Monday, May 20, 2013




For the crust:
20 chocolate graham cookies ( finely crushed )
2 tbsp of salted butter ( melted )

For the filling:
16 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
Zest and juice of a lemon
2 eggs
1/2 cup of thick plain yogurt
2 tbsp of wheat starch

For the topping:
Juice of two lemon 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
2 tbsp of wheat starch

Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
Mix chocolate graham cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8-inch spring form pan.
Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 cup sugar and 2 tbsp of wheat starch with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
Wrap bottom half of pan in foil. Pour in filling; place in a roasting pan. Pour in boiling water to come halfway up side of spring form.
Bake for 1 hour minutes or until center is almost set.
Bring lemon juice, 1/2 cup of sugar and wheat starch to boil in saucepan on medium-high heat; simmer on low heat 8 to 10 min. or until sauce is slightly thickened stirring occasionally. Cool and pour onto cheesecake.
Refrigerate 4 hours. Remove rim of pan before serving cheesecake.

Sunday, March 24, 2013




3 Turkish pastry sheets

1 small size of onion
2 lb of whole mushroom
1 tbsp of tomato paste
1/3 tsp of black pepper

 2 eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of water
Wash and drain mushrooms and chop finely.
In a large pot, take vegetable oil add chopped onion. Stir and cook until onion is tender. Add chopped mushroom and tomato paste. Stir and cook until it loses its volume. Add ground black pepper and salt. Turn the heat off when the mushroom absorbs all of its juice and let it cool.
For the sauce; take eggs, milk, water and vegetable oil in large mixing bowl and whisk.
 Take one of the fillo sheets and cut it half. Spoon 1/3 of the sauce over entire surface.
Place 1/3 of filling on top, fold the edges and roll.
Swirl this long roll in the middle of a round tray. Repeat this step for the other five pastries. Pour the sauce all over evenly and sprinkle sesame seeds.
Bake it in pre oven for 35 minutes or until it is golden brown.