Sunday, December 28, 2008




  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 medium size of onion ( chopped )
  • 10 cloves of garlic ( peeled )
  • 1 green pepper ( chopped )
  • 3 baby eggplants
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 medium size of potatoes ( peeled )
  • 3 medium size of tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of red pepper paste
  • 2 tbs of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • salt
Take ground beef and vegetable oil in a large pot and cook it until the beef absorb all of its juice, stirring occasionally . Add chopped onion, chopped pepper, and garlic into the pot. Saute them on a medium heat for 10 minutes then add pepper paste and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, wash, drain, and cut eggplants, zucchinis, and potatoes into cubes. Take them into the pot. Add black pepper and salt. Stir them all together. Peel the tomatoes and cut them into cubes. Place tomatoes on top of other vegetable and turn the heat to the low. Put the lid on and cook for 30 minutes.

Friday, December 19, 2008




  • 4 cups of milk
  • 3 tbsp of corn starch 
  • 6 tbsp of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 1 packet of honey maid grahams chocolate
Chocolate sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 6 tbsp of milk
Take corn starch and flour in large pot with milk and whisk it. Turn the heat on high. Stir constantly with a whisk until flour is not lumpy. Add butter and sugar and turn the heat off. Stir constantly until smooth consistency and turn the heat off.
In a rectangular pyrex, layer graham cookies side by side and spoon pudding over. Repeat this step three times.When it is finished, there will be 3 layer cookies and 3 layer pudding. Set a side until it is completly cool.
Take chocolate chips and milk in a small skillet and turn the heat on medium high. Stir until it is smooth. Spoon the sauce over the cookies-pudding layers. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Friday, December 12, 2008



These cookies are delicious, if you like the taste of tahini. The original recipe is in Turkish and belongs to a very famous Turkish food site. The only change that I made is adding baking soda after baking them several times.


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of tahini
  • 1+1/2 sticks of butter ( in a room temperature )
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • enough flour ( approximately 4 cups )
  • 1 cup of crushed walnut
  • 1 egg white
Take sugar and tahini in a large mixing bowl and mix it with a whisk. Add butter, egg yolk, vanilla, and baking soda in to the bowl. Start to knead by adding flour slowly and stop adding flour until the dough reaches a hard consistency. Take small parts ( about the size of walnut ) from the dough and give them the shape of small balls and press them gently while they are still between your palms. Dip ( just one side of the cookies ) them first into egg white and then coat with walnut. Place them on a greased baking tray. Preheat the oven 350 F. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes.

Friday, December 5, 2008



This borek is delicious. I definitely suggest it to anyone.


  • 1 bunch of leeks
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese ( or same amount of ricotta cheese )
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • sesame seeds
For preparing filling; cut off top of leeks, wash, and drain. Cut leeks in half lengthwise and slice them thinly. Wash leek one more time after chopping. Wash, drain, and chop parsley too. Take vegetable oil and leek in a large skillet and turn the heat on medium high. Cook it until leek absorbs all of its juice. Turn the heat off. Let it cool for 20 minutes. Take both leeks and parsley in a bowl. Add cheese into the bowl and mix it. Set a side.
For sauce; mix egg white, milk, and vegetable oil.
Take one of fillo sheets, brush with one tbsp of sauce over the surface of fillo. Place one tbsp of filling on top, fold the edges and roll. Brush with egg yolk and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top. Place them on a baking tray. Preheat the oven 35OF. Bake for 30 minutes or boreks are just golden brown.