I did not know we had some carob trees in our orchard . Salah grabbed a few pods and started chewing them, saying that back in Egypt (that’s where he is from), they make a juice with the pods and drink it for Ramadan; carob is super nutritious and keeps hunger pangs and thirst at […]
Mother’s Day falls on different dates in Lebanon and the US. I have finally caught-up with it in May (it takes place in March in Lebanon) Roses are in full bloom here, the kind that people make rosewater from (called ward joury).
I had pulled-up at a gas station in Dallas and as I lowered […]
The word “butterscotch” reminded me of the following scene taking place when my son was growing up; I’d say “what type of cake would you like for your birthday?”, and his answer would always be “Butterscotch”. Every year.
These days, both he and I would probably prefer this light and sweet dessert to a three-layered […]
Loquats (called akedenia in Lebanon), used to be my favorite Springtime treat. I saw a street cart vendor selling them lately, huge ones, (I need to snap a picture of him soon) ; a cross between a pear and a mango, with a short season, these fruits are special. They are grown in California […]
It is amazing how homesickness manifests itself by reaching out for certain foods; both my daughter and I have our popcorn cravings and she also managed to single out the best Lebanese brand for peanut butter. She was doubtful first when I told her of my idea; after all, popcorn is supposed to be […]
This is one of those homestyle no-bake desserts put together with leftover dates and cookies and kept in the freezer or fridge for days; perfect for a quick sweet nibble or a treat to offer an unexpected guest.
Middle-Eastern stores sell a packaged date paste making the job even easier.
This version is inspired by Anaheed’s […]
This cheese, served with a drizzle of honey, used to be an old-fashioned dessert served at all rural restaurants. It is similar to ricotta from the standpoint of its texture; made by a local artisan dairy farm, it is a real treat: At once light and with the ethereal taste of pure cream, it […]
I picked up a brochure for a restaurant chain running Ramadan specials and quickly ran through it until I stumbled on a familiar image. Golly, that was MY photograph! Taken three or four years ago (of kafta sandwiches); spent the following hour debating whether I should go after the unethical bunch.
This brownie recipe is […]
I seemed to have always met people who either liked or hated beets; I love beets. This, however, is not a beet pancake; it is a chocolate pancake that happens to have beets in it. I saw a beautiful picture of a beet red velvet cake in a Donna Hay magazine; that cake was […]
Another version of a carrot and cheese cake I made a couple of years ago; eating a bar feels more virtuous!
INGREDIENTS: 9″x9″ pan (or larger)
2 large eggs
6 ounces oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raw sugar or regular
1 tablespoon of grape molasses (optional) or honey
1 tablespoon of orange rind (optional)
8 oz carrots, shredded fine (4 carrots)