I was wondering if I could entice you with this recipe for juicy mejdool dates, slowly melted in ghee until thick and syrupy. I toss in some brown rice crispies, dried coconut and a bunch of chopped almonds resulting in a slightly gooey, moist, ghee-ey, crunchy and not overly sweet treat.
My date bars will hit every level of any sweet craving you may have and guess what? It’s not too bad for you. With no refined sugars or flours and made with just a few natural ingredients you will be laughing your way into Valentines day!
Whilst perusing the grocery store aisles lately, I’m sure you’ve been inundated with rows upon rows of gleaming chocolate wrappers hiding there treasures within, and begging to be slipped into your cart to be devoured shamelessly later. Continue reading
“Quinoa Ladoo! You can’t be serious!” I’m asked in disbelief as I serve the little brown malty balls of delight with an afternoon cup of chaa. Yes, my friends, you heard that right, Quinoa!
Let me tell you a little story…
A couple of months ago I stared wide-eyed in disbelief at a recipe before me. I was excited at first, then immediately I slumped back into my seat and thought to myself, “Really?!”
Okay, I am exaggerating just a little… but if you’ve donned the gluten free hat, you know what I mean. “What if… what if it was another gluten free disaster like so many before?” Although the question loomed before me, Continue reading
My Grandmother’s Recipe
If you’re craving something not too sweet and delicious with your coffee or tea (chaa), this is the recipe for you. I won’t beat around the bush, but I struggled a little thinking of the best way to describe this to you. The puri is not, by all means, meant to be soft and fluffy like a beignet or doughnut. It is rather solid, moist and crunchy all at once. I ate these puris countless of times during my childhood. If I had to put a finger on it, I would say the banana puri to me is the equivalent of a doughnut to some, that is if we were talking about childhood nostalgic foods.
If you’re lucky enough, when you’re frying the puri’s they puff up into these balloon like disks, creating a hollow center. I love peeling away this layer and eating it first before polishing off the rest of the banana puri.
Making the dough is a lot of fun and easy. Although I do love mushing up the bananas, grabbing handfuls of the earthy dough to make the puris is always a treat, they feel grainy, moist and sticky. Reminding me of making mud pies in the rain…
Adapted from Baking, From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan
With a hot cup of chaa in my hand, I stared out my window into the winter wonderland before me. The snowflakes gently floated from above in a steady haze of cool white. Slowly, ever so slowly they whisped side to side eventually settling atop a mound of snow. We had our first real snowfall a couple of weeks ago and it has been gradually accumulating ever since. I could have sat there forever, watching this delight but alas I knew the kids would be home soon and I really should’ve been baking something for their afternoon snack. Continue reading
A couple of days ago in lieu of Bakri Eid, I decided to try my hand at making Jilebis, a very delicate and syrupy Indian dessert best eaten hot. That is, if you’re lucky to be around someone making it fresh – which is pretty rare these days. So I did make them, and the jilebis came out perfect – like my grandmother made, if I may add. They were tender crisp and ‘glassy’ from being drenched in a perfect syrup. Luckily the syrup did not crystalize or it would have resulted in a dull opaque looking Jilebi.
I was ecstatic when I took the first bite. Perfect crunch was followed by the oozing of the unctuous sugary liquid. I felt so proud and immediately snapped a couple of shots of my masterpiece and texted them to my family in Zimbabwe. I basked in the glory of the numerous ‘Oohs’ and ‘Aaahs’ I received from them. So with great comfort I share this recipe with you.