Homemade Burgers 102 “Big Mac” clone

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As a continuation for what we have started in the previous post, I joined class 2 for learning how to make a delicious easy homemade burger. This time, the plan was making a clone for McDonald’s Big Mac.

In order to achieve this mission, we had to make homemade mayonnaise, and Big Mac sauce (using the mayonnaise we made). Also, we were taught how to cut the bun into 3 layers to achieve the Big Mac shape.

I made the mayonnaise, and prepared what is needed for the sauce. Well, since I was so excited and anxious to finish and see the results (as usual :P) I forgot to use the mayonnaise I made and instead I used the store-bought! I only understood the mistake I did the next day lol !!! I did not tell the chef and kept it as a little secret 😀

So, everything went well and the result was astonishing! My family loved it, especially my brother, he even liked it more than 101’s Burger!

I will not elaborate and say more, let the pictures do 🙂

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Big Thank you to Chef Hisham.. and waiting impatiently for class 3 🙂

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Learning How to Make Homemade Burgers 101

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It is true that the world has become a small village. Technology has given us the ability to communicate from all over the world using social networks and smart phones, learning new things, meeting new people, and searching for whatever we need while simply sitting in our homes or from behind our desks.

It is not a long time since I became an Instagram addict, mostly following and exploring accounts that post about food, healthy food, recipes, photography and other interesting things. I cannot deny that I have learnt many useful things from this place; moreover, I have met nice people who became my friends.

I started following an account that posts everything which can be listed under two words: heavenly yummy! His owner – Chef Hisham (@misho_baeshen) – is a home based personal chef, restaurants and cafés reviewer and finally yet importantly, he started teaching cooking tutorials for the ones interested in learning the good stuff about food.

Last week, he announced for a tutorial about the basics of making a homemade burger, I got excited and decided to register my name. The tutorial was through WhatsApp; the Chef created a group to which he added all the participants in order to discuss the tutorial and how it will be going. We were from different countries, and this group brought us “together” as if we were really in the same kitchen!

So, a list of the needed stuff was sent to us, and I went for a grocery shopping to get what I need. Before the starting time, I prepared the tools, the ingredients, put on my kitchen apron and was ready to start the mission!

The first video Chef Hisham sent us was about making the secret sauce that is put inside the sandwich. I followed the instructions step-by-step and here it is, my secret sauce was ready in minutes! To be honest, the smell reminded me of my favorite Big Tasty 😛 then I tasted it and it was really super delicious and full of flavors.

The next video we received was about preparing, shaping and seasoning the meat. Then we had a break for almost 15 minutes – to let the meat rest in the fridge before continuing.

I was so impatient; I wanted to see the final result, I kept walking and waiting in the kitchen, checking that everything I need was available and not forgotten.

The other participants (my colleagues 😛 ) were sending pictures for their in process progress, the atmosphere was beautiful, full of energy and enthusiasm.

It was time for the real work! The Chef sent us a video about how to grill the meat and we started our mission. The situation was chaotic in my kitchen 😛 so many things were stacked and waiting to be washed! I was so excited and a little bit stressed because I wanted to succeed and end up with a great burger to be served.

The final step was arranging the burger sandwich. I did it and it was time to take photos (eating later on 😛 )

Well, as you can tell from my posts, I am obsessed about taking photos for food, and this was not any day, it was my first time making a successful homemade burger and taking so many pictures was necessarily needed.

Participants started sharing their final result to the group, the pictures were amazing, they all did a great job.

The Chef liked my picture and that was a pleasure for me!

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Now let’s talk about the eating part. Despite the fact that I ate my burger not so hot (when you want to take photos of your food, a sacrifice must be made 😀 ). The taste was exquisite and made me speechless, I was drowning in the yumminess of the juicy meat, melted cheese and the delicious secret sauce. It was perfect and exceeded any other famous burgers in yumminess and freshness!

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Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup

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My brother has been nagging on me for almost a month to make him pancakes for breakfast. I know they are easy, but I must be in the mood to make AND eat that devilish stack of fluffy pancakes, which my brother likes!

Yesterday was his off day from work, so I decided to give him what he has been asking for and let him indulge on a yummy breakfast, he is my one and only after all!

Those pancakes were so fluffy and so delicious. My brother loves them with Nutella, I love Nutella too, but peanut butter and bananas make a better option for my pancakes 😀

I made peanut butter syrup, this is the first time trying it and I fell in love with it ❤ I googled several recipes for making it and decided to make the one from TheGlowingFridge.com

I wanted to eat the whole amount of the syrup, it was beyond perfection!

I prefer leaving you with the pictures, they say a lot 😛

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I added Nutella and thinly sliced bananas in between my pancakes
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Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour + ¼ cup
  • 500 ml low fat milk
  • 3 tsps. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsps. Sugar
  • 3 eggs

Method:

  • Sift the 2 ½ cups flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  • Mix the eggs, milk and sugar for one minute.
  • Add the sifted flour to the egg mixture and mix till they are combined, you may need to add the ¼ cup flour if the batter is not thick, it must be a little bit thicker than cake batter. Do not over mix.
  • Cover the bowl and set aside for one hour.
  • After on hour, give the batter a quick mix and start making your pancakes.
  • Keep the finished ones covered with a clean kitchen towel until you finish.

Bon Appétit

Apricot Coconut Oatmeal

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Yes Just another Devine flavor added to my favorite oatmeal list!

It is summer now, and it is apricot season, which does not last for so long, so it is the best time to make use of each apricot that you have in hand 😛

I have once thought about making dried apricot oatmeal, but for no reason I dismissed the idea! Not arguing with the fact that fresh ones are a better choice, I decided on making apricot oatmeal for breakfast. In addition, I decided to add shredded coconut since they give an amazing flavor to the dish. I liked the idea of overnight oatmeal and just warming it up the next morning, so I prepared my oatmeal in the night and kept it in the fridge.

For this recipe I used one-cup milk (I guess coconut milk would make a good choice too), half a cup Weetabix oats, two chopped apricots, 1 tbsp. shredded coconut, ¼ tsp. cinnamon, pinch of salt and one sachet no calorie sweetener. Mixed them all together, covered the jar and to the fridge!

Next morning, I woke up, warmed up my oatmeal, topped it with another chopped apricot, more coconut and some honey, and enjoyed the mix of sweet and citrusy flavors in this exquisite oatmeal!

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I liked these two facts about apricots available on Wikipedia

The fact that apricot season is very short has given rise to the very common Egyptian Arabic and Palestinian Arabic expression “filmishmish” (“in apricot [season]”) or “bukra filmishmish” (“tomorrow in apricot [season]”), generally uttered as a riposte to an unlikely prediction, or as a rash promise to fulfill a request.

The Turkish idiom “bundan iyisi Şam’da kayısı” (literally, the only thing better than this is an apricot in Damascus) means “it doesn’t get any better than this”. It is used when something is the very best it can be, like a delicious apricot from Damascus.

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Overnight Banana Chocolate Oatmeal

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Being an oatmeal person gives me the push to search for new flavors to add to my morning oatmeal bowl. I have tried several flavors with the basic on-stove method, I have also tried making a chilled version using the almost finished peanut butter jar and it turned out amazing, it tasted like ice cream 😛

So as always, while searching the world for new recipes, I came across a stunning website, which has many, many and many more recipes about oatmeal! Each recipe is tempting more than the other, I went through the list and liked what I was reading (I added them to my favorites 😀 )

I made my choice and picked one recipe to do. It was Overnight Banana Chocolate Oatmeal. The recipe is made with chocolate milk, and I had soya chocolate milk and thought it would make a good choice! I skipped the yogurt, since I did not have any, and doubled the amount of milk.

Prepared it in a peanut butter jar – before getting rid of it – and kept it in the refrigerator for a whole night. The next morning, I took it out and warmed it up until it thickened to the consistency that I love, and served it with a spoonful of peanut butter and banana on top.

It was the yummiest oatmeal I have ever had, I enjoyed every minute while eating it! It was creamy, rich in flavors and so tasty ❤

Next time I will make it with the yogurt and see how it will taste!

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Overnight Banana Chocolate Oatmeal (originally adapted from The Oatmeal Artist)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup oats (I used Weetabix quick cooking oats)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate (I used soya chocolate milk)
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 small squares dark chocolate chopped (I did not any chocolate chips on hand 😛 )
  • One small ripe banana mashed

Method:

  • In a jar (I used almost finished peanut butter jar) mix all ingredients together until well combined.
  • Cover it and keep it in the fridge for a whole night.
  • Next day, warm it up and serve it, or you can enjoy it as it is – chilled! mine was a little bit soupy and I like my oatmeal thick and creamy so I warmed it up on the stove until it thickened up to the consistency I love!

Stuffed Fish Fillet Rolls

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It has been a while since my last post! sorry for being absent for this long 😀

Fish fillets are one of my favorite dishes; they do not take much time and can be made with any ingredients you have on hand!

Parsley and tomatoes are my mom’s favorite ingredients to go with fish, whether whole or fillets.

So, here is the simple recipe for this delicious dish 🙂

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Stuffed Fish fillet rolls

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Ingredients:

White fish fillets cleaned and ready to be used

Salt and black pepper

One large onion

Lemon slices

Whole garlic cloves

Olive oil

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For the stuffing mixture, we need:

Parsley, tomato, garlic and chili peppers, all finely chopped.

Olive oil, salt, freshly ground black pepper and some curry powder.

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Combine the stuffing ingredients and mix well.

Place fish fillets on a flat surface, season each fillet with salt and freshly ground black pepper from both sides.

Add 2 tablespoons of stuffing mixture on each fillet and roll up.

Put any extra mixture in the baking dish and arrange the rolls on top.

Add chopped onions, lemon slices and whole garlic cloves.

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Drizzle with olive oil and cover with foil paper.

Bake in a preheated oven until it is well done (between 30-40 minutes).

Serve immediately

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Orange Cocoa Cake

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Orange + Cocoa = ❤

Nothing can beat this delicious combination!
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Very simple, easy and yummy cake which we finished in two days!
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I added 1 tblsp milk to the cocoa powder when I added it to the cake mix that I kept aside to make the marble effect.

I used the zest of 3 small oranges and 1 lemon.
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lots of love

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