Nasi Olga

My sister in law, who’s from Kazakhistan gave me this Russian rice recipe. Ever since it becomes a regular meal in our home.


  • 3 Cups  Rice (short grain)
  • 500gr Beef (part with fat) or Lamb
  • 1 Big Carrot
  • 5 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Big Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • Black peper
  • 4 Cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil


1. Rinse rice, soak and set aside

2. Slice the carrot long and thin set aside

3. Heat the oil in the pot, meanwhile dice the onion really small and chop meat to smaller pieces.

4. When the oil is hot enough, put the carrot, cook until the oil become orange colour, then saute the unions until  soft, put the meat ,saute until meat changes its colours, season with salt and pepper, put 2 1/2 cups water to cook the meat until soft and done, cover the pot.

5. Put the rice in the meat soup, put the garlic cloves (without smashing) inside the rice, add 1 cup of water.

6. Check the rice, when it’s almost done, stir the bottom part up and add the 1/2 cup of water.

7. Cook until done,  serve it hot with fresh salad 🙂


Mie baso tahu a la kadarnya ;)

In Jordan, it’s difficult sometimes to find Asians ingredients, so when I want to eat an Asian dish without complicated preparation, this noodle-meatball-tofu soup recipe is my pick, too easy to make. I made it simple is because I need something quick to satisfied  my hungry stomach in the middle of the spring day 🙂


  • 150 gr Noodles (any kind will be good, you can even use long pasta)
  • 250 gr White tofu
  • 250 gr Ground beef (I like it coarse)
  • 5 tablespoon Tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon All-purpose flour
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 block of chicken stock
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


1. Mix meat, garlic, tapioca flour and all-purpose flour in a blender, season  with salt and peper, mix again, if it’s too dry add a little bit of water.

2. Prepare hot water in a pot, make small balls out of the above mixture and put it inside the hot water, cook it half done (meat balls will be floating), take out and dip it in ice water, then steam to cook it done.

3. Boil water, put the chicken stock, noodle, tofu and the cooked meat balls, wait until the noodle turn soft and it’s ready to eat.

4. Garnish with fried onions, tomato ketchup, and dark soya sauce (all optionals)


Banana Bundt Cake

Banana Bundt Cake

An easy recipe to make a quick cake with the sweetest banana aroma, great for tea time 🙂


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 5 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • powdered sugar to dust


    1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a bundt cake pan with shortening and lightly flour.
    2. Beat all ingredients except bananas, nuts and powdered sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, scraping bowl occasionally until all is blended.
    3. Beat in bananas on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in nuts.
    4. Pour batter into greased pan and bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack, remove from pan to wire rack.
    5. Let cool completely and dust with icing sugar to serve.


    picture comment: as am trying to cut my sugar intake (well…just a tiny bit 😉 ), so no dusting for me.  I made only 1/2 recipe for this picture.