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Grape molasses spread

I am sorry.  I cannot tell you to go out and get this from your health food store or Arabic store. It is an ancient food, made with grape juice, boiled to death and then whipped (called debs el-3enab madroob). Even in Beirut, most of the people I ask have never tasted it. It is […]

By |April 14th, 2015|Sweets|3 Comments
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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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Cranberry quick bread

This bread is truly quick (I don’t even bother measuring the ingredients) and, according to my son (who ate one mini loaf in one sitting), truly delicious. The bread is fluffy, light, and loaded with fresh cranberries.
A perfect holiday hostess gift too, and you can freeze them for a couple of weeks.


By |December 1st, 2014|Sweets|11 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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Pumpkin jam cubes (Mrabba etta’ al-yakteen)

This pumpkin jam reminds me of my grandmother, Nabiha Aftimos, who lived in a world that had not succumbed to speed obsession, cell phone dependency or internet. Whatever she made in the kitchen took time, and it was fine and natural by her. She used to make these types of sweets with bitter orange peels or […]

By |January 4th, 2014|Sweets|19 Comments
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Abbas cookies (Kaak al-Abbas)

I have a new-found appreciation for traditions lately; probably because I grew up in a family who pooh-poohed all manner of traditions (or at least my mother did). I asked around Malak and Hossein and other friends and acquaintances what is traditional for the commemoration of Ashura; first of all, huge vats of a […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Sweets|19 Comments
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Roasted wheat berries

Ms. M. Khairallah is a lady in her eighties living alone in her family’s ancestral home in the village of Ghineh in the Lebanese mountains. Her memories of the olden days is crisp and clear; she recounts how back then every family had a small plot and was growing wheat to sustain them throughout […]

By |August 14th, 2013|Salty|8 Comments
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Molasses no-bake cookies


These cookies (which have the texture of a soft taffy and the taste of toffee) are made with a technique that has always intrigued me; they are very traditional and come from rural areas. Folks lived a very simple (primitive) life, without oven or any appliances. I have seen similar recipes across the Middle-East, […]

By |July 4th, 2013|Sweets|18 Comments
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Dried fruit balls

I am not sure how or why it happened, but I suddenly found my fridge,  freezer and cupboard  bursting with packages of dried fruits and nuts. These are the solution; made in minutes and perfect for a breakfast on-the-go or a case of the munchies at eleven PM. INGREDIENTS:

2  cups assorted dried fruits ( […]

By |May 9th, 2013|Sweets|17 Comments
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Zaatar and cheese plate


I posted an image of my foray into zaatar hunting and both Arlette and Dana mentioned the zaatar and feta cheese combo. Feta (aka Bulgarian cheese here) is crumbled, doused in olive oil and sprinkled with fresh zaatar; a breakfast and after-school snack that helped assuage my hunger daily as a child growing up […]

By |May 4th, 2013|Salty|15 Comments