of our lives that we forget whats the most important and that is allah  and the reason we are here .... so this past month we have step it up and making sure that all in our house prays on time ... makes dikhr all the time ... we have even reduced the amount of tv watched ... masha`allah since we have been doing this  things are looking different  ... we feel lighter in our ways

quran is played more and i have even gone back to reading and studying too ... which is great ... i`m loving this new lease on life and alhamdul`ilah allah has given us this chance too





as you will have seen i havent posted much for a while and this begin the reason ... i havent  tried anything new but what i have done is a little more crocheting to keep me going and to keep my little one warm this winter .... they are just simple cardis and a blanket but i love how they turned out .... the original pattern  i have posted before and also a video of the tutorial  i found it on   just look through the pages and you will find it .... the original  pattern is for a 0 to 3 month old so i had to do some thinking and see where i could make it bigger to fit my 2 year old ... if your interested i will give you the places just let me know




Tuesday, October 4, 2011

my day to day

so it has been a couple of weeks since i wrote a post  .... so now my routine has changed again ......i have had to start budgeting and menu planning so this has changed the way i do things a little

i still get up at 6 and then after breakfast and bedrooms tidyed and 5the 2 year old dressed and feed it`s time to take the kids to school so by 8:15 i`m back i sit and have a cuppa and when thats finished i will get into the cleaning .... masha`allah by 10/ 10:30 i will be finished and when my hubby is here i will make some lunch unless i have something left over form the night before then i will heat that up and maybe make some small and light to go with it ... now on some days i will have to go back to the school to pick up the kids around 12 but most days it`s 4 .... so if i dont need to pick them up until four then i will feed those who need their lunch and after this clean up and start to prepare the dinner for the evening ... some time i will cook it through and other day i will half cook it and this depends on what is being cooked 

by four i will pick up the kids and once where home it`s straight into homework and studying and like this i will give dinner early and by 9pm all will be in bed and a sleep ...so were fresh to start all over again for the next day

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rolled up Chicken Breast

i`m always on the look out for a good recipe when it comes to chicken breast and maha`allah i found one here .......jazak`allah khair nicola for such a great recipe everyone loved it and insha`allahit will become a regular in our house


so as usual i have to be the taster in my house and i got so carried away that i placed them on the table and nearly forgot to take the picture ...so thats why you only see a few left on the plate .... so big thumbs up


Thursday, September 15, 2011

K`babh

So here`s another one for you it`s an algerian dish called k`babh  this dish can be made with either chicken or meat balls so today i went with mince balls .... it is a very simple dish and very tasty ... to tell the truth it had been a while since i made it as alot of time i leave out the parsley and egg  but this time i went to whole way


to getting this dish right  you must be careful that their isnt too much sauce or too little sauce  and as long as you can get that then the dish speaks for it`s self ... believe me it took me a long time to get  it right ... that now my dh nephew  says i cook better than his mum and he love to eat what i make




TO MAKE THE MINCE BALLS

mince meat (as much or as little as you like)
a handful of rice ( this also depends on the amount of mince )
breadcrumbs (optional )
1 egg
black pepper
salt
cumin


TO MAKE THE SAUCE


1 onion
handful of chick peas
black pepper
salt
cumin

chips(fried potatoes)


METHOD


 Dice up onion small
add some oil and saute on a low heat
the add chickpeas (only if they are form the ones you saok over night) if from a tin then have way through the cooking process
add spices and continue
then add water litle by little

at this stage you can make up you mince meat ball by placing all ingredients into a bowl and mix well then form balls

after about 30 mins of cooking the sauce add the balls and if needed add so more water and continue until chick peas are soft and turn off

 fry your potatoes and when cooked add to sauce ....at this stage turn back on the heat  to a medium flame add chopped parsley and the from a bowl add 3 eggs that have been beaten  ... pour over the top and just place the spoon in different parts  of the pot to allow the eggs to fill up the area and allow to simmer for a few mins then turn off the heat and leave it for a few mins to allow it to rest


so you see simple and tasty ... give it a try i`m sure you will like it and if you dont like eggs just leave it out ...it will still make a tasty dish

Carrot and Courgette Fritters

Sometimes it is so hard to find things to put on the table and especially when some of your kids are a little fussy ....also i hate to throw out veg that might start to go off a little because they didnt get used  ....till just recently when my friend was here and mentioned that she made some carrot and courgette fritters and that all her family loved it ..... now the amazing thing was that i had been browsing for a while and a few of the sites i came across had the courgette fritters and i really wanted to try them but i was afraid  that they would not be eaten and i would end up throwing them out ... but after listen to my friend i decided to biet the bullet and masha`allah i`m so happy i did ... they have become a favorite in my house so much that dh loves them too ... now i couldnt remember exactly what my friend added to her but i made mine like this




2 big courgettes
About 4/5 carrots (this depends on size )
2 eggs
about 3 tbsp of flour .. (you can add more if you feel the need)
black pepper
salt
and 1 small onion


all you do is grate carrots and courgettes and if you like place in a cloth and squeeze out the water form them.... then dice the onion really small add your eggs and flour along with the pepper and salt and mix well

then all you have to do is fry them ...

NOTE: when placing the spoon full amounts into the oil dont press them down leave them as they are ....

and thats it simple and easy and yummmmyyy ... go on give it a try

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chicken and Parsley

Many years ago i was in my friends house and she was making this dish and masha`allah when i tasted it i though yummmmy .....so when i went home a little later i tried it and everyone loved it ... i have used it over the years but of lately forgot all about it til today i was sitting in my kitchen thinking what to cook tonight especially after dh bringing  me my shopping and also having that friend drop in to me today too ... so what did i make you ask well it is a djuezzes with chicken and potatoes and parsley



so first of all i marinated my chicken with onion.... black pepper ...salt.... cumin.... and razel hanout (all spice). and parsley ... i left this for about a hour then place it into the pan and fried it until chicken is colored at this stage i add a little water and allow to come to the boil then adding a little more water i add the potatoes and allow to come back to the boil and leave simmer  keeping an eye on the sauce and not allowing it to dry out .... by the end i add a little extra parsley and leave it for about 5 mins ... turn off the heat and thats it ... masha`allah very simple and tasty

Scones

So yesterday was a lovely afternoon ...we had a lovely visit from my friend and her daughter which made it even more pleasant ... so it was time to think what i could put on the table with a cuppa and being that i was at the end of my shopping i decided to go with scones ...simple .... but easy







8oz of flour
1and 1/2 oz of butter
1 tsp bio carb
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 pkt of baking powder (10g) about
185ml of milk ( i just pour till dough comes together )

place all ingredients in a bowl  then melt butter and pour over and mix till like bread crumbs then add milk till dough comes together  and knead

place on a floured surface and roll out and cut into shapes of your choice

place on a floured baking sheet and bake it takes about 15 / 20 mins

serve with butter and jam

Note: i will also add either raisins or currants  or with the batch i made i cut up some dates into small pieces and mixed it in

Friday, September 9, 2011

Omelets

I bet most of you know how to make an omelet and masha`allah their are so may filling to put into them so this week i have done two 

both when making chips so the first is adding just a bit a parsley to the egg before poring on a hot frying pan and then adding the chips to it ....once cooked place a plate over the pan and turn



the second is placing the egg on a hot pan the placing spinach and chips on top and allowing to cook and the once finished doing the same as the other and turning it over ..... so simple and tasty and great for a quick snack


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Spaghetti with tuna sauce

my kids love spaghetti and when i make this they will eat anything up to three bowls i sometimes wonder have they eaten all day knowing that yes i gave them their lunch as well as them having something to eat in between


now if i make it with mince my dh wont eat it so we eat it with tuna which my dh thought me a long time ago ....even the baby in the house loves it and i normally cut it up for her but she wont eat it like that she wants to be like the rest and eat it whole masha`allah




tuna sauce 


i fry a little onion and garlic together on a medium heat then i add a little tomato puree and continue then add spices and a little water and aloow to cook for a few mins then i will add some more water and leave to cook for about 20 mins then i will add tuna ... all we have is form the tins so that what i use then i allow that to cook for about 10 mins then adding a little more water and some more tomato puree and allow sauce to reduce

as  for spaghetti  every one know how to cook that so i wont bore you

once everything is cook place some spaghetti in a bowl and pour some of the tuna sauce on top and grate some cheese over and enjoy

Lasagna




how i make mine is

red sauce
1 medium onion
4 cloves of garlic
mince depends on how much you make
4 tomaotoes
tomato puree
bayleaf
black pepper
salt
cumin
razel hanout
carwia
2 peppers
mushrooms

bachemal sauce
 flour
butter
milk



fry onion and garlic first on a gentle heat then add  peppers and  mince and brown  then add mushrooms if using ... then i added tomatoes that i previously soften and blended in the blender  and continue for a few mins ... then add spices  and allow to continue for a few mins ... then add some water and allow to cook for about 20 mins ..... in the mean time make the bachemal sauce ...as for quantities i`m not sure as i just go by look ..... melt your butter  take away form the heat add your flour and mix till it makes a rue then add your milk little by little once you have enough add a bay leaf to it and place back on a low heat and keep stirring until it becomes thick or to what you want

 now once sauces are done it`s time to assemble now i like to  place sometime lasagna sheets on the bottom then add my red sauce then lasagna sheets the the bachemal sauce  and keep going like that till you end with the bachemal sauce on top then i sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top and place in oven it can take between 30 to 40 mins to cook depending on your oven 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

La Koka (algerian pizza)

we are one for pizza and this ramdan you can believe that alot of pizza was made  and eaten .... but last year i remember my dh coming home and saying i will teach you a new one ...so i said go ahead

masha`allah it was delicious ....the amazing thing was their is no cheese on this pizza ...(what i hear you say).... yes no cheese

so basically  i use the same pizza dough as here


then i spread just tomato puree and not the sauce i usually use all over the dough ... then i cut fresh tomatoes in circles and for my dh we take the seeds out as he believes their not good for the stomach ...and i place these around the dough and into the middle .... now what make this pizza it i place sardines that have been salted and the salt remains on it  this i open and take the bones out and tear it  into little pieces and place aound the pizza when finished place in oven till dough is cooked then take out and brush some oil normal oil over the top and cut and eat ... believe you will love the saltiness form the sardines as you bit in ....yuuuuummmmmy



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tajin with meat

So sometimes when watching t.v. you can come across many cooking programs and sometime i wonder do ppl really cook that and eat it ...... well the other day i was watch algerian t.v. with dh  and everyday their is a cooking program as i watched the woman i thought oh that looks good ... now i have to say that i have watched this program last year too and did make one of her dishes and masha`allah it was good and we all loved it

so as i sat their dh also said thats look nice give it a try ...so i wrote down what she did and yesterday i tried it .... now what i will say is that it needed something else but it was nice so next time i will change it a little to suit ourselves

anyway this is what we used

mince meat (i used minced chicken)
onion
garlic
tomatoes (2)
tomato puree
courgettes (2)
potatoes (2)
peppers (4)
black pepper
salt
cumin
carwia
coriandor
5 eggs


take your mince and mix all spices into it as well as a little garlic and 1 egg
then  roll into balls or like the first pic and set aside ...... then place a little oil in a pan and place your chicken balls into and aloow to brown on all sides then take out


the place diced onion and garlic and fry for a little while ... then add chopped tomatoes and spices ....and allow to cook .... then you add a little tomato puree.....allow to cook some more ...then add water ... then place your chicken balls into the suace cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 mins

in the mean time cut up your courgettes into discs and also your potatoes into cubes and fry both separately...when finished place on a paper towel to allow the excess fat to come off ...after tthe 20 mins are up add your courgettes  and potatoes

then blacken some peppers ...actually this can be done while your frying the potatoes .... then once blacken place in a bag and allow to cool then take all the black off and cut into pieces and add to sauce

now all of this cooking can be done in thise pot that can be used both on top of cooker and inside ....

once you`ve add everything in each corner of your dish crack an egg  without stirring and place in oven ...leave their untill cooked and take out

eat with some warm bread ...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Samosa

I have made these a few times and just from having them once ...... when i first made it i wasnt sure if they would turn out well and maybe my version wasnt like the orignal ....but at that time i had some vistors with us who i knew eat samosa and i tested on them ... their verdit was masha`allah they loved it

i know that the filling is not the same as if i was to buy them or have them made by them professionals ... but my family likes them

so last night my daughter asked me to make them and alhamdu`lilah i had some mince to do so




i used  diol (boreak sheets) for this

and my filling was onion ... garlic.... mince....peas.... black pepper...salt...cumin...carfa...cinnamon..... and ginger ...and sometime i put some chilli powder ...but this batch i left it out as i had my soup that was a little hot so that was enough

i also add just a tiny bit of egg to help bring it together

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fish

So i`m not one really for cooking fish  and like every day i get fed up trying to cook and put things on the table that all will eat ... so today i sat back and told dh you bring it i will cook it ....and masha`allah he did .....so what was on the menu

well i`m not sure what the name is called but their like muscles but smaller and found in the sand here in algeria in the beaches ......these are the shells for it



and now my kids have claimed them to make something with it 

so we took all the fish out of them and washed them..... in the meantime my dh decides to cook it ... so with a little onion..... garlic and black pepper.... salt ....cumin and a little tomato puree  and some tomatoes blended  he made a lovely sauce







then he brought some turkey thigh and sliced it and marinated it in oil.... black pepper .... salt...... cumin..... thyme...... garlic.....and a little tomato and left it for a few hours and then just fried it and masha`allah it was very tender and really tasty






Sunday, August 7, 2011

kitchen Gadgets

so i`m not one that goes out to buy to many kitchen gadgets ..... but when one comes along i never say no ..... my dh brought me this one







You ask what is it well it`s a three in one peeler ..... it will peel any veg ... it has another part that help to take the skin of tomatoes .... and then another piece that make julienne .... that piece  i love and especially for making salad  ..... which is what we used if for tonight ...... it is expensive ... it`s around 13 english pounds ... put i think over a period of time it is worth it


 anyway this is the salad we made using it ... well i should say my daughter made

A little message

so it is coming up to a year since i started blogging ...... i first started out with wordpress ....... but found that bloger was a better option ... so i moved everything over ....and it was the best decision i made .

i wasnt sure how it was going to work out as i never blogged before and i wasnt sure if many ppl would even be interested in what i posted

but after the year it has shown that yes ppl seem to like it


so i wanted to say a big thank you all so much for taking time to follow me and my life ... and i hope that you continue to keep following  in the years to come

THANK YOU 

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Flan

when i first read the name flan on a box i thought no way as my dad use to make flans all the time ... but it was a sponge lite thing with a filling in the middle with cream and fruit


nut here i algeria it`s not ... it`s  dessert  that is made from a powder and milk and then once cooled down placed in the fridge to set like a jelly (jello) and become cold ... their are all different flavors ... last night we did strawberry

Chicken dish

so i have post the recipe for this dish before and i make it many different ways  but last night i did it with rice ..... i normally forget to take a picture of it ... but masha`allah  this time i didnt ... here`s the recipe


as it being ramadan we only did a small portion

i really hope you enjoy it


saha ftourkum
 
Dua for breaking a fast at the time of Iftaar (Iftaar Dua) »


Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu [wa 'alayka tawakkaltu] wa 'ala rizq-ika aftarthu

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Homemade pizza

so since learning to make my own pizza you can be sure that my table in ramadan will not be with out it ... my dh loves pizza and so do the kids








INGREDIENTS


1 kilo of flour
1 tsp of salt
about 1 tbsp of sugar
about 2 tbsp of yeast
and warm water

now the quantities might bit a bit off as i go by eye on this one .... and in ramadan i do reduce the amount of flour when it`s just my family eating but when having guest i will do the full amount

all you do is place all ingredients in a big bowl add your water bit by bit until dough comes together and then knead ..... after that leave the dough in the bowl and set aside to allow it to rise

this take about 1/2 hour to hour ....



the sauce for the pizza is very simple ... just place some tomatoes in a pot with a little water and allow to soften then mix in a blender ... place back in the pot and add garlic ... onion.... parsely ..... thyme.....and black pepper ... salt .... cumin... carwia ...and coriandor .... and allow to cook for about 20 mins you may need to add a little water ... then place back in blender and mix ... then return to pot and allow to finish cooking .. i add a little tomato puree to help thicken the sauce a little






now roll out your pastry to fit size of your tray and pour a little sauce over it then add what evey topping you like ... i did peppers... onion.... and tuna .... and for dh some green olives chopped up .... we dont put the cheese on until the pizza is cooked ... once cooked grate cheese and serve

i hope you like it

Monday, August 1, 2011

First Iftar

so yes today was the first iftar of many in this month of ramadan ..... so what was on the table ...... well we had chourba ( algerian soup) also homemade pizza....... and i also made this salad of beets and carrots from a friends blog  here   jazak`allah khair heina it was very tasty and dh loved it  we also had boreak and djuezzes with chicken and green beans ... so i will post some of the dishes as other i have posted before


BEET AND CARROT SALAD 





CHOURBA







THIS IS MADE WITH 

1 ONION DICED FINE
CUBES OF MEAT 
4 LARGE CARROTS 
2 LARGE COURGETTES
3 LARGE POTATOES
3 TOMATOES
HAND FULL OF CHICK PEAS
BLACK PEPPER
CINNAMON


PLACE ONION AND MEAT IN POT AND COOK FOR A SHORT WHILE THEN ADD TOMATOES AND CONTINUE  AFTER ABOUT 2 MINS OR SO ADD SPICE AND COOK FOR A LITTLE LONG STIRRING A FEW TIMES THEN ADD WATER ... LET THAT COME TO A BOIL AND ADD YOUR VEG .... NOW YOU CAN GRATE YOUR VEG OR CUT THEM REALLY SMALL LIKE THIS




 OR LEAVE THEM WHOLE AND LATER ON YOU CAN BLITZ IT IN YOUR BLENDER ... BUT JUST THE VEG AND SOME SOUP AND RE ADD TO THE POT AND ADD YOUR FRIK 




AND TOMATO PUREE AND ALSO TO COOK ON A LOW HEAT TILL THE FRIK SWELLS UP


 INSHA`ALLAH I WILL POST THE PIZZA RECIPE TOMORROW WITH IT PICTURE TOO

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ramadan the blessed month

so even tho it hasnt been announced here yet in algeria but the feeling is that ramadan is tomorrow .......

so i wish all of you a blessed ramadan and may allah reward you all in this month...... may he guide you all to true happiness and full eman and reward you all for the action you take in this month



Allah's Apostle said, "When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained." [Bukhari] ...

Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Prophet said:"... whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven." (Sahih Al-Bukhari).

"...whoever witnesses the Month of Ramadan should fast through it..." Q(2:185)

"Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong).." (Q 2:183)

"Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and rightousness" (Qur'an, al-Baqarah, 2:183)

"...And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew." (Q 2:184)





The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, "Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer's sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all." [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
It is called the night of Power (i.e Laelat-ut Qadr) or the night of blessing (Laelat-ul mubarak). The deed in this night is better than the rewards of deeds of 1,000 months (about 83.3 years).

"Indeed We have revealed it (Qur'an) in the night of Power. And what will explain to you what the night of Power is? The night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein descends the Angels and the Spirit (Jibreel) by Allah's permission, on every errand: (they say) "Peace" (continuously) till the rise of Morning!" Q(97:1-5)

Abu Said al-Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah, said: "No servant fasts on a day in the path of Allah except that Allah removes the hellfire seventy years further away from his face." This is related by "the group," except for Abu Dawud.

`Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said: "The fast and the Qur'an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: 'O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.' The Qur'an will say: 'I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.' And their intercession will be accepted." [Ahmad]

Abu Umamah reported: "I came to the Messenger of Allah and said: 'Order me to do a deed that will allow me to enter Paradise.' He said: 'Stick to fasting, as there is no equivalent to it.' Then I came to him again and he said: 'Stick to fasting."' [Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, and al-Hakim].


Thursday, July 28, 2011

crochet blanket

so after nearly two months i have finished my blanket ... which is a gift for my neighbor who`s expecting her first baby ...

i love to crochet and wish that i had learned before now so that i could have made some really nice cardigans and blankets for my other kids  but insha`allah once their married and have kids of their own i will have the chance to make it for their kids




as you can see i used two different colors for the base and white to help it along ... i had to fold the blanket as it was very long


The Verdict::  she loved them and couldnt believe i made them ... it has made her day


Saturday, July 23, 2011

More Crochet

so i finally finished my dd cardigan and it`s the second one i`ve made reading from a pattern ...... which i have found easy so far ...... the pattern was suppose to be for a smaller kid but after i was finished i found it was a little big and even for my daughter ...... but by the time winter comes she will fit right into it .... insha`allah


i`m sorry i dont have a pattern to share with you as i photocopied it from my friends book .... i`m also just finishing off a blanket that i`m making for my neighbor  which surprised me at how well it`s coming ... but once i`m finished i will share it with you


Simple Sponge

with kids in the house and summer holidays  the kids always seem to be hungry  and like i`ve said before i`m not really a baker but when a simple recpie comes your way and can be made different ways ,..... why not ....

so as you know my dd 12 may a sponge one day and made her version    ........  but i always make it with jam and coconut and i`m hoping one day to dress it up ... but thats only if i can get the nerve to do so and then that will be one for the books


but here is what i made and the recipe is still the same as my daughter version 


Friday, July 22, 2011

apple tart

as a child i use to love when my mum would make apple tart ..... and she never made just one ... it was a;ways 2 or 3 ... but by the next morning their would never be any left

the years have passed and i have always wanted to make for my kids but i`m not a baker ... but masha`allah since coming to algeria and joining a few forums i have picked up a few tips form ppl ....

so i was given this website which is the same web site i used to make the cheese wedges and i have grown very found of it








oh this really did bring back memories ... and especially  with ice-cream beside it






so why not give it a try ...... yummmmmyy

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Easy Cheese and Garlic Wedges

so one of my cousins was watching a cook show on irish t.v. and found this website  ..... so she told me about it knowing that ramadan isnt that far away and that with it being summer here in algeria that it would be too hot to be cooking big dishes ..


so i had a good look and loved what i seen so one recipes caught my attention and it was      
Easy Cheese and Garlic Wedges    

so being me i thought lets have a go and even tho mine didnt turn out like the pic but the were tasty


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Felafel

 
 
 
so this pic is from the first real post i made when starting my blog .... it has become a favorite with us and as time goes by i get better and better at making them 
so what i use to make them is a recipe i found on line but now cant remember where exactly i got it form .... i think it was a youtube video

2 cups of chickpeas ( i use the ones that we soak over night )
i medium onion
4/5 cloves of garlic
black pepper
cumin
coriander   ( powdered)
salt
a small handful of parsely
small handful of  fresh coriander

mix in blender and then place in a container and put in the fridge until ready to use 
fry in oil 
serve with salad ... and any dip of choice .... we did a mint yoghourt  dip

Thursday, July 7, 2011

fresh from the sea

so now summer is here it`s time for sardines .... every morning you will here the local men going around with their carts filled with sardines and all you will here is ya sardine... ya sardine ......

today was one of those day and most of the time it can be expensive to buy but at this time of the year masha`allah the price has come down ...... so today was sardines


every home has it`s way of cooking and making sardines ...... it can be made in a red sauce with garlic ... or cleaned and spice thrown over it and then coated in semolina or flour ...... i personally prefer flour and so does my dh .... so in my house today we  pu black pepper ... cumin.... and rasel hanout ( which is a mixture of spice ) ... salt .... and garlic ....   and tomato puree .....quantities  all depends on how much sardine you are using



now even with all that their is no such thing as waste ... in my dh family they dont like to throw away the flour that they coated the sardines in so they will ad a little extra spice and salt and mix with a little flour and make  kissera and the fry that once the sardines have been fried


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

living

I`ve never been one for frugal ...... well at least i thought i wasnt ... but as of lately i have had to really watch the pennies .... which is a hard job and i take my hat of to those who have done it or are doing it


after living with my dh family for 2 years i did manage to pick up a few tricks of the trade and one of those was a chuchkuka  with veg ...such a simple dish and tasty





for this one the ingerdients are

3 peppers
1 big onion
3 tomatoes
1 aubergine
4 big potatoes
black pepper and salt



slice all veg in long strips
then place onion on bottom
then tomatoes
then peppers
the aubergine
the slice potaoes like you would if make chips (fries)

sprinkle a pinch of black pepper and salt and place a lid of top of saucepan (non stick would be better)

leave on a low heat ... their is no need for water unless you find it sticking a little on the bottom ... then just add a few drops

it takes about 20/30 mins to cook


spinach is also a very frugal dish and can be used in many dishes ..... as you would have seen in another post of mine ...... but today i just kept it simple








here i used 4 bunches of spinach

garlic ( as much or as little as you want )
i used abiout 5 cloves as i love garlic
black pepper and salt
3 eggs



i cut the spinch into very small pieces and then place in a pot and covered with a little water to boil it  when finished  cooking i drained it and left it to cool down then squezzed the water out

at this stage i place it into a frying pan with the crushed/grated garlic
black pepper and salt
and a little oil and cooked a little bit to allow the garlic to cook  then i added the eggs and mixed and allowed it to cook

now form where my mother in law comes from they like to add a little tomato puree to the mixture before adding the eggs and then the will drizzle some olive oil over it

well which ever way you choose it`s best eaten with a crusty french stick

Monday, July 4, 2011

Reading Patterns

most of what i crocheted was from watching youtube videos and that how i learned as well

the very first cardi i made was from youtube and since then i have kept that pattern in my head as it`s so simple to do

and from that pattern i have made 6 cardis this is the latest one





now masha`allah with the help of my friend  kate i have managed to make a cardi by reading a actual pattern
and it was so simple masha`allah ... that i have started another but a different pattern so here is the one i finished


 the pattern for the cardi above comes form a book so sorry i cant share the pattern with you ...

but the pattern for the green cardi and all the other cardi`s i have made comes form here