Fried Rice

Assalamu Alaykum,

Fried rice is a delicious and easy dish to make if you get the blend of ingredients right.

Once you get the hang of it you can even use different meats/vegs etc.

Ingredients:

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Honey Soy Chicken

I absolutely love honey soy chicken baked in an oven or cooked over a bbq..

I made some yesterday and it only took a few minutes to prepare.

Here is what you need:

2 Large cloves of garlic (crushed or finely grated)
2 tablespoons Ketcup manis (sweet soy ABC brand is nice)
2 tablespoons honey
Juice of one lime or half a large lemon
3/4 tablespoon finely grated ginger
1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional, can substitute with 1/4 tsp salt)
1/2 tablespoon salt
One medium chicken, skin and fat removed, cut into medium pieces and scored with a knife

Marinate for atleast 30 mins to an hour

Bake in a preheated 180 deg oven in a deep baking tray until cooked through (takes around 40 mins).. You can turn around about 20 mins through cooking time.

Alternatively cook on bbq (make sure pieces are not too big or else could be raw in the middle!)

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Pseudo Lahm Biajeen

This is not really ‘lahme bi3ajeen’ .. But it is really ‘lahme’ with ‘3ajeen’ ( ie meat with dough, hence why the name stuck in my family)
I was told by a lebanese sister that it is actually called kefta belkhubz ie kofta meat with bread.. so close enough :p

Super easy to make and very yummy:

Ingredients:

Mince meat (1/2kg)
Large onion chopped
handful of fresh parsely (chopped)
salt (approx 1/2 tsp) and black pepper
Lebanese bread (quartered)


Method:

Mix mince, onion, parsley and s/p.
Spread some of the mixture in a quarter of the open bread (you make a layer not too thick and not too thin).
Repeat with other pieces of bread until all the mince is finished
Oil a pan with olive oil and place the bread quarters (oil the top of the bread lightly)
Cook in a preheated 160 deg oven until cooked through ( I like them a bit soft and not crunchy)

Serve with chilli powder and lemon (or ketchup etc)

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Lahm Biajeen- Lebanese Meat Pizza

Although I am not lebanese, I really love this.

I usually buy it ready made from lebanese bakeries but I sometimes make my own at home.

For those who would like to try it, here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

500 gms mince meat (I use diet/lean mince but some fat would be better in taste)
One ripe tomato chopped
2 table spoons tomato paste
One large onion chopped
about one cup of water (may need more or less)
salt and pepper

Chopped parsely

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 2 tsp sweet paprika (optional)

Pizza Dough (see pizza post)


Method:

Cook mince meat and onions on low heat with about 1/2 cup of water.
When mince is about 75% cooked add tomato, salt/pepper, tomato paste, extra water if mix is too dry, cinnamon and parsely.

Cook until the mix is moist but not liquidy. Remove from the heat.

Spread pizza dough thinly in oiled pans. You can use a thick or a thin base depending on how you like it, but traditionally it is thin.

Spread the mince mix over the dough and bake in a preheated 180deg oven until cooked and base is golden.

When ready, serve with freshly squeezed lemon juice and chilli powder (both optional)

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Muesli Slice

One  of the nicest and healthiest snacks you can have (apart from the sugar content ;)

Ingredients:

Approx 80 gms butter (I just cut 1/3 off the 250g block).— Can replace with 1/3 veg oil (canola, or corn, sunflower etc)

2.5 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup crushed almonds

1 cup desicatted coconut

1/2 cup sultanas

1/2 cup chopped dried fruits (apricots etc) optional

1/8 cup seasame seeds (optional)

Method:

Melt butter, sugar and honey over low heat until all sugar is disolved.(if using oil, do this on very low heat being careful not toburn or over heat the oil)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl then add the warm (not hot) butter/sugar/honey liquid

Mix well

Line a deep baking tray (preferably rectangle approx 20 X30)  with baking paper and add the mix. Press down firmly into the tray

Cut the muesli bits into the size you like, but dont cut all the way down into the tray.

Bake in a preheated 160 deg oven until golden.(approx 45 mins)

Once cooled completely, cut ino slices. (if you try while hot, you are very likely to break them to bits as they come out very soft)

Best eaten the next day as it hardens and the flavours develop more :)

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Home made pizza

One of my family favourites:  Home made pizza!

The measurements are a bit rough..

2 cups of plain flour
1/2 cup warm water ( not HOT and not COLD)
teaspoon of sugar
teaspoon of salt
100g plain full cream yoghurt
packet of dry  yeast

Method:

Put the yeast in the warm water with the sugar and cover.. let it rest for 5 mins untill bubbles form on the top

Pour that onto the flour and salt and mix in the yoghurt
Add more flour or warm water when needed to form a dough
Allow to rest in a warm place for a few hrs until the dough rises

Grease 2 large pizza trays with approz 1 tablespoon veg oil..

take half the dough and roll into a ball.. press this down into the tray evenly

Sprinkle with dry herbs (oregano/marjoram, mixed herbs etc) tomato ketchup (approx 2 tablespoons) spreading evenly but not covering the crust area.

top with grated cheese(mixed mozerella and tasty cheddar and or parmesan), veg, chicken, meat, onions etc.. whatever you like :D

sprinkle some more cheese ontop.

Here are two different ones I made:

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Semolina Orange Syrup Cake

This is a delcious and easy dessert:

Ingredients

* Melted butter, to grease
* 1/2 cup oil
* 215g (1 cup) caster sugar
* 260g (1 cup) Greek-style natural yoghurt
* 1 tsp finely grated orange rind
* 185g (1 1/2cup) fine semolina
* 2 tsp baking powder

The syrup:
* 155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
* 185ml (3/4 cup) water
* 2 tbs fresh orange juice + Half a lemon juice

Method:

mix everything together and bake in preheated oven until golden and firm

pour syrup warm syrup on top when finished as soon as the cake is removed from the oven.

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