Of Bread and Migration

I’ve been missing these past weeks. The school year has come to an end and with it all the exams and preparations for next year.  In less than 4 days, I’ll be back in Europe for the Summer. We expats, are like birds; come summer and we all migrate back to the place we call home, visit family and friends, recharge our batteries, breathe the fresh summer air and indulge in delicacies and the simple things of life. The girls are already planning all the meals they will sink their teeth in and all the places they would like to visit and revisit. As for me, I have a very long list of things to do!

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Best shortbread biscuits

Now, who doesn’t like a recipe that is not only quick and easy to make but turns out to be the best tasting recipe out there? ¬†If you are a shortbread person then you must¬†try these Arabic shortbread biscuits, also known as¬†Ghraybe! The recipe is straight from ¬†Suzanne Husseini’s cookbook ¬†Modern Flavours of Arabia. Continue reading “Best shortbread biscuits”

Mousse de Maracuj√† or Passion fruit Mousse

I can’t believe we are already in June!¬†¬†Three weeks left before school ends and everybody flies home..well not exactly everybody. ¬†Most hubbies will have to¬†return¬†earlier to¬†hold the fort while others rejoice somewhere in this beautiful world!

Well, before I leave for summer I wanted to organise a party, more precisely a tapas evening. ¬†I have loads of Spanish cheese and chorizo and with the temperatures being¬†really enjoyable at night, I thought it would be a great idea to organise a last get together around some finger nibbles and wine. ¬†In my quest for tapas desserts (I cannot imagine having different tapas and then ONE dessert) I thought of making one of Angola’s traditional desserts which is Mousse de Maracuj√† (Passion fruit Mousse). It’s very easy and quick to make and only requires THREE ingredients!¬† Continue reading “Mousse de Maracuj√† or Passion fruit Mousse”

Coriander Hummus

Fifty shades of hummus!! Why stick to the basic taste when you can indulge in different variations that are just as delicious and mouth-watering?

Growing up in Africa, I was only exposed to¬†the basic chickpeas and tahini hummus which was an essential of all Lebanese restaurants. Now, that I am back in Africa, I can confirm that the classic flavour is the only true flavour available. ¬†But, why stick to plain and simple when you can be a bit crazy with your hummus??¬†Don’t get me wrong, a good simple hummus can be all you need, but start playing around with it and add some herbs, some roasted peppers, dried tomatoes, olives, a bit of this and a bit of that and before you know you could¬†be eating a different hummus¬†every day of the week! Continue reading “Coriander Hummus”

Cinnamon and Apple Cake

‚ÄúI ate another apple pie and ice cream; that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, of course.‚ÄĚ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Pie, tart, cake, fondant… English, French, Dutch, American, South African, Swiss, Italian. I’ve tried them all and either way, they were all special and delicious! ¬†I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply love apple desserts! ¬†Today, I would like to share this very easy and delicious apple cake recipe.¬†¬† Continue reading “Cinnamon and Apple Cake”

Double Choc Chop Cookie

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!!

I don’t know who invents these things but it was a great excuse¬†to make some chocolate chip cookies today! This is our family favourite: it has a double of chocolate in the form of cocoa powder and big yummy chunks of chocolate and chocolate chips! ¬†They are chewy in the centre, the taste is comparable to¬†that of a brownie and they keep really well… well, that is if the little cookie monsters living the house haven’t devoured them!¬† Continue reading “Double Choc Chop Cookie”