Barbara Sweet ( حلوى البرباره).

Hello everybody.

Today I made this kind of sweet usually done by Christians in the Levant region on the 5th of December celebrating Saint Barbara feast which is a traditional  holy event.

Learned how to do this sweet from our lovely Lebanese neighbor long time ago,she used to make  a big dish to each house in the neighborhood may God rest her loving soul. Mom continued to make it throughout the years and I’ve been doing it also,I guess in the memory of the good old days in Jabal Al-Hussein.


Ingredients and method:

* 1 kg of pealed wheat ( قمح مقشور).

* 1 cup sugar.

* 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

* 1 cup raisins.

* 1 tablespoon ground anise.

* 1 tsp ground fennel (optional)

* coconut,sweetened anise seed,candy and nuts (for decorating the top)

* boil the wheat either in a pressure cooker or regular pan till done and water is little and thick.

* add cinnamon,anise,sugar and raisins and leave to boil for another 20-30 minutes on very low heat till all mixture is syrupy and thick.

* pour in small or big dishes as you prefer and garnish with coconuts,candied anise ( قمبز) or any kind of candy or nuts.

Serve hot in this cold weather, yummy yummy.




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Aish EL-Saraya ( عيش السرايا).

Hello everybody.

We’re Mansaf-ing today for dinner as well,second time this week :) ,but this time at my mother in -law’s house and ( don’t be shocked) we’re mansaf-ing again tomorrow at my mom’s, 3 Mansafs in one week is a big crime I suppose, bye bye diet !!!! why is it whenever you decide to start a diet you either have guests or receive lots of invitations? all include food of course,anyway I’m trying to at least minimize my portions :)

I made this Arabic dessert for tonight,remember I did it once in Ramadan but didn’t post the recipe then.


Ingredients and method:

* 1 loaf white toast.roasted till dry and golden.

* 4 cups sugar.

* 2 1/2 cups water.

* some rose water.

* few lemon drops.

* 2 cups fresh cream and 2 packs ready cream (قشطه بلديه وعلب)

* some crushed pistachios.


* Remove hard toast sides and process the insides to fine crumbles.

* heat 1 cup of the sugar till it’s caramelized and brown.

* add the water and rest of sugar and stir till all melts,add the lemon drops and simmer till solutions is syrupy (20-30 minutes),add rose water.

* pour syrup while hot over bread crumbs and mix well till it’s all absorbed.

* spread in a wide serving dish.

* mix creams well then spread over bread.

* leave to cool in the fridge.

* decorate with finely crushed pistachios.


Really easy delicious dish , I personally love it <3



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