Posts Tagged ‘Coconut’
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Today marks mine and Mike’s 8th wedding anniversary, which seems completely crazy to me. (Crazy that eight years have passed, not that we’ve stuck together that long. Although, maybe it is a little crazy since we were so young when we got married…who says kids can’t make good choices? Lol.) Anyway, people have been congratulating us all over the place for passing the “seven year itch”, so I’ll take our 8th anniversary as a really good omen.
I don’t like PDAs (which includes PDAs on the blog!) so not to worry, I won’t get all mushy here. But I will tell you a little something about our honeymoon… (more…)
Friday, April 19th, 2013
I know you’re going to see this caramel and think I’m a liar.
You’ll think it was made with naughty things heavy cream, white sugar, and bricks of butter. (more…)
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Oh boy is this cake good – a little too good to just have chilling in my fridge on a random weekday. Despite how delicious it is, this cake is actually quite unsightly; it doesn’t rise much and the top is craggy. But as far as looks go, not to worry because all will be well; a craggy top is nothing a little glaze can’t fix. (more…)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Today’s recipe for my 7 Days of Festive Holiday Treats is something that is perfect for gifting. It’s quite unique – give a festively wrapped jar of this syrup to a friend, then watch them read the label and their eyes light up as they exclaim Oooh, what is this?!
The fact that it is as easy to make is it is exotic-sounding will be our little secret though. (more…)
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Coconut Semolina Cake from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
This cake is one of my hubby’s favorites, and along with Knafeh bil Jiben (a Middle Eastern sweet cheese pastry), it is something he always seeks out to sample. The cake is made with semolina so it has a very unique, rustic texture. Similar to cornmeal, semolina absorbs a lot of moisture so the cake itself is very dry, and then a simple sugar syrup that’s scented with rose water and/or orange blossom water is poured onto the hot cake once it’s removed from the oven. It results in a sticky-sweet, moist, dense, and very rich cake. (more…)
Friday, August 10th, 2012
Here honey, don’t forget the muffins! I practically shoved a tray of these muffins at Mike as he was running out the door one morning on his way to work.
All the sudden he picked one up and started sniffing it. Wait, I know this flavor…it’s something I used to love as a kid! What’s in them, do I like these?, he asked, holding up a muffin to examine it further. Instead of waiting for me to answer, he started grabbing muffins off the tray like there was no tomorrow, telling me to save them for him for later. (more…)
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
The theme for this month’s 5 Star Makeover was perfect for warm weather months – chilled soups! When it comes to cold soup, I enjoy savory soups like gazpacho (or even savory smoothies, which I sometimes eat like soup if they’re particularly thick) as well as sweet soups like fruit soup, and at first I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go for the challenge. But then I started thinking about it and decided it should be a dessert soup…I knew I’d have trouble getting Mike to eat a chilled savory soup, but he might go for dessert. (more…)
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
A couple weeks ago my mom and sister came over for coffee one afternoon; snacks were a must and I was prepared with these muffins. As my mom reached for one, she asked what they were. Just give them a taste…you’ll like them, I coaxed. (I didn’t want to turn her off to them before she had even tasted them by saying they’re gluten-free and naturally-sweetened…my mom is a healthy eater, but she’s very much a traditionalist. She hears gluten-free/naturally-sweetened and thinks cardboard texture and flavor.)
She looked at the muffins, picked one up. Then she took the bait.
Oooh, they’re good! Chocolate chip with coconut?
And then I got to tell her what was actually in them. :) (more…)