Recipes

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Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)–for this i used half a package of jebli cheese, closest thing to cream cheese in morocco in my opinion
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 oreo cookies

Notes: honestly in hindsight i would’ve cut the amount of butter in half and put the entire package of jebli in there. my cookies didn’t have too much of the cheesecakey taste in it and i think that’s why

Directions:

  1. crush oreo cookies and set aside
  2. combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  3. form small balls (maybe a tablespoon-sized scoop)
  4. roll balls in crushed oreo
  5. place on baking sheet
  6. no idea how hot my oven is but it took about 12-15 mins to cook fully. watch that the bottoms don’t get too burned.

 

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Eggplant “Parmesan”

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1/4 kilo ground turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • two handfuls of grated cheese (i used a piece of red ball cheese because it’s the most accessible to me but honestly, cheese is cheese, man)
  • olive oil for frying eggplants
  • 2 cups of homemade marinara sauce (or if you are somewhere where you can easily just buy marinara sauce, then go for it. you can probs also just use spaghetti sauce in a jar)

Directions:

  1. slice eggplant in circles, maybe 1 inch thick
  2. sprinkle each slice generously w/ salt and lay them flat on the colander. you might also want to place a heavy object on them just to make sure all the moisture is out. i’d say let the eggplants sit like that for 30-45 mins. use paper towel to dab each slice dry before frying them
  3. heat olive oil in pan and fry the pieces until browned on both sides then set aside
  4. heat olive oil and cook the garlic until slightly browned but not burned
  5. throw in the ground turkey and brown
  6. add marinara sauce to the mixture and cook for maybe 5-7 mins.
  7. to assemble in pan, put a bit of marinara/spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan so the eggplant slices don’t stick while in the oven then lay eggplant pieces to cover the first layer then put marinara/spaghetti sauce on the eggplants and sprinkle some cheese. repeat the process til you run out of ingredients
  8. stick in the oven.

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Bananer Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananers
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4-1 cup of sugar i mean the bananers already make things pretty sweet but it depends on how sweet you like things.
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk

Directions:

  1. mash bananers
  2. mix everything in a large bowl
  3. butter pan
  4. stick in the oven.  (i don’t know the temperature or the amount of time needed because i’m in morocco. our oven temp. only goes from hot, hotter, and hottest and you basically just have to watch out for whatever it is you’re making or else everything will turn to toast!

Spicy Creamy Tomato Pasta

Ingredients:

  • half red bell pepper
  • half green bell pepper
  • half a small can of corn
  • red pepper flakes
  • noods of your choice

For the sauce…

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tomatoes peeled
  • 2 triangles of laughing cow cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. lets make the sauce first. so melt the butter and cook the garlic
  2. once the garlic turns golden brown, add milk and let simmer
  3. add peeled tomato and smash them a little
  4. add laughing cow cheese and keep letting it simmer until the cheese is melted.
  5. add salt and pepper
  6. now cook the noods
  7. in a large pan, cook bell peppers, corn, and red pepper flakes
  8. once the noods is done, add it to the pan with the veggies and stir fry for a couple of minutes
  9. now add sauce and make sure everything is coated.
  10. cook for two minutes and you’re done!

Pickled Garlic and Peppers

i’m not sure why i made this, nor do i have any real plans for them but i had some extra garlic so why not?! i’ll probably use it in a salad or something, we’ll see.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bulbs of garlic peeled and slice in half
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. boil water and vinegar
  2. add salt and sugar until melted
  3. put pepper and garlic in jar
  4. pour liquid in the jar
  5. let the jar sit w/ the lid open until the liquid is not hot anymore
  6. put the lid on tightly and store in the fridge for at least 2 weeks before using it

If you’ve ever tried banh mi sandwiches before or have had the good fortune of trying some vietnamese eggrolls then you’re familiar with the pickled carrots and radish.  you can use the same exact method but add way more sugar, i’d say 5 tbsp of sugar for the same recipe to make it tangy sweet and voila!

Onion Rings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion
  • oil for frying, enough to cover the onions in your pan + 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • paprika to taste

Directions:

  1. peel onion and slice in rings
  2. i heard somewhere that it’s good to let the onions soak in a bowl of ice water so do that as you’re preparing the batter
  3. combine in one bowl the flour, salt, baking powder, egg, 1 tbsp oil, and paprika
  4. heat the oil and wait 5 mins before you start frying the onions
  5. dry onions on paper towels then dip them one-by-one in the batter
  6. fry away!

California Roll in a Bowl

Ingredients: i ate the whole thing by myself but this would definitely feed 2 people 🙂

  • 1 cup rice- brown rice would be cool but short grain white is okay too
  • nori or if you don’t have access to it then lettuce works too or you don’t have to use either if you don’t have them
  • 4 sticks of imitation crab meet
  • 1 tbsp of mayo
  • 1 tsp sesame seed
  • if you’re fancy, you can add some chopped, cooked shrimp
  • half a ripe avocado cubed
  • half a medium-sized carrot, grated…i wish i had a carrot for my california roll bowl but i didn’t 😦
  • half a cucumber thinly sliced (like a matchstick)…i wish i had a cucumber too
  • salt to taste
  • siracha if you wanna make it hott!

For the dressing…

  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar but only if you’re fancy but regular vinegar is fine too
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Directions:

  1. shred crab meat (and cooked shrimp if you have it), add mayo, sesame seed and salt
  2. combine everything in a bowl!
  3. first the rice, then nori or lettuce, then add carrots, cucumber, avocado, and finally the crabmeat mixture on top and sprinkle dressing on top

Asian Meatballs

Ingredients: only enough for as many meatballs you see in the picture

  • 1/4 kilo ground beef (although i’m 80% sure i accidentally used turkey kefta for this one…still tasted good)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (reg oil is ok too)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs but since i didn’t have any, i crushed a handful of golden crackers 🙂
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • oil for frying

For the sauce…

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce (if you don’t have this, you can use soy sauce and brown sugar instead)
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar (reg vinegar works too)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Directions:

  1. in a big bowl, combine all the ingredients then make balls. mine were as big as a spoonful, does that make sense? so i would scoop up a spoonful and ball that.
  2. heat the oil and fry meatballs. make sure to rotate balls constantly so they cook evenly.
  3. in a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the sauce
  4. once meatballs are cooked, drain the oil from the pan and add sauce.
  5. cook until the sauce thickens a little

Honey Ginger Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (although it’s ok to leave this out since  you already have sesame seeds added)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (more if you wanna 🙂
  • 1 small red pepper (about an inch long) if you want to make it spicy

Directions:

  1. mix everything in a bowl and you’re done!
  2. you’ll obviously have lots of left over so have a clean jar ready

Noods Salad

Ingredients: it all depends on how much of it you want to make…you can eyeball but i’ll tell you what i put in it

  • yellow bell peppers
  • green bell peppers
  • carrots (sliced thin like match sticks)
  • cucumber (sliced like carrots
  • onions
  • noods (whatever you have on hand)
  • i added a little bit of chicken, no need though
  • toss w/ honey ginger dressing

Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 5 pieces of chicken
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • flour to coat chicken
  • oil to fry chicken plus 1 tsp for sauce

Directions:

  1. coat chicken with flour and fry until cooked
  2. mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl (honey, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds)
  3. add sauce to cooked chicken, let cook until sauce becomes thick
  4. sprinkle with sesame seeds and you’re done!

Noods in Peanut Sauce

Ingredients: 

  • i used chow mein noods but i suppose you can use whatever you want
  • 2 eggs
  • half red bell pepper
  • half yellow bell pepper
  • crushed peanuts

For the Peanut Sauce…

  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp peanut or sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp oil for frying
  • siracha or red pepper flakes if you like it hot!

Directions:

  1. make the peanut sauce first by combining all ingredients in a bowl
  2. cook noods
  3. scramble eggs in pan and set aside
  4. cook bell peppers and then add the scrambled eggs back in the pan
  5. add the noods to bell peppers and eggs and then pour peanut sauce over everything
  6. toss for a few minutes until everything is well covered
  7. sprinkle crushed peanuts over everything and serve.

Honey Cloud Pancake

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg plus 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • dash of salt
  • 2 tsp of honey plus some more to sprinkle on top
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • any soft fruit you want…i used banana because it was all i had

Directions:

  1. whisk the heck out of the egg white until it’s peaky
  2. in another bowl, make batter…mix egg, milk, flour, salt, honey, and, vanilla
  3. gently fold egg white into the batter…keeping it fluffy is important
  4. melt  butter in pan
  5. pour batter into the pan and cook on low heat.
  6. sprinkle fruit on top and cover pan after a few mins and let it cook some more. if you had an oven, this would be the time to put it in the oven to bake for a few mins–protip: if you are making this on stove top, after you’ve cooked it w/ the cover on, make sure you don’t leave the cover on the pan otherwise it becomes soggy and less fluffy…made that mistake so mine wasn’t as fluffy as i wanted it to be
  7. drizzle some honey and you’re done

Hamburger

Ingredients: for the patties

  • 1/4 kilo kefta (makes 3 patties)
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • handful of salt and vinegar chips crushed (i didn’t have breadcrumbs)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil to fry

Directions:

  1. mix everything in a bowl except the oil
  2. separate into three balls and form patties
  3. fry!
  4. assemble hamburger with whatever you want in it.

Here’s a little Barbecue Burger with Caramelized Onions: (same patty, just added onions and bbq sauce)

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