Sticky sweet, flaky and nutty, a small slice of baklava goes a long way, especially with a tiny cup of strong coffee. Serve after a mezze feast.
Spinach, feta and pine nut parcels recipe
These triangular pasties are based on a Lebanese speciality called fatayer, and use soft bread dough, rather than pastry, to enclose the filling. I like frozen spinach for this recipe – it’s very easy to use and actually produces a less watery mixture.
Turmeric spiced semolina cake (Sfoof)
A traditional Lebanese dessert. This recipe omits the traditional addition of rose water and orange blossom essense, but it doesn't take away any of the deliciousness.
Mother's Day 2014: Yotam Ottolenghi recipes to make her day
You'd be hard pressed to find any dish that isn't suitable for Mother's Day, but it would be churlish not to make a bit of an effort