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26.2.08

6:36 PM (3432 days, 11h, 48min ago)

Nut Cake

 

So simple, so quick and so tasty

 

200 gr soft butter

350 gr self raising flour

4 eggs

1/2 cup orange juice

100 gr crushed nuts

1 tab grated orange peel

1 cup sugar

sugar powder for the coating

 

Mix all. put in a pre heated oven for 35-45 minutes. (depend on your oven) . I have used kugelhopf bakind dish.

 

Isnt it simple?

 

 

I bought myself a present today.................. a professional frying pan. I will let you know in the near future, how it works. Can't wait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19.2.08

8:28 PM (3439 days, 9h, 57min ago)

Stuffed chicken

 

I don't know what's with you , guys, but I can eat chicken each day and every way.

Today I have made stuffed one. Stuffed with rice mixed with special mix for rice....LOL  ........ oh boy, what a sentence.......... It's always difficult to translate from hebrew to englih. It doesnt sound the same  its an understatement.

The chicken spent (as if......Lol) 2 days in marinade.

So what we'll need

1 whole chicken with its skin

1 cup rice

1 bag of small potatoes (op)

spices: ground dry chilli, meatball spice mix, special spice mix for rice,  salt

 

Marinade: 4 tabs silan, 2 tabs soy sauce, 3 tabs grenadin, 3 tabs sweet chilli sauce

Put chicken in a baking dish and pour on it the marinade ingredients. Put in refrigerator for 2 days, turn chicken every 10 hours or so.

Wash rice well . Mix it with the special spices mixture and put in a small pot.

 

 

Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Remove from fire. Drain water and insert the rice into the chicken. Close with thooth picks.

Put in a pre-heated oven on 200*C / 400*F for  1 - 1/5 hours.

 

 

Sites of the day

http://www.fabulousfoods.com/recipes/Campers/

http://nat.crgq.com/

http://www.hertzmann.com/

 

Enjoy

 

Elinoar

 

 

 

 

 

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17.2.08

7:30 AM (3441 days, 22h, 55min ago)

weekend vacation

Hi guys,

 

Ein Gedi is an oasis on the western shore of the Dead sea, the lowest point on earth, some 400 m. below sea level. Extreme heat and aridity prevail in this desert region throughout most of the year. But perennial fresh water springs (Ein is Hebrew for spring) flow down from the high cliffs of the Judean Desert and have made permanent settlement and agriculture possible since ancient times.

 

Ein Gedi, a haven with over 800 unique and rare species of trees, shrubs and flowers from all over the world.

 

We have spend 3 days there. We went on Thursday and came back this afternoon. 1.5 hour drive and it seems like another country.

It was pouring rain here in the center when we left...... and arrived to a not to cool day in the south. Yesterday it became warmer .

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, I took place in a "10 km walk" race I wear summer cloth. It was hot.

 

The results were horrible. Obviously, I am not in shape. I blame General winter for it........, some of my lazyness.. and the 6 kilo I gained...... yak. 

1:26:40 , 5th among 15 other women in 50-60 age group and 50 among 126 other runners % walkers incl men.

First place at the half marathon race took a man from Kenya. It was a delight to see him. As if gravity doent rule on him.  Fantastic.

Just wanted to share some nice pic's from this weekend. Nothing to do with food I am afraid.

Enjoy

Elinoar

 

 

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04.2.08

8:19 PM (3454 days, 10h, 6min ago)

baked rice

 

 

 

Baked rice

2 cups rice

1 purple onion - sliced

1 can of sliced mushrooms

2.5 cups water mix with soup powder

20 gr' butter

 

Pre heat oven to 180*C / 360*F.

Put rice in baking dish (pyrex). In a skilet fry butter and onion until transparent. Add sliced mushrooms and mix well.

Insert to baking dish the fried onion and mushrooms, cover with water mixed with soup powder. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Delicious

Elinoar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30.1.08

2:09 PM (3459 days, 16h, 16min ago)

The vanished poppyseed cake

 

Why vanished you may ask? Cause I made 2 english cake size baking dish yesterday and there is nothing left. Completely nothing........ goes to show, this cake is one of the best ever made.

This  recipe is for the memory of Esterke Gershon.

 

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What you need..............?

 

100 gr'  ground poppy seed ( I always buy 4 X 100 gr' each and place it in the frizer)

1 C sugar

100 gr' room temp. butter

2 eggs

2 C flour

1 sack baking powder

1/3 C milk

1/2 C butter milk

1 grated lemon peel.

 

Pre heat oven to 180*C/360*F.

Combine all.

Bake for 30-40 minutes depends on your oven. The cake is ready when it breaks in the middle.

Sprinkle with  sugar powder .

Better double the amount........

 

The original recipe comes with chocolate glazing. I did without.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25.1.08

8:59 AM (3464 days, 21h, 26min ago)

what a sunny day..........

 
 
 

Chocolate Muffins

2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 cup choc bits
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
150g melted butter

Preheat oven to 200C/400F/ and grease the muffin trays. Sift flour & cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in caster sugar and choc bits. Make a well in the centre.
Place the buttermilk, 2 eggs and butter in a large jug, mix and pour into the well. Fold gently until just combined - the batter should be lumpy. Divide the mixture among the muffin holes.
Bake for 20-25 minutes (regular size) or 10-15 minutes (mini muffins), or until the muffins come away from the side of the tin. Cool for 5 minutes, then lift out onto a wire rack.
 
 
Stuffed Chicken Breasts

4 small or 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 thin slices prosciutto
8 leaves sage
4 tabs flour
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
1/3 c dry white wine

Cut breasts into 4 similar pieces, cut a pocket into chicken, being careful not to slice through.
Stuff with prosciutto and sage leaves. Salt and pepper liberally, dust with flour and then brown on all sides in a hot saute pan with olive oil.
 
While sauteing, heat oven to 350. Once seared on all sides, deglaze pan with wine, then place entire pan in oven to finish (10-15 minutes, test for doneness). Serve right away
 
 
Green Beans with olive oil
 
500 gr'  green beans (frozen)
6 cloves of garlic
2 tabs tomato paste
1 tomato (pealed and cubed)
1/3 cup olive oil
salt to taste
chopped corinader (or parsley)
 
 
Rinse beans and put in a large pot of boiling salted water. Cover, reduce heat to moderate and cook for 5 minutes. Drain off all but 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, and add the remaining ingredients except for the corinader.
 
Blend gently and cook for 15 minutes. Add the corinader and mix well.
Taste and adjust seasoning. The sauce should be thick and each bean glistening and coated.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.
 
 

Sites of the day
 
http://vegeyum.wordpress.com/tips-and-techniques/
 
http://www.amateurgourmet.com/recipes/ethnic_food/recipes.html
 
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On 1/22/08, Nadia Hasan wrote:
hi
 
i have tried ur recipes nd they r really nice.i am from pakistan.line in dubai.i really want to learn a desert named umm ali.
i love middle east cuisine.
thnx take care
nadia hasan
 
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Dear Nadia
 
Thank u for your letter......... Um ali is an egyptian dessert.
 
 
stay in touch
 
Elinoar

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Enjoy your weekend
 
Elinoar
 
 
 
 
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19.1.08

4:44 PM (3470 days, 13h, 40min ago)

Baking with a ring - apple cake

Easy as counting 1,2,3.............   The Ring

 

wrap it with aluminum paper and put on a cookies baking tray (or any baking dish)

 

Apple cake

350 gr' self raising flour

2 cream milk 38% fat

4 eggs

1/10 teas salt (op)

1 3/4 cups sugar

4-5 peeled apples (sliced), cinammon, dark brown sugar

Mix all beside apples, cinammon and dark brown sugar.

Put on top apple slices, cinammon and sugar. Dip the apples into dough.

Bake for 35-45 minutes in a pre-heated oven. Garnish with sugar powder. Yami...............

 

 

Enjoy

Elinoar

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Sites of the day

http://vegeyum.wordpress.com/2007/10/05/play-nice-with-rice/

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/

 

 

 

Pic's to share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18.1.08

5:02 PM (3471 days, 13h, 22min ago)

colors

 

Hi guys

Grey is cloudy days and winter. Yak. One beam of light is Nicky D. Moore (D for damaging

 

Orange is life, sunshine, summer, beach, energy and joy. Ornage is pumpkin, batata, carrot,  oranges, nectarines, mandarins, persimmon and the rest of those great ornage color fruit and veggies.

The orange foods have the carotenoids the help prevent cancer. Orange foods, are especially good for our eyes, and help with night vision. The deep orange foods help our bodies get the vitamin A we need, without getting excess that can lead to osteoporosis.

A single carrot contains enough beta-carotene - the substance that the body converts to vitamin A - to provide enough of this important antioxidant for the day.

 

Carrot salad

1 pound carrots (5 or 6) peeled and shredded
1/2 cup raisins
1 carton  vanilla yogurt
lettuce leaves

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together, except lettuce. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Toss again before serving. Serve on lettuce leaves.

 

Orange Mousse

8 egg whites , Juice of 1 lemon or 1 orange , 3/4 cup sugar, 1 orange zest


Beat the egg-whites until stiff. Slowly add the sugar and juice, then add orange zest . Refrigerate

 

Have an orange weekend

 

Elinoar

 

 

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10.1.08

5:30 PM (3479 days, 12h, 54min ago)

Moroccan style chicken

Haaaa the smell............

 

1 chicken cut to pcs, 4-5 potatoes, 2 purple onions = sliced, 2 tabs sugar, 1/2 teas turmeric, oil for

frying.    Paprika, cumin, cinammon

put onions into a big pot, add turmeric, sugar and 2 tabs oil. mix well. add chicken pcs and fry on both sides. add potatoes. add 3 cups water and cook until tender. add the rest of the spices (amount is up to your taste) , mix well, conti. cooking for another 10 minutes.

Thats it. enjoy.

 

 

Dried fruit & chicken

1/3 c Chicken Broth,
1 cup mixed dried fruit pieces
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs Chicken - Thigh

1/2 c Honey
1 chopped Onions

salt & pepper


Place all ingredients in a pot. Cover and cook until chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked. Serve over hot cooked noodles
 
Enjoy
 
Elinoar
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04.1.08

10:31 AM (3485 days, 19h, 54min ago)

1 copyKat

 

Hi guys

I loved so much the beet sauce for the baby green salad I ate last friday (see previous post) and yes, I know, I have written pommegranate by mistake....LOL, I have tried to copy it twice during this week and I think I have succeded.

 

it goes like that

pre-cook 1 beet - grated, lemon juice, 2 tabs oil and some water.

its fantastic. enjoy.

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Chicken with lemon

*similar to shake and bake

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teas cinnamon
salt & pepper
eight pieces chicken
1 1/2 cups  matzo meal (or more)
3 eggs, beaten
Olive oil
Lemon wedges

Combine first 5 ingredients . Add chicken, turning to coat. Refrigerate overnight. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper. Season matzo meal with salt and pepper.

Drain chicken pieces and blot dry with paper towels. Dip chicken into matzo meal. Next, dip chicken pieces into egg and and coat again with matzo meal. Shake off excess matzo meal.

Place chicken on baking paper. Heat  oil in a large skillet.  Add chicken pieces and cook until golden brown . Then put in the oven for the last touch of crispy chicken.

 

 
 
Chicken with potatoes
 
1 chicken
200 gr'  minced meat
 pine nuts
oil for cooking
4-5 potatotes 
1 tab  pepper
1 tab  cinamon
1 onion
 
 
Brush the chicken with half the above amount of the pepper and cinamon. Heat oil and fry the minced meat. Add pine nuts.
Add salt, peper and cinamon. Stuff chicken with the mixture. Put stuffed chicken in a pot, add 2 cups water and cook over a high heat .
Add onion .  Put chicken in baking pan and roast in the oven.
 
Clean the potatoes and boil for 10 minutes. Peel the potatoes and fry them with what was left of the cooking fat, until golden brown .
Spread the fried potatoes around the chicken. 

 

Sites of the day

http://www.sooogood.org/recipe.html

http://arabicbites.blogspot.com/

The above site is heavy to handle however they are some good recipes. your choice.....

http://www.pastrychef.com/Recipe-Showcase_ep_31.html

 

 

Enjoy your weekend

Elinoar

 

 

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29.12.07

11:12 PM (3491 days, 7h, 12min ago)

76

 

Today is my mom's 76 B-day.

Yesterday I'd surprise her with dinner at Chef Erez Stern's own apartment in Tel Aviv. We were 5 . The atmosphere was romantic and cozy, while Erez (the chef) due to his own personality contribute the feeling of home together with the feeling of eating in a very elegant place.

 

The menu was a combination of several cuisine with local ingredients served on romantic table arrangement.

 

When we arrived we were sitting at first at a cozy corner , eating small Crostini with several goodies on it,  "amuse-bouche" Erez called it with Apperitif as citrus punch drink. Great.

Then we were invited to this great elegant table, set just opposite Erez kitchen where we could see him cooking, boiling, frying while we were eating. In the middle of the table was a basket full of all kinds of bread and next to each of us, small plates with special spreads.

For starters we had veggie soup with buttered shrimps, Napoleon cake made of puff pastry with roasted tomato & baby leaves with pommegranate sauce.

 

Oh boy, I can still feel the taste ....... I must ask for the recipe, yep, as if....LOL,  and green veggie rissoto.

 

Next , we had small kebabs on roasted eggplant with thini sauce. Now, I could hardly eat anymore, but on the other hand could not resist tasting the next dish. Pullet in coconut milk marinade with ginger on rice.

 

By that time, all I wanted is to lay down, happily ever after and sleep......... but, no, I had to taste more from all those goodies that continue to arrive at the table.

 

Each one of us recived a plate with 8 , no less, desserts as cheese cake, Crumble Apple tarte , Cream brule, Hot Chocolate fudge cake......and more.

 

 

Beside our own plates , in the middle of the table , Erez put a huge plate with several pettifores, who can resist it? 

 

 

We have spent almost 5 hours at Erez home . It was great. We were happy, my mom was delighted , Erez turned to be a great host and who need more?

 

Erez gave us a unique and special experience that combined a Chef, familiar family like hospitality and high quality foods in a beautiful place, no parking problems, no security issues, no mess at my place .

 

 

Just full enjoyment. If some of you intend to come to Israel in the future, I highly recommend it for a great experience, a real special event.

Elinoar

 

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24.12.07

10:28 PM (3496 days, 7h, 57min ago)

x-mas

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Just wanted to wish you all a wonderful X-mas and a happy, healthy and funny new year.

 

 

Happy holiday all.

Elinoar

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18.12.07

9:31 PM (3502 days, 8h, 54min ago)

Deep Purple

 

The Romans used beetroot as a treatment for fevers and constipation, amongst other ailments. Apicius in De re coquinaria gives five recipes for soups to be given as a laxative, three of which feature the root of beet. Hippocrates advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for wounds.

Since Roman times, beetroot juice has been considered an aphrodisiac. It is a rich source of the mineral boron, which plays an important role in the production of human sex hormones. Field Marshall Montgomery is reputed to have exhorted his troops to 'take favours in the beetroot fields', a euphemism for visiting prostitutes. From the Middle Ages, beetroot was used as a treatment for a variety of conditions, especially illnesses relating to digestion and the blood. Platina recommended taking beetroot with garlic to nullify the effects of 'garlic-breath'.

 

Beet Salad

2 beets
2 oranges
1/4 cup pine nuts - lightly toasted 

lettuce leaves 



2 Tabs red wine vinegar
2 Tabs orange juice

2 Tabs olive oil

zest of 1/2 orange
 
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400F.
Trim and wash  beets and put in a baking pan with a splash of water.
Cover pan tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes until the beets can be pierced through with a sharp knife. Uncover and cool.   Trim off the top and bottom of each orange.

Pare off the rest of the peel and slice the oranges into rounds.


Make the vinaigrette by mixing the vinegar, orange juice and the orange zest along with the olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper.

Once the beets are cool , peel them & cut off the tops and bottom tails of the beets and slice. Toss the beets gently with the vinaigrette.


Arrange the beets along with the orange slices on the lettuce leaves.

Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over the salad and garnish with pine nuts.

Stuffed Beet

3 large beets, halved , 1/2 cup basmati rice , 2 shallots - diced , 2 tabs olive oil

cinnamon, cardamom, salt, pepper




 

In a large bowl, mix the uncooked rice, shallots, and spices. Set aside.  Core betts and remove the center. Place a large spoonful of rice mixture in the center of the beet, and place the "cored" part on top. Don't over do it.......   

Put some olive oil in a saucepan and place stuffed beet into it. Add enough water to cover the beets, and throw in some salt. Boil and cover, reduce heat.  Cook for 30 minutes.

 

Beet salad

2 Ib beets. trimmed and peeled
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teas cumin
1/2 teas paprika
1/4 teas cinnamon
1/4 C vegetable oil
2-3 teas fresh parsley, chopped
Romaine lettuce

Cut beets in half and place on steamer. Steam 20 min  until tender. Refresh under cold water and dice. While beets are cooking, mix next six ingredients. Toss with beets and parsley. Cover and chill if possible. Serve over lettuce leaves.

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The usually deep-red roots of garden beet are eaten boiled either as a cooked vegetable, or cold as a salad after cooking and adding oil and vinegar.

In Eastern Europe beet soup, such as Cold borscht, is a popular dish. 

Beetroot can be peeled, steamed, cooked, pickled, can be eaten cold or peeled, shredded raw, and then eaten as a salad. 

 

 


Sites of the Day

http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t--1133/how-to-make-homemade-ice-cream.asp

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/more-about-me.asp?user=2282841

 

Enjoy

Elinoar

 

 

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07.12.07

7:03 PM (3513 days, 11h, 22min ago)

Great 4 cold days

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Sometimes its worth while to work "hard" in the kitchen. The results and the smell cause joy for all. 
 
 
 
Baked Squash Soup with Nuts and Spices
 
 
Hard-shell or winter squash in various colors, shapes, and sizes is a frequent sight in the Mediterranean. Winter squash is ideal for soups because it has a naturally creamy texture when pureed with stock. Because winter squash is mild, it's a good idea to enhance the flavor with fragrant spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, as well as nuts and seeds, all of which evoke images of fall and winter.
 
3 tabs blanched almonds
3 tabs hazelnuts
3 tabs sesame seeds
½ teas ground cinnamon
1 teas ground ginger
1 teas turmeric powder
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes 
2 tabs olive oil
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt and pepper
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the almonds on a pie plate or small sheet pan and toast for 3 minutes. Add the sesame seeds, keeping them separate from the almonds, and toast for 3 minutes longer. Add the hazelnuts, also keeping them separate, and toast for 11 minutes more, or until the almonds and hazelnuts are browned and the sesame seeds are golden. Chop the almonds. Let the hazelnuts cool slightly, rub off the skins in a clean dish towel, and chop. Mix the nuts and sesame seeds and set aside. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees.

Combine cinnamon, ginger and turmeric powder . In a larger mixing bowl toss the squash with the olive oil. Add the spices and mix well. Spread out the squash on a baking sheet.

Bake the squash, covered with aluminum foil, for 20 minutes. Transfer the squash to a large saucepan . Add stock, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Transfer the squash to a food processor and puree. Strain through a medium-fine strainer, pressing out all the liquid with a wooden spoon. Add the yogurt and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle with nut-seed mixture and chopped cilantro.
 

 

And now for fantastic cookies............ 17 min incl. preparations........ hardly a "hard" work

100 gr almost melted butter, 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 teas baking powder, 1/2 cup milk, 3 cups flour, 1 egg

warm oven of 360*. Combine well all ingredients . Roll dough and create any shape and form you like. Put on a baking pan covered with baking paper, brush egg on top and bake for 15 minutes or so until brown. you might spread some sugar on top before baking.
 

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Egyptian chicken soup

An Egyptian favorite, hamud has a versatile nature. Although generally served as a sauce for rice, it often appears twice in the same meal, first as a soup, and then again as the sauce. It is basically a chicken soup with celery, lemon and garlic, but other green vegetables find their place in it when they are at hand.

 
Carcass and giblets of 1 chicken
3-4 stalks celery with leaves, sliced
2 leeks, sliced (optional)
2-3 cloves garlic, slivered
Salt and black pepper
Juice of 1-2 lemons
2-3 zucchini, sliced (op)
3/4 cup rice, boiled (measure uncooked)

Collect a chicken carcass, giblets, and bones to make a rich stock. The giblets must be very fresh, and the bones and carcass those of a chicken prepared the same day, otherwise any meat on them will be hard and dry, and the marrow in the bones very stale. Crack the bones slightly to release more flavor.

There are two ways of preparing this soup. The stock can be made beforehand and strained through a fine sieve, the vegetables then being cooked in the clear broth. However, I usually cook all the ingredients together in the following manner.

Put the carcass, bones, and giblets in a large pan. Add the celery and, if you like, sliced leeks. (The basic recipe is made with celery only.) Add the slivered garlic and cover with about 9 cups water. Bring to the boil and skim the scum off the surface. Season with salt and pepper, and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the pan. Simmer gently for about 1 hour. Remove the pan from the heat and discard all the bones, leaving only pieces of chicken in the broth. Add the zucchini, if using them, and cook for 15 minutes longer. Adjust seasoning, adding more lemon juice if necessary. The soup should have a distinctly lemony tang. It is this and the taste of garlic which give it an Oriental flavor

Add cooked rice just before serving so as not to give it time to become sodden and mushy

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Sites of the Day

http://arielrubinstein.tau.ac.il/rest.html

http://www.molsol.com/Cooking/toc.html

http://www.truffle-and-truffe.com/index-uk.htm

 

Have a great weekend & happy Chanukah

 

Elinoar

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01.12.07

8:54 PM (3519 days, 9h, 30min ago)

A nation without a land

 

 

Hello folks,

There is a new page to the main site

http://cuisinemiddleast.com/kurds.html

 

Enjoy

Elinoar

 

 

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26.11.07

10:01 PM (3524 days, 8h, 23min ago)

Its been a while

 

We went to a "Walking" event.  I took the 20 km track while Uri & Lorrie took the 7 km. I dont know till now from where I got the idea and desicion to go to that 20 km track but I did and I have finished it.

20 Km in 2.5 hours. Up hill, down hill , almost felt like a goat. On a road (no road)  on a sunny and hot saturday we went to this event in the Negev (desert). South of Israel. Down Zin Canyon (see pic) , up to Ein Avdat national park. 

We slept over there on Friday (in order to be able to participate in the 1st team at 07:30 AM on Saturday) in "Sde Boker" desert kibbutz . In addition to being a pioneer in desert agriculture, Sde Boker is well know for one of its most famous members in the past - David Ben Gurion, Israel first prime minister and one of the central founders of modern Israel. One of its two great leader's ever.

It was hard but I did it. I did.!!!!!! I am so proud of myself......

I love walking.  I am walking with one of my girlfriends  between 6 - 8 km each evening (beside  weekends).

 

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Hope you all had a great holiday. Here's a fantastic pea soup which is so easy to prepare, you'll be amazed.

Winter started last week with all its force, mind you, now its nice weather again, and my daughter wanted a soup. I had nothing in the house beside tomatoes and cucumbers, talking about veggies, so I browse all over the kitchen and found dry peas.

Luckily my daughter loves peas as she hate everything else. She doesn't eat beef, neither chicken, she doesn't like tomato soup, nor lentil soup . As I said, I was lucky to find the peas.

So, here's what you do.

1 beg of dry peas

1 tomato (grated)

1 carrot (grated)

1 onion

2 tabs oil

salt, pepper and soup powder

and water of course

Fry onion in oil in a large pot. Add peas and conti. to fry. Add carrot and tomato and mix well. Season, pour water (the amount is up to you), bring to a boil and then cook on lower heat until ready about 1 - 1.5 hours.

Now, isn't it easy?

Sites of the day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRwdrivjEMs

http://www.slashfood.com/category/middle-east/

 

See ya' soon

Elinoar

 

 

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09.11.07

9:04 PM (3541 days, 9h, 21min ago)

Is it winter already?

 


Barley is an excellent staple food due to its high carbohydrates, protein, calcium and phosphorus.  Pearl barley is polished so that the grain loses the husk and most of its bran. Like rice, barley can be a useful thickener for soups and stews.

Cultivation of barley began in the Middle East, originally native to Israel and Jordan.

Barley flour can be made into porridge, pizzas and unleavened bread. Having hardly any gluten, it is of little use for risen bread or in pasta.

Lentil & Barley Soup

2 chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 clove garlic, minced
50 gr' butter
6 cups water
1 can tomatoes
3/4 cup brown or red lentils, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup pearl barley
6 stock cubes
salt & pepper
3 sliced carrots

Cook onion, celery and garlic in hot butter till tender. Add water, undrained tomatoes, lentils, barley, stock cubes, pepper and salt. Boil abd reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add carrots and simmer till carrots are tender.

Beef & Barkey stew

2 tabs oil
1 lb. beef chuck, cut to cubes
2 sliced onions
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 cups beef stock
1 can tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 teas paprika
1 teas cumin 
salt & white pepper
up to 1 cup uncooked barley

 In a pot, heat oil and add the beef and brown it on 2 sides. Remove to a plate.
Add onions, carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add beef stock, tomatoes, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil, return beef to the pot. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for another 1hour. Stirring once or twice. Stir in barley. Cover and 1 hour, adding more water as needed until meat and barley are tender
 
 
poppy seeds cookies /lemon cake/chocolate cookies
 
 
The best Chocolate cookies , and so easy ( see pic)
 
3 eggs room temp.
3/4 C sugar
300 gr. chocolate (have used 200 gr' bitter and 100 gr' milk)
100 gr butter
7 big tabs self raising flour
 
chocolate pcs (any color)
 
whip 3 eggs with the sugar. melt chocolate with the butter. let cool a bit and mix it with the egg mixture. add flour.
put in papper cup (fill half) and bake for 15 min. After 10 minutes put on each cookie some chocolate pcs.
Take out from oven and pill the cups. Those cookies tend to dry quickly when it cools put in cookies jar.
 
 
 
Sites of the Day
 
http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/recipes-bycuisine.html

http://www.cookingindex.com/recipes/

http://www.abc.net.au/ballarat/stories/s2085365.htm

 
Have a great weekend

Elinoar

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31.10.07

5:21 PM (3550 days, 14h, 4min ago)

long time no write :-)

 I know, I had to finish all my medical test....... I had a troubled mind. Tomorrow I will meet the cardiologist once again and we'll see

 

Egyptian Bean Cakes

1 lb. (450 gr.) pea beans or chickpeas
1 Tbsp. salt 1/4 cup parsley, minced
2 Tbsp. onion, minced
2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. flour
2 eggs, beaten lightly
olive or corn oil for frying

Soak the beans overnight in cold water. Drain, cover with cold water, add the salt and simmer until the beans are done but still firm (about 45 minutes). Drain, reserving the water.

Mix the beans together w parsley, onion and garlic and puree through a strainer, adding just enough of the reserved water to prevent sticking. Blend the flour together with the eggs and blend these into the bean mixture.

In a heavy skillet heat about 1" (2 1/2 cm) of the oil and into this drop the mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls. Fry, turning occasionally until both sides are golden and crusty. Drain on paper toweling and serve hot as an appetizer, side dish or snack.

 

The secret of good rice is to place it in a sieve and wash it thoroughly under the cold tap, rubbing with the fingers until all the excess starch has gone and the water runs clear. Allow the rice to drain, then put it in a pot; 1 cup rice to 1-1/5 cups water; varying the amount of water slightly depending on its origin - American rice requires a little more water; Asian rice a little less. Do not salt. One cup of raw rice makes 2-1/2 cups of cooked rice, which will feed two people, so adjust the amount accordingly

 

CHICKEN WITH FIGS

1 chicken, cut into pieces - (2 1/2 to 3 pound)
12 canned or fresh figs - stems removed
1 cup dry white wine or water
2 tablespoons honey - up to 4
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place chicken and figs in a single layer in a large roasting pan. Combine wine, honey, cinnamon, coriander, salt and pepper and bay leaf, pour over chicken. Roast, basting and turning occasionally, until chicken is tender and brown, about 1 hour.

This dish typifies the Eastern European love of meats cooked with sweeteners and spices. To substitute dried for canned figs, cover with water and soak 2 hours

 

           

Mint & ouzo flavored meatballs

2 slices home-made style bread -crust off and torn into small pieces
1/4 cup ouzo, or substitute another anise flavored liqueur
7 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 pound lean ground beef
1 egg
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves, OR
1 teaspoon dried mint leaves
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup flour

Soak the bread in the ouzo for at least 5 minutes.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat, add the onions, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are soft but not brown. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon, placing them in a large mixing bowl.

Squeeze the bread dry (discard the ouzo) and add the bread to the onions. Also add the ground beef, egg, mint, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and knead vigorously with your hands, then beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth and fluffy .

Shape the beef mixture into balls about the size of walnuts (you may find that wetting your hands with water helps prevent sticking) and then roll the meatballs in the flour to coat evenly. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet and brown the meatballs, 7 or 8 at a time, over high heat, cooking 8 to 10 minutes and shaking the pan from time to time. As each batch is done, remove them with a slotted spoon and place on an ovenproof serving platter.

Keep them warm in a 200 degrees Fahrenheit (100 C) oven while you finish cooking the rest

       

sites of the day

http://www.greatchefs.com.au/recipes.asp

http://www.red-bean.com/fitz/recipes/index.shtml

 

Next e-blog ..... how I tried to make greek huge cookies and end up with bagels......now, that's a laugh.

Enjoy as always

Elinoar

 

 

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22.10.07

10:15 PM (3559 days, 9h, 10min ago)

BBQ

 

Hi guys

Due to several medical tests I didnt have time to write, not even for 5 min. Hopefully, all will be well. Will have results this Wednesday.

Weather is still hot, actually, hotter then in the summer, but then again, not realy, it just feel this way (although a heat wave is on its way for tomorrow), cause we are waiting for colder days and nights. Almost November (me going on 55 years........ my god, where has all those years gone) and we are still going to the beach, swimming pools etc.

Sometimes , in the evenings,  we are having BBC's with friends or just us. Save clean pots ......LOL

The term BBQ can refer to foods cooked by this method, to the cooker itself, or even to a party and it also refers to the act of cooking food in this manner. The word kabab originally meant fried meat. Shish kabab consisting of small cubes of meat on skewers that are either roast or grill.

 

 

In Israel Kabab means ground meat on skewers.

1 Kg ground lamb

2 tabs olive oil
1big onions, grated
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 teas each: cumin, cinnamon, sweet paprika, white pepper, salt

Combine all ingredients . Wet hands make balls. Press it firmly around skewers, two on each skewer, and form into thin sausage shapes. Cook over charcoal or under the broiler for 4-5 minutes, until done, turning over once.

 

Fried eggplant

 

Chicken skewers

1/3 cup olive oil

1 crushed garlic clove 
1 teas turmeric
1 teas cumin
1 teas paprika
1/2 Kg. cubed chicken thigh 

In a bowl combine oil with garlic, turmeric, paprika, salt, white pepper & cumin.  Add chicken and mix until well coated. Cover and marinate, in the refrigerator, for at least 3 hours or overnight. Remove chicken from marinade. Thread chicken onto skewers and fry, grill or BBQ for 3-4 minutes each side .

 

Sites of the day

http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/FOOD_IS_ART/bbqarticle.html

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-bbq-beef-shish-kebab-with-parsley-salad

http://www.nestle-family.com/maggi/eng/viewrecipe1146.aspx

 

Shwarma Sandwiches

 

enjoy this new movie Watch "Things We Lost in the Fire" Movie

Take care

Elinoar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12.10.07

3:43 PM (3569 days, 15h, 42min ago)

hospitality

 

Hello all,

My father reached 79 , and  I've organized a small gathering for this evening . We will have chopped liver with lots of onions for starter, then chicken in grenadin sauce, green salad of course and potatoes with onions and parsley (recipes follows)

For the cake, I took 3 sour apples, peeled & sliced, put in a bakind dish, pour over brown and dark brown sugar (see pic below)  with cinnamon (for your taste), then in a ball, put 1 cup sugar, 100 gr' room temp. butter and 1 cup flour. Work the dough to crumbs and pour over apples.

Put in pre-heated oven , 180*C/ 360*F for about 30-40 minutes, depends on your over or until crumbs crust is brownish. So easy and so quickly to make. The fact that it doesn't have dough in the bottom will save us lots of calories .

it will be served with vanilla ice cream, of course....

 

Recipes for chicken will follow next time.

As for the potatoes.. ....  take small potatoes , you can use even the one's which are suitable for microwave, cook until tender. Take out and cool a bit.

In a pan pour 2 tabs olive oil and 50 gr' butter, insert in slices of 2 onions, (I used white and purple one's), fry for a minute, add the potatoes, mix a bit until all potatoes are coated with the butter and olive, fry for some minutes and add chopped parsley, season with salt and white pepper. Mix some more until all ingredients will blend well. And here's the result.....

 

Enjoy your weekend.

Love ya' all

Elinoar

 

 

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