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Snaynyé – celebrating the first tooth out


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Snaynyé, lebanese tradition to celebrate the baby’s first tooth out.  The word Snaynyé comes from “snen” that means teeth. The mother prepares this traditional sweet once the first tooth appears and she sends to family, neighbors and friends who will return the empty plate with a gift to wish mabrook the new tooth.

snaynye- celebrating the first tooth|marmite et ponpon

Snaynyé consists of boiled wheat garnished with sugar, orange blossom and nuts. Previously they used to put colored sugar coated chickpeas and pomegranate seeds, but nowadays with the endless variety of sweets they decorate it with jelly beans, marshmallows, M&M….

Very easy and simple to make. You choose how much wheat you want to make, you soak it in water at least 12 hours and then you boil it until tender. For a nicer hint of anise taste, you put anise seeds when boiling. When serving you add sugar and orange blossom water to each portion according to the person taste. It’s served cold and hot also depending on your taste. personally i like it hot.

For garnish you can put almonds, pine seeds, pistachio, walnut or any nut you favor. Raisins and pomegranate seeds go heavenly with it as well. As for the sweets you can go as creative as you want. The aim is to have candies that need strong teeth to be chewed, to say that our baby now has his first strong tooth. I only put candies (in form of teeth) trying to be as classic as possible.

snaynye-celebrating the first tooth out|marmite et ponpon

It used to be offered in plates, nowadays people go more creative. I chose to send it to my relatives and friends in jars adding a smiley spoon to remain as souvenir. And as a sushi lover i added to some jars a small boy (smiling and showing his teeth) that serves later as automatic chopsticks for beginner kids to “my sushi lovers friends”. With a “my first tooth” tag to complete the souvenir.

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snaynyeh-celebrating the first tooth|marmite et ponpon

snaynye- celebrating the first tooth out |marmite et ponpon

I love our traditions and i try to keep them and let my kids live them (though we are living abroad). It’s beautiful how we make from every milestone in our kids life an important and joyful event. God bless all kids and keep them safe, healthy and happy. Mabrook your first tooth my baby love ❤

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Adding fun to the traditional seeds planting on St. Barbara


Lebanese traditions say; people plant wheat on St Barbara day as an act of sympathy with St Barbara who was hidden in a wheat field while running away from her father. Nowadays we don’t just plant wheat, we do lentils, chickpeas or whatever grain that grows nicely taking advantage of it to decorate later the Nativity.

planting seeds on st barbara day

With kids everything we do should be fun and attractive or they loose interest. To make this tradition more entertaining, i added to the cups where we planted the lentils, pictures for Nady and Joud’s face. Cut it on top exactly at the beginning of the hair to make the lentils stems look like hair.

planting seeds for st barbara

And it was a good lesson on how we plant grains in cotton. Follow the images tutorial to see how we did it.

how to plant

You will need cups, use the shortest possible so you won’t need to fill in with a lot of cotton. Make some holes in the cup to let extra water come out. Soak well the cottons in water before sprinkling the seeds. Don’t put them under the sunlight directly, in a shaded place where they are exposed indirectly to light.

I couldn’t find wheat to plant it so i only used lentils. But if you find wheat they will look much closer to hair.

planting seeds on st barbara day

 

Let your kids water them daily and watch them growing. They will love seeing green hair on their heads! planting seeds on st barbara day

panting seeds for st barbara dayIt’s a great lesson of patience as well. They will have to wait at least 10 days before having long hair 🙂

planting seeds for st barbaraplanting seeds for st barbara

For those who were expecting some traditional sweets recipe, click on last year post for maakroun, and bon appetit!

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Meghleh (floured rice pudding)


meghleMeghleh, is a traditional Lebanese sweet, served on a special occasion such as the celebration of a child birth or christmas. It’s a floured rice pudding spiced with caraway and cinnamon, and garnished with shredded coconut, assortment of nuts (almonds, pine seeds, walnut, pistachio) and dried raisins.

meghlehThe word meghleh in arabic means boiled, knowing that this dessert is served cold, after being boiled for almost 45 mns.

If you are expecting a baby or simply you want to enjoy a quick, easy and flavorful dessert, don’t hesitate to give it a try.

meghleh

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup floured rice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground caraway
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 5 cups water

To garnish you will need shredded coconut, almond, pine seeds, pistachio, walnut and dried raisin. All the garnish is optional and depending on your taste. Personally i like them all, and i soak the nuts in the water before serving to become softer.

In a deep pot add the water, floured rice, sugar, caraway and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Stir over medium heat until the mix comes to a boil (20-30 minutes) Continue to cook the pudding while stirring over medium low heat for 5-7 more minutes, or until the pudding is thick. You know it’s done when it drips from the spoon as a sharp line.

meghleh

The secret of success of meghleh is in the continuous stirring over medium low heat. Make sure to stir continuously and scrape the bottom of the pot to prevent the pudding from sticking.

Remove the pudding from the heat and pour it into ramekins and set aside to cool completely before garnish.

This pudding should stay put, try not to shake the ramekins so the surface doesn’t get cracks.

meghleh

It is said that this brown pudding is symbolic of the fertile rich soil, and the nuts on top are like seeds that will sprout and grow on this soil – a perfect symbol for birth. Welcome my baby boy Joud!

meghle

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