Roses Carrot- Zucchini Tart

This colourful tart will get all attention at a party. I love the contrast between colours in this dish.

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Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large green zucchini
  • 6 orange- purple and yellow carrots
  • 350g ricotta cheese
  • 100g mozzarella cheese or Feta cheese
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried mint or oregano
  • Salt to taste

How to make it?????

we need a tart pan. Now unfold puff pastry, just big enough to cover the pan. Trim the excess. Place a piece of parchment paper in as shown. Place some beans on it, in order to avoid moving the paper.

Place it in the oven and allow to bake on 200C degree for 15-20 minutes. Once it is baked, let it cool down.

 

Now, in a large bowl whisk the eggs, then add ricotta and mozzarella cheese, dried herb, nutmeg, pepper, salt and mix all ingredients well together.

Preheat the oven to 200C degree. Slice zucchinis and carrots lengthwise and very thin.

Now, spread the cheese mixture in the baked puff pastry. Now we are going to make rose shape rolls. So for making a rose shape roll you would need 3 slices of zucchini or carrot Then take one slice of zucchini or carrot and roll it. Take second slice and rolling around the first one.

Place each one of the rose buds among the cheese mixture. Carry on with remaining of the ingredients and repeat the process and place each one next to the other one.

Once you finished rolling , spray some vegetable oil on rolled vegetables. Transfer the tart pan into the oven and allow to bake for 45- 50 minutes.

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My Persian Cat

I have a lovely lovely cat, super cute. His name is Malus which means super cute in Farsi. He is 6 years old and so kind, friendly and peaceful.

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He is just a gorgeous and clever creature. Every morning, he wakes me up, and  if i ignore him, I will receive several punches.

I take him out for daily walking, yes do not be surprised,  i take him with a lead  for a walk and he loves to visit neighbours and jump top of the walls or sitting for hours and hours on the wooden fence of our garden and staring.

He is just an amazing company that i never get tired of being with him.

When we go out and leave him alone at home, when we get back he just runs and come to us, like a human baby.

He  loves a lot sticks and flies. He is a good hunter. He never ever scratch you .

 

When i take him out for  his daily walk, and  people see a cat with a lead being walk  like a dog , they are  just surprised and  ask me is it a dog or cat? oh we thought it is dog!!!

Oh how friendly, what a lovely cat,may i touch him, and i say , sure , of course you can.

He has a very soft and silky hair. He loves to be brushed everyday.

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I love him so much, and I just wanted to introduce him to the  world.

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Bulgur Kofte

Bulgur kofte or bulgur  balls are suitable dish for vegetarians. These lovely bulgur balls or kofte are gorgeous and yummy. This is one of quick and hearty dishes you can try.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups bulgur
  • 2 cups boiled water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbps tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Ingredients for saucepan

  • 2 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • Handful fresh or dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

How to make it??

In a bowl with bulgur, add 2 cups of boiled water, mix together and cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, add egg, flour, tomato paste, cumin powder, paprika, and season with salt and pepper.

Mix together and then add 1/3 cup water to the bulgur mixture and combine all ingredients together very well. As you squeeze more, the texture of kofte would be better.

Grease your hands with oil and start to make small balls or kofte.

Now, we prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add grated garlic, fry couple of minutes. Then add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses to the garlic, sauté for a minute. Sauce is ready.

At this point, add some water and 1tsp salt to a pot and bring it to a boil, then add all kofte into the boiled water.You would see all kofte will sit at the bottom of the pot and once they are cooked and ready, will come to the surface of the boiled water.

At this point collect all of cooked kofte and add them into the sauce pan. Gently mix all together . Serve it in a plate topped with chopped parsley.

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Bulgur Kofte

Ingredients

2 cups bulgur

2 cups boiled water

1 cup all purpose flour

1 egg

1 tbps tomato paste

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

Ingredients for saucepan

2 clove garlic, grated

1 ½ tsp cumin powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp pomegranate molasses

Handful fresh or dried parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it??

In a bowl with bulgur, add 2 cups of boiled water, mix together and cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add egg, flour, tomato paste, cumin powder, paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Mix together and then add 1/3 cup water to the bulgur mixture and combine all ingredients together very well. As you squeeze more, the texture of kofte would be better.

Grease your hands with oil and start to make small balls or kofte.

Now, we prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add grated garlic, fry couple of minutes. Then add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses to the garlic, sauté for a minute. Sauce is ready.  At this point, add some water and 1tsp salt to a pot and bring it to a boil, then add all kofte into the boiled water.You would see all kofte will sit at the bottom of the pot and once they are cooked and ready, will come to the surface of the boiled water. At this point collect all of cooked kofte and add them into the sauce pan. Gently mix all together . Serve it in a plate topped with chopped parsley.

Potato and Rice Pilaf

This is a fantastic dish recipe for potato and Persian rice. It might be served as main course or as side dish. This meal can be vegetarian as well. For making this dish use a kind of potato that stand up to the cooking time.

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Other thing is about main ingredient that is rice. Good quality rice is very important matter. In today dish I used Persian smoked rice (berenj-e doodi) that is long grain with high quality and just superb aroma.

So if you are interested you can follow my easy peasy potato rice recipe with yogurt.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Persian smoked rice
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbps butter

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Method

Wash the rice two times. Add rice in the rice cooker with enough water to cook, also add salt, potatoes and butter.

Serve the rice hot with yogurt. You can have plain yogurt or mixture of yogurt with chopped cucumber or r of yogurt with beetroot powder.

 

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Chocolate dipped Orange peel- dates and raisins

Anytime I make a dish, desert or jam with orange, it brings amazing beautiful bright coloعr and warm perfume into all kind of my recipes. Orange peel or fruit in sugar syrup is popular in Middle East. but they are not jam. Because It is crystallized fruit or a pieces of peel that are cooked and preserved in sugar syrup.

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Ingredients:

3 oranges

350 g Sugar

8 dates

3 tbsp large yellow raisin

1 cinnamon stick ( or 1tbsp ground cinnamon)

1 star anise

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

5 cardamom pods

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Method

Wash oranges well. cut off tops and bottoms of them. Remove skin( and white part of skin) of oranges. Cut peels into narrow or wide stripes and tiny square ones. Place orange strips in a pot. Pour cold water. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes. pour off boiled water. Repeat it for 3-4 times more, until bitterness of orange skin remove. pour orange skin in a colander and let it drains.

Remove cardamom skin. Grind cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds and star anise with a mortar and pestle. Then in a pot, pour your sugar, ground cardamom, star anise, cinnamon. Pour 350 ml cold water into the pan.Place it on a medium heat, and stir it time to time until sugar dissolved. Then add peels and cook it for 30 minutes. Keep your eyes open on the sugar syrup and be careful in last 5-6 minutes. Because you do not want your syrup get very thick and caramelized. If it happens, your orangettes will be very sticky.

Remove the peels from pan and lay strips on a wire rack and put also tiny square peels in a plate. Allow them to dry for few hours.

Put your chocolates in the chocolate melting bowl. When chocolates are melted, dip peels one by one into the melted chocolate. Repeat same process with all pieces of peels and raisins and let them to dry on the wire rack. You can also stuff dried date with orange peel🙂. So first remove date seed and then stuff it with a piece of orange peel.

 

They have taste of heaven🙂. Fragrance or flavor of orange makes you feel good, specially along with a good cup of tea or coffee. Also you can put either coated or uncoated in a nice box and gift it. You can store it in the fridge or in cool place for a month.

Nosh-e Jan

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طرز تهیه

پرتقال ها را شسته و سرو ته آنهارا بکنید.سپس پوست پرتقال ها را جدا کرده و به صورت خلال های نازک

مستطیل شکل,مستطیل پهن و نیز مربع های خیلی ریز خرد کنید. در یک قابلمه مقداری آب ریخته و پوست پرتقال ها را به آن اضافه نموده و بگذارید به مدت 3-4 دقیقه بجوشد. سپس آب جوشیده شده را دور ریخته و پوست پرتقال های جوشیده شده را داخل آبکش ریخته و آب سرد روی آن‌ها بریزد. مجددن پوست ها را بجوشانید. این عمل را 3-4 بار تکرار کنید تا تلخی پوست ها از بین بروند. ادویه ها شامل هل,زنجبیل و بادیان را داخل هاون ریخته و پودر کنید. سپس شکر و ادویه هارا به همراه 350 میلی لیتر آب سرد داخل قابلمه ریخته و با حرارت ملایم بگذارید شکر حل شود. سپس پوست های خلال شده را به شیره ی تهیه شده اضافه و بگذارید به مدت 30 دقیقه بجوشد. سپس قابلمه را از روی اجاق برداشته و خلال ها را دانه دانه روی سینی بچنید تا خنک و خشک شوند.

شکلات ها را در پیاله ی مخصوص آب کردن شکلات بریزید و شکلات ها آب کنید.خلال پوست پرتقال ها را یکی یکی در شکلات مذاب فرو کرده و به سینی بر گردانید تا خشک شوند.همین کار را با کشمش ها انجام دهید. شما می‌توانید همچنین خرمای خشک را با پوست پرتقال پر کنید. برای این منظور هسته ی خرما ها را در آورده و سپس یک یا دو خلال پوست پرتقال در میان خرما بگذارید. این شرینی ها طعم و عِطر فوق‌العاده‌ای دارند بخصوص اگر با یک فنجان چای یا قهوه همراه باشد.پوست پرتقال های قندی یا شکری را می‌توانید به مدت یکماه در یخچال نگه داری کنید

 

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Persian Style Tea (Chai)

Tea is one of most favourite and popular drinks in all over the world.

Tea is called in Farsi ‘ Chai’, an imported word from China.

In Iran your day starts with a cup of hot tea and then it continues, I mean, we drink tea during the day and also after each meal. And it’s great in cold days of winter time.

Traditionally, tea is served from a samovar, a heating vessel which is imported into Iran from Russia.

In old days, Semavar was most important item in any Persian kitchen but nowadays, a semavar is replaced by electronic tea pot and however making tea in semavar gives lots of flavour and taste to the tea but what to do, c’est la vie.

Before 1900, Persian used to drink coffee but once an Iranian brought some tea seed to Iran and started to cultivat it in north of Iran ( Caspian sea).

Tea house, or chaikhaneh, is available anywhere in Iran but most of the time tea house is called coffee hosue ( ghahveh khaneh).

Iranian tea has variety of flavours with reddish brown colour. Tea or Chai typically served in a ceramic cup and saucer and in some villages served in small beautiful bowls. Chi traditionally served with rock sugar, sugar cubes, honey, baklava and biscuits. .

Ginger Biscuits (Christmas Cookies)

Every year I bake ginger biscuits for family and extra for sharing with friends and neighbours. They are lovely with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Ingredients

  • 600g plain flour
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 100g butter
  • 250ml golden syrup
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon powder
  • 1tbsp ginger powder
  • 3/4 tsp cloves powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp baking powder

 

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Method

Add brown sugar, butter and golden syrup into a pot. Grate orange zest and add it to the pot as well. Put the pot on a medium heat and Stirring until sugar has melted. Then, remove from the heat and let it cool down.

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Beat the eggs and stir into the cold sugar mixture.

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Mix flour, baking powder, mixed spices and ground ginger in a large bowl. Stir in sugar mixture. Combine all ingredients until you have a soft dough.

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Knead the dough few minutes by hand. Then divide it into two balls. Wrap them in cling film. Let the dough rest overnight in the fridge.

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Now, Roll one of dough balls with a rolling pin on lightly floured work surface.

Cut into ginger bread men, stars, Christmas tree, moon shapes from the dough. Place them on the baking tray with baking paper.

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Bake for 10 minutes, until edges of cookies begin to brown. Cool on baking tray for 2 minutes then remove to wire racks. Decorate cookies as desired.

Every year I bake ginger biscuits for family and for sharing with friends and neighbours. These are lovely and crunchy cookies which go well with a cuppa of tea or coffee.

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Poached eggs

Poached eggs

 
Ingredients
2 eggs
Water
Salt- pepper
Preparation
Crack the eggs in a bowl and set them aside.
Bring to boil water in a pot ( 1 cup water for each egg). Gently pour eggs one by one into the boiling water. Remove from the heat, and allow to cook . for a soft poached egg, 2-3 minutes and for firm ones will need 4 minutes .
Once eggs are done, drain onto kitchen paper. Serve it with buttered toasted bread and sprinkle salt and pepper, or make a sandwich with flat bread.

 

تخم مرغ آبپز بدون پوست یا همون پوچد اگ
پوچد اگ یعنی تخم مرغ آبپز بدون پوست – شاید همون تخم مرغ عسلی خودمون هست ولی بدون پوست.

مواد لازم

دو عدد تخم مرغ

آب

نمک و فلفل به میزان لازم

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تخم مرغ ها را قبلن بشکنید و در یک ظرف آماده نگه دارید.
برای هر تخم مرغ یک پیمانه آب رادر یک قابلمه بجوش بیاورید. وقتی آب کاملن در اوج جوش بود قابلمه را از روی حرارت بردارید. تخم مرغ ها را خیلی به آرامی و دانه دانه داخل آبجوش قرار داده و گاز را خاموش کنید. اگر دوست دارید تخم مرغ خیلی نرم داشته باشید 3-2 دقیقه و اگر دوست دارید تخم مرغ کمی خودش را گرفته باشد 4 دقیقه کاملن مناسب است.
تخم مرغ های آماده شده را از آب خارج و روی دستمال کاغذی قرار دهید تا رطوبت تخم مرغ را جذب کند. می توانید یک لقمه ی خوب با نان تافتون- لواش یا نان را تست تهیه و با کمی کره- نمک و فلفل- پوچد اگ را میل کنید.