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Food For Belly Dancers: Cinnamon Cream with Seasonal Fruits Recipe

Food lore

In addition to its sweet flavor enhancing cooking, cinnamon is another versatile medicinal herb from Mother Nature's apothecary. Some medicinal properties of cinnamon include:

  • Anti-inflammatory, making it a perfect, natural remedy for long nights belly dancing
  • Proven anti-microbial, helping the respiratory tract battle colds and the flu (and also with halitosis - why else would cinnamon be such a popular gum additive?)
  • Warming agent, providing extra relief when afflicted with colds, particularly when combined with ginger tea
  • Anti-fungal properties help in battling chronic diseases such as candidiasis or candida
  • Lowering stomach acid levels - providing a natural defense for dancers dealing with stomach cramps

Cinnamon powder is very affordable. Try this healthy and unusual cinnamon cashew cream dip that's naturally sweetened with dried fruit to thrill your guests, or hostess.



Serves 4-6

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
No cooking required

Ingredients                                                                          Dilara's Mid East Epicurean, food, recipies,

  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • ½ cup dried fruit—dates, currants, prunes, raisins, etc.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp rose or orange blossom extract
  • ½ cup water


  1. Pick through raw cashews for debris.
  2. Soak overnight covered in water, at room temperature.
  3. Drain well.
  4. Blend all ingredients till creamy.

Spritz fresh lemon juice over seasonal fruits and berries (raspberries, blueberries,blackberries, strawberries)—terrific for this creamy cinnamon dip. Garnish with mint leaves for a special touch of the Mediterranean.