There is no shortage of sweets to eat. Delicious creamy melt in the mouth chocolates, little sweet cakes, cakes made with fine puff pastry noodles with lovely fillings, sweet pastries, baklava,dates and all things sweet. Usually they are bite size delicious, delectable morsels. You can’t help but slobber and drool when you see them. They taste truly divine.
Normally I am a savoury person, but when I was introduced to baklava by a couple in the compound, it was hard to stop at one, two, three, oh alright if I really be honest maybe four or five. I promptly went to the supermarket and bought a tray of them for any guest we may have. Just to be sure I had something in the cupboard to offer them.
Guess what we haven’t had any guest yet and the tray is 3/4 empty or should I say 1/4 full.
Another yummy dessert we were introduced to yesterday at one of the big malls, by the same couple is “Kunafa” this is soooo moorish!!!
Kunafa is an Arabic dish, prepared for the month of Ramadan, a period of fasting for those of the Islamic faith. During Ramadan, those who participate do fast throughout the day, and are only allowed to eat during non-daylight hours. The story of Kunafa begins when:”it was introduced by a physician who saw how some princes had a hard time fasting because of their appetite. He created the dish and instructed the princes to eat a great amount of it just before dawn, and as a result they were never hungry during the day” (Al-Ahram, 2004). Kunafa is a sweet dessert made from spun shredded wheat and topped with raisins, nuts, and cream. In different variations of this dish, the cream is replaced by mozzarella or by cream cheese and at times cinnamon is added. For anyone wants to make it here is the recipe. Kanafa Desert
Traditionally when you are invited to a Saudi home you will be greeted warmly and served Arabic coffee (its preparation is also a form of cultural tradition) which is often served in small cups along with dates and sweets as a hospitality gesture offered to strangers, friends, or family. It is considered rude not not accept the coffee and sweets. Also one must drink odd amounts of coffee 1,3,5 cups depending on whether you are staying for dinner or not.