01 April 2006

Mughlee & E's Treats

Happy Birthday Baby Emaline. Yesterday, Friday March 31 at 7:30am Emaline (E) was born at home, naturally, without a conventional doctor or drugs/invasion. She is absolutely full of life and beautiful! Miriam is no longer KnockedUpVegan. Congratulations to the Miriam and Todd and this is a mughlee tribute to you.

Let me tell you (well, this is a quote from Miriam's page) All About Mughlee. "When a baby is born in Lebanon, the tradition is that all one million relatives go to visit the family - and when they are there, they are served a sweet spiced rice pudding called “mughlee”. This used to be my absolute favorite dessert. If you have a baby and don’t offer your guests mughlee, well then, you’re obviously an INCOMPETENT HOUSEWIFE.
Mughlee is cooked on the stovetop, and then poured into small glass bowls, and put in the fridge to set. Just before serving it to the guests, you take it out and top it with shredded coconut, pine nuts, pistachios, and blanched almonds. Yum."

I decided to sort-of follow Miriam's veganized version of traditional mughlee. The ingredients, but no exact recipe follows:
Brown rice flour, rice milk (I used soy), agave nectar, cornstarch, caraway, cinnamon, alspice, nutmeg, coconut, raw pine nuts, raw pistashios, raw walnuts and raw almonds.

These are my birthday cup-cakes for baby Emaline. Although I'm the only one feasting on them.

tofu, silken
phyllo pastry cups (10 calories each)
It took a long time to cut all the fruit (All frozen except the kiwi) but well worth it. Yum again.
Take a closer look and drool.


Dreena said...

Leslie, this is such a sweet and thoughtful gesture... I hope you've let Miriam know you've posted this. How kind! I love the bit about "you're obviously an incompentent housewife"... like new moms don't have enough to do that they should be making pudding from scratch for a band of relatives!! Too much! That pudding looks brilliant all the same. Beautiful cupcakes too. :)

EatPeacePlease said...

Dreena, I probably should let her know. I am so happy for her (and the fam) and I have been wanting to make mughlee since November, or so!!! I think/hope I did it right, although I had a really hard time finding the "traditional" way, but at the same time, it is the mother who is supposed to make it. And I'm with you, that's crazy!

Thanks for the nice comments, as always. I am loving all of your "new-cookbook" stuff.

Dori said...

WOW! These look divine and I really enjoyed learning about this birth day tradition. I am looking forward to exploring your previousposts, like the powerhouse treats I see below. I also have a vegan cooking flog. Feel free to visit thebakehouse.blogspot.com

Harmonia said...

I remember that post of Miriams! Thanks for the pics!

There's a new Midweek Munchies Code up on my blog now - check it out!

deliDavid said...

Wow. Those look delicious! I just wanted to swing by and let you know about some of my findings regarding your pictures and their massive size. I found 2 programs that could help you out with that.

I wasn't sure if you used a Mac or a PC so I got one for both.

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For a PC: Click Here

Now I've never used either one of those, but from the descriptions they sound like they'd be really easy to use.

Hope some of this helps in getting your page to load faster.


EatPeacePlease said...

Dori, I commented on your blog.

Harmonia, thanks for the new link. I haven't shopped yet (I don't know if I'm even gonna) but I'll do the new code. Isn't Emaline beautiful!??! Makes me (kinda) want to have one (ok, not really) but other people's babies are nice!

DeliDavid... Thanks for that tip. I'll check it out when I have the patience. So, are you coming to the deli tomorrow or what?!?

Vicki said...

what a beautiful (& I'm sure delicious) tribute. Well deserved, I had my 2 girls naturally w/o drugs/invasion, though I was @ a hospital w/doctor. Whoo, I say Congratulations to her, and I bow down, she's gotta be strong & brave. Woman Power!

Thanks for coming by -- I'm pimpin' your Treats on my comments. :o)

PS - I really hope Deli's idea works on helping your pretty photos load faster.

EatPeacePlease said...

Vicki- Thanks for your nice comments, as always. Emaline certainly is beatiful (how many times am I going to say this?!?!).

I think all of this photo stuff is my fault. You see (and David, please read), I have the option to make photos I post small, medium and large. This is all my fault because I am choosing the "large" option. I think I'll go with the small from now on and let you guys all click on the photo to view it larger.

Julie said...

How sweet of you!! I am sure Miriam will be delighted! oh, and looks great as always!

amygeekgrl said...

what a beautiful tribute. :) i'd love to get my hands on some of those cupcakes. mmmmm. it all looks delicious.