Category Archives: Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday Teaser #14: Grilled Eggplant


Tuesdays are always “Teaser Tuesdays” at Alf Hana.  We try out other people’s recipes and share our impressions and recommendations with you.

Oh, tonight we had an Italian feast!!!!  I can still smell its spices in the air….

Having bought some beautiful purple eggplants (or aubergines), we decided to try out a new recipe and share it with you all.  So, here is our deliciously flavored grilled eggplant:

Doesn’t it look amazing?  The recipe (find it here) is really easy!  Just mix the spices and oil into a sauce…

…Brush onto both sides of your sliced eggplant.  (We suggest making your slices a bit thick…)

Then, grill for about 15 minutes (turning once).  Now, we have a very small grill – only big enough for about 2 slices at once.  So, you may need to grill these in batches.  But, we also tried putting some in the oven at the highest setting for the same amount of time.  It worked just as well, but didn’t get those brown stripes – no biggy – they still tasted delicious!

These turned out so tasty!  We served them up with some home-made tomato sauce (from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau) and spaghetti!

We did make one small change to the recipe.  Instead of using 3 tablespoons of oil, we only used 2.  At 220 calories for half the recipe, you can’t beat it!

So, check out the original recipe here and let us know what YOU think.

Alf Hana!!!

Tuesday Teaser #13: Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie


Tuesdays are always “Teaser Tuesdays” at Alf Hana.  We try out other people’s recipes and share our impressions and recommendations with you.

Oh, last night we had a special treat!  We were craving something with chocolate, creamy, and COLD!!! Ice cream would fit the bill!!!

We found this amazing recipe on Lindsay Nixon’s happyherbivore site.  It’s really a superb site with lots of low (or no) fat recipes and amazing pictures to tempt you!!!

Here’s a picture of the smoothie we tried (this is Lindsay’s picture):

Actually, we didn’t take our own picture because it was SO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS we were distracted!  It was so much like soft-serve chocolate ice cream we couldn’t believe ourselves!!! We ate it with a spoon!!! MMMMMMMM!!!!  Go get the recipe now and try it yourself!!!!

Now one word of warning: If you do not have a high-power blender, you will need to blend this one for quite a while – it took us about 10 minutes.  You may also need to add some extra milk (we added about 2 tablespoons extra).  But it is definitely worth it!!!!

Alf Hana!!!

Tuesday Teaser #12: Magic Chocolate Cake and Creamy Smooth Chocolate Frosting


Tuesdays are always “Teaser Tuesdays” at Alf Hana.  We try out other people’s recipes and share our impressions and recommendations with you.

Are you a chocolate freak?  I am.  I love chocolate.

Did you know that chocolate actually has some health benefits?  Cocoa supposedly can help blood flow more easily, playing a role in the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks!  Because it also contains powerful antioxidants, it may also help reduce damage to coronary arteries.  When you choose your chocolate, be sure to choose the darkest, least processed available to get the most benefit.  *Also, be sure that if you’re watching your weight, chocolate still contains sugar and those calories add up!

Having said that, when you have a special occasion to celebrate, chocolate cake is a time-honored tradition.  There are many chocolate cake recipes around the internet, but this one is EASY, QUICK, LIGHT, healthIER than the animal-based alternatives, and TASTY!!!

This recipe originally comes from the Peaceful Palate by Jennifer Raymond, one of our favorite cookbooks!  Both the cake and the icing recipes are available online for free on compassionatecooks.com here.

We absolutely love this recipe.  I’ve made it as birthday cakes before and just recently took it in its cupcake form as a treat for a Ramadan iftar.   It makes one 9 inch cake or 12 cupcakes.

Here are some more pictures… I told you I love chocolate!

Nutritional Information (for the cake): 1 of 12 cupcakes

164 Calories; 6 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 25 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Protein

Nutritional Information (for the frosting): 1 of 12 servings

66 Calories; 1 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 15 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Fiber; 0 g Protein

What’s your favorite cake flavor?

Alf Hana!!!

Tuesday Teaser #10: Fudge Babies


On Tuesdays, Alf Hana honors other wonderful bloggers, chefs, and cookbook writers.  We link our readers to a readily available recipe that we have recently tried and loved.  By sharing our experience, ease of the recipe and taste, we hope to expose our readers to some more great plant-based ideas!

Fudge Babies

Oh, and yes, baby these are fudgy!  Chocolate yumminess!!!

If you love chocolate, you will love these.

If you love EASY, you will love these.

If you love decadent, you will love these.  If you love healthy, natural, whole foods – you will love these!!!

Yes, these babies are made with whole foods!  We added the chocolate-covered part, which is not a whole food, but is still vegan!

Chocolate Covered Katie has done it again!  Yes, she has won our hearts and tummies!!!  These are her creation – check out the original recipe here –  the one we featured in this post is the second variation – Hot Cocoa Fudge Babies, on the same page.  And don’t worry, if you don’t want to spend the time melting and dipping them in chocolate – they are just as delicious without the chocolate covering!

Alf Hana!!!

Tuesday Teaser #9: Deep Dish Cookie Pie


Oh my word!

This deep dish cookie pie is so delicious you won’t be able to resist it!

I couldn’t stop photographing it, either.  It was so yummy!

And it’s not hard to make, either!!!

Not to mention how nutritious it is because of the secret ingredient!  In fact, this recipe is gluten free (doesn’t have wheat) and even is relatively low in fat.

WAIT – I won’t tell you the secret ingredient [Don’t worry you can find it in Egypt]- you’ll have to go to Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog and see the recipe there!   But, you will DEFINITELY not regret trying it!!!!

Thank you so much for your great ideas, Chocolate Covered Katie!  We are loving them!

Nutritional Information: (1 of 12 slices)

308 Calories; 9 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 55 g Carbohydrates; 5 g Fiber; 6 g Protein

(and it’s high in iron, calcium, and vitamin A!)

Alf Hana!!!

Tuesday Teaser #8: A German-Inspired Vegan Treat


Recently we traveled to Germany for a short vacation.  While we were there, we discovered a number of delicious completely vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants.

For example, here is a meal we had a Culux, a famous traditional wurst (sausage) restaurant.

As you can see, it was a tofu-based sausage with sauerkraut, salad and curry sauce.  We also had a delicious potato salad on the side (that I neglected to photograph! 😦 )

Anyway, we decided  to try to recreate this tasty meal here in Egypt.  By chance, we found canned sauerkraut at Royal House!!!  And, of course, we have our soy sausages from AHEF.  All that was left was the salad (EASY!) and the potato salad.  Well, after a quick search, we found a recipe for traditional German potato salad at VegWeb.  In fact, the author claims that this recipe is originally from Bavaria, which is where we visited!  Find the original recipe here or use or adapted version below:

Ingredients: (Serves around 10)

  • 1 kilo potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vegetable bullion cube
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 thinly sliced peeled cucumber

Directions:

  • 1. Boil the potatoes for 30 minutes and then rinse under cold water and drain.
  • 2.  Once the potatoes have cooled, peel them.
  • 3.  Gently chop.
  • 4.  Put into a big salad bowl.
  • 5.  In another bowl, whisk together your bouillon, garlic, vinegar, mustard, vegan sugar, pepper, salt, oil and chopped onion, and then carefully stir into the potatoes.
  • 6.  Gently stir in the cucumber and then refrigerate overnight.

Nutritional information: (1 of 10 servings)

127 Calories; 3 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 23 g Carbohydrates; 2 g Fiber; 2 g Protein

So here’s our German-inspired Vegan Treats!:

What ethnic foods do you like?  Have you tried to make any vegan versions of them?

Alf Hana!!!

Tuesday Teaser #7: Cornbread


It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time to share another recipe we’ve tried and loved!

If you heat spicy soups this bread is the perfect accompaniment!  Actually, we like to have this bread any time!  I especially like to add the optional whole kernels.  They add such a flare to the texture.

It’s not hard to make this bread and both coarse or fine polenta (cornmeal) will work fine!  Find the recipe here (you’ll have to scroll down – it’s not the first one on the list).  And trust us – this cookbook, The Joy of Vegan Baking, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, is THE best plant-based dessert cookbooks we have ever tried!

It pairs wonderfully with our chili….

Do you like sweet breads?  What’s your favorite flavor?

Alf Hana!!!