Roasted Eggplant Pannini — Roasted Eggplant Sandwich


Roasted Eggplant Pannini

Roasted Eggplant Pannini

Roasted Eggplant Pannini


I love eggplants.  Grilled, roasted, cooked, fried, baked, dips you name it.  If you’re like me you love this Roasted Eggplant Pannini.   It’s so simple to make & very delicious.

This is a great brunch idea for a small crowd or just when you are making lunch for two.

For the Pannini press you can get from Amazon, just click on the link below to order from Amazon.

Hamilton Beach 25450 Gourmet Panini Press

You need the following:

1 medium size roasted eggplant

1  roasted red onion

1 jar of roasted red bell pepper

1 ciabatta  bread

1/4 cup of fresh basil

1/2 cup of shredded fontina cheese

Drizzle of olive oil

Salt to taste


I hope you make it for your family & friends.  Enjoy!

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Biscuit au Chocolat: No Bake Chocolate Cookies

Biscuit au Chocolat


Biscuit au Chocolat

Biscuit au Chocolat


My grandson Adam came over to spend the weekend with his nanny (yours truly) and again, I wanted Adam to spend some time with me in the kitchen so I decided to make cookies that do not require any baking.  However,  you need to freeze the biscuit au chocolat.

Biscuit au chocolat is French for Chocolate cookie, it’s simple and very easy to make. Adam & I had fun making them.  He started eating the cookies before we started making it.  We had so much fun,   we wanted to share it with you.

Biscuit au Chocolat

Kakao,cookies, condensed milk & butter

Kakao,cookies, condensed milk & butter

You need the following:

1-2 packages of Maria biscuit or Ulker tea biscuit

1 can of condensed milk

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

1 stick of melted butter


In a saucepan, melt the butter and set aside.  In a large bowl, break the cookie into pieces, add in the cocoa powder, the condensed milk and butter.  Mix to combine the ingredients.

Mix of biscuit qu chocolat

Mix of biscuit au chocolat

Shape into logs, then roll them in a plastic wrap and freeze the logs for a few hours or overnight.

Biscuit au chocolat logs

Biscuit au chocolat logs

Slice each log into discs and serve.  I know you will love making this for your family and friends.

Biscuit au chocolat

Biscuit au chocolat






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Cheese Kunafa (Middle Eastern Dessert)



Kunafa is a cheese pastry that is famous in the Middle East.  It is a dessert specialty  of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Palestine.

There are different ways of how the kunafa is made, but I would like to share with you a very simple and delicious way of making the kunafa.  Kunafa Nablisia.

Kunafa is also eaten for breakfast, in Lebanon it is also eaten with a bread like (kaake) topped with sesame seeds and drizzled in attar a sugar syrup.

You will need the following:

1 box of shredded filo dough

4 – 6 oz of sweet cheese

1 tsp kunafa coloring

1 stick of butter

2 tbs of butter ghee

2 tbs organge blossom water

1-2 cups of syrup

Ground Pistachio for garnish

Please watch video for easy step by step direction how to make kunafa.


Attar (Sugar Syrup)

For the sugar syrup you need the following:

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

1 cinnamon stick

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 tbs of orange blossom water.


Please watch video for step by step direction how making the attar (sugar syrup).

Hope you make it for your family and friends.




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Raw Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream … Healthy & Delicious

Adam’s Chocolate Ice Cream 


homemade & healthy chocolate ice cream

Homemade chocolate ice cream


My grandson’s name is Adam,  he is 7 years old and he is a handful.  To keep him busy & to get him away from the TV,  I asked him to help me in the kitchen to bake a cake together.  He suggested ice cream instead,  so I developed this recipe with him in mind, I hope you enjoy it as much as Adam & I did.  I encourage you to have your kids join you in the kitchen, but please make sure it’s safe for them to help you.

Since Adam loves ice cream, and most kids do love sweets, his dad pays attention to everything Adam  puts in his mouth.  I developed this healthy homemade chocolate ice cream that is good for Adam & all of us.  The ingredients in this recipe are flavors I like, however, you can use fresh fruits such as strawberries, banana.  Coconut manna  & and raw honey, some cream or almond milk, are added in when making ice cream, you can play with ingredients according to your taste & use other flavors according to your liking.

You don’t need an ice cream maker for this, all that is needed is a food processor.  There is,  however a little preparation, you need to freeze the fruits prior to making the ice cream.

Banana is the base for this ice cream and the coconut manna.  There is no need for sugar because the bananas are sweet and we will be adding a little bit of raw honey.

Also, the measurement is for three to four servings, but you can double the recipe for as much or as little of any ingredient you like.

Chocolate Ice Cream


Chocolate ice cream ingredients

3 – 4 bananas, frozen

1/4 cup of coconut manna

3 tbs of raw honey

1/4 cup raw cocoa powder

Cool whip optional for topping

In a food processor, add in the diced up frozen banana and pulse until almost smooth, add in the coconut manna and mix again.  You want an ice cream like consistency, add in the cocoa powder and the honey.  Pulse until you have the mixture just like ice cream.   Freeze the ice cream and then serve whenever you want.  Serve the ice cream in a glass or an ice cream cone.

This is a great recipe and it’s another way for kids to eat fresh fruits that sweetened with healthy ingredients such as raw honey & coconut manna.  This ice cream recipe is healthy and a great dessert for kids and for the entire family.







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Nammoura …Semolina Cake Recipe!




Desserts are a favorite of many as the best part of the meal.  We try not to give in but lets face it,  no matter how hard we try to be good, finally we give in and indulge.

Nammoura is a weakness of mine, it’s a cake that I give in to always.  Nammoura is made with yogurt and semolina flour then drizzled with sugar syrup, I know you’ll love.  There are many recipes for Nammoura, some recipe use coconut when making the batter, mine is the original way, even though I make Nammoura lots of times and it’s delicious, but I still crave the Nammoura from South Lebanon I had as a child.

I think the reason for the Nammoura I had  as a child is the ingredients.  It was one of the best tasting, the yogurt used in the Nammoura is fresh milk straight from the cow.  And the ghee (fresh butter) that was used,  was made from fresh ingredients, simply put, their Nammoura was amazingly delicious.

For the Syrup

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

1 juice of half lemon

1 cinnamon stick

In a medium size quart, add the sugar, water, juice of half a lemon and the cinnamon stick, bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

For this recipe, the syrup needs to be hot when poured over the Nammoura.


For the Nammoura

  1 & 1/2 cups of  semolina flour


Nammoura Cake Batter

1 cup of yogurt

1 stick of melted unsalted butter

1 cup of sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of Tahini paste

1/4 cup of almonds

In a large bowl, combine the semolina, the yogurt, the butter and sugar.  Mix all the ingredients well.  Add in the vanilla extract, and the baking powder.  You can add the coconut flakes at this point if using.

Spread the tahini paste in a medium, you can use butter to butter the bottom of the pan if you don’t have tahini.  Pour your mixture and spread evenly.  Cut the mixture into squares and top with almonds in each square.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  As soon as the Nammoura comes out of the oven pour over the hot syrup immediately.

Nammoura out of the oven

Let the Nammoura cool off completely, cut into squares, serve with tea or coffee.







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