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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Pistachio Syrup and Cake

In Britney Spears’ famous words: Oops!… I Did It Again! I always forget to take note in my agenda the date of my blog’s anniversary and I get a flash a couple of days, if not a week, later. So here we are, a belated celebratory post. On June 14th Cheap Ethnic Eatz turned 7 years old! No elaborate complicated recipes for this celebration. Instead I present you with what I could call liquid gold. A very precious and rare liquid, here is a homemade recipe for a delectable Pistachio Syrup.

Plus we’ll make a marvelous yet very simple Pistachio Coconut Cake with the left over pistachio meal. And I will be giving away a small bottle of this pistachio syrup, check out the giveaway entry way down below!

Pistachio Syrup meal

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Thursday’s Thingamajig: Wild Hibiscus Flowers

Want to make a cocktail that will guaranty Ohs and Ahs?
I had such a cocktail last Friday while on a small 45 min cruise in Old Montreal port.

The Hibiscus Martini

Yes that is a real hibiscus flower in my glass. And it is edible!

How cool is that?The barmaid was thrilled to prepare the cocktail, my companion and I both wowed at the stunning presentation and as I sipped my cocktail on the top deck of the ship our neighboring table had to interrupt and ask what I was drinking. My companion alwso ordered a drink that night with the flower: the Hibiscus Mojito.

This martini is pretty much the classic Cosmopolitan Recipe but made with white cranberry juice. At the bottom of the glass is placed one wild hibiscus flower. How does it taste? kind of like a marashino cherry but with a petal texture. I liked it a lot.

White Cosmopolitan Cocktail

– 1 1/2 oz vodka
– 1 oz white cranberry juice
– 1/4 oz Cointreau
– splash of fresh lime juice

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

These flowers can be purchased in syrup. The small jar contains 11 flowers. Check out the Wild Hibiscus website to learn more, order and find recipes.