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Carol Mahna
@theegyptianepicurean
London, UK
An Egyptian who is always looking to add a personal touch to traditional recipes.

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My Recipes
Banana And Cinnamon Bread With Halva Icing
Banana and cinnamon bread with halva icing! Am I the only one that never intentionally makes banana bread unless I've got a couple of bananas on death's row? For this one, I took a traditional banana bread recipe, added some spices and made halva icing for the first time. I'd recommend drizzling the icing right before you serve!
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Classic Koshari With Chickpeas
Koshari for 6 packed and ready to go! Did you guys figure out what I was making from my Instagram Story last night? Can't get any more traditional than that!
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Harissa hummus and roasted veg club sandwich! I made the ultimate club sandwich last night and it was so easy to put together and so filling. Also, sorry about the 2 halloumi posts in a row but there's no such thing as too much halloumi! To make 2 you'll need: A good loaf of bread, 6 thick slices (a got a great fennel sourdough from @breadaheadboroughmarket) 1/4 cup regular hummus (you can make your own but I was too hungry) 1 teaspoon harissa paste (adjust to taste) 1 teaspoon tomato paste Half a block of halloumi, sliced 1 small red onion, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 1 tomato, thinly sliced handful of salad leaves Add the sliced onion and pepper to a roasting pan, drizzle some olive oil and a pinch of salt and mix. Roast for about 20 minutes at 200C. In the meantime, Mix the hummus, harrisa and tomato paste in a food processor. Lightly toast the bread in a dry pan then grill the halloumi (less clean up, yay!). Now it's time to assemble! Spread some hummus on a bread slice, add half portion of tomatoes, halloumi, salad leaves, 2nd bread slice, roasted veg, bit more hummus on the last bread slice then squeeeeze it all down. Repeat for other sandwich and serve with fries (I added a pinch of paprika and cumin to mine, SO good!) and enjoy! 🥖🍅 #egyptianepicurean #feedfeed #clubsandwich
It's a one-pan dinner sort of week. It's too hot to do anything, let alone the washing up! So I decided to try a recipe by one of my favourite bloggers @halfbakedharvest - a sausage, tomato and halloumi bake! It's got meat, veggie and most importantly grilled halloumi cheese! I also got to use my homegrown basil which I was very excited about and it was perfect for a summer weeknight. You can find it on her blog, give it a go! Thanks, Tieghan. 💚 #egyptianepicurean #halfbakedharvest #feedfeed
Gooey sticky cinnamon Monkey Bread! 🐒 I'm finally back in the kitchen and you might've noticed that I am now the lucky owner of a @kitchenaidusa mixer (in beautiful 'Golden Nectar') so I just had to test it out with a dough recipe. After all the kneading, proofing and baking, it came out pretty damn perfect! 🙈 I went with a classic recipe but I want to Egyptianise it and wanted your thoughts! What should I swap/add? #monkeybread #egyptianepicurean
Ta'meya unlike falafel is traditionally made with fava beans and a vegan friendly dish eaten across the country every single day. These fluffy fried bites of goodness are good on their own or in a sandwich (tahini sauce yessss). Weird tradition though, my family always has them with homemade fries on Good Friday! You'll need: 500g raw fava beans skin removed and soaked overnight (your friendly Middle Eastern supermarket will know what you're looking for) Handful parsley Handful dill Handful leek, roughly chopped 1 white onion, roughly chopped 6 or 7 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder Optional: Sesame seeds Add everything to a food processor (in batches if you need to until it's a green paste). At this point you can freeze the mixture or if you're ready to cook, mix in the baking powder. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a shallow pan on medium heat. Roll a small amount of the mix in the palm of your hands like a meatball then lightly press down to flatten to a thickness of about half an inch. Pat some sesame seeds on both sides then fry for 2 minutes on each side until browned. Use a slotted spoon and place on a kitchen paper lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Serve hot! The mixture can also last up to 6 months in the freezer. P.S I'm coming at you with a feast of a recipe for Easter tomorrow, stay tuned! 🐣#EgyptianEpicurean #feedfeed #tameya
Super Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake! I love this recipe so much, it's one my grandmother makes regularly and it's perfect during Lent if you're craving something sweet. You'll need: 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/2 cup vegetable or sunflower oil 1 heaped tablespoon baking powder 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pre-heat oven at 180C. Add sugar, water and oil in a sauce pan on low heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. In a bowl, add dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and mix. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use a spatula to mix well. Pour mixture into an 8" cake tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. Take out and leave to cool completely. I added powdered sugar and some date syrup on top for extra sweetness. Enjoy, lovely people! #egyptianepicurean #dairyfreerecipes
Sweet potato waffles, za'atar chicken with garlic labneh! 🔸 What. A. Combo. And whipped up in less than 30 minutes. 😵Also, I can't stop using my waffle iron! Here's what you need: 2 chicken breasts 2 tablespoons za'atar 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium sweet potatoes, grated 2 eggs 1/4 cup labneh 1 large garlic clove, minced Squeeze of lemon juice Preheat your oven to 180C, place chicken on a baking tray and add za'atar, paprika, oil and season. Mix well and bake for 25 minutes. In the meantime, mixed grated sweet potato and egg in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and add a pinch of paprika. Get your waffle iron ready and cook, mine took about 6-8 minutes each. In a food processor, blend labneh, garlic and lemon juice with a pinch of salt. Place waffles on plate, slice up chicken and add a dollop of labneh on top. Heaven! (Find out how I made them into breakfast waffles in my stories!) 🙌🏽 #egyptianepicurean #sweetpotatowaffles
My Tuesday night was basically baked kobeba and back to back Brooklyn 99 🙌 Kobeba (ko-beh-buh) is the Middle East's meatloaf and @mattersofthebelly's makes it look so easy! Go check out the recipe on Noha's blog. 💛 #kobeba #kibbeh #feedfeed #egyptianepicurean
Dukkah sweet potato fries! 🔶 One of my favourite meals out in Cairo was at @zoobaeats where I caught up with old friends over a table spread of ful, tameya (Egyptian falafel), baba ghanoush, fries topped with dukkah and bottomless cups of tea. Adding dukkah to these sweet potato baked fries gave it this gorgeous nutty flavour and I added dried onion flakes to give it a bit of a kick! 💃 To make your own Egyptian blend dukkah you'll need just 4 ingredients: 500g toasted red (or regular) sesame 250g yellow split peas 2 tablespoons dried coriander leaf 1/2 teaspoon salt Make sure the sesame is well toasted and blend everything in a food processor on high until it's a powder. Store in an airtight container for up to six months. Easy peasy! How do you use dukkah? #egyptianepicurean #dukkah