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gray Mar 14, 2007 10:57 AM

I am making a sort of middle eastern dinner on Friday with Nigella's Za'atar Chicken, a fattoush salad and some couscous. So I need to round out with a bit of something sweet for dessert. Was thinking of just picking up some nice citrus sorbet. But any other ideas? If it was summer probably a fruit salad or grilled stone fruits but not much fresh this time of year.

  1. Amuse Bouches Mar 14, 2007 03:16 PM

    Another Nigella recipe -- I forget exactly what it's called, but it's a fool made with rosewater. Or mini pavlovas with greek yogurt whipped into the cream and pomegranate seeds.

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    1. re: Amuse Bouches
      alex8alot Mar 14, 2007 07:18 PM

      and you are probably lucky enough to live in the US and have access to the legendary fage yogurt

    2. chowser Mar 14, 2007 01:14 PM

      How about a sorbet and kourambiedes for something simple?

      http://www.swfoodie.com/kouramb.html

      If you want something more complicated galatoboureko:
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

      1. m
        morebubbles Mar 14, 2007 12:19 PM

        Milk pudding scented with rosewater, sprinkled with chopped pistachios..

        1. g
          gray Mar 14, 2007 12:15 PM

          Thanks, these are great ideas. I did not think of greek yougurt! I am thinking that with a grapefruit compote recipe I just found on epicurious. But I will save that pistachio cake for another time.

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            bite bite Mar 14, 2007 12:07 PM

            Mashti Malones does some interesting middle eastern sorbets and ice creams, -- lemon with basil seed, rosewater, saffron -- stuff like that -- available at some WFs and at Mashtis itself (La Brea below Sunset).

            If you are up for baking, my all-time favorite recipe discovery of this year (thank you Nigel Slater) is a pistachio cake mildly flavored with rosewater and orange w/ a v. simple lemon icing:
            http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/mag...

            Saffron Yogurt Sundae might be another way to go. Found a tasty and simple recipe for this in Mango and Curry Leaves.

            1. alex8alot Mar 14, 2007 11:56 AM

              how about yogurt, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chopped nuts served in pretty glasses? easy and light

              1. MMRuth Mar 14, 2007 11:52 AM

                I've also served just an assortment of dried fruits and nuts as dessert for a middle eastern meal.

                1. Megiac Mar 14, 2007 11:49 AM

                  How about stuffing figs or prunes with mascarpone and drizzling with honey?

                  1. hotoynoodle Mar 14, 2007 11:48 AM

                    something akin to baklava would be traditional, but that's always too sweet for me. pignoli or almond cookies would be a nice accompaniment to the the sorbet. maybe pistachio ice cream.

                    1. amopdx Mar 14, 2007 11:46 AM

                      baklava :-P

                      also a Lebanese resto I like serves Knafé as one of their desserts
                      (pastry layered with ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Topped with light orange blossom syrup. Served warm.)

                      1. d
                        debbiel Mar 14, 2007 11:43 AM

                        I don't have a particular dish that comes to mind, but ingredients that come to mind are oranges, honey, pistachios, goat cheese. Maybe an orange compote served over goat cheese with honey?

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