Loving This Week – Tried & Tested Recipes!

Tried Tested and Loving Recipes Baking Soups Appitiser Main Dish Chicken Hummus Bloggers Roundup ThrifDeeDubai

Have you ever come across a recipe or food blog where you wish you could be brave enough to recreate the masterpieces they’re presenting? If you’re a regular to this blog, or follow me on social media, you’ll know I’m the queen of #Bishbashbosh (quick easy cooking) “Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!” 😛
I’m always on the lookout for the quickest, easiest foolproof (&money saving) recipes.

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So here is what I’ve tried, tested & loving this week –

Tried- Khobz Zeitoun (Algerian Olive Bread)

During Ramadan there are lots of staples on the table at Iftar time (the time of breaking fast) These are usually similar across most cultures, after fasting all day, you need to replenish your body with something light & fluid, such as soup & of course mopping it up with some delicious home made bread makes the whole soup just that little bit better! So when I found a rustic Algerian bread recipe from one of my favorite blogs – The Teal Tadjine I had to give it a try!

Henia at The Teal Tadjine offers great tips on North African living, being an expat in Algeria, her blog came in very useful for me & I have always followed it, even since moving! This Algerian Olive Bread is easy to make & is impressive enough to adorn your Ramadan, or any other celebration table! Here is my version, added a little bit of Palestinian Za3tar mix to change it up a bit! –

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Full recipe can be found here -The Teal Tadjine Khobz Zeitoun

Tried, tested & loved!!


Tested – Turkish Tomato & Vermicelli Chorba

Well, not exactly sure how authentic this is, but my friend who is married to a Turkish man, is a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to Turkish food, gave me this recipe a while back while chatting. I had totally forgotten about it to be honest until a week down of Ramadan Iftar’s & I was pretty bored with the usual Shorba & Harrira we have. Although it is a main part of Iftar meals in Algeria, it can get pretty boring if you’re eating it a lot, so I remembered Janna’s recipe & thought I’d give it a go…. Boy was I happy I did! The whole table cleared their bowls & even my fussy eater teenage son said it was nice!! – Shock horror!! 😀

This really is the most simple, quickest, flavorful soup you’ll make! A great starter if you have guests over need to whip up something speedy!

Turkish Tomato & Vermicelli Chorba

A super easy Low Fat Keto, Paleo friendly soup suitable for vegetarians

Course Soup
Cuisine Turkish
Keyword Healthy, Iftar, Low Carb, Low Fat, Ramaan, Soup, Starter, Turkish
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Vermicelli Broken
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Large Tomatoes Cut In Half & Grated
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Jug Chicken/Vegetable Stock
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • 1/2 Freshly Squeezed Lemon Add According To Taste


  1. Cut tomatoes in half & grate all of the flesh until you're left with the outer skin & discard.

  2. Meanwhile melt butter & olive oil in a pan, add vermicelli & stir continuously until beginning to turn golden

  3. Add tomato & simmer for a minute

  4. Add the paprika & stir in until it begins to all clump together, add a little salt & pepper to taste

  5. Pour over the stock & lemon juice if using

  6. Simmer on low until vermicelli is cooked through

Recipe Notes

Not much salt is needed because the stock already has an adequate amount, but feel free to add to your liking. Simmer until the vermicelli is cooked, soup begins to thicken & looks rich.

Yes, it’s really THAT simple & quick!! Tried, tested & loved!!


Loving – Hummus Baked Chicken & Vegetables –

I’m loving anything from my new favourite food haunt The Simple Supper Hayley from the simple supper, comes up with the most innovative recipes that have my taste buds drooling on a weekly basis! She prides herself on creating simple, healthy recipes to share with us & I really must say she goes beyond that & brings something unique to the table. This isn’t your ordinary destination for food & her recipes aren’t run of the mill, that’s why I love this blog! Check it out & give her latest recipe a try!

Hummus Baked Chicken The Simple Supper Recipe

Full recipe can be found here – Hummus Baked Chicken & Vegetables

So there’s my run down on what recipes I’ve tried, tested & loved this week! Do you have a recipe or favourite blog you would like to see here? If so let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to share!!



  1. 13/06/2018 / 12:59 am

    Thanks for featuring me Dee! That bread looks crazy good. I’m definitely going to be trying that. I love this round up since you always have such interesting recipes.

  2. 12/06/2018 / 8:06 pm

    omg!! That bread!! Every one of these recipes look incredible! pinned! 🙂

  3. 11/06/2018 / 10:52 pm

    That bread looks AMAZING! And I am already planning to make the Hummus Chicken!

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