Let the Kids Cook

Children love the kitchen, they love to feel involved to dig in to make a delicious mess and proudly present us with their creations. Let’s let them. Let’s let them in on all the deliciousness of kitchen activities, lets talk to them about food, lets allow them to make their childish mess and lets help them create long lasting memories of us together, cooking, baking, messing around laughing and having an absolutely great time, together.

In today’s episode I go into Dareen Charafeddin’s family kitchen. Building on what she was telling us in yesterday’s video, us working mums, must make up for lost time with our kids and find an activity that we all enjoy and have fun doing together. Dareen and her sweet family are demonstrating the traditional Maamool recipe in 3 different ways. Amer, the father, shows us his grandmother’s traditional Palestinian way of making Maamool, and Dareen shows us her family’s Lebanese way while their daughter Lama creates her own take with the flavours she loves and the fusions she’s grown to know. We had such good fun making the maamool and filming this video, the children were having a great time and the outcome was delicious maamool (semolina cookies) as well as a home that smells like Amer’s memory of his grandmother’s home. Watch and perhaps you too will be reminded of the smell of grandma’s home right before Eid 🙂

A the end of the post I have included for you 17 links for 17 Traditional Arabic Dessert recipes for you to try at home, all of which you can recreate with your kids.


For the maamoul dough

  • 3 cups of Semolina
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of butter
  • 1/3 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of mahlab
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Splash of milk (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Splash of rose water (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Splash of orange blossom water (about 1 teaspoon)

For the date paste

  • 2 cups of pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 table spoons of water
  • One of a combination of the spices below- I would use all three
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of cardamom

Using the ingredients listed above, follow the instructions in the video to make The Book Munch’s family Maamool recipe. And for their daughter Lama’s version  “Nutella Maamoul”, use Nutella instead of the traditional dates paste and add some crushed pistachios “to give it an Arabic twist”

“In this digital age, I really believe that printed books remain an integral part of our life. Nothing beats curling up with a good book while enjoying a perfect cup of tea and a perfectly baked cookie with just the right amount of chocolate.” 

– Dareen Charafeddine



Ramadan Mubarak,

Appreciate, Love & Give back a little this Ramadan 🙂


Relative Links

Traditional Arabic Desserts

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