With red kidney beans, courgettes, yellow bell peppers, red onions and mushrooms!!!
Preparation time: 8minutes
Cooking time: 25-30minutes
Place chopped spring onions, garlic, parsley, coriander, ginger, red chilli flakes and 2-3 tbsps. of water into a blender and blend until it turns into a paste.
Next heat the oil into a large frying pan and cook your chicken pieces until evenly brown, then transfer onto separate plate. A
Once boiling reduce heat and cover, simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Next remove the chicken from the mixture with the green peppers (you might want to sieve it) and place remaining mixture on boil for another 10 minutes until it becomes bit more thicker.
Serve with hot rice and enjoy!
Tuesday 15th January – Sister’s Guesthouse, Lefke
Today’s breakfast comprised of a mixture of variations with a similar rainbow salad as yesterday but this time in 3 separate serving dishes, one for the parsley salad, another a red cabbage and beetroot and this time one comprises of small cauliflower with white cabbage, all soaked in generous amounts of vinegar, olive oil and sea salt.
The soup today was vegetable brother soup with pumpkins, fried onions and noodles!
I never ate pumpkin before, simple as we never cooked it. But having it in soup, was pleasantly surprising!
Next up, was a cheesy pasta bake topped off with grater holloumi (helim – in Turkish) cheese, served with a variation of all the different salads. A nice treat that reminded me of back home as I tend to bake this pasta dish a few times!
4pm – Restaurant, Lefke
This time after our aftrnoon walk, we decided to get something to eat! Searching round Lefke, there isn’t much of restaurants as it’s a small village but we came across one tucked away along a hill full of other shops and supermarkets – I had forgotten the name! It had 1 table outside and a couple more inside so you can imagine how small the restaurant/cafe was, but we did have 2 guests with us, a couple of cats decided to join us in our meal – oh yeah, forgetting to mention in Cyprus you do see a lot of cats around, I will be uploading a video soon of all the wonderful cats around Cyprus!
Yummy Lamb kofte wrap!! Made freshly on a hot grill with fresh Cyprus salad.
Wednesday 16th January – Lefke
Today at the guesthouse as there was more and more people coming to stay, I could only get a quick capture of today’s breakfast as it was keeping warm on the stove.
Even though it was just the one photo for breakfast, this was the highlight of all the meals. I never tried this dish before and was really taken to it with its freshness and filling aspect, it gave me inspiration to do a meat-free month back in the UK with all the different variations of vegetarian meals and this one tops it off also!
This delicious meal was made by cooking butter beans until soft and drenching them with Cyprus olive oil, adding freshly cut parsley and finely chopped tomatoes on top with an extra drizzle of olive oil and seasoning. A simple dish but very appetizing!
(if not noticed yet, but at the guesthouse and dergah, you use the same plate that you had your soup in for the rest of all the meals – with the amount of guests they cater for and all for free, I don’t blame them for not supplying different plates for each meal, plus that’s extra washing then!)
2pm-4pm – mountain walk across Lefke
After breakfast and prayers, we decided to tackle the mountain climb and head up to the mountains where a little hut/dergah has been made with the perfect view over the sea and mountains of Cyprus.
I was just glad I had my Converse trainers to aid me in the walk up!
During our walk up, we had to cross over a river and walk on a bridge over the dam while enjoying beautiful views of Lefke’s coast. Here are some pictures of our trek up!
local bee hives!!
view of the sea while walking up
We had made it!!
After arriving at the top and taking a break inside the beautiful wooden hut, I had to take a video before we leave to capture the beauty of the views! Sometimes photographs can’t depict how beautiful a view is without seeing it in real life, so hopefully this video helps in coming closer to showing the beautiful surroundings…
just click on the image above to view the video or simple copy and paste the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKXM5S5ahLs
Days 7 & 8 will be up tomorrow with more delicious salads from the guesthouse and also a trip round Northern Cyprus visiting all the holy places including a yummy tomato and noodle soup!
Monday 14th January 2013 – 10.30am Sister’s Guesthouse
Woke up to a bright and sunny day with the smell of fresh food being prepared downstairs. Day 4 at the guesthouse, we were beginning to get into the routine of things. 10.30am breakfast, 11am clean up and tidy, 12:10pm the call to prayer was called, 1pm walk to the dergah for prayers then with all our other days after prayers taking a walk around the village and back in time for dinner and to catch a glimpse of the sheikh (teacher).
This morning breakfast comprised of the biggest salad bowl I’ve seen filled with colorful fresh veg. It had shredded white cabbage, red cabbage, beetroot (which has become my new favorite vegetable!), fresh parsley and lots of olive oil, apple vinegar and salt to finish it off.
Toasted bread with chickpeas and garbanzo beans in a yogurt & tahini mix/hummous
Breakfast wasn’t just about the wonderful salad, but this amazing dish which is another one which I will definitely be trying out! Not only was this dish tasty but such a brilliant way of using up old bread or bread that has been left out and hardened. Underneath this delicious meal, had a layer of old bread that had been toasted, with a layer of cooked chick peas and garbanzo beans covered in a mix of tahini, yogurt, lemon, garlic, seasoning and broth of the beans and chick peas (note: I will be providing a full recipe and tutorial of this meal next month!)
It was my first time trying this dish, but something I have brought home to inspire myself to create also and a very yummy vegetarian dish also!
Photographs of our daily walk around Lefke…
beautiful historic buildings
local fresh veg market
something I always wanted to build, a cob oven, perfect for Lahmacun!
and a new fascination with old doors!
6pm – Dergah (Sufi Centre) – Dinner
Tonight’s dinner we had food served by the dergah where the sheikh lives, the food is free and welcomed by anyone to come and join the dinner service. For tonight, we had very yummy Yogurt soup for starters with again, without wasting bread, toasted bread cubes.
Yogurt soup is a mixture of well..yogurt and rice with drint mint, it is a very tasty soup – again I will be trying out my own yogurt soup! – with recipes.
Did you know??
If you have a pinch of salt before and after each meal, it helps your
stomach defend itself again diseases.
Next meal was my mother’s specialty which we have back home, runner beans in tomato sauce and Bulgar with vermicelli noodles! A very close competition with the dergah and my mother’s meal but another yummy vegetarian meal.
After blogging about my mother’s specility, we then got served..my father’s favourite dessert! Even though being miles away from my home in the UK, I had both my parents favorite foods right in front of me reminding me of them.
This is known as Simit Halva, it’s very much like the halva you prefer with flour and butter, but done with Semolina – very yummy! And the perfect end to our meal and day.
Tomorrow will be Day 5 & 6 in Cyprus!! With cheesy pasta bake, butter beans salad, lamb kofte kebab and a mountain trek – perfect way to view Cyprus from high up!
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***The Wandering Cook 786 is back from Cyprus!!!!!***
With lots to tell on the food, the country and more food! Next week, I will be blogging a diary on this website from Day 1 – Day 10 of my trip in the sunny island of Cyprus depicting the foods we ate, the places we visited and the blessings I have learnt about food in general ♥ AND then afterwards I will be trying to re-create the foods I had experienced in Cyprus sharing with you the recipes!!!
Lots to come from The Wandering Cook 786
Firstly I would like to give a BIG thank you to all my Facebook fans, a lot of people celebrate when they hit 500 or 100 likes on their Facebook page, because The Wandering Cook 786 is still new and growing immensely, we already reached 60 likes and makes me very happy! So for this recipe post, a Facebook fan asked how to make Turkish Chickpea rice. Even though I have eaten this countless times at my grandmothers house during the festive time of Eid, it always symbolizes festivals and family gatherings but I had never cooked it before! So asking how my grandmother actually makes her Turkish Chickpea rice and passing the recipe to me, I gave it a shot as well as to fulfill the request on showing how to make it.
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Prep time: one full day for soaking
Cooking time: 35-45mins
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As some of you might know, I’ll be off to Cyprus next week so this week I will be trying my best to uploaded as many recipes including requested ‘Turkish Chickpea Rice’ which hopefully will be up soon also.
For this post, I wanted to show you all an easy way to make chocolate pudding with simple ingredients from your cupboard and no eggs needed!
I came across this recipe when I had family staying over for the week and we all craved something chocolatey! And since I had no eggs in the fridge and the nearest supermarket is 5miles away from me, I had to research hard on what to make. Till I came across the most yummiest and delicious chocolate dessert that any chocolate-craving fanatic would love and satisfy their craving!
I have made this countless times and easy time it comes out a bit different but still with the same rich taste. I have also tweaked it a bit but you don’t have to be too fussy with the measurements.
Cooking time: 35mins
For the last stage of the method, ingredients needed:
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Happy New Year to all, hope it brings health & happiness.
Wishing you all a joyful and prosperous 2013!!!
xxx The Wandering Cook 786 xxx
***NEW RECIPES & TRAVELS FOR 2013***
Indonesian Chicken with coconut milk, Turkish rice with noodles, how to prepare Turkish coffee and authentic Turkish tea, Thai chicken curry, a range of Spanish foods, Lush desserts including chocolate gooey pudding and much much more! Including a trip to Cyprus to experience the Mediterranean cuisine, all on The Wandering Cook 786!
Hi all, I’m now back at home after a week’s trip to South Yorkshire to visit my in-laws. My motherinlaw’s cooking is one of the best authentic Pakistani foods I’ve eaten so after watching her in the kitchen viewing the ingredients she uses, I bought my own stack of ingredients while being there!!
Ingredients: haldi (turmeric) powder, dhania (coriander) powder, cinnamon powder, black seeds, and gram flour.
One of my favourite side-dishes she made was Pakora’s – which gram flour is needed.
Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, plantain,paneer, cauliflower, tomato, chili pepper, or occasionally bread or chicken and dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them. – Wikipedia
Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of the food (was too busy eating all of it!) but the variety was anything from chicken curry, egg curry, daal curry (lentils), chicken biryani, meat kofta with boiled eggs (which I would definitely like to try out!) and many more!
So for my next recipes there will be an asian twist to them as well as trying out some of my motherinlaw’s authentic Pakistani recipes! Yummy yum!
xxx The Wandering Cook 786 xxx
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