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Easy Nazook – Middle Eastern Sweet Pastry   13 comments

My mom found a recipe my grandmother had for a Middle Eastern pastry called Nazook.  The recipe was originally typed in Russian…

Since most of the women in my family cannot read Russian, my mom dictated the recipe to me in english so that I could share it with the family.  I cut the recipe by a third!  I didn’t want that much Nazook hanging around my house!

 Her version of the above recipe is a little different based on her preference to use butter rather than margarine.  She also dissolved the yeast with a little salt and sugar in warm water.  She says this makes a difference.  I trust her on that since she’s 87 years old and has a “few” years of baking under her belt!

Here is the translation plus my own notes after attempting to make this recipe this weekend!  This is a two day process because of the yeast in the dough.

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Day 1

1½ cubes of butter softened

½ cup sour cream

½ package yeast

1½ cups flour

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

Beat butter and sour cream.

Dissolve yeast, salt and sugar in 1/8 cup warm water.

Add yeast and flour to the butter and sour cream mixture and mix well.

Put in a Ziplock bag in the refrigerator overnight.

Filling:

1 cube butter softened

1 cup sugar

1½ cups flour

Mix the above ingredients with your hands until crumbly. Place in a Ziplock bag in the refrigerator overnight.

Day 2

Assembling the Nazook:

Preheat oven to 350°

Take the dough and filling out of the refrigerator.

Divide the dough into 2 parts.

Flour your rolling surface real good!

Roll one section of the dough portion out thin – about a ¼ inch thin.

Divide the  filling into 2 parts.

Place 1 part filling on top of one part rolled out dough and pat down REAL GOOD (like you were making a pie crust). Then roll the filling topped dough (like a jelly roll) nice and tight. The filling will try to escape out the sides. Push it back in place. If your dough sticks to the surface, use more flour and a plastic pancake turner to lift the dough carefully from your surface as you are rolling. Once you have finished rolling the dough, lightly flatten and shape your dough.  Repeat with your other dough and filling portion.  You should now have two pastry rolls.

Using a very sharp knife, slice off 1 inch and use your knife and your hand to transport the cut slice to your cookie sheet (this will hold the filling inside the dough). The filling will still try to escape!  I used a Silpat lined cookie sheet.

Bake one cookie sheet of pastry slices at a time in a 350° oven until the pastries are light golden brown – around 20-30 minutes depending on how thin you sliced the dough. This recipe will make 24 half inch thick pastries or 18 one inch thick pastries.

The picture above shows the Nazook I made.  I made half inch slices and one inch slices.  I think the thinner slices would be a great tea party addition…

Enjoy!

 

Posted May 30, 2010 by Lana G! in Baking, Delicious, Food, Photo, Recipes

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Mosaic Monday   21 comments

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Enjoying the last weekends of Summer!  For more Mosaic Monday posts, head on over to Mary’s!

Mosaic Monday   15 comments

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Happy Labor Day and Mosaic Monday to you all. 

If you want a different way to serve up ice cream, here’s a fabulous way to serve the toppings!  Rather than on the ice cream, how about serving them on the cone!  Simply divine!

For more Mosaic Monday posts, head on over to Mary’s!

Posted September 6, 2009 by Lana G! in Eating, Entertainment, Food, Fun, Photo, Photography

Blue Monday-The Beachcomber   15 comments

Happy Blue Monday and Happy Valentine’s Week.  This weekend Hubby came down to California and we decided to try The Beachcomber Restaurant in Newport Beach.  We were not disappointed!  I found plenty of blue to photograph.  We ate, walked and enjoyed a beautiful day at the beach.  Winter is one of my favorite times of the year to go to the beach in southern California.  I’ll show you why…

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You gotta love a restaurant that has blankets on each chair in case it gets a little chilly!  The blanket says, “Stolen from The Beachcomber”!  The food was delicious and the view – amazing.  Hubby and I decided that this will be a regular spot when we are down in California over the weekend. 

So,  if you are down in southern California, head on over to The Beachcomber.  I think you might like it!

Now have a great week and for more Blue Monday posts, click on the pretty bird up above and head on over to Sally’s!

Posted February 8, 2009 by Lana G! in Blue Monday, California, Food, Restaurant

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2008 Christmas Tour of Homes   49 comments

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It’s that time of the year again.  Welcome to the 2008 Tour of Homes hosted by BooMama.  I am just tickled that we received our first snowfall of the year on Saturday, just in time for the tour!  So come on in, we’ve been waiting for you…

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Now don’t be scared of Grey the squirrel, he  just loves the peanuts and seeds we feed him and his little friends.

Come on in to where it’s nice and warm.  I’m Lana G! and I will be your hostess today.

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First of all let’s get you warmed up by the fire…

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Choose a plate and let’s get some dessert!  What beverage can I serve you today on this cold wintery day?

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Before you leave, may I show you the true meaning of Christmas…

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!  THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!

Now click on the cute button below to see more homes from BooMama’s 2008 Tour of Homes!

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Food for Thought!   7 comments

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I am reading Suzanne Somers’ book Breakthrough and I thought the following information she quoted was fantastic!

A sliced carrot looks like our human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like our human eye, and science shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to our eyes and the function of our eyes.

A tomato has four chambers and is red. Our heart has four chambers and is red. Research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopene a red carotenoid pigment present in tomatoes and many berries and fruits and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of our heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and research shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A walnut looks like a little brain with a left and right hemisphere, similar to our upper cerebrum and lower cerebellum. Even the wrinkles (folds) on the nut are just like our neo-cortex. We know that walnuts help develop more than 30 neurotransmitters for our brain function, allowing a chemical substance to help fibers in our brain communicate with each other.

Kidney beans look like our human kidneys, and actually heal and help maintain our kidney function.

Celery, bok choy and rhubarb look like our bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium (salt) and these foods are 23% sodium. If you do not have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of our body.

Avocados, eggplant and pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female they even look like these organs. Research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. It also takes 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are apparently more than 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods; modern science has only studied and named about 141 of these.

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm, increase the number of sperm, and can help overcome male sterility.

Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the female ovaries.

Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits look like the mammary glands of the female, and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like our body cells. Research shows that onions help clear waste materials from our body cells. As we have found out, onions even produce tears that wash the epithelial (outer) layers of our eyes. A working companion, garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from our body.

Posted November 6, 2008 by Lana G! in Delicious, Eating, Food, Health, Photo, Photography

Friday Fave Five   13 comments

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for Friday Fave Five hosted by everyone’s favorite – Susanne at Living to Tell the Story!  Here are my Fave five for the week!

1.  Seeing the moon out in the middle of the morning last Saturday!

2.  Driving down the street and seeing all the trees boasting of Fall!

3.  Watching the movie Juno – oh my did I enjoy that one!  (Rated PG-13 for good reason)

4.  Having my favorite comfort food – pilimeny – Russian dumpling soup!  Thanks Nick and Vera!  Delicious!!

5.  Leaving the scorching heat of Southern California!  It was over 90 degrees there today and that was near the beach – YIKES! 

Posted October 23, 2008 by Lana G! in Eating, Fall, Fave Five Friday, Food, Fun, Life, Photo, Photography, Weather