Fancy leftovers: Molekheya sandwich

This is what you do on a Friday afternoon with no planned lunch and have amazing leftover molekheya and homemade walnut bread: you take two slices of bread and mash the already cooked with molekheya garlic cloves and spread it on the bread. Scoop the molekheya and add fresh coriander and basil leaves for a crunch. And then you enjoy with a cold bottle of sparkling water!

Happy Friday!

The Eton mess

Since I still had many meringues left from my previous order and my mother wanted a dessert to take to her friend’s, I made something I always wanted to make, the Eton mess.

All you need:

  • A trifle or glass bowl
  • a packet of strawberries, thinly sliced
  • meringues, crushed, enough to cover the bottom of the bowl
  • 1 cup cream, whipped and sweetened with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean

Arrange the crushed meringues at the bottom of the bowl and then scatter the thinly sliced strawberry on top.

Spoon the whipped cream and swirl for an effect. Lastly, arrange whole meringues to decorate.

My mother also melted some chocolate and swirled the melted chocolate on top. She did this while I was already out so I didn’t take a picture of the final look. She said it looked beautiful, so I trust her on that.

Salmon, fresh herbs and lemons

So I quit my job!
And what have I been up to lately? Baking and cooking of course!

On my first day of unemployed life, I woke up early in the morning and went to Sultan to grab a fresh salmon fillet. Look how beautiful it looks!

I wanted to bake the salmon with fresh herbs and lemons.

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Express: spaghetti with tomato sauce

When in doubt, have some spaghetti with tomato sauce!

It’s quick and easy and delicious!

A lot of people do not realize how easy it is to make your own tomato sauce. It always beats buying ready-made sauce with a million additives that you really don’t want. I’ve always added this recipe, if you even want to call it a recipe, in a e-booklet I prepare for family and friends when they travel.

To serve 2 people all you need is:

  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • your choice of pasta (penne or spaghetti works best)

In a small sauce heat the olive oil and then add the garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add then tomatoes and cook until it bubbles. Reduce to low heat and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.

The tomatoes will turn into a thick sweet sauce. Add the salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta as instructed and save a ladle-full of the pasta water. In the same pot that you cooked the pasta in, return the drained pasta, the tomato sauce and the pasta water and mix under very low heat.

And enjoy!

Baked apple pouches

I got the idea of this simple and easy dessert while my mother was describing another apple dessert she saw on Food Network. My mind completely blocked what she was saying and wandered off.

The night before Ramadan I already knew I was going to experiment with this idea.

With the help of my mother and her suggestions, this is the result…

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