Roasted Eggplant Shakshuka

Shakshuka with smoky roasted eggplant – what more should I say? I bet you know how amazing this one is!

I took a break from the Whole30 program. It happened before Ramadan. It was difficult. Although I paused for a while, I didn’t really lost it – I didn’t go back to my old eating habits. Well, I did eat non-Whole30 compliant foods, but I did not go back to the old me like I would swallow the whole dish of pasta in one go. Just kidding – my tummy can’t hold the whole dish, maybe half. 😀

What made me happy taking a break from Whole30 is I could eat whatever I want – rice, bread, pasta, sweets – yes, anything bad for my body. But hey, I did not overeat. I had self-control and it was great! I did not lose or gain a single pound, so I guess I did great. I am still cheering for myself.

So if you know the Whole30 rules, you know that cheese is a NO. I listed down stuff I wanted to eat when I took a break and one of them is cheese. I eat cheese like that’s the last cheese on earth. The only thing resisting is my migraine. That’s time I need to stop. I love shakshuka with feta cheese! It tastes amazing with lots of crumbled feta on top. I took a break from the program, but I tried balancing stuff. And when I said balancing stuff, I didn’t mean cookie on one hand and cupcake on the other. I mean a Whole30 compliant ingredients with a little healthy-ish on top (and yes, that’s feta cheese)!

I used smoked paprika in this dish coz I love smoked paprika. Did I say that it is my favorite spice powder? The shakshuka came out really nice. I did not eat this with bread – I was happy with lots of crumbled feta cheese. 😀

Roasted Eggplant Shakshuka

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium eggplants, sliced into 1cm round
  • olive oil, to brush the eggplants
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/3 parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 coriander, chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 4 large firm and ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 x 400g can whole peeled tomatoes, pureed in a blender*
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 eggs (or more)
  • Coriander, for garnish
  • Crumbled feta cheese, to serve
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix garlic, parsley, coriander, smoked paprika, cumin and dried chili flakes. Set aside.
  3. Brush each sliced eggplant with olive oil.
  4. Roast for 15 minutes on one side, and another 10 minutes on the other side. Remove cooked eggplants from the oven and chop into quarters. Add to the bowl of herbs-spices mixture. Stir to coat.
  5. In a large skillet with medium heat, add olive oil. Add in onion and cook until translucent. Add in chopped tomatoes and cook until soften and juices has been released (about 5 minutes). Add in pureed tomatoes and simmer in a low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the eggplant mixture and stir to combine. Simmer again for 5 minutes. Add brown sugar, lemon juice and vinegar. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Make about 4 indents (you can make more if you want to add more than 4 eggs) and crack an egg in each indent. Put on a lid and cook until eggs are set according to your preference.
  7. Season the eggs with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped coriander and crumbled feta cheese.
  8. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.

Source recipe: Roasted Eggplant Shakshuka by The Brick Kitchen

Note: You can also use pureed tomatoes. It’s just that whole peeled tomatoes was the only one I had. 

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{Whole30} Cajun Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash

With the combination of  ghee, olive oil, garlic and Cajun seasoning, this roasted butternut squash will be a new favorite of yours. 

Squash is one of my favorite veggies. In fact, it was the first veggie I have eaten as a child. My Mom used to cook it with coconut milk, mash the squash and add little white rice. That’s what I did with my siblings, too. No wonder, squash is their top favorite like me. I must admit that we do the mashing of squash until now.

Although I love squash a lot, I haven’t tried roasting them. I think that’s because whenever I try to attempt trying a different recipe, I still end up cooking the one I grew up eating. This time, I had to fight it.

homemade cajun seasoning

Roasting squash is very easy. Peeling and cutting is the insane part that I almost knocked at my neighbor’s door to help me with it. 😀 I am very happy that my efforts paid off.

This roasted butternut squash is flavored with homemade cajun seasoning. I am not very familiar with cajun seasoning and I see so many versions so I followed what I felt I’d love. I am very pleased that everything turned out incredibly good! With the combination of ghee and olive oil with garlic, it tastes amazing!

I am happy to share this with my friends at Fiesta Friday #165. Thanks to our host, Angie and to our co-hosts this week, Monika and Diann.

Cajun Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to large butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp ghee, melted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (I have a recipe below)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parsley, roughly chopped, to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 420 F. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil or a deep large pan which can accommodate your squash.
  2. Cut the squash lengthwise, peel and remove the seeds.
  3. Brush all sides of the squash with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the squash on the greased pan, cut side down.
  5. Roast for about 20 minutes.
  6. While the squash is roasting: In a small bowl, combine ghee, olive oil, Cajun seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper. You can do a taste test and adjust accordingly.
  7. After 20 minutes, remove the pan from the oven. Transfer the squash to a board. It’s like making hasselback potatoes, make crosswise cuts, about 1/8-inch apart, making sure not to cut all the way thru the bottom. To make this easier, you can place chopsticks or wooden spoons on the long side of the squash so you don’t cut all the way thru the bottom.
  8. Transfer the “hasselback” squash to the baking pan. Pour the oil and ghee mixture, making sure to coat everything between the slits.
  9. Roast for another 20-30 minutes, basting with the cooking juice every 10 minutes.
  10. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Source recipe: Eatwell101

Homemade Cajun Seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili/cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients and keep them in an airtight container.

Enjoy your weekend, people! Happy Fiesta Friday!💃🏻

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Gochujang Hummus

Take your classic hummus to the next level with Gochujang – one of best new combos!

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If you know me well, then you also know about my undying love for hummus… and my dying gochujang. 😀 I’ve been avoiding suicidal attempts that might take place anytime inside the cupboard and the fridge. I do not want such bloody scene! I don’t think you want me reporting such case, right?

So… hummus met gochujang… and they lived happy ever after… inside my tummy! 😛

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The gochujang gave an extraordinary spice and taste to the classic hummus. It was uh-mahzing! The gochujang can go from 1 tbsp to 2 tbsp – depending on how spicy you want the hummus to be. I think I used 2 tbsp and I am telling you – I polished off the whole plate. My cousin even asked me “Are you going to eat the whole thing yourself?” And I proudly said “Yes!”. Ohhh! It was so good! I enjoyed it with pita bread!

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And with all the holiday eating you’ve had, I thought of bringing a light dish to this week’s Fiesta Friday #152 – the final party for 2016. How amazing that I am co-hosting with Ginger this week, closing Fiesta Friday party for the year. And let me mention that I did co-host the first FF party this year, too. Yay! Opening and ending the FF party this year – how lovely!

Link up your best treats for our final FF party for 2016. Let’s celebrate together!

Happy 2017 to you, lovely people! I wish you a blessed, healthy 2017. I am so grateful for your amazing friendship! See you next year! 😉 

Gochujang Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, not drained (optional: you can reserve 1 heaping tbsp for serving later)
  • 3 cloves garlic, skins removed
  • 1/3 cup tahini (1/2 cup tahini if you don’t want to skin the chickpeas)
  • 1-2 tbsp gochujang
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

To serve (optional):

  • Olive oil
  • Few pieces chickpeas
  • Roughly chopped parsley

Instructions:

SKINNING THE CHICKPEAS IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SKIN THE CHICKPEAS, SKIP INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 1-3. 

  1. Separate the chickpeas and its water. Reserve the chickpeas water for later.
  2. In a shallow dish, place your drained chickpeas and remove the skin. Hold one chickpea with your index finger and thumb and it will easily pop out. Repeat until all skins have been removed. This will take about 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can also place the drained chickpeas in a bowl and add water. Getting handful of chickpeas, rub them together using your both hands. Some skins will be easily removed, but some will still stay. You can pour out the water with the skins. Since some of the skins are still intact, you can do the same process until most of the skins have been removed.
  3. Wash the skinned chickpeas and drain.
  4. Place the chickpeas in a heatproof bowl and put back the reserved chickpeas water.
  5. Add the garlic cloves and microwave on medium-high for 5 minutes. Let cool.
  6. In a food processor or blender, add in the microwaved chickpeas with garlic along with lemon juice, salt, tahini and 1 tbsp gochujang. While the food processor/blender is mixing, add in olive oil. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Adjust the seasoning at this point, if desired. If you prefer the hummus to be more spicy, add another 1 tbsp of gochujang.
  7. Transfer into container and place in the fridge for at least one hour to thicken and develop the flavor. (I placed mine overnight)
  8. To serve, drizzle more olive oil, chickpeas and roughly chopped parsley. Serve with your favorite crackers, veggies or pita bread.

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Spicy Tomato Eggs

A healthy comfort food that’s delicious, spicy and filling. It’s very easy and quick to make, too. 

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Last week, my boss asked me to do my most hated thing at work- FILING! I dislike filing stuffs more than I dislike cinnamon (does it have to be all food-related?). I didn’t have any choice, but to comply. I was started doing my thing when my colleague arrived with her kids. The 13-year old girl told me filing is very easy:

The 13-year old girl: Hey, what are you doing? Why all these folders on the floor?

Me: The boss asked me to file all these stuffs and your Mom knows I hate filing.

The 13-year old girl: Really? Filing is really easy. See, in my room, I have so many papers like you. They are filed according to subjects. 

Me: See, I also know how to file. I take the papers and stuff them inside the office cupboard.

And everybody laughed.

After our conversation, I started thinking “What if I just imagine my office files as subjects? Maybe I’d be better at it.” I still haven’t finished what I started, but I am getting there. 😉

Filing those loads of papers was not an easy task for me that it slowly drained my battery. During such times, all I can do after a tiring day at work is to prepare something comforting, easy and quick. Well, not a “5-minute quick”… it’s longer than that, but not too long.

Comfort food doesn’t have to be sweets all the time (Is this me talking?), pasta and all those big burgers and cups of rice… sometimes, it can just be as simple and this Spicy Tomato Eggs. Of course, egg should be one of my comfort foods. 😛

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I love dish that’s tomato-base, so I loved this dish a lot. I love how the chickpeas give texture to the dish, which I am sure dried (and soaked) chickpeas is better than the canned one. This is best served warm and with toasted bread. I hope you will love it.

Spicy Tomato Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp harissa
  • 2 x 400g canned plum tomatoes
  • Handful of coriander, roughly chopped
  • 2-4 eggs
  • 400g canned chickpeas
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Toasted bread, to serve

Instructions:

  1. In a deep skillet with medium heat, add in olive oil.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant.
  3. Add in smoked paprika.
  4. Add in canned tomatoes. Mash plum tomatoes with fork.
  5. Add in harissa paste.
  6. Add in chickpeas.
  7. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  8. Add in some of the coriander leaves, reserve some for garnish.
  9. Using the back of the ladle, create wells for the eggs. Crack one egg over the ladle and carefully, remove the ladle, leaving the egg on the well. You can create until 4 wells.
  10. Season each egg with salt and pepper.
  11. Put the lid on and cook the eggs for 2 minutes or until the white is cooked, but the yolk is still soft.
  12. Garnish with the remaining coriander leaves.
  13. Serve with toasted bread.

Source recipe: Spicy Tomato Eggs by Donal Skehan

I am late at this week’s Fiesta Friday # 130, but I am bringing something I know you will all love. 😀 Thanks to our co-hosts this week, Aunt Juju and Petra. Thanks also to our lovely lady, Angie.

Have a fun weekend to all. Happy Fiesta Friday!

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Guest Post @ Su’S Healthy Living: Roasted Eggplant Fan

I am really delightful to be doing another guest post for someone who is on a “nice side”. 😀 I love being invited by our vegetarian/vegan friends so I could leave my sweet tooth behind and eat and make something healthy.

Today, I am so happy to tell you that Su @ Su’s Healthy Living invited me to do a guest post for her. Unlike the first time I was invited, I am a little confident this time due to the food explorations I already did. Now, I know more veggie recipes which I am planning to make and share them with all of you.

Su is such a talented woman and an amazing friend. She has so many recipes that had me drooling. 😀 I am sure most of you knows her already, but for those who are not, please visit her blog, Su’s Healthy Living for more inspirations. 😉

For today’s guest post, I did Roasted Eggplant Fan which I really loved! I served it with lemon-tahini sauce and more feta cheese! That was a perfect food marriage, I tell you! For the recipe, please visit my guest post at Su’s Healthy Living.

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Thanks for being with me today. Please don’t forget to spread some smile today. 😀 ❤

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Cocoa Crusted Roasted Cauliflower

Weird, but delicious! 

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Let me ask you –

Do you have weird food combinations? Do you eat something weird and nobody could understand? I am one of those people.

Let me give you an example:

I accidentally discovered that I love fried chicken and strawberry jam in a sandwich.

I love Milo on my rice when I eat scrambled egg or processed corned beef.

When I was a kid, I eat sunny side up eggs, broken down with my rice and add a little water and salt to it. Though I must admit that I still do that once in a while. 😀

And I still cannot understand the combination of banana and peanut butter.

Uhm, how about cocoa powder and cauliflower? I know, right?

I bumped into a recipe, but I just cannot stop thinking about it and the only thing I have to do to understand is to try it.

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You know I am not very good in describing how the food really tastes like, but these are so good. Maybe you just have to use your imagination. 😛 These are also good with a splash of tahini sauce or maybe serve with hummus! Yum! 😉

Cocoa Crusted Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sumac, optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Prepare a parchment-lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, smoked paprika, salt and sumac. Coat cauliflower florets in olive oil. Using a fork or tong, hold florets at the stems and sprinkle each with the cocoa mixture.
  3. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender.
  5. Serve immediately.

Source recipe: Cocoa Crusted Roasted Cauliflower by Apron Strings

What do you say, my friends at Fiesta Friday #120? Thanks to Angie, Loretta and Linda for this week’s party.

Happy Fiesta Friday!

Always wishing you a blessed day and full of smiles. 😀

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Easy Microwave Hummus

Chickpeas skins removed and microwaved for smoother and creamier hummus – you’ll want to eat this straight from the container

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Did you experience craving for something and you just can’t let it pass? It’s not a chocolate craving this time. 😀

I’ve been on a chickpeas kick lately and I’ve searching like crazy for recipes that includes chickpeas. I am not sure how many recipes I have seen and saved. I wanted to make them all in one time, but I am only human who gets tired… so I’d go with the easiest first.

When I hear the word chickpeas, the first thing that comes to my mind is hummus. I’ve been very much in love with hummus, but we don’t see each other that much. There’s only me to blame. My mouth starts to water whenever I see a creamy hummus. There’s a special connection between me and hummus, by the way, that only both of us can understand. 😀

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Being said that I had this bad craving, I did not settle for store-bought or ready-made one – I wanted to make my own.

Making hummus with the canned chickpeas will not take that long, but I wanted to do a little something with regards to the texture. I prefer not-too-grainy hummus. I’ve read that removing the skin will make it creamier and microwaving will make it smoother. I wanted creamier and smoother hummus, so I did both.

Easy Microwave Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, not drained (optional: you can reserve 1 heaping tbsp for serving later)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste (start with 1/2 tsp)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

To serve (optional):

  • Olive oil
  • Few pieces chickpeas
  • Paprika
  • Roughly chopped parsley

Instructions:

  1. Separate the chickpeas and its water. Reserve the chickpeas water for later.
  2. In a shallow dish, place your drained chickpeas and remove the skin. Hold one chickpea with your index finger and thumb and it will easily pop out. Repeat until all skins have been removed. This will take about 20 minutes. (You can do this while watching your favorite TV show or movie.)
  3. Wash the skinned chickpeas and drain.
  4. Place the chickpeas in a heatproof bowl and put back the reserved chickpeas water.
  5. Add the garlic cloves and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Let cool.
  6. In a food processor or blender, add in the microwaved chickpeas with garlic along with lemon juice, salt and tahini. While the food processor/blender is mixing, add in olive oil. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Adjust the seasoning at this point, if desired.
  7. Transfer into container and place in the fridge for thicken up and develop flavor.
  8. To serve, drizzle more olive oil, chickpeas, roughly chopped parsley and paprika. Serve with your favorite crackers, veggies or pita bread.

Source recipe: Best Ever 5 Minute Microwave Hummus by Minimalist Baker

Notes:

Skinning the chickpeas is totally optional. If you don’t prefer to skin the chickpeas, I suggest you go with 1/2 cup tahini as per the source recipe.

If you prefer to skin the chickpeas, 1/3 cup of tahini is just the right amount to avoid the hummus to be thin.

But then again, your version, your preference. 😉

I really love how this came out – just the way I wanted – creamy and smooth! I literally ate this straight from the container. So so good! Maybe I’ll try using dried chickpeas next time and compare it with using canned one. Hmmm… 😀

Happy Fiesta Friday # 107 to everyone! So… what do you think of this one, Angie? Hmm, how about you, Margy and Su? Thanks for attending to all of us, lovely people!

Wishing you a day full of smiles! 😀 😀 😀

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{Versions & Verdicts} Linda’s Chorba M’katfa (Red Soup with Vermicelli)

A hearty soup full of tomato and coriander goodness; veggies to add texture. It’s filling, delicious and it’s healthy. 

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Hi, Linda! Surprise! 😀 It’s your second time here in V&V! I hope you like my post!

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I have mentioned before that I shy away from trying foods from different cultures as I am scared not to get things right the way they should be. But finally, I started exploring.

Linda is one of the blogging friends who inspires me a lot. She is just too good to help me with anything I don’t know or anything which I am confused about. This is not the first time I am featuring her for V&V and I am sure this will not be the last. I have tried some of her recipes, being Batata Koucha as the first one. It was really delicious and it was also one of my cousin’s favorite beef dishes. She has so many mouth-watering recipes that I want to try. Hmmm… 😀

I received Dioul sheets from a lovely friend and I knew that was the right time to use them.

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Dioul sheets are very thin sheets made with semolina. They are very thin, yet they are not as sensitive as Filo sheets. They are super, super crunchy and oh so good!

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Linda mentioned in her one of her posts about this Chorba being paired with Bourek. So, to complete the Algerian experience, I also made Bourek to pair with the delicious Chorba.

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The Boureks were so good. In fact, I used all the Dioul sheets I received for Boureks. They are really tempting and very hard to resist!

Now, back to the Chorba.

The Chorba screams comfort! It was so delicious and filling. The house smelled really amazing with all that flavors cooking in. I didn’t know I’d love the smell of coriander that much! It was just so wonderful. I just can’t put everything into words – you just have to try this yourself. 😛

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Chorba M’katfa (Red Soup with Vermicelli)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • A bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 tsp Harissa paste
  • 100g chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped into small pieces
  • 500g canned peeled plum tomato, canned
  • 50g fine vermicelli
  • Cooking oil
  • Fresh coriander leaves, to granish
  • 1 lemon, to drizzle
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, puree your canned tomatoes. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot with medium heat, add about 3 tbsp of cooking oil (I used sunflower oil).
  3. Add harissa, paprika and chopped coriander. Stir to cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in 1 liter of water.
  5. Drain and rinse the soaked chickpeas, add them in. Also add in chopped zucchini.
  6. Add in the pureed tomatoes. Mix to incorporate.
  7. Cover the pot and cook for about 40 minutes.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the vermicelli.
  9. Set aside for about 20-30 minutes or until the vermicelli is cooked.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve the soup hot into the bowls, sprinkle with a few leaves of coriander and drizzle with a little of lemon juice.

Linda used artichoke hearts and green peas. You can see her recipe here: Chorba M’katfa, Red Soup with Vermicelli by Linda @ La Petite Paniére

This Chorba is best paired with Bourek. You can find the recipe here.

Note: If you feel that your soup is too thick, you can add water little at a time.

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I hope my friends at Fiesta Friday #102 will love this delicious Chorba and Bourek. Thanks to our dear Angie and to our amazing co-hosts, Elaine and Julie. Hugs to you for doing a great job!

Wishing you a day full of smiles! 😀 😀 😀 And happy weekend!

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{Versions & Verdicts} Elaine’s Lebanese-Inspired Marinated and Roasted Chickpeas and Potatoes

Chickpeas and potatoes marinated for 24 hours – so full of flavors, so tasty and insanely awesome! 

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I could literally eat this very single day!!! – Elaine

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I can’t predict things. Of course, I can’t. I am not a physic.

But I can feel that something will happen. Sometimes I can tell what it is and other times, not. It happened to me several times.

I will be going on a short break and will be in a place where internet connection has no assurance, so I wanted to be a co-host before that… but Angie somehow read thoughts over the clouds and here I am. It’s crazy, but I knew she’ll ask me if I want to choose my partner – she did. I was thinking about a certain person, but I thought of letting Angie decide. I was literally smiling when I replied “Anyone would do”. But honestly, (again) I knew she would choose Elaine. The next day, I mentioned Elaine’s name before I opened my email and Hiyaaaa! It’s Elaine!! 😀 Elaine is not only a fellow blogger, but a very good friend as well. And I am very blessed to have her around. ❤

Enjoy the fun and join Fiesta Friday #83 by clicking the badge below. Please do link up, guys! 😉

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I have mentioned somewhere that I have about 10 or 11 topics to write, and they already have their dates. And my V&V which features Elaine’s amazing recipe is scheduled also today. How awesome, yeah? I have already set the date even before Angie emailed me about co-hosting. 😉 And I am very thrilled!

On to the amazing, amazing recipe…

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My mouth always waters when I see Elaine’s post. I must admit that she inspires me a lot to eat those fabulous foods. I am always in awe of her creativity and talent. The first time I saw her Lebanese Inspired Marinated and Roasted Chickpeas and Potatoes, I told myself I am going to make it. It took me some time and I regret that. I also love Selma’s take on it with chicken thighs, but I decide to make Elaine’s first.

Lebanese Inspired Marinated And Roasted Chickpeas and Potatoes

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 400g floury potatoes
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 whole cloves garlic
  • 75 ml olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Harissa paste
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 g tin of chickpeas
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Peel your potatoes and cut them into chunks. Wash and drain. Drain the liquid from your chickpeas. Place them in a shallow dish.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix very well. Tightly cover the dish. Place it in the fridge for 24 hours.
  3. Nexy day: preheat your oven to 360 F. Remove the lid/cover from the dish and replace with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes. After completing the 45 minutes, bake uncovered for another 20 minutes or until the crips and lovely golden brown.

For the original recipe, kindly visit Elaine’s post. And for more mouth-watering recipes, please do take time to visit FoodBod. 😉

Lebanese Inspired Marinated Chickpeas & Potatoes - The Not So Creative Cook 4

Oh my! This dish is insanely good! The flavors are just in balance and it’s really super tasty after the 24 hours marinating process. I strongly recommend this! 😉

What do you think, Elaine? Are you surprised? 😀

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