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Pumpkin Soup & Sweets for the Eid el Berbara

5 Dec

What a sweet weekend it was.

 A heart-warming rich, tasty soup is what I crave for in a cold wintery night, with a piece of bread. Last year I have prepared the butternut squash conserves but never tried the pumpkin soup. So this time I chose a nice pumpkin and head to the kitchen. Cooking it was very easy and simple. I found the recipe on one of my favourite food website, bbcgoodfood.com.

And sunday was a holiday, the feast of Saint Barbara, Eid el berbara, celebrated mostly by children who wear costumes and masks and go knocking on doors to collect candies and sweets.

The best part is the sweets we prepare. Very delicious food. I have prepared Maacroun, the anis-flavoured semolina fried dough soaked in sugar syrup and Qatayef, the pancakes filled with kashta or walnut-almond-sugar mixture. We also boil whole barley topped with nuts and sugar.

Happy Saint Barbara’s day.

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Qatayef

6 Dec

Qatayef is an Arabic dessert made from a simple dough batter. It is prepared on holidays. And specially on Eid el Berbara. And it is similar and cooked like pancakes. Filled with either cream, Ashta, and served with sugar syrup (Qater), or a mixture of walnuts, sugar and orange blossom water, this one could also be deep-fried.

We made a batch at home, this past weekend, and filled them with Ashta and a mixture of walnuts. The cooked doughs were so delicious, I ate few plain qatayef, without any filling. Since I love doughs, I couldn’t just look at them and fill them, I had to eat few pieces. So delicious…they were fluffy, light and soft.

Preparing the batter is so easy, and takes no time. And cooking the Qatayef is a fun thing to do.

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Eid el Berbara or Saint Barbara’s Day

6 Dec

Kids wearing costumes for a competition party at Eid el Berbara

Eid el Berbara, celebrated on December 4th, is a very popular holiday here in Lebanon, specially among children because they have the occasion to disguise the way they like, to wear any kind of costumes, scary masks. It is the eastern Halloween.

This holiday refers to Saint Barbara who disguised herself in different characters in order to escape the Romans who were persecuting her. She used to hide in wheat fields. That’s why we eat this wheat  dessert at Sainte Barbara’s Day.

Boiled wheat topped with cashews, almonds, walnuts, raisins, sultanas and sweetened with either sugar or honey.

The children wear their costumes or masks and tour the neighborhood, visit the houses for trick or treats… They receive either sweets, candy or money…. and when present at your doorstep, they start singing a special song for Saint Berbara.

 

As for the traditional food, several sweets are prepared for this occasions. And yummii, how delicious they are!!!  There are, boiled whole wheat, flavored with anis, served with almonds, blanched or unblanched, pistachios, raisins, walnuts, pine nuts, and sweetened with either sugar or honey and with a drizzle of orange blosson water. Also a sweet called Qatayef, a sweet dough like a crêpe filled with either ashta (cream), which we drizzle over some sugar syrup (Qater) and rose petals cooked with sugar syrup, or a mixture of crushed walnuts with sugar and orange blossom water.  And a fried dough soaked in sugar syrup called Maacroun.

Qatayef with mixture of walnuts, sugar & orange blossom water

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