If Baklava were breakfast, it would be the sole reason I’d slink out of bed in the mornings: to eat. more. BAKLAVA. A Turkish dessert, with butter, honey, and pistachios oozing out of the pastry layers, Baklava was something I reserved as number one on my Favorites list . Anytime I’d see it at the store, I was the first one in line to buy it and finish the whole box. Now, I did realize how eating a box of those would affect my body, and, like I do with all my favorites, I made something new out of this popular snack. The best part of it was the sweet syrup that the phyllo dough had absorbed, which seeped out of every corner.
I had a box of phyllo pastry in my freezer a couple years ago, and I made a huge batch of it, the real stuff. It tasted like, looked like, and reminded me of, the real deal. It even smelled like the one you’d buy at the market (not that I smelled it or anything…) On another note, I’m going berry picking tomorrow, and I’m pumped! I’ve picked my own cherries, blueberries, apples, and strawberries in the past, but I don’t know exactly what fruits are in season at the farms right now. (If I end up getting something worth sharing, I’ll post it on Instagram.) Also, today was the first time I drove to the mall and back! I had to go shopping for new silverware (pictures have to be presentable right?), and my mom prayed that I wouldn’t smash anything driving one block away to the outlet mall…that’s how bad of a driver I am right now. I’m improving, but I won’t be driving to your house to give you these sweet balls anytime soon, so you should get right on making them!
Quote of the Day
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale
Word of the Day
Assiduous(adj.): hard-working, diligent (The construction workers erected the skyscraper during two years of assiduous labor)
-1 and 1/3 cup dates
-1 cup walnuts
-1 and 1/3 cup roasted, salted pistachios
-1/4 cup honey, for drizzling
-1/2 cup crushed roasted, salted pistachios, for rolling
Put all ingredients in the blender except the last two (honey and 2 tablespoons pistachios.) Blend until it forms a dough. Take it out of the blender and put on wax paper. Shape into 16 equal sized balls, and then drizzle with honey. Roll in crushed pistachios, and store in fridge or freezer, in an airtight container.
Makes: 16 balls
Nutrition Facts (per ball):
Fat: 11.3 g
Carbs: 20.3 g
Sodium: 0.7 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fiber: 3.1 g
Sugar: 12 g
Protein: 4.5 g