Shahan and Melis
“ We live to eat, not vice versa”
Shahan Terzibashian & Melis Horhoryan are a crazy couple that met by coincidence and bonded over food, joining forces to create their food blog. This laid-back pair cooks at home and loves to travel the world to taste the different flavours of all the five continents. Follow this vibrant ‘Foodie couple’ at www.instagram.com/cairofoodiecouple.
Favourite Iftar and Sohour Destinations…
We love Enab Beirut for Iftar and for Sohour it has to be a Ramadan Kheima.
Favourite Iftar and Sohour dishes…
Shahan: For Iftar I love Rokak and for Sohour I like feta cheese.
Melis: For Iftar I love stuffed vine leaves and for Sohour, Shakshouka.
Favourite Ramadanic drink…
Your most unforgettable memory during the Holy month…
We got stuck in really bad traffic one day last Ramadan and people around us actually brought us food.
Biggest kitchen failure…
A cheesecake fell on its way out of the oven. Was a horrible experience.
Favourite Ramadanic dessert…
Shahan: Atayef with nutella
Melis: Kounafa with cheese
Do you cook in Ramadan?
Tip for surviving fasting…
Drink lots of water at Sohour and take a small nap during the day.
Our own cheesecake recipe
For the crust:
25-30 pcs Digestive biscuits
3 tbsp Butter
¼ Cup of nuts (almonds, walnuts)
Couple drops of almond extract (optional)
For the filling:
500g Cream cheese
½ Cup sugar
½ Cup plain yoghurt
1 Lime juice
1 tsp Vanilla extract
250g Candied or pureed chestnuts
½ tsp Salt
Couple drops of rom extract
1 tbsp Flour
For the cream:
¾ Cup of caramel sauce
½ Cup of fine sugar (powdered)
1tsp Vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C. For the crust, process the biscuits, melt the butter and chop the nuts. Combine and press the mixture into the bottom of your pan. Bake 10 mins and remove.
Beat the cream cheese and chestnuts until smooth, add the sugar and eggs one at a time. Pour in the yoghurt, cream, lime juice, vanilla, rom and salt. Finally add the flour.
Pour the filling onto the crust and bake depending on the oven for about an hour.
For the cream, beat the butter until smooth and fluffy, add in the caramel and vanilla, pour on top.
As with all cheesecakes, you need to bake this the day before you want to serve it.