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Baklava /Saragli Rolls


Baklava or Saragli , Turkish or Greece it’s simply unbeatable dessert. We admit that it’s not one among the most healthy desserts but for sure it’s one among the tastiest one.
Ingredients :
For the syrup :
* 2 cups of granulated sugar
* 1 1/4 cup of water
* 2 slices of orange
* 1 cinnamon stick
For the baklava/saragli :
* 250grams mixed grind nuts of your choice
* 180grams melted butter (unsalted)
* 1 packet of 470grams phyllo pastry

Method :
* Prepare the syrup by mixing the sugar and water until dissolved then add the slices of orange and cinnamon stick bring to a boil for about 5-8mins or until bubbles started to form over the syrup. Turn off the heat and allow the syrup to cool down
* Preheat oven 160degree Celsius /320F
* Grease a baking tray 8×8 inches or any medium baking tray that you have will do the job
* Start by opening the phyllo pastry you need to be quite quick so that it doesn’t dry out
* Line 1 sheet on the kitchen counter and drizzle with melted butter then immediately cover it with another sheet and once again drizzle with melted butter
* Spread the mixed nuts all over the sheet the place two wooden skewers in the middle then fold the sheets into half making the skewers to come to the middle now press a bit where the skewers are and start rolling a bit tightly till the end
* Press both end together toward the middles to create folds in the phyllo pastry then place it in the baking tray
* Continue the same process for the rest of the phyllo and nuts
* Once the baking tray is filled drizzle the rest of the melted butter over the unbaked baklava then with a very sharp knife cut them into desired length and directly place inside the oven
* Bake for around 50-60mins
* Now most important once the baklava has turned out into a beautiful golden color take it out and immediately drizzle the cold syrup over the hot baklava rolls
* Allow them to soak up the syrup for at least 2-3 hours
* Spring with green pistachios and serve.

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Easy Moroccan Batbout

imageBatbout is a moroccan bread which is cooked on The stove. It is very easy to prepare and there are so many different recipes out there. Some people make small batbout then opening it like a pocket and fill with any desired fillings like for example chicken , tuna fish, etc . The following recipe is a basic one. Then from this one you can makes different kind of batbout and fillings.

Ingredients:
150grms plain flour
100grms fine semolina
1 Level tbsp dry yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
100grms melted butter
Lukewarm water to make a non sticky dough

Method:

1. In a bowl combine flour, semolina, salt and sugar.
2. Add In the yeast and combine
3. Add In the melted butter and mix Well
4. Now gradually add In the lukewarm water little by little until everything comes
together In a soft but non sticky dough.
5. Transfer the dough on your counter surface knead for at least 10mins.
6. Transfer back In the bowl brush the surface with some water, cover with a kitchen
towel , allow to rise In a warm place at least one hour.
7. After one hour has elapsed, spread some semolina on your counter surface. Divide
the dough into 2 balls.
8. Using a rolling pin roll dough two sides over the semolina around 1/2 inch thick.
9. Cover ans allow to rise again for at least 20mins.
10. Heat a skillet , Cook the batbout 4-5mins on each sides .
11. Serve with butter, jam, honey, etc. Or it can Also accompany your savory dishes.

Veal and Vegetable Tajine

imageimageTajine is one of the Arabs’ favorite food. There are thousand of recipe in the arabic countries. Each countries put different Ingredients, different spices but still all the tajines are delicious. Besides, tajine is a good way to eat vegetables, since many recipes have many veggies in them. Many prefer to make meat tajine with lamb but in the following recipe I am using veal. Also you do not have to use the same veggies as Ive put in the recipe, you can use veggies you have on hand like brocolis, peas, olive, cauliflower. The following recipe is one which I make often, its like a basic one. Later on I Will share other tajine recipes on my blog.

Ingredients :
1kg of veal with bones
1 fennel
1 turnip
2 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
2 carrots
2 small potatoes
500g pumpkin
1 chopped onion
3 chopped cloves of garlic
5 tbsp tomato puree
Spices: 1 tsp cumin powder, 2 tbsp raz el hanout, 1 tbsp red couscous spice, 1/2 tsp ginger powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Method:

  1. Cut the veal into medium size pieces.
  2. Wash the pieces and put them in a cooking pot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, the chopped onion and garlic. Add some salt and pepper.
  3. Cover the meat with water and let it cook slowly for about 1hr. Cover the pot after 5mins( note that here I don’t suggest using pressure cooker, the meat dries out, whereas, for tajine the meat should be very soft and juicy, to achieve this result you should let it Cook slowly in a covered pot).
  4. In the meantime, prepare the veggies, wash them and cut into large chunks, note that you shouldn’t remove the pumpkin’s skin. Skin should be removed only for turnip, carrots and potatoes.
  5. Once the meat is cooked and the water has dry out add the spices, the veggies and the tomato puree. Now add enough water to cover all the veggies. Cover the pot and let the tajine cook for further 45mins until all the veggies are cooked but still hold their shapes. Adjust the taste if you need to. Turn off the Heat.
  6. Serve with couscous and harissa or any hot sauce for those who like spicy food.
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