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wow!!you are awesome !!a true artist
I was looking for a recipe to make labneh and came across your blog ,I have to say that I am really impressed .You’re not only a great chef ,but you’re also a talented photographer and writer .Keep up the excellent work,wish you the best.
Thank you kindly!
I really appreciate you taking the time to write this sweet comment
Salaam, I was wondering where you got the boxes that you packed the lunches in in your blog about school lunches.
Thank you for taking the time to review my question. I use lavash bread, the thick one that has some sort of holes. i use a metal round pan that i assume is used for that recipe because that is how i learned. Anyway yes i do brush the pan with olive oil and i even use the broth of the chicken to wet the pan as well to make the bread moist. I usually have the musakhan in the oven for about close to an hour at 350 degrees because that is what my friend told me. Unfortunately the chicken always tastes good but the bread get stuck to the pan and ruins the whole thing. I really don’t know what am doing wrong. Also there is some sort of soup that is served with the musakhan, do you have any recipe for it? Again thank you.
It is my pleasure to help
I think there are a couple of causes for the bread sticking. First off, don’t use chicken broth on the pan, the bread soaks up the broth and becomes soggy then when you bake it, that will cause it to stick to the pan. I usually just brush the pan with olive oil and brush the bread with it too, you don’t need broth.
Another cause could be the long time you leave the bread in the oven. In mushakhan everything is cooked, the chicken is cooked and the onions and so is the bread, you just place the onion sumac mix on the bread and place them in the oven to heat everything through and allow the bread to take up the onion flavors. That means 10-15 minutes in the oven at most.One last point,You need a thick and chewy bread, not a crisp one. As far as I know lavash is a crisp bread and that could be part of the problem.
I hope this helps and if you have any more questions please let me know
Hello , i have question about Musakhan. i make it all the time but the bread always sticks to the pan each time. it gets so hard and we can never eat it. what do i have to do? What specific bread do i have to use and can i do to make an excellent Musakhan? Please help me. My family loves it but i feel like i ruin it all the time. By the way i am not Arabic but my husband is and i try to make Arabic food all the time. Thank you.
What bread do you use for Musakhan? and what type of pan? how long do you leave it in the oven and at what temperature? Do you brush it with oil?
Thank you for you nice Knafe Khechne recipe.
I added a link to your recipe in our Lebanese Travel Agency website on the following page:
Please let us be informed about your news.
Thank you kindly for adding a link to my recipe. You have some amazing treats on your sweets page and it is my pleasure to have my recipe featured there
Thank you for letting me know
Wishing you a wonderful weekend
hello Sawsan, I do not know what has happened. I have been following you (see above), a few posts arrived as well and then suddenly – n o t h i n g – !!!! I know for 100 % I have not pressed ‘unfollow’ anywhere. Please can you put me back on your list – dont want to miss any of your posting. Thanks and take care, Ciao Carina
Hi Sawsan, I found your blog by coincidence as well, love it. I just started my blog and have no idea what to do lol, need a lot of help, I’m very passionate about food and cooking and love everything you have to offer, I will follow you for sure (once I figure out how lol)
Thank you so much for your kind words
If there is anything I can help you with , please let me know. It can be a little confusing at first
Hi Sawsan, I found you by coincidence as well, I’m very passionate about food and just started my blog, have no idea what I’m doing lol, might need help, I love your blog and everything you have to offer, I will follow you fur sure (once I figure out how lol)
I am glad I found your Blog, Sawsan – wonderful. I follow you now. I only wish I had more time to read every single word you have written so far. Ciao Carina
Re. your article on nuts, look at my own post about …….Opapa! maybe you like it.
Thank you kindly for following my blog and for leaving me this comment
I found you by chance, and I am very glad. Wonderful Sawsan – I follow you now. Ciao Cariana
That is a chance I am really thankful for.
Thank you for following my blog and I hope to hear from you more often
MY NEW favourite place for recopies…. I do believe North African and Middle Eastern food is the healthiest and most flavourful. Your recopies are put together so lovely.
Thank you very much for sharing!!!
Thank you very much Ouejdane for stopping by and for your sweet comment.
I am really glad you enjoy my recipes and I look forward to hearing from you more often
Thank you for sharing not just your recipies, but your culture and educating us about your part of the world. I am from the heart of the United States, Missouri, and in the city in the heart of Missouri, Columbia. Columbia is home to the University of Missouri, and so we do have a large population of students from all over the world. We are a diverse community, but your blog allows me to see the mid-Eastern area on a more personal level. You are a wonderful ambassador for your country and for the cooking community world wide.
Thank you kindly Robin, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me this kind comment.
I do my best to refelect the ture image of the middle east and share some of the authentic and wonderfully diverse middle eastern cuisine. I am glad you think I am doing a good job at it and hope you will continue along this journey with me.
Your feedback on future or past posts and recipes would be greatly appreciated
Thank you again
You have far too many wonderful looking recipes! So many I want to try…
Thank you very much Jellie for stopping by and for your kind comment
Love the look of your blog! Will be following! I wanted to say that I noticed you elected to “follow” mine this morning, but you chose the kind-of dummy blog-site that’s merely a forwarding device to my true site. I’m not sure how useful that will be to you – in other words nothing is published from that site. If you go to cooking-spree.com and follow from there you’ll have truly subscribed. Thanks for your interest! I’m looking forward to following what’s happening here!
Thank you for following and your comment.
What happened is I followed the dummy site and followed the link to your true site and I was registered as following that one too on my wordpress tool bar.I also subscribed by email just to make sure I am following cooking-spree.com
Hi, I liked the recipe at top of your blog, the 2nd from left but I didn’t find it ,it looks so yummy, may you help me to find it?
Sure thing, it is a fraisier cake and you can find the recipe and step by step to making it here.
Thank you for bringing to my attention that I need to update the recipe picture index
Thank you for stopping by my blog
First I have to thank you for so many delicious recipes that I frequently try out for my Monday night dinners. The stories and photos you include make this blog wonderful to follow even if I didn’t enjoy cooking.
Second, Happy Thanksgiving, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday. This year my boyfriend is making one of his favorite Turkish dishes of eggplant (patlican) salad with green peppers. He cooks the thinner Chinese Eggplant, the peels them, and finally removes the seeds. This seed removal process seems to be very slow and delicate to scrap the seeds off the pulp. We can’t imagine that all the restaurants of the world spend too much time removing the seeds for these eggplant salad dishes so either they leave the seeds in, or there is an easier way.
Any advise or experience you have is very appreciated. Thank you.
First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to write me this comment. It always makes my day when someone writes to tell me they enjoyed one of my recipes so thank you. I also really appreciate the wishes for a happy thanksgiving eventhough I do not celebrate it.
As for the eggplants.I am not familiar with patlican salad but from your describtion and a quick google search it sounds like baba ganouj (a middle eastern grilled eggplant salad). The eggplant I use for that recipe is similar to italian eggplants.They are round and deep in color. If you choose them making sure
1> the neck is green and not dry (dry and dark neck usually means bitter eggplants)
2> the eggplanat is firm and shiny (dull and soft usually means it is not fresh)
then you the eggplant will not be bitter and you don’t have to remove the seeds.
Another choice is to slice the eggplant, then sprinkle the slices with salt, and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. This will draw moisture out of the eggplant, and it will be less bitter.Firmly squeeze a few pieces at a time in the palm of your hand to draw out almost all the moisture then rinse the slices and dry with a paper towel prior to using in your recipe.
I do hope this helps
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Hi… I tried the Ultimate coconut cake…. yum, yum, yum!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write me the comment
I ‘m really happy it turned out well
I tried it again the way you said and this time it cmae out better Thank you very much. I am planning to make your ultimate coconut cake today!
Itried making the 15 minute dinner rolls and honey glazed oregano onion beef skewres last night. The dinner rolls were yummmmy…… turned out great! But the beef was tough I grilled on my table yop grill …. can u tell me what would have gone wrong,…
Thank you for trying some of my recipes and for taking the time to write me feedback.
I’m sorry the beef skewers didn’t turn out too well, the reason the beef will turn out tough is one of these reasons: either you cooked it for too long or you didn’t allow it to rest after wards..
Since the meat is cut into small pieces and it had been marinated (it tenderizes the meat),it need little time on the grill..when it stops looking pink on one side turn it to the other side for a few more minutes and then try tasting one of the pieces…if it needs more time, give it a couple of minutes on each side.
Allowing the meat to rest after cooking (10- 15 minutes are enough) will give you meat that is more tender and juicy..just take the skewers off the heat and cover them with some tim foil for 10 minutes then serve them
I hope this helps
Thank you again for taking the time to leave your feedback and I look forward to hearing from you again
Thank you so much. Tried it again and this time it came out better than before
You are the best
Iam going to try the ultimate coconut cake today!
Thank YOU for your comments and for trying my recipes
Can’t wait to hear what you think of the coconut cake
Hi…. I tried it again the way you said and this time it was better Thank you very much. Iam planning to make the ultimate coconut cake today!
السلام عليكم دكتورة
الصدفة اوصلتني لصفحتك الرائعة انت لست طباخة ممتازة كما يبدو ولكن ايضا فنانة اشكرا على هذا العرض الرائع و اكيد الطعم ايضا كما بالصورة و انشاء الله راح اجرب من الوصفات و اخبرك بالنتيجة
و عليكم السلام و رحمه الله و بركاته
شكرا جزيلا لمرورك و كلماتك اللطيفه يا ندى…اتمنى وصفاتي تنال اعجابك
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