Well maybe not forgotten, just not posted.
I hosted another Sweet Exchange earlier this year. Homemade sweets only. There were a couple exceptions, but everyone else was a very good sport about it. I pulled out my infamous pink boxes that I purchased from a restaurant supply store for the first exchange. Everyone got to take some goodies to go. Can’t wait to do this again in 2011.
On Jenin’s first trip to the library (it’s a long story), she picked up a kids cookbook. Crepes were one of the recipes that she chose to make. She measured and mixed all the ingredients. We went with sweet and savory versions. Her love of cooking and helping out in the kitchen remains very strong and something I encourage daily.
With the help of some seedlings from my cousin’s wife, we grew our first tomatoes! Granted I did it wrong and planted all the seedlings into one container, we still got some little guys growing on those vines. We had mini plum tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Next summer I hope to grow more. The girls loved these. Jenin would water them everyday with her little watering can.
Peanut picnic in the backyard. The weather was perfect. We were feeling very laid back and just enjoying the late afternoon. I laid out a blanket and brought out a big bowl of peanuts. Me and the girls just peeled peanuts in the quite of our backyard and enjoyed our carefree snack. When all was done, I shook the blanket on the grass and headed in for their bath.
I’m proud to say that I introduced my sister-in-law to the world of frozen yogurt. She loved it and I finally had partner in caloric crime. We dreamed of opening up a fro-yo shop in Ramallah, Palestine. We’d call it “traffic” because she liked the sound of the word. She also liked the words “nasty” and “duvet”. In fact she liked them so much that it’s what she wants to name her kids. I miss her.
Manakeesh in Anaheim. We stopped at this place for the first time on our way home from our Disney trip in March. It’s handmade Palestinian flat bread stuffed with an olive oil, thyme and sesame seed mixture and crumbled Arabic cheese in another. These are to die for. With a cup of mint tea, these are my hands down favorite Palestinian breakfast. It’s usually served with sliced tomatoes and Persian cucumbers on the side. Since having them in LA, I’ve recreated them over and over again at home. It’s never tasted nearly as good though.
My top rated food experiences of 2010 are coming up.