Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies

These flourless cookies are a dream if you're going gluten-free, especially with the perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.

Easy to make, and healthy as well. 

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies 


1 cup creamy peanut butter, unsalted 
1/4 cup honey
1 whole egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350F / 176C.

In a medium bowl, mix together the first five ingredients until a thick, gooey batter forms, then fold in the chocolate chips. Using a tablespoon, drop batter portions onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 8-10 minutes at to 350F / 176C, turning the pan half-way through the baking time so that the cookies brown evenly.

Once the cookies are lightly browned, remove the pan from the oven, and allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.  They will firm-up as they rest.

Serve at room temperature.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Summer Salad

Hello everyone! :)

Sorry, I have been away for a while.! I was visiting family back home with my family :) We had a blast and I miss them so much already!

While I was there, I did this delicious salad.  I named it Summer salad just because I have no name for it haha! It was refreshing, and so full of color and life.. just like summer! :)

It is easy to make!  Hope you enjoy!

Summer Salad

- 1 can asparagus
- 1 can beets
- 1 can palmito
- 1 can baby corn
- 1 can artichoke
- 3 tomatos, cut in medium sized cubes
- 3 cucumbers, cut in medium sized cubes
- 2 cups of lettuce, washed and cut for salad
- 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, cubed
- 2 avocados

For the dressing:
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Honey (little)


Mix all ingredients but the asparagus and avocado.  Pour dressing and mix slowly.  Decorate with avocado and asparagus as desired.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Halawet el Jeben (Sweet Cheese Rolls)

Halawet el Jeben is an old traditional Lebanese dessert. It is made out of cheese, semolina, filled with a cheese custard mix, and topped with sugar and rose blossom water served under the shape of sweet soft strips. The city of Tripoli, the northern capital of Lebanon, is considered as the best manufacturer of this kind of desserts.

It is so luscious you’ll get addicted!


Roll dough

400g mozzarella block
3/4 cup semolina (~ 150g)
3/4 cup water + orange flower water (50/50) (~ 200 mL)


250 g ricotta
250g mascarpone

To serve

sugar syrup with orange flower water: a cup of sugar + cup + 2 water flower water orange cs + qq drops of lemon juice
unsalted pistachios ground


Prepare the syrup: In a saucepan heat the sugar, water and orange flower water. Bring to a boil and boil for several minutes until the syrup thickens (it is important not it colors). Add lemon.

Prepare 2 rectangular trays (about 25 * 35 cm), or better a marble slab and pour the cold syrup, spread it on the surface.

The filling: whisk the ricotta and mascarpone to soften. Book aside.

Chop the mozzarella in food processor or you can just shred it.

In a frying pan / skillet (nonstick is important!), Cook semolina few minutes, until the smell feels (do not wait until it changes color), then add the cheese. Mix and add on liquid (water and orange blossom water).

Mix thoroughly until a dough block. Remove from heat.

Place half of the dough on the first tray, dip your hands in the cold syrup and spread over the entire surface. Repeat on the second.

Add the stuffing on one side across the width (the dough will already have had time to cool but wait a bit). Roll (2 revolutions), cut the first roll obtained. Repeat. 4 rolls per tray is obtained (you can pre-cut 4 rectangles and then train your putting).


Refrigerate out some time before serving (to avoid stuffing from melting).

Cut (about the size of a mouthful), sprinkle with pistachios and sprinkle sugar syrup (ater) at the last moment.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Roasted Garlic

The first time I tried this dip was at an Italian Restaurant.  They served a complimentary bread basket with dips, and among the dips there was a whole roasted garlic.  You would just pop out a roasted clove and mash it into the bread.  Tasted like heaven! 

You can eat the caramelized roasted garlic cloves directly out of the heads, add it to mashed potato, pastas, mash them up and add to toast or mix them with sour cream for a great dip.  I mainly roast garlic when I am cooking up my homemade marinara sauce.

Roasted Garlic


One or more whole heads of garlic
Olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 F / 190 C.

Open a squared piece of aluminum foil, big enough to have the garlic head/s in it.  Cut 0.5cm of the top part of the head.  Please it on the aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt on it.  Fold to close the foil well.  Bake for 45min. Open to cool a little and it is ready to be used.!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

I love sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash.  The sweet tasty aftermath that is left in the mouth is scrumptious!  My family does not usually like it, so I still work hard on testing recipes to see if they will like it.

I came up thru this recipe while using Pinterest, and the mix of Spinach with the Butternut Squash got me drooling!  let alone Ricotta cheese in it, looked delicious!  and well fit for my meatless cooking day!  This also does well being a side dish since it is meatless and it is great for vegetarian people.

The recipe is a vegetarian lasagna that calls for creamy texture and sweetness added to it.  My family liked it so definitely it will be on my meatless meal list!  

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna


Butternut Squash Filling:
- 2 cups butternut squash puree (see Instructions on how to do )
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup milk plus 2 tbsp
- 1/3 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Spinach Filling:
- 1 cup cooked spinach (8 oz uncooked)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- pepper, to taste

Other Ingredients:
- 10 oz lasagna noodles, cooked
- 1 and 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (or more)
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (Optional – I did not use)
- Paprika


 - Preheat oven to 375 F / 190 C.

Butternut Squash Filling:
    - To do the butternut squat filling, you would need to cut in half one butternut squat, remove seeds, and close it up in aluminum foil.  Place in oven and bake for 30min or until it is soft.  Once cooked, spoon out the meat and blend it until pureed.  To complete the filling, blend 2 cups of butternut squash puree  with Ricotta cheese, milk, salt and nutmeg. Add more milk if needed (to make the butternut squash filling very creamy). Mix very well, taste and add more salt, if needed.

Spinach Filling:
   - Combine spinach, Ricotta cheese, mozzarella, garlic, salt and pepper.

Cooking lasagna noodles:
   - Bring a very large pot of water to boil, and cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. Rinse in cold water, drain.

Lasagna assembly:
   - Grease the lasagna dish lightly with butter. Spread 1/3 of butternut squash filling on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle lightly with mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked lasagna noodles without overlapping.
   - Spread half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
   - Spread another layer (1/3) of butternut squash mixture, then sprinkle lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
   - Spread the remaining half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with the final layer of cooked noodles.
   - Spread a generous amount of butternut squash filling (the remaining 1/3) over this final layer of noodles, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and remaining mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup of mozzarella). Generously sprinkle the cheese with paprika if desired.
   - Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 min. Remove foil and bake additional 10 minutes.

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