BEEF & VEGGIE STEW

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I know you are used to me posting quick recipes but to tell you the truth sometimes I crave slow cooked rich stews. PLEASE don’t get intimidated by the word “stew” & the cooking time, I promise you this recipe is soo easy & 2 hours of the cooking time won’t need your attention so basically it’s a 30 minutes recipe haha. Go enjoy a book or play with your kids & let the stove do the work for you. Continue reading “BEEF & VEGGIE STEW”

BEEF SHAWERMA & CHAPATI BREAD

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I won’t be talking much as you have 2 recipes below to read :)

I know beef shawerma is the kind of dishes that is best eaten at a restaurant but this recipe will give you street style shawerma at the comfort of your own home & without the tons of fats added to store bought shawerma sandwiches. Continue reading “BEEF SHAWERMA & CHAPATI BREAD”

BEEF STIR FRY WITH OYSTER SAUCE

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Although I am a huge fan of Asian food & I cook Chinese (specifically) not less than twice a week, I just realized that I have only one Asian recipe on my blog. How come, I don’t know! I am sorry guys, more Chinese food I promise!

If you love Beef Teriyaki, go check the recipe I posted a year ago & you will love me forever. As for now, let me tell you about this oyster sauce! It is SPOT ON; sweet & tangy yet not one of them is over powering! It sounds like a complicated sauce yet it is way too easy that you won’t believe you prepared the dish in no time.

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ALL PURPOSE DRESSING

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I just came back from my Easter vacation at the Red Sea just to find this horrible heat!!

What’s this guys?!! We are officially boiling :(

One of my worst nightmares is spending hours in the kitchen in such weather! I just can’t stand being cooked myself in front of the stove hahaha

Here comes my series of “quick solutions” to save us from getting a kitchen tan!

This All Purpose Dressing is my “go to” option when I want to serve my family tasty healthy food in NO TIME!!

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VEGGIE LOADED CLASSICAL BOLOGNESE SAUCE

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Believe it or not, bolognese sauce is one of the most difficult pasta sauce I have ever tried to cook. As basic as it may sound, it took me years to find the perfect recipe.

After over 10 total failures, I gave up & for the past year I never cooked bolognese sauce at home. It always came out very watery & very meat-y; you could feel the chunks of minced meat in your mouth & the sauce never stuck to the pasta! NEVER!!

Three months ago; I felt really offended! Seriously?!! Bolognese sauce!! One of the most basic pasta sauces ever!! I challenged myself & my research trip started :)

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OVEN BAKED MEATBALLS WITH BURGHUL

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I have always had a busy life but after having my kids, it became more of a circus!

I am on duty 247 even during my sleep; sometimes I just feel like screaming my lungs out but then I remember that one has to live each memory with full joy because those moments (with all their stress) will never come again!

In the middle of all this, creating some “me time” at the kitchen is a priority. Not only do I love cooking; it is also the only place where I release all my negative energy & recharge for tomorrow! Simply, my comfort zone!

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TERIYAKI BEEF STIR FRY

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For all Teriyaki lovers, this is your new addiction!

Ever since Teriyaki Stir Fry Beef appeared on the menus of Asian restaurants & I fell in love at first bite. I just ADORE it … I can devour anything .. literally anything covered in Teriyaki.

I searched the Internet over & over for the recipe but it always required Mirin & Sake which aren’t available in Egypt. I tried to work around with Soy Sauce & all kinds of sweeteners but still didn’t reach the flavor I am looking 

& FINALLY I NAILED IT!

Here you go ladies & gentlemen … Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry!

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Stir frying is a very easy yet tricky cooking technique. The dish is cooked in no time but you have to be aware of 3 very important things:

  • You need a hot pan … a really hot pan!
  • The beef cut you are using makes a huge difference in the outcome of this recipe; I am using beef tenderloin & not those store-bought strips
  • You have to prepare all the ingredients next to you before cooking because if the beef is overcooked you will end up with rubbery slices

TERIYAKI BEEF STIR FRY

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 25 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

For the marinade:

  • 800 gm lean tenderloin beef, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • Salt & pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (see notes) 
  • 1/4 cup black molasses  عسل أسود 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional) 

For the stir fry:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium green pepper sliced into 1.5 cm strips
  • 1 small onion sliced into 1.5 cm strips
  • 2 small green onion sprigs thinly sliced (green & white parts separated)
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Place the beef slices in a bowl, add all the marinade ingredients & keep in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk all the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl & set aside.
  3. Cook the beef: Heat a large pan over high heat until hot. Add 1 tbsp oil then add the beef slices. Cook for 2 minutes on each side until the edges start to caramelize. DON’T OVERCROWD the pan; you can do this over 2-3 batches because you want the beef to get a nice color & not steam. Remove the beef onto a plate & set aside.
  4. Cook the Veggies: With your heat still on high, add another tbsp oil to the pan then add the pepper, onion & white parts of the green onion. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes until slightly softened, remove onto a plate & set aside.
  5. With the heat still on high, add the sauce to the pan*, let boil for about 1 minute to thicken & reduce.
  6. Return the beef slices & veggies to the pan, toss with the sauce. Turn off the heat, sprinkle with the sesame seeds & green parts of the green onion.  Serve immediately.

Notes: 

  • Teriyaki sauce bottle is available in the Asian Aisle of Seoudi, Alfa, Sunny Supermarkets & Hypermarkets.
  • Adding 3/4 of the sauce amount to the pan creates the perfect beef to sauce ratio but in case you like a lot of sauce to spoon over rice/noodles, add the full amount stated in the recipe.
  • Remember! This dish cooks over high heat & takes literally minutes to come together. Don’t worry your beef will not be undercooked!