Here is my recipe for borek stuffed with feta, spinach and potato. Great for iftar with a salad.
Delicious meal idea for ramadan: Spinach and feta borek. Yum!
Puff pastry or filo pastry
Feta 1 - 1 and 1/2 block
Cheddar Cheese 100g
Spinach leaves (or if using frozen, saute with onion)
Onion x 1
Chilli flakes x 1/2 tsp
Paprika x 1tsp
Black pepper x 1/4 tsp
Take pastry out of fridge/freezer to thaw
Chop and boil the potato in salted water.
Meanwhile, sauté an onion with some olive oil.
Once boiled, drain and roughly chop into smaller pieces and
add the onion, feta, spinach leaves and season with black pepper, paprika and chilli
flakes. No need to put salt as the cheese contains salt. Taste to see if it’s
okay and then add 4 eggs and combine.
Make a mixture of egg, yogurt and melted butter to brush between
layers if using filo pastry (if you’re using puff pastry you will not need this
Brush a baking tray with butter.
Add first sheet of filo and brush with yogurt, butter and egg
mixture. Repeat until half of the filo sheets have been used up.
Add the filling and spread.
Grate some cheddar cheese if you like your borek cheesy (or if you just like cheese).
Place a sheet of filo on top and brush with yogurt, butter
and egg mixture. Repeat until all of the filo sheets have been used up. Add a
bit of extra egg/melted butter on top of the last sheet and place in oven until
Salaam, I hope that Ramadan is going well for you all insha Allah.
Last year I posted a link to ramadan recipes from the Nestle website.
Here is the link: http://www.nestle-family.com/my-ramadan/english/recipes.aspx
Here are just a few of the recipes featured: Red pepper pasta, Potato and Lamb Kibbeh, Light basbousa with almond.
Two eggs – 50p (based on £1.46 for six medium free-range eggs)
Studies show eggs for breakfast reduces calorie consumption throughout the day by up to 18%.
because they make you feel full for longer, cutting the desire to eat
more,” explains Cheryl Wilson, head clinician at The Nutrition Coach
Try boiled, poached or scrambled eggs with a slice of wholegrain toast.
To improve posture and help back pain
A ball of kitchen string – 50p (40m string ball from Wilkinson)
Chartered physiotherapist Sammy Margo says: “Every morning, stand tall and pull your tummy muscles in as far as you can. Now, release them by half. Tie the string around your middle – under your clothes – and keep it there all day.
acts a constant reminder to engage your core muscles, flattening
stomach muscles, improving posture and helping to beat back pain.”
To beat the bloat
Mint leaves – 40p (based on 30g fresh mint leaves for 80p from Tesco)
Herbalists swear by mint for its anti-inflammatory effect on the gut, aiding better digestion and reducing bloat.
also cleanses the mouth, zapping the nasty taste and furry tongue that
often comes with it. Infuse some leaves in boiling water for a few
To get rid of verrucas
Duct tape – around £1 (available from hardware shops)
Studies show that it can work better than freezing treatments.
It’s not known if it’s down to the tape preventing oxygen reaching the wart or verruca, or a component of the tape itself. Dr Annabel Bentley, Medical Director for Bupa Health and Wellbeing says: “Cover the wart or verruca with tape for six days. "Then remove the tape, soak the wart or verruca in water and rub with a pumice stone. "Leave it uncovered overnight and apply more tape the next morning. Continue until it disappears.”
To soothe a cough
Panda All Natural Soft Liquorice Bar – 65p (from Holland & Barrett)
root is used in various herbal cough suppressants and throat lozenges
because it has expectorant, antiseptic, antiviral, antioxidant,
antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory benefits.
It’s thought to coat mucous membranes, helping to reduce inflammation and soothe a sore throat and tickly cough.
To ease heartburn and improve concentration
Wrigley’s sugar-free chewing gum – rrp 49p
say the saliva stimulated by chewing gum seems to neutralise digestive
acid and help force fluids back to the stomach. The study,
published in the Journal of Dental Research, asked volunteers to chew
sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after heartburn-inducing meals. Gum
can help you stay focused for longer on tasks that require continuous
monitoring, say Cardiff University researchers in a study published in
the British Journal of Psychology.
To relieve hay fever
Vaseline – £1 (pocket-sized tin at Poundland)
a small amount of Vaseline just inside your nostrils to catch the
pollen, preventing it travelling further up the nose and triggering an
allergic reaction, says Allergy UK (allergyuk.org).
Remove it every two hours with a tissue and apply again. If you prefer to take an antihistamine, don’t pay through the nose for big brands. Boots
Value Health Non-Drowsy Hayfever and Allergy Relief tablets (99p for
seven) contain the same 10mg of active ingredient Loratadine as market
leaders that cost four times as much.
To ease sciatica
Tennis ball – 20p (based on a pack of five for £1 at Poundland)
balls, the plastic spiky balls used for tumble dryers, or even a
potato, are great for massaging tight buttocks and relieving the
muscular pain of sciatica, explains Sammy. “Either sit on one or
stand against a wall and place it against the affected area. By pressing
into the muscle, the ball provides a pivot over which the muscles
stretch. "This ‘digging in’ relieves the muscular tension. Repeat several times a day for maximum relief.”
To get a good sleep
Cherrygood Cherry juice – £1 (Asda)
study from Northumbria University found that two daily glasses of
Montmorency cherry juice helps you get an average 25 minutes extra
shuteye a night by increasing levels of melatonin, the hormone that
To soothe aching muscles and flatten your stomach
Cup (approximately 125g) of Epsom salts in bath water – 75p (based on 1kg bag at £5.95 from epsomsalts.co.uk)
high magnesium content of Epsom salts means that they’re great for
soothing sore, tired muscles and are popular with stars before red
carpet events. Add one or two handfuls to a bath to draw out toxins and flatten your tummy.
To lower cholesterol
Handful of almonds – 50p (based on Tesco Wholefoods Snack Pack, 50g for £1)
nuts, like almonds, are high in protein and good mono saturated fats,
explains Cheryl. Compared with other nuts, almonds contain the highest
levels of six key nutrients – fibre, magnesium, protein, potassium,
copper and vitamin E. Although renowned for their healthy heart
benefits, one study reported in the Journal of the American Medical
Association found that a daily portion of almonds could cut your bad LDL
cholesterol levels by 30%.
To boost your fitness and lose weight
Pedometer – £1 (Poundland)
at Stanford University School of Medicine, US, found that regularly
using a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical
activity and weight loss and improvements in blood pressure.
reviewing 26 studies involving 2,500 people who were mostly female,
overweight and relatively inactive, the researchers found that pedometer
users increased their physical activity by 2,491 steps per day and
helped them increase their overall physical activity levels by 27%.