Green Beans with Roast Beef (Mashurka me Mish)

Green Beans with Roast Beef

Ever wonder what to do with your leftover roast beef? This is a tasty and delicious meal, I prefer to bake it in the oven, however you can cook it in a pot on the stove top, but it does taste better baked in the oven.

I don’t really measure anything for this kind of dish, you just use what you have and put all together in the pan and cook.  Continue reading “Green Beans with Roast Beef (Mashurka me Mish)” »

Ditalini Pasta and Meatballs

Ditalini Pasta and Meatballs

Ditalini pasta and meatballs is such a tasty and easy meal to make, using one pot! I used to make this for my kids when they were younger, I didn’t always make meatballs, I would just crumble the ground beef up…either way it’s really delicious! I don’t really measure when I made dishes like this, I just eye it, in the recipe below I basically write up how to make it and what is needed, you may need more of the ingredients if you are making a lot.  Continue reading “Ditalini Pasta and Meatballs” »

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak

I posted the picture for this a few weeks ago on my Facebook fan page, I asked if you would like the recipe and many of you said yes, so here it is! This is my mama’s recipe, its funny cause in Albanian this is called Qofte me tiganisur meat with gravy, either way you call it, it is a family favourite! Enjoy!

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Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie

You asked for it, so I am posting my recipe for Shepherds Pie!:) Shepherds pie is the first dish I made for my family, I remember my grandpa saying how good it was, its funny cause in Albanian shepherd is cobani pronounced chobani, so I would call it choban food haha…we always have a good laugh with that!

My husband, son and I are the only ones that like shepherds pie, so I make it in a 8×8 inch pan, if you are making it in a 13×9 inch pan you will need to use more ingredients.  If you want you can make a gravy that goes well over the mash when serving, or you can serve as is, we love gravy so I make a small amount on the side.  Continue reading “Shepherds Pie” »

Meat Pies – Lahmacun

Meat Pies- Lahmacun

Meat pies or lahmacun as they are called in Turkish are my absolutely my favourite kind of pie! There are two versions you can bake them in the oven or cook top with a frying pan and lid, both ways are delicious, the one on the stove top uses a flat bread recipe, this one that I am sharing is with dough that is baked in the oven.

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Cheesy Shells and Beef

Cheesy Shells and Beef

After being sick and not able to eat real food, along with this cold weather…put me in the mood for some comfort food! I found that if I just made mac ‘n’ cheese it would not be satisfying as a meal, needed something more! I thought some ground beef would go great with it! I can’t believe I am admitting this, but once upon a time I loved Hamburger Helper! Yes me!

Growing up with a working mom, you learn how to cook at a young age, but you need some help….that is when that came in handy among other convenient food items! Beefy Noodles was my favourite! Truth is, if someone offered me a bowl right now, I probably wouldn’t say no to the offer, I mean its not a bad thing! Just wish the ingredient list wasn’t all so bad.  Continue reading “Cheesy Shells and Beef” »

Steak and Cheese Sandwiches

steak sandwich

I am in love with this new multi grain bread I found, its made by Pita Break! My kids and hubby love all the different sandwiches I have been coming up with! This one that I am sharing with you today, is one that I made for lunch with my left over steak, it was delicious! Continue reading “Steak and Cheese Sandwiches” »

Baked Eggplant Stew

Baked Eggplant Stew

My kids love Imam bayildi, and I love making it for them…wasn’t feeling that well today, but dinner still needs to get on the table whether I am feeling good or not! Since I promised that I would make it today, I made it the easy way!  Continue reading “Baked Eggplant Stew” »

Homemade Manti


For our anniversary I surprised my hubby with homemade manti….see I have always made them with wonton wraps… I was terribly intimated by making them from scratch…wonton wraps are just easier and take less time…but after making the dough , its not as bad as I thought! Sure its extra effort but well worth it…will be making manti like this from now on!:) Continue reading “Homemade Manti” »

Layered Imam Bayildi with Meat

Imam Bayildi

Imam bayildi literally means ‘the Imam fainted’ there are few folklore stories that are about this. The story I grew up with was when this man the Imam, first tried this dish he fainted as it was so good!

This is my daughters favourite dish, my husband loves it too. This time it was extra special as all the veggies used in this dish came from my garden! Including my homemade-tomato-sauce (I used 1 bag for this recipe). You can fry the eggplant, or bake them which ever you prefer. Continue reading “Layered Imam Bayildi with Meat” »