Monday, 31 December 2012

Baamya (okra sauce)

One of my favourite dishes is baamya. I love the okra and the tangy flavour!! I did not want to put this up, because I did not make this on my own like I normally do when I upload recipes, but my mum insisted I did because she said I was doing the main part, she was just assisting. Nonetheless, now we all can do this recipe on our own for next time, to enjoy this amazing meal inshAllah :)

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Chicken & broccoli pasta with bechamel sauce

I have made this before, and for days I have been wanting to make it...because I find it sooo tasty and yummy and easy and just....ok, I will calm down and share the recipe :)

Friday, 28 December 2012

Red lentil soup

We call this Libyan soup at home, mainly because my mum got this recipe off her Libyan friend, lol. So I thought maybe it is best I stick with red lentil soup as a name instead, as it may have a special name for Libyan's which we do not know about. 

Iced chocolate traybake

I have had my eye on this recipe, the sound of iced chocolate cake was quite appealing. So here is the recipe to this soft cake. Adding the icing is completely up to you, but in case you wanted, instructions are below:

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Fried chicken in breadcrumbs

There is a variety of ways to make fried chicken, usually using eggs. But I do not use eggs, instead I use milk to act as the binding agent. It isn't difficult, maybe just a little fiddly with the hands, but I will try my best to explain below. Please note you can vary the measurements according to your needs. You may be shocked by the spices I add to the flour, but I tend to just add a little of everything just for the fun of it :)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012


I have tried to make pancakes once before, and it didn't turn out as good as I wanted, so I did not post up the recipe. Although I failed on my first attempt, I was still keen to find a recipe that actually works...and guess what, this pancake recipe is just soo yummy! (Lesson to myself: never quit, if you want to make good pancakes, you have to persevere and you will get there in the end! lol) <-- great moral! is the recipe, I hope you try it out, play around with the toppings, and let me know if you have an even better recipe..

Monday, 24 December 2012

Spiced pear & cranberry cupcakes

I think it has become evident now that I love pears in the sound of spiced pear and cranberry cupcakes was very appealing. Plus I had all the ingredients needed at here goes the recipe for these lovely cupcakes..

Pizza in a Pitta

This may not be an actual recipe, but it is a lovely treat to have from time to time. I love it, so I thought I would share it with you. There are no specific measurements (I will put approximations below), as you can add as much or as little as you want...and you can vary it according to how you like it. I will put the basic pizza in a pitta sandwich below, and then I will put the extras you can add if you wanted.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Victoria sandwich cake

I wanted to make something that would please all, as sometimes people don't like certain things in their what is better as a neutral cake than a victoria sandwich cake?

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Orange & sultana cake

I actually wasn't planning on making anything today, but funnily enough, the family requested it. So here is a simple yet tasty orange and sultana cake :)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Aubergine & courgette pasta

I wanted to use up the aubergine and courgettes we had in the fridge, something quick, simple and to be honest...I just wanted an excuse to cook. Of course making pasta is not rocket science, so here is an aubergine and courgette pasta I made up as I went along...therefore quantities are not exact and you can vary them according to what you have at hand.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Iced lemon traybake

I cannot emphasise just how much I would love everyone to make this recipe!!  It is so simple yet sooooo tasty! I personally love lemony food, but even my little sister who doesn't, loved these! Please give them a go - you wont regret it!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Chicken pilau-style rice

The long awaited,  highly requested Nosaiba-style chicken pilau-style rice. I found this recipe years back, and have adapted it slightly according to how I like it (mainly increasing the quantity of onions and garlic). 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Profiteroles with cream filling

Ready made profiteroles are indeed a treat, I'm sure you would agree! So when I came across the recipe, I thought hmm...this might be a challenge to make, but it is a challenge I am willing to off I went :)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Butternut squash snack

I bought butternut squash - with the aim of cooking something with it. I just never got round to doing so, and the label said use within 10 days...and to be honest, I think I had gone beyond I thought why not un-complicate things and do something super super simple, made up from a simple brain like mine :) 

This will probably not qualify as a recipe, but I thought why not share it, maybe one day you might fancy snacking on this too :)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Chocolate mousse using creme fraiche

I had bought creme fraiche (almost tastes like sour cream) to go with the banana tarte tatin, which I made - what seems like weeks ago!! But I never ended up feeling there was any need for the creme fraiche, seeing as the tarte tatin almost disappeared before my very eyes. So I was left with creme fraiche which will be going off in the next few days...and I have not had time to bake something like a tart, which would go nicely with the creme fraiche. For this reason, I looked up a quick and easy recipe, something that sounds quick, appealing AND uses up my creme here it is :)

Sunday, 9 December 2012


I had never heard of chick pea flour until coming across the recipe for pakoras. Chick pea flour is also known as gram flour, or besan flour. I bought it from my local supermarket and couldn't wait to give these a try :) 

Rice with marinated chicken

This dish I was making up as I go along, so for the ingredients I will try my best to approximate the quantity used, because not everything I measured to the exact amount.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Swiss roll with strawberry jam filling

I have been meaning to make a swiss roll for sooo long, so today I finally went out and bought a tin with high edges (otherwise known as swiss roll tin)...but I still managed to buy the wrong size tin (bought it too big)..but that didn't stop me from making my first ever swiss roll :)

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Fluffy layered cream cake

I really don't have a name for this cake, hence the title :) 

To make this cake I used the recipe from the 'fluffy cake' post:

However, I didn't add the topping used for the above fluffy cake and DECREASED the orange and lemon rind to literally half or one orange and lemon. Also, I divided the cake mixture into two 18 cm cake tins, grease the tins and line with greased baking paper. Once done, remove and leave to cool. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Banoffee pie

Still have some bananas to use, and I have always wanted to make banoffee pie, so here it goes :)

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Banana tarte tatin

Had a few bananas starting to go old, you know when the skin starts turning black and the banana is no longer appealing (not to me anyway) I thought let me make something useful with these banana's, and voila, a banana tarte tatin was made :)