Friday, January 16, 2015

Dainty Orange Flower Tea Biscuits...Our Travels - Dubai


This past November, on our way to India, we spent 2 wonderful days in Dubai, UAE. I'll be honest I was equal parts scared and excited to visit. I wasn't sure what to expect given the vastly different experiences I had read online. As soon as we got through customs we had our plan: drop off our bags at the hotel and go sight seeing!

Luckily for us we were able to visit the Dubai Museum, Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, Burj Khalifa, and...The Spice Souk.

We had a wonderful time!

Dubai was a study in contrasts: 

Old & New- Beautiful New Buildings built around and among Historical places.  
Traditional & Modern - Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see women in Catsuits walking around in the same area as women wearing Burkas...in the Middle East!

That night when we returned to the hotel, we were pleasantly surprised with a basket of fresh fruits and tea biscuits in our room. After a long wonderful day of sight seeing, we ended the evening with a short walk by Dubai Creek and some tea with those biscuits. They were deliciously light and flakey, with an orange almost perfume-y taste. I asked in the morning what those biscuits were made with, and I was told they were made with Orange Flower Water. Orange Flower Water is the perfume by-product of steam distillation of orange blossoms for essential oil, the same process is used to obtain Rose Water. It adds a lovely light orange and flowery essence to desserts across the Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa. 

Here is my recipe for Dainty Orange Flower Tea Biscuits:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!!!


Hi Everyone, Happy New Year!
We hope you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015.

It was our turn hosting the family New Year's Eve party; this time the theme was Mediterranean Mezze!
Mezze comes from the Persian word 'Mazze' which means 'taste or snack.' Our New Year's Mezze was a selection of small dishes with varying hot and cold appetizers from the Mediterranean and Middle East. 

The Menu had plenty of variety: 


Meat dishes - Bacon Wrapped Dates, Salmon Toasts, Turkey Kibbeh w Garlic Tahini Sauce, Dried Lime Shrimp Skewers, Chicken Kebabs

Vegetable dishes - Baba ghanouj, Hummus, Muhammara, Samosas, Caprese Salad, Labneh w Pita, Stuffed Grape Leaves

Dessert - Fresh Fruit, Fruit salad, Orange Flower Cake, Almond Gelee with Blackberries and Rambutan

Here are a few shots from the table, recipes to follow at later dates.

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