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Simple Turkish Lahmacun Recipe using Pitta bread – Turkish Pizza

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Lahmacun, lahmajun, or lahmejun (Turkish: Lahmacun), (Armenian լահմաջուն lahmaǰun or լահմաջո lahmaǰo), from Arabic: لحم بعجين‎, lahm bi’ajīn, “meat with dough”, is a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat (most commonly beef and lamb) and minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley, then baked. Lahmacun is often served sprinkled with lemon juice and wrapped around vegetables, including pickles, tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, and roasted eggplant; a typical variants may be found employing kebab meat or sauces. – Wikipedia.

My take on Lahmacun comes from memories of my childhood when my parents, brother and I used to make home-made Lahmacun by using leftover pitta bread. It was a joyous occasion that has always been kept with me as a memory I cherish. My father would be the one preparing the mince meat, my mother the one placing them in the hot oven or under the grill and my brother and I picking our toppings! So as a childhood memory I decided to make Lahmacun using pitta bread again but my own take incorporating different spices and herbs to enhance the flavor. I definitely recommend making this with your children! And as you wont be making your own dough, it also saves time and creates more time to have some fun while cooking!

Ingredients:

  • Handful of fresh parsley Ingredients1
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato (peeled – refer to Cooking Tips)
  • 5-6 pitta breads (sliced in half – refer to Cooking Tips)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried mint
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree/paste
  • 1/2 Ib mince meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius
  • Start by finely chopping your fresh parsley and placing into a large bowl along with your mince meat.
  • Next finely chop your onion and garlic (you can blitz them if you have a fine blender). Then using a large frying pan, melt your butter on medium heat and fry your onions and garlic till soft. Lower heat and cover to soften the onions more. Leave for approx. 5mins.

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  • Then place the onions and garlic also into the bowl with the mince meat and parsley.
  • After, peel your tomato (for peeling tomato method refer to Cooking Tips) and finely dice into small pieces and add into the same bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

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  • At this stage add the tomato puree and your spices and herbs so your cumin, chilli flakes, dried mint, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and add in your lemon juice until well cooperated with rest of the ingredients.

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  • Next prepare your pitta bread by slicing each pitta bread into half (refer to Cooking Tips).

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  • Using some olive oil, lightly brush some onto each pitta bread slice and start adding your mince meat onto the bread!

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  • Place into prepared baking tray and cook in hot oven for 10-15mins until the edges of the pitta bread and mince meat have browned.
  • Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh salad!
  • Note: after making my Lahmacun if I had to change something it would be to chop the fresh parsley more smaller.

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I served my Lahmacun with boiled black-eyed beans with Swiss chard drenched in olive oil and vinegar, fresh parsley salad (featured in above picture), Turkish noodle rice, fresh lemon, olive and for the daring, cooking kidneys.

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Categories: My own mix, Passed down through family, Top 5 favourite meals, Turkey, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our *NEW* Look for The Wandering Cook 786! What do you think??

After hours spent last night on taking pictures, learning in’s and out’s of Picasa 3 software to create my header, spending ages on choosing a theme to suit my blog, then another hour or so fiddling around with it.

Finally my blog has been updated and has a new organized and professional approach especially with a new header image depicting the recipes I have created so far.

Let’s have a quick look on how it looked before…

Even though I loved the background to this old theme, I felt I needed something to show exactly what my blog was about. The reason I like the previous background was due to the fact that the colours always reminded me of warm Mediterranean cuisine and culture. So using that incentive, I decided to create a colourful image header with my main aim to show that my recipes are inspired from around the world and even via my back packing travels. As for the background, I wanted a food image but a bright ingredient, so I chose orange lentils from my Turkish lentil soup.
I hope you all like it as much as I do! Let me know what you think, you might find there will be a few more tweaking as I go along!

Do you prefer the old layout or the new?

Please comment below your views as it will be MUCH appreciated!

Tweet me your answers also on @thewanderincook

Enjoy!

P.S As well as the lovely new layout, more lovely new recipes will be on it’s way………

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My chicken and mushroom pithivier with a courgette twist! – RECIPE & VIDEO

Hey guys, after making a yummy roast chicken dinner for family last weekend. I had leftover chicken, so decided to try a go at making Pithivier (French dish using puff pastry). Usually Pithivier is a sweet ‘pie’ but you can also make savory versions, so I made myself chicken and mushroom pithivier with some courgettes I had also leftover in the fridge.

To go straight to the video, scroll to the bottom.

To my surprise, this dish is now my top 5 favorite meals!!

Prep time: 35-40mins

Cooking time: 35mins

Ingredients:

  • leftover chicken, shredded
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • hot water
  • handful of chopped mushrooms
  • spring onions, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • puff pastry – shop bought version (I know, bit lazy but perfectly fine!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 courgette, sliced
  • cooking oil
  • 50g butter

Method:

  • First preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius and start by preparing your ingredients. Such as, shredding the chicken, slicing the onions and garlic, mushrooms, the courgette and putting the kettle on!
  • Once those are done, in a large frying pan on medium-high heat add a bit of cooking oil just enough to cover the pan and start frying your onions and garlic, approx. 5mins.
  • Next add in your chopped mushrooms and spring onions into the frying pan and stir well.
  • Add your butter now and fry altogether for approx. 3mins.
  • While that’s frying, on the side, in a small cup add your 2 chicken stock cubes and add a 1/4 cup hot water, not too much as it’ll make the mixture wet once added. Stir until it dissolves and leave to one side.
  • Next add in your chopped courgettes and fry for 5mins approx.
  • Now add in your chicken stock and stir thoroughly into the mixture. You would want this to fry for 5mins with the aim of evaporating most of the water by drying out the mixture, but be careful not to burn. This will prevent the Pithivier having a soggy bottom.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and turn off heat and cover. Leave to one side.
  • Now it’s time to prepare the puff pastry, if your using ready made like myself, make sure it hasn’t been in the fridge for the past 2hours. This will make it much more easier to roll as it’ll be room temperature.
  • Divide the pastry in half, using the first half start rolling out your dough into a circle. The using a large salad bowl as a template, cut round the dough. If you don’t have a large salad bowl, don’t worry, you can always make a paper template, the diameter I used was 11inches wide.

  • Place circle into a prepared baking tray.
  • Next start making another circle with the other half of the pastry. But this time, cut 1inch wider from the salad bowl – 12inches.

  • Place 2nd circle to one side on a floured surface.
  • Any leftover pastry can be used for decoration on top of the Pithivier.

  • Now add your chicken and mushroom mix into the center of the circle in the baking tray.
  • With the 2nd circle, place on top and seal around the edges with water and pressing down with your thumb.

  • Add your decoration and seal them on using water again as the ‘glue’. Make sure you make a hole at the top of the pie as well.
  • Using 1 egg, whisk the egg in separate bowl and using a pastry brush, spread evenly over the pastry so it makes a golden crust once cooked.

  • Place in hot oven for 35mins or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm, enjoy!!!

Served great with potatoes!

For the VIDEO Tutorial which I also made for this recipe accompanied by lovely french instrumental music, visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PAT5hk12Hw&feature=plcp

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Categories: French, Ingredient: Chicken, Pie, Top 5 favourite meals, Uncategorized, Winter foods | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

My make-shift bento box!

After hours of going through the yummy video tutorials on YouTube about bento boxes, I decided I really wanted to make one especially when traveling around!

But after coming across a few websites here in the UK on buying an authentic bento box, the prices were quite expensive from£35 onwards and as you know, I’m always on a budget (heck I even budget my food shop by making items myself, i.e. cheese)..so much more rewarding and those extra pennies go to something else – whoops, this is a whole different article.

Back to bento boxes, so I thought why not buy a lunchbox and just fill it with smaller plastic containers. My first attempt after taking the bus to our nearest town, I bought a big plastic box and smaller containers, came home, and none of them fitted right into the bigger lunchbox – fail.

Next day, when to another shop and this time tried to measure each box roughly and they had pretty clip-on lunchboxes, came home and it all fitted perfectly! Success! Now when I start backpacking I’ll be bringing my bento box with me, but I also have an eye on those stainless steel tifin boxes 😉 I’ve become a lunchbox fanatic!

Here’s my first make-shift bento box with home-made sushi, home-made chocolate chip cookies (which I cut into strips to fit into the containers), sliced kiwi and cherry tomatoes.

Total amount spent: £4 for the lot! (not including chopsticks)

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Authentic Pakistani Chicken Curry – with fenugreek and green peppers – RECIPE

My recent dinner party with guests got served this delicious main course…

Yummy Chicken curry, inspired from my Pakistani motherinlaw ❤

This light and flavorsome meal is a delightful surprise with such yummy taste, containing fenugreek leaves (methi), green peppers and potatoes. I whipped this meal up when I had guests by making it the night before and serving the next day, which also increased the intensity of the flavors by letting it sit in it’s spices overnight. This is also not a recipe that contains a millions-and-one ingredients, the majority of the ingredients can be purchased from your local supermarket.

Prep time: 25minutes

Cooking time:25mins (+45minutes simmer time)

Ingredients:

  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, sliced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1tbsp. ground turmeric (i love this stuff)
  • 1/2 tsp. chilli flakes (very mild – add more if you prefer more chilli)
  • 1.5tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 5-6 potatoes peeled and cut into chunks (can add more if you like)
  • Chicken pieces (I used a couple of drumsticks and 1 baby chicken cut into pieces from the butchers)
  • 4-5tsps. methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1/2tsp. coriander powder
  • Seasoning to taste (I added 1tbsp. of salt and 1/2tsp. black pepper)
  • Hot water from the kettle
  • Cooking oil

Utensils needed:

  • Blender

Method:

  • Prepare all the ingredients (slicing the onions, green peppers, peeling garlic cloves, peeling and cut potatoes, wash chicken pieces).
  • In a blender, blend your garlic cloves, turmeric, chilli flakes and coriander powder with half a cup of water altogether for approx 5mins. Try and blend till no lumps, if not, you can always sieve out the lumps afterwards like I did in my YouTube video tutorial for this recipe.
  • Once that’s done, in a large saucepan put some cooking oil till it covers the base and place on medium-high heat. Once warm, add in your onions and fry for approx 2mins.
  • Next add your green peppers and fry for another 2mins.

  • Once green peppers and onions are softened, add in your chicken pieces and fry for 4mins until chicken turns white. Add hot water to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Next add 4-5tsps of the dried fenugreek leaves (methi) and stir.
  • Afterwards pour hot water from the kettle to just about cover your chicken, and add in your potato chunks. Your potatoes will be absorbing a lot of this water so it’s worthwhile to check on your curry now and again.
  • Now add in your spice mix that you prepared earlier in your blender and stir. Then add your coriander powder and then the salt & pepper to taste.

  • Cover and reduce heat to low and leave to simmer for 45minutes until potatoes have gone soft.
  • After 45minutes, turn off heat and serve warm. Or leave overnight and serve next day for extra yumminess.

For the video tutorial that I made for this recipe so you can cook along, click this link >>VIDEO TUTORIAL CHICKEN CURRY

I made this main course, after my starters of Turkish Lentil Soup which can also be found on this blog or also my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/thewanderingcook786 don’t forget to Subscribe for updates!

Enjoy!

Any questions feel free to comment below.

The Wandering Cook 786  xxxxxx

Categories: Pakistan, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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