A few ideas for the holidays

December 18, 2010  •  Category:

A few idea for the holidays that can be prepared ahead of time and kept stored in the freezer (except for the candies which will keep several weeks).

Spinach turnovers, for the recipe click here.

Olive roll, for the recipe click here.

Cheese and greens cigars, for the recipe click here.

Cheese puffs with halloumi and zaatar, for the recipe click here.

Red lentil balls stuffed with cheese, for the recipe click here.


Sesame seed candies, for the recipe click here.

Chocolate salami, for the recipe click here.

Pistachio shortbread rings, for the recipe click here.

Bracelet cookies, for the recipe click here.

Chocolate caramels, for the recipe click here


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  1. Rosa says:

    Lovely ideas! A different kind of Xmas.



  2. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    Très belle sélection d’amuse bouches et de petites sucreries. Justement on m’a demandé de contirbuer un petit truc sucré, maintenant j’ai une bonne idée quoir faire!

  3. Devaki says:

    What a wonderful set of ideas and recipes, Joumana. Any one of these would enrich a dinner party spread, any day of the year.

    Love them all!

    Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  4. TS of eatingclub says:

    I am actually thinking of making the chocolate salami as dessert for our New Year’s Eve party. =)

  5. Jojo says:

    Oh to have a taste of every one of your suggestions!

  6. Conor @ HoldtheBeef says:

    Seriously, I need to come to a party at your house one day. Maybe it can be my resolution for 2011.

  7. Ivy says:

    Wow, what an amazing selection of recipes for the holidays.

  8. Katerina says:

    Great ideas for party or big gatherings Joumana!

  9. peteformation says:

    Nice treats for the holidays and festive season! Thks for sharing!

  10. john@heneedsfood says:

    These are some of the most delicious ideas I’ve seen for ages. Especially when many of them are types of dumplings! Love the shot of the bangles!

  11. pierre says:

    Je veux tout !!

  12. Joanne says:

    This is awesome because I informed my mother yesterday that I was cooking Christmas dinner and yet…I have still not started planning. At all. Whatsoever.

  13. Nadji says:

    Excellente idée. Un menu qui n’a rien pour me déplaire.
    J’aurai adoré avoir tout ça sur ma table de la St-Sylvestre.
    Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année.
    A bientôt.

  14. Kitchen Butterfly says:

    Lovely round up, love the bangles and still have the choc salami on my list. Enjoy the holidays

  15. Natalie says:

    The spinach fatayer is next on my list, thanks for all your inspiration, I love your food so many ideas to choose from!! Happy Holidays..

  16. Susan says:

    Delicious ideas! I’m going to be looking at a few of them 😉

  17. Lea Ann says:

    It all looks wonderful, but please pass those spinach turnovers!

  18. Chiara says:

    What a wonderful ideas , recipes and photos, Joumana ! I love them all !!! A hug…

  19. Priya says:

    Wonderful ideas, beautiful recipes and irresistible photos..love them..

  20. Heavenly Housewife says:

    What a lovely selection of goodies!
    Wishing you and your family very happy holidays.
    *kisses* HH

  21. SYLVIA says:

    It’s wet here in LA, raining shirking in fog, as I listen to Christmas carols, I’ll rest easy knowing these tasty holiday dishes are on my Xmas menu. I don’t know where to begin with these recipes, the ultimate finger food, very satisfying, and hearty enough to serve guests when they arrive, or perfect on a holiday buffet table.
    Joumana, thank you for making my dinner get-togethers complete with your amazing recipes.

  22. FOODESSA says:

    If there’s one thing I know for sure…there must be great food at Joumana’s table ;o)

    Everything looks so appetizing.

    Thanks for the round up and flavourful wishes for the holidays,

  23. Velva says:

    Delicious, delicious and delicious again. Awesome ideas to share the holiday season.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.


  24. Koek! says:

    OMG, how can you possibly expect me to choose one??? they all look so good…

  25. Lorraine @ Not Quite says:

    Gorgeous roundup Joumana! I remember making those bracelet cookies and they were such a hit! I hope you have a great festive season 🙂

  26. Ben says:

    This is the best time of the year for us foodies. I loved all your ideas. I’ll bookmark them for next year when I can entertain again 😀


  27. deana says:

    Pistachio shortbread for me, please! Thanks for so many great ideas for holiday platters!

  28. Claudia says:

    I so want to make the spinach turnovers- and the story just drew me in. People persevere under such hardships. I cannot find sumac – maybe health food store? The sesame candy would be grand to give out at the end of Christmas Eve dinner. Bookmarked because this is a wealth of holiday ideas. Hope your holiday is savory, sweet, warm and bright.

    • Joumana says:

      @Claudia: Sumac is sold at all middle-eastern stores and online. It can be substituted with either the juice of a lemon or a half-teaspoon of citric acid. You can also not use it, and use some allspice and paprika instead.

  29. Cristina says:

    Believe it or not, I don’t have a sweet tooth, but your savouries….I could eat hundreds of them !!!
    Happy Holidays!!

  30. Mary says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas and recipes with us. They all look delicious. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  31. Jessica says:

    amazing! The bracelets look so adorable!

  32. arthur says:

    What a festive spread! You have a spectacular collection of delicacies to grace any holiday table! I particularly like the shortbread rings with pistachios. They are lovely! Happy holidays to you!!!

  33. Nour El-Zibdeh, RD says:

    Yum Yum Yum… a flash back of home and great ideas for the holidays! I think I’m going to roll my sleeves and start baking 🙂

  34. Faith says:

    A beautiful gathering of recipes, Joumana. The red lentil balls stuffed with cheese really caught my eye. They’re so unique and sound delicious!

  35. senga50 says:

    Coucou Joumana et merci de ces idées si fines et gourmandes, des parfums que l’on aime et beaucoup de convivialité… Joyeuses fêtes…

  36. Angie's Recipes says:

    Nice holiday treats! I love that chocolate salami. :-))

  37. lisa says:

    All fantastic ideas – love those halloumi and zaatar cheese puffs and the red lentil balls. And those pistachio shortbread rings..what I love about your blog so much is that I always come across the most unique and delicious findings. Happy Holidays!

  38. tigerfish says:

    Good ideas you have! I want some spinach turnovers now! They look super finger-friendly.

  39. Ladybird says:

    What beautiful dishes and accompanying recipes. You are really spoiling us! 🙂

  40. Citron says:

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog — it allowed me to discover yours! Love what you are doing and will definetely be back.

  41. Hannah says:

    Oh gosh, I’d missed out on so many of these recipes! Can’t wait to go explore the olive roll and pistachios shortbread now 🙂

  42. T.W. Barritt says:

    That chocolate salami looks fantastic! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday festivities!

  43. Jeannie says:

    I love the look of your chocolate salami, hv seen it in Claudia’s blog and couldn’t believe my eyes when I read it’s actually chocolates!

  44. Jamie says:

    Oooh Joumana, what a great collection of recipes and there are several I really want to try! And that sesame candy reminds me of making it with my sister when we were kids. Wonderful! Thanks for gathering all of these fabulous recipes in one place for us!

  45. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen says:

    by the far your post has the maximum number of recipes I want to try! Such great flavors working on the list! I’m specially drooling into the pista shortbread.

  46. A Canadian Foodie says:

    Joumana – many of these recipe I remember seeing this past year. What a lovely trip through some of the GORGEOUS sweets and treats you have made. I missed the cigars and a catering company here makes them. I was sure I could do them without a recipe…. but, now… I know where to find a good one!

  47. Pauline says:

    What a wealth of good ideas. I love fatayer and look forward to trying your version.

    Claudia : if you live near any Indian groceries, you could try the dried mango powder amchoor as a souring agent.

    And the bracelet cookies are sooooo pretty !

  48. Kathy says:

    Joumana, I had to let you know I made your Pistachio Shortbread cookies for Christmas and they were a huge hit! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

  49. domi says:

    Un pléiade de bonnes idées toutes plus gourmandes les unes que les autres. Et en bonus des ” bijoux ” à moindre coût…

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