• Candied orange rinds

Candied orange peels (Murabba al-busfeyr)

This is the uber traditional Lebanese confection, made yearly  by every grandmother in the country whenever Seville oranges (busfeyr) are available.  I figured I’d seize my chance when I noticed some. My aunt Wadad was pronounced the sole expert in the family (as the eldest, she learned it from my grandmother before being married off at […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Sweets|13 Comments
  • Date snack

Date sweets

I love dates. Is there a better snack to start or end the day with? I can’t find one. The good news is one can find fantastic dates in California or, of course, in the traditional date-producing countries like Egypt, Iran or KSA. Iraq alone used to have several hundred (if not thousands) of varieties at […]

By |March 5th, 2015|Sweets|5 Comments
  • berry brownies

Berry Brownies

Nothing beats brownies. I was waiting for someone to show-up and I made these on an impulse, from scratch (of course). The tanginess of the berries cuts into the richness of the chocolate. A friend of my daughter’s who was around at the time, tasted one and raved about it. She told me  she is […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Sweets|4 Comments
  • Valentine dessert

Meringue with berries (quick and easy)

I only had 15 minutes to make “something” for Valentine, in order to entertain my 6 and 8-year old nephew and niece. This is a non-pretentious, no measuring required, easy peasy, even “healthy” dessert. Their mom who watches their diet like a hawk ( their school forbids chocolate or candies to be brought to […]

By |February 13th, 2015|Sweets|1 Comment
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Chocolate fondant (quick and easy)

Foodies will be able to relate to the following statement: I remember the exact time and place I first tasted a fondant. It was in Paris, about twenty years ago, and my brother had taken us all to a restaurant not far from where he lived. Nothing fancy, kind of a family eatery chain. […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Sweets|11 Comments
  • S'Mores

S’Mores in a jiffy

The sight of freshly puffed marshmallows on chocolate cream, served on a plain cookie elicits delight on a universal scale.
Then, why not serve s’mores on a holiday table, for a dessert made in a jiffy? You can whip these in under 5 minutes flat and make adults and children happy, without having to […]

By |December 2nd, 2014|Sweets|5 Comments
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Carob brownies

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 […]

By |May 17th, 2014|Sweets|9 Comments
  • Blog-Mothers-cake

Mother’s Day cake

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 […]

By |May 10th, 2014|Sweets|9 Comments
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Pears in butterscotch sauce


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 […]

By |April 24th, 2014|Sweets|9 Comments
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Loquat stewed in syrup


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 […]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Sweets|14 Comments