Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2014 2:07 AM
Subject: Recipe for Makhrota
My partner is Egyptian (he and his family immigrated to Australia in the early 70s) and is often talking about
how delicious Makhrota is (a desert). I have searched far and wide for a recipe but have not been able to find
one in English. There are Egyptian/Arabic YouTube websites/video clips with the word “Makhrota” in it but because
I cannot understand or read Arabic it does not help me at all! I have asked his family in Australia if they have
a recipe but it appears to that the recipe as died when my partner’s grandmother passed away in 2007.
My partner has explained to me that Makhrota is made by rolling out “dough” very thinly, starting from one end
rolling it into a “cigar” shape and then cutting the cigar into very thin rounds. The dough strips that are
created in this way are then steamed to cook it. The cooked strips are eaten with milk and sugar as a desert.
I will greatly appreciate your help in finding this recipe and keeping it alive for the next generation of
Egyptians in Australia.
I had no more success than you in finding a recipe for, or even a good description of, makhrota in English.
This video, which I'm guessing is in Arabic, shows makhrota being made:
From that video, makhrota appear to be a kind of noodle. It’s difficult to tell from the video whether they are
steamed or boiled. This dish does not appear to be particularly an Egyptian one, but it is a Middle Eastern recipe.
I saw it mentioned on Iraqi sites, and rarely on Egyptian ones. If your partner is Egyptian, perhaps he or someone
he knows can understand the language in the video and can write down the recipe for you from the video?
If not, then I suggest you write to one of these sites and request a recipe:
Food of Egypt
Mideast Food at About.com
I’ll post this on my site.
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 6:06 PM
Subject: dream cycle cake
I've heard you were the go to man to find lost recipes I had a recipe for a orange dream cycle cake made with melted
orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream in the icing
I've search all the web site I can find and thought you may know of somewhere else I may try any help would be greatly
appreciated by my family
I’m confused. I don’t know what a “dream cycle cake” is. I know what a “dreamsicle cake” is, and I know what a
“creamsicle cake" is, and I hope these are what you mean.
First let’s talk about where the name came from. The “sicle” part is after “popsicle”, a name coined in the 1920s for
frozen confections on a stick and derived from “icicle”. A “creamsicle” is an ice cream bar on a stick that is vanilla
ice cream in the middle and orange sherbet on the outside. A “dreamsicle” is the same thing, except that lower fat ice
milk is used for the center.
There are dozens of cake recipes with both of these names that imitate the combination of orange and vanilla flavors.
Usually, the cake is orange-flavored, and the frosting provides the vanilla flavor. For the orange cake, there are
recipes that use orange juice or orange soda or melted orange sherbet or orange jello. For the vanilla frosting, many
use whipped topping, but some use vanilla pudding or sour cream or cream cheese.
However, I did not find any recipe that called for melted orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream in the frosting, as
tasty as that sounds.
I’ll post this on my site. One of my readers can probably help with this one.
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:47 AM
Subject: Bills Barbeque, Richmond Va
For many years in Richmond Va, Bills Barbeque served thousands of customers.
Several years ago, after declining business, all the restaurants were
closed. One of their top sellers was their chocolate pie. I'm looking for
that recipe,, have you ever heard of it?
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There are lots of raves about this icebox chocolate pie around the web, and
there are numerous unfulfilled requests for the recipe that have been on
message boards for years. I had no success with a recipe, a copycat recipe,
or even a "tastes-like" recipe. Sorry.
Bill's BBQ has a Facebook Page here: Bill's Barbecue
I'll post this on the site in case a reader can help.
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2015 10:22 PM
Subject: Recipe for Bills Barbecue Chocolate Pie
My name is Jody and I am looking for a recipe for the delicious Chocolate Pie that Bills Barbecue in Richmond Va had.
They are out of business now (Sadly) and I would truly love to have this recipe or maybe some link you might know of
where I might get it.
Sorry, no success. I searched for this last year, and I searched again today. It doesn’t appear to be available.