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Easy Falafel Recipe


Photo taken by me of Falafel and Hummos dipp  (Click link for recipe)

I choose a special receipt for you today from my mixed culture background. Another famous middle eastren dish "Falafel". Who doesnt adore a hot pita bread with crispy yummy falafel, topped with thick melted tahini sauce and some fresh vegetables. 

Falafel:

1-15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (UnCooked)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 small onion 
1 teaspoon  salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons light olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour in a small bowl
2 tablespoons light olive oil in a small bowl
normal - corn oil to fry the falafel


Sidedish:

3 pitas or pocketed flat bread
1 roma tomato, sliced
1 Cucumber, quartered and sliced
Tahini sauce (recipe below)


Tahini Sauce:

1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt

METHOD:

Add the first 11 ingredients (from chickpeas to the two tablespoons of flour) to a bowl and mix well. Transfer mixture to a food processor and process until smooth, adding the olive oil as you start the processor. Once processed and there's no large lumps left, scrape back into the mixing bowl.
At this point, you should get the rest of your equipment together so that the shaping of the falafel goes smoother. 

Shape the falafel into a small round disk and place on the Silpat. Repeat the process until all the falafel are done.

Prepare frying  pan to hear the oil ( corn / vegetable  Normal oil ) before frying the Falafel . You could fry them at this point but you are better off refrigerating them for 2 hours to firm the ingredients.

Cook the falafel for 5-10 minutes on both sides. Carefully flip them with a spatula and the cook on the second side until they turn light brown and crispy.

While the falafel is frying, prepare the tahini sauce and the cucumber and tomato slices. To prepare the tahini sauce, place all ingredients in a tall narrow container and blend until smooth with an immersion blender.
When the falafel is done, serve with pita, sliced tomato, sliced cucumber and tahini sauce.

Enjoy!



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DIY: Alternative Gifts



Do you want to give a special gift to someone that is more valuable and useful at a low cost. Here is an alternative way to DIY body care products, and a way to decorate their pack to make it look luxury and beautiful. 

First the making of the prodocts: 

1- Homemade Body Wash

(Ingredients)

- 12 cups water

(Directions)


  1. Bring the water to a soft simmer, add the soap and stir until completely melted.
  2. Turn off heat and add glycerin.
  3. Cover and allow to set for 24 hours.
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2- Citrus Salt Body Scrub


(Ingredients)

1. 1/2 cup sea salt 
2. 1/2 cup sweet almond oil 
3. (can substitute light olive oil or vegetable oil)
4. 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
5. 1/2 teaspoon orange zest

(Directions)

In a medium dry bowl, combine all ingredients making sure to not let any water touch them as it will dissolve the salt. Pour mixture into an airtight container and store in a cool dry place.
To use: Just before showering, swirl ingredients together with your fingertips to mix. Clean body completely and just before exiting shower, apply Citrus Salt Body Scrub to body in a firm circular scrubbing motion with hands or a soft washcloth. Rinse off the mixture and pat body dry with a clean towel.
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3- Homemade Lotion 

(Ingredients) 

1. 3/4 cup oil (olive, avocado or coconut are great choices*)
2. 3 tablespoons beeswax
3. 3/4 cup water, rose water, or herbal tea – room temp or slightly warmer
4. essential oil for fragrance (optional)
* If you use coconut keep it at room temp because it will become solid in the fridge.

(Directions) 



Second thing how to decorate it: 

You need
Your choice of glass jar or bottle ( glass bottles from Ikea. $16.95 AUD for pack of 3 ) that matches the quantity of the product. It would be preferable if the glass has no drawings or brand lables on it. 
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Crunchy Chicken Dippers




Hello blog readers! here comes another fast and yummy recipe of the best dishes I love to make, and eat! XD I used to make it quite often, and its going to be my TV dinner tonight watching my favorite Tv-Show series Ally Mcbeal. So if you like it, make it and enjoy it! 



2
 eggs

2
lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch wide strips

4-1/2
cups  honey-flavored multi-grain cereal flakes with oat clusters, finely crushed

1
cup  KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce

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PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Beat eggs lightly in shallow dish or pie plate. Dip chicken in eggs, turning over to evenly coat both sides of each strip. Coat chicken evenly with cereal. Place in two 15x10x1-inch baking pans sprayed with cooking spray.
BAKE 25 min. or until chicken is cooked through.
SERVE as dippers with the barbecue sauce or what ever dipper you like.






























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DIY: Knitting Is Made Easy



I would like to introduce you guys to my new hobby " Knitting". I never thought one day I will be so obsessed with knit stuff this much, I just knew that it is not easy to do it, but to learn and challenge myself to gain a new skill.... I followed some basic steps and started to practice them often until I got improved. And that of course by the help of knit websites, videos on youtube, knitting clubs ext... After a week of trying  and trying I managed to make new easy patterns for beginners, the only issue is that I am still kind of slow in my hand movements with the sticks. 

At the moment I am still not done with the knit project I have in hand, but as soon as I am done I will post the tips, the free pattern and photo of it. As usual I am sharing with you this DIY 1 hour project  video from the knitting club I am a member of.  You guys have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to try something new!  



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Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes




Hello loyal readers, I am back with a new appetizer recipe, yummy and easy! I just made it as a side dish while we had burger BBQ this week and I thought of sharing it with you blog fans. All you  will need is: 



  • - 2 medium-size red potatoes, cut into 8 wedges each.
  • - 1/2 teaspoon salt. 
  • - 16 center-cut bacon slices. 
  • - 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Sprinkle potato wedges with salt. Wrap each with 1 bacon slice. Arrange potato wedges in a single layer in prepared pan. Sprinkle with pepper.
  1. 3. Bake at 425° for 40 to 45 minutes or until bacon is crisp and browned.
( Serve with your favorite choice of dips)
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DIY Pamper for Wellness: Home Spa Treats





Hello buddies, I hope you all having a wonderful weekend. Yesterday I had a great relaxing Saturday, I exercised by jogging for 6.33 km and after I did half an hour Yoga stretching outdoors in the house yard. I felt really great and fresh the whole day as I eat healthy and I kept my lemon detox drink near me ( already posted on the blog previously, click link).  By evening time I decided to have a home spa treat by making DIY body care products that I am writing now to share with you. Besides the ingredients below you will also need these items to pamper for wellness:  

1 Good book ( your favorite choice ) 
2 A big cup of your choice of herbal tea. 
3 Light up incense or smelling candles. 
4 Bucket of hot water and some roses to soak those tired feet in a warm, scented bowl
5 Relaxing music sounds, I recommend Japanese flute music or nature sounds of waves or forest.  

Now here is the the list: 

Hair Care:  Egg yolks won't only make your hair softer, shinier, and healthier, but it helps you to grow it out long as well. Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tbsp of olive oil, dilute the mixture by adding a cup of water, and then slowly and thoroughly massage this mask into your scalp. Give your hair and scalp 15 to 20 minutes to absorb all the needed nutrients and then rinse off.

Face Care: Mix lemon juice and egg white together and put it on my face as a mask. Let it dry and then rinse it off with warm water. I did this every sunday, after doing this my skin was less oily, The breakouts became non existent and all the acne scars were gone.

Teath WhiteningDr. Oz Teeth Whitening Home Remedy: 1/4 cup of baking soda + lemon juice from half of a lemon. Apply with cotton ball or q-tip. Leave on for no longer than 1 minute, then brush teeth to remove.

Feet Care: Since its the flip-flop season, This will take the dead skin right off your feet. After soaking your feet into the hot water bowl with roses for 20 Minutes ( while waiting read a book and drink hot herb tea while listening to the relaxing music), try this foot scrub! 1 cup coarse sea salt. 1/2 cup sweet almond oil . tsp lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon). drops peppermint essential oil. Mix all ingredients, rub into your wet feet with hands or pumice stone, paying extra attention to your heels. Rinse off with warm water, dry and apply lotion.





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