• fruit cocktail
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Fruit Cocktail with Ashta

    This summer my parents went overseas to Palestine and Jordan to visit our extended family. On one occasion, my parents were downtown enjoying a fruit cocktail. This is a treat that I almost always purchased when I would go out to the city at a cafe. I know you may think cocktail and automatically figure it is some sort of a drink but no, it is just like a fruit parfait. Think of all fresh seasonal fruits layered with creamy Ashta infused with orange blossom water then topped with nutty pistachios and a drizzle of honey or syrup. My summer nights overseas consisted of these. Last night, we had friends…

  • chocolate lazy cake
    Dessert

    Chocolate Lazy cake (Sookseeyeh)

    You guys loved the Nescafe cake!!! Not only because of how tasty it is but how easy it is to put together so I thought long and hard and remembered enjoying this chocolate lazy cake at my friend’s house growing up. It has similiar ingredients too but used differently! Ingredients 2 packs of tea biscuit coarsely crushed 5 1/2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk 3 tbsp of coffee (liquid form and I used Nescafe) Instructions In a large bowl, mix together the condensed milk, coffee, and cocoa powder really well. To that mixture, add the crushed biscuits and stir together really well until…

  • Zucchini carrot blueberry muffins
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Blueberry Zucchini Carrot Muffins

    This is what a healthy funfetti cake looks like! Oh man, these were so good. I couldn’t control myself. They were gone within 24 hours!! I literally had carrots, zucchini, and leftover blueberries. I wanted to bake something light, healthy and nutritious. These made for the perfect bite. So many of you asked about these so here is the recipe! Servings: 8-10 Total Time: approx. 35 min Ingredients 1 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour 1/2 cup grated & drained zucchini 1/2 cup grated carrots 1 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup almond milk Pinch of salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 tbsp…

  • pistachio ghoraibeh
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Pistachio Ghoraybeh Thumbprint Cookies (Middle Eastern Shortbread)

    Hi friends! Hope you are all well. I’m super excited to share this Middle Eastern American hybrid of a cookie. This is one of the prettiest cookies to make in no time at all. It couldn’t be more simple to do too! It takes 5 ingredients and just a few steps to create absolute deliciousness! My mom loves to bake and she would often make ghoraybeh, which is a Middle Eastern shortbread. Often, it is just topped with one pistachio for decoration. I decided to incorporate crushed toasted pistachios into the cookie itself to really bring out the flavor of pistachio which I have been recently loving! I took another…