Zahra Profile - (11464024)

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Home Town: Nevada, Missouri, USA
Living In: Northern, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Walking, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am only 19 but have been cooking from a very young age. Growing up on a farm, living in similar conditions to the Amish people, having 3 brothers and 2 sisters, and with me being the oldest, I had the privilege of cooking on a regular basis. My cooking varies from many different cultures. From my states traditional foods of Southern Missouri- heavily influenced by my close Mennonite/Amish friends. To my step-mothers home country of the Philippines. I was a strict vegetarian for 6 years and was vegan for 2 of those 6 years. I am now married to an Arabic man so I have extended my cooking to Greek, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisine. Through it all, I still love the simple cooking of my home.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world, and enjoy baking my sweets as much as I do eating them. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
New Years Eve: Corn beef and cabbage for good luck or id that St. Patrick's day?? I have forgotten ^_^ I have a love affair with biscuits and gravy.
My cooking triumphs
I have mastered baking yeast breads of all sorts, learning dishes from other countries, and I make the perfect Arabic rice! I absolutely love it when my husbands employees ask him if he brought any leftovers from our dinner the night before. When his friends call him the day before asking him to tell me to bake some cake or cookies so when they come over for tea they have those special treats. I love making people happy through their tummy's!
My cooking tragedies
Sometimes when I am in a rush and the recipe in my recipe books are too large- its usually just my husband and I. I cut the ingredients down but tend to miscalculate something, usually the butter. So you got some really soft cookies- they are very tasty just don't stack them on top of each other unless you want a triple decker cookie! LOL
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Rice Pudding With Dates
I followed the recipe very close the first time, except using only 10 dates and 3 tbs of honey instead of sugar. It was good just when you blend the cooked rice and combine everything else its kind of clumpy. So the second time- this morning- I ground the rice before cooking it, then for about 1 cup of rice I used about 3 cups of milk and 1 cup of water. The rice absorbs the liquid easily so you can not hardly put too much liquids in it. I also sweetened it with honey and Iraqi date syrup. Very smooth and creamy and tasty now! Very good basic recipe. Thanks!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2011
Mensaf (Jordanian Lamb Stew)
This recipe is very good, but my Husband who was born in Kuwait, raised in Iraq and lived in Jordan for 6 years said they serve this dish with more lamb milk broth then this. Also you should have made clear that you do not use a flat platter but rather a bowl shaped dish, so the Pita bread soaks up lamb milk broth. But I was absolutely thrilled to find this recipe as it is hard to find arabic recipes online. Thanks so much. :)

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2011
Fluffy Pancakes
These were fabulous! I am not a fan of just white flour, so I did a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and a 1/2 cup of white flour. They were still amazingly light and fluffy! Wow I will never use another pancake recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 28, 2011
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