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