Maamoul for a Cause!

Easter is around the corner and what’s better than maamoul to celebrate!?

This year a group of friends gathered to prepare maamoul for a cause. Here is what they have to say.

Let’s join them, let’s show them some support ! Order maamoul via “Little Helps” and help needy in Lebanon.

We are friends, we are foodies, we are party animals but we also bake for a Good Cause! Oh and we don’t just bake…we rock in baking!

‘Little helps’…That’s us!

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So yes we roll up those sleeves, lay out all the ingredients on the worktop, turn on those ovens and start baking! Whatever revenue comes out of the sale of those yummy baked goods end up as funds for the needy or less privileged.

With today’s economic and social crisis, as well as political unrest in Lebanon, we have joined our hands to Bake for a Cause. Crazy as it sounds here’s our project: Maamoul making , baking , and selling. All funds will be used directly to help the needy in Lebanon coming from various backgrounds. Among whom are the underprivileged living in different regions across Lebanon, orphans, the elderly and the refugees fleeing from Syria seeking shelter.

With your little help we will surely make a BIG difference.

Sales will start during the month of April in Souk el Tayeb Beirut Souks every Saturday!

For all Maamoul pre-orders, do send us an email on littlehelpslebanon@gmail.com

Call us on 03450390 – 03240073

The Little Helps team:

Sandra Dagher

Paola Skaff Alford

Rosie Choueiry

Tina Jarrous Faucon

Carla Skaff Jabra

Candice Lorfing

You can check their Facebook Page at this link >>  Little Helps

Maamoul: The Old Way!

Last year, during Easter, my grandma did us a visit with her Maamoul oven.

As she narrated, it’s the best oven to prepare crispy, golden delicious maamoul with it surrounding heat!

Happy Easter Everyone :)

Easter Sambousik in Zouk Mikael!

If you get to pass by the Old Souks in Zouk Mikael you’ll cross by handmade jewelry, carpets, crafts, shoes and more. But you can’t miss the “Almond Treats” most famously the homemade “Marzipan” made of sugar or honey and almonds powder!

Marzipan is usually flavored with orange blossom water and shaped into roses or flowers then baked. It usually replaces cookies of cakes as a dessert or a coffee companion.

Talking of almond treats, this area is also well-known to prepare “Sambousik”. Sambousik, is made during Easter as a Maamoul replacement; a dough formed in a half moon shape and stuffed with almonds, sugar and water essences. It’s superbly delicious!

What kind of treat do you prepare for Easter?

Baladi Eggs eaten Raw??

General Overview

The Yolk

The yolk, the yellowish part of the egg, is a rich source of cholesterol. 1 egg contains around 200mg of cholesterol which contribute more than half of the daily cholesterol allowance. Thus, egg yolks ought to be consumed in moderation; when you want to consider egg yolks in the diet make sure you cut cholesterol from other sources during that day. 1 egg yolk is around 50 Kcal.

The White

Egg whites are very rich in proteins with no fats in comparison to the yolks (considering the egg whites are not fried). 1 Egg white is around 20 kcal. Moreover, the white is rich in folate, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

BALADI EGGS and EATING IT RAW!!

We always hear our Teta severely recommend raw eggs (what is widly known in Arabic as “Brishit”); the most famous recipe was mixing 1 raw egg with a cup of milk and drinking it for breakfast considering it as a way of enhancing health.

Especially the eggs coming from Teta’s backyard chickens; backyard chickens were always linked to raw eggs; what they call in Lebanon as “The Baladi Eggs”. Having the conception that if the egg comes from our own backyard chickens then it’s for sure highly nutritious, safe and should be eaten raw.

ALERT!!

Consuming raw eggs poses high risks of food-borne infection, such as Salmonella. Moreover, eggs contains a compound named “Avidin” which is an anit-nutitive protein found mainly in the whites, that prevents the absorption of Biotin, a vitamin having a key role in metabolism regulation.

It’s very important to cook well the eggs before consumption and that also include the sunny face cooked eggs.

“Baladi Egg does NOT mean SAFE or Highly Nutritious”

Additional References:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/442750-list-of-health-benefits-of-eating-raw-eggs/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/252979-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-egg-whites/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/health-tip/HT00051/rss=6

Picture Source: ArtifectDesign

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