Layali Lebanon (ليالي لبنان) 


Hello everybody.

Just realized that I don’t have this recipe on the blog, though maybe it’s one of oldest ones in my cookbook.

I remember back in the eighties when it was a real hit, you’d find it in every occasion, lunch or dinner along with the upside down Pineapple cake and trifle.


Well it’s a simple easy recipe,specially if you can find fresh local cream. Today I made it from scratch turned out really good.

Ingredients and method :

For the first layer :

* 4 cups milk

* 3/4 cup fine semolina.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

* 1/4 tsp crushed mistaka.

* 1 tablespoon rose water.

Mix all ingredients then heat till it boils then thickens.

Spread in a wide dish or small ones as you prefer.


For the cream :

* 1 litre of fresh whole milk (skimmed won’t work)

* 5-6 tablespoons vinegar.

* heat milk then add vinegar before it boils. Milk will break to water and cream.

* sieve well to remove all water.


Then add this mixture

* 2 cups milk

*  2 tablespoons cornstarch.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

* 1/4 tablespoon crushed mistaka.

* one tablespoon rose water.

Mix milk, sugar and cornstarch then heat till it boils and thickens.

add mistaka and rosewater.

When this pudding cools add the curd cheese to it and mix well.

* Spread over semolina mixture and leave to cool several hours.

* Garnish with crushed pistachios and add sugar syrup as preferable.


Mini Qatayef With A Twist.


Hello everybody.

Ramadan Kareem.

Tried these cute mini qatayef today, they’re similar to the ones served with cream or Nutella but in a different way.


You’ll need mini sized qatayef , fresh cream, crushed pistachios and sugar syrup or honey.


Spray a mini cupcake pan with vegetable oil then put qatayef in it , bake for 15-20 minutes or till edges are golden.


Cool then fill with fresh cream or ricotta with a one tablespoon rosewater and few crushed mistika

Decorate with pistachios, add honey upon serving.


Simple,easy and delicious

Latest Banan Cooking Orders. 


Hello everybody.

Sorry for the delay in posting new stuff, lots of work and events.

I’d like to show you my latest orders, many cakes, trays and cookies.

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Made two lovely Lemon Velvet cakes with berries on top, really loved them

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and these two all fruits tart and mini  baked cheesecakes.

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with some with chocolate, recipe same as knafeh cheesecake but different toppings.

Another lemon velvet with shivered almonds and berries

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A selection of cookies for a charity bazaar in my hometown including rock cookies,oatmeal and cranberries, ginger raisin, aniseed and brownies.

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and last thing was a colorful healthy cheese platter and sandwiches for a breakfast.

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Algerian Almond Cookies ( حلوى الدمعه)


Hello everybody.

Saw this elegant delicacies recipe on Facebook that triggered me to try them immediately ,specially that I have all ingredients, after i published the photos on my page many members told me that these are Algerian cookies named “tear drops” maybe cause of its shape.


They’re simply a special dough filled with almonds, shaped like a tear drop using a long fork then shaped like a tear drop, baked then drizzled with syrup while still hot.


First three or four pieces were not good looking but then i figured the correct way , not difficult at all.

Ingredients and method:

for the dough:

  • 150 gm butter.
  • 1 tablespoon semolina.
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut.
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder.
  • 1 tsp vanilla .
  • 2 eggs
  • 2- 21/2 cups flour.
  • 1 cup crushed almonds with 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • sugar syrup.


  • Beat eggs with vanilla .
  • add butter then all dry ingredients .
  • add flour gradually and knead well till you get a soft dough.
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  • shape dough into small size balls.
  • spread dough over a wide fork then fill with almonds and close.
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  • remove dough and twist to close ends.
  • you can put an almond in the middle.
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  • bake in a medium heated oven for 20-30 minutes or till golden.
  • while still hot drizzle syrup on them.
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You can add crushed pistachios on ends if you like.

المكونات :

العجينة :
150غم زبده، بيض 22، ملعقه كبيره جوز هند، ملعقه كبيره لبن، ملعقه كبيره سميد، ملعقتين كبار سكر ناعم. ملعقه كبيره باكينغ باودر، ملعقه فانيلا، كوبين الى كوبين ونص طحين.
الحشوه لوز مطحون مع سكر ناعم.
قطر بارد.


Today’s Order. 

Hello everybody.

A loving grandma ordered this lovely combination of dishes for her visiting grandchildren.

Outcome was very colorful specially the tutti fruitti cake, full of fruits and cream.

Alongside she ordered za’tar puffs, pasta salad, teramisu and a small box of chocolate balls I sent as a gift.

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Workshop Catering. 


Hello everybody.

I can proudly say that it’s a successful week, I catered a four days workshop at the Water and Irrigation Ministry, guests were Germans this time.


Did coffee breaks and lunches each day with different kinds of food.



Thank God all were happy and satisfied and ended work with a beautiful cake.

Kazandibi (Caramelized Pudding) 






Hello everybody.

A friend of mine sent me a photo of this dessert after I posted the Turkish dish Iskander kebab,guess everybody got into the Turkish cuisine mood that day.

After some research I found the easiest recipe and made it yesterday, kept it in fridge all night to settle and served it with coffee this morning for my guests.

Feedback was all positive, taste is so yummy but my critical self thought it needs some adjustments, less sugar in pudding mixture and a bit more cornflower so as it’ll be easier to roll it when served.

Guess it’s okay for a first trial, hope next time it’ll look nicer.

Ingredients and method :

# 4 cups of milk.

# 1 pack of cream ( علبه قشطه صغيره)

# 1/2 cup of sugar.

# 1/2 tsp mistaka.

#  1 tsp rose water.

# 3 tablespoons cornflour.

# 3 tablespoons rice flour. (or all 6 cornflour will do)

# some butter and sugar for caramel.

#mix cold milk, cream with sugar, cornflour and rice flour well.

# boil till mixture is thick and creamy.

# add crushed mistaka and rose water.

# leave to cool.

# cover a wide non stick pan with butter then coat it with a layer of sugar.

#slowly add the pudding over it.

#over a medium heated gas place the pan and keep rotating it till pudding is bubbly and all sides are golden and caramelized. (about 20 minutes)

# directly put the pan in a tray full with iced water.

# leave to cool and settle in fridge.

# with a sharp spatula remove a piece with caramel bottom, flip and make it as a roll on serving dish.

Can’t say that last step is easy but I’m sure you’ll get it with practice, I’ll sure will try it again.


Mini Halaweh Tarts. 


Hello everybody.

Saw this amazing tart photo on Instagram last week, looked really yummy. Though I sent the site asking what’s the filling but didn’t get an answer so I kind of figured out something today that goes along with the taste

Result was so good and light cause I made them as mini tarts or bites and filled them with cream and pistachios.

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Even made some with Nutella and strawberries and others with caramel and figs.


Perfect assorted desserts, problem now is that I’ll either take them to somebody or I should call friends to visit so that I won’t eat them alone.

Ingredients of tart crust :

3/4 cup butter.

1/2 cup sugar.

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla.

1 3/4 cup flour

Pinch of salt.

Optional for this tart: pinch of cinnamon and cardamom.


Beat butter and sugar well till creamy.

Add egg and vanilla.

Add flour and salt then water.

Knead well till you get a smooth dough

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll and shape as you like then bake in mini cupcake pans for 13-15 minutes in a medium heated oven.

When cooled fill with cream then topped with halaweh and pistachios.

Other option Nutella and strawberries or caramel and figs.

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Mocha Chocolate Mousse.


Hello everybody.

Did the cutest mocha chocolate mousse  cups today.

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Dessert after a delicious mansaf for my husband’s cousins.


Recipe is the same old I usually do but with a twist this time, added some strong coffee to half of the mixture and made two layers of the mousse with cream on top as well.


Looked and tasted amazing.






Another Week in Ramadan.


Hello everybody.
Another week passed with lots of yummy dishes, here are some of them.


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wp-1466422302108.jpg  Hummus falafel and fatteh.


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wp-1466422358521.jpg Rice with curried veggies and chicken


wp-1466422393836.jpg Fettuccine and salad.


wp-1466422407912.jpg Eggplant dip.


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Two birthdays this week.

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Ended this week with a lovely iftar with Family Flavors team at the Four Seasons hotel.


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