Malateet (Palestinian Vegan Anise Cookies)

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Mom and I cooked for a Palestinian brunch for a second time and we served another bunch of happy customers. There’s nothing more pleasing than people with happy faces after sharing a wonderful meal that is filling, healthy (sort of) and flavorful.

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Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge and Christmas Rant

Christmas is getting nearer. The hectic life on the street, the bright decorations and ornaments, the songs in malls and shops (God, I hate those) and the jolly people all around!

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Maamoul; stuffed Easter cookies

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UPDATE: I updated the post photos with recent ones (2017) with the new branding.

After posting about Kaak Asfar, I promised to share another Easter speciality, and since i am a man of my word, here it is: Maamoul. This is an annual recipe we enjoy making, or try to stay away from as much as possible, but we fail. The process is as good as the final product. For those who are not familiar with Maamoul, it is fragrant semolina cookie shells stuffed with slightly sweetened ground dates, pistachios or walnuts with aromas of rose water and orange blossom water. 

Maamoul is only made as an Easter delicacy by Middle Eastern Christians. Taking into consideration the Lebanese sweets shops and brands war over who ruled the billboards, maamoul has got good exposure in the past couple of years. Still, maamoul is scary for all those health freaks and those with health issues: dietitians warning you how much calories one cookie has, your trainer informing you about how many hours on the treadmill you need to burn one cookie, or your cholesterol-filled heart and arteries scream from the fat you eat all year long at the sight of a maamoul cookie. It is so desired yet very much hated. Have you given its feelings a thought? Have you? HAVE YOU? Is that how you treat the guest that only comes once a year?
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Holidays Roundup

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It is a beginning of a new year. The holidays season went calmly; work most of the time and barely any holidays spirit.  I finish work, go home, collect my energy and outstretch my body after a long crouching-next-to-computer-screen position for 8 hours.

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