Egyptian Petit Four by Marian: Happy Coptic Christmas

Food Blogger Marian Guirguis @marianjoyfulkitchen is sharing at Chez Nermine her recipe of Festive Traditional Egyptian cookies known as Petit Four. Not to confuse them with French Petit Four, those melt-in-your-mouth cookies are close to Western butter cookies.

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Beef Bone Broth : Countdown to Coptic Christmas

Beef Bone Broth is a quintessential ingredient in my Egyptian festive dishes. I make it using quality beef bones, aromatic herbs, vegetables, and spices. This bone broth is known for its rich collagen and its impact on slowing aging and boosting the immune system. I use this broth as a liquid agent to cook my rolled grape leaves, jeweled rice, meat soups, stews, just to name a few.

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Feteer Meshaltet Helw: Try this Ancient Egyptian Flaky Sweet Pastry

The recipe of Feteer Helw or Egyptian sweet flaky pastry probably dates back to the ancient Egyptian civilization.  According to some resources, this pastry was made by ancient Egyptians and offered as an oblation to the pharaohs’ worshiped gods back then. It is made of simple ingredients, yet its flavors and textures are unrivaled.

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Singaporean Chili Crab: Singapore, Happy 55th Birthday

Chili Crab is unofficially the national dish of Singapore. It is a chilli-spiked, simmering vibrant tomato sauce where a handsome orange and sizeable crab nesting happily in her new habitat, mingling with this luscious sauce. Typically, this Singaporean dish is served with fried Mantou buns, which help soak up the luscious sauce to the last drop.

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Dahdah: Jordanian Semolina Dessert with a Walnut-Cinnamon Filling

Dahdah is a Jordanian vibrant dessert that is nor crunchy, nor cakey, it tastes like a large crumbly cookie that collapses once you bite into it. The pungency of the cinnamon note definitely gives it an edge and pairs so well with the walnut.  The addition of turmeric lends the cake its vibrant, happy color

This dessert is put together in no time if you crush the roasted walnuts and clarify your butter in advance. Having said this, store-bought clarified butter will do just fine.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies: Giving Ourselves Grace

Peanut Butter-Chocolate cookies is a recipe adapted from the French book: Le Grand Livre Marabout de La Patisserie Facile.  It is a rich buttery cookie that comes plain in the original French recipe. My take on these was to half-dip them or drizzle with bitter dark chocolate to cut through the buttery, rich texture. For some crunch, the cookies are sprinkled with some salted peanuts that stud the warm chocolate before it sets!  You bite into those cookies and they just burst and then melt in your mouth in a blink of an eye. 

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Manti: A Recipe of The Refugees Who Empowered Me

Manti is a landmark of the Western Armenian Cuisine and one of those dishes that evoke waves and waves of memories of my time in Yerevan, Armenia. This authentic cuisine was brought back to life by waves of Syrian refugees of Armenian descent who fled to their motherland in the aftermath of the ravaging civil war in Syria. I was fortunate to cross paths with many of those skilled, brave, and tenacious people. Learn and listen more about this life-transforming experience in this post.

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