Now, I did not make these OR photograph this process... I received an e-mail from my dad saying, "check it out- mom and I made date sweets this morning." SO HERE THEY ARE, MY PARENTS, PHOTOGRAPHING EVERY STEP OF THEIR DATE SWEET MAKING PROCESS TOGETHER! (really- the greatest, most fun, hysterically lively parents ANYone could ever DREAM of having) THANK YOU, mom and dad, for sending these my way and for being so darn cool! :)
Prepping the ingredients
(Mahlab is a typical spice used in middle eastern foods- ground sour cherry seeds)
making the dough
Oh my goodness... these look DELICIOUS! And way to go mom and dad! What a process! Tata ( [TAY-tuh] arabic for grandmother) would be PROUD! (and also probably showing us we didn't do something exactly right... and she'd be correct) ;) I purposefully didn't share this exact recipe with you, one, because I know some of you are thinking "what on earth? date sweets?" and two, because it's pretty difficult. Not because it's REALLY hard steps, but because it's a lot of UNUSUAL steps. SO, if any of you WANT this recipe... I'll be happy to share it, but just e-mail me directly and we'll make it happen that way.
THANK YOU ALL for allowing me to indulge in my Lebanese heritage again. I hope this is an interesting and unique spot in your day AND your blog roll.
LOTS OF LOVE!