A Pleasantly Sweet Eggless Cake!

When I think of eggless cakes, I think of a dense brownie like cake, because how can you make a “real” cake without eggs, right? Â Wrong! Â There is this amazing yellow cake called Sfoof that my mom always makes. You can also find it at many Lebanese, Greek, Turkish, and even Albanian bakeries! Â It’s really simple to make with only a few ingredients, but it’s fluffy, sweet and tastes great with tea! IMG_0962 The thing that makes this cake yellow is the turmeric that’s added to it. It’s added for flavor and for color. And recently all of the amazing health benefits of turmeric, make this cake even more popular. IMG_0963 I like to sprinkle pine nuts on top, but if you don’t like nuts you can leave them off, or you can use walnuts or pecans instead. I let it cool completely before cutting it up. Â And it’s so simple to make when you’re in a pinch and you need a quick fast dessert. IMG_0967 I learned a trick from my mom to make sure that the top of the cake stays glossy, right when you take it out of the oven, spray it with some olive oil or vegetable spray, it will give it a nice shine. Â Give this cake a try, you will surprisingly love it, and it’s eggless for those with egg allergies. Â And don’t forget the tea! Click here for the recipe!

Soothing Sunday Dinners

In my house, we keep Sunday activities to a minimum. I know a lot of people walk around saying “Sunday Funday” for for us Sunday is sit on the couch day, LOL. We do all our activities on Friday afternoons and Saturday’s. But, I also like to make a nice meal on Sunday, a nice meal with minimal work that is. So this past Sunday I opened up the freezer, as I usually do, and thought “hmmmm what can I make that’s easy but filling”…and there I saw my premade Kibbeh that I had put in the freezer a month ago, CHAÂ CHING!!!! LIFE SAVER!!!! I hade a pan of kibbeh and some kibbeh footballs. IMG_0747 I got a bit fancy in my kibbeh pan design, I saw my mom do it this way once and it looked great. IMG_0748 And my kibbeh balls, although I hate to make them because they’re more work, I did it because my daughter loves them this way and she loves kibbeh with laban (yogurt sauce), so I did a whole bunch and then froze them, that way they were ready any time. I also had bought a bunch of parsley the day before hoping to make tabouli one day and I figured, that was the day. I also had some cheese rolls in the freezer. So I put the menu together, tabouli, hummus, labne plate, kibbeh in the pan, fried kibbeh, cheese rolls, and some french fries. Now, I know that sounds like a lot but the work was really minimal, except for the tabouli. The hummus takes 5 minutes to make, the labne was already in the fridge, I just had to peel and slice the potatoes. The kibbeh pan went into the oven and I just had to fry up the cheese rolls, kibbeh balls, and french fries. And the tabouli took about 15 minutes to prep, so all in all, it took me about 35 minutes in prep time, not bad for a Sunday dinner. FullSizeRender (1) The fries got cut out of the picture, but I’m sure you guys know what fries look like. Â You can find all of these recipe on my site. Â And just remember that when you have some free time, do some prep work and throw it in the freezer for a day when you don’t really want to work hard at putting together a great meal! That way you can enjoy your Sunday Sit on the Couch Day!  

Chicken Skewers…a great idea for the BIGGEST BBQ weekend of the year!

So July 4th is only a few days away and it’s time to plan your menu. Now, I’m all for hamburgers and hotdogs, they’re a menu must, but it’s also nice to offer an alternative. How about chicken skewers (shish tawook)!?!?! Â The recipe and marinade is simple and you can find it on my site under shish tawook. IMG_0776 And I discovered something this last time that I made this recipe, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs…WOW what a difference! The meat was super juicy and flavorful, it’s a great alternative to breast meat, which can sometimes be tricky for some people to cook it without overcooking it. Â Using thigh meat is pretty much fool proof because your meat is sure to be moist! IMG_0779 Another great tip when doing any type of skewer is to put in foil when you take it off the grill, that way it will stay moist and not dry out. Â You’re sure to impress with this recipe, and best of all you and marinade it the day before and it will be even more flavorful! Â Happy FOURTH!!!! Click here for the recipe:Â https://dedemed.com/mediterranean/shish-tawook-recipe-skewered-chicken/

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