Soup with Meat Balls ( Shawrabt el Ima)

Hello everyone,

I realized today that I have been away for three weeks. I had a very bad flu that put me in bed for few days. When I felt better and moved out of bed I had dizziness that make me feel really bad. The weather in Lebanon during this autumn is very unreliable. Flu is everywhere. So finally I’m here, back again ūüôā

The first meal I cooked when I was sick is this soup with meat balls, to make me feel better. The first time I had this soup was at my mother-in-law’s house, and it was so warming and delicious – and very suited for the cold seasons, I liked it a lot and took the recipe from her.

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams minced beef
  • 1/2 cup short grain rice ( I use the Italian one)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil

Preparation:

  • Mix the meat with half teaspoon salt and a dash of black pepper, and shape it into small balls
  • In a pot, heat the oil and fry the meat malls until brown, remove them and place on a kitchen towel paper to remove the excess of oil
  • In the same oil fry the onion until slightly golden, the add the rice and cover with about 5 cups of water. Let it boil, then simmer covered on low fire until the rice is tender, then add the meat balls
  • Add the tomato puree to the soup, add the remaining salt and pepper and adjust the seasoning. Cover and let it cook slowly for few minutes
  • When you put the fire off, add the chopped parsley

ET VOILA.C’EST TOUT. BON APPETIT.

Steak with Vegetables Stew

When I cook steak, I love to make it in a new way, I think it does inspire me to try always different ways. Today, while checking the vegetables in my fridge, I found the green pepper, red pepper, spring onions, and carrots and green beans. So, I decided to make steaks into a stew and use the vegetables I had. It turned out to be quite a delicious meal.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams steak
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 cup fresh green beans
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon seven spices
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil

Preparation:

  • Cut the steak in a thin strips, heat the oil in a pot and fry the meat until brown then remove
  • In the same pot, fry the onions with garlic until nice golden color, add the carrots and the green beans, cover with one cup of water, cover the pot and let it cook for about 15 minutes on a low flame
  • Add the cooked meat to the vegetables, mix the flour with salt and spices, then dissolve it in one cup of water and add it to the pot with the green pepper and red capsicum, let it simmer on a low fire with cover on until simmering
  • Serve it with cooked rice

ET VOILA… C’EST TOUT.

One Lovely Blog Award

I was happily nominated by Micha who is behind Zim on a Whim, a very nice  blog with delicious recipes, creative arts and crafts ideas and much more. If you are not yet familiar with her blog, please check it out.

The guidelines for accepting this award are as follows:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate about 15 other blogs that you enjoy.
4. Let the nominees know that you chose them.

I think I’ve already mentioned a lot of things about me, in previous award posts.¬†check here. But, anyway I will try to add some new things:

1- I believe that the key of success is passion, whatever you do if you do it with passion, for sure you will succeed.

2- I think that we have to enjoy every moment of like. Life is precious.

3- I love to cook, but I cook more when I have somebody to help clean the mess after me ūüôā

4- Beside cooking, I enjoy knitting, crocheting and even painting. I have made a lot of silk paintings.

5- I enjoy watching comedies at the movies.

6- I love to listen to old french songs and to Abba, I think they are marvelous!

7- Finally, I enjoy blogging because it gave me the chance to interact with many lovely people from around the globe.

And, for the nominations here are the names or the bloggers I would like to pas the award to them:

Sugaredpecan

Rufusguide

Twentyfourseveninfrance

Lucy’friensly foods

Baker on the rise

Modern christian woman

Becoming madame

Three clever sisters

Acorn in my Kitchen

Frugal feeding

Mama’s gotta bake

An unrefined vegan

Vegetarian ventures

Creative noshing

The low fat chick

Thank you all, and good luck to the nominees.. Thank you Micha for passing this award to me..

NINA

I GOT TAGGED

I got tagged by Letizia of DUTCHGOESITALIAN . Thanks Laetizia for tagging me and for the question!

‚ÄėTag ‚Äď you‚Äôre it!‚Äô ‚Äď The rules:

  1. You must post these rules.
  2. Answer the question the ‚Äútagger‚ÄĚ listed for you in their post,
  3. And create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  4. Choose 11 people to tag and link to them in the post.
  5. Let each blogger know that you have tagged them.

First of all, I will reply to¬†Letizia‚Äôs question:¬†‚ÄúWhich of your delicious recipes is a you-must-try-this-one?‚ÄĚ

This question is a very tricky one. If I could I would choose them all :), but since I have to choose only one I would recommend Shish Barak if one is not intimidated by the complexity of the effort required as it is definitely worth it.

Now my nominees and the questions for them:

  • Danny’s Kitchen – “Which country did you travel to that most inspired new recipes for you?”
  • Creative Noshing – “At which point of moving to a new home do you feel you are settled?”
  • Chocolates and Raspberries – “What is your favorite outfit for a working woman?”
  • Sugar Dish Me – “What is you all time favorite sweet?”
  • Rock Salt – “What is more interesting for you to write about: a review or a new recipe?”
  • Live 2 Eat Eat 2 Live – “What is your favorite far eastern cuisine?”
  • Cook to Love – “What type of food was¬†the¬†most challenging for you to find a¬†substitute¬†gluten-free recipe for?”
  • The Low Fat Chick – “What is the secret¬†to have a healthy and flavorful meal?”
  • 24/7 in France – “Which ¬†french city you liked most, and why?”
  • Tiny Kitchen Stories – “What’s¬†your¬†favorite¬†organizing trick in your kitchen to¬†come¬†up with¬†these¬†lovely recipes?”
  • The Burlesque Baker – “What is your recipe¬†for hair care?”

ET VOILA… GOOD LUCK TO ALL.:)

I am Really Really… Blessed

I got a lovely surprise yesterday; I have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award by acorninmykitchen¬†who is a Spaniard living in Green Island and who keeps a great blog with amazing recipes and wonderful photos. If you know his blog you will know what I am talking about. If not, check it out and you will know. I would like to thank you very much “acorn” for noticing my blog and nominating me for this award.

Following the rules of this Award I have to mention 7 random things about myself. But I think you already know a lot about me. Anyway I will try:

1- I am staying now in Abu Dhabi , I came since 3 weeks ago, to see my 2 daughters and their lovely 4 children

2- And I will be back soon to my home country, Lebanon

3-I enjoy trying new recipes, and aside from Lebanese food, I love Italian and Chinese cuisine

4-I believe that life is too short, and that we have to enjoy every moment of it

5-Blogging allows me to know great people from around the globe

6-My favorite color is blue, like the sky and sea

7-I am a Sagittarius ūüôā

And my nominations for the Kreativ Blogger Award will go to:

So here they are, and thank you again acorn. Good luck to all ūüôā

I think I am gonna be Spoiled…..

No, I am not spoiled, but I am really very happy to be nominated again for another Liebster Award. I am very lucky that my blog has the interest of so many people.

I have been nominated by Ames who is behind Amylchiu. And if you don’t know her blog yet, you must go and visit it, because it is very appealing. So thank you, thank you Ames very much for the nomination.

The rules for the liebster award are:

1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

Now the 5 blogs I’d like to nominate:

1-promenadeplantings

2-homeingreece

3-Eatnowtalklater

4-The hungry Irish man

5-Mama’s ¬†Gotta bake

And that’s it. Good luck to all the nominated. And again, thank you Ames.

Have a nice week end everybody…:)

Again… Versatile Blog Award…

Hi everybody! I got nominated for The Versatile Blogger award by The Mouse who is behind the blog Live2eateat2Live. Thank you my dear Mouse! This  encourages me to post more of what my family and I think of as interesting recipes.

Here are the rules for this award:

  • In a post on your blog, nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  • In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  • In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  • In the same post, include this set of rules.
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

For the seven random things about me: I like swimming, sweets, and travelling, I don’t like the sunset, I respect family values, I enjoy trying new activities and especially love to cook!

And my seven nominations are:

1-susartandfood

2-tinykitchenstories

3-cook to love

4-annestuetucker

5-salsachica’srambling

6-the low fat chick

7-lucy’sfriendlyfood

Thank you again very much The Mouse for the nomination..

Enjoy living and..eating.:)

Nina.

Siyadieh

It’s Good Friday today and in many parts of the world, it’s a meat-free day. Most people in the¬†Levant¬†Area will prepare something that includes fish. Today, I prepared a very popular dish with fish and rice called Siyadieh. It is an eastern meal, but each country has it’s own way of preparing it. Even in Lebanon each area has it’s own way of cooking it. this is the way I make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1000 grams of hamour fish fillet (or any other white fillet) cut into medium sized pieces, and the head of the fish
  • 4 onions
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 2 tablespoon of cumin
  • 2 tablespoon of salt, 2 teaspoon seven spices
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • frying oil
  • handful of pine seeds, handful of boiled and peeled almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour+1/2 cup to coat the fish fillet

Preparation:

  • Cut the onions in thin slices
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a pot, fry the head of the fish and remove it
  • Fry half of the cut onions in the same oil of the fish until dark brown color,cover with 1/2 cup of water cover the pot and let it simmer until the water evaporates and the onion get caramelized, remove half of the onions and put aside. We will use it for decoration of the plate
  • Put the head of the fish back, add about 6 cups of water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon seven spices, 1 tablespoon cumin, let it boil, then let it simmer for about 20 minutes on a low heat, then drain it. We will use this water as a fish stock to cook the rice
  • In another pot, heat the remaining vegetable oil and fry the remaining onion until brown, then cover with 1/2 cup of water and caramelize it
  • Wash the rice, add it to the fried onion, cover it with 4 cups of the fish stock, add salt, seven spices, cumin and 1 teaspoon of turmeric, cover and let it cook on very low heat until done
  • To make the sauce of this meal, we will use the remaining water of the stock fish, put it on fire
  • Dissolve the flour with 1 cup of water and add it to the fish stock, stirring with a whisk until it gets thick
  • Rub the fish fillet with a bit of salt and seven spices, coat it with flour and fry it until nice light brown color
  • In a small saucepan melt the butter and fry the pine seeds, then the almonds, place them on a kitchen towel to absorb the excess of butter
  • To serve, place the rice on a plate, cover with the fried fish fillet, place over the fried onion and the pine seeds and the almonds. Place the sauce in a bowl, and just pour some over the rice when you’re about to eat.

ET VOILA..C’EST TOUT..BON APPETIT.

Croquette of Chick Peas

We all love from time to time to have a delicious snack; one that is vegetarian, dairy free, high in protein, and best of all filled with aromatic spices and flavors. Life is full of surprises, I learned this recipe from a French lady friend of mine. She invited me over for an afternoon gathering with friends, and among other snacks she made this croquette, and told me that it is a Lebanese one. To be honest, I am not sure it is Lebanese but what I am sure about is that it is delicious, And when I came back home with the recipe I tried it at home, and everybody liked it.

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams of chick peas
  • 3 onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of red spicy pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
  • salt, pepper
  • Bread crumbs
  • frying oil

Preparation:

  • Soak the chick peas in water for 12 hours, after that peel the chick peas, wash and boil until they become tender, then puree them
  • Peel the onion and garlic and cut into small pieces, add the chopped parsley to the onion and garlic and mix to the puree of chick peas
  • Season with salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, spicy pepper, the baking powder and the flour, mix all the ingredients again and let it rest in the fridge for one hour
  • Take it from the fridge and take a tablespoon of this mixture, shape it into a ball, repeat until you finish all the mixture
  • Heat the oil, roll the balls into the bread crumbs and fry for about 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown
  • Serve with a dip of yogurt with diced cucumber mixed with dried mint

ET VOILA..C’EST TOUT.

Thank you for another Versatile Blogger Award

“Je suis bien entour√©e”

I have been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by Live2eateat2Live Blog. A Blog that I follow and like very much, please check it. And I would like to thank her very much for the nomination.

I am very happy for the positive response I get from my followers. My efforts have not gone unnoticed. Even though writing the blog is rewarding for me, also being nominated for an award is a great honor.  My blog is only as interesting as you find it, and finding something personal in my blog for you is what I send from my family home kitchen to yours.

The rules of this award are as follow:

  1. In a post on your blog, nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

The  7 completely random pieces of information about myself:

  • Love to travel
  • Love to learn new things
  • Love people, children, animals and nature
  • Cannot start my day without my Turkish coffee and the songs of my¬†favorite¬†french singer Charles Aznavour
  • I like to try something new¬†everyday
  • I believe that to be happy, you must eat healthy.

The seven bloggers I nominate are:

1- Bucket List Publications

2- Anaslense

3- Anne Sture Tucker

4- The ALZ blog

5- The Modern Home Economist

6- Saffron and Honey

7- ChocolatesandRaspberries