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Lavashak – Persian Fruit Leather

Lavashak. Yep, I said it. Did your mouth immediately start watering? If so, you can skip to the next paragraph. If not, let me explain! So, what is this magical food? It’s Persian fruit leather!

Lavashak, or Persian style fruit leather, is an easy to make snack of dried fruit dried out in your oven! Healthy, tasty and vegan!

Lavashak, or Persian style fruit leather, is an easy to make snack of dried fruit dried out in your oven! Healthy, tasty and vegan!

For those of you who grew up on lavashak, I’m sure you could close your eyes now and see summer days with sheet trays of beautiful, liquified fruit drying on balconies, in backyards or even roofs. Consumed in probably 1/10th the time it took to prepare, waiting for the lavashak to dry was torture!

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Pomegranate Rose Gin Fizz

Helloooooo August. August means high-vacation season, hot weather and the irresistible urge to have a cocktail, outdoors. For us city dwellers, that means finding the nearest rooftop and imbibing. For those of you lucky enough to have your own outdoor space, you’re probably spending a lot of time on your patio / backyard / deck. Well, luckily, this recipe for a Pomegranate Rose Gin Fizz, a lovely little cocktail works no matter where you enjoy it!

This Pomegranate Rose Gin Fizz is a gin-based cocktail with pomegranate juice, club soda and a splash of rosewater for a lovely pink, Persian-inspired drink.

This Pomegranate Rose Gin Fizz is a gin-based cocktail with pomegranate juice, club soda and a splash of rosewater for a lovely pink, Persian-inspired drink.

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Here is my recipe for bastani – a traditional Persian ice cream flavored with saffron, rosewater and pistachios.

For my Persian friends out there, you know the unmistakable flavor of this bastani – or Persian ice cream. Earthy from saffron, a hint of floral flavor from the rosewater and the satisfying crunch of the pistachios, it is the ultimate summer treat.

No churn bastani - Persian ice cream with rosewater, pistachios and saffron. A semi-homemade Middle-Eastern treat!

No churn bastani – Persian ice cream with rosewater, pistachios and saffron. A semi-homemade Middle-Eastern treat!

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