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Marinade:

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of cooking oil, red and black pepper to taste, and salt to taste. Whisk together.

Chicken:

Into a bigger bowl, add 2-3 lbs of chicken pieces (whole or half) and 4 to 5 large chopped onions. Crush 3-4 cloves of garlic, and add into the bowl. Add the marinade mixture. Mix together. Marinate overnight. Grill in barbecue or cook in oven. Caramelize the onions while the chicken cooks. Serve over white rice.

Add 1/3 cup of oil into a pot on the stove. Add two cans of tomato sauce, one teaspoon of paprika, three teaspoons of cumin, three teaspoons of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of Harissa (hot chili sauce), and one teaspoon of salt. Mix together and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, occasionally stirring. Add 2-2.5 pounds of meat, and mix together. After 15 minutes, stir, and add 2.5 cups of water. Let cook at medium-low for an hour to one hour and 15 minutes. Stir and cook for 30 more minutes. Add two cans (15 oz each) of pinto beans and let cook for 15 more minutes. Stir, and add a ground glove of garlic. Add one teaspoon of cumin. Stir. Ready to serve.

Serve over a bowl of couscous.

Couscous: To one lb of couscous, add 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix together. Pour boiling hot water, enough to cover the couscous. Mix together. Cover the bowl, and let the heat cook itself. Leave for 5-7 minutes.

Molokhia soup:

First, prpare the chicken broth. Fill a 1/3 of a pot with water. Add a whole, peeled onion. Add 4-5 seeds of cardamom. Place onto stove. Once boiling, place in a whole chicken and boil for 45-60 minutes. Strain the chicken broth before use. In an empty pot, add 2.5 cups of the chicken broth. Add one bag of frozen, minced Molokhia (jute leaves). Put onto stove, low heat, and cover it with a lid. Once a green soup, take it off the stove and place it to the side. Next, prepare the spices. Mash two cloves garlic and one tablespoon of ground coriander. Place these onto s small frying pan. Add olive oil, and fry until it is smooth. Add this to the pot of boiled Molokhia. Mix together. Leave it to the side, uncovered.

Side dish, Fried bell peppers:

Cut one large green bell pepper into pieces. Remove the seeds. Mash together one clove of garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add 2-3 tablespoons of apple vinegar. On a frying pan, with vegetable oil for frying, place onto stove and fry the bell peppers. Place onto a paper towel to absorb extra oil. Put into a bowl, and add the garlic vinegar mix to it.

Red sauce:

Ground two small cloves of garlic. Add into a small pot, and add 3/4 tablespoon of oil for frying. While frying, add two tablespoons of tomato paste. Add salt to taste, and leave to boil for two minutes.

First, cook the beef. Add some olive oil into a pot, and then add 1.5 lbs of beef cubes. Add one tablespoon of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of allspice. Cover with enough water to cover the meat with two inches. Put on stove, and let cook for 45 minutes (30 minutes with pressure cooker).

Roughly chop three tomatoes, rough chop one cup of fresh cilantro, and mash six large garlic cloves. Place these in separate bowls and set to the side.

Add a little olive oil into a new pan, and heat it up. Add two 14 oz bags of small okra. Add one 6 oz can of tomato paste. Add the chopped tomatoes. Add one tablespoon of salt. Add two teaspoons of allspice. Mix together, and then add the cooked beef, and add enough stock to cover the top. Simmer for 20 minutes, without the cover on. In the last five minutes of simmering, add the chopped cilantro and mashed garlic. Mix together.

Pour one cup of lukewarm milk into an empty bowl. Add 1/2 cup of sugar. Whisk together. Add one packet of yeast. Whisk together. Add one teaspoon of salt, one egg, and two teaspoons of the crushed cardamom. Whisk together well. Add two cups of flour and whisk together again. Add 1/2 stick of melted butter. Mix with a wooden spoon. Add two more cups of flour, and mix together with a wooden spoon. Add one more cup of flour and mix with your hands. Cover the bowl of dough with a cloth, and leave it to rise for about an hour in a warm place. Place the risen dough onto a baking sheet. Roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. With scissors, cut strips along the two outer sides. The slits should line up evenly but not meet in the middle. Put to the side and allow it to rise more.

To create the filling, mix together 2-3 tablespoons of softened butter, one teaspoon of crushed cardamom, one teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves. Mix into a paste. Spread the paste evenly into the middle section of the dough, and “braid” the dough by folding alternating sides into the middle. This will seal the filling while the dough bakes. Crack an egg and lightly beat it. Use this as a light egg wash on the top section of the dough.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and let bake for 25 minutes.

Meat:

One pound of beef with bone. Add one small sliced onion fried in oil. Add 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder. Cook for about two minutes. Add two to three cloves of chopped garlic and cook for an additional two minutes. Add one tsp. of coriander, four cups of water, and cook in a pressure cooker for about 30 minutes.

Rice:

Pre-soak the rice for 2-3 hours before cooking. Boil water and add salt to taste. Add four cups of white basmati rice (long grain) to halfway-cook for 15-20 minutes. Stir every few minutes. Turn off the heat and drain the water.

Carrots with Raisins:

Cook two cups of sliced carrots in a pan with one cup of vegetable oil on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of red raisins for about two minutes and add 1/4 tsp. of cardamom. Remove from pan and place onto paper towel to remove excess oil, then place in an aluminum foil wrap to close it up.

Sugar for flavoring:

Add one cup of vegetable oil to a pan on medium-high and 3/4 cup of sugar. This process burns the sugar, takes about 5-8 minutes.

Preparation:

Pour the cooked sugar onto the cooked rice. Mix and shape the rice into a little dome at the bottom. Add ground cumin, sprinkle on top. Add 1/2 cup of water. Place the foil-wrapped raisins and carrots to the side, inside the pot with rice. Place lid onto pot so that steam stays inside the pot. Keep on high heat for 5 minutes, then reduce to medium for about 20 minutes. Once cooked, place onto platter. Add the cooked meat in the center of the rice. Cover the meat with the rest of the rice. Add the steamed raisin and carrot mixture to the top.