Harra Osbao (Burning Finger Delish)

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I have no idea what brought the name about but certainly it is a dish that would burn a print in your memory that would make you crave it every now and then. It is simply a medley of colours and flavors that cannot be any better, served fresh and can be eaten either hot or cold and good either way. Let us cut down to chase and tell you what you need:

500 grams Lentils

Pasta (any shape you like would do)

Arabic bread cut up into squares and deep fried till golden crispy

2 medium sized onions cut into crescents and fried

1 bunch of cilantro

10 cloves of garlic

½ cup of olive oil

1 tsp. Salt

½ cup water

1 tsp. Mixed Spices

1 tsp. Cumin

2 tbsp. Flour

1 cup Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp. Pomegranate molasses

Cook the pasta to the instructions on the pack then boil the lentils in 6 cups of water till they are done and soft. Fry the onions with the cilantro and garlic separately then you add half the amount of that on the lentils.

You sprinkle salt and pepper along with spices over the lentils. You mix the flour into the cold water then add it to the pasta and lentils.

All you need to add now is the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice and oil. Serve in a plate sprinkling the rest of the fried onions, garlic and cilantro topping it with the fried (or baked in a drizzle of olive oil till crunchy) bread and fresh pomegranate.

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Beetroot Lentils Hoot

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Beetroot and winter to me go together hand in hand as this sweetness it adds to the salads makes it just the thing you need for such a cold weather. Beetroot stains your hands and your working area, yet it’s worth it as its velvety taste melting in the mouth brings about a burst of flavor in your mouth and adds this oriental taste to your dish.

To make this salad you would need:

– 2 Small Onions (Chopped Fine)

– 4 Garlic Cloves (Chopped Fine)

– 250g Green/Brown Lentils

– 1 Tbsp. Rosemary

– 1 Tbsp. Oregano

– 1 Tbsp. Sage

– 150g Raw Beetroot Peeled (Sliced Thin)

– 100ml Rice Vinegar

– 50ml Soya Sauce

– Handful Of Mint

– 1 Tbsp Pomegranate Molasses

– 1 Tbsp Apple Vinegar

– Juice Of 1 Orange

– 100ml Olive Oil

– Salt (To Your Liking)

Saute the onions along with the garlic in a dash of olive oil until they are golden, adding the lentils and herbs tossing them around to be fully coated. Cover the lentils with water and simmer around 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft. We take that off heat and  let it cool down on a side after adding the soya sauce. We mix all the ingredients together and sprinkle with the dressing to your liking along with the mint.

Warm Loving Wishes To All

Lama

Ginger Cuppy Cakes

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Winter time and the most amazing warming ingredients are here for us to use. I myself enjoy a nice variety of ginger creations, they tend to put me in the mood for the cold season. Of the best things that I think ginger goes into, I believe desserts are the best, so today I will share with you a simple recipe to make the loveliest ginger cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.

To make these yummies you need:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tsp Of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Of Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Tsp Of Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp Of Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick of unsalted butter)
  • 1/4 Cup Of Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Of Grated Ginger

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, melt the butter and water together (you can use the microwave but make sure you cover them with nylon wrap). Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and dry spices in a bowl. Beat together the brown sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, as you are beating them. Beat in the flour mixture slowly until just incorporated. Add the butter mixture and the grated ginger and beat until smooth. The mixture will be quite runny so don’t worry about.

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Spoon into cupcake papers, about 3/4 full. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a minute to set before moving to a wire rack to fully cool.

These cupcakes can be topped with almost anything you want. Caramel is definitely a loved topping, lemon glaze, whipped cream and caramelized walnuts, so basically anything goes.

Warm Loving Wishes To All

Lama

PS: The photos are not mine, I shall replace them with mine soon as they are ready.

Shepherd’s Pie, Oh My!

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Winter is here and our bodies crave dishes that are heartwarming and rich to say the least. In my time at university I managed to learn a few dishes to cope with the cold weather in UK, luckily I still remember how to make a tasty Sheperd’s pie to satisfy the winter taste buds cravings.

To make this dish you would need:

– 1 Large Onion (Chopped Find)

– 3 Large Carrot (Chopped Medium)

– 1 Cup Frozen Peas

– 500 Grams Beef Fillet Cubed/Minced (I prefer cubes)

– 4 Large Potatoes Peeled & Cubed

– 1 Tbsp Fine Chopped Onions

– 3/4 Cup Beef/Vegetable Stock

– 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

– 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese (Mozzarella or Cheddar)

– 2 Tbsp Flour

– 1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg

– 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

– Salt & Pepper To Season

(You can also add mushrooms if you like)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, finely chopped onion and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

In a large put add some the vegetable oil, onions, carrots and saute until the onions yellow then add the beef and soon as it browns (make sure you sear the beef so it doesn’t loose its juices) add the stock with the nutmeg and cinnamon and let it simmer till carrots are tender then add the peas (these don’t take long to cook). Add the flour mixture (1/2 cold water with the two spoons of flour mixed in) to the pan and get the sauce to thicken.

In a large Pyrex or any roasting pan of your choice, put a layer of the meat mix at the bottom and spread it well then top it off with the mashed potatoes spread and sprinkle it with the cheese. Bake it for 20 minutes in the oven or until you see the cheese melted and ready.

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Serve this dish with a mixed greens salad on the side and you would have a perfectly healthy dish for your family and friends to enjoy. It is almost a staple for winter to try and definitely a worthy nutritious addition to the weekly menu.

Loving Warm Wishes To All

Lama