Sunday, March 23, 2014

GREEK Salad Love



One of my favorite salads by all means, it is mostly on my weekly meals and I just can eat it for lunch and am satisfied.

I have been doing it with the regular creamy feta cheese that comes processed in the super market but I was lucky to find a new brand in Dubai; while I was in the "Ripe Market" in safa park last week, the company producing it had a booth to promote their new feta cheese and oooh my this is the real this I loved it.
By the way  (feta cheese is called in Egypt old stored white cheese khazeen cheese as we call it), the feta cheese is the Greek name, and this one is recipe using the feta cheese is  a winner recipe very easy with some touches from my side I Don't stick to the original recipe I like mine more.

Ingredients: 

Feta cheese you can either choose the one here in the pic or the regular white or feta processed cheese both are lovely and have different flavors so choose what is near to your taste



Half the pack feta cheese (either any brand)
1/2 pack Cherry Tomato cut in halves (you can use normal tomato and cut in big chunks)
2 medium cucumbers 
2 medium capsicum green pepper
1 medium onion
black olives sliced (you can get it ready sliced from the super market near the fresh cheese fridge or as this one in the pic (as much as you like it )

The Dressing :

1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoon mustered 
2 tables spoon olive oil 
salt pepper and oregano to taste 




Step One:

Not much to do just cut up the veggies big chunks for the cucumber and the green pepper and slice the onions 



Step Two:

Mix the dressing ingredients together until well combined


Step Three:

Put the veggies in a salad bowl or plate drizzle the dressing and toss it all around until well coated with the dressing 



Step Four:

Cut the feta cheese into small cubes and place it on top of the veggies and then sprinkle with little oregano and indulge as Malika says yummy yummy in my tummy looool




Hope you liked the recipe and would try it soon
adios pretties xoxox


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oven grilled Cilantro fish and potatoes


Fish and chips is not even a recognized term in My country EGYPT this is how we eat our fish most of the time either charcoal grilled oven grilles or fried.

This recipe is an all times favorite for me i love the combination of the White Mi=ollet fish with potatoes with the cilantro cumin garlic marination. 
This is easy delicous and really healthy and light, we only going to use 2 olive or vegitable oil here (i like to add more to get my potatoes crisp with a bit burned edges ) yup that is how i like it.
First you need to get your hands on fresh fish i get mine early morning from carrfour or Almaya supermarket haven't tried the union co op yet but will do soon inshhaallah
ask the fishery guy to clean it good inside and outside and then you are set to start.


Ingredients are simple


2 White mullet fish 
cilantro leaves
potatoes
fresh garlic (the more you use the better the recipe taste i used here around 8-10 cloves)
salt 
pepper
1 full tea spoon cumin powder
2 table spoon olive oil
1/4 cup water


Step One:

Wash the cilantro peel the garlic and place them in a pestel and mold and press them together very good add along salt pepper and the cumin 

I got mine wood because i can't stand the noise coming from the metal one 
here is how the mix looks after will pressed



Step Two:

Wash and peel the potatoes and cut it into cirles not too thick to cook entirly and not too think to burn before the fish is done.

layer the potatoes in your baking dish andmix it good with some of the cilantro garlic mix



Step Three:

Bring the fish and make insisions in the surface from bowth sides and fill it with the cilantro mixture and also inside the fish tummy like the pic below.

Place the fish over the potatoes layer drizzle it with the oilve and the 1/4 cup of water.



Step Four:

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and make some small holes with a fork or a knife and place in oven on medium heat let's say 170 c for about 20-25 minutes untill the water is absorbed and the potatoes tender test it witha fork.

Remove the foil and leave it for another 5 minutes and you can also open the broiler from top. and that's it.


The pictures didn't come out as beautiful as the dish and those fishy eyes in the pix gives me the creeps ahahhaha.

really really an easy tasty dish that i am sure you will love and you can have with bread or white rice, we usually eat this with a rice called sayadeya but this is a recipe for another day.





Thursday, March 13, 2014

Easy & Light Chocolate Cinnamon Cake pops

cinnamon cake pops chocolate easy and light yummy

Cake pops is one fun way to bake with your kids and amazingly on demand in kids parties besides it looks pretty and add a kick to your desserts table.

This recipe is sooo easy that you feel you want to make everyday, i first tried it at my friends house when i was in alexandria last year i poped up to visit her and i wanted something sweets and voila she got this out of the fridge and i was in awww.

Most cakeposps requires frosting to make it easy to shape and add to the taste and it is a bit heavy but with this recoipe we use sugar syrup instead of the frosting it is easier to make and a lot lighter than the butter sugar mixture for frosting. (this is the same i use with konafa and katayef for  ramadan desserts ).

Cake Pops Ingredients: 
1 Box ready made chocolate cake mix (i used betty crockers)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 full tea spoon cinnamon powder
Sugar strands for coating 



lets have fun :


Step One:

get your Betty Crocker ready cake mix and bake it according to the instructions at the back of the box. g  after it is done get it out and let it cool.

Step Two:
while the cake is baking start working on your sugar syrup it is easy add the water and the sugar to a small pan put on medium high heat until it boils, dissolve the cinnamon powder in syrup and let it boil for 5 minutes then turn off the heat.


This is how it looks after if finished a sweet cinnamony smooth sugar syrup.


Step Three:

After the cake cooled get a fork and start crumble the cake with the fork untill it is all breaked up, then add the sugar syrup to the crumbled cake like the pic below.


Step Four:

Now you need to use your hands here mix very well the cake with the syrup until all the cake crumbs absorbs the syrup and form a big ball like the pic below.

cake pops mixture with cinnamon sugar syrup


Step Five:

It is time to play you now need to form small balls (here you can have your kidz to mess up and have some play and mommy kiddoz time together) balls can be any size up o your liking but i like it small like 2.5 to 3 cm balls. this recipe yields about 50 pops which is enough for a small party i guess. if you want more double up the cake and the sugar syrup.

chocolate cinnamon cake pops in the making how yummy is that


Step Six:

Now all you need is to coat this little cuties you can choose a chocolate coating but I find it fun to do do with the kidz and more colorful to use sugar strands, I used this one in the pic but you can choose and colors combination you like or that fits perfectly with your party color scheme.
This can be more yummy if you add fine crushed roasted hazelnuts to the coating or inside the dough oooooh I didn't have much in hands but if you have hazelnuts and no one has allergies please do try it with the roasted hazelnuts it makes a huge difference in the taste 


Just start roll your pops in the sugar strands until coated all over and voila you are done.


So since we didn't use frosting which have butter these pops wont harden enough to hold pop sticks like regular pops so i put it in mini cupcake cups for presentation. so how cute is that.


chocolate cinnamon cake pops easy and light a must try


Friday, March 7, 2014

The Easiest Way to Map an Image



Coupe of weeks ago  I added a new Page to my Blog Called "Link Parties Index" I thought it would be handy for many bloggers who chase link parties every day to get exposed and mingle with other amazing bloggers, I myself don't miss a day I get too much inspiration from those parties that I feel I will explode loooool.


Any ways while doing it i thought to myself it would be a great idea if I make a post about how I mapped my pictures with different link parties board on my pinterest account.

Here is the pic I used

I used Photoshop to design it but if you can't use Photoshop you can easily design one with Picmonkey it is free service for photo editing online
And here is an old post about "How to use Picmonkey" 

After you finish designing you should upload your photo to your drop-box or Photobucket so u can copy the image URL

I uploaded mine to my public folder at my drop-box

Here is a screen shot of what you should do from my drop-box you need to upload your pic then right click on it and choose copy public link as shown in the pic below.


Step Two:

Now you need to open this site "Images Map"

This is what you will see when you open the link you now should paste the public link you copied from the previous step.


and then press the start mapping orange button below the link you just pasted


Now you will get a screen like this one you should click on "click to continue"



Now you will get this screen below you now need to right click on the first square with the sunday link parties and choose create rectangle 



You will get the next screen with a rtectangle to make it the size of the area you want to link to the pinterest board while you get a small box where you should paste the URL you want to link to.



Now what do we need; we want to link every square of those to a pinterest board on my account.

So for example I want to link the first square to my Sunday board; what I will do is I will go to my Sunday board and copy the board URL like the pic below.



Step Three:


Now remember this pic again here we stick the copied pinterest URL to the orange box so it is linked exactly to rectangle are of the Sunday link parties image.


Step Four: 

you will Keep doing this to every square on the image and link it to the coordinating pinterest board URL until you are finished.

Step Five:

Now you need to right click on your image after finishing the linking process and choose the get code option like the pic below (Notice the red areas it indicates the areas that are linked)



And you will be able to get the HTML code




Step Five:

What I needed to do here is to take that code and paste it in a tab on my blog, so I went and created a new page on my blog.

so you need to go to your dashboard and choose pages


And then choose a new page  like the pic below 


and now you will need to choose the HTML option for the editing mood for the page 



Now  you need to copy the HTML code we got for our image map from the imagemap.com and paste it here like the pic below (I named the page test link party so I know which page I should delete after the tutorial)


 Now press publish on the top right corner 

Now when you go to see your blog you will find the new created page tab like the pic below



Go click on the new page tab  and you will find the mapped image 


And that's it when you click any of the link parties day you will be directed to that specific board on my pinterest 

I know this was long but i tried to do it as much detailed as I can so you find it easy yourself once you get use to the process it will not take any time from you and you will master it easily.

Hope this was good enough for you to learn how to map images

Plz go ahead if you think any part is not clear as me so i can help you more 

let me know if you used it and it helped you 

love you sweets xoxox



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