Sultan Pasha Kabab with Spinach

I recently uploaded my mother’s recipe book to DropBox. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. It made things so much easier for me. Wherever I am, as long as I have access to DropBox, on my smartphone for example, I browse through it and look for ideas for dinner. I love how my mom categorized everything…she has two main folders; savories and desserts. And each folder has loads of other folders, like vegetable dishes, meat dishes, soups, salads….and loads more. I jump from folder to folder sometimes feeling overwhelmed and enthusiastic at the same time. I love how technology has made this easy for me.

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Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Frosting

I love strawberries…I think I’ve said this more than a few times on this blog; not sure :D

But seriously, especially when it’s strawberry season…and of course if you’re in the right place.

Let me tell you a bit about Bahrain….we don’t get strawberries here! I mean they don’t farm them here. Maybe some people may have a strawberry bush that is barely surviving, but in general, strawberries get imported. And depending from how far away they come, they are pricy!

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Strawberry ‘Heart’ Cheesecake

If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I’m not really into ‘cheesy’ cheesecakes. I like the tanginess of a cheesecake but to a limit. I feel like the heaviness of an all-cheese cheesecake prevents me from enjoying it, and therefore, I’ve been mixing and matching trying to come up with a cheesecake recipe that suits me best; in terms of taste and texture.

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

I’m lying down day dreaming about my favourite desserts…yes I do that sometimes! :) …and I want to try something different. My thoughts go to carrot cake and cheesecake and combining them into one! What? Yes…combining them into one cake! :) After all, carrot cake is generally covered with cream cheese, so I think cheesecake and carrot cake together would go really well. As I am thinking this, I start searching online because I’m sure someone somewhere has already done it…I love what I find. And the technique seems simple enough.  The thing is, I love my cheesecake recipe and I love my carrot cake recipe; so I decide to combine my recipes rather than trying something new.

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Lemon Bars

When I was younger, I used to love eating lemons. I would peel a lemon, slice it up, sprinkle some salt on it and eat it! I can’t really do that anymore; me teeth are too sensitive to the acidity; but I still love lemons and anything citrus. I have an obsession with lemon meringue pie; lemon cupcakes; key lime pie…you name it; if it has citrus in it, I love it!

A while back, our ex-tenant had left back to his country and we were fixing up the apartment and getting it ready for the new tenant. The ex-tenant left a lot of magazines behind. As I was sifting through them, I saw a recipe book compiled by Costco. The cover page had a picture of lemon bars and I immediately had hearts coming out of my eyes (metaphorically…more like emoticonically :D).

Of course, needless to say, I got to work and made these lemon bars…and they were a hit in this household.

To show you how easy they are to make, I made a video of the making!

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Pistachio Cake with Honey Vanilla Buttercream

A few months ago I was looking for desserts that aren’t made with refined sugar…It was when we (husband and I) had attempted to completely cut out sugar from our diet (currently taking a break from that ;)).

This is not very easy to do, especially for someone that loves baking as much as I do…so I wanted to find good substitute recipes. I don’t use sweeteners, artificial or natural, with my baking …the taste is too artificial leaving some sort of after-taste. Anyone that claims that ‘it tastes as good as the real thing’ clearly doesn’t know what the real thing tastes like…that’s my opinion. Not once have I tried something made with a sweetener and thought, yes this is a great replacement for that amazing decadent chocolate cake I make! Never once!

We should just admit and call those desserts out for what they are….low sugar desserts that don’t taste as good as the real thing but might be a fix to a sugar craving…long name but it works for me :p

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Eggplant Canoes with Meat, Peppers and Mushrooms

A long name to an amazing dish…

You know how you have a set of ingredients and you close your eyes for a second and visualise what you want to do with them…

so here’s what happened…

I had eggplants

Cubed Meat

Bell Peppers

Mushrooms

Mozzarella cheese…

and of course let’s not forget the fresh herbs!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Oh cupcakes how beautiful you are!  From the moment I set eyes on you I knew I had to have you! And finally I did!

I saw these cupcakes for the first time on September 12 2013 to be exact! How do I remember? Well after Bakerella posted them on her Instagram I tweeted about them and it took me roughly 7 months to actually make them…better late than never right?! :p

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

A new day and a new post…not too new considering I already made this cake AND ate it! :)) It was too good!

I got the recipe from Bake or Break…but she made a Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.

I loved the idea, but I guess out of the berries, everyone has their favourite and mine are raspberries!

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Eggplant Kabab (Patlıcan Kebabı)

This is a classic dish in the Turkish cuisine that I truly love making…it’s easy and hassle free. Generally in most eggplant dishes, there is some pre-cooking involved. This dish is so simple..no pre-cooking! Everything is assembled raw and put in the oven. Tastes amazing!!!! And since there’s no frying involved, reduced calories! ;)

There are different way to make eggplant kabab but this is my way…hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below and I will get back to you ASAP! :)))

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