Kafta Kebobs

•May 5, 2009 • 24 Comments

Ingredients:

2 Pounds ground beef  (%85 lean)

1 bunch of parsley finely chopped washed and well drained

1 Onion finely chopped

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tea spoon all spice

1/2 tea spoon paprika

1/2 tea spoon black pepper

1/2 tea spoon cumin

Salt to your taste

 

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients, work it like dough, follow photos on the bottom, and make sure press a little tight so it can stick to the skewer.

 

Hint: Lightly wet your hands after each skewer

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Kafta Kebobs

 

 

Kafta Kebobs

 

 

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Kafta Kebobs

 

 

Kafta Kebobs

 

 

Kafta, Beef and Chicken Kebobs

 

 

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Simply Arabic Breakfast

•May 4, 2009 • 4 Comments

 

Grilled Halloumi Cheese w/ Greek olives on Zattar Bread

Grilled Halloumi Cheese w/ Greek olives on Zattar Bread

 

 

Grilled Halloumi Cheese w/ Greek olives on Zattar Bread

 

 

Grilled Halloumi Cheese w/ Greek olives on Zattar Bread

 

 

Beef & Spicy peppers on thin Crust Bread

Beef & Spicy peppers on thin Crust Bread

 

Beef & Spicy peppers on thin Crust Bread

 

Lamb w/ grilled onions & Pine nuts Bread

Beef w/ grilled onions & Pine nuts Bread

 

Fava & Garbanzo Beans Salad (Foul)

Fava Beans Salad (Foul)

 

Fava Beans Salad (Foul)

 

Home Made Olives

Home Made Olives

 

Some of My Favorite Cheese

Some of my Favorite Cheese

 

Home Made Heavy Creame & Pistachio Dessert

Home Made Heavy Cream & Pistachio Dessert

 

Home Made Heavy Cream & Pistachio Dessert

 

 

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Special Delicious Recipes are for Special People

•April 28, 2009 • 13 Comments

 

 

 

Last Saturday I hosted a barbecue for friends and family. It was such a wonderful day that included my friend Jo from mylastbite.com and my new friend Phil from mylifeasafoodie.com

 

I started cooking the week before, freezing some of the appetizers so I’d have plenty of time to cook other dishes. Altogether I had 14 different recipes to share with everyone.

 

The tradition I follow, when I have a dinner party, is very simple. There should be lots of food, lots of love and lots of fun… then, even after I’ve cooked for days, I’m completely satisfied and happy!

Party Menu

 

 

Getting ready to Cook

“Using fresh ingredients”

Getting Ready to Cook

 

Getting Ready to Cook

 

Getting Ready to Cook

 

Getting Ready to Cook

 

 

Preparing for Vegetarian Kebobs

Vegetarian kebobs

 

Vegetarian kebobs

 

 

Some of my Favorite Cheese

Some of My Favorite Cheese

 

 

Kafta Kebobs ( please see Recipe on Kafta Post )

Kafta Kebobs

 

Getting ready to make  Beef  & Chicken Kebobs

Peppers for Kebobs

 

Beef Kebobs

 

Beef Kebobs

 

Beef Kebobs

 

Beef Kebobs

 

 

Seasoning the Chicken

Chicken Kebobs

 

Chicken Kebobs

 

 

Deep fried Okra with grilled cilantro, garlic and tomatoes

Deep fried Okra with grilled cilantro, garlic and tomatoes

 

Deep fried Okra with grilled cilantro, garlic and tomatoes

 

Deep fried Okra with grilled cilantro, garlic and tomatoes

 

Deep fried Okra with grilled cilantro, garlic and tomatoes

 

Deep fried Okra with grilled cilantro, garlic and tomatoes

 

Deep Fried Okra with grilled cilantro, garlic and tomatoes

 

 

Home made Hummus

Home Made Hummus

 

Home Made Hummus

 

Home Made Hummus

 

 Eggplant w/Tahini sauce & pomegranates

Eggplant w/Tahini sauce & pomegranates

 

Eggplant with Tahini sauce and pomegranate “Baba Ganoush”

 

Eggplant with Tahini sauce and pomegranate “Baba Ganoush”

 

Eggplant with Tahini sauce and pomegranate “Baba Ganoush”

 

Eggplant with Tahini sauce and pomegranate “Baba Ganoush”

 

Eggplant w/Tahini sauce & pomegranates

 

Eggplant w/Tahini sauce & pomegranates

 

Eggplant w/Tahini sauce & pomegranates

 

 

Eggplant with Tahini sauce and pomegranate “Baba Ganoush”

 

 

Green Beans w/ Grilled Onions, Garlic in a Tomatoes Sauce

Toped with Crispy Green Beans

Green Beans w/ Grilled Onions, Garlic in a Tomatoes Sauce

 

Green Beans w/ Grilled Onions, Garlic in a Tomatoes Sauce

 

Green Beans w/ Grilled Onions, Garlic in a Tomatoes Sauce

 

 

Tabouleh

Tabouleh

 

Tabouleh

 

Tabouleh

 

 

Roasted Peppers and Walnuts Pesto.

Roasted Peppers and Walnuts Pesto

 

Roasted Peppers and Walnuts Pesto.

 

Roasted Peppers and Walnuts Pesto.

 

 

Freekeh with Twice Cooked Oxtail

“Seared first then Cooked”

Freekeh with Double Cooked Oxtail

 

Freekeh with Double Cooked Oxtail

 

Freekeh with Double Cooked Oxtail

 

Freekeh with Double Cooked Oxtail

 

Freekeh with Double Cooked Oxtail

 

Freekeh with Double Cooked Oxtail

 

 

Also Made Deep Fried Kebbeh and Beef Fatayer

Posted with recipes, right below this post.

 

It was my sincere pleasure having to make these recipes

 For my Family & Friends…& Loved every moment of it.

 

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Deep Fried Kebbeh

•April 28, 2009 • 10 Comments

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Ingredients for filling:

3 pounds of top sirloin

2 onions

1 table spoons butter

1 cup of walnuts (you can use also pine nuts)

1 tea spoon all spice

1/2 tea spoon cumin

1/2 tea spoon paprika

1 tea spoon black peppers

Salt to taste

Preparation for filling:

I like to start by rinsing the walnuts really well with warm water, usually I let sit in water for about 5 minutes.

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Drain well

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Chop to a medium size (preferably on a cutting board, not by food processor)

Deep Fried Kebbeh

I like to roast the walnuts with a little of olive oil (it enhance the flavor in it)

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Deep Fried Kebbeh

I like to make my own my own ground sirloin, (also you can buy it ready grind)

Deep Fried Kebbeh

You can control how fine you like you beef to be

Deep Fried Kebbeh

It is better to have a fine grind

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I usually leave it until it form a ball on one side

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Add ½ of the seasoning to it

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Cut-up the onions in large pieces, place in the processor

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Now I like to add the other ½ of the seasonings

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Mix the onions with the meat, cook until well done with a 2 tea spoons of better.

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Add walnuts and mix

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Ingredients for kebbeh:

To make about 50 pieces

3 pounds of top sirloin beef (well trimmed)

1 1/2 pound fine bulgur

3 onions

2 tea spoon all spice

1tea spoon black peppers

1 tea spoon paprika

1/2 cumin

Oil for deep fry

Preparation:

Wash the bulgur and drain, set aside

Start by grinding the meat


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Deep Fried Kebbeh

 

Mix bulgur with the meat to create kind of dough

Add all the seasoning and the onions, you can cut it in large pieces, it will be fine when it’s in the grinder

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Let it all run once through the grinder

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It comes out all mixed just perfect

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Worke it like a dough

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Fill in a bowl of cold water, Wet your hand for easy handling

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Make a small ball

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Start working it in round motions to create a pocket

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Make it large enough to fit the ground beef that you cooked earlier

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It will take a little practice to make it even

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Fill in the prepared ground beef

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Push down a little with your finger so you can close it

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You can turn it softly in your hands to start closing, (it takes a little practice)

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Dip your hand in water very lightly and shape it

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Now it is all ready to be deep fried

Deep Fried Kebbeh

Pre heat the oil, fry until golden brown

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Serve while it’s warmDeep Fried Kebbeh

Garnish and Enjoy!

Deep Fried Kebbeh

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Beef Fatayer

•April 28, 2009 • 9 Comments

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

Beef Fatayer

 

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Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

•April 7, 2009 • 11 Comments

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

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Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

 Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

 

 

 

 Grilled & Chunky Chicken Soup with Cheese Basil Sandwich

 

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The Works…All in one Feast

•April 2, 2009 • 8 Comments

I love my brother Sam and love to make little treats for him because he is such an amazing person. I always try to make him happy, and luckily for me our feelings are mutual.

Sam has a very busy schedule so I don’t get to see him every day. Both of our lives are filled with work, kids, school, and sports.

On friday night he called me to come over to have a cup of tea but I was on my way out the door with a group of friends. I apologized to my brother with a lump in my heart, because not seeing him for two weeks was just too long!

So I wanted to make it up to him and invited him over for Sunday dinner. Then I started getting busy making his favorite meals. These are dishes that we grew up with when we lived in Syria, and it was my way of saying “I love you” to my wonderful brother.

Here are the dishes that I made:

Stuffed with ground sirloin & Rice Mediterranean Zucchini boiled in marinara sauce, garlic, mints, amazing dish. (Kusa)

Then I made Kebbeh which is baked sirloin & bulgur.

I made homemade Chicken Fettuccini with sourdough bread

Vinaigrette home made cooked beet salad, really quick and easy, yet packed with flavor.

Tomatoes and peppers salad which requires very little preparation and it has a very nice presentation, and really complemented the kebbeh dish.

And then for Dessert:

Walnuts & Pistachios Baklavas.

Vinaigrette Home Made Cooked Beet Salad

Vinaigrette Home Made Cooked Beet Salad

Vinaigrette Home Made Cooked Beet Salad

Chicken Fettuccini

Chicken Fettuccini

Chicken Fettuccini

Kibbeh

Balsamic Tomatoes and Peppers Salad

Balsamic Tomatoes and Peppers Salad

Balsamic Tomatoes and Peppers Salad

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

kusa9Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Sirloin & Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Walnuts & Pistachio Baklavas

Walnuts & Pistachio Baklavas

We had some great moments…ate, talked and laughed!

We all really enjoyed it, and that is what family all about.

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Brother & Me New Year's eve 2008

 
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