Posts in Dessert
The Easiest Little Cardamom Lime Loaf Cake

As this extroverted introvert, I have found that hosting is quite similar to performing. I didn’t grow up in a family that hosted a lot of big gatherings, dinner parties or events save from birthdays and the major holidays (and even those were pretty intimate groups, more often than not). However, moving to Morocco and finding myself landed in the middle of a boisterous Moroccan family who are now my own kin, I quickly learned that graceful hosting and true hospitality were mandatory skills to acquire. 

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Chai-Spiced Date + Apple Crisp

This week it is all about the recipe, because how it came to be is a sort-of metaphor for the way I live my daily life. Attempting to bring two separate things together. Merging worlds, blending cultures, greeting my present with my past. 

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Caramelized Peach + Orange Blossom Oat Crumble Bars

Our lives are often marked by ritual. When we look back on our most memorable events, they are usually centered around holidays, large shifts, and general points of transition. For years, I grew up with that regular annual ritual of The End of Summer.

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No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Chia Bars

There is a time for writing and analyzing and a time for moving and feeling. Heat tends to make me mentally more sluggish and lethargic, so it only makes sense that my physical self is picking up the slack.

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Yeasted Cardamom and Fig Cake + A Two-Year Blog Birthday

Yesterday marked this blog’s two year anniversary, counting from the very first post I wrote back in 2016. While two years is not that long in the grand scheme of things, I have to say I am quite proud of myself for sticking with this. It is pretty wonderful to be able to see the amount of change and growth that has happened in a relatively short time period. 

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Gluten-free Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

I am grateful for my own ability to adapt to situations and groups because in many ways it has served me well in traveling and living in a different culture. However, that surface level of only revealing certain acceptable parts of ourselves gets quite draining after a while, especially if you’ve been doing it sporadically since 6th grade. I believe that those random interests that delight us have value- it’s about time to own it all and eliminate the term “guilty pleasure” from our everyday vocabulary. 


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Spiced Carrot + Date Loaf Cake

Lately, despite life reaching slightly hectic heights, there is one thing that I have consistently been making time for: books. I have been reading without fail first thing each morning and just before going to sleep. Sometimes it is the same book, sometimes I juggle a non-fiction in the morning and fiction at night (always in that order for some reason), but it has become so rooted into my days that I am packing multiple books for my upcoming trip, just so that I don’t run out of reading material and ruin my comfy little routine. 

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The Classic No-Bake Tarte Citron + On Failure in the Kitchen

Since I began to learn how to cook, I have viewed the process of preparing food as something more than just the mechanic task of feeding oneself. There is creativity and spirit in the kitchen, making the cooking or baking process lively, meditative, mindful, or educational. It may be a stretch, but I would venture to say that one’s relationship to cooking can tell you a lot about them. My love of it began with finding joy in methodic creation paired with experimentation and risk, all tied together by putting your heart into good ingredients and making something delicious that brings a smile to everyones face. 

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