Chicken Pot Pie

It is an easy recipe that allows you to pick and choose your favorite vegetables to add and/or the sauce that you prefer with the dough that suits you.img_5842

Ingredients:

One Pound of Shredded Chicken Breast

2 Cups of Diced Pepper

One cup of Tomato Sauce

One Small Diced Onion

Pizza Crust

Salt

Pepper

One Tbsp of Ground Thyme

Shredded Cheese (I used Mozzarella)

One Tbsp of Butter

Egg Yolk to Brush

How to Prepare:

Prepare the pizza dough.

Pre-heat oven to 300F/180C.

Boil the chicken breast until cooked, skimming the froth as it appears.

Shred the chicken breast when it cools down.

Peel the tomatoes and crush to make a sauce.

In a deep pan, sauté the onion with the butter until soft and then add the shredded chicken, salt, pepper, and ground thyme.

Add the diced pepper to the pan and mix. Let it cook for a few minutes until soft.

Add the tomato sauce and cook on low heat until the sauce thickens.

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Roll half of the dough and place in the bottom of the pie sheet.

Add the mixture on top and spread evenly.

Add the shredded cheese on top.

Roll the remaining pizza dough and place on top, folding the edges to close well.

Brush the egg yolk (or Milk) on the top layer and bake for 30 minutes or until dough is golden brown.

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Baked Kibbeh

Kibbeh is a very famous Levantine dish made of bulgur, minced onion and finely ground meat with sautéed pine nuts. There are many types of Kibbeh from fried shaped balls or patties, baked, cooked in yogurt sauce, grilled or served raw.

Today, I will share my recipe of baked Kibbeh. It is definitely one of my favorite dishes.

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Ingredients:

4 Cups of Bulgur- Soaked in water for a couple of hours

One Pound of Chicken Breast

One Piece of Onion – Minced

One Pound of Ground Beef (or your choice of meat)

2 tbsp of Pine Nuts

2 tbsp of Butter – cut into small cubes

Salt and Pepper

Saffron

How to Prepare:

In a saucepan, sauté the minced onion in butter and cook the meat with salt and pepper until browned then add the pine nuts and cook for a few minutes until all the water dries.

Grind the bulgur with some onion slices in a meat grinder then grind the chicken breast (save one teaspoon of the chicken breast on the side after grinding).

Mix the bulgur, chicken breast, salt and pepper and kneed with hands until it shapes into a dough.

kibbeh-1Pre-heat the oven to 300F/180C.

Grease a deep oven tray and spread half of the bulgur dough in the bottom evenly.

Add the meat mixture on top and spread evenly.

Spread the rest of the dough mixture on top by making circles on your hands and laying them on top of the meat. Fill in between with the rest of the dough. Wet your hands with some water to spread it easily and make the dough stick together.

Mix one teaspoon of the chicken breast that you saved earlier with some saffron and spread evenly on top of the last layer.

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Using the back of the fork, roll it over the dough to give it a design vertically and horisontally (optional).

Using a knife, cut it into even squares.

Place the butter cubes on top the kibbeh evenly.

Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.kibbeh-3

 

 

 

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Introducing Scarlett Mai

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After being away from the blogging world due to a busy life, I finally have the time now to get back and share more recipes and adventures but first I would like to introduce our princess.

Twenty-three months ago, a baby girl was born and gave our life an incredible joy. After the arrival of Scarlett, life got a bit busy with two kids running around but i definitely didn’t stop trying new recipes and traveling around.

Here are some photos of our baby girl.

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Baghreer – Moroccan Pancakes

Moroccan Pancake, Crepe or Baghreer is a very tasty home-made pancake and easy to prepare. If you get the right ingredients and the right consistency, you will have the perfect outcome. Baghreer are cooked on only one side. Here is the recipe


Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Fine Semolina سميد
3/4 Cup of All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp of Yeast
1 tbsp of Sugar
1 tsp of Baking Powder
1 tsp of Salt
1 Egg
Warm Water

How to Prepare:

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (Semolina, Flour, Yeast, Sugar, Baking Powder and Salt).

Add the warm water slowly while mixing with hands until you reach a liquid consistency, not too runny not too creamy.

 

Pour the batter in a food processor, add the egg and blend for 30 seconds.


Cover the mixture and let is sit for 30 minutes.


Heat a non-stick pancake pan, poor a spoon of the batter in a circle and cook on one side until you see holes forming on top of the pancake.

Repeat the last step until you finish all you batter.


Serve with melted butter and honey.

Sending you Good Cooking wishes!

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

For my son’s birthday I made these chocolate chip muffins and not only they were a hit for the kids but also the parents🙂.

 Ingredients:

2 Cups of Flour

1 Tbsp of Baking Powder

½ Tsp of Salt

1/8 Tsp of Ground Cinnamon

A Bag of Chocolate Chips

2/3 Cup of Milk

½ Cup of Melted Unsalted Butter

2 Tbsp of Sour Cream (or in my case Creme Fraiche)

2 Eggs

½ Tsp of Vanilla Extract

1/3 Cup of Granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar

How to Prepare:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

 Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together.

In another bowl, add the chocolate chips and half a cup of the previous mixture and mix so each chocolate cup is coated in the flour mixture.

In a large bowl mix together the milk, melted butter, sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, granulated sugar and brown sugar.

Add the flour mixture to the previous mixture and mix using a spatula not to over mix.

Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and mix making sure they are evenly spread out through out the batter.

Pour the batter evenly in the muffin pan.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.

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Berry Pie

Here’s a recipe for a great summer pie. Very easy and tasty.

Ingredients:

Pie Crust Link

6 Cups of Mixed Berries (I used Blackberry and Raspberry)

3/4 Cup of Sugar

1/4 Cup of Corn Starch

One tbsp of Lemon Juice

Lemon Zest

1/2 tsp of Cinnamon

1/2 tsp of Salt

How to Prepare:

Pre-heat the oven to 425F.

In a bowl, mix the berries, with sugar, corn starch, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon and salt.

Roll out the pie crust, place in the pie sheet and put the filling in it.

Decorate as desired.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes and serve cold.

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Anything My Boy Asks For…

Talk about how time flies! My boy turned 3 years old last week. All he wanted for his birthday was a Lightning McQueen Car cake, the lead character in the Disney Cars Movies”. This was probably the hardest thing I had to ever make especially that in Morocco the weather is heating up. Again working with the fondant is so much fun but super hard especially when it melts fast🙂. I had to work fast and cool it down in the fridge after every step.

Here are some photos of the making of it.

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