Checkerboard Cake with Ermine Frosting and Chocolate Ganache Drip

  Today happens to be my elder one Rasha’s tenth birthday. Double digits… It is giving me goosebumps already. She has been excited since the beginning of the year, saying that she is going to be a teenager, but I corrected her saying she will not be one till the number changes to reflect the teen. She gave me a stare and accepted the fact that she has to wait a day shy of three years to get to that number. I thought as the girls grow up, it will get easier for me, however, that is not what is happening. As days pass by, I find them to be more demanding on me physically and emotionally. It makes me realize what I had thought till now was wrong. Just like every parent would do, all I can do it to tell her the way I can about life in general… 

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Orange Chocolate Chip Biscotti ~ Guest post for Priya’s Kitchenette

  I must say that I can’t sit properly on my chair while typing this post – I am really excited! 😀 Maybe because I am on the space of somebody who has been super sweet and supportive of me for a long period of time… 🙂   Today, I am on Priya’s space. My interaction with Priya started when she went on with the posting-one-recipe-a-day as she started her little space called “Priya’s Kitchenette”. Everybody keeps asking me how I post so frequently, but if you check out my blog, I really can’t do long stretches like she did – posting every single day of a year! Not surprisingly, her hard work was discovered and recognized by the Limca Book of Records. After this year, she concentrated on growing her blog and now she has her own event firm, which makes me feel proud of having a friend like… 

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Mini Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

  For those who asked me what I baked on our wedding anniversary, this is the answer. With the Blogging Marathon #76 being themed “I love, you love Cheesecakes!”, I had to make sure I did a cheesecake for our anniversary. 😉 And this was what I made. My original plan flopped so bad that I didn’t want to look at it for the whole day. We were left on our anniversary with no dessert/ cake. 🙁 Since HD isn’t a sweet tooth, I had no issues with not having any. We don’t make it evident to the kids about that it is our anniversary, so they were also not aware of the day. Strange parents, aren’t we? 😉 It was only in the evening when we were out for a drive did the girls realise and Rasha was like, “Ummi, why didn’t you make a cake then?”    … 

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Chocolate French Yogurt Cake

  Weekends come with a sigh of relief. The long weekend actually made me slightly under the weather. My throat is sore and most of the time my eyes are puffed up thanks to allergic reactions. I don’t like the way I am feeling even though it has subsided quite a bit with the medication. I am not sure how much I can rest over the weekend, but sincerely hoping to… Meanwhile, I am looking forward to the next week with a lot of excitement. Some little changes on the personal front is what I am expecting, InShaAllah… As we progress in age, we have to seriously look and take care of ourselves and hopefully this step will be the start to an array of change, InShaAllah… I will keep myself updated on IG so do follow me there! It will be just to keep myself motivated and not get… 

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Chocolate Croissant Pudding

  After the Mango Coconut Milk Pudding, here is the second one for the “Are you Pudding Me?” theme for Blogging Marathon #74. This easy yet delicious Chocolate Croissant Pudding is quite like a bread pudding but with croissant in it.   If you have school going children who are picky about their boxes, then I am sure one of your grocery purchases is a box of croissants. I buy a box at least once a week so that the box for one of the days is sorted out. Sometimes I end up picking up from a different store and the kids just don’t touch it. This recipe is a savior when your croissants threaten to go stale. 😉 What more, the base is a chocolate custard, with even more chocolate chips sprinkled, so it is a totally chocolate treat. A bread pudding is best had warm, so that is… 

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

  We all love a good chocolate cake at home, especially me and my elder one, Rasha. We could sit and finish off it all in one sitting. Azza leans more for fruity bakes rather than chocolate, but once in a while she does love a bite. While browsing through my drafts, I was a bit upset with myself for not having posted this recipe. Can I tell you that this is the easiest chocolate cake you will ever make?   Don’t get me wrong. Run yourself through the list… You don’t need butter, eggs or diary to make this cake, so it automatically graduates to becoming vegan. All you need is some basic ingredients in your pantry, mix it through with some oil and warm water and you are ready to go. When I made this the first time during my vegan days, I was really not sure how… 

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Be My Guest – Easy Chocolate Cinnamon Pots

Just as I thought I was not going to have any guest posts for this month and had settled down into that thought, I got an email from Supriya. I had never heard about her blog before, so her email did pique my interest. That got me going to her interesting blog called “Quiche and Tell“. The name of the blog is in itself interesting! That reminds me that I have been wanting to make quiche for long. I have tried making them a couple of times but they have just failed me. Not they didn’t taste right, but definitely not blogworthy. 😀 OK, so coming back to Supriya’s blog, I kept browsing and totally loved the collection of recipes that she had on her blog. Her latest cheesecake post is definitely something to die for!   So we had a little chit chat over the mails up and down… 

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Marbled Classic Banana Bread

  From the beginning of this year, life has been hectic. With parents around, the kids act weird. That’s how all grandchildren are supposed to be with grandparents around, right? I sometimes feel like a screaming zombie, who keeps making noise for nobody to listen. It is an absolutely frustrating feeling. 😕 But there is nothing much we can do. My parents leave in another two weeks and already we are feeling a tinge of sadness due to this. The girls are already eating our head to send them off for their summer vacation on their own. Being working doesn’t help since I have hardly a month off on my hand and their vacation is nothing less than two months, which is a lot of time. Each vacation, they complain of getting bored and how their friends are spending the whole vacation back home. I am fine with the idea… 

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Chocolate Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  Ever since this year has started, there has been an awful level of lethargy associated with the blog. I am not sure why is that so. I have heard many bloggers tell me that after a particular stage, we all face a lack of interest in the proceedings – whether small or large. I am just looking at a small example. I still have the 2014 recipes to be properly done into recipe cards. There are more than 200 posts, and I am not having any motivation to do it. I try to recall how I did it for the other posts, but I am not able to get the hang of it. Then I tell myself, no, I am not going to stress myself over it. 🙂   Just taking back from completing four years of blogging, today’s post happens to be the post #1000 on “The BST”…. 

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Wholewheat Date Cocoa Muffins

  Time of the month for posting the challenge for the Muslim Food Bloggers! Last month, if you remember, we had started a new challenge among a small group of bloggers, and my first post was the Ma’amoul that I tried from the blog that was assigned for that month. This month, the challenge was to cook with a particular ingredient and the ingredient that was provided to our team of bloggers was “DATES”.   We all know how important dates is to a Muslim. There are so many mention of this humble fruit in the Qur’an and Hadith, so much that dates are considered one of the fruits of paradise. Dates are the best substance to open your fast with. Dates was what, when our revered Maryam (AS) suffered from birth pangs while carrying Isa (AS), she was offered to ease her pain. “Shake the trunk of the palm toward… 

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Iced Chocolate Mousse

  A few weeks ago, I had posted a live video of Rasha trying to help me with this mousse on my personal FB timeline. From then on, I received a few requests for the recipe that she tried, or she started to try and then left in the middle, I must say! 😉 I was not intending to do this recipe any earlier on the blog, but then, I thought, since the video had gone live, why don’t I use the opportunity of making this post appear earlier, in the form of a book review? 🙂   Today’s book for review is “Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook 200 Delicious Desserts”, written by Sara Lewis, printed by Octopus Books, UK. This book is a part of a collection of books with 2oo recipes. This was one of the books that HD picked up for me from this year’s Sharjah Book Fair… 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  After the Mint Hot Chocolate and the Biscoff White Hot Chocolate, here comes the third one!   Since I have gone through the difficulties of having some of my favorite food during the vegan days, I had found ways to go about it. I still like to look back and take around the lessons and still crave for good vegetarian food rather than non-veg after that little phase in my life! 😀 Something I used to crave so much for was hot chocolate and somehow I was really not liking too much dark chocolate. On top, I am really not a fan of hot chocolate with cocoa powder, but then you need to adjust as per your circumstances, right? 🙂 That is when this hot chocolate was born.   Since I used to keep making almond milk, in order to finish them soon, I used to end up making… 

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Biscoff White Hot Chocolate

  After the minty hot chocolate, here’s the second one. Biscoff White Hot Chocolate is simply a white hot chocolate spiked up with some Biscoff! How does that sound? I got the idea during my Google searches and was really smitten by the idea. The Biscoff goes amazingly well with the white chocolate, in fact I believe this combination would be much better than the combination of milk chocolate with Biscoff. I have already posted a white hot chocolate before on the blog, which also had a spike of cinnamon. Similar to that one, this one also has a sprinkle of cinnamon powder at the top and it gives a very homely feeling to the drink. Off to the recipe… and I hope you will keep waiting for what is going to appear tomorrow as the third recipe… 🙂       Biscoff White Hot Chocolate   Save Print Prep… 

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Mint Hot Chocolate

  I guess I mentioned it last month, but mentioning it again today… InShaAllah, in 2017 the 3 back-to-back will be done every second month than every month, so that it will make it easy for me to work around a theme and follow it too. Till now I was able to do it without much hassle, but since I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself, I am letting it go a bit loose. 😀 But don’t worry, we are at the end of this year and I do have a 3B2B this time, which is going to amaze you… Ready? OK, then, read on…   I guess looking at the picture and the title of today’s post, you maybe thinking that I am featuring warm drinks. Yes, it is winters, there are some cold winds, all you need is some blanket all over you and… 

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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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