Thank God It’s Friday: Chili Con Carne à la Chanel Mama! 

 I love to cook and I love to eat, I always try to look for new recipes and dishes so I don’t get bored, most importantly, so Adam and his dad don’t get bored lol. I usually plan my meals for the week every Saturday, that gives me a chance to prepare my grocery list for Sunday, because Sunday is Grocery shopping day! While planning my meals, I try to look online for diverse recipes from every corner of the world. So today I made Chili Con Carne and my family loved it!! Let’s make it together 😉 You will need the following: 

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion (cut into small pieces)

3 chopped garlic cloves 

250g minced meat

1 capsicum (cut into cubes) 

1 tomato (cut into cubes)

2 tablespoons tomato paste 

400g kidney beans 

1 teaspoon Cumin 

1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper 

Salt and pepper 

1 cup of water 

In a pan, pour the oil, then add the onion, garlic, season with salt and pepper, leave it simmer for 5 minutes then add the meat and the cumin. After 5 to 6 minutes add the capsicum, tomato, tomato paste, cayenne pepper and the water and let it cook for about 30 minutes.
Finally add the kidney beans. Once they are cooked, your Chili Con Carne is ready! 

Ouiam

Thank God It’s Friday: What We Crave When At Home! 

  

This Friday finds me in the cosiness of my own home, surrounded by all the familiar things that I love so much! It feels almost surreal: Wednesday Adam and I were in Morocco, Thursday we were in Frankfurt, Germany; and Friday here we are at home in my beloved Bahrain! So yeah Welcome home Adam!! 

One of the things that we missed so much, Adam and I, is our favourite breakfast: Pancakes! Which of course I had to make this morning, because yeah, we can’t be home and not have pancakes and Dada’s homemade jam for breakfast (yum)!! So I decided to share my recipe with you all! 

You will need: 

125g Flour

25g Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 egg 

125ml milk

1 tablespoon of butter 

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, then add the milk, egg and butter. Mix everything together until you get a smooth batter.

Grease a nonstick pan with cooking spray or a little vegetable oil. Heat the pan for few minutes. Pour the batter to form pancakes of whatever size you like. Cook first side until bubbles form on top, about three minutes; then flip and cook other side until it is brown, about two minutes. 

Bon Appetit! 

Ouiam 

Thank God It’s Friday: Feeling Italian?? 

  

Dear Friday, can you last a little longer? Just this time please…! This is my very last Friday in Morocco, with my family, so i am trying, as much as i can, to soak up every moment and every minute of it! I still have few more days though, to indulge in my mama’s home- cooked meals, to have endless conversations with my very loved ones, to breathe a clean and fresh air, to sleep in my old room and to just enjoy the company of my own people! On the other hand, of course I miss my own home, my reading corner, my kitchen, my car…. And most importantly, my sweet husband! 

As every Friday, I have a super easy recipe for you. If you like pasta, like me, raise your hand (I am sure few hands are in the air now lol). And Pasta with Alfredo sauce, is just my favourite! (at least my version of it). So let’s get into it! 
Of course you will need to cook your own pasta the way you like it. And for the sauce you will need: 
1 tablespoon butter 
3 grated garlic cloves 
Parsley and coriander (few leaves each, cut finely) 
About 6 medium Mushrooms (cut into pieces) 
2 tablespoons milk powder 
1 tablespoon flour 
200ml cooking cream 
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese 
Salt and pepper 
Put the butter in a pan, over medium heat, add the garlic, parsley and coriander, season with salt and pepper,let it cook until the garlic is brown (not burned). Add the mushroom, cook for about 4 minutes, then add the milk powder and flour, you may add some water if you need to, about 1/4 cup, stir, then add the cooking cream and the cheese, leave it for another 2 minutes and that’s it!! Pour the sauce over your pasta and there you go! 
You may add some chicken if you want, you will just have to cut it into pieces, and add it with the garlic.
Bon Appetit 
Ouiam

Thank God It’s Friday : What’s For Dessert? 

  

Hello everyone! How was your Friday? 

Mine was the definition of a blessed Friday! A summery bright day, spent with my parents, my sister and her family! My Uncle and Aunt, my cousins and their families! It was pure delight and pleasure! 
Since i came to Morocco, I am willingly letting my self sink into this country’s wonderful flavours! And more specifically my mom’s succulent cuisine! It is the kind of food i dream about throughout the year, yet i am always too lazy/tired to make myself! I also have a sister whose hobby is baking! In other words: Me and everyone else in seventh heaven lol! Today she decided to share one of her favourite recipes with us! Marble Cake! (Yum Yum). So cake lovers may i have your attention please! 
You will need the following:
4 eggs

1 cup sugar 
1 cup oil
1 cup milk 
1 tablespoon baking powder
250g flour
1 lemon (we will only use its zest)
2 table spoons cocoa powder.
Mix the flour, the sugar and the baking powder together, add the eggs, oil, milk and the lemon zest. Mix all together, take a cup of this batter aside, mix it with the cocoa powder. Meanwhile butter the pan and poor the rest of the batter in it. Take the cup you put aside (with the batter and cocoa powder), and sprinkle the liquid into the pan, then bake in the oven, over 180 degrees, for 40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out dry! 
Bon Appetit!! 
Ouiam

Thank God It’s Friday: What’s For Breakfast??

Hello there!

It is funny how some food can take you straight back to the origin of a memory. Every item on today’s menu (lunch), magically took me back to the beautiful home, where I spent all those beautiful years of my childhood! May be it is the appetizing smell of those vegetables being cooked, or the delicate aroma coming from that HARIRA (a Moroccan soup that I will soon post its recipe), on the stove. One thing I am sure of, though, is that with every stir and every move, I saw my mom in the kitchen, passionately and lovingly doing what she did best, while I would sneak in and be the littlest food thief I always was. I saw my mom in her apron, looking so pretty and gracious. Gently yet efficiently, transforming few items, into this gorgeous looking meal, that would take all of us to heaven!

Today we had some very precious people over, for lunch, and just like every time, we talked and talked and talked for hours, over lunch! It is always refreshing to spend some valuable time, with some healthy minds and virtuous souls. People who can teach you things you never knew they even existed! Just as your body needs food, your mind needs these inspiring and insightful conversations with people who fill your world with positivity and serenity!

My menu today was 100% Moroccan; however, today’s recipe is of none of the dishes I have cooked! It is not even my own recipe! Today my husband nicely and sweetly, suggested sharing with all of us, his recipe for making jam! He makes the best jams ever, so why not take advantage of his skills and expertise, right?…. yes RIGHT!

So without further ado, here is my husband’s easy and quick recipe for jam:

1Kg of any fruit you have

2 cups of sugar

1 lemon (we will use both, the zest and the juice)

Put the fruits in a pot , after washing and drying them, add the sugar, the lemon juice and zest and let it simmer over a low heat for about an hour, or until the liquid gels over a cold plate. If you think you have overcooked it, just add some water and cook it some more!

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Enjoy your Jam!! Xx

Ouiam!

Thank God It’s Friday: Hello Tajine!!

 

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Hello Friday and Hello Tajine!!

This Friday, was a dusty one, it was windy and cloudy!  And a good day to stay home, drink some hot chocolate, while little peanut runs around, telling me all kind of stories, while I nod and laugh and pretend that I know exactly what he is talking about! Moments like these, make this time of my life magnificently awesome! It is the season of tiny things and a laughing baby and a house that never seems to be truly quiet. A season of a baby turning into a toddler. A season of me teaching small tiny things, to a small tiny person, and learning from everything he is! A season of tiny pajamas and the tiniest socks! A season that makes me feel sad, happy and bittersweet! A season, I know will end soon and I am not sure how ready I am for that, yet a new one will begin and I know I will be in love with it too, and it will be my favorite then, just like this one is my favorite now!  I sip my hot chocolate and try to be present! Be here. I take a second and I try to capture it all! The smiles, the cries, the running around, and the little kisses coming my way every time he passes by!

It is also the season of good food and yummy dishes, today’s dish is Moroccan and vegetarian. Here, I will share my way of making it. As all my other recipes, this one is easy, quick and of course super delicious!

All you need is:

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 cup of water

1 onion (cut into small cubes)

2 potatoes (cut into cubes)

1 carrot (cut into pieces)

1 tomato (cut into small pieces)

½  tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ginger powder

Parsley and coriander (few leaves each)

Few olives

Heat up the pot, pour the oil and  add the onion and the spices, let the onions sweat, then add the tomato, stir, and add the water. Add the carrots and potatoes and let them cook over a low heat. When the vegetables are cooked add the parsley and coriander, then the olives,  stir for 3 minutes and Voila!!

Of course you can have your Tajine with chicken or meat, just add it with the onion and give it some time to cook before you add the vegetables!

Bon Appetit!!

Ouiam

Thank God It’s Friday: A Trip To Tanzania! 

 

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Writing these Friday posts, only made me realize how fast time flies by! It feels just like yesterday that I published last Friday’s post! Yet it was exactly a week ago! This kind of revelations makes me extremely emotional! So tonight while putting little peanut to sleep, I hugged him a little tighter, and a little longer. There I sat in the dark, with a sleeping baby in my arms, and I just could not bring myself to leave! I stayed there; I closed my eyes and tried to remember Adam as a newborn, and his newborn smell; him on my chest, all frog-legged and squishy. I felt a sting in my chest! i felt sad that he is no longer that tiny little baby, but at the same time, i felt exceptionally lucky! I wanted to make the most of our “now”! I wanted our “now” to never end! With each breath I was taking, I was hoping I could inhale a piece of him so I can finally put him back where he belongs to: my heart! Thoughts like this one, make me not want to sleep, ever again. Make me want to spend every minute of my life looking at the beautiful sky and admiring the trees and the flowers. Make me want to jump and sing and do silly things! Make me write emotional posts like this one!

So as every Friday, I try to share a recipe of a dish I like, today’s dish is called “Maharague” and it is just a fantastic taste of Zanzibar. This dish is the first eastern-African dish I ever made. As always, I try to shrink the recipes to fit into my busy schedule, so this is my easy and simple way of making Maharague, all you need is:

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

1 inch piece of fresh ginger

1 Chili Pepper

Parsley and Coriander (few leaves each)

1 tomato (cut into small pieces)

1 tbsp. of creamy peanut butter

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

½ tsp. Turmeric powder

1 vegetable stock cube (chicken or beef stock can do too)

3 tins of red kidney beans

300 ml Coconut milk

Blend the onion, garlic, ginger and chili all together. Heat the olive oil in a pot and add the mix to it. Add the spices and the vegetable stock; let them simmer for 5 minutes. Add the tomato then the red kidney beans. After 5 more minutes, add the peanut butter, parsley and coriander then the coconut milk. Leave it under low heat until it thickens and voila! Bon Appetit!

I usually have this delicious dish with some brown rice, and some roasted chicken for my husband! We both love it and have it at least once a week! Hope you try it and like it too. Ooh and of course: Hakuna Matata!!!!!!

Ouiam