Hearty Meals for Winter: Koshari

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Koshari is one of my favorite comfort food, specially in the winter time. It’s a perfect #meatlessmonday dish, meatless but full of flavors and textured dish.

Ingredients:

For the Rice

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 cup of green lentils
  • 1/4 cup of angel hair pasta / spaghettini
  • 1 cup of macaroni
  • 1/4 chopped large onion
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of  sunflower oil

For lightly caramelized onions

  • 3/4 chopped large onion for the lightly caramelized onions
  •  High heat oil as needed

For the sauce

  • 500 gr tomato puree
  • half fresh red chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 liter of water
  • 2 tablespoons of  sunflower oil
  • salt to taste

Please see how to make koshari down below.

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Can you smell the holiday season already? Yes, the smell of home baked Christmas cookies or ginger bread, mulled wine…Christmas for me is more about traditions than a religious celebration, growing up as a TCK  I really missed having good family traditions especially during the holidays as different cultures have different holiday traditions.

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Now that my kids are TCKs as well, we try to make our own traditions, like using a real Christmas tree that we keep alive since 2 years ago. It would be nice to see the tree grows as the children grow. We also keep the decor minimal, I feel annoyed when I see a Christmas tree so over decorated that  you can not even see the leaves, decorations suppose to accentuate not to cover the whole thing… poor tree.

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This year, to keep up with the minimalist theme, we started a new tradition and decided to have a €5 challenge for gifts, so only things that cost €5 to buy or to make for each recipient. We want to enjoy the season more instead of having the “rush”.

Happy Holidays All!

Minimalist Meal: Tabbouleh (tabbouli) Recipe / Simple Mediterranean Salad

I think I can call my self a foodie, I love cooking, baking, tastings, cook books, kitchen gadgets (all gadgets for that matter), day dreaming about delicious foods around the world, and the list goes on and on. With all that being said, there are also somedays that I just crave for something simple to eat, healthy, yet easy and quick to prepare, Tabbouleh is one of those my go to dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • 5-6 small tomatoes
  • half cup of couscous /bulgur
  • half cup of boiling water (depends on the type of bulgur see it’s individual directions on the packaging)
  • lemon juice from half medium lemon
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

Please see the video down below on how to make it.