Posts Tagged ‘Almonds’

Honey Cake … so decadent!

October 19, 2009

I caught the flu this week and have been drinking a lot of tea with honey. That got me thinking a lot about honey…and then honey cake. I have no idea why I had that specific craving espeically since I have never even had honey cake before. It just sounded really yummie. I quickly googled it and came across this recipe “Majestic and Moist Honey Cake” from SmittenKtichen.com.  I dragged myself to the grocery store and picked up all the ingredients. I love the fragrances and spices in it: Vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, coffee, orange juice, whiskey and of course honey! Turns out honey cake is traditionally eaten around Jewish New Year.

I thought baking would be quite time consuming but this didn’t take longer than an hour and half. Not bad for my first attempt and first baking experience in about 10 years! It’s sweeter than I expected and quite sticky… the next time I make this I’m going to reduce the sugar content by a cup or two.  It was so yummie when it came straight out of the oven piping hot! I can’t wait to have another slice tomorrow morning with a cup of tea.  Give it a shot!

Some of the Honey Cake Ingredients...but not all

Some of the Honey Cake Ingredients...but not all

Prepping the Mixture

Prepping the Mixture

Final honey cake mixture ready for baking

Final honey cake mixture ready for baking

Honey cake with toasted almonds straight out of the oven

Honey cake with toasted almonds straight out of the oven

My first slice ... yum!

My first slice ... yum!

Noosh e Jan!

Sabzi Khordan ~ Traditional Herb Side Dish

August 27, 2009
Traditional Persian Herb Dish

Traditional Persian Herb Dish

My parents and my brother and his family are in town for the week and whenever they are in town the entire clan gets together every night for dinner and general hanging out. Our family unit is about 30 people which is pretty amazing. So last night we were at Khaleh Parisa’s house and she made and amazing dinner …Bagali Polo (Fava bean Rice)…Zereshk Polo (Barberry Rice)…Chicken Stroganoff….Salad…(I’ll get to these recipes at some point I promise!)

Tonight though, I’m choosing to highlight a side dish that she had that most Persians have on the table to accompany their meal. It’s called Sabzi Khordan which is variety of herbs I’m presuming is abundant in Iran. Our food is pretty heavy duty so having this on the side I thinks makes us feel less guilty about all the Polo (rice) we eat! 

 

Traditional Persian Herb Dish Top View

Traditional Persian Herb Dish Top View

 

These are the herbs, veg, nuts and cheese typically included: 

Geeshneez ~ Cilantro

Torobcheh ~ Radish

Jafarey ~ Parsley

Rayhan ~ Basil

Tarkhun ~ Tarragon

Piazcheh ~ Scallions

You can also add the following which is not pictured above: 

Paneer Irooni ~ Feta

Gerdu ~ Soaked Walnuts

Badam ~ Soaked Almonds

Gather all these elements and make sure you rinse and dry them. If you’re having a dinner party and you’re prepping a bit early you can lay it out but take a paper towel and make it a bit damp with water and put that over the dish to help keep all the herbs stay nice and fresh and moist. 

Noosh e Jan!