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Saffron Mousse

This Indian dessert recipe is brought to us by food blogger Lubna Karim, based in Bangalore, India where she shares her love of family meals and traditions. This recipe is one she makes in particular for ‘Eid ul Adha, which is also known as Bakrid in her part of the world.

Saffron Mousse by Lubna Karim

photo courtesy of Lubna Karim 

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Moroccan Crêpes

As you might be able to see from this blog, I’m a bit entranced by Moroccan things- style, geography, and the delicious, healthy and traditional food. Amanda Mouttaki is the author of Maroc Mama, a blog about her experience with and love of Moroccan culture and cuisine {and a whole lot more}. In this post she gladly shares her recipe for Moroccan crêpes, something we can all enjoy for breakfast, suhoor, dessert or just a snack. Very versatile. Enjoy!

Folded Crepes

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Violet Rice Pudding Recipe & a Chance to Learn How to Make Chocolate From a Professional Chocolatier

Uzma Sharif is a Chicago-based chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Uzma, both an online shop and a brick and mortar one  in Chicago. I just love supporting women in business, and those running a specialty food business at that. Her chocolates are infused with the exotic aromas of South Asia and made so beautiful you need some time to enjoy them as eye candy before actually eating them. In this article Uzma shares her unique recipe for a family favorite rice and offers something special at the end for MHK readers to take advantage of…

Chocolat Uzma

the gift boxes by Chocolat Uzma are just as beautiful as the chocolates themselves, masha’allah 

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Super Quick Cherry Galette

Let’s face it- we’re all busy. We want to eat healthy and watch the ingredients in our food products for safety and for their halal factor, but it isn’t always possible to do absolutely everything from scratch, nor is it practical for most people. I’ll be the first one to say that it used to be a huge stress on my mind to want so much to make pleasing baked goods for family gatherings or visits to friends’ homes, but no time to do it. It helps to know that there are more and more wonderful vendors of great, high-quality products that meet halal standards which help us put together a nice, somewhat homemade gift or simply a treat for yourself at home.

I love this super quick cherry galette recipe because I’m tied to the memory of buying the cherries on a wonderful weekend getaway to Door County, Wisconsin. Fresh cherry season was over, but it seemed as though the entire county got busy dried and preserving these bursting red, tart cherries. I checked around to a lot of the local shops to see which one had the least amount of extra ingredients and make sure that fruit pectin was used before buying a jar of preserved cherries. My thoughts were that someday down the line this Fall, I would love to warm up the house with a cherry pie or galette, even if I had to purchase a good quality pie crust, even though I normally make my own.

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‘Eid Cupcakes with Vanilla Orange Mascarpone Frosting

It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is over and we’re now celebrating ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, the three-day long holiday that Muslims all over the world will be celebrating. After 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset, it seems appropriate to enjoy family and friends–and some great food, including healthy sweets.

I made these cupcakes just before ‘Eid to test on family members- pre-approval is very important- and they didn’t seem to mind. Everyone seemed to love the colorful and varied cupcake wrappers by Silver Envelope.

If you don’t have sugared pearls to top the cupcakes with, you can simply frost and leave them; alternatively, you can sprinkle with your favorite all-natural color sprinkles. How pretty they’ll look!

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Ricotta Pie

The last ten days of Ramadan are upon us and it’s a special time for Muslims to really try as hard as possible to dedicate a good amount of time (especially in the night hours) to prayer, spiritual reflection, repentance and worship of the Creator. Most people aren’t thinking so much of food and gatherings … Read more

Sweet Pillar & Co.’s Nadia Hubbi Gives Us Her Story and Some Ramadan Chocolate

Everyone who knows me also knows that I love chocolate— as many women do. I’m not, however, a lover of all chocolate. In fact, I’m not a fan of chocolate companies who fool consumers into thinking they’re getting real chocolate when in fact they’re getting a hefty dose of things like high fructose corn syrup or unhealthy fats and oils added to it to make it cheaper and just higher quantities of it.

It takes people who respect the pastry arts and the consumer to really put out a high quality dessert that is special and beautiful at the same time. I like that about Nadia Hubbi, founder of Sweet Pillar & Co., a California-based company selling chocolate covered dates and traditional ma’amoul cookies artfully crafted in the same way her Syrian grandmother used to make them.

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Date and Walnut Tart

Dates are also the perfect baking fruit- they freeze well, they don’t make your baking products soggy and they add just the right about of sweetness to a dessert. Below is a deliciously simple tart recipe adapted from one of my favorite and most-used cookbooks, Mediterranean: A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna Farrow.

The original recipe calls for a few things I didn’t have or didn’t have time to make, such as the homemade pastry dough. Instead, I buy a good quality one with very few ingredients, all of them natural and healthy and then freeze the crust for times like these.

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Cooking Class: Sicilian Dinner Party

One Saturday morning last month I conducted a cooking class for the winners of an auction at the Stars for Hope event back in January of this year. The auction item they bid for and won was a basket of MHK products combined with an in-home cooking class that I would eventually teach in their home. … Read more

Chocolat Uzma Sharif & a Lovely Chocolate Giveaway

Some time ago I sat down for coffee with the very talented local pastry chef, Uzma Sharif. I had just approached her after noticing she was donating her ‘East meets West’ chocolates to a charity event we were mutually involved in, though we had never met.

She was energetic and enthusiastic about our meeting and was thrilled to share her story with me so that it could be told right here with all of you, as well.  During our coffee, she offered a couple of sample bags and boxes of her exotic and unique brand, Chocolat Uzma Sharif.  I felt they were too pretty to open, so my first instinct was to photograph the packaging- what a gorgeous gift these will make. In fact, I waited a couple of days before trying anything because I simply enjoyed how the eco-friendly packages were decorated.

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