Chaklama, Omani Coconut Macaroons

The sweet confection of baked coconut and sweetened condensed milk from Oman is called a Chaklama, a close relative to the very well know Coconut Macaroon.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. We are visiting the lesser know country of Oman this month and we will sample Chaklama, or Omani Coconut Macaroons. Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers.

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Hanging with my Chaklamas by the lake at the cottage.

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The Montreal Bagel for #twelveloaves

Yes you can make the iconic smaller, sweeter and denser real Montreal bagel with a larger hole at home.

This is a very exciting day for me as it is the first time I am participating in a group called Twelve Loaves. I really enjoy being a member of various cooking clubs but I need to feel like I am learning something. I felt I needed a new challenging club in my monthly groups rotation and when I came across Twelve Loaves I knew it was ‘the one’.

Baking bread is so perfect. I keep saying I need to bake more bread and I am always intimidated at the though so I keep putting off. No more as I will be popping one out of the oven every month from now on. Each month there is a chosen ingredient or theme. For July we were asked to make a Jewish bread and there was not even a doubt in my mind what I would make: a Montreal Bagel!

Montreal bagel poppy and sesame

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Butter the movie: Food ‘n Flix Roundup

At the beginning of this month, I announced that I would be hosting Food ‘n Flix with Butter the movie. I have a wonderful time with all my groups but this one is particularly special to me. I adore all the participants and I really like the fact that there is an element outside of the kitchen…it’s a lot more interactive.

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Butter is a 2011 comedy film starring Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, and Hugh Jackman. The movie tells the tale of an adopted girl who discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest in Iowa. No, butter is not as innocent as you would think, there is a lot of dirty plays and sabotaging plots. This is the cut-throat story of greed, blackmail, sex, and butter!

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Not Yo Mama’s Neapolitan

Nothing beats the summer heat like a Neapolitan frozen treat. Yonanas comes to the rescue with a healthy fruit “ice cream” which will also be kind to your bikini line.

It’s really summer and it is officially frozen dessert season here in the Northern Hemisphere. As you all know I am a huge fan of ice cream but I have been watching what I eat and when I look at the calorie count of ice cream…yikes. That does not mean I will completely deprive myself of ice cream pleasures but for everyday treats finding a healthier alternative is a huge step in the right direction.

Yonanas Neapolitan

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Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream

Ultra rich and calorically satisfying, these Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream are melt in your mouth divine.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want.

Now if you are a clever reader…you just may have picked up on a theme here. Perhaps BUTTER? I am the host this month and I picked a quirky film called Butter! I wanted as much butter possible in my contribution – in ingredients, taste and look. The result: this super rich Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream.

Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream pile

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Lemon Cupcakes are just Beachy

Got a party in the works? How about serving up these adorable beach themed lemon cupcakes and cake! No special skills are required to prepare these sweets and your dessert just may steel the spotlight from the honored guest!

As you get older you realize that one of the most important things in life is being well surrounded by people you love. Or to keep certain people close enough to you that they are willing to plan a huge party for you. Just kidding! On May 31st 2015 the party organization team of Sue and Evelyne threw a big 50th Birthday bash for our dearest friend Michele. It was an absolute pleasure to plan Michele’s birthday as she is like family to me and I know it is a mutual feeling. So one more time: Happy 50th Birthday Michele!

Beach themed Lemon Cupcakes tier

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Dairy Farmers of Canada created a unique way to show how yogurt is part of a balanced diet

Fight high blood pressure and ensure you are eating your daily recommended servings with the Get Enough Helper App

I have said it before and I will say it again: my name is Evelyne and I am a dairy junky. Cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt…I love it all. I will also make a confession: since I live alone I do drink milk right out of the carton, a lot! Don’t judge! So it is my pleasure to help and promote milk and dairy products when I can, especially when it is for a better health and for a good cause.

When Dairy Farmers of Canada attended The Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo in Vancouver, they created a powerful and captivating performance to highlight the surprising benefits of yogurt, which aids in the prevention of high blood pressure.

The performance, and the film of it, were made to promote the free Get Enough Helper App, which helps people track what they eat based on recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide.

In the video, we see a gymnast stacking and balancing a series of chairs in front of conference attendees. The gymnast then climbs, twists and contorts his body at seemingly impossible angles on top of the chairs, to show how far we each stretch to find balance in our day.

The performance is intensely physical and dangerous – much like high blood pressure – and encourages the audience to use the Get Enough Helper App to help the fight against high blood pressure. Each day someone uses the App, Dairy Farmers of Canada donates $1 on their behalf to the Heart & Stroke Foundation to support the fight against high blood pressure.

The performance is spellbinding, engaging and stunning, and the video shows conference attendees watching in rapt attention while enjoying complimentary yogurt parfaits and savouring the surprising health benefits of yogurt.

Have a look!


This post is sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada

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