Posts Tagged‘Dessert’

Sesame Honey Cookies

Sesame Cookies ~ Halwa Simsim

Moroccan cookies are traditionally made with a handful of ingredients.  Almonds, sesame seeds and honey are the three ingredients found in some combination on nearly every cookie. It wasn’t a surprise that this cookie was no different.  I made these cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap but wanted to incorporate them into my Hanukkah series.  So I chose a cookie that was in this cookbook.  I’ve been using it for inspiration as I make these new foods.  I really thought this would be a quick and interesting recipe to put together.  It was interesting- it was not quick.…

Gluten Free Moroccan Chocolate Cake

Moroccan Chocolate Cake #TeaTimeTraditions

I recently found a new monthly cooking themed blog hop called Tea Time Treats and I am so excited!  Even though I don’t have little girls, my boys have grown up drinking tea. It’s a HUGE tradition in Morocco so it probably would be more strange if they hadn’t. I think this is really funny because before I had met MarocBaba I’d never had a cup of tea – never.  Now I know there’s nothing better in the afternoon than a big mug of tea and a few little snacks to nibble on.  I’m longing for the day I can…

Monster Cookies

Messy Monster Cookies for #SundaySupper

 Halloween is not a holiday we throw ourselves into. We dress the kids up and take them trick or treating but we’re definitely not your creepy neighbors with tombstone decorations and spooky music playing on the door step all October. When I was growing up my parents weren’t those people either.  But, my mom was the most amazing Halloween costume creator.  She also was a very awesome treat maker.  Let’s face it she’s just plain awesome! I never remember having a store bought costume, in fact I know how my mom looked down at such things in disgust and horror (ok…

Brioche with Gelato

My Sicilian Roots: Pistachio Gelato and Brioche

A little while ago I was researching breakfast recipes.  I’ve always struggled with finding breakfast dishes that everyone would eat. MarocBaba and the kids like to eat traditional Mediterranean breakfasts that include bread, cheeses, sliced meats, olives, and other spreads like fresh butter, honey or chocolate cream. I began going through my cookbooks to see what made up a Sicilian breakfast. There wasn’t much.  Then I turned to the internet, again little turned up. Except for one thing. Granita and Brioche I knew I came from some seriously smart stock.  Any group of people who find bread and frozen confections…

Date Pockets

Date and Walnut Pockets

These tasty cookies are better known throughout the Middle East as ma’amoul and they are delicious. This isn’t a recipe I thought I would find in a “sandwich book” but when you look at it they really are just like a sandwich. Dough on either side with a filling! In Kicked Up Sandwiches, Emeril uses walnuts as his nut of choice however I opted to go with pistachios.  I love how dates, cardamom and pistachio come together. The exterior of the cookie is similar to shortbread with an ingredient you won’t find in any Middle Eastern versions (if you want…

Choc Chip, Pistachio, Fig

Chocolate Chip, Pistachio, Fig Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies? Better yet, who doesn’t love a cookie challenge? A few weeks ago Kurt from Livefire (one of my fellow Verizon Savvy Gourmets) challenged all of us to a cookie showdown.  OK it’s really not a showdown but just a fun cookie challenge.  First I was going to do gluten free, but realized I already did that.  Then I thought about making them spicy but it just didn’t work out.  But in the bulk food aisle at the grocery store I had an epiphany. Pistachios and Figs.  Yes that was it.  We never (or very very rarely)…

Indian Spice Krispie Treats

So Long Summer, Save Me Some Indian Spice Krispies!

Today for the first time, I dropped off both of my boys at elementary school. I’ve been dreaming about this day for at least the last 5 weeks.  We have had a REALLY full summer and for someone like me, who thrives on having a routine and schedule I’ve been gritting my teeth and holding my breathe for the weeks leading up to today. When we pulled up to school my baby hopped out with his big brother, blew me a kiss, grabbed big brothers hand and walked as fast as he could to the playground.  I stood on the…

Almond Peach Cobbler

Almond Peach Cobbler

When I first opened my foodie penpals box a few weeks ago I could smell the peaches. I’m sure that my penpal didn’t go to a peach farm and pick these however just knowing they were much fresher than what turns up in our grocery store.  The smell immediately brought me back to my favorite farmer’s market in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The first weeks in Virginia were a confusing mess.  I have to admit I was terrified to go almost anywhere because I was so afraid of getting lost.  We lived on a very long street that stretched miles…