Thank God It’s Friday: The Bowl Of Happiness…

  
“Thank God It’s Friday” is back you people! Yes it has been a while, but here we are again :)! 

A hot and a very humid Friday in Bahrain, one of those days that you rather stay at home, in your Pjs, sipping a lemonade and listening to music all day long ;)! We did all the above, the whole afternoon; When it was dinner time, mama had to fix a quick meal and I knew exactly what we needed!! The bowl of happiness! And that is exactly what I made! It takes about 10mins and you will only need: 

1 cup of quinoa (boiled for 15mins) 

1 tbsp vegetable oil 

1 onion (diced)

1 capsicum (cut into small pieces) 

2 minced garlic cloves 

Coriander (few leaves chopped finely) 

200g canned corn

200g canned kidney beans

Salt, pepper, thyme 
After you heat the pan, add the oil, onion, garlic, and capsicum. When all the ingredients are soft, add the canned corn, the kidney beans and the coriander. Season with salt, pepper and some fresh thyme. Add the quinoa, mix everything together and voila!! Bon Appetit! 
Ouiam 

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: My Fish Curry!!! 

  

Hello from Bahrain! Currently, I am sitting on my sofa, where I do all of my blogging, and half of my reading (the other half I do it in my bed). In my pyjamas, and my hair is up in a messy bun. It is very quiet over here, and the reason is because my little rascal is asleep, after a long day of running around, swimming in the pool, playing with some home-made play dough, going out to see the birds, a trip to the supermarket and a football match with his mama lol! So yeah I am enjoying every minute of this precious silence! I do miss him though and can’t wait for tomorrow, to do it all over again. 

Today’s lunch was absolutely delicious, so I decided to share the recipe with you guys! And yes it is MY fish curry! A recipe I came up with, tried it and my husband loved it! 

 You will need: 

Fish fillets (any white fish will do) 

The juice of one lemon 

1 onion

Ginger (the size of a thumb) 

2 garlic cloves

1 chilli

Parsley and Coriander (few leaves each) 

1/2 cup of chopped lemongrass 

1 tomato (cut into pieces) 

200ml coconut milk

50ml cooking cream  

2 tablespoons fish sauce 

1 tablespoon of sugar 

1 tablespoon of butter 

After you clean the fish, season it very well with salt and pepper, and add the lemon juice, leave it for about 20 minutes.

In a blender, mix the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, lemongrass, parsley and coriander, until you get a paste. In a pan, put the butter and add the paste you blended earlier, season with salt and pepper, let it simmer, then add the tomato, sugar and fish sauce. Place the fish fillets in the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes, then add the coconut milk and the cooking cream. When the fish is cooked your curry is ready! 

Bon Appetit! 

Ouiam

Thank God It’s Friday: Something Is Fishy…

  

Hello friends! Happy Friday! 

So… it has been a week since we left Morocco, and we already miss it terribly! We miss the beautiful cool weather, (especially that the weather in Bahrain is so hot and humid now). We also miss the family and our loved ones. Adam definitely misses the morning trips to the park, with his grandfather, and i miss my mom’s cooking! That’s exactly why, today i decided that our lunch will be inspired from the Moroccan cuisine: Fish with Shermoula! Shermoula is basically the mix that would marinate the fish; you can use any type of fish, and either, grill it, fry it or simply bake it! It is so easy and this marinade makes any type of fish tastes absolutely amazing! 

You will only need: 

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon pepper 

1 tablespoon paprika 

1 tablespoon cumin

3 crushed garlic cloves

The juice of one lemon 

Parsley and coriander (a handful of each) 

1 small chilli cut into small pieces

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and marinade the fish in it, preferably for two hours or more, but if you were in a hurry, just give the fish a good rub with the marinade and it should be alright.  

Let me know if you make it, and how you like it! 

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: Meet Theeee “BAGHRIR” !! 

  

  Hello Friday! 

My Fridays in Morocco are counted, and with each post of “Thank God It’s Friday” i write, i reluctantly say goodbye, to yet another week of unconditionnal love and family pleasures! And there aren’t many left! This leaves me a little heavyhearted. Knowing that i will soon have to start packing again, to leave the house that was once considered my home, is such a bummer! On a much happier note though, today’s recipe, is one of the many delicacies i enjoy when in Morocco! It is always made by my mom, and today she is sharing her recipe with all of us! 
Pancakes are well known wherever you go, and today we -my mom & I- will show you, how to make the Moroccan version of pancakes :)! It is called “BAGHRIR” and usually served with melted honey and butter! With some tea! And get ready to be floating on air, yum yum! 
You will need the following: 
500g semolina 

A pinch of Salt 
1 teaspoon sugar 
2 teaspoons of baking powder 
1 teaspoon of yeast mixed with half cup warm water.
4 cups of water
Put all in a blender, blend, let it rest for 5 minutes, and cook as you would cook pancakes! How easy is that!! 
I hope you enjoy our version of the pancakes! And see you soon! 
Ouiam  

Thank God It’s Friday: What’s in the Oven?

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Every day is a new day! You open your eyes, and you wonder what surprises might this day bring!? Then you get caught up in the busyness of every day’s life; what has to be done, what should be done. You worry, you think and overthink! You go on with your day and you try your best to make it a good one! To me, I wake up every day with an empty tank, that I need to fill up before I put my head right back on that pillow, that same night! I fill it up with many things!! Filling this tank is crucial for my night sleep, if the tank is full, then I have this sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that allows me to close my eyes and fly to La La land! Therefore I have learnt to do just that! I fill my tank with love and kindness, positivity and optimism! i fill it with a toddler’s smiles and laughter, with words and prayers from my parents. I have to see friends, talk to my precious people. I have to go out and see the sun! I have to stop and admire the blue sky. I have to take tons of pictures to document every single day of this cherished life! And Fridays are just the epitome of all that! I love them because a full night of sleep is almost always guaranteed! My Fridays are always filled with family, friends, and all the good things that come along with them! Today was a little especial though! A small celebration of my birthday (even though my birthday was two weeks ago) creeped into today’s schedule- it was a surprise-, we went for a brunch to Ritz Cartlton Bahrain, we were sitting by the pool, in this fantastic weather, the food was succulent. This was one of the very few hotels in Bahrain, that offers a wild range of vegetarian food for people like me( we tried The Four Seasons Bahrain, last week and all I had was a salad and some cold mezze!! Ughhh) . (here i share some photos from today)

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Okay, now let’s talk about what is in the oven today, shall we?!! This dish often saves my days! It only takes about twenty minutes, and it is delicious!!! All you need is :

Salmon fillets (two or three)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 small onion (cut into stripes)

1 capsicum (cut into cubes)

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper

All you need to do is lay your salmon fillet on a dish, add the lemon juice, season it with salt, pepper and thyme, cover it with the onion and capsicum, then add the Parmesan cheese on top and place the dish in the oven, I usually leave it about 20 minutes to cook and voila!!

Bon Appetit!

Ouiam