Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Noodle Pilaf with Lamb


  • 1/2 pound lamb
  • 1 cup of noodle
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


For this recipe you need lamb meat with bones. Put them in a pot and boil until they get very soft. Then smash them into little pieces with your hands. 

Take a pot and put chopped onions, pepper, butter and olive oil and cook. After they get soft add chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes become very soft like puree. 

Roast noodle in another pan with some butter until it gets brown.

Then add roasted noodle, salt, pepper and warm water into the pot. It would be better if you use the water you have boiled meat in it. Amount of water you add is very important. It should be a little above the noodles. Close the lid and cook until it socks all water, about 15-20 minutes. Then add lamb meat on top of it. Enjoy!

Note: I poured the rest of the water into small cups with some thyme and put into freezer to use later. You can use them to make rice or other kinds of vegetable meals.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hazelnut Cookies

I want to thank my friend Gamze for sharing her recipe with me.


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable/canola/sunflower oil
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon wheat or corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of crushed hazelnuts


Take a large bowl and put butter, oil, powdered sugar and starch in it. After kneading them add one cup of flour and baking powder with the help of a strainer. This will allow baking powder to spread well. 

Then add vanilla and knead adding remaining flour slowly. You can add more flour if you feel it is sticky. 

Add crushed hazelnuts and knead one last time. Then give them round shape and put on a baking pan with some distance. 

Bake them 30 minutes 325-350 preheated oven. You can sprinkle cacao powder or powdered sugar on them. Enjoy!