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Crispy Zaatar Crackers

ImageI made crispy zaatar crackers today. This would be an excellent snack for people practicing vegetariansm during Lent. I used a basic homemade pizza dough. I rolled the dough very thin, you can use a pasta machine if you have one, although a… rolling pin will do just fine. After rolling, I used a cookie cutter to cut out rounds and spread zaatar mixed with olive oil thinly onto each round. Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy. For those of you unfamiliar to zaatar, its a mix of thyme, summac and sesame seeds available at middle eastern stores. When mixed with some olive oil, it forms a paste that can be spread onto bread.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup grated carrots
2 tbs milk
1/2 tsp ground cinammon (optional)
1/2 walnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup sultanas (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together, except the walnuts and sultanas in a food processor or with a wooden spoon. When well combined, add the walnuts and sultanas. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the mixture comes out clean.

Banana, Walnut and Flaxseeds Cake

Walnuts and flaxseeds are considered brain food, so this is an excellent choice for the kids……and don’t forget the nutrients in bananas…. I break the walnuts into really small pieces so that they dont find them :))

1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup butter, cubed
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbs flaxseeds

Mix the butter and sugar in a food processor until lightly fluffy. Gradually add the eggs. When combined, add the remaining ingredients except the walnuts and flaxseeds. When well combined, remove from the food processor and throw in the walnuts and flaxseeds. Mix. Pour the cake mixture into a greased cake tin and bake till a toothpick inserted in the cake, comes out clean. Serve at any time of the day 🙂

Shephard's Pie

Shephard’s Pie

1 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs finely chopped white onions
1 1/2 cups minced beef
1/4 cups grated carrots
a good pinch of ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 tbs tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup peas
4 cups mashed potatoes, not too thick, add some milk to make it a bit runnier
2 tbs grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
some extra knobs of butter
3/4 cup water

Fry the onions in a mixture of olive oil and butter until the onion is translucent. Add the minced beef and stir-fry till browned. Then add the carrots, peas, tomato paste, water, black pepper, salt and bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixture is a bit dry. Remove from heat, set aside. In a heat-proof baking dish, spread half the mashed potatoes at the bottom of the dish. Spread the beef mixture on top, then the remaining mashed potatoes on top of the beef. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and mozzarella cheese. Place a few knobs of butter on top and bake for about 20 minutes until the cheese and breadcrumbs turn into a golden colour. Serve!

Blue Corn Tortilla Chips & Guacamole.

Grilled Shrimps with Jocelyn's Fried Rice

Grilled Shrimps with Jocelyn’s Fried Rice

1 kg medium shrimps, peeled and deveined
1 cup coconut milk
Fresh lemon grass stalks, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
Salt & black pepper to taste
A sprinkle of brown sugar

Soak the cleaned shrimps in the coconut milk for 1 hour minimum. Thread the shrimps into wooden skewers, placing a piece of lemon grass between each shrimp. Grill or barbecue till tender.

Jocelyn’s Fried Rice :

2 cups basmati rice, cooked
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbs green capsicum, finely chopped
1 tbs red capsicum, finely chopped
1 tbs yellow capsicum, finely chopped
1 tbs white onion, finely chopped
1 tbs spring onions, finely chopped
1 tbs green peas, cooked
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Stir fry the onions, garlic, ginger and spring onions in the sesame oil and vegetable oil until the onions are translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, stir fry a further 3 minutes, then add the rice, mix well until everything is well combined. Serve with the grilled shrimps. Enjoy 🙂

Crab Cups

My husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this weekend with a cosy dinner with our friends. I made these crab cups to serve as an appetizer and they were devoured.For these crab cups, I lined filo pastry into cupcake trays, brushed them with melted butter, then baked them till crisp. Set aside to cool. Mix 1 cup crabmeat with 1 Tbs lemon juice, 1 1/2 tbs finely chopped spring onions, 1 tbs mayonnaise and fill the mixture into the cups….. And serve!

Check out the recipe at : http://www.firsthandfitness.com/grilled-veggies-with-halloumi-salad.html

Check out my granola recipe at : http://www.firsthandfitness.com/homemade-granola-with-dried-fruit.html

Spaghetti with Yogurt & Mint.