Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  I happened to come by this statement sometime back. And it got me thinking… do we all stay in each other’s life forever? People whom I knew in school or college are no longer in touch with me. Some people, who I thought were lost, have come back to me. Some people, who I thought were mine, have been lost. We always live in the thought of losing some or the other relationship. This world is such that nothing is stable. When the Quran tells you that even your spouse and children are our enemies (refer Surah At-Taghabun: 15 and Al Kahf: 46), I like to believe that nobody in this world is ours to say. As much as you need to love and respect all your relations, within home and outside, we have to always know at the back of our mind that anything can happen to take… 

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Papaya Sorbet

  Coming to the second post of the series of “Vegan Desserts”, after the Dates Granola Bar – A sorbet is a perfect frozen treat! What is a sorbet? A sorbet is nothing but fruit and sugar. You can actually make sorbets without fruit too – just water, flavoring and sugar. But let me concentrate on sorbet with fruit. A sorbet is one of the easiest and guilt free frozen dessert that you can have. If made at home, you can use minimal sugar and make it almost 100% fruit pulp, like I have done with a whole papaya. A sorbet works especially if you have folks at home who may not eat fruit. My kids are not fond of papaya, but this sorbet totally clicked with them, since they felt it like an ice cream. If you look at the ingredients in a sorbet, it is very similar to… 

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DIY: Almond Milk | Biscoff Almond Milk Pops

  Time for this month’s 3 back-to-back! I have decided I may leave the series for next month and maybe even September since I may be in the hangover of coming back after vacations. 😉 Just an excuse, you see… Hehe… I guess you would have got it from the title of today’s post about what the theme is going to be – yes, it is going to be some DIYs that you can make at home plus a recipe that uses it. Sounds good? Like receiving a bonus, right? 😀   The first I decided to do was how to make almond milk. Almond milk never occurs to you till you have a problem where you can’t have milk. I love milk, whether it is cold or added into tea or into my smoothies. Even though I don’t have any addiction, but I love my milk in any way…. 

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Mango Coconut Milk Pistachio Ice-Cream

  It is time for this month’s Shhh Cooking Challenge. After taking over the reins from Priyaakka, Mayuriji has been doing a fantastic job at ensuring that the challenge moves forward.   This month, the theme was “Mangoes”, as it is the fruit of the season and our partner was supposed to give us two more ingredients to go with the theme. I am paired with Anu this month, and after a brief discussion, she asked me to make something with condensed milk and nuts of my choice. Since I am on a vegan diet and wanted to make something that I could eat too, I requested her if she could change the condensed milk to coconut milk, and I got an instant nod. Wasn’t I a happy soul? 🙂 I was eyeing this ice-cream that Rekha had posted on her blog recently, and what a good time to whip… 

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Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicle

  Today is our wedding anniversary number 12, Alhamdulillah. Through all the ups and downs, we have managed to touch this number and InShaAllah, I am only hoping to see more better years ahead. 🙂 Reading through Huma’s latest post actually made me reminisce our initial years of marriage. With me knowing nothing about cooking – totally zero – HD took all pains to teach me the basics starting from how to make tea to how to make a decent curry. That time, blogs and YouTube wasn’t really well used, so it was all dependent on a call to umma and his training. Since I literally hated cooking, I would just do some adjustment and cook just anything, not even making sure whether it was palatable and he would silently eat it. I can’t believe now I have a food blog of my own! 😉 I totally miss his cooking… 

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Mint Milk Ice Pops

  After the Chocolate Popsicles, here is the second one!   I am not a big fan of mint as such, but I do love its aroma and it’s flavor. Off late, I had got hooked onto mint choco-chip combination and especially love the Lindt Dark Chocolate Mint – OK, now I am off all that for the time being but I have the right to let my mind wander aimlessly over my past love, right? 😉 One day, I landed up with a bunch of mint leaves and I didn’t want to let them get spoiled. While searching through Google, I stumbled upon this recipe and put it to try almost immediately. I was actually apprehensive if I would be the only one eating it, since my kids are more bend towards chocolate than any other flavor. Still I went ahead thinking that if nobody eats it, I would… 

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Chocolate Popsicles

  Month by month seems to be flying so fast! It makes me so excited to be getting in the themed back-to-back posts as well… With the summer months starting in the country I stay in, summers are slowly starting, though this time, it seems to be coming at a slow pace. Everybody seems to say that it is to make the summers terrible. Only Allah knows… A lot of the climate changes can be attributed to global warming – thanks to all the bad things that we humans have done to the earth. 🙁 Umma tells that it is terribly hot back home and the summers have started as early as February. Yikes! I had never seen Kerala summers till I got married and we travelled back home as a couple. HD was going after 8 long years – yeah, I always wondered, how he went so long without… 

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Watermelon Cantaloupe Granita

  Last weekend we had a small marriage in the family. Alhamdulillah it all went well. Then the kids just decided that they were going to stay over at my cousin’s house as she has a daughter who is a year elder to Rasha. Actually, when schools close, this is an anxiety for me – they would definitely want to go and stay over. I don’t blame them. They don’t have friends in the building we stay and they feel bored. As much as I loved that they would be going over, a part of me went missing along with them. I always wonder the irony of life – when the kids are around and they are at their boistorous best, we just wish to run away from them in order to maintain our sanity but when they decide it for themselves that they are just going to do what… 

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Easy Chocolate Icecream

  Something that happened last week, wanted to record it over here: *Scene* Azza is standing with a glass behind a frantic me, who is trying to finish off my work. Azza: “Ummi, I want water!” She can very much go and take water from the dispenser but she chooses to nag me for it. Me (a bit irritated): “Mole, you can see I am busy. I just have two hands. Please do take water from the dispenser.” Azza (with a very matter-of-fact look): “Ummis are not supposed to have only two hands, they should have four hands!” She turns away and goes to take water. *Facepalm* I guess I leave it at that… 🙂   Just yesterday, I was talking about temperatures lowering and I am posting an ice cream recipe today! Hehe… How much ever we would want, sometimes it is difficult to ignore those on-off ice-cream pangs…. 

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Paal Ice ~ Milk Pops

  With the month of Ramadan coming in at any moment from now on, something to remind us of our purpose of life…   With the heat becoming unbearable at times, all I crave for is loads of water and something cold. Ice cream seems to be something that is wanted all the time. The easiest that you can make are these milk pops! Paal ice, as we all call it back home, always brings out fond memories of visiting the beach. When we were small and used to travel home during our summer vacations in July and August, it used to be mandatory to have at least one visit to the beach, though it would never be limited to one. Even though it would be raining and the sea would be wild, we would still hold onto any little cart having these paal ice to sell. Everybody would expect… 

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Be My Guest – Pomegranate Ice-Cream

The fourth guest of the year! Days are moving fast and the climate is changing as well. From winter (was there one this year???), we slowly move towards higher temperatures. It is already hot in the afternoons, so slowly that trend would spread out to the whole day. Standing in the kitchen to make dinner is itself becoming a cumbersome task! So what better time could my dear blogger friend bring in a delicious ice-cream as the guest post?   Today, I have with Remya, who blogs at Remya’s Baking and Cooking. I must say she is a fantastic baker, or rather a daring one. She tries so many types of varieties, that you would want to dash into your kitchen and start baking right away. Do check out her baking varieties to feel mesmerized! I have particularly eyed the Cheesecake Bodino to try at the earliest, but then it… 

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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Just keeping my introduction short for today, a powerful statement…   Strawberries are slowly fading, though not completely. It is just getting slightly a bit expensive every week. I still keep buying boxes whenever I find them at a good deal. I am looking at making some compote and topping them up for some pannacotta… but at the moment they are still a part of a dream! Ahem… hehe… meanwhile, let us enjoy this really simple strawberry fro-yo! I have adapted this recipe from a cut-out from one of my favorite food magazines, BBC Good Food. Just three ingredients, if you like the combination of sweet and tangy, then this one is for you. More that the kids, it was the adults who enjoyed it. Since I slept off after keeping it in the fridge, I had a problem with the crystal formation. But after keeping it in room temperature… 

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Honey Buttermilk Ice Cream

Something to share, that is plain and straightforward…. After going through a few events in life that would have literally torn me off but has kept me going in all way, I have seen His Qadr – Will – in everything that happens and love to believe in His Judgement… 🙂 After all, “Surely, Allah’s love and mercy encompasses all things” – Surah Al A’raf:156 The weather may be getting cooler, but still that does not stop me or the kids from enjoying some ice cream on and off. They love it when I make at home, but of late, I have just put a stop to it as they are having continuous cough and I don’t want to aggravate it by giving them cold stuff. I would love to call this “guilt free ice-cream”. Just have a look at the ingredients, that is nothing much that would derail your diet… 

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Dates Ice-cream

I would love to know from all of you, my lovely readers – if you have kids at home, what is that one thing that they constantly request for? I mean in terms of food and nothing else… 🙂 There are two things my kids ask – chocolate cake and ice-cream. They don’t ask for anything else. Though I wouldn’t mind making them some chocolate cake on and off, so that I also get to enjoy them (hehe…), I steer away from making ice-cream regularly. The main reason is that being school going kids, there is hardly a day when they are without running nose or cough. Once school starts, it is like their constant partner. No amount of medicines work. Therefore, I rely on steam and menthol oils to relieve them of any heaviness. When school is on, they kind of get used to having a clogged nose that… 

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Rose Milk Pops

What a relief it was when I landed here and felt that the temperatures have gone down! I did go home expecting some rains, however all my hopes were seriously dented. While the first week saw some decent amount of rain, sometimes really heavy, the next week had literally nothing, apart from some drizzles that hardly wet the grass. The temperatures were literally hovering close to 30 degrees and it was pretty much warm, that I had to force the kids to wash themselves at least 3 times a day – one time in the morning, then evening and finally when they would go off to sleep! Very unlikely during the monsoons, however this time, we had a fair share of ice cream wherever we went. Coming down here and seeing that the temperatures have gone below 40 degrees is really a relief. Now the climate will start getting better… 

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