You guys, I’m a little sad. I think it has finally hit me that Dubai will never “feel” like Christmas. If you don’t know, I live and breathe Christmas. Many of my friends and especially my husband know my secret. I break out Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas and Dino’s Christmas as soon as July hits. I told you I’m crazy! Well guys, I can say Dubai has finally broken me. It’s September and the sugar plumbs haven’t even crossed my mind. It’s hard to feel cozy about the holidays when the temperatures are steadily hanging in the low 100s. And the sand. It’s everywhere. It’s like living in Tatooine! I think Norman (my kid’s Elf on the Shelf) is probably thinking “Where on Earth have you taken me?!” We are about to have a serious pow wow soon. I need his advice on this one. He is an elf after all.
Everyone knows not to grocery shop when you’re hungry. We all do it anyway and end up with a cart load of food we probably will never get around to eating. You also shouldn’t grocery shop with a two year old, regardless if she’s hungry or not. Every time I’m in the produce section, she’s super excited to see those bright yellow bananas. “Bananas!”, she always squeals when she rides by them. Will she eat those bananas? Nope. Does she scream if you don’t put them in the cart? Yes. It’s okay though, that means plenty of opportunities for baking this Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake. You would be squealing about bananas too.
Three glorious layers come together for the ultimate cannoli experience. These super easy Chocolate Cannoli Bars are still decadent and plus they look super fancy. This is where you can go crazy with the pistachios. Pistachios = Fancy.
So I think I finally got the kiddos on a schedule. Oliver goes to summer camp every morning from 8 to about 1:30. Super amen to that! Then it’s just Jovi and me for what we call “mommy camp”, which is just Jovi watching people play with Play Doh on Youtube. Is that a thing? There are like hundreds of videos of people making cupcakes with Play Doh, and her little two year old brain is hooked. Then around 11 am I smell something funky, change that diaper and she’s down for a nap. Probably dreaming about Play Doh, I’m sure. So for about an hour and a half it really turns into mommy camp. I catch up on the blog, bake, and just soak in the sounds of nothing. I love it.
Thick dark chocolate cakes sandwiched with the creamiest, made from scratch mint frosting ever. And don’t forget the huge helping of Andes Mints! These Andes Mint Whoopie Pies will help you cool off during the heat wave.
I think my sweat glands hit a milestone today. No lie, I changed my clothes like three times today, like a sweaty man. I basically was sweating like a man with hyperhidrosis. It broke 50 C today, and in American speak, that’s pretty much 120 F. My little Chevy rental said so and I’m sticking with it. Summer is so strange here in Dubai. The sunshine is so bright and beautiful, but the wind is so intense that there is always this dusty haze around. It’s so dusty it looks like smog. We haven’t had a major sandstorm yet, but from what I hear it’s a little scary. Like Tom Cruise Mission Impossible scary. On a lighter note, we told my son we were living in Tatooine. He pretty much feels like a boss. He can now tell his little friends that in his past life he had an address in Star Wars.
Dubai has schooled me on what a real summer feels like. Scorching sun all day, everyday, with highs of 120 and lows of 100. Lows of 100?!! On a positive note, I will say that bright sunshine everyday makes for great lighting while taking photos of food. You food bloggers would love it here!
Some facts about Dubai summers:
If taking a shower in the middle of a summer day, turn the water all the way to cold and it will be too hot to use. The water has been boiling in your outside pipes all day, while the hot water tanks are inside being cooled by the air conditioning.
You will definitely incur third degree burns on the bottoms of your feet if you decide to step outside on the pavement without foot wear. Even for a couple of seconds to run the trash out.
Nice summer night winds? Think of the hottest setting of your blow dryer hitting your face continuously. Or opening an oven in your face.
And yes, you can definitely fry an egg on the sidewalk. In the shade.
Apple spice cake with Biscoff Cookie Butter mixed right into the batter then swirled with cinnamon and nutmeg spiced cheesecake. Cinnamon whipped cream with chopped walnuts and Biscoff Cookies finish this Biscoff Apple Spice Cake Cheesecake.
I’ve known about Biscoff Cookie Butter for a long time. I think I knew about it the moment I could finally chew solids. Even then I liked to stay informed on all things sweet and diabetic coma worthy. Those things are important! I just never baked with it until I started this blog.
It has rocked my world.