Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Italian Tarts

Everyone will love these!!! Amazing tasty treat, these are similar to pecan tassies. Excellent 'make-ahead' sweet, they freeze very well.

Italian Tarts

 Dough ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup cream cheese, softened

Filling ingredients:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 eggs

Video Recipe


Libyan Rishda Kuskas - رشدة

Delicious, traditional Libyan steamed pasta dish.


2 cups flour and 1 cup water

1/2 - 1 kilo meat
7-8 onions
1 cup chick peas
2 1/2 - 3 spoons tomato paste
1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
samn and oil
1 1/2 litres water

Strawberry Sauce

Amazing Strawberry sauce can be enjoyed year-round on a variety of treats.

-10 cups finely chopped or crushed strawberries (do not puree)
-1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
-1 package freezer jam gelling powder

Simple easy to make your own: Bread Crumbs

Why pay someone else to make them for you. Easy make your own bread crumbs.

Libyan Osban - عصبان

Traditional Libyan dish. Sheep's stomach stuffed with rice, meat, liver & heart.

Cranberry-Orange Scones

Light teatime snack!

1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1 egg
1 cup of sour cream

Orange Glaze:
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons orange juice

Libyan Harissa- Hot Pepper Paste- هريسة

Spicy condiment - great for sandwiches, as a dipping sauce or add it to soups and stews.

A bushel of red hot peppers (about 30 lbs/15kg)
4 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons corriander
1 1/2 tablespoons caraway
20 garlic cloves (crushed)
1/2 cup olive oil

GLOVES ---do not try this without gloves---
A meat grinder, manual or electric will do, knives, garlic crush & a large pot

Libyan Stuffed peppers - Filfil Mahshi - فلفل محشي

Simple stuffed pepper recipe

1 cup rice
1 onion, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
2 - 2 1/2 spoons tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh parsley, 1/3 cup fresh mint,1/4 cup fresh dill
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons five spice
1 teaspoon turmeric & cayenne
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 litre of stock or water

Fish n Chips - plus BONUS tartar sauce recipe

Amazing crispy battered fish and potato wedges plus some homemade tartar sauce.

Fish Ingredients:
4-6 fish filets like haddock or pollock
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric, cayenne pepper & instant yeast
vegetable oil for frying 

Potato Wedges Ingredients:
6 medium sized potatoes
olive oil
garlic powder
chili power 

BONUS recipe
Tartar Sauce ingredients:
1 cup mayonaise
2 tablespoons relish
2 green onions

Stuffed Grape leaves - ورق عنب -Warek Aiynab

90-100 grape leaves
2 cups rice
1 1/2 fresh diced tomato
1 large onion, diced
1/4 cup each fresh parsley & mint
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon each cayenne pepper, turmeric & cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
olive oil
**If you want to add meat, add 1/2 lb ground beef and reduce the rice to 1 1/2 cups

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Anti-Bullying Awareness Bracelets

Anti-Bullying Awareness Bracelets

My daughter has started an Anti-Bullying awareness project. She makes & sells "Promise Bracelets"  to bring awareness to the ever-growing problem of bullying & to offer support to the one's being bullied. 

 Here is the description from her Storenvy shop:

(Small is recommended for kids) 

All bracelets are HANDMADE!


Make a promise: Be someone's anchor. Let's put an end to bullying. Make a promise, lend a hand, be an anchor. Don't let another victim drift away. 

What do these charms mean? 

Pinky promise charm - Dependable, trustworthy and loyal.

Anchor charm - Stability, security, and strength.

We may not be able to stop the bully but we can help the bullied.Wear one of these Anti-Bullying Awareness bracelets to make a promise and show your support.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Kids Help Phone.

xoxo Sanaa

Bracelets are available at:

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tagine bil Hoot -Libyan Roasted Vegetables with Fish

Super easy and delicious. Serve with freshly baked bread or pita bread.

Fresh or frozen fish (if using frozen, thaw & pat dry first)
Vegetables: potatoes, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, pepper, tomato & onion
Fresh herbs: Basil, dill & mint
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper & turmeric & 1 1/2 teaspoon salt & dash of cumin
2 large spoons tomato paste
olive oil


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Obaidah's Chicago Style Deep-dish Pizza

This is Obaidah's recipe for a chicago style deep-dish pizza, he made it all from start to finish. Good job Obaidah <3

Dough Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups warm water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp yeast
½ cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour

extra flour for dusting 

In a large bowl, measure 2 cups flour, yeast, salt and sugar, mix.

 Add 2 cups warm water and whisk till smooth.

Let rest for 10 minutes.

 Add 1/2 cup of oil and mix.

 Add 3 cups of flour and mix.

 Continue to stir in the flour with a spoon.

Then use your hands to finish incorporating in the flour.

Put the dough on a clean workspace.

Knead the dough.
 Continue kneading for approx 5 minutes.

Knead until dough is smooth.

 Lightly oil your bowl.

 Oil the dough in the bowl.

 Turn it over, pat it down.

 Cover with plastic and a towel.

 Leave it to rise for approx an hour, till doubled in size.

Meanwhile..... Prepare the filling.

Bottom Filling Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 sliced purple onion (any onion is fine)
1/2 tomato chopped
Sliced hot peppers (amount depends on taste)
1 tablespoon Jerk seasoning 
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt

*set aside*
1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

 Top Filling Ingredients:

1/2 cup of pizza sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese

Put some olive oil in a pot.

Add the onion.

Cook until soft. 

 Add peppers, cook and stir.

 Add ground beef, cook and stir.

 Add tomatoes, cook and stir.

 Add spices, cook and stir.

 Cook until meat is browned and vegetables are soft. Set aside to cool.

 Now to prepare the crust.

 Turn dough out onto a clean work surface.

 Divide dough into 3 sections, 1 larger piece and 2 smaller pieces.

 Reserve one of the smaller pieces, wrap it up and put in the freezer. It will make a small regular pizza another time.

 Flour the work surface.

 Roll out the larger piece of dough.

 Roll it out so it's about 4-5 inches bigger than your 10 inch pan.

 Gently place the rolled out dough over the pan.

 Let it fall into the pan with the sides hanging over the edge. Trim off any excess dough.

 Get the meat mixture and 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese and approx 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.

 Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on the dough in the pan.

 Top with the meat mixture.

 Spread it out with a spatula.

 Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.

 Now take the smaller piece of dough, put it on a floured work surface.

 Roll it out, about an inch or two larger than the pan.

Pick up the dough.

Place it over the pan.

 Let it sink down into the pan.

 Turn in the edges.

 To form a nice crust.

Put some cuts on the top of the dough and add a 1/2 cup of sauce on the top layer of dough. 

 Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella cheese on top.

 Sprinkle about an 1/8 of a cup of Parmesan cheese on top.

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

 Optional: chop some fresh basil.

 Slice some cherry tomatoes.

 Add the chopped basil to your pizza.

 Add the cherry tomatoes to your pizza.

 Place in the oven, cook for 40- 45 minutes. If the top starts to brown too much lay a piece of foil on top till it's done cooking. It needs this long because of the layers of dough.

 Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

 Remove the side of the pan.

 Slide the pizza of the bottom of the pan and place on a rack.

 When ready to eat.....

 Cut with a serrated knife (a bread knife)

Serve while warm.