Nisf Sha’aban

May 23rd, 2016

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Sha’aban is the eighth month of the Islamic calender, it is the month before Ramadan.

Nisf Sha’aban or Mid-Sha’aban is the 15th day of the eighth month (sha’aban) of the Islamic lunar calendar. Laylat Nisf Sha’aban is the night preceding the 15th day of Sha’aban. The most important event at the fifteenth of Sha’aban was the changing of the qiblah which was ordered by God from Masjid Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque) in Jerusalem, to Masjid Al-Haram (The Sacred Mosque) in Mecca.

In Syria it is a tradition to celebrate Nisf Sha’aban every year. In Hama, special sweets are prepared for this occasion, these sweets can’t be found on other days of the year. Parents visit their married daughters and take with them these sweets as a gift.

Four kind of sweets are prepared:
– Ma’amoul Abiad
– Makbouseh
– Mahia
– Bashmina

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To Aleppo With Love – Ka’ek Al-Eid Al-Maleh

April 28th, 2016

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Ka’ek Al-Eid Al-Maleh is salty cookies seasoned with “mahlab, anise, fennel, and cumin”. This Ka’ek is my favorite, the smell and the taste of it always bring me back to all the beautiful moments in Aleppo. Try it and you will be addicted to it.

Let’s make Ka’ek Al-Eid Al-Maleh:

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March 27th, 2016

Dear Friends,

Please keep my mom in your thoughts and prayers as she has gallbladder surgery tomorrow morning.
Thanks everyone for following and reading the blog, and I’m really sorry for not posting a new recipe for this month.

Thanks and blessings upon you.


Orange Blossom Water Turns Seven!

February 28th, 2016

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Today my blog celebrates its seventh birthday.

Many thanks to all those of you who regularly visit and read my blog. It’s you dear readers, your comments, emails, and feedback that keep me going and make my journey interesting and fulfilling. Thank you very much for your continued support and love.
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To Aleppo With Love – Trit Bel-Laban

February 27th, 2016

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Trit Bel-Laban is Aleppine dish that uses pieces of fresh flatbread as a foundation upon which various ingredients “yogurt, eggs, meat” are added on top. It can be served as a breakfast or dinner.

Let’s make Trit Bel-Laban:

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