Christmas Cake in the making!

Well this recipe can’t get easier!
I tried last week the recipe posted on Al Wadi Al Akhdar Website and it turned excellent! So I went and did another batch yesterday.

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I also tried the homemade marzipan recipe at home!I got it from a baking recipe book I’ve bought a couple of years ago.
It was super easy and delicious.

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I’ll post how I’ll cover the cake with marzipan and icing soon, as I can’t do it now. I’ve to wait 4 weeks!!!

Can’t wait 🙂

Cheeses to Avoid During Pregnancy

MAIN-pregnant-cheeseI got a call last week from my sister-in-law, who happens to be almost 5 months pregnant, asking what type of cheeses are not allowed during pregnancy.

I thought it would be interesting to share this with you!

Cheese products that can lead to food-borne illness are not allowed during pregnancy. The list includes:

–              All unpasteurized dairy products (“raw” milk and cheeses)

–              Soft cheeses such as brie, Camembert, feta and blue cheese

They can only be consumed if they are clearly “labeled” as being pasteurized or made with pasteurized milk.

You can check the article shared on May Clinic and on the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for more foods that are not allowed during pregnancy.

The picture used in this blog, is taken from >> Eating cheese ‘could turn expectant mothers into CRIMINALS’

Recipe Trials on a Rainy Day!

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Well on a rainy weekend I mostly spend my time at home!

Nothing much to do, so why not get the cooking rolling. I’ve been wanting to try a couple of cookie recipes that might work for Christmas.

I tried one on Saturday and one today; check them out. Do you like them?

Mature Christmas Cake

Every Christmas my mother prepares what she calls the “Christmas Cake”, as she always used to narrate; it’s an English cake that’s been there for hundreds of years. Prepared weeks ahead and served for guests during the season.

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I checked a couple of books and recipe websites maybe I find the secrets of this cake, and here what I found:
o    This fruitcake recipe is over 100 years old.
o    It’s a rich, dark and a moist fruit cake.
o    It requires 2 days to make.
o    It requires 3 weeks to ripen; where the cake is moistened with orange juice or rum for almost 3 to 4 weeks. *the rum helps preserve it and ripen it.
o    It’s usually decorated with marzipan (almond base) and a thick sugary frosting.
o    It’s usually prepared by end of November, but some even prepare it in October.

As interesting as it can be, I found a good recipe on one of the Lebanese Brands “Recipe Section” that I’ll be trying out this year >> Dark Fruit Cake!
I found the picture on BBC Good Foods website, you can check their recipe via this link >> Make & Mature Christmas Cake.

Will let you know how it goes 😉

“Recette de Vie” in London!

There is nothing better than old home cooking!

I’ve participated in “Recette de Vie” recipe book, which was launched earlier this month in Lebanon.

I shared two dessert recipes:
1.    Charlotte Cake with Fruits
2.    Sable with Chocolate and Halawa

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Recette de Vie is a Lebanese recipe book with a collection of more than 200 original recipes from the friends and family of Authors Maissa Abou Adal Ghanem and Ghia Khayat Hawari, all of whom share culinary secrets and tasty treats.
… and that’s the best part!!! All proceeds will be distributed to charities that defend the rights of women and children 🙂

The book is available in two languages: English and French and can be found at the below bookstores – Lebanon:

•    Librairie Stephan, Achrafieh
•    Librairie Orientale, Achrafieh
•    L’Artisan du Liban, Saifi
•    L’Artisan du Liban, Clemenceau
•    Sel & Poivre, Sofil
•    Librairie Alphabet, Jounieh and
•    Librairie Maliks, all point of sales
•    Orthopedic and Sport Clinic (OSC), Aantari
•    Aziz, Aantari
•    Aziz, Zalka
•    Les Caves de TAillevent, Jardins de Tabaris, Achrafieh
•    AUB museum Shop, bliss street
•    Bulthaup store
•    The studio, Beit Mery

Maissa and Ghia will be launching the book in “London”; check the link for more details.

Keep up the great work and best of luck to Maissa and Ghia. Show them the support and add this amazing book to your library.

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