Jordanian Arabic Coffee: perfection in a cup

Learn how to make a perfect cup of Jordanian Arabic Coffee, a black cardamom-flavored coffee, a must to offer to guests as a sign of respect and hospitality.

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. Each month we get three proposed recipes from the country of the month and the members pick one dish to make. This month we are going back to Jordan and we will make a Jordanian Arabic coffee.

Jordanian Arabic Coffee

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Mkatra Foutra pancakes with a Coconut Coffee Sauce

Tired of the same old breakfast? These absolutely delicious Comorian Mkatra Foutra pancakes with a Coconut Coffee Sauce will send your morning taste buds in a dizzy and leave you craving for more!

We are in round two of the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Club. Having covered in round one all the cuisines of the countries found in these parts of the world, we are back this time with new recipes and a twist: a secret ingredient revealed monthly must be used! Usually we have two savory recipes and a sweet dish as a suggestion to make but this time we had free range to make anything we wanted. This month we are off to the Comoros islands and the secret ingredient is coffee, for which I prepared a Mkatra Foutra pancakes with a Coconut Coffee Sauce.

Mkatra Foutra pancakes with coconut coffee sauce cut

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Punschtorte, an Austrian Punch Cake

The Punschtorte is a classic Austrian cake with a big boozy punch! A thin cake sandwiches a rum punch filling, and finished off with a thick pink fondant icing.

No one knows for sure the origins of this Punschtorte cake but it may have been introduced to Vienna in the Middle Ages by the Ottoman armies some time during the 17th century. The components include cake crumbs, chocolate, rum, apricot jam, citrus juices. It is a kick-ass cake! Individual pastries are known as Punschkrapfen.

punschtorte inside

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Cruising through Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica

Let me take you on a boat ride…a picture tour of my recent trip while cruising through Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.

It has been almost a 1 month already since I am back from a wonderful cruise holiday and I am still finding the return to reality and daily routine a torture. Do you ever feel that way once you get back from a vacation? I have yet to tire of looking at the pictures we took and I am thrilled to show you the best ones today.

Have you been on a cruise before? This was my first real cruise (I did a weird and tiny one with an adventure company years ago). I just loved the itinerary of my recent cruise: the boat left from Montego Bay, Jamaica and we had stops in: Santa Marta and Cartagena in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.

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Café Santo Domingo

Are you an avid coffee drinker? Do you carry a warning sign in the morning to not approached till you have had a cup-a-joe? Thanks fully I am not but I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. I have two in the morning at work but the coffee is so-so. At home on the weekend it depends. I can do without but if I do have brew coffee you can bet it will be better than the stuff we get at work.

I am always on the lookout for a new coffee to try. And I was thrilled to be offered a sample package of coffee from the Dominican Republic. Café Santo Domingo is the favorite coffee brand in that country and the company has recently made their coffee available in Canada, with coffee shops included.

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Maple Walnut Coffee from BLEND and a double Giveaway

I really need to get on a smoothie wagon! I know they are healthy and the rave right now but for some silly reason I forget. No more procrastination, now that I have two amazing books devoted entirely to smoothies which were written by two fabulous fellow food bloggers. They are just delicious whether they are fruit based, surprisingly great veggie based, tea or coffee based, and some that are just a decadent yet healthy dessert.

I will tell you all about these two books shortly and I will share with you the recipe I first sampled. If falls under the coffee category but I would have this for dessert to: the Maple Walnut Coffee. And read all the way to the instructions on how to win the 2 giveaways!

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Egg in a Gorgeous Bell Pepper Hole and Cold Brewed Coffee

Please accept this very simple post that I have prepared while I am away on vacation. Simple it is but delicious.

This happens to be my 700th post! A momentous occasion! I can’t wrap my mind around that concept, 700?

When I had my friend over for brunch last weekend, I served her homemade Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles. But I had to serve a little something more on the side to complete the brunch experience. By pure chance I came across a picture on Facebook of eggs cooked in the ring of a bell pepper. Brilliant!

No recipe here, just cut a ring from a bell pepper, what ever color you like. rush your pan with olive oil and heat. Place the ring in the pan and break an egg in the ring while holding the bell pepper down briefly. Add anything you want: I added a sliced tomato and a small portion of kimchi, plus a dash of salt and pepper. The trick here is to cook on a med-low heat. I call them Egg in a Gorgeous Bell Pepper Hole.

Beautiful berries to go with the brunch

Since it is so freaking hot right now I was not going to serve hot coffee. I love cold brewed iced coffee actually but I have struggled to find the right recipe for it. Well I finally found one the works, recently posted by Faith and An Edible Mosaic. I think the secret is leaving it on the counter overnight and not in the fridge. Sublime cold coffee, you have to try it.