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    This is actually an old recipe of my mothers & the whole family loves it. I interchange courgettes & cucumbers depending on what's cheapest at the market! Courgettes make a wonderful creamy soup - with only a little actual cream needed & the cucumbers make a very light & refreshing summertime soup. My 2 1/2 year old daughter adores this soup & loves to stand next to me in the kitchen & help make it.

    Recipe #388052

    Despite the fact that my two young children go through picky phases, they have decided that they both LOVE this pasta. DS especially can't get enough of the stuff & I am very happy as it's a healthy, filling meal suitable for all the family. I use the wholewheat tiny pasta shells (sold as conchigliette) but you can use any small pasta really. We like to serve this with a green salad & crusty bread! This is also a nice dish to pulse in the blender for older babies.

    Recipe #388056

    I make my own buttermilk so have a constant supply & am always looking for interesting ways to use it. Here I have come up with a lovely soft, delicately flavoured bread which is good for eating fresh with jam or with your dinner, as toast or as sandwiches - it is extremely versatile & slices well. The addition of the honey & the seeds makes it just that bit healthier too!

    Recipe #388596

    In North Africa & the Middle East are many variations of the humble shortbread, they all go by different names but are all very similar in taste & appearance. This Turkish recipe is very similar to my favourite Algerian shortbread called Ghraybia. I also like to make these using 2 cups of Self Rising flour (omitting the baking powder) & to use a mix of 3 tbsp ghee plus margarine to make 2 cups (when doing this I omit the vanilla as I like to taste the sweetness of the ghee).

    Recipe #388616

    Shorba Baidha, literally means white soup. It is a classic soup in Algeria & is extremely simple to make. The subtle flavours work well together to make a delcious, light soup. I have to say this is one of my all time favourite soups. It's great all year round but especially loved during Ramadan or to eat when you are feeling ill. It is the egg yolk that makes this soup white so don't leave it out! The chicken in Algeria is free range & has a rich taste, if you use non-free range chicken, you might need to throw in a stock cube...

    Recipe #387504

    This is a classic Algerian 'salad' dish. You can either grill the tomatoes & peppers over an open flame, deep fry them or roast them. My family loves this recipe & we always mop it up with fresh bread! You can also serve this as part of a mezze selection. The vinegar is of course optional but it acts as a flavour enhancer so I do recommend at least trying a little of the salad with a few drops of vinegar on!

    Recipe #387393

    Here is the second of my Algerian bourek recipes. I have also posted a Chicken & Preserved Lemon Bourek recipe. This cheese & potato bourek is another of my family favourites & there never seem to be enough! You can use phyllo dough instead of the spring roll sheets. You can also add a few finely chopped olives in place of the gherkins. If you're not familiar with making bourek, have a look at the NA*ME Fourms Bourek Demo:

    Recipe #387203

    This is the traditional bread of every home in Algeria, hence it's name which transaltes into English as 'Bread of the House'. Every home has a different version & this particular recipe is from my lovely sister in law 'Um Youcef' ;) Just a word of warning, if you have never made this kind of bread before, you will be shocked at how sticky & hard to work with the dough is. Unlike a regular bread, when your dough is too sticky you may add more flour - here adding more flour or semolina will make things worse...instead add a little water & knead gently with your fingertips . Water will always make the dough come together & away from your hands & the mixing bowl. You can also knead the dough in a KA or similar mixer with a sturdy dough hook.

    Recipe #387136

    This recipe is one of my family's all time favourite meals. We used to make this with ground lamb or beef but decided that it was healthier (& just as tasty) to use chicken instead. You need plenty of fresh crusty bread to mop the delicious sauce up with. Sometimes I double up on the meatball ingredients & freeze half of the prepared meatballs to make it easier next time I cook this dish!

    Recipe #386762

    A quick & easy recipe for an Egyptian style omlette - great for breakfast or with a fresh salad for a light lunch.

    Recipe #289162

    I couldn't wait to get my hands on this recipe! Having eaten this chili twice before I am now a very happy bunny that I've finally managed to get hold of the recipe. To be honest, I actually had no idea that this chili has chocolate in, please don't leave it out - it really brings out all the flavours! Edited 10/06/09 to add: I made this chili this week & it turned out perfectly. As I was feeding 2 small children I reduced the chili powder to about 2 tbsp which was fine for them. Only other change was that I used red kidney beans in place of the pinto beans......The leftovers were great the next day.

    Recipe #374937

    This is a recipe for a very tasty salad using the Middle Eastern spice Sumac / Sumaq. In Iraq, it is lmown as Summag - hence the name Summag salad. It is easy to make & comes fromm an Iraqi blog on the 'net.

    Recipe #289014

    This is my family's all time favourite curry. Originally this was an Afghani chicken curry - I ended up reducing the amount of chicken & adding chickpeas, potatoes & peas to. If you want to add more veggies, please feel free to do so. Frozen okra also works well in this dish, as does fresh spinach added at the very last minute. My kids, aged 7 & 2, enjoy eating this curry as it is not too spicy, just full of flavour. If you want a hotter curry, add a chilli to the cooking pot! This curry tastes just like the Chicken Bhuna (with added veg!) from our local Indian restaurant.....we now save ourselves a fortune ;)

    Recipe #373553

    Here's a delicious dessert which is sure to please anyone who loves chocolate coffee together. I had a little cake left over after making a chocolate wonder cake & came up with this recipe to use it. I like to serve these trifles in tumbler / mixer / low ball glasses but they are equally beautiful in any dessert glass or if you want a quirky presentation, serve them in a coffee cup!

    Recipe #375598

    This is a quicker way to make laben / buttermilk than my other recipe & is a great way to have a constant supply. Make sure the buttermilk is as fresh as possible. Also make certain your mason jar is spotlessly clean! The amounts here are just your base, as long as you have a ratio of 1 part buttermilk to 4 parts milk you'll get great results. For anyone in the UK wanting to try this, I use a 2 pint bottle of whole milk & a 284ml container of St. Ivel Cultured Buttermilk. I then stand the mix in my kitchen for 24 hours & bingo! Note: If you would like a reallllly thick buttermilk, use 1 part buttermilk & 3 parts milk.

    Recipe #387273

    The fillings for bourek really are endless, I love the traditional ground lamb & parsley, the prawn & bechemel, potato & cheese........the list goes on. Here I combined ground chicken with fresh coriander & a little preserved lemon for a delicious fried snack. You can freeze these bourek easily & when you come to cook them, allow to 1/2 thaw before deep frying. You can also shallow fry them in a frying pan about 1" deep in sunflower or vegetable oil. Bourek are wonderful whenever, but really they are a Ramadan essential in any Algerian household. (If you are new to making bourek & rolls, here is a step by step -in photos- demo for you:

    Recipe #385942

    This is a wonderful recipe for borek made in a large dish rather than the individual little rolls. It is great served in squares as a side dish or you can even make a meal out of it with a nice salad, some olives & fresh bread! Borek of all kinds is very popular with everyone in Turkey but it is especially popular during Ramadan time. Time to make doesn't include the resting time in the fridge!

    Recipe #385894

    There are many, many versions of Basboussa ( and many spelling variations!) throughout the Arab world. Some of these are a spongy cake-like texture & some are more of a grainy texture. This Algerian version is more of a cake-like texture - which happens to be my favourite. I absolutely love the addition of coconut in the recipe, it really adds something to the Basboussa. This recipe is extremely simple to make & is delicious served with coffee or tea. It is definitely a Ramadan staple in our home!

    Recipe #373540

    I have another recipe for chocolate cake on Zaar but this one has just become by new favourite. Unless I'm baking a really special chocolate cake for an event, I tend not to make cakes that call for chocolate as it is never in the cupboard when I come to bake! This chocolate cake is the result of years of playing around with recipes & I personally think it is fab. You get the same incredibly moist & soft sponge texture you find in a store bought cake but all the great taste of a homemade cake. In fact, I think that this cake is so rich it doesn't even need to be iced / frosted - of course, if you want a really indudgant treat, then go ahead & whack some on! I find that this cake freezes well for a couple of months & keeps well in an airtight container for around a week. I stated 1/3 cup cocoa in the recipe but if the cake if for adult chocaholics then you can always add more - I find that kids sometime find too much cocoa a bit bitter.

    Recipe #386116

    Al Salooq are delicious, tender little pastries subtly flavoured with cardamom. These cresecent moon shaped delights are the perfect end to a meal, served with tea or coffee & are very popular during Ramadan & Eid celebrations. Unlike many other Arab pastries, Salooq are quick & simple to make. I prefer to use ghee to make these as it adds a gentle sweetness.

    Recipe #385830

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