Chicken King – chicken concept recipe –

Do you want to revive yourself after an active week of work and accomplishments? Or do you still have some concerns about the cold nights of the recently passed January and February? Then, the recipe of today should be in your hands in time. I called it “chicken king” because it suits the previous situations I mentioned above, when you feel hunger dead and wish to revive yourself with light and energy-rich healthy and balanced warm food. It is a kind of Egyptian food in which the chicken is filled with rice that can be spiced according to individual taste.

The concept in this recipe, in addition to the rice filling, is that the chicken is halved longitudinally so two servings can be made with suitable green vegetables like parsley and coriander, cooked vegetables like green peas and zucchini, etc.

Ingredients, one chicken for two servings:
1- medium chicken (about 650 – 1200 gm, net weight).

2- 1.5 cups of rice (about 250 ml, in total)

3- green vegetables, e.g. parsley, coriander, rocca, etc.

4- favorable vegetables, e.g. zucchini, carrot, green peas, onion, etc.

5- spices, e.g. salt, cumin, etc. (optional)

1- wash the rice several times with drinking water and then cook it to 80% in a small pot. In this step you can cook the chicken’s organs, e.g. liver, etc., by dropping them with the rice in the same pot. Make sure you added more a bit more water to the rice and let it boil for about 15 minutes while the pot is covered. Then turn the flame off.

2- wash the chicken very well with water and fill it with the 80% cooked rice and the chicken viscera, e.g. liver. Then you should know how to fix the the thighs of the chicken as professional cooks do. This will keep the filling inside and give the chicken after cooking its standard appearance with closed thighs.

3- then put the chicken in a suitable clean pot with a cup of water and let it boil and then adjust the flame to near low.

4- after about 25 minutes put the vegetables to cook with the chicken for 15 minutes. You may add a cup of water if you think it is necessary at this step.

5- start washing your green vegetables and garnish them beautifully in the serving dish.

6- when the vegetables are well cooked turn off the flame and let the food rest for a few minutes.

7- take the vegetables out of the pot gently and serve them suitably in the serving dish.

8- take the chicken to the serving dish and let it cool for five minutes. Halve it longitudinally by a suitable knife.

You can start this rich meal with some favorable fresh juice and fruits.

Eat as much green and cooked vegetables as you can while you enjoy your rice-filled chicken half! If you feel extraordinary hungry, you can find some chicken-vegetable soup to eat and maybe some rice too to satisfy your delicious and healthy meal. I wish you  like it too 🙂


Rice with milk (dessert)

Rice with milk. Sweet or a regular meal? It depends on your choice. This recipe is quite flexible and it can – according to my opinion – give you a wide range of healthy and tricky tastes for your all purpose food and as a light dessert too.

Rice with milk is one of the typical Egyptian sweet dishes that can be served at home and in restaurants as well. It is made of rice, milk and sugar. The dish is usually ornamented with grated coconuts and dried grapes.

Ingredients for 7-8 servings
1- 2/3 medium cup (250 ml) rice
2- 1.5 cups milk (375 ml) milk
3- 1/2 cup of sugar (or according to the sweetness you prefer)
4- 2-3 large spoonful starch
5- 0.5 – 1 vanilla powder (optional)
6- grated coconuts
7- dried grapes

1- put the rice in a reasonably large cooking pot. Wash the rice several times with water until the water is largely clear.
2- cook the rice with much water in the pot until it becomes soft enough but take care it should be quite wet not dry.
3- pour the milk onto the rice and stir for a few minutes, and if necessary you can add a cup or two of water to the mixture in the pot.
4- put the pot on a gentle flame while adding the starch to the rice and the milk. Mix gently for 3-5 minutes. Then, raise the flame to medium level.
5- add the vanilla powder (optional).
6- the rice will cook again and the mixture will be more thick because of the starch.
7- let the food boil for a couple of minutes (don’t make as I did, the rice with milk spelt out of the pot 🙂
8- serve the rice with milk in medium dishes and add some grated coconuts and dried grapes on the top.

Show your kindness and don’t eat alone 🙂

The basic food recipe

‘What to eat today’ may be the most frequently asked question. Indeed, the cooking niche is very rich in recipes and food kinds that would make such a question quite care-making for some individuals.  Let’s suppose there is a basic food recipe that may suit most of people who may vary in their health conditions, nutritional needs and eating preferences. In order to answer this important question we need a recipe-oriented classification of food stuffs that are ordinarily included in food preparation ‘cooking’. Such classification would rely on the energy content and the serving type of the food items:

1- Basic recipe items, wheat and rice

2- Pot-cooked plants: potatoes, zucchini, aubergine, etc.

3- Salad and flavor plants: tomatoes, herbs, onion, garlic etc.

4- Oils: olive, maize etc.

5- Animal food: milk, cheese, meat, eggs and fish

I suggest a basic food recipe as follows:

Poached (boiled) rice, poached vegetables, tomato salad with one lemon and one flavoring herb like green thyme, and 100 g meat (optional).

General remarks:

1- Because such a ‘basic food recipe’ can be not always affordable besides the need to take other kinds of foods like milk and vegetable oils, it may be put once or twice in the weekly food time table.

2- Always cook the meat (or chicken) in a separate pot. Don’t cook or add it to the poached vegetables. The later should be always true vegetarian to pass all individuals and all day time.

3- Avoid adding any sort of dried flavorings including table salt that may be health-wise not suitable for some individuals. Instead, we can depend on a fresh lemon or some green tasty and healthy plant like thyme for example (Don’t exceed the amount you need because such food herbs can be dose-linked in their action).

4- Don’t use more than one kind of flavoring plants in one pot-cooking, e.g. onion and garlic together, this would be either not tasty or embarrassing for your digestion.

5- Drink the normal water shortly before your meal in order to avoid immediate water drinking after you are done.

6- When you serve your own dish (or have it served for you) make sure you have somewhat less than what you usually eat. Because in case you think you need a bit more after you finish your first serving (a common occurrence), you may leave your place or ask the host for an additional small serving (rice, vegetable, etc.). This scenario would usually end up with better appetite and maybe less overall eating for those who cannot help overeating.

7- Avoid having a dessert after your basic food recipe. You can instead have a fresh (not chilled and sugarless) juice.

8- Eat slowly.

9- When possible eat while being seated.

10- “Make your food your medicine”.

Recipe steps in pictures:

1- Starting items 20150519_234859 20150519_182709 20150519_18264420150519_183953 (A small spoonful vegetable oil on the served tomato or vegetables is optional.)

2- The cooking process 20150519_182844 20150519_182753 20150519_192830 3- Serving form 20150519_193103 Good appetite 🙂

The kitchen – an intro

For me the kitchen was and is still a sign of luxury and richness. That is the concerned place where an elegant oven and large granite bench with wood cupboard and many machines and cooking tools and equipments. This would be a typical kitchen as the word would mean.  Although not everybody may be warranted such opportunity, the fondness of cooking and making healthy and good recipes seems to be inherent to some people regardless their financial and socioeconomic level. Cooking is an art, talent and science. The most noticeable reason why some people cook well, in my opinion, is that they really like it. These people are greatly good-spirited, generous and kind.

Being a science the cooking relies on the philosophy of promoting health on both spiritual and bodily levels. The eye eats, and so does the nose. It is not surprising to notice that the healthy food fulfills three basic criteria, a good shape, a good smell and a good taste. Accordingly, the food must comply with the current needs of the individual as whether to maintain good energy supply, exceptionally higher vitamins or to help overcome some illness. Indeed, such awareness of the healthy food and the diet manipulations that suit the different health and disease conditions should make a very valued difference in leading a happy and successful life. The term lifestyle is becoming more and more familiar and implies the impact of the usual life activities such as food, movement and free time on one’s health and happiness. In the past when people used to eat almost raw and little processed food and when they worked almost manually from the dawn to the sunset, they enjoyed much healthier and maybe also lengthier lives.

That is why deciding to cook and make food is a quite serious thing. It is even not less serious than conducting an experiment in the laboratory; kitchen safety, strict cleaning, cooking bench, work plan, time monitor, good observation, assessing results, feedback and continuous refinement. The question is not that one would be a professional cook but more to consider healthy food to maintain health and help overcome illness and as a means of fun for those who like doing it by themselves.

Tip: Cook only when you have the sufficient energy all through the whole job and of course when you have the good mood for cooking.