Moroccan Preserved Lemons



2 months ago I made this recipe and I have delighted in the results. Preserved lemons are used in Moroccan cooking, but I have been using it in almost every dish I make. The lemons give a tangy flavor to anything and disappear in the cooking process, that you do not know what tastes so fabulous. I have very successfully used it in pasta dishes , salads, chicken soup, stews, stir fry’s , curries, rice dishes , Pizza, stuffed tomatoes, store bought rotiserrie chicken,  and even added it into my St Patrick’s’ Day corned beef boil!  I have  not tried it in a sandwich …. yet.

It is a secret the world should know, and its so easy to make. Find a clean Mason Jar and you are well on your way. It has become an ingredient I cannot do without.

This is a Marthe Stewart recipe and I was very happy with the result. Do not worry, the end product is not salty as you think it may be.

INGREDIENTS for making Preserved lemons

  • 8 lemons, plus more as needed
  • Juice of 4 lemons, plus more as needed
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Leaving one end intact, cut lemons lengthwise into quarters. Using your fingers, stuff about 2 tablespoons salt inside each lemon, close them, and transfer to an 8-cup, sterilized, wide-mouth jar.

  2. Measure juice in a liquid measuring cup, add to jar along with half that amount of water, making sure liquid almost covers lemons. Add more freshly squeezed lemon juice, if necessary.

  3. Loosely cover jar and let stand, at room temperature, for 2 days, shaking the bottle each day.

  4. If there is room, add more cut lemons with salt and add to jar, covering with more lemon juice, if necessary, and olive oil. Cover jar and let stand at room temperature at least 3 weeks.

  5. To use lemons, rinse with water. Remove seeds and pith and discard. Use peel as desired.

    here is the video and let me know if you try it.



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Sri Lankan Eggless Chocolate Biscuit Pudding {No Bake Chocolate Cookie Cake} — The Flavor Bender

A classic Sri Lankan dessert – this Eggless Chocolate Biscuit Pudding (No Bake Chocolate Cookie Cake) is decadence and simplicity in cake form. Alternating layers of milk-soaked Maria cookies and soft, creamy chocolate buttercream are all you need for this deceptively delicious dessert that also happens to be just so easy to make. (PIN IT……

via Sri Lankan Eggless Chocolate Biscuit Pudding {No Bake Chocolate Cookie Cake} — The Flavor Bender

Alkaline or Acidic Body ?


Some of you may know about our bodies being too alkaline or too acidic. Simply put, a too acidic body means inflammation in our bodies which gives way to disease of every form.

Our bodies need to have a ph level of 7.365 – 7.4 to perform at peak levels and to be healthy. We should all strive to maintain that perfect balance by eating the right foods. If our bodies become too acidic by the foods we eat our body starts to work overtime to try to bring that balance back and gets inflamed leading to diseases such as frequent flu, IBS, heartburn, digestive issues, excema, joint pain, asthma, hormonal imbalances, depression low  energy, low libido, MS , migraines and yes CANCER.

Your body when acidic, goes to work to maintain that balance and neglects to heal or nourish the body when it needs it from infection and disease.

When our bodies are alkaline, it can actually spend time healing itself from disease and make us feel our best.

How can we find out what our PH balance is ? A simple pharmacy urine test ph strip can tell you what your levels are , also a blood test called C Reactive Protein can tell you how much inflammation you have in your body. There is a direct link between the foods we eat and the balance in our body

I found an excellent chart online that I wish to share with you, which explains all the food groups that are acidic or alkaline. You will find a PDF of it at the bottom. Print it , hang it on your fridge , have a copy while grocery shopping and learn it well, to live a full, healthy disease free life.

(Click the link below)





Reading recommendation  for excellent information and recipes –

The soup cleanse by Angela Blatteis and Vivienne Vella


12 Mini Quiches by Zazacook

Twelve mini Quiche for a perfect dinner. I love Quiche, any Quiche with bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes or salmon, Quiche with spinach, zucchini or broccoli….. You can imagine your Quiche, filled with whatever you want… look in your fridge and make a Quiche with what you have.

I love Quiche, because it’s easy to make. You can create a variety of Quiche.

I chose to make mini Quiche with bacon and tomatoes. I have really good smoked bacon that my friend Irene made by herself. It is the best one that my husband and me ever ate.

I just prepared my french recipe with no pastry dough.



Servings : 12 mini Quiche

Preparation time : 20 mn    Cooking time : 35-40 mn

Ingredients :

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup bacon, diced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

Directions :

Preheat the oven to 400°F

Cut the cherry tomatoes and gently squeeze out as many seeds as possible.

Place the flour in a medium bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Add the milk slowly, salt (if the bacon is not too salted), pepper, shredded cheese and parmesan cheese.

In muffin pans, add tomatoes and bacon. Pour over the muffin pans the mixture eggs/flour/milk.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot with a lettuce. Bon appétit :)

recipe courtesy of Zazacook

zucchini rice and cheese gratin

I am sharing this recipe as i love Zucchini and always finding new things to do with it. This looks like a fall home run!

Zucchini, Rice and Cheese Gratin [Tian de Courgettes au Riz] From Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume II Serves 6 2 1/2 pounds zucchini 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (I use Diamond brand, use 1 1/2 of other brands) 1/2 cup plain, uncooked white rice 1 medium onion, minced (about 1…

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