Daily Archives: December 8, 2010

Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake


2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

3 cups peeled apple, shredded

1/2 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp confectioner’s sugar Continue reading


How to Make Bread


6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tbsp sugar

2 envelopes Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast

2 tsp salt

1 – 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp butter

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Stuffed Grape Vine Leaves


A wonderful childhood memory of my grandmother – Sito, as she is known in Lebanese – is of her bringing my brother and I behind the neighbourhood swimming pool to pick grapevine leaves to make Yabrek, stuffed grapevine leaves. Although the ultimate payoff was the mouth-watering fingers of lamb meat we would feast on later that evening, also tantalizing to our young tastebuds was to nibble on the new vine shoots, shaped like curly-cues, which often had a sweet flavour to them.

I’ve searched the internet for years to find a recipe that was a close match to the Yabrek I remembered from my childhood. After many trials, my mother finally came across the secret ingredient – rhubarb – which, when added to the cooking pot, adds a distinct sweet flavour that is unmistakeable. Continue reading