My kids love when I make them these peanut butter balls! I love it too as it has way less ingredients than the store bought peanut butter candies! You can make them with milk or dark chocolate, if you have chocolate bark that is even better! It is easier to work with and gives a smoother texture!
Archive for March, 2012
This has got to be the best tasting burek I ever had! Homemade gjize makes such a big difference! Tastes just like my Grandfathers burek! I never knew how to make homemade gjize, I knew how to make labne its pretty close except for 1 step which I will explain in the recipe. A friend of mine who makes homemade lakror with gjize taught me how to make it, so glad she did…thank you Voltisa!
The texture for gjize is like ricotta, but the taste is sour as its made from yogurt! You can add salt to it if you like at the end of cooking or leave as is and flavour later.
One of my favourite steaks is flank steak! Flank steak can be tough but if marinated long enough it will become tender, don’t forget to always cut across the grain!
After making frozen yogurt a few times and it being a fail with my kids as it was ‘too healthy’ for them….they wanted ice cream! I cannot find anything without carrageenan as an ingredient! That is what I was trying to avoid, but alas I cannot avoid it at all! I figure homemade is still better than store bought with all the preservatives, add ins and artificial flavours and colours they add to them, at least I know what is going in this!
I like to call this lazy lakror! I’ll tell you why….Lakror is an Albanian style pizza that is made with many thin buttered layers of dough, takes a lot of effort and upper arm strength! My mom is a pro at it…..me not so much…I have made it a couple times but I prefer filo as that is straight out of the freezer!
I love the taste of meat filled lakror but too lazy to make it! This is like a soft taco with an Albanian twist! There is something similar to this in Turkish cuisine called lahmacun but the meat is spread on the bread and cooked or left raw, I do enjoy making it that way as well! Both are delicious!
If you choose to spread the raw meat mixture on first, you can use store bought pita or homemade, cook meat side down on pan or grill or you can steam cook it, that is what I do, I don’t like raw meat.
Spinach and eggs makes a perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner! My mother in law makes this and I liked it from the first time I tried it! Its a Turkish dish that I like to make for an easy meal that is nutritious and delicious. I had some souguk so I added some to it for added flavour and texture, I normally just make it with out, both ways are delcious!
I made it in a cast iron pan which makes it even more flavourful, and beneficial.
One of my favourite muffins growing up were carrot muffins! When ever my mom would bring a variety of them home, I always picked the carrot one out the bunch! I love carrot cake as well, the added cream cheese frosting is a nice treat! Loving them both…I thought why not make carrot cupcakes! I mean really when you think about it, the only difference between the both is the frosting right?
I followed a recipe that I had in one of my books, I did check online to see other recipes and to my amazement carrot cake recipes don’t really differ from each other….for the most part they are the same! The only differences I found was the amount in oil, spices, sugar and the addition of nuts or raisins.
Mashurka in Albanian or taze fasulye for fresh green beans in Turkish. This is a very common dish around the Mediterranean, you can make it with stew meat or ground meat, or with out meat at all!
I love it with stew meat, but my hubby isn’t a big meat eater, so I don’t add much…sometimes I add ground beef, you can always make it vegetarian….its delicious in anyway you make it! I get my meat from the butcher, and pack it in the portions that are suitable for my meals. One lb of stew meat is an approx amount that you will need, use as much or less as you prefer.
The added peas is also optional, I didn’t always add them until a friend of mine Hatice made it and I loved it like that, she also makes hers with snow peas…mmm so good!
I love French toast, I mention in my other post that my mom would always make us the best French toast! She likes hers salty….I like mine sweet!
I grew up eating Nutella, and of course I would eat it with a spoon right out of the jar! I never thought of putting French toast and Nutella together before!
Spoke to my friend today and she told me she always spreads Nutella on her French toast! What a great idea why didn’t I think of this sooner!? I mean I always eat Nutella sandwiches, and Nutella in my palachinka (crepes)….adding it to French toast is genius!
I made the French toast in my Cast Iron pan, which made it even better! It was not soggy, it cooked evenly and quickly!
Lentil soup or mercimek corba in Turkish is a very common soup in the Mediterranean. I grew up on the brown lentil soup, but when I got married I was introduced to the orange lentils. I learned how to make orange lentil soup from my husbands Aunt, I picked up the addition of adding spinach from my dear friend Hatice! She adds butter to her soup at the end of cooking, which does make it taste so good, but if you want to save on calories then just make as is in the recipe.
I have another lentil soup recipe on here as well under the soup category, both are very delicious soups.