Chtitha Djedj

Today I made an inviting Algerian dish called Chtitha Djedj, always served during the month of Ramadan. A simple and tasteful dish made with chicken and chickpeas; and strongly flavored with garlic. Djedj means in chicken in Arabic. Chtitha is related to the world chtih, which in Arabic means dance. The anecdote behind this is that this dish…

Mchewek

Mchewek are an old Algerian pastry, similar to the French Petits Fours served with coffee or tea. These delicious and pleasant delicatessen are made with almond paste, then rolled into almond flakes. Simple to make and extremely delicate “en bouche”. Mchewek in Arabic means thorny! Ingredients: 300g of almond powder 100g of caster sugar 1/2 spoon…

Chorba L’sen Tir

Chorba L’sen Tir, is a spicy Algerian soup made with orzo pasta. It is very rich and healthy, and is often served during Ramadan to break the fast. There are many varieties of soups served during Ramadan but this one is my favorite. This soup is piquant, peppery and delicious. Chorba means soup in Arabic and…

Chrik

Chrik are individual small brioche buns from the northeastern Algerian city of  Constantine (also called Kasentina). Chrik are always served during the month of Ramadan to accompany M’halbi, a refreshing creamy custard (see previous post). These milk brioche are fluffy, pillowy and perfumed with orange blossom water. Ingredients: 500g of flour (all purpose flour/plain flour) Zest…

Cocas

Cocas, are a savory pastry imported by the Europeans living in Algeria during the French colonization (1830-1962) in Algeria. They are similar to the Spanish Empanadas and they are made with a basic dough and filled with peppers, tomatoes, garlic and spices. They can also sometimes be filled with meat and onions and prepared with a…

Strawberry Jam Cookies, Sablés à la Confiture de Fraises

Here is my little Strawberry Jam Cookies for Fiesta Friday #17. I always like simple cookies, as I find they go so well with a good afternoon tea or coffee. I have always made cookies or Sablés (in French), and they are very easy to make! Thank you, Angie (from The Novice Gardener), Jhuls (from The…

Quatre-Quarts aux Pruneaux, Prunes Pound Cake

  The Quatre-Quart is a kind of Pound Cake from Brittany, West of France. The meaning of Quatre-Quarts means four quarter (eggs, butter, flour and sugar). In this recipe you start by weighing the eggs first when you obtain the weigh eggs, you use the same weight for the butter, the flour, and the sugar….

Lumaconi with Tomato Sauce and Goat Cheese

I’m a definitely a pasta lover, and can’t think of an absolute favorite, nor one I don’t like! Today I chose the Lumaconi Pasta, the shape looks like a big snail shell that you can fill with (tuna, ricotta cheese…) you have an infinite choice. For this recipe, I opted for Goat cheese. Serves 4…

Briochettes

Briochettes are sweet small Brioches with (butter, eggs, and milk), perfect for a breakfast or for tea time. Serves 8/10 Ingredients: 500g of all purpose flour A pinch of salt 100g of sugar 11g of dry instant yeast (20g of fresh yeast) 1 egg 250g of lukewarm milk 100g of soft butter 1 teaspoon of…

Pesto and Grilled Vegetable Pizza

  Not so sweet this weekend, but still as tasty as I homemade a “pesto and grilled vegetable pizza”. The eggplants, the thyme, and the basil are from my garden. This is my first experience to grow eggplants in my garden and I’m extremely surprised by how tasty they are. The pizza is perfect for…