Orange & Honey Cornmeal Cake

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Orange blossom water* and honey give this cake a beautiful middle eastern flavour. Great with minted Tea!

To make minted tea (the Egyptian way) : Simply boil water,place one red tea bag (like Orange pekoe) in a cup with few leaves of fresh mint. Add water and let brew for few seconds. Remove tea bag and mint (optional) and sweeten with sugar if desired .

*You can purchase orange blossom water from most middle eastern markets

Recipe adopted from Everyday Food Magazine, you can find original recipe on  Martha Stewart Living

To make Orange & Honey Cornmeal Cake you’ll need:

1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for pan
2 large free run eggs
1 cup organic raw sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/4 spelt flour, spooned and levelled
1/2 cup organic yellow cornmeal ( I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cornmeal)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 Tbsp orange blossom water.

Directions

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush bottom and sides of an 10-inch round cake pan with.

– In a large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, sugar, orange juice and orange blossom water until smooth.

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– Add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and orange zest; whisk gently to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan.

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– Bake until a tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
– Cool in pan 20 minutes. Place cake onto a rack.
– Heat honey in microwave for about 20 seconds. Brush honey all over the cake. Top with coconut.

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– Cool completely before serving.

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– Enjoy

Guava Smoothie

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Guava is very popular,inexpensive fruit in Egypt. I always buy guava here in Montreal  from Marché Adonis, usually it is  quite expensive. I was lucky to find it this week on sale for 99 cents/Lb in MAXI. They smelled just like home when I was a little kid. I want to share my mother’s recipe with you today, hope you’ll try it and like it.

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You can find guava in middle eastern and Mexican stores.

To make Guava Smoothie you’ll need:
3 Guavas,de-seeded and quartered
1 sliced banana
1 C whole milk
1 C orange juice
1/4 C plain yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions
– Place all ingredients into a blender, purèe until smooth.
– Serve cold. Keep leftovers in fridge.

Buttermilk Date Shake With Orange & Bananas

Buttermilk Dates Shake

Enjoy this quick, nourishing shake with all the goodness of buttermilk, dates and fresh fruits.

Soaking the dates sweetens the buttermilk, and makes it easier to purée. This energy booster drink is great for breakfast.

To make Buttermilk Dates Shake With Orange & Bananas you’ll need:

20 dates, pitted

4 C buttermilk

3 bananas , peeled and sliced

1 C fresh orange juice

Directions

Soak dates in buttermilk for few hours (or overnight) in the fridge.

Just before serving, place buttermilk and dates into a blender, add bananas and orange juice,  purée until smooth.

Serve cold. Keep leftovers in fridge.