Archive for February, 2013

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

Home Made Cooking

Almost every Saturday we have a nice family brunch. It usually consists of Bourekas, orange juice, feta and olives, hard boiled eggs and of course freshly chopped salad. Sometimes it’s Israeli chopped salad and sometimes I would take that extra step and make it a Tabbouleh Salad (Recipe HERE) with couscous; A few weeks ago I made the tabbouleh salad and was left with some already made couscous. Now, couscous is tasty if you serve it with some sort of sauce because it absorbs the flavors but I had no plans to make sauce. In fact, what I made instead was light dinner. I decided that couscous is a good enough ingredient to make fritters from, and that’s exactly what I did. Served with sour cream and some fresh vegetables this last minute invention became a hit. Don’t you just love leftovers? 🙂

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

 

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters
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Recipe type: Main, Appetizer
 
Great use of leftover couscous with the wonderful flavors of mint and feta cheese. So easy too!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Cooked and ready Couscous
  • 1 cup Feta Cheese – Crumbled
  • 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 tsp Dry Basil
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together until fully combined
  2. Preheat frying pan with oil (about ½ cm deep) over medium heat
  3. Scoop tablespoonfuls and gently drop onto the preheated pan with oil. Gently flatten batter with spoon until it’s about ¾-1cm thick.
  4. Fry for about 4 or until brown on the bottom. Once brown, flip to fry the other side
  5. Fry both sides until nice and brown and serve plain or with sour cream

 

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

Almost every Saturday we have a nice family brunch. It usually consists of Bourekas, orange juice, feta and olives, hard boiled eggs and of course freshly chopped salad. Sometimes it’s Israeli chopped salad and sometimes I would take that extra step and make it a Tabbouleh Salad (Recipe HERE) with couscous; A few weeks ago I […]

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Romanian Style Kebab in Peppercorn Sauce

Home Made Cooking

Ever since we moved to Canada I haven’t had the chance to eat Romanian Kebabs.

These flavorful patties are so good! In Israel you can find it in every grocery store and it is especially good when it’s barbequed. So yeah, it took me three and a half years but I finally decided to make kebabs. Adding the fact that I just bought a new meat grinder made the decision even easier.

Now, if you ask yourself “but how do I serve it?” there are two easy answers, the first is you BBQ it and serve, the second is you cook it on a cast iron pan and serve as is or even better with sauce on top. It so happened that as I mentioned in my previous post, I have the whole line up of the new “Summer Fresh” sauces, so guess what? The dish was totally upgraded by using the “3 Peppercorn” sauce. After preparing the patties I heated up the sauce, drizzled over the dish and voila! The perfect kebab – “Summer Fresh” Style! Of course you can just go ahead and eat the kebab plain, it’s still delicious 🙂

Romanian Kebab with Peppercorn Sauce

 

Romanian Style Kebab in Peppercorn Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
 
Full of flavor (especially garlic flavor) and so easy to make! Why buy when you can spoil yourself by making these kebabs?
Ingredients
  • 450gr Ground Pork Meat
  • 550gr Ground Beef Meat
  • 1 Cup Beef Stock
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 7 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • ½ Cup Fresh Parsley – Chopped
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
For Sauce:
  • “3 Peppercorn” Sauce by “Summer Fresh”
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients well together until fully combined.
  2. Create ping pong size balls and either flatten a bit or roll into a sausage form
  3. Fry on a lightly greased cast iron pan over medium-high heat until brown and then flip to cook other side (Alternatively BBQ over medium-high heat)
  4. Heat “Summer Fresh" sauce over medium heat, constantly stirring, until warm
  5. Plate the kebabs and drizzle with warm peppercorn sauce

 

Romanian Kebab

Ever since we moved to Canada I haven’t had the chance to eat Romanian Kebabs. These flavorful patties are so good! In Israel you can find it in every grocery store and it is especially good when it’s barbequed. So yeah, it took me three and a half years but I finally decided to make […]

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Stir Fry Tofu in Butter Chicken Sauce

Home Made Cooking

The next few posts are going to be about the new “Summer Fresh” line up of 5 delicious sauces. Why, you ask? Because “Food Bloggers of Canada” have partnered with “Summer Fresh” and gave 15 lucky food bloggers the opportunity to taste test the sauces, the whole line up. What do I mean by taste test? Well, every food blogger selected will get the 5 sauces and will have to come up with yummy and original recipes for each of the sauces. The selected recipes will be featured on “Food Bloggers of Canada”, so you see – it’s a win-win.

Now why am I telling you this? I guess you already guessed, I’m one of the lucky food bloggers! 🙂 so last week I received a box with the sauces and my mind started racing, so many options so little time.

To give you an idea of the various options, here is the complete sauce lineup:

  • 3 Peppercorn Sauce
  • Butter Chicken Sauce
  • Cranberry Madeira Sauce
  • Mushroom Marsala Sauce
  • Thai Curry Sauce

For this recipe I used the “Butter Chicken” sauce, it’s tangy and has the Indian flavor we love so much at home so it worked out perfectly. As I mentioned a few times in the past, my husband is vegetarian so I obviously went with a vegetarian dish. This dish is full of flavor and will go well on everything, whether it’s rice, noodles or potato you’re in for a treat. Bottom line, we all liked this one! Can’t wait to try the other sauces!

Stir Fry Tofu with Butter Chicken Sauce

Stir Fry Tofu in Butter Chicken Sauce
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Recipe type: Main, Vegetarian
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A great dish using the "Butter Chicken" Sauce by "Summer Fresh". Vegetarian, tangy, easy and just tasty!
Ingredients
  • ¾ container “Butter Chicken” Sauce by “Summer Fresh” (about 450gr)
  • 3 Mushrooms – Sliced
  • 14 Cherry Tomatoes – Halved
  • 200gr Tofu (firm) – Cubed
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander – Chopped
  • 3 tbsp Coffee Cream (18%) or Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. In a Wok or a deep frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium- high heat
  2. Add in the cubed tofu and let fry about 4 minutes on each side until you see it starts turning light brown
  3. Add in the tomatoes and mushrooms and toss in the wok for about 2-3 minutes
  4. Pour in the “Butter Chicken’ sauce and stir until veggies and tofu are fully coated
  5. Add in coffee cream and coriander and stir occasionally
  6. Let cook while stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes and serve over a bed of rice, potatoes or noodles.

Stir Fry Tofu with Butter Chicken Sauce

The next few posts are going to be about the new “Summer Fresh” line up of 5 delicious sauces. Why, you ask? Because “Food Bloggers of Canada” have partnered with “Summer Fresh” and gave 15 lucky food bloggers the opportunity to taste test the sauces, the whole line up. What do I mean by taste […]

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Garlic Marinated Eggplant Slices

Home Made Cooking | Salads

I know it’s a matter of taste, like everything else, but I think that this is one unique vegetable that not everyone likes but honestly, I don’t see a reason not to like it.

I’m talking about eggplants of course, I personally love eggplant salad, stuffed eggplant, fried, roasted, just bring it on. It usually has it’s distinct flavor but it blends so well with everything else and absorbs the taste. One thing about eggplant is that it has its bitterness so before using it in this recipe you need to make sure you eliminate that. Also, the eggplant has sort of sponge like qualities so it absorbs, whether it’s sauce or oil, so keep that in mind. This is one of my favorite variations of eggplant. I first tasted it at my mother in law’s house and LOVED it. It’s full of garlic and although it’s fried it’s quite refreshing. Over a nice slice of bread with cheese or hummus and you’re set. This time, I wasn’t the one who made it 🙂 it was my husband, which made it so much better!!

 

Fried Eggplants in Garlic and Dill

 

Eggplant Slices in Garlic Marinade
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Recipe type: Salad
 
Eggplants- you either like or dislike them but this recipe is simply irresistible!
Ingredients
  • 2 eggplants
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 tsp chopped dill
Instructions
  1. Slice the eggplants into 1cm (1/2 inch) slices and place on a surface covered with paper towels, in one layer.
  2. Sprinkle some salt over the slices and let stand for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, use additional paper towels to absorb all the juices that came out of the slices. Simply pat the slices with the paper towels until they’re dry.
  4. Preheat a frying pan to medium-high heat with 1cm deep vegetable oil in it.
  5. Place slices in oil and let fry until the bottom is nice and brown. Flip and do the same with the other side. Add oil if necessary.
  6. After the eggplants are all fried, prepare the marinade. In a medium bowl, mix together the dill, minced garlic and water.
  7. Start layering the fried slices in a plastic container. Layer the first layer and using a tablespoon drizzle some of the garlic marinade. Make sure the layer is covered (about 1-2 tablespoons per layer).
  8. Keep on with the same process for the other layers. It doesn’t have to be too precise as afterwards the eggplants will still have their juices to mix with the marinade so you can’t go wrong.
  9. Seal the container and place in the fridge for about 2 hours before serving and always keep refrigerated.

 

Fried Eggplants

I know it’s a matter of taste, like everything else, but I think that this is one unique vegetable that not everyone likes but honestly, I don’t see a reason not to like it. I’m talking about eggplants of course, I personally love eggplant salad, stuffed eggplant, fried, roasted, just bring it on. It usually […]

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Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes

Home Made Cooking | Sweets

I know it’s not really educational but I admit it – I love playing with my food! 🙂

This is how I came up with these fun pancakes. If you want your kids to eat whatever you’re serving make sure there’s a gimmick.

Not that I needed one in this instance, I mean after all – it IS pancakes! What kid wouldn’t like pancakes with all that sweet stuff on them, but still, I had a great excuse to play around with the food. And you know what? This idea can be a solution to almost any event or occasion you have. Here, for example: Valentine’s day? Easy, make heart shaped pancakes, write “I love you” with your food; A birthday? Easy, write your greeting with pancakes; Just want to have fun? Super easy, make fun random shapes with your kids and enjoy!

Oh, and I almost forgot, the process here is almost 100% mess proof. Using the squeeze bottle just makes it so much cleaner and easier!!

Fun Shaped Pancakes

 

Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
 
Pancakes are always fun but wait until you show the kids you can make them in super special shapes!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Spelt Flour (you can use all purpose as well)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar (white)
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk and vinegar in a large cup, mix together and let stand for 5 minutes
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in a mixer bowl, add the milk and vinegar mix and mix all together until well combined. You can also do this part using a whisker but it’s easier with a stand mixer.
  3. Pour the pancake batter into a squeeze bottle (like the ones you use for ketchup and mustard at picnics)
  4. Using a sharp knife or scissors cut a bigger hole in the bottles nozzle. Adjust the hole size based on how much of the mix you’d like to squeeze out every time.
  5. Preheat a lightly greased frying pan (just a thin layer of butter) or a griddle to medium heat and squeeze your favorite shape.
  6. Once it starts to bubble, turn over for another 2 minutes and remove.

 

Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes

I know it’s not really educational but I admit it – I love playing with my food! 🙂 This is how I came up with these fun pancakes. If you want your kids to eat whatever you’re serving make sure there’s a gimmick. Not that I needed one in this instance, I mean after all […]

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Chocolate Nutella Berries

Sweets

Well, to tell you the truth it doesn’t get an easier than this 🙂

A really sweet treat that can be served as a special dessert fondue style or as a lovely Valentine Day’s gift. In fact, now that I think of it, you don’t really need a reason or a special occasion to make this, just make it because you want something yummy!

Chocolate Nutella Berries

 

Chocolate Nutella Berries
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Family Day or any day really. What's better than the perfect combo of fresh berries and chocolate!
Ingredients
  • 15 Strawberries
  • 6 Blackberries
  • 21 wooden skewers
  • ½ Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Milk
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate, nutella, milk and butter all together. Make sure you melt them over medium-low heat while stirring constantly.
  2. Once all is evenly molten, place each of the berries on a skewer and dip into the chocolate sauce.
  3. Remove from sauce and gently spin to minimize the chocolate leftovers dripping from the berry.
  4. Place on a plate covered with parchment paper and let cool.
Notes
Serve as a sweet, tasty bouquet to your loved one or simply skip the cooling part, dip in the chocolate and eat, fondue style

 

Chocolate Nutella Berries Fondue

Well, to tell you the truth it doesn’t get an easier than this 🙂 A really sweet treat that can be served as a special dessert fondue style or as a lovely Valentine Day’s gift. In fact, now that I think of it, you don’t really need a reason or a special occasion to make this, just […]

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Cheese and Olives Savory Scones

Baked Goodies

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry.

But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and I want it to be ready as fast as possible because as I said, I’m hungry.

When I want to make something sweet and fast I sometimes make scones, because it’s just mixing the ingredients, piling on the baking sheet and popping into the oven for 15 minutes. So this time, I decided to go with the same idea, why not? Except this time the scones are savory! With cheese and olives and the truth is you can add whatever you want to them whether its anchovies, mushrooms, greens, corn, you name it.

These were of course served with fresh garden salad and a few more salads and a nice slice of butter in them, YUM!

Good for brunch, breakfast, entertaining, a romantic event, Valentines and anything really.

Savory Scones

 

Savory Scones - With Cheese and Olives
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Pastry
 
These are so yummy. All they need is a nice slice of butter in them!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ Cup Grated Cheese
  • ½ cup Pitted Olives – Halved
  • 1 cup Milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220C (or 450F)
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour, butter, baking powder and milk until well combined.
  3. Add the olives and cheese and stir until evenly combined and you get a ball of dough.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a floured surface, sprinkle a little bit flour on top to ease the kneading; knead and flatten until it’s about ¾ inch (or 1½ cm) thick.
  5. Using a small cup or a round cookie cutter, cut circles and place then onto the parchment paper covered baking sheet. Make sure they are not too close to each other to allow rising.
  6. Bake for 10-20 minutes (depending on your oven) and remove from oven once golden brown.
Notes
You can also make these into larger slices like the traditional scones by simply using a pizza slicer and dividing into 8 slices instead of using cookie cutters.

 

Savory Scones

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry. But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and […]

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Asian Style Tossed Green Peas

Home Made Cooking

Easy PEAzy is what this dish is all about 🙂

I always like to buy something interesting when I go grocery shopping and then when I come back hoe to try and figure out what I can make with it. So I got 2 bags of Sugar Snap Peas and since I never made anything with it, I decided to make it as easy as possible. Also, I figured it shouldn’t be too hard to make this one taste good because it probably resembles the stir-fry style food.

So I boiled, strained, stirred, tossed and served. It took about 10-15 minutes to prepare this side dish and it went really well with the rest of our Friday dinner; Crunchy and flavorful. The nice thing about this one is that you can do the same with plain ol’ peas and I would even go further by suggesting the same thing with broccoli.

Easy-PEAzy – beautiful 🙂

Asian Style Peas

 

Asian Style Tossed Peas
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetables
 
Easy, fast and beautiful. This crunchy side dish will be a success for sure. You can't fail with this one.
Ingredients
  • 500gr Sugar Snap Peas
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 Garlic Clove – diced
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Cook the peas in boiling water for about 10 minutes or until you reach the desired degree of softness
  2. Strain the peas and put back in the pot.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the honey with the soy sauce and garlic.
  4. Pour the soy mix onto the peas and toss in the pot.
  5. Warm everything up over low-medium heat while stirring and add the sesame seeds. Toss for about 3 minutes and serve.

 

Asian Style Tossed Peas

Easy PEAzy is what this dish is all about 🙂 I always like to buy something interesting when I go grocery shopping and then when I come back hoe to try and figure out what I can make with it. So I got 2 bags of Sugar Snap Peas and since I never made anything […]

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