Monte Cristo sandwich

What a great sandwich. You can make it savoury by adding Mayonnaise and mustard sauce or sweet by adding jam, it is just your choice and both are equally tasty.

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Traditionally the whole sandwich is dipped in the beaten egg and then pan fried or deep fried.

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Ingredients

  • 6 slices of toasted bread
  • 8 sliced cheese
  • 8 slices of ham or turkey
  • Strawberry jam
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil or butter

How to make it

Cut the crusts off the bread. Spread jam on the bread. Put one slice of cheese on it, then put 2 sliced ham and another slice of cheese. Spread jam on the bread and place on top of the cheese. Spread jam on the bread again and repeat the process.

Crack the eggs into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs.

Dip the sandwich thoroughly in the beaten eggs. Coat with the bread crumbs.

Heat the oil or melt the butter in a pan. Fry the sandwich on both sides and four corners.

That’s it our tasty sandwich is ready.

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Monte Cristo sandwich

Ingredients

6 slices of toasted bread

8 sliced cheese

8 slices of ham or turkey

Strawberry jam

4 eggs, beaten

Salt and pepper to taste

Bread crumbs

Vegetable oil or butter

 

How to make it

Cut the crusts off the bread. Spread jam on the bread. Put one slice of cheese on it, then put 2 sliced ham and another slice of cheese. Spread jam on the bread and place on top of the cheese. Spread jam on the bread again and repeat the process.

Crack the eggs into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs.

Dip the sandwich thoroughly in the beaten eggs. Coat with the bread crumbs. Heat the oil or melt the butter in a pan. Fry the sandwich on both sides and four corners.

Peach cookies

These tempting, pretty peach shape cookies are just beauties and suitable for any occasion, for 4 seasons, and resemble to the real peaches.

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Ingredients

  • 210g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 55g plain yogurt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for filling

  • 1/3 cup Nutella or
  • 1/3 peach jam

Ingredients for colouring

  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • Yellow and red food colouring
  • Two small bowls with water

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How to make

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Place egg yolks,vanilla extract, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for 3-4 minutes. Add yogurt and beat until creamy. Mix the flour with baking powder and sift it.

Add butter to the flour and combine and add it to the batter. Knead it for 3-4 minutes until all comes together and non stick to your hand.

Divide the pastry into small amount (about 15g). Take one the dough and roll it into ball. Continue rolling all of the batter into balls. Place them on the tray. Put your finger on each ball and and gently press down each ball.

Bake them for 15 minutes. Once they are baked, allow them to cool.

Now, use a sharp knife and core out the centre of cookie from the bottom of each cookie and remove the cookie centre( as you see in the photos).

Break up cookies pieces and mix them with nutella or peach jam. Carefully fill cavity of each cookie and place tow cookies together.

Mix few drops of red colour in one bowl and few drops of yellow colour in other bowl. Dip cookie in yellow/red food colouring and roll them in the sugar. Allow the cookies to set and serve it.

 

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Tiramisu truffles

A delicious Italian dessert with creamy texture, wonderful flavour and simple to make it.

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Ingredients

  • 140g lady fingers biscuits
  • 1 tsp Nescafe or espresso
  • 3tbsp = 30 ml boiling water
  • 1 cup Mascarpone or soft cheese
  • 1/3 cup= 50g powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella
  • Cocoa powdered

 

How to make it

Add boiling water to Nescafe, mix it and set aside to cool. In a bowl, add Mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and Vanilla. Combine until smooth then add cold coffee and mix together.

 

Using a blender and process process lady fingers biscuits until powdered. Combine it with cheese mixture.

Freeze it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can shape the tiramisu mixture by two methods: In first option you can just shape it like small balls and then roll it in the cocoa powder.

 

In second method you can flatten the paste and fill it with Nutella and shape it into ball. Both are delicious. I made both of them 🙂

Once all tiramisu truffles are ready, fridge them for half an hour and then serve them.

 

 

 

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Tiramisu truffles

 

Ingredients

  • 140g lady fingers biscuits
  • 1 tsp Nescafe or espresso
  • 3tbsp = 30 ml boiling water
  • 1 cup Mascarpone or soft cheese
  • 1/3 cup= 50g powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella
  • Cocoa powdered

How to make it

Add boiling water to Nescafe, mix it and set aside to cool.

In a bowl, add Mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and Vanilla. Combine until smooth then add cold coffee and mix together.

Using a blender and process process lady fingers biscuits until powdered. Combine it with cheese mixture.

Freeze it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can shape the tiramisu mixture by two methods: In first option you can just shape it like small balls and then roll it in the cocoa powder.

In second method you can flatten the paste and fill it with Nutella and shape it into ball. Both are delicious. I made both of them 🙂

Once all tiramisu truffles are ready, fridge them for half an hour and then serve them.

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Pesto pasta recipe

Basil pesto Pasta is my darling. It is a quick dish, super tasty and comforting meal. Just in less than half an hour, you can prepare this delicious dish and Enjoyyyyyyy it because it is just piece of paradise in your plate.

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About Basil pesto, yes I know we can get it from local supermarket but sometimes it is really fun and pleasant just you make it at home from scratch.

In most of pesto recipes , Parmesan cheese is used but I had Mozarella cheese in the fridge and I used it. I should say, it was very good.

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Ingredients for basil pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 3 cloves of garlic

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ½ cup nuts such as : almond. Cashew, pine nuts, walnuts

  • ¼ cup Mozarella cheese

  • Salt – pepper to taste

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Ingredients for pasta

  • 3 cups pasta penne

  • Few cherry tomatoes

  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it

To make the basil pesto, combine basil leaves, almonds, cloves of garlic, some olive oil, Mozzarella cheese and , season with salt and pepper in a bowl. With a food processor blend it until you have a smooth paste, and add remaining of olive oil. Mix well and set aside.

Simply cook Penne pasta in salted water until cooked well and is soft.

Heat some water in a pot, add some salt, and make sure salt is enough. Bring it to a boil. Add Penne pasta and boil it until soft ( about 15 minutes). Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and fry cherry tomatoes for 2-3 minutes, until slightly soft.

Add pesto sauce and fried tomatoes to the pasta and gently mix together. Garnish with cheese and drop some olive oil. If there is leftover sauce, store it in an airtight jar in the fridge for a week.

 

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Pesto pasta recipe

Ingredients for basil pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 3 cloves of garlic

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ½ cup nuts such as : almond. Cashew, pine nuts, walnuts

  • ¼ cup Mozarella cheese

  • Salt – pepper to taste

Ingredients for pasta

  • 3 cups pasta penne

  • Few cherry tomatoes

  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it

To make the basil pesto, combine basil leaves, almonds, cloves of garlic, some olive oil, Mozzarella cheese and , season with salt and pepper in a bowl. With a food processor blend it until you have a smooth paste, and add remaining of olive oil. Mix well and set aside.

Simply cook Penne pasta in salted water until cooked well and is soft. Heat some water in a pot, add some salt, and make sure salt is enough. Bring it to a boil. Add Penne pasta and boil it until soft ( about 15 minutes). Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and fry cherry tomatoes for 2-3 minutes, until slightly soft. Add pesto sauce and fried tomatoes to the pasta and gently mix together. Garnish with cheese and drop some olive oil. If there is leftover sauce, store it in an airtight jar in the fridge for a week.

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Chilli con carne

If you are a spicy and hot dish lover, chilli con carne would be right choice. Chilli con carne means chilli with means. It serves with bread or rice.

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Ingredients

  • 500g minced beef

  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 sticks of celery, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 red pepper

  • 1tsp ground cumin

  • 1tsp ground cinnamon

  • 400g kidney or Pinto beans, cooked

  • 400g chopped tomatoes

  • 1 small bunch of coriander

  • 2tbsp vinegar

  • plain yogurt as much as you wish

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Olive oil

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How to make it

Place the pan on a medium heat and add oil and all chopped carrots, onion, celery, garlic, red pepper, cumin and cinnamon. Stir frequently and fry them for few minutes until softened.

Add minced meat, Pinto beans and chopped tomatoes and chopped coriander . Fry until meat lightly coloured. Pour 1 ½ cups water and vinegar into the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Serve chilli con carne with fluffy rice, or tortilla bread.

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Chilli con carne

Ingredients

  • 500g minced beef

  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 sticks of celery, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 red pepper

  • 1tsp ground cumin

  • 1tsp ground cinnamon

  • 400g kidney or Pinto beans, cooked

  • 400g chopped tomatoes

  • 1 small bunch of coriander

  • 2tbsp vinegar

  • plain yogurt as much as you wish

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Olive oil

How to make it

Place the pan on a medium heat and add oil and all chopped carrots, onion, celery, garlic, red pepper, cumin and cinnamon. Stir frequently and fry them for few minutes until softened.

Add minced meat, Pinto beans and chopped tomatoes and chopped coriander . Fry until meat lightly coloured. Pour 1 ½ cups water and vinegar into the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Serve chilli con carne with fluffy rice, or tortilla bread.

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My home made olive bread

I love freshly baked breads, their smell is amazing and because I am an olive lover, I have baked and shared my different kinds of olive breads in my page  and today I baked other olive bread with crunchy outside and soft inside.

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This bread is salty, peppery, and combination of olives and garlic flavour makes magic and you will have a beautiful bread.

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Ingredients

  • 500g all purpose flour
  • 25g yeast
  • 5g salt
  • 2g garlic powder
  • 1  fresh thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 g dried rosemary
  • 92g black olives, pitted, drained and chopped
  • 92g green olives, pitted, drained and chopped
  • 360 ml water

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Instructions

In a bowl, mix flour with garlic powder, salt, thyme, rosemary, chilli flakes. Dissolve the yeast in the 120 ml water and then add to the flour mixture. Now add the rest of the water ( 240 ml) and kneading the mixture until mix well together and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Add chopped olives and knead again.

Grease with the olive oil the bowl and transfer the dough into the bowl. Drizzle some olive oil top of the dough and cover with kitchen towel in a warm place and let it rest for 2.5 hours until doubled in size.

On a floured surface, flatten the dough and knead the dough 1-2 minutes and shape it into a ball. Sprinkle flour over parchment paper , add the dough , sprinkle some flour top of the dough and cover with a towel and let rise for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, turn the oven to 240 C and add a round iron cast pan inside the oven ( without the lid) for 45 minutes until the dough rise.

After 45 minutes remove the pan from the oven and transfer the dough with parchment paper into the pan and put the lid on. Bake the dough at 240C for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the lid and keep baking for 20 minutes at 230 C. By this way the bread get crispy golden crust. Let it cool before cutting the bread.

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Fried pizza

This pizza is incredibly tasty, amazing and easy to make . Just look at the fried bread of pizza and tell me am i right or wrong :).

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Ingredients for dough

  • 250 g plain flour
  • 250 ml taped water
  • 10 g dried yeast
  • Pinch of Salt

 

Ingredients for topping

  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • Some fresh basil leaves
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil

 

Preparation

In a large bowl with flour, add pinch of salt and mix together. Dissolve yeast in 250 ml water and pour it on flour. Combine the flour. If it stick to your hand, add a little bit flour and knead until do not stick to your hand.. Cover the bowl with a towel to prove for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare your topping for pizza. Heat the oil in a pan, add chopped onion and garlic, cook until soft. Add chopped tomato and salt. Allow to cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.

Once  the dough is ready, put some flour on the board, and place dough on it. Press the dough with your hand to take out air. Then, cut dough into two large portions or  small portions.
Now, heat the oil in a pan. Oil should be very hot.

Take one dough portion, and open it with rolling pin. Now, put it inside the hot oil. Allow to fry and then turn it other side. It is ready once it is crispy and golden. Place crispy bread on a plate and top it with sauce, some basil leaves and pieces of mozzarella cheese.
Sooooo deliciousness.

 

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Lahmacun pizza

Yesterday I posted and shared my pide pizza recipe and today I am going to present Lahmacun pizza. A pizza that is incredibly flavoured and satisfying. It is a a kind of very thin flatbread topped with minced beef or lamb.

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This pizza is popular in Turkey, Armenia and Lebenan. That’s why it is known as Turkish or Armenian pizza too.

Lahmacun pizza might be cooked in a pan or on a griddle or in the oven. I personally cook in a pan.

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Lahmacun means meat and dough as you spread meat mixture on a flattened dough and cook it.

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This pizza after cooking is crunchy and crispy but after few hours flat bread turn into soft and lovely bread and still is fantastic and you can roll it and eat it with salad, lime, onion, and doogh ( a Persian beverage combination of yogurt with water).

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Ingredients for dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dry yeast

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Ingredients for meat sauce

  • 300 g minced beef or lamb
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 small red- yellow bell peppers
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 5-6 brunches of coriander
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

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Instructions

In a bowl mix ground meat with all spices, oil and tomato paste. Set aside. Place remains of ingredients and oil in a food processor or blender and make a smooth mixture. Add it to the meat and mix it very well.

 

In a bowl mix flour with salt. Make a hole in the centre of bowl and add yeast and sugar and warm water. Knead the dough until all ingredients come together. . cover the dough and keep it in a warm corner of the kitchen for 1-2 hours until it rise.

 

Next, on the floured board, place the dough and knead it again for few minutes. Then, cut the dough into 8 pieces.

Take one of dough pieces, using a rolling pin, and roll the dough to a medium size circle. Transfer it to a pan and spread some of meat mixture top of the dough.

Cover the pot with a lid and let to cook for about 10 minutes. Once it is cooked remove it to a plate.

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Ricotta cheese fritters

I think I have mentioned earlier that me and my family love cheese, I mean any type of cheese. So today I had some ricotta cheese in the fridge and I decided to make ricotta fritters. It has a nice crunch outside and creamy on the outside.

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It is pretty easy and quick to make. You can eat as them is or serve it with tomato sauce, both are equally delicious.

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Ingredients

  • 500 g soft ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Freshly grated one lemon / lime zest
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil/mint
  • 2tbsp cream
  • Salt- pepper and paprika to taste
  • Vegetable oil

 

Ingredients for tomato sauce

  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

 

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs with salt- pepper, paprika and zest of lemon or lime. Add the egg mixture and cream to the ricotta. Keep whisking. Then add flour, Parmesan cheese  and chopped basil to the ricotta. Mix together until well combined and set aside.

 

For making tomato sauce: heat the olive oil in a pan add grated garlic, season with salt and pepper and saute for few seconds. Add chopped tomato to garlic oil and cook for 10 minutes and set aside.

 

Now, in a skillet, add good amount of vegetable oil and heat the oil over medium heat.

Using a spoon and add ricotta mixture to the hot oil and let them to for about 3 minutes or until each side golden and crispy.Take them out of the skillet and drain them on a paper towel. Serve ricotta fritter plain or with tomato sauce.

 

 

 

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Keema naan

Keema or qeema naan is a kind of stuffed meat bread. Maybe you asked what kind of meat is in the qeema naan.

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It might be minced beef or lamb. It’s absolutely super easy to prepare keema naan, t’s absolutely mouthwatering bread and it’s absolutely perfect 🙂

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Ingredients for dough

  • 500 g all purpose flour
  • 100 ml yogurt
  • 100 ml warm water
  • 150 ml water
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

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Ingredients for filling

  • 300 g minced meat ( beef or lamb)
  • 1 onion
  • Salt and chilli flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric

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Method

First we prepare meat mixture: heat the oil in a pan, add chopped onion and sauté until soft, add minced meat and all above mentioned spices. Let to cook meat until turn into brown. Set aside.

 

 

For making dough:

In a bowl with 100 ml warm water, add sugar and yeast. Mix together and let to sit for 15 minutes until surface of water is bubbly and foam.

In a bowl with flour, add salt, yeast, yogurt, oil and water. Mix together and knead well for 2-3 minutes.

Drop oil on the dough and cover it with a towel. Place the dough in a warm corner and let the dough rise until doubled in size. (it will take 2-3 hours).

 

Knead the dough until all the air is expelled.

Now place the dough on a floured surface and divide it into 5 pieces.

Take a dough and roll it with rolling pin. Put some of meat mixture in the centre of dough, Pinch all corners together. And give a round shape to the dough. Using bottom of a wooden spoon make holes all over the dough. Brush top of the dough with yogurt.

 

Heat a non stick pan and place the dough in it, until cooked from the bottom. Flip to the other side and let it cook until golden brown in colour. Once naan baked transfer it to a plate and brush it with melted butter.

 

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