Roasted Peanuts & Oats Dark Chocolate Barks with a Hint of Coconut

Roasted Peanuts & Oats Dark Chocolate Barks with a Hint of Coconut

I’m not a big fan of chocolate. I only eat chocolates when I receive it as presents. I receive really good ones though! But it’s about the sugar and how it gives me migraine. I was once addicted to Lindt Chili to the point I stash a few bars a week. Then I tasted Peruvian 70% Dark Chocolate Bar and Middle Eastern sweets including Baklava, Ballourie, Burma, Bassma and all that! I stopped craving for any kind of sweets after that. To me that was the best ever!

Until last week—-I suddenly wanted to make my own treats not for me but for my husband who does not eat chocolate either! Hence the chocolate barks were born. It’s the need to release my creativity! My husband ate everything and even funded me to make more. Dude, it was good! We have a brand name already and hopefully to cater anyone who wants to taste it! 🙂

Roasted Peanuts and Oats Chocolate Bark

Baked Paprika and Mustard Chicken

Baked Paprika and Mustard Chicken

PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 30 minutes TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes

Baked Paprika and Mustard Chicken, with potatoes and tomatoes, is flavorful, healthy, and good enough for company! Try it on served with brown rice or tortilla!

Chicken

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 lb skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • Paprika
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • Pressed garlic
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • White baby potatoes, garlic  head, tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp mustard sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a Ziploc bag, combine about 2 tbsp paprika, olive oil, mustard sauce, pinch each of salt and pepper. Mix together and add chicken at a time, lightly shaking. Pull the chicken pieces out and put on a large plate. Repeat the process, adding more spices if needed, until all the chicken has been coated.
  2. Preheat oven.
  3. Put chicken, potatoes, garlic, and tomatoes on a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle sugar on top of the chicken. Drizzle olive oil. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through. Chicken takes only 30 minutes in my oven.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper. Serve on rice or tortilla.

 

Chicken Paprika mustard recipe

 

 

How to Make an Earl Grey Chai As Alternative to Morning Coffee

How to Make an Earl Grey Chai As Alternative to Morning Coffee
earl grey masala chai
These items were gifts to me and my husband: Turkish caydanlik from my grandma; cup and saucer from my aunt/uncle; my sister gave us that mat from Thailand; notebook from my personal collection

There are days we are excited for coffee, but today isn’t that day. So I’m doing (a little) different to uplift my mood.

Today’s about ground spices and fragrant flavors! This version of my aromatic masala chai is made from crushed star anise, cinnamon, green cardamom, and nutmeg combined with Earl Grey tea. While Earl Grey tea has surprising health benefits, the citrus aroma of bergamot gives it a unique taste. I know so little about tea but I can distinguish tea leaves. Yes, you are right they don’t taste the same!

Preparing tea is meditative. It’s emptying your head while mixing the spices, boiling the water, and pouring tea. This chai is totally easy to make!

1) You need:

  • tea ball (to keep the spices intact)
  • 1 bag of Earl Grey tea
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 stick of cinnamon or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • almond milk or creamer
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • *option nutmeg

2) Grind the star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom. Make sure to pop the cardamom and crush the pods. Put the spices inside the tea ball.

3) Put water, tea bag, tea ball with the spices in a kettle or pot.

4) Boil for about 3 minutes, or until the tea goes very dark.

5) Serve in a cup, add almond milk and sugar to taste.

Tea is best served with pastry. Have you seen my carrot cake pudding? It’s easy to make even with an oven toaster.

Enjoy! 🙂

Quick Spinach Pesto Sandwich

Quick Spinach Pesto Sandwich

My reward after a day’s work. Yes, it’s my creation!

Just when I’ve thought I ran out of (yummy) food to eat, our fridge always proves me wrong. Left over spinach + evo + little garlic can turn into pesto, tomatoes, cheese, whole wheat bread, and of course my treasured ham = best snack in weeks! All you need is 5 minutes to prep.#quicksnackideas #hamSpinach ideas

Spicy Tofu Stew Vegan Recipe

Spicy Tofu Stew Vegan Recipe

Spicy Tofu Stew

Cut tofu into desired size. Bread regular firm tofu with all purpose flour.

Set saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the pan and sear tofu each side for about 2 minutes per side. Set aside.

In a sauce pan, add the butter, tomato paste, tomatoes, cumin seed powder, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Add the potatoes and carrots and continue to cook the stew for another 10 minutes. Add 1 tsp brown sugar. *You may add 1/2 cup of water to dissolve tomato paste.

Now get the saute pan where you seared the tofu and pour the sauce. Cook for 5 minutes. Serves 2.

Cafe Mediterranean, Our Family’s Mediterranean Favorite

Cafe Mediterranean, Our Family’s Mediterranean Favorite

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I was craving for grilled lamb a few weeks ago and I finally had one! Here’s Cafe Mediterranean’s Grilled Lamb Doner Sandwich. 

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As usual, my dad always gets Chicken Kebab plate with tabouleh and pita.

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Greca Pizza Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, grilled eggplant and oregano

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Barcelona Pizza Spanish chorizo and mozzarella

Turkey Doner Cafe Mediterranean

Me and my doner.

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Bolognese The classic meat sauce on spaghettini

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Mediterranea Pasta Sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, grilled eggplant and zucchini, anchovies on penne

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This family have dined in at all Cafe Med branches since early 2000s! Ultimate Fanaticos!

http://www.thecafemediterranean.com/

Click here to find a branch near you.

Pearl Barley Risotto with Tofu and Sausage

Pearl Barley Risotto with Tofu and Sausage

Risotto-Sausage-Tofu-Vegan

 

As my journey continues… I got more healthy food to cook and more ingredients to explore. 🙂