Allah’s ways are beautiful, indeed… There were two things that happened back-to-back early this week. One was reading the below message, that I got through a group I am a part of on Whassap – we are part of umpteen number of groups from cousins to family (close and extended) to friends to what not! I don’t go through all that come since I have no time to watch or read them. I carefully choose and watch or read whatever I feel like. Alhamdulillah, I have always felt that what I read or watch affects me in some way or the other. So below was what I read:
“Sometimes… someone crosses your mind. It may be someone you have not thought of in a while. It may be someone you are not in touch with anymore. And their memory may bring a smile to your face or sadness to your heart – or both. And sometimes, that thought is not a coincidence, nor is the feeling. Sometimes, that is Allaah ﷻ reminding you to make duaa for them. One of the best things you can do for someone is to make duaa for them in their absence – you invite the Angels to pray for them and you too. And when Allaah ﷻ reminds you to make duaa for someone, it is said that it is because He wants to answer your prayer. Whatever distance there is between you – whether it is oceans and continents, the ground beneath your feet, or merely words – is immediately shortened by your prayer. How beautiful would it be for Allah to answer your prayers, and shower His blessings upon that person who crossed your heart? How beautiful would it be that Allah lifts someone’s calamities because He answered your duas for them? And how beautiful would it be for you to see that person in Jannah and, with that meeting, realize that both of your acceptances into Jannah were partly due to a prayer the other person made?” As one of the scholars said, “Pray for whoever crosses your mind. Honor the guests of your heart.“
I leave it for all of you to decipher and ponder over it. The second one was an email from a sister who shared her love towards this blog. All I can say is a big thank you – I was on a low of whether to go on with blogging. It seems to be affecting me in ways that I never imagined I could. I was so addicted to this blog of mine once upon a time that I walked and talked the blog and all of a sudden, I am feeling so aloof from everything. I keep reminding myself that this blog was something that allowed me to float when I needed it, so I shouldn’t abandon it when I don’t feel like it. Like a ray of sunshine, some messages and mails pop in and all of a sudden it rejuvenates your whole thought process. InShaAllah, hope this push will make me keep the blog going on as much as I can… 🙂
Before we move on to our Eid holidays – sadly we have only two days, so if Eid falls tomorrow, we literally have just the weekend, which is sad 🙁 – I thought let me share a very easy dessert to make, in case you are looking for ideas but don’t want to bang your head too much. This Lotus Crunch Pudding has it all – easy, no bake, comes together in just 5 minutes, can be made in bulk very easily for a large gathering and hardly any work goes into it! While cooking meals for a big group on Eid, the last thing you want is to spend too much time on the dessert. Most of the time, I tend to go for really easy desserts which are usually very well received – like the Serradura, this Fluffy Pudding, or sometimes even the Chocolate Biscuit Pudding if I have a child-majority crowd to cater to. Here is another one I am adding to the list…
There is nothing complicated in this Biscoff Crunch Pudding. In fact, it feels more like an inverted Biscoff cheesecake! Hehe… The base is the ever-so-reliable combination of whipping cream and cream cheese, folded in with some Lotus. You can replace the cream cheese with condensed milk if you don’t like the tang that cheese gives! Yes, the recipe is really forgiving… 🙂 If you see, I haven’t added sugar in here because I find Lotus quite sweet to my liking, and moreover we are giving the dessert a very generous sprinkling of crushed Biscoff cookies, which are high of sugar as well. So do adjust the quantity of sweetness accordingly. I would personally prefer using brown sugar as it plays well with the flavor of Biscoff. The ease to make it and the amazing final product is something that should push you to try it in your kitchen. 🙂 If you love Biscoff based desserts, then you may love this cheesecake tiramisu, which was our dessert last Eid-ul-Adha…
- 500 ml whipping cream
- ¼ cup Biscoff spread
- ½ cup cream cheese
- 1 pack Lotus biscuits, crushed coarsely
- Whip the cream till medium peaks.
- Fold in the Biscoff spread and cream cheese.
- Spread in a 1 litre glass pan. Sprinkle the crushed Lotus cookies on top.
- Allow it to rest in the fridge for an hour. Serve cold!
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