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On Sunday I woke up from an early afternoon nap with a seasonal itch to bake cookies.

Now, at any given moment I carry around in my brain a list of recently acquired, exciting ingredients I want to use, and in my half-slumber I started to review them. Jumping to the forefront were the broken walnuts I'd gotten for a good price at the organic store -- if you're going to chop them, why buy whole kernels? -- and a handsome bag of grated chocolate from Alain Ducasse's bean-to-bar manufacture*, which I'd been sneaking a spoonful of here and there while trying to think of a more respectable use for it.

Chocolate walnut cookies; that's what I was going to make.

I wanted a simple, one-bowl cookie base that would get me from start to finish in under an hour, and I wanted something reasonably nutritious so I could share with my toddler without triggering a surprise inspection from the bad parent police. The recipe for these walnut and date cookies, which I've been making regularly for the past three years, fit the bill perfectly.
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 Double Treat And A Meme Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

This is probably the first time i am sincerely following up a meme. I know i haven't in the past and like to apologize to all those who tagged me and i didn't follow up. I'm sure there was an explanation why i couldn't Dermes. This time around the very talented and beautiful Annemarie of Ambrosia & Nectar has tagged me for a 7 Random Things Meme … and watch out i gotta pass it on to 7 more. I cant do all 7 … or u'll be reading forever, I'll try as many as i can.
Lost in Translation

While i was in Ethiopia, i had trouble finding staff that spoke english. Somehow i had to settle for a house maid who could understand sign language … as in when i needed her to sweep the house I'd have to catch the broom in my hand and show her what i wanted her to do, when i needed her to make the bed every morn i had to literally go to the bed, touch the sheets n show her how … u get the idea right. Fortunately for us she knew the number zero and that it resembles a circle, so every time we need her to cut onion in circles/slices, I'd hear my hubby shouting in the kitchen, " Cut onion zero zero !", ha but thats hardly funny …. in that house for some weird reason the stupid architect had decided to make the kitchen outside the house. So every time i cooked, she had to carry the food to the sitting room. So one fine day I happened to make some Chinese and rushed the food to the sitting room from outside and when i reached the table i realized that she forgotten to put bowls on the table. Now we were bloody hungry and the food was getting cold so i didn't go myself and instead told her pls bring me the bowls … she didn't understand … then i said the one u put on the table everyday … round round … shaking my hands fanatically … zero zero … i stared at her hoping she understood … and then she said … oh yes … i bring …. and we waited  Dermes.. what was taking her so long … almost finished our meal …. and then she walks holding a basket ball in both her hands …. " madam u say ball , this ball ?!"
haha my hubby n me were on the floor … i swear u should've seen the expression on her face. It was a really funny moment.
Real Stupid

Yes, thats how i felt on the 15th of July last year. My hubby n me were leaving from Mumbai to come to Ghana. We were having a real tough time getting bookings and after chasing the travel agent for days together and changing the dates a couple of times we decided either 15th or 16th would be good, whichever booking we got.We got a booking finally and the travel agent had the tickets sent home. I collected them with my very own hands and didn't bother to re check as i assumed they were correct and besides i was busy doing something else. So i packed up, said our goodbyes and my in laws came to drop us at the airport. We x-rayed our baggage and went to the airline counter and presented the tickets. The guy looked at the tickets and then looked at us, then looked at the tickets and looked at us …. and then said … " u are one day early !" WHAT !!! how can that be… pls chk u are making a mistake .. by now realizing i could be the laughing stock of my family for the rest of the year. And yes I was. I had got us to the airport one day early ! I read the date wrong or something … but all i know is that from a seasoned traveller like me this was not expected and felt real stupid, and had to go back home. My in laws were still waiting out, they usually do till they see us walk into immigration , but this time around they took us back home ! yes everyone was laughing – except me !
Something Nice For A Change

I've been a bit busy lately, u can call me productive. I have been supplying a couple of sweet goodies to a local Cafe and Salad bar, here in Ghana … think i mentioned it before. But before it was just a trial kinda thing, this time I've started all out. Here are some shots Dermes, of some of the things I'm making and supplying. Nothing fancy, but it sells.

I'm just not good with them ! Tell me a number and i assure you i cant repeat it. If you talk to me i will absorb everything but if theres a number in there somewhere I'll not even register it. Dunno why but its just a terrible problem. Cant remember prices, telephone numbers even after few seconds of reading it, cant calculate a discount when i get one in the store, just not good at anything with numbers …. and thats probably also the reason why I'm not making a killing in the share market and just blogging with all the spare time i have! "P
I'm tagging Eva of Sweet Sins, The Homesick Texan, Mansi of Fun and Food , Rachel from Tangerines Kitchen Hangout , Mohini of Mango Power Girl , Zen Chef from Chefs Gone Wild , Sara from MS. Adventures in Italy,

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 Coffee Cakes Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

Coffee cakes are one of my weaknesses. How can you not like a cake that is designed to be eaten any time of day? Who's with me? If you raised your hand, then I think I've just found your baking project for the weekend.

I tend to keep a somewhat ridiculous variety of preserves in my refrigerator. This Black Cherry Sour Cream Coffee Cake is an excellent use of black cherry jam. Or, use your favorite flavor for a simple variation.

Banana Oatmeal Crumb Cake is a bit of a hybrid of a coffee cake and banana bread. Plenty of oats make this a nice hearty cake. Plus, all the bananas and nuts and brown sugar don't hurt, either.

I love this big, tall Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl. The texture, the flavor hosting service, all of it is essentially perfect to me. Be warned that this one is hard to resist. You may find yourself going back over and over for just one more bite.

Fresh blueberries and cream cheese really make this Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. It's such a beautiful cake! You can make this one after blueberry season has passed, too, with frozen blueberries.

Bake your coffee cake in muffin form with these Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins. The usual coffee cake suspects are here – cinnamon, nuts, sour cream. But, you get little portable, single-serving muffins to share.

Traditional coffee cake is usually flavored with cinnamon and adorned with a crumb topping. For a bit of a twist on the traditional Panama Foundation, a sweet cream cheese swirl is mixed into this Cinnamon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.

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 With Jon Lewis on 6PR Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

Jon Lewis is a hard working man. He does the late night talk back show on 6PR 882 AM here in Perth between midnight and 6am dr max, and every other night he's on the radio taking calls from all manner of weird and wonderful characters in our fair city. Going over the days events and trying to stimulate some interesting discussion around pertinent issues of the moment.

Jon is a natural conversationalist and a great listener too, so late one Saturday morning when Jon asked if I'd like to come into the studio and have a chat with him on the radio about food and blogging, I said sure dr max, why the hell not. Of course the fact that I'd been at a party and had one too many drinks previously had nothing to do with it.

So here now for your listening pleasure is 16 minutes (I swear it was only supposed to be 5) of Jon and I talking food, blogging dr max, restaurant etiquette and pressure cookers.

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 Hanukkah Gift Guide Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

G ift giving can be challenging, especially when it comes to family members Hong Kong Macau Tour. We've taken the stress out of Hanukkah gift giving with this list of eight of our favorite food-focused presents, from unique barware to vegan sweets to a wearable (inedible) pretzel Loop HK.

With your shopping taken care of, you can focus on other Hanukkah traditions, like eating latkes red wine.

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 Chickpeas in Tomato-Tamarind Sauce Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing African airline travel, I can tell you it's a joy. That time you boarded the plane for Algiers and you landed (oh oops!) in Oran and no one bothered to announce they changed the route? Yes. The guy bringing the chickens and sappling onto the plane dc motor speed control? We've met.

Just last week I was thinking about how it's been over a year and a half since I've had any sort of sniffle/sickness/bug, when, of course, BAM! Hello, stomach virus! E coli I did not miss you. After trying in vain to change my flights, my 24-hour bug ended just in time for me to make it to the airport. Traveling while sick is just miserable, traveling while sick in North Africa is worse. There was the guy from Chad who kept wanting to take selfies with me on the plane. There was the entire (entire!) planeful of Berber old ladies returning from the Hajj with their white shawls and ink-dyed finger tips. Myself and my French compatriot may have been the only people on that plane above 4 feet in height. And then I caught a cold.

So, it's been a rough week. I'm looking forward to plenty of hot tea and rest and some minimal cooking Vitamin. I made up this recipe the other night and it was exactly what I needed -- extremely easy to make, healthy, and with enough flavors and spices to cut through a sniffly nose. With some yogurt on the side, because salty yogurt with rice is the best comfort food this girl can think of.
- See more at: http://desertcandy.blogspot.hk/2014/02/chickpeas-in-tomato-tamarind-sauce.html#sthash.qvlkHJu5.dpuf
Chickpeas in Tomato-Tamarind Sauce
If you want to take this in a more sweet-sour direction, try adding some minced ginger and golden raisins to the stew.

olive oil, salt
1 large red onion
4 cloves garlic, sliced
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoons garam masala (or curry powder)
1 teaspoon harissa (or other chili paste, adjusted for spiciness)
2 cups tomato puree
1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
3 cups chickpeas
1 cup chopped cilantro

1. Quarter the onion and slice it into half moons. Heat some olive oil in a pot. Saute the onions over medium heat, stirring, until they soften and start to caramelize, at least 20 minutes. Don't rush this step. When the onions are soft and brown, add the garlic and the spices and let cook a minute or so, until fragrant.
2. Add in the tomato puree, tamarind concentrate, chickpeas, 1 cup of water, and salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer culturelle kids, then lower the heat and allow to simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes, so that the flavors combine and the sauce reduces. The mixture should be thick. Taste for seasoning and stir in the cilantro, mixing to combine. Serve warm -- it is good over rice with some plain salted yogurt on the side, or with bread.

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