Beetroot Pooris ~ Beetroot Deep-fried Flatbread

  In December, the Sshhh Cooking Club decided to take a break, and now we are back with our new challenge for this month. The theme of the month was anything “red or pink” considering the upcoming “month of love”. I always feel that love is something to be cherished and nourished all through out the year. I don’t believe in the policy of going out and gifting a loved one on one specific day. It is more of a business trick that anything else. I am a person who likes to gift off my whim – when I feel like, I get something for HD, the kids, my parents or my friends, not being specific on dates. The Prophet (PBUH) asked us to “exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love for one another.” (Sahih Bukhari) Therefore I rest my case… 😉 I know people feel gifting… 

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Herbed Focaccia

  Even though I love baking with yeast – it has been very kind to me and I have hardly had any failures – I try to restrict working on it. I think I will blame it on lack of time. Even though I love the process of seeing a tiny dough bloat up into double or triple the size, I don’t have the patience to wait for it. 😀 Only if I have enough time at hand (which is never enough for me in reality! 😕 ) do I go ahead with baking with yeast. That explains why I have very limited yeasted bakes, and I feel ashamed to say that I am yet to try my hands at baking a home made loaf of bread. 🙁   But I have baked this delicious Focaccia studded with olives and sprinkled with Italian herbs a few times. Why? Just because… 

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Microwave Bread Pudding

  Alhamdulillah, so far I have been having a good time organizing the 3 back-to-back posts. I am glad I have received some very good responses for the series as well. Since from last month, I have started the book review series too, I am planning to space out my series from the new year, InShaAllah. I may move the 3 back-to-back to becoming a bi-monthly series and making the book review a monthly one so that my books move in the shelves and don’t rot! 😉 Let’s see how it goes…  I would love to keep my blogging journey as stress free as possible, so I have to make sure that I don’t fall into too many plans at the moment! 🙂   OK, so what do we have in store for this month? I guess when you saw the title of today’s post, you must have got a… 

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Orange Honey Bread

  I have a lot of cookbooks. I don’t know if it is a big collection, but yes, from my perspective, it is quite a lot. I keep adjusting space to accommodate them in the little book shelf that HD got done to keep mine as well as the kids’ books, but with the way it is going, I may have to ask him to make another one for the kids. 😛 As of now, I have literally put a stop on my buying. In the past three months, I have bought only one cookbook, which is an achievement, taking into account how impulsive I am. 😀 The Sharjah Book Fair is coming up next month and I am chanting to myself – “no more cook books”!!! Hehe…   That was when I thought, why not I do cookbook reviews? I have enough of them to do for a few… 

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Be My Guest – Moroccan Rghaif | Msemen and Meloui | Moroccan Pancakes

It feels like ages since I have done a guest post on the blog. And yes, it has been ages! The last one that appeared on the blog was during Eid in June. I have been going slow about it, not asking bloggers to contribute nor was wanting anybody to contribute! I am being very honest – I have loved the experience of hosting bloggers on this space, in fact I started it and I continued it till now, and would continue to definitely host more bloggers here in the future, InShaAllah… but sometimes the whole thing is so overwhelming, that it needs a breathing space. And that is exactly what I did after taking this break. But InShaAllah, I am all charged up to welcome in some more of my favorite bloggers and hopefully you will start seeing posts on a regular basis rather than with long breaks! Not… 

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Mkatra Foutra ~ Yeasted Bread from Comoros Islands

  While reading the title, if you went “which islands?”, you are not alone. I gawked the same way when this month’s assignment from MENA Cooking Club came along. After Algeria and Bahrain, the third country is Comoros Islands – a tiny country of three islands situated in the Indian Ocean. If you go through Google searches, it is said that the country was under France rule during the age of colonialism, before it finally got freedom in 1975. Since then, it has been affected by unstable governance and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since we are talking about food, let’s move into that then…   Due to the long years of colonialism, the cuisine of Comoros Islands has influences of European, Arab and Indian food. Their main staple is rice and meat. The island is quite known for its exports of vanilla, in fact the… 

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Baked Egg Toast

  We are almost approaching the mid of the month. Saying “so quick” sounds like a cliche. Every good thing in life tends to move faster than we would want it to. Each year, I feel a lack of energy as far as cooking is concerned! I guess this year, I have been limiting myself to making very basic meals and not testing any new recipes, despite having ample sunshine to click in. When I see pictures of huge Iftari tables floating on FB, I start thinking if something is wrong with me. 😀 And I realise I am fine… I am not used to making a lot of food, not even frying stuff every single day and the folks at home are absolutely fine with it. Just to ensure that they don’t get a feel that I am not putting in any effort, I try to make something simple… 

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Khailat Al-Nahl ~ Sweetened Honeycomb Bread

  After doing UAE last month, this month, for #menacookingclub challenge, our country assigned is Yemen.   As much as Syria is disturbing, the state of Yemen is no different. If you go through some pictures on the history of Yemen, you will realize how green and serene the whole place looks, with a lot of history resting in this country. They have been in a civil war status since last year and it is still going on without much respite. I hate to watch the news these day… With so much bloodshed, pain and fear in the already weak economy, things are looking bleak. All we can do is to make dua for our brethren there for peace soon, InShaAllah… Since we are dealing about their food today, it is said that they have more of Ottoman and Mughlai influences in their cooking, when compared to their neighboring countries. As… 

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Wholewheat Flax Banana Bread

  I normally don’t agree to the tag “best” most of the time. Isn’t it a very subjective word or feeling? I always feel that the best is yet to come. If we feel that the moment is the best, then we may pull ourselves from trying to achieve something better than that best. Confused? Hehe… I am so sorry about it then… 😉   As soon as I saw this recipe which claimed to be the “Best Banana Bread” ever, I had to try.  After all, I am totally bananas about bananas. 🙂 As usual, I made my own tweaks to make it partly wholewheat and added some flax to it. I have always felt that the nutty flavor of our humble wholewheat flour goes very very well with bananas. I don’t know which one to choose – my first favorite or this one. They taste equally good! But I… 

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Idli ~ South Indian Rice Cakes

  If there is a meal that I am assured my kids will wipe clean, then it is idlis with a simple white coconut chutney. Now those who are Indians, will already know what is an idli, and somehow, idli seems to be making its way into the culinary “hall of fame” for its simplicity! 😉 As usual, Wiki has its share of information about idli, so you can go ahead and read it… That is in case you don’t know what is an idli… 🙂   I used to always shy away from making idlis at home. I preferred having them from restaurants, especially our favorite vegetarian eatery called Sangeetha’s in Qusais. The kids would order and eat them as if there is no tomorrow and that is when I thought I must be mastering the art of making this at home. If the soaking, grinding and fermenting times… 

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Eggless Bread Pudding

  Don’t we always need reminders to keep us positive as much as we can? Here is one, Alhamdulillah…     Coming to the recipe for the day… Most of the bread pudding contains eggs, just like some of them I have shared, though there are some eggless options as well. If you love bread pudding, then do browse through the ones that are already on the blog: Bread Butter Pudding Eggless Caramel Bread Pudding No Bake Crunchy Pineapple Bread Pudding (Eggless) Bread Coconut Milk Pudding (Eggless) Raisins Dried Apricot Bread Pudding Butterscotch Bread Pudding Since I love bread pudding and bread is always a staple in the house, I always look out for interesting variations to try. I am actually surprised that I have never made a bread pudding with chocolate, so that must be up the sleeves to make soon! 😉 I had made this pudding during a get together… 

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Krendel ~ Russian/ Ukranian Fruit Bread

    Time for a challenge post! This month, for We Knead to Bake #34, the bread chosen was Krendel, which is a Russian/ Ukranian fruit bread baked during the festive months and other occasions. Since today is a holiday and I am feeling really lazy, I am not in a mood to type about the history of the bread as such, so you can hop on to Aparna’s post. 😉     This is an rich bread with a delicious fruit flavored jam filling. The first thing I loved about this bread was that there is hardly any sugar. The dough has honey for sweetness, just a little sugar is sprinkled in and the jam is super tasty – you can have it with your toast! I didn’t want to buy prunes to try this, so substituted it with some dates and absolutely loved it. Since I had halved… 

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Masoub ~ Saudi Banana Bread Mash

I have been missing the MENA Cooking Club challenges for the past two months. After hosting Oman in July, I decided to give Palestine and Qatar a miss due to my busy travel schedules. This month, the country is Saudi Arabia and having missed the last two months, I was keen to get back on this one. Our host for the month is Noor, who blogs at Ya Salam Cooking, which happens to be one of the first and few Saudi based food blogs.   I had visited Saudi last year in February, for Umrah. We went to Madinah first and then to Makkah. Alhamdulillah, I would not like to mince my words, but would say that those were the best 10 days of my life. The long bus trip, though tiring was an experience in itself. We reached Madinah around 9 pm the next day and as soon as… 

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Butterscotch Bread Pudding – Guest post for The Food Factory

  I guess those who follow this little space of mine know how fond I am of doing guest posts. If any blogger asks me for one, I cannot say “no”. It is not my nature. Sometimes, this character can get misused but Alhamdulillah, Allah has been kind and normally I haven’t had trouble as such personally. But definitely at times, when the “no” is the only way out, I have made sure that I have put my foot down and say it! 😀 However, I guess this does not apply to my blogging experience… 🙂   This happens to be my 36th guest post… That is quite a bit in the past almost three years of blogging, but I love the affection that I get from this little fraternity who have accepted me wholeheartedly into the stream of things. 🙂 I have known Nusrath before the time she turned into… 

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Barmbrack ~ Irish Speckled Fruit Bread/ Cake

  It has been quite some time since I have participated in the We Knead to Bake Challenge, that is Aparna’s brainchild. I gave the challenge a skip in July and August and I was so excited about last month’s bake, which was a Whole-wheat Yeasted Banana Bread. On a Friday, when HD was lazying, I double checked with him whether we were going out anywhere and since he replied in the negative, I went ahead doing the dough and proofing it. As it was proofing the second time, the kids threw their tantrums and HD had to reverse his decision. I was totally lost – what do I do now? My gas oven does not have a timer that I could leave it in and go, and my microwave convection had not been used for quite some time, so I was not sure whether it was working. As soon… 

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