Leek And Mushroom Quiche – You’re going to leek this one!

Home Made Cooking

I made this pie for ‘Shavuot’, which is a Jewish holiday that celebrates receiving the 10 commandments. The traditional food for this holiday is basically dairy food, and that’s one of the reasons I like it. I mean…think about how creative you can be when it comes to dairy dishes, and how good they taste, and how light they feel. Read More

I made this pie for ‘Shavuot’, which is a Jewish holiday that celebrates receiving the 10 commandments. The traditional food for this holiday is basically dairy food, and that’s one of the reasons I like it. I mean…think about how creative you can be when it comes to dairy dishes, and how good they taste, […]

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Puff Pastry Mushrooms Roulade & A Tip

Baked Goodies | Tips and News

It’s always a good idea to have puff pastry at home. You can always thaw it a couple  of hours before you use it and the best thing is that you can actually make anything from it, whether sweet or salty – It’ll always work.

One of our favorites is puffed pastry with mushrooms. Read More

It’s always a good idea to have puff pastry at home. You can always thaw it a couple  of hours before you use it and the best thing is that you can actually make anything from it, whether sweet or salty – It’ll always work. One of our favorites is puffed pastry with mushrooms.

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Pickles – but not just any pickles – Princess Pickles

Home Made Cooking

I love Cauliflower! The kids love it too. Any form, any way, any size, just love it.

In addition, summer is almost here, and what’s a better day to spend sunny days than on our deck with a cold drink and some munchies? Read More

I love Cauliflower! The kids love it too. Any form, any way, any size, just love it. In addition, summer is almost here, and what’s a better day to spend sunny days than on our deck with a cold drink and some munchies?

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Stuffed Collard Leaves

Home Made Cooking | Tips and News

I wanted to make something new for our Friday family dinner. So I went to the market and decided I’ll buy Kale leaves to stuff. Well…they had no Kale leaves in the size I needed so I looked around and picked a different kind of leaves based on size only 🙂 Read More

I wanted to make something new for our Friday family dinner. So I went to the market and decided I’ll buy Kale leaves to stuff. Well…they had no Kale leaves in the size I needed so I looked around and picked a different kind of leaves based on size only 🙂

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Jachnun – A Yemenite brunch

Home Made Cooking

How I loved waking up on a Saturday morning, to the smell of freshly made Jachnun.

Jachnun (ג’חנון) is a Yemenite dish that’s usually made on a Saturday as it needs to spend 10 hours on a Shabbat Plate or in the oven. It is made of mostly flour and even though it’s not too hard to make, it requires a lot of physical strength 🙂 Read More

How I loved waking up on a Saturday morning, to the smell of freshly made Jachnun. Jachnun (ג’חנון) is a Yemenite dish that’s usually made on a Saturday as it needs to spend 10 hours on a Shabbat Plate or in the oven. It is made of mostly flour and even though it’s not too […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookies & Puffs

Cakes and Cookies

My kids wanted to make cookies and I had a bag of chocolate chips so what’s a better way to use the chocolate chips and satisfy the kids than making chocolate chip cookies?

Why does the heading of the post say “Puffs”? well…we were being creative 🙂 Read More

My kids wanted to make cookies and I had a bag of chocolate chips so what’s a better way to use the chocolate chips and satisfy the kids than making chocolate chip cookies? Why does the heading of the post say “Puffs”? well…we were being creative 🙂

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Food additives, colors and other junk

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I used to buy anything that looked good, really! candies, cakes, ice creams, juices…everything, but since I became a mom I also became much more aware of the fact that not every bag of chips that states that it has “No artificial flavors” is actually good for you.

Unfortunately, these days it’s harder to find food that has nothing artificial in it as most of the foods do. But you can be a smart shopper and do yourself and your family a huge favor. By choosing your food wisely and by reading the labels carefully you can actually help your child focus for example, or help yourself minimize stomach aches and mainly help your family eat healthy.

The food additives are not always mentioned clearly on the food label.  A lot of times you’ll see the E letter and then a number right next to it. these are codes that stand for the food additive or colors that were added to that specific food.

I used to have a table of all the additives and the E numbers on my fridge. When I went searching for one online a few days ago I noticed the list has grown 🙁

I see all those beautiful cake decorations and baked goods and frosting and sweets, and they are all filled with colors and I ask myself “Why?”, why feed a child with this when you can substitute it with natural ingredients?

I’m planning on posting a list of substitutes for colors soon so stay tuned.

I the meantime I’m attaching a list of the E numbers for you to have at home and pay attention closely to what you eat.

Live well and prosper! 🙂

Here’s the list I mentioned: Food Additives

 

 

I used to buy anything that looked good, really! candies, cakes, ice creams, juices…everything, but since I became a mom I also became much more aware of the fact that not every bag of chips that states that it has “No artificial flavors” is actually good for you. Unfortunately, these days it’s harder to find […]

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Ma’amul – Moroccan date cookies

Cakes and Cookies

Passover has come and gone and here I was, stuck with 2 packages of pitted dates left from the Charoset (Sweet Date Paste) ingredients. I couldn’t afford to just leave them in the cupboard because I knew I’d soon forget about them. I decided to make Ma’amul!

Ma’amul cookies are originally Moroccan cookies filled with dates and they are so good, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be able to resist them.

They are also pretty easy to make which is an added bonus.

 

Maamul Moroccan Date Cookies

 

Ma'amul - Moroccan date cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
Cuisine: Moroccan
 
Sweet, delicious date cookies! Your family and friends will think you spent a bunch of time making these, but we'll know the truth 🙂
Ingredients
For the Cookie Dough:
  • 4½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 250 grams margarine
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the filling:
  • 350 grams pitted dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-4 tbsp hot water (or as needed)
Instructions
Prepare the Dough:
  1. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix together until it becomes soft dough.
  2. Avoid over-mixing as over mixing will damage the dough’s texture.
Prepare the Filling:
  1. In a food processor/ chopper, place the pitted dates with ½ tsp cinnamon.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of hot water and chop. If you see that the mix is not paste like, add more hot water 1 tbsp at a time and process the mixture until it becomes paste. Be careful not to add too much water so it’s not too liquid.
Make the cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Line Cookie Sheet with parchment paper
  3. Take a spoonful of dough (golf ball size) and flatten between your hands.
  4. Take about 1 tsp filling and place in the middle of the flattened dough in your hand.
  5. Close the dough back into a ball shape and place on the baking sheet. Cookies should be placed about 1.5 inches apart from each other. You can decorate the cookie by adding stripes made with a fork for example or you can leave it smooth.
  6. When done shaping the cookies, place in preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes until you see that the cookies are starting to get that golden color.
  7. After the cookies are ready, take them out of the oven and sprinkle with powder sugar.

 

Maamul Date Cookies

 

 

Update and disclosure: I also entered this recipe to the 2nd annual cookie contest (Christmas In July) sponsored by “Eat In Eat Out Magazine” (www.eatineatout.ca).

As a proud member of FBC (www.foodbloggersofcanada.com) I am entitled to participate in this contest (Contest Page) so I figured – Why not? :) Wish me luck!!

Passover has come and gone and here I was, stuck with 2 packages of pitted dates left from the Charoset (Sweet Date Paste) ingredients. I couldn’t afford to just leave them in the cupboard because I knew I’d soon forget about them. I decided to make Ma’amul! Ma’amul cookies are originally Moroccan cookies filled with […]

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