After being away for a while, I missed the blog, I hope you missed it too. I don’t know if I can call my long time away a vacation, but I was not cooking anything spectacular or worth sharing. I was just going quick and convenient. I guess no matter how much you love cooking, when you have to do it every single day, it loses a bit of its luster. But with my return, I have a delicious recipe to share with you.
Posted in Appetizers, Breads & Baking, Breakfast, Cooking, Recipes, Vegan & Vegetarian
Tagged Fatayer, Fatayer ba'leh, Fatayer ba2leh, Lebanese, Lebanese Food, Purslane, Verdolaga
The other day Clint and I teamed up to make a quiche for breakfast. He took care of the crust and I took care of the filling. The result was very delicious if I may say so myself.
It is amazing how the Mediterranean cuisine can be similar in many countries but never be the same.
If the Italians can claim the pizza, the Lebanese can claim a similar concoction: the Man’oucheh. Typically eaten for breakfast, but if made in mini it can be used as an appetizer or as party finger food.
This morning I happened to be in the baking mood and so I decided to make an old breakfast favorite of my kids, biscuits and gravy. Of course it is easier to make them from a packaged mix like Bisquick or the refrigerated dough tubes, but homemade almost always tastes better. This time was no exception. These biscuits were absolutely delicious! Try them for yourselves and taste the difference! Continue reading
My daughter came home from school on Thursday with an invitation from her teacher for full tea at high noon on Sunday. She seemed excited about the idea as you might expect most little girls would be prior to such an event. What girl doesn’t like the idea of dressing up, using dainty table settings, and practicing her outrageous British accent for an hour or so? The invitation was for seven girls in her class and at the bottom it read “You may bring food or snacks appropriate for afternoon tea,” along with an in-character reference to parents’ vehicles as carriages when announcing child pick-up times.
Posted in Breads & Baking, Breakfast, Desserts & Sweets, Recipes
Tagged almond, bake, biscuits, British, cranberry, English, High Tea, pastry, Scones, tea party, walnut
The disaster that was my attempt at Knefeh…. Continue reading
Last Thursday, my nephews’ and niece’s Easter vacation started. Marc my sister’s second, decided he wanted to stay at Grandma’s till Saturday, when his family will come to pick him up and take him home.
Marc, I noticed, has taken quite an interest in cooking along the last couple of years. Whenever I am in the kitchen, he rushes in saying:”A vos ordres, Chef!” (At your orders, Chef!). Marc also is a huge Knefeh fan. So it seemed like a great Saturday morning activity with him, to surprise his family.
Last weekend was the perfect opportunity for me to make the knefeh for the challenge. I wanted my family to try it since it is not something that one finds on the average menu here in the USA. So after the kids finished school for the week and the rain set in a bit, I decided I would prepare this for all the house’s cooped up occupants.
Posted in Breakfast, Desserts & Sweets, Recipes
Tagged Arab, Breakfast, Challenge, Cheesecake, Dessert, kanafeh, knafah, Knafeh, knefeh, kunafeh, Lebanese, Mozzarella, pita, semolina, Sweets, Syrup
Anyone visiting Lebanon, learns it is a must to try Knefeh: A sort of a cheese (or cream) pie, served in a special kind of bread with syrup.
Knefeh is usually eaten for breakfast, where pastry shops offer it hot on big trays from which they serve their customers.
Knefeh has another variation, made with ashta or clotted cream.
Also, this kind of sweets is pretty easy to make and people have had several versions they make at home. Today I am posting as a challenge Knefeh from scratch; even the dough of it (called Mafroukeh), that represents the crunchy part.
Posted in Breakfast, Desserts & Sweets, Food Challenge, Recipes
Tagged Breakfast, Cheese, Knafeh, knefeh, Lebanese, Mafroukeh, Sweet Breakfast, Syrup
I haven’t managed to submit a blog entry for our one year anniversary as I had computer issues. However, this is what I had done for it. Viviane and I were talking and she mentioned we had no beverages as yet on the blog. So, I decided to do one. We thought that a smoothie would be a good idea as I was on a “diet” to pick up weight. Smoothies would be a perfect healthy snack for me. I think it is a awesome snack for anyone. I had remembered that my friend Shawne had given me a recipe for a basic smoothie. I hadn’t written it down, so I had to ask him for it. A huge thank you goes to him for the recipe.