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My mum is here visiting, and having three generations of Lebanese women in the same house always means some kind of culinary crusade, especially when there’s a celebration involved.

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So it all started on Wednesday when I mentioned the walimeh (feast) we always had over… Maamoul sweets in Lebanon during Easter vacations when we were kids. Maamoul are delicious small semolina pastries filled with ground nuts or dates. Of course my 6-year-old daughter immediately jumped on the idea and insisted we start the same evening with the dough. My mother and I didn’t need much encouragement anyway, and before long we were running for errands right on closing hour.

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We decided on walnut and dates fillings, and prepared the dough that evening and put it in a warm place (my oven) overnight. It took all three of us all morning yesterday to hand-mold them and bake them! But the result was worth it, and I hurriedly took some photos before they started disappearing.

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