Vanillekipferl, an Austrian Cookie

Although mostly associated with Christmas, you can enjoy these delicate crescent shaped Austrian Vanillekipferl cookies year round.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. For the month of January we did things a little different: we were asked to choose a traditional cookie from our culture. I made Austrian Vanillekipferl cookies, in honor of a big part of my cultural background but mostly in honor of my Austrian dad who is currently recovering from a successful heart surgery.

Austrian Vanillekipferl vanilla powder sugar

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Christmas Bundt Cake, Regency Style

Don’t you think guests would fall in love with this Christmas Bundt Cake? A bundt cake makes any cake look more festive; and the floral and ribbon touches evoke the Jane Austen setting for this month’s food film.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles, who she terrified us into watching the movie The Jane Austen Book Club, for which I prepared a Christmas Bundt Cake!

Christmas Bundt Cake

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Can you handle 200+ Christmas Cookies?

Nothing “smells” holidays like hundreds of Christmas cookies fresh out of the oven. I have 6 cookie recipes to share with you today to get you in the spirit of merry baking.

Have you ever spent an afternoon baking Christmas cookies for the holiday celebrations to come? Well I got together with my friends Catherine and Vitalia and we spent a good 6 hours baking our holiday butt’s off. Yes you read that right, we made at least 200 Christmas Cookies all in one afternoon, and had six balls of dough left to freeze for future ready-to-go batches.

christmas cookies 2015

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Peanut Butter Fudge and Ganache Coffins, plus Salt Dough Pumpkins

Are you afraid or in love with Halloween? This year Halloween scared me into making a cemetery scene with Peanut Butter Fudge and Ganache coffins, and a few decorative Salt Dough Pumpkins.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again, the Halloween edition! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Elizabeth at The Lawyer’s Cookbook, who she terrified us into watching the movie Hocus Pocus!

Peanut Butter Fudge and Ganache Tombstones

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Coconut Modak, a sweet Indian dumpling

A Modak is a delicate preparation of coconut and jiggery filled in a tender rice flour covering that is later steamed to produce a delicacy for Lord Ganesha.

I am slow to comment back and I do apologise, I am at the cottage for the week, this and my last post were written by the lake. But I did prepare 2 dishes with here so don’t be surprised by the old dishes in the pics ha ha.

As a food blogger we always want to appear our best and that we are above screwing up a recipe. Well trust me, it may not happen often, but sometimes we fail a recipe miserably. This is one of those times. I think it is just as important and funny to share. Maybe it will help convince my friends terrified to invite me over for a home cooked meal a change of heart lol. My failure recipe is the normally delicious Coconut Modak.

opened coconut modak

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Qatari Rangina (Sweet Buttered Dates)

Would you like to take your dates to the next rich step by smothering them in a thickened butter sauce? That is the Qatari Rangina dessert way, or Sweet Buttered Dates.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. We are visiting the lesser known country of Qatar this month and we will sample Qatari Rangina, or Sweet Buttered Dates.

Quatari Rangina dates

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Algerian Griwech Pastries

These intricate Algerian Griwech pastries are made from contortioned dough into elaborate shapes, then fried and coated by a syrup and sesame seeds.

The word griwech translates to “crunchy” and that is a perfect description of the texture, yet they remain very delicate and are beautifully perfumed with orange blossom water. Algerian Griwech are very popular during religious celebrations, weddings and during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan which is just about to end.

Algerian griwech plate

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