Cassata Ice Cream Cake

  As we bid farewell to this blessed month and move on to Eid-ul-Fitr, it is more like stock taking of what we have achieved in the month. Ramadan is a month where there are a lot of restrictions – whether it is food, water or relationships; when there is more emphasis on giving away a part of your wealth to charity – compulsory and otherwise; when there is the requirement of keeping a tab on our habits and characters. Eid ul Fitr marks the removal of all those restrictions, however it points out to another fact – that if we will, we can stick to a lot of self discipline in our lives. If we will, we can give up our bad habits and grow on the good habits inculcated during this month.   This festival, though is marked by sadness of the disappearance of immense blessings of the… 

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Vegan Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Walnut

  The days of Ramadan are passing by fast. As this post goes for publishing, it is already the second ten days of this holy month. During the last week, I was listening to a Malayalam lecture and the main topic was of three virtues that Allah has not mentioned how much is the reward – Sabr (patience), Afuww (forgiving) and Sawm (fasting). For every other good deed we do, there is a number of reward associated with it, however for the above, there is no quantification of reward except that He will reward those who possess these quantities abundantly. That got me thinking. “Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without any account.” (Surah Az-Zumar: part of Verse 10) “And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is (due) with Allah. Indeed, He does… 

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Tiganites ~ Greek Pancakes

  I love pancakes for breakfast. It is one of the easiest recipes to cook for a hale and hearty breakfast. Wouldn’t you agree with me? You can serve them plain, with a sprinkling of sugar, a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce… whatever you may fancy it with. While searching for recipes for the Blogging Marathon #76 under the theme “Flavors of Greece”, I had to check for pancakes and yes, there were! Tiganites or Greek Pancake are simple pancakes that are made in every Greek household in their own variation and is normally served with a drizzle of honey and crushed walnuts. More than the pancake recipe, it was the servings that excited me and got me into trying the recipe. 😀       Even though Google gave me variety of recipes that looked like normal pancakes with milks, eggs and baking powder, I… 

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Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake

  After the Gulab Jamun cheesecake shots, here comes the second cheesecake in the Blogging Marathon #76 under the theme, “I love, you love Cheesecakes!”.   And it has to be vegan! 😉 I have been wanting to try a vegan cheesecake since very long but somehow I never liked the idea. Maybe it is just the mental thought. I have been seeing this recipe and the amount of cashews that go into them, somehow doesn’t appeal to me. However, while this theme was declared, I had already decided I would try to make one, to know the feel and texture of it.     The recipe is very easy to make. The crust of the cheesecake is dates and walnuts, while the “cheesecake” portion is blend cashew cream, made up of soaked cashew nuts, coconut milk, some coconut oil and your choice of flavoring. I chose to make this with… 

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Gulab Jamun Cheesecake Shots

  As the email from Srivalli came at the end of March, regarding participation for Blogging Marathon #76 for the month of May, I looked through excitedly and selected my themes. Once I confirmed to her, and got to planning how I go about cooking the dishes, a rude shock awaited me. I soon realized that I had hardly 16 days to finish cooking the dishes instead of more than a month, since we were having guests staying over at our house for a month and I wouldn’t be able to do too much of experimenting. You all know how it is when you have guests – you will have to stick to more routine cooking and do out-of-the-box only when they are willing to try. The first set of dates I selected, ie. from today to fifth would coincide with their stay. The second set of dates is immediately… 

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Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

  After the Secret Recipe Club came to an end, Sarah started an event called “Fantastical Food Fighting“. Every month she gives a theme and a date to publish the post. The best part about this event is that you can join in if you want and there is no pressure to be doing posts. Most of the challenges require you to do continuous posts to remain a part of the group, which is not the case with this event. Hence I took a plunge and submitted my name. However, till date I haven’t been able to participate despite some interesting themes. But this month, I got the opportunity to be a part of it and here I am!   The theme for this month is PB&J, which is the short form for “peanut butter and jelly”. The recipe needed to have peanuts and a fruit in it. All I… 

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Fesenjan ~ Persian Chicken Stew with Walnuts and Pomegranate

  There are times when I wish I can go ahead and do a post without much of an introduction. Just do the post… then I wonder, would my readers accept it? I really don’t know… Many of you are used to reading something or the other to begin a post, and I am used to it too. If I don’t do it, then I feel a pinch of guilt within me for not taking an effort to start the post with a subject. But being human, at times, we are just left to be blank. The mind doesn’t give in. It acts just opposite of the way we want it to be. At that time, the best to do is not to pressurize it, which in turn will put undue stress on our whole system. Does it make any sense? 🙂   Last week, we had some lovely climate… 

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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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Eggless Dulche De Leche Banana Bread

A delicious banana bread, with a twist of Dulche De Leche, and studded with pecan, for a light breakfast or a snack for afternoon tea   I have gone a bit low on banana bakes, since the kids are not very fond of it, unless it is the chocolate banana bread. 😕 Personally, I feel that the aroma of banana bakes is intoxicating, especially when it is combined with some cinnamon. It makes me want to sit down in the kitchen without doing anything, only enjoying that mesmerizing smell that comes out of the oven. How many of you feel that? I have never experienced such a head-hitting aroma for any other bakes I do. Maybe I am a bit mental about it. Since I love cakes with bananas, I may be imagining the smell as such, who knows? 😀     I baked these when I had a little… 

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Apple Peanut Butter Milkshake

  Sometimes I wonder why as a blogger, I need to be in pressure to start my posts with introductions. Sometimes, my mind is blank but I still want to go ahead and do a post since I feel very uneasy if I don’t attend to my blog regularly. I am so used to doing it now, that keeping it empty for too long a time is not in my mind at the moment. It doesn’t mean that I will be able to keep this pace till my blogging passion lasts. It just means that when I have the opportunity to continue with it, I would like to keep going on with it with His Grace. Life is never meant to be in the same pace all the time. Alhamdulillah, even with the ups and downs life gave me, I was able to keep blogging. Maybe I must rephrase it… 

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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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Persimmon Pistachio Lassi

  My favorite fruit is back in season! But I always wonder why I have so much difficulty finding it in the markets here. 🙁 Usually HD’s staff goes to the main fruit and vegetable market to get stuff but despite explaining it to them, they were not able to trace this fruit. A couple of weeks back, I found it in one hypermarket which is quite far away from home. I had to go there for checking something, but didn’t find it, but that disappointment was offset when I found a big box of persimmons staring at me while simply loitering in the supermarket. Hehe… I must admit that I ate almost the whole box all by myself. HD must have eaten just one and B didn’t even bother to eat it, even though he likes this fruit. Two got pulsed into this delicious lassi as well. All you… 

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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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Pomegranate Pistachio Pilaf

  I don’t know how many mothers have felt this way, but at times, when I look at my children, I feel, “Are they really mine?” 😀 I always wonder why I feel that. Children are an amazing mish-mash of chromosomes of generations in ourselves that come out in manifestation. Indeed, He is great, Allahu Akbar! Rasha was born looking like HD but now she looks like a splitting copy of me from every angle possible! Even certain mannerisms are like me – laziness, liking the egg yolk and not the white on a sunny side up, etc. 😉 Azza is a literal melting pot of so many people – umma, mattamma, a part of HD… The best part is both of them are as different as chalk and cheese, in every way! Maybe because of the difference, they literally drive me up the wall. Sometimes when they wreck havoc,… 

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Date Cashewnut Brownies

  Like many, baking is therapeutic to me, but only if it would not make me feel so off with my weight! 😀 I have been on quite a low off late, especially since I have come back from vacation. I have been really struggling to get back into schedule. Either time is moving too fast or I have become slow – it is one of them. Thanks to this “lack” of time, the first thing that got docked off my list was baking. Not because I don’t enjoy it, I love the feeling of baking a lot and I miss doing it. But at times,  I struggle at home to finish my bakes. Most of the time, it is me who is finishing it. If it is chocolate, Rasha is fine but otherwise she won’t touch it. Azza is really unpredictable – most of the time she acts as… 

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