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Winter Citrus & Walnut Salad

On a whim, I recently made a winter salad because the citrus was just so delicious and ripe that I was actually really craving it. I posted a photo on my Instagram page and it was so well-received I thought I better put it up on the website, too. I hope you enjoy it- it’s … Read more

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest | My Halal Kitchen

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest

Winter weekend mornings are the perfect time to cozy up to a pancake breakfast. I can eat them without all the side fixings of eggs and {halal} sausages, as long as the pancakes are flavorful. That’s why I like to make these pancakes with creamy buttermilk and the zing of citrus zest or peels. You could replace the orange with lemon and they’d be just as delightful.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest | My Halal Kitchen

I’m not a fan of store-bought syrups unless it’s a real maple syrup (Vermont is, of course, one of world’s very best) and if I don’t have that then I will use warmed honey or blackstrap molasses to drizzle on top.  

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Winter Salad with Cranberries | My Halal Kitchen

Winter Salad with Cranberries & Nuts

You might not think of salads as a winter time food, but actually this is one of my favorite times of year to enjoy them.

Fall Salad with Cranberries and Nuts

Citrus is at its best in the winter, though it’s obviously not growing up here in the Midwest; it’s coming from wonderful groves in Florida, Arizona and California.  You can find fragrant meyer lemons, oranges and grapefruits (ruby red are my favorite) right now in most grocery stores or online and grate their peels to dry them for later use or use the fresh zest on top of salads, soups, rice and more (think ice cream, puddings, cakes, etc.)- the list goes on. 

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Lemon Ricotta Dip

For some reason, during Ramadan I tend to see, make, eat and enjoy appetizers the most. It’s nice to have something light but substantial at the initial breaking of the fast, but it’s more than that for me. Maybe it’s because when the fast-breaking time comes every evening, it’s one of the sweetest moments I experience (whether the appetizer is sweet or savory). I love biting into something I can hear crunch, maybe because it then actually feels like the sound of food. I’m not sure what it is, but I enjoy it.

inside sweet phyllo

Dates, Tamarind & Walnut phyllo appetizers

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About Citrus Zest

Did you know that most citrus fruits were traditionally grown for their zest, not for their fruits?  When you zest, or peel away the skin of citrus, you get all the flavor of a lemon, lime or orange in this skin- without all the acidity of the flesh. One has to just be careful not to zest … Read more

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