Ma’amoul ~ Middle Eastern Date Filled Cookies

  We have a small group of enthusiastic bloggers called the Muslim Food Bloggers. Last month, we decided that we would go ahead and do a challenge every month. We will be doing various challenges over the month to avoid the monotony. I am really excited to be starting this event and hosting the event. Sincerely hoping that we will be able to make the event a regular and long running event, InShaAllah… 🙂 We will be working on a theme every month, that will be posted on the 10th of every month and will be linked in for everybody to see all the participating posts. This is just a humble beginning. May Allah bless us in this little activity and strengthen our bonding, Aameen… 🙂   To start with, the first challenge is to try a recipe from the blog of a very famous blogger, who is so well… 

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Coconut Pistachio Biscotti

  Everything has to come to an end, right? That is the policy of life. I had joined the Secret Recipe Club in June and was really enjoying my monthly assignments, when Sara declared last month that the SRC was winding up for good and November would be the last month. The monthly participation was dwindling and according to her, the club would be better off ending on a high note rather than allowing it to die. All of us agreed to it. I have been a part of a lot of challenges previously and it is heart breaking to see how the initial interest just goes down and then it goes into a natural death stage. The SRC is a highly successful event that has been going on for a few years now, so the decision she has taken was for good. I would have started in January, had not… 

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Naan Berenji ~ Persian Rice Flour Cookies

  A little while ago, I had an FB conversation with Lubna. I was actually frustrating at my lack of understanding of the basics of photography. How much ever I try, I feel I am not hitting what I want to or maybe I have hit a plateau. I am not able to get rid of my habit of clicking night pictures, since most of my best cooking happens at night. I know there is no point in me running behind sunshine at a time when I am just tired from work, and I try to limit my cooking over weekends not to overdo myself. Those are my shortcomings – I cannot go without it so I have to learn to live with it. She asked me just one question – what do you intend with the blog? Is it a recipe blog or is it a food photography blog?… 

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Thuthukudi Macaroons ~ Thoothukudi Cashew Egg White Cookies

  There were times when I had no dearth of topics to type in. But now, my mind mostly seems blank when I open to do a post. Sometimes, I feel it may be because I post five times a week but then I have been doing this all throughout the time I have been blogging. I am very notorious in going full fledged with cooking at times and overloading my drafts, and after that phase, going on a totally dry phase of not cooking much! For all those who wonder how I feed my blog almost daily despite working, the above is the secret. I take advantage of myself when I am in a mood to cook. There are times when I have cooked and clicked upto seven dishes a day. But I have not been doing that since the start of the year, thanks to a packed schedule… 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies – Back in the Day Bakery Style

  Yes, I know… I normally don’t blog on Saturdays. But sometimes, seeing a recipe tempts you so much that you instantly decide to do a bake along and participate without delay. Normally, I am good at keeping my temptations at bay, or I make what I wished to make but seeing these cookies on Zoe’s space, I just couldn’t hold myself. And I got myself baking them yesterday morning and here, they are on the blog, in time for the closing of the link in! 🙂   Every month, Zoe along with Lena and Joyce do an event called Bake Along, which is posted towards the end of every month and they keep open a linky for those who are interested in joining in. Zoe’s blog is one that I drool upon endlessly and I am so fed up of keeping bookmarks on her blog that I have literally… 

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Saffron Olive Oil Cookies

  Life can give you a lot of unexpected turns. Last night, we were shocked by the news of a cousin, who met with a horrific accident and is now battling for his life in the ICU at the hospital. All we can do at the moment is continuously make Du’a for him and hope that Allah has something better destined for him and his family, InShaAllah… As I am battling my inner thoughts and emotions, I see the below verse in the morning: “No calamity befalls, but with the Leave of Allah, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart. And Allah is the All-Knower of everything.” (Surah At-Taghabun:11) It keeps telling us that we are so powerless in front of the Superpower… May Allah give him shifa soon, his family strength and give us the aafiyah to serve Him in the way He likes, so that we die… 

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Oats Butterscotch Cookies

The Home Baker’s Challenge was pretty active for more than a year but after the bun challenge, for which I baked these delicious Iyengar Style Khaara Buns, Priya akka decided to give a break to the event and restart in September. Since she was still occupied with lot more matters, she was not thinking of restarting the challenge but a small message and the plethora of support that came by encouraged me to host this month so as to restart the event.   So here I am as the host for this month, and the theme given was “Baking with Oats”. I had chosen a few interesting bakes with oats, since now it is one ingredient that has grown away from just being used as porridge. One of the recipes I had selected were these cookies, that I had baked off the wrapper of the pack of Hershey’s Butterscotch Chips… 

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Hershey’s White Chip Chocolate Cookies

Somehow what is happening around is very disturbing. For many of us, Alhamduillah, the world is still safe enough for many of us to thrive and our children to grow. But there is a section among us who don’t even know what would be their status the next moment. As the world expressed shock and mourned at the picture of the little boy who hit the shores of Turkey, only time can say what holds for the population in tatters. All we can do is to pray for them as much as we can and do what little we can do. I happened to read this article which was so hitting… It can’t be better expressed… A few days back, an Instagram feed showcased this ayaat… I have no words to say: “What is (wrong) with you? Why do you not help each other?” (Surah As-Saaffat: 25) While we keep… 

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Bordeaux Cookies

The fourth challenge post on the trot! I promise, this is the last one for the time being! Hehe…   For the February month’s International Food Challenge, Sara suggested us some recipes from the Bordeaux city from France. Taking a little introduction from Sara’s bit – “Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest France. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. Bordeaux is also an upscale place- a city for luxury shopping, drinking, and eating. It sits in the center of the world famous wine region that bears its name and thus tourists come here come to eat, drink, experience wine, and be merry.”   She shared with us three recipes in which the Canneles De Bordeaux has alcohol in it and the Strawberry Mango Salad had Mango in… 

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Suji Crystal Cookies

From one challenge to another! This time, it’s the Home Baker’s Challenge, which I love to participate whenever I get a chance. Our host for this time is Niloufer and she gave us some lovely Malaysian bakes. In Malay culture, they bake cookies and cakes especially during Eid, which they call Hari Raya, and hence baking is a part of their culture. She had given some lovely choices which were really difficult to select from. Since I wanted to participate, yet I was not having much time in hand, I went for one of the easiest bakes that she offered. In the beginning, I thought I would make it plain but then looking at those cute looking beauties, I just decided to go ahead and do the marble effect. They didn’t turn as good looking as I would have loved to, but who cares? The kids thought that ummi had… 

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even though I have a bunch that loves their cookies, I recently discovered why I rarely bake cookies. Each time my hands itch to bake, my soft corner is always towards cakes. Cakes hardly take any time, especially if they require only a whisk as a mixer. Most of the time, my cakes, you would have noticed are all mix and bake – just good for my lazy bones! However, cookies do require some time. The kneading, cooling, shaping plus the messed up table top really peeves me off from making cookies, though it’s never the baking time – it gets done in much lesser time than cakes! I really feel I have to put aside my lazy bones and start baking more cookies at home, rather than give my girls commercial ones, though now I feel, thanks to their changed schedule, they hardly have time to eat biscuits, apart… 

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Wholewheat Anzac Cookies – my 23rd guest post for Resna’s Tasty Home

I am so glad to be here on my dearest friend, Resna’s space. She has already guest posted in my blog with her yummy Pidi Payasam and it was during this time I created a rapport with her. It always feels nice to meet people through blogs, who we may not know personally but just the interaction makes you feel that you have known them for ages. Her Pidi Payasam was her 100th blog post, and despite not being well during that time, she hastily finished her last few posts, so that she could have her 100th post as the guest post for my blog! Now this time, she wanted me to be the first guest to be featured on her blog, and seriously, I am feeling so honored that mine is the first name that came to her mind! JazakAllah khairan Resna… I am so overwhelmed… I only pray… 

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Chocolate Meringue Cookies – My 50:50 trial

I have always mentioned previously that this blog of mine does not just mention my successes, but illustrates my failures and “part successes” as well, just for me to not lose motivation and keep trying to get better at things next time. Here is one such attempt which I was partially happy about. Making meringue cookies have been something that I have wanted to do for long – yeah, just like many many other recipes!!! I love the soft chewy crunchy layer of addictive sweetness that meringues give. Going on to say that it is one of the healthiest dessert considering the level of fat is quite low in meringues. The main reason why I didn’t want to make it is that I had to ensure that I utilise the egg yolks at the time I am using up the egg whites. So when I had the whites sitting in… 

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Peanut Butter Cookies

There are times when we wish that Allah would give us answers to the umpteen number of questions that we have in our mind. “Why is it like this when it could have been like that?”, “Why me every time?”… When depression seeps in, it is common for such questions to come up in our mind. What we don’t tend to understand is that – at the same time, many others are being tested in much harsher ways, some asking the same question in their mind while many others enduring it all with patience – a quality which is so beautifully denoted in the Qur’an as “Sabr“. I am not somebody, who can boast of high patience levels. In fact, my patience is something I am very ashamed of. Each time I wish I could really improve my levels. But Alhamdulillah, nowadays through diversifying my energies, I seem to be… 

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Biscuit Sables/ Eggless French Shortbread Biscuits

I have been very enthusiastically baking as a part of the Home Baker’s Challenge, whenever I am able to. This month, Priya akka had provided us with a list of interesting French bakes, out of which, the lazy head in me chose these quick butter biscuits for two reasons – one, they were easy to make and two, I was sure these would appeal to my children, who are mad about biscuits. I was absolutely not wrong in my calculation. I baked half the recipe provided and in no time to even cool down, Azza would come, take one and go out of the kitchen munching only to come back in three minutes to pick up the next one from the rack! I had to hide them so that  I could give it to them for tea time the next day and whatever remained, vanished. Thank you, akka for these… 

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