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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Halawat Timman ~ Iraqi Roasted Rice Flour Sweet

  It is the 15th of the month, and time for the MENA Cooking Challenge! This month, we are going to Iraq. If you remember, I started participating in this challenge with Iraq, so now it has literally taken a full circle. I must say I have enjoyed my journey for this challenge and wish to continue as much as I can…   For this month, we were given three options – Pardah Pellau: a rice dish, preferably a biriyani topped with a pie crust, Lisan El Kathi: a baked dish with eggplants with meat mince, and Halawat Timman, a roasted rice flour dessert.. The suggestions were provided by Noor’s friend’s grandmother and were heritage recipes. No wonder I had a tough time trying to trace out the recipes, I don’t know how it was for all of them. Finally after searching a lot with various names on Google, I… 

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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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Be My Guest ~ Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls

Last month, I received a mail from Chindinma Zee, who blogs at Fruitful Kitchen,  with an interest to publish a guest post on my blog. She has previously published a few guest posts, here and here. I loved how neat her work was and also what was on her blog. So I had no difficulty in deciding to have her over my little space.   If you notice, I hardly have any citrusy bakes on the blog apart from a couple of them involving oranges. Even though I love them, I don’t have a family that would eat them, so I try to stay away from making them. These lemon cheesecake crescent rolls that Chindinma brings by has everything in them – they are easy to make, they are lemony and they feel like you are having cheesecake! Without much ado, let’s go on and see what Chindinma brings in… 

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Baked Yogurt ~ Celebrating blogoversary #4!

  I can’t believe I have survived 4 years of blogging, and that too, consistent blogging, Alhamdulillah! I sincerely cannot describe the way I am feeling now. I started the blog with a lot of trepidation and concern. But I must say that the blog has bought me a lot of love and affection, whether it is from fellow bloggers or from my lovely readers. I will remain indebted for that forever… 🙂   I can’t go without saying how much this blog has become a part of my life. For the past four years, even during my vacation, I have been constantly thinking, checking and working towards the blog. If you ask me whether I am happy with the way my blog has fared, I don’t have an answer. A little tinge of sadness engulfs me when I think of it. My blog has been constant for the past… 

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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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Apple Hand Pies/ Turnovers

  There are these apple pies you get at McDonald’s. I am not fond of their burgers, but the kids want to go there all the time for the kid’s meal, not for the nuggets but for the toy that comes with it. It is really frustrating, to say the least. Anytime we go to a mall, the kids scream for McD. I always say a “no” or put a timeline when they can have it again, but the HD always gives in to their requirements. So now, I try to not get any close to their outlet. 😀   OK, coming back to the apple pie, if there is something I love of their’s, then it is the pie. Crunchy puff pastry filled with hot cinnamony apple… so much deliciousness! I recently learned that “hand pies” are also called “turnovers”, but Google also tells me that that turnovers are… 

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Shrikhand ~ Hung Curd Dessert

  I have a soft corner for Shrikhand – period! Give me some thick curd sweetened and spiced with my favorite cardamom and I turn into a little kid, excited about it! I have already posted a few variants on the blog before: Aamrakhand/ Mango Shrikand Saffron Shrikand  Nutella Shrikand Papaya Shrikand I felt a bit guilty looking at this list. Where is the plain shrikhand? The plain goodness, with absolutely no additives of any fruit or other flavorings?   Shrikhand is basically a  Gujrati and Maharashtrian delight, served as a stand alone dessert or along with pooris. For us South Indians, pooris are always with a potato bhaji, so having it with something sweet was not a matter I could digest. But once I tried the combination, I was hooked – it is delicious! You must try it to know how it would be. There is a combination of… 

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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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Kashata ~ Coconut Peanut Sugar Candy

  Time for the MENA Cooking Challenge! This month, it was Djibouti, as unheard as the Comoros Islands, which was our October assignment. Djibouti is a tiny country located in the Horn of Africa, covering an area of a little over 23,200 cubic km, sharing its borders with Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia, with one side facing the Red Sea. The inhabitants are primarily Muslims and Arabic and French are the major languages spoken, apart from Afroasiatic languages. Due to its strategic location, it is a buzzing commercial hub and is site for various military bases. Djibouti cuisine is highly influenced by foods of Somalia, Yemen, Afar and French cuisine. Meat and fish are a staple part of the food.   We were given three choices to make – Wat: a gravy made of meat and vegetables, Sabayaad: a layered flat bread which looks so close to our parathas and Kashata: a… 

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Basseema/ Bassima ~ Egyptian Coconut Cake

  I have been wanting to post this and I am so excited that it is finally making its way to this space of mine! The season now is such that we do a lot of barbecuing. HD is least interested but his cousin love to arrange everything and most of the time, we only need to be present and eat what they make! 😉 Freshly barbecued chicken with some hummus and khubboos is definitely our favorite winter time foods for dinner over weekend. The men will be doing everything while we women huddle at a corner to chit chat and the kids play their energies out. It is always a time we all look forward to, and definitely I am looking forward to the start during this season too, InShaAllah… 🙂 Everytime we go for it, all the men expect me to make something sweet and take as the… 

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Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

  There are some desserts that are so frequently made when we were young. As days go by or years move on, they get forgotten. That is how I would look at the good old biscuit pudding. Thanks to the umpteen variety of ingredients available in the market, we experiment with various flavors and varieties and try not to look at the old style dishes, that graced our tables so effortlessly and we eagerly waited for them. Now, I feel that we are under pressure to make something new all the time. At home, even if I want to go back to some old favorites, the kids feel that I am taking an easy way out! 😕 It is actually very irritating at times… But if there is a dessert they and HD loves if given anytime, then it is this simple biscuit pudding! I had promised I would share… 

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Vegan Chocolate Muhallabiah

  Muhallabiah is a family favorite dessert. It is a breeze to make. A milk based dessert, thickened with corn starch and subtly flavored with two essences that are such a huge part of Arab dessert – rose water and orange blossom water. Normally, I would always have only with rose water, but commercial version available is mostly flavored with orange blossom water. Now I use both in my desserts and love their combined taste. I first enjoy the aroma and then the taste. 😉 I already have the traditional version on the blog. I would prefer to call this dessert “the Arab Pannacotta”! 😉   Normally during Ramadan, you find boxes of Muhallabiah mixes at good prices, but I always wonder why we need to use them when all that goes into making it are very basic ingredients!  B gets tempted to buy the offer pack and every time… 

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Rose Flavored Yogurt Mousse

  One of my favorite things to do now is pulling out a random cookbook and going through it during my sleep time. Once the kids are tucked into their bed – that’s a different story altogether! – I look into my bookshelf and pick up one, it maybe a full fledged cookbook or a magazine that I purchased sometime back and then take that along with me to my bedroom. I spend 15 minutes browsing through and folding up pages of recipes to try soon. Those folded pages are alas getting more and more day by day, hehe…   Talking about putting kids to sleep – I sometimes wonder why kids don’t love to sleep these days. True, during those days, our alarm – read, my umma 😉 – would ring up by 9:30 pm, pushing us off into the washroom to wash ourselves and change and by 9:50… 

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Strawberry Jelly Pudding

  It is the third Monday of the month and time for the Secret Recipe Club post! I didn’t participate in the August month challenge due to my vacation. When the challenge was emailed for this month in August, I had all the time to go through the blog assigned for me, “The Gluten-Free Smith“. Tina, a Portland based blogger who went gluten-free for health reasons, makes her blog speak for itself, with some delicious gluten-free eats and treats and how much she loves cooking for her grandchildren – I somehow agree to that statement, since umma loves cooking for the kids and they adore her food a lot, even making comparisons of my food to hers!  After going through almost the whole blog, I finalised on these brownies and these amazing looking waffles.   Once I was back from my vacation, I kept procrastinating on making one of them…. 

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