South Indian Shrimp Curry

I stumbled upon this recipe at Mediterrasian

This is a delicious dish, full of flavors. At the beginning I was a little weary about adding coconut milk to a shrimp dish, but after I tried it, I like very much!
For the shrimp, I tried several and the best was the raw wild caught one, not the farm raised or cooked.

South Indian Shrimp Curry


  • 2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
  • 1 onion—chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic—finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes—chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 16 large uncooked shrimp (prawns)—peeled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. HEAT the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. ADD the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, paprika and chili powder and cook, stirring, for a minute.
  3. ADD the tomatoes, coconut milk and salt and bring to the boil.
  4. REDUCE the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 8 minutes.
  5. WHILE the curry simmers, cook the rice (see Cooking rice).
  6. ADD the shrimp and cilantro to the curry, cover with a lid, and simmer for another 4 minutes, then stir in the lemon juice.
  7. SERVE on a bed of rice.
  8. Bon Appetit!

Breakfast Casserole

Prep Time: 45 min

Cooking time: 1 hour


  • 6 slices of white bread cut in cubes
  • 1/2 pound of turkey/chicken cold cuts, cut in cubes (optional)
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 1 cup of red/green bell peppers chopped really fine
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2 cups of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 10-12 eggs
  • 3 cups of whole milk (or half and half)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese (the kind that looks like powder, not shredded)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Sauté in olive oil and butter the mushrooms and onions and green onions with a little salt and pepper, until it is really golden brown. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and milk and add a little bit of salt/pepper the mix really well.
  4. Add the cheese, turkey (if using) and the mushroom/onion mixture and the peppers.
  5. In very large Pyrex, spray with cooking spray and layer the bread and pour the mixture of eggs, etc over.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, and halfway through add the parmesan cheese on top….
  7. Cool it for 1/2 hour before serving….

Upside Down Date Cake

Prep Time: 30 min
Cooking time: 30 min

Cake Ingredients:
1 1/4 c flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c milk
1/2 c oil
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions (1):
1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla and salt in a bowl.
2. Add the egg, oil and milk to the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Set aside and prepare the date and caramel topping

Date & Caramel Topping Ingredients:
1/4 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c molasses
2 c pitted halved lengthwise dates (approx. depending on pan size)

Directions (2):
1. Preheat oven to 360 F.
2. Put butter in a square cake pan or a 9 inch round pan and melt butter by placing pan over heat or in oven.
3. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the melted butter in the pan.
4. Pour molasses all over pan.
5. Arrange the dates facing downwards and pour the cake mixture on top.
6. Place in the middle rack of oven for around 30 min or until the cake springs back when lightly touched and is golden in color.
7. Allow the cake to cool in the pan.
8. At serving time, slide the pan over heat to loosen the sticky caramel and flip over carefully on serving dish!


Choco Chip Cookie

Prep Time: 20 min
Cooking time: 15 min


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares

Prep Time: 20 min
Cooking time: 35 min

18.25 oz. package yellow cake mix, set aside one cup
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs
13.5 oz. jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan.
3. Divide cake mix, placing all but one cup in a mixing bowl.
4. Stir the melted butter and one egg into the cake mix until combined.
5. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
6. In another bowl, mix pumpkin butter with two eggs and milk until combined.
7. Spread pumpkin mixture over pressed cake mix.
8. Stir the reserved 1 cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
9. Then add the softened butter and mix together until crumbly.
10. Sprinkle over the top of the pumpkin layer.
11. Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.
12. Cool and cut into 2 ” squares. Serves 24.

Enjoy 🙂

Who is Abla Nazeera?

Abla Nazeera is Abla Nazeera, we arabs know her as the famous chef lady with the most famous cookbook in Egypt and the Arab word, and since this blog is named after her, I found her bio to share it with you.

Taken from here Food Lover’s Blog

Chef Nazira Nicola the most famous Egyptian and Arabian cook, who wrote the first and the biggest Arabic cooking & recipes encyclopedia. She is the most famous Arabic writer in the Arab world.

Nazeera Nicola (born 1902 in Egypt) is a famous cook and writer who gained fame through her Book “Cooking Essentials” which we call it in Arabic countries “Ketab Abla Nazeera”, she studied at the Faculty of Home Economics and Housekeeping in Egypt. In 1926 the Ministry of Education decided to send the most talented students in all disciplines to complete the graduate studies abroad, and one of the disciplines was her field. So 14 girls were selected from her Faculty and Nazeera Nicola was one of them, to study at the University of Gloucester in England for a period of three years in the culinary arts and needlework. “At that time it wasn’t easy for families to accept the idea of letting their daughters study abroad but their Uniqueness in this field didn’t let a chance for their families to refuse” said Dr. Sadik, Nazeera’s eldest son.

When she was back to Egypt after finishing her studies, she worked as a teacher of (Women Culture and Housekeeping) in “Saneya Girls School” in Egypt, and had been urging her students to love the kitchen and decorating the table with the simplest things, as she believed that cooking is an art like the rest of the arts.She graduated in her Job and became a General Inspector in the Ministry of Education.
Once again The Ministry of Education had another announcement in the early 40s, about a competition between all teachers in this field for writing a cooking book to be approved by The Ministry and be used in teaching girls in schools. Of course “Abla Nazeera” decided to join that competition, with “Baheya Othman” who graduated from Bridge House Faculty in England and was a general inspector too, and they wrote this book “Cooking Essentials”, which had the first place in the competition and had fame all over the Arabic countries, according to its great variety of recipes and her easy writing style, which was so easy for the expert woman and also the beginner in cooking.

Nazeera Nicola didn’t have any trade intention when she wrote the book, on the contrary she simply wanted to provide summary of her experiences and what she studied in England in this book so that could open the door for the girls who wanted to master the art of cooking. However the number of the book editions became approximately twelve, during which it was modified in line with the modern measurements, as the original copy of the book contained old measurements, then it had several parts up to 18 to become part of a comprehensive encyclopedia of all forms of cooking.

From teaching and writing books “Abla Nazeera” moved to the radio while many housewives were waiting to listen to her daily delicious recipes, besides writing in Eve magazine, and continued presenting her delicious recipes even after her program cessation.

The funniest thing is what Dr. Wafaa Amer her daughter in law says: “Imagine a wife who cooks for Abla Nazeera’s son, how is he going to accept her food?! She adds, laughing: at the beginning of my marriage, I didn’t have any idea of the kitchen and did not even think of entering it. But “Abla Nazeera” who was characterized by good sense of humor and very simplicity did not pay attention to that and insisted on teaching me all the culinary arts. In one month I became aware of all the kitchen arts and that’s what I owe her.”

Nazeera Nicola passed away 1992 at the age of 90 years, and her book still there in every Arabic house till now

Beef Stew

Prep Time: 30 min
Cooking time: 2 hours


  • 1 to 2 pounds Beef (I used sirloin prime, cut into cubes)
  • 10 Small red potatoes (cut into wedges)
  • ½ bag of green beans
  • 10 Baby bella mushrooms
  • ½ Shredded Onion
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 Bullion cube
  • Brown gravy powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For rub on meat:

    • 1 tsp salt
    • ½ tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp sage
    1. Stove top, on medium heat in a dutch oven (or any heavy bottomed 2 qt pan), melt butter and sutee onions until brown
    2. Add meat (already mixed with rub) and cover, then after 2 min open and add the worcestershire and liquid smoke, cover for another minute
    3. Dissolve brown gravy powder and bullion cube in one cup of water
    4. Open lid and allow liquid to evaporate and try to brown meat for sometime, then add cup of prepared water.
    5. Add parsley, basil and oregano, when it starts to bubble, cover and reduce heat to low and leave to cook one hour.
    6. Add peeled, cut up, potatoes, green beans and mushrooms (cut up into quarters), cover and leave to cook another hour, so total cooking time comes to 2 hours
    7. Bon Appetite!