Semolina Mango Cake

ย  I hope you enjoyed the Mango Custard Verrines and Aamras posts in this month’s 3-back-to-back mango recipes. I have been wanting to bake with semolina since long but never got around it. My first attempt at making the basbousa, which is an Arab style semolina cake soaked in sugar syrup, was a dud, and I never got to making it again. Even though I have bookmarked several recipes that use up semolina, I have still kept it pending. There is so much that I am cooking and trying so some things do go off to the end of the list. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  I made this cake to finish off a can of mango pulp that I had got at a deal. My mind went loitering at all options like ice cream and pudding but then I remembered the semolina mango cake recipe I had saved up very long ago…. 

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

ย  We all love a good chocolate cake at home, especially me and my elder one, Rasha. We could sit and finish off it all in one sitting. Azza leans more for fruity bakes rather than chocolate, but once in a while she does love a bite. While browsing through my drafts, I was a bit upset with myself for not having posted this recipe. Can I tell you that this is the easiest chocolate cake you will ever make? ย  Don’t get me wrong. Run yourself through the list… You don’t need butter, eggs or diary to make this cake, so it automatically graduates to becoming vegan. All you need is some basic ingredients in your pantry, mix it through with some oil and warm water and you are ready to go. When I made this the first time during my vegan days, I was really not sure how… 

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Vegan Wheatgerm Brookies

ย  I have this bad habit of picking up stuff I may or may not use and then panic about what to do to finish them off! ๐Ÿ˜€ I call it the con of going grocery shopping alone. If HD would come along, I wouldn’t pick up anything extra, forget about unknown products. I am glad to have discovered milled flax and chia among a few of them, and the next finding was wheat germ. What is wheat germ? It is said to be the sprouted part of a wheat kernel, that gets separated in the milling process. It is in fact the most healthy part of the wheat, loaded with vitamins, proteins and minerals, but unfortunately gets left out during the making of wheat flour. The proportion of wheat germ is only 2.5% of a kernel of wheat, so it is a very miniscule portion. To read the health… 

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Tropical Sunrise Muffins ~ Vegan!

ย  Time for this month’s Secret Recipe Club post! To review all my previous posts and read about them, you can check out here. I have enjoyed each and every post that I have been working on and this one was no different. Since I am moving for my vacation back home next month, I wanted to make sure that I participate in this month’s challenge. If you would love to join the challenge – which I would highly recommend! – then do hop on to their page and submit your blog. I am sure that you will enjoy the ride once you hop in… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  ย  This month I was assigned the blog, Cook with Sara. She is a Midwestern American blogger, who has been blogging for the past eight years, so you can imagine how much of a treasure trove her recipe index is! The very first… 

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Vegan Wholewheat Oats Chocolate Loaf

ย  We are now on the last leg of this holy month. I have already mentioned in a lot of detail in my earlier posts on the blog, which you can read here. This month is believed to be the month when the Qur’an was sent down to the earth, and the last ten days of Ramadan witnesses a night that is better than a 1000 months, so Muslims stay vigil at night praying to the Almighty from His bounties. Unfortunately, I have noticed that many of us take to finishing off or even starting our Eid shopping during these precious nights, that shouldn’t be wasted at any cost. It becomes imperative on us to educate our brethren the importance of these days and how we must limit our other activities during this time. May He give us the strength and faith to make us among those who see the… 

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Joan’s Rainbow Cake ~ Almost 100% Vegan!

ย  I actually wanted to wait to post this recipe, but then I thought, it is fine, I don’t need to wait! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The third in the series of the 3 back-to-back vegan cake is this cake that I baked for our anniversary last month, Alhamdulillah… ๐Ÿ™‚ I was actually not planning to bake anything. I was down with fever and body pain, it was a very normal dull day and unlike other anniversaries, where I would be up planning so much – you can refer to my previous anniversary cakes here, here and here – ย this time, I had no plans at all! But as the day passed by, I became restless and I pushed myself into the kitchen to bake this cake. ย  The Joan’s Rainbow Cake has been on my to-do list, and I am so glad that I managed to veganize the whole recipe and make… 

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Vegan Strawberry Cake

ย  As soon as I had made these vegan brownies, I saw Azza sulking on one side. When I inquired what was her issue, she told me, “Ummi, you always make chocolate that thaatha likes, you never make what I want!” I was a bit taken aback by it. I always thought she loved chocolate but then it turned out my assumption was wrong! Then she asked me for a strawberry cake. That is when I remembered her fetish for pink, and that was one reason why I baked her a pink cake for her birthday last year, and this time got her a pink doll cake. She loves pink to the core. “Barbie is pink so everything has to be pink” is her philosophy. Initially, I used to love pink too but now seeing too many pinks, my eyes have turned soar! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  ย  I wanted to bake… 

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Vegan Avocado Brownies

ย  While trying to finalize what to do for this month’s 3 back-to-back theme, I was in a little confusion. Initially I had decided to do “mango” as the theme, but since I preferred eating my mango more than cooking with it and already the net is flooded with variety of mango recipes, I decided to not go ahead with it. Then I thought about strawberries – one fruit that I have seen is continuously available from some country or the other over the past few months. ย Even though I had the recipes for the theme, somehow I wasn’t really convinced of doing it, so dropped the idea. And then finally settled for what you are going to see from today, for the next three days on the blog… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Those who read my blog regularly are already aware that I am currently on a vegan diet. Ever since,… 

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Vegan Papaya Cake

ย  After starting my vegan diet, my only concern was how was I going to have baked stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ Almost all baked items have butter, eggs and milk/ yogurt/ cream wholly or in combinations. And definitely it is these fats that make baked goods irresistible. Having a terrible sweet tooth didn’t help me. I had to run down several things in my head before picking up stuff for myself and since most of them state the warning of their ingredients, most of the time, I cannot even have them. I mean, majority of the time… ๐Ÿ™‚ During a casual conversation with my colleagues, I stated so emphatically that I can eat jalebi and chaats that don’t have yogurt, and they giggled and were like, “You are really going so much ahead!” They don’t understand how much care I need to take care of! ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, I am happy that it… 

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