Cream Cheese Brownies

  After those delicious avocado brownies, let’s come to another sinful one as a part of the “Let them Eat Brownies” theme for the Blogging Marathon #78. Is there anything less sinful than brownies? I mean, you make them in any way and they will eventually end up being really addictive, that you feel sad to be sharing them. 😉 Most of the brownies that I have shared on the blog have all been baked and shared, not because I am generous, but because I didn’t want more fat to accumulate all over myself as much as I have already now! Somehow, I always emphasis that blogging has made me gain a lot of weight off late, but still my mind doesn’t allow me to really blame blogging 100%. There are a lot more factors that made me bake like mad some times. My colleagues actually enjoyed a lot during… 

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Carla Hall’s Avocado Brownies

  Time for the second round of the Blogging Marathon #78! While I was scouring through the themes, I was a little confused on which one to select. Finally I ended up selecting the theme “Let Them Eat Brownies”! While I had gone through the heart attack of having to make three cheesecakes in two weeks last time, this time I thoroughly checked my drafts, ensured I had at least two drafts of brownies so that I had minimum baking. To my excitement, I had three to cover just enough for the marathon! That is one advantage of having too much in the drafts, I suppose! 😀     The first brownie I choose to share with you are these delicious avocado brownies. These were my first trial of brownies with avocados, even though the only one that appeared on the blog was the vegan version. I had initially made… 

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Lamingtons

  This is the first dish I cooked up for the Blogging Marathon #78 for the theme “Oceanic Cuisine” but got chosen to become the third post! Hehe…   I have been wanting to make Lamingtons since very long. The buttery cake surrounded by chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut is definitely a treat for sweet lovers. I have never seen these pretty things being sold here anywhere – maybe I haven’t looked too far! – but going through many recipes and pictures were tempting enough to make me want to try them. All I did was wait for an opportunity. Once the theme was declared and I selected it, I had to go ahead and make these, since Australia is an Oceanic country (or continent) and Lamingtons are considered to be a part of its tradition. Would you love to read the history behind this treat? Then read… 

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Thai Mango Pudding

  After sitting out of the Blogging Marathon last month, here I am participating in two weeks this month. Since I will be travelling back home next month, I thought of not missing it this month. The first theme I have chosen for the Blogging Marathon #78 was “Oceanic Cuisine”.   Oceanic countries are basically countries which are surrounded by two or more oceans. I did skim through the list several times to decide on which country to cook from. Although my head had millions of ideas, I settled down for the easiest options that I could search for. 😉 Here goes the first one…     The first country I chose to cook from is Thailand and since mangoes are still available, I decided to make this delicious mango pudding with a coconut milk base. Searching on Google gave me several options of puddings set with agar agar/ China… 

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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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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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Bakmi Goreng/ Mie Goreng ~ Indonesian Fried Noodles

  We are on the tenth of the month, so time for the Muslim Food Bloggers Challenge of the month! The way days fly from one tenth to the other is unbelievable. Sometimes I feel we have enough time to handle things, but this time, it came to a point that I had to whip up something so quick so that I could at least be a part of the challenge. It doesn’t happen to me usually. I like to plan and be prepared in advance, but sometimes things just don’t work out in your favor and plans keep getting postponed, only for the deadline to be staring at you. Alhamdulillah, still I was ready a week ahead, not too late I suppose. 😉   This month, we explore Indonesian cuisine. Why, you may ask. Indonesia happens to be the largest Muslim country in the world, accounting for 20% of… 

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Chocolate Beetroot Brownies

  While almost all Indian schools started yesterday, I had some respite of not having to send the girls to school for a week more. I am feeling really relieved of having got an extended holiday from having to wake up really early on a weekday and bang my head over what to pack in their boxes. 😀 Five days isn’t much of a long time, but still… any small break is definitely welcome, since this is going to be the case for the next three months, InShaAllah…   And talking about the weather, we are back to getting hot. The rains have stopped and the winters have moved on. The mornings and evenings are still good, though a little humid, but the afternoons are getting a bit unbearable. The summers have to come in, isn’t it? So let’s get to having a lot of fluid and keeping ourselves hydrated… 

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Baked Blueberry French Toast

  We have had some amazing weather over the last weekend. Scheduling posts actually keeps me away from updating the blog with what happens, but sometimes you are forced to, especially when the posts are related to challenges and you don’t want to miss the dates. 🙂 I like to be particular that way, and Alhamdulillah, so far I have been doing well to manage. If you are following me on Instagram, you would have caught up with the weekend weather updates. I tend to post more weather/sky/nature clicks there rather than my food. 😀 Somehow, I prefer to click my surroundings rather than what I am eating, especially when we are at a restaurant. I prefer to dig in right away rather than pull out the mobile, click it till the perfect click is done, and then eat it cold. I can’t take it that way… 😛 The rains… 

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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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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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Balaleet ~ Emirati Vermicelli Egg Breakfast

  While I posted the Chebaab as the National Day special, I had mentioned that I would try to recreate Emirati dishes in my kitchen. So far, the process has been slow but steady. I am slowly trying a few new dishes, but not clicking them, since I would like to make them again for the blog and click them well. InShaAllah, slowly you will see a fair amount of Emirati dishes featuring on the blog this year. 🙂   I was introduced to Balaleet by this post of Fami’s. Till then, I was unaware of it’s existence. I was really not sure of how the combination of sweet and salt would co-exist. That was when the breakfast at Logma happened and I got my first taster of this dish. I ended up eating that little portion all by myself without sharing with my friend. 😉 From then, I had… 

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Coffee Walnut Cake with Mocha Cream and Candied Walnuts

  I don’t whether whoever said children are like angels were in his or her right frame of mind when he or she said that. 😀 I really don’t know… 😉 The little munchkin is no longer little. Azza completes 6 years of life on earth and steps into her seventh year. Alhamdulillah, I am blessed with two that drive me up the wall as much as that can love me to bits. It would be too cliched if I use words like “I can’t believe that it’s been 6 years since you came down into my hands!” 😀 All parents go through similar set of feelings… I am sure of that… She may a little imp at home but Alhamdulillah, she is very well behaved when she is in school and otherwise.   I only pray like every mother would for their child, that He blesses her with the… 

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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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