Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cinnamon Poppy Seed Bread


For the Dough

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 dessertspoon yeast
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 2 dessertspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons grape molasses
  • 1 dessertspoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons oil


Take a small bowl add yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, milk and water. Milk and water should be warm, not too hot or not too cold. Put the mixture in a warm place and wait about 5-10 minutes until it rises. Take a large bowl add flour, yeast mixture, butter, eggs, salt, 2 teaspoons of sugar and vanilla extract and knead. Keep it in a warm place about 1 hour until it rises double its size.

In the mean time to prepare the filling mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. You can also add a little bit of water.Take the dough after it rises and knead it again by adding two tablespoons of flour. Then make a flat base with the help of a roller.

Spread the filling all over it.

Then start rolling it over from the bottom and cut the roll into small pieces.
Put them on a greased baking pan with some distance. You can sprinkle some poppy seeds over them. Bake them about 35 minutes in 400 F preheated oven. Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Walnut Cookie

Note: You can make 20-25 cookies depending on size with these ingredients.


  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of wheat/corn starch
  • 1 stick (4 oz)unsalted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts
  • 2-3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa (optional)


In a large bowl mix powdered sugar, walnuts, egg yolk and butter and knead. If you do not know how to separate egg yolk and white, you can find it here Egg yolk.

In another bowl mix baking powder, flour and starch. Add this mixture to the other slowly while kneading. You can add more flour if it is necessary.

Make small balls from the dough and put them in a baking pan with distance as they will rise. You can separate the dough into two pieces and add cocoa to one of them. 
Bake in 350 F preheated oven about 30 minutes. You can scatter some powdered sugar on top of it while serving. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Salmon Shish Kebab and Quinoa Salad


For the shish kebab

  • 2 Salmon fillets
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 sweet green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, pepper, oregano
  • Water

For the quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1 dessertspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 lemon
  • Crumbled feta cheese 
  • Green pepper


Peel zucchinis and eggplant like a zebra. 

Then cut them in round shapes. Mix yogurt, olive oil, water, vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano and marinate zucchinis and eggplants in this mixture about half an hour. Mix apple cider vinegar,water, olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano and marinate salmon in this mixture about half an hour.

Cut salmon in small pieces. Take skewers and thread salmon, chopped green pepper, zucchini and eggplant. Put them onto grill and cook each side until they get brown.
To prepare quinoa salad, put quinoa in a small pot add 11/2 cup of cold water. Boil it on medium heat and turn down the heat when it is boiled and cook 10-12 minutes more until it sucks all water. Take it into a bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, chopped pepper and tomato and feta cheese. Enjoy!