Brown sugar

many people do not know that you can make your own brown sugar at home. It is super easy and especially good when you do this from scratch like most things. This is good for those bakers out there that never seem to have enough since they only sell us small portions and half the time you get the box home and its stiff as a rock. This recipe is faulous. You can make it ahead of time and store it or just make it when its time to bake. Happy baking…

2 tablespoon molasses
1 cup granulated sugar

Place sugar in a food processor then add molasses (double for dark brown sugar) and da da thats it…

My Favorite Spices

Spices are such a beautiful thing. And for anyone wanting to learn about all the amazing spices the world has to offer I would have to tell you to run out and buy “The Spice and herb bible” by: Robert Rose. This guide not only tells you what each one taste like and will pair well with but it also has the name of the spice in all languages, recipes, history and much much more. Worth the money you spend trust me.

Now let me go on to tell you that I came from a mother who’s idea of spices were salt and pepper so if I can learn everything that I know oh trust me you can as well. I have became slightly obsessed with spices and actually use cabinet’s to store them. Yes, I did say cabinet’s lol. Each country has their on main spices that they use but the spices that I use mainly are Middle Eastern, Indian and African. I will now list my top ten list for my spices and the list anyone who wants to pick up my recipes should have.

1. green cardamom pods
2. coriander
3. ground cardamom
4. cumin
5. curry powder
6. cinnamon
7. sumac
8. dried lemon
9. nutmeg
10. ginger

Also, please see my spice mix ingredients to make your own spices for certain countries these are key and instead of adding several you can just make a… Continue reading

Grilled chicken wings

I was extremely lazy this past weekend since I was just getting over being sick so I thought what is better in a time like this then finger foods! One of the snacks that I made was this Lebanese version of wings. It was so great that I am going to try this method with a whole chicken in the near future.

12 wings
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic
1 lemon, juiced

1. In a large bowl add olive oil, garlic and lemon. Add wings rotating. Place lid on bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. Place wings on a foil lined baking sheet in a pre-heated oven on high broil. Flip several times while cooking until I the crispiness you want is achieved. Usually about 20 minutes.

Yields: 2 servings


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