Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My first successful fatayer

I have been forced to cook for the past 8.5 years. I am not too fond of cooking; I actually hate it! But I have to feed my family somehow, and I am the stay at home spouse, so of course cooking is my job. Back in the good old days when I was working, I cooked one day while my husband tidied up the apartment, and the next time my hubby cooked while I tidied up after we came home from work. But yeh like I said that pre kids when I was working outside the home. I miss those days, but would not trade my kids for anything.

Ok so back to my post, my husband has been guilting me into making fatayer for a while, he would say to the kids, if your mom made fatayer we would have sometime to munch on right now, naturally I just ignored him because my previous attempts have ended up being disastrous and in the garbage can!

Thanks to Nido, I have gotten some motivation to make some fatayer and make my husband happy. He has been working a lot these days, and I have been on my I do not feel like cooking so lets get some chicken from Sobey or order something streak for the past few weeks. So yesterday I bought a ready made dough, and made some fatayer za’taar for breakfast this morning. I finally figured out what is wrong with my dough, now that I got to see how a good dough feels like, I decided to make my own dough! Using white flour, which I hate since we all prefer whole-wheat, but whole-wheat is hard to make decent fatayer with. So I decided that I would try to make the dough myself for the dinner fatayer. I got my nifty alph ba’a eltabekh cookbook out and for once I followed the directions to the T. and the dough turned out great, nice and moist but not too watery. And my fatayer turned out perfecto! I did not even burn one! And my filling was actually yummy! I made some with spinach, meat, and za’taar.

It did take me three whole hours to do them. My poor aching back and feet! Three hours I could have used doing something more fun, I could have watched one of the movies on my to watch list, exercise, read one of the books sitting on my desk! My son had a school trip today so he went to KG in the afternoon; right after Zozo left for school Bolbol took a nap! I had three hours to myself and I spent them cooking and cleaning up! O well, at least the fatayer ended up good and my husband loved them. He was very appreciative; throwing comment left and right, so I guess it was worth it! But you know what means? I will have to make stuff like this more often! Maybe next time I’ll make shoshbarak, warak 3enab or malfoof, the possibilities are endless. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

16 comments:

Who's-sane! said...

Hi there. Sorry for the intrusion :-)

I felt your sheer happiness with those fatayer, so I wanted to congratulate you! So alf alf Mabrook! and 3o2bal el mansaf :)

LouLou said...

Bon appetit.:)

I actually love cooking so long as my food is appreciated and large quantities of it are being consumed.

Mama didn't cook much when I was growing up. Her work was too hectic. So she'd hire housemaids (usually Asian) and teach them how to make our food (Moroccan/Algerian) just as we like it. And I would stick around the kitchen, watching my mother teach the maid. I loved it. I enjoyed the lessons more than the maids I think.

Everytime one of our maids would quit on her, Mama would actually take time off work just to find a new maid and teach her!

Seems like a lot of effort now but my mother is such a perfectionist. She'd want to do a perfect job at work and at the same time, have us eating perfect food at home. She likes everything perfect.

After marriage, I didn't know many Egyptian foods to cook for my husband. And he's really not very adventurous. He's the kind of guy who likes to eat the food he's used to. So when my mother-in-law came out here to visit, I made her fill a notebook for me with Egyptian recipes. Now I can make all his favorite food.

Congrats on your successful fatayer. Try spinach fatayer next time. They're delicious - if you like spinach.

Sam said...

Who's sane thank you!:)

Loulou mama loves cooking...but she can not stand anyone in the kitchen with her..neither do I , but i still let me boys help sometimes...well because i have no choice..:)so of course we never really learned cooking from mama, who is a very good cook... she still kicks me out of the kitchen whenever i visit.

I am very thankfull for my arabic cook books:)

7aki Fadi said...

LOL@NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Too funny, now you are stuck, he has seen the other side and there is no return.

My mothe in law makes the best fatayer in the world, so hubs goes there whenever he feels like it , but I would love to try and make them, maybe you should post the recipe so all the female bloggers marriages will improve :).

Maioush said...

Hehehehehe.. see.. can I register in your cooking class please, I definitely need one LOOOOOOOOOOOOL, I’m glad it came out good and YUMMY :D
Great now I’m hungry… LOOOOOOOL

Maioush said...

Hehehehehe.. see.. can I register in your cooking class please, I definitely need one LOOOOOOOOOOOOL, I’m glad it came out good and YUMMY :D
Great now I’m hungry… LOOOOOOOL

Sam said...

7aki fadi, no im a meano..i always show him the other side..and then go back to the my wife does not cook side...u know just to give him a taste here and there:)

Maioush, it came out too yummy:( i was not planning on eating any today..u know so i can stick to my calories and be good on my "diet" but nope i had three so far...me teach cooking? hahaha, trust me, u do not want lessons from me..remember? i am the one who burned rice for years!:)

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nido said...

Mabrooooook:))) Next time, you will do the halloumi cheese, spinach, potatoes, and hot dog fatayer:) I'm so glad it worked out! As for me I'll stick to the "ready to bake" dough:D
It's amazing how "FOOD" posts attract so many ppl! Good job Sam:D

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Sam said...

Nido...i will keep a ready to bake dough in my fridge, because most weekends my kids want manakeesh...so i can easily do that..i wish they would have wholewheat ready dough..one day they will inshallah:)
everyone loves food posts.everyone loves food:)

Maioush said...

i know honey.. :D that's why i want to learn from you, you know exactly how i feel and what i'm going through now LOOOOOOOOOL :D

Sam said...

maioush, ok sure i will be your cooking teacher...OMG my husband will die laughing if he hears that...ok ok im not really that bad of a cook..i make killer kabsa and my msakhan tastes good but does not kill your stomach afterward:)

Anonymous said...

Well....i thought you will end up placing your fatayer recipe as i was searching for a whole wheat fatayer dough and i happened to read your blog, i can give you a tip of using your favourite dough stuffed, it is way easier than making it small fatayer and it save los of time ;-)