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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|Salty|6 Comments
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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|12 Comments
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Popcorn cake

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 […]

By |March 28th, 2014|Sweets|12 Comments
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Date sandwich cake

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 […]

By |December 13th, 2013|Sweets|12 Comments
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Areesheh cheese

 

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 […]

By |November 24th, 2013|Salty|14 Comments
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Halvah/chocolate brownies

 

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 […]

By |August 5th, 2013|Sweets|20 Comments
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Beet/chocolate pancakes

 

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 […]

By |May 26th, 2013|Sweets|17 Comments
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Carrot and cheese bars

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)

DRY:

1 […]

By |April 27th, 2013|Sweets|12 Comments