Life can give you a lot of unexpected turns. Last night, we were shocked by the news of a cousin, who met with a horrific accident and is now battling for his life in the ICU at the hospital. All we can do at the moment is continuously make Du’a for him and hope that Allah has something better destined for him and his family, InShaAllah… As I am battling my inner thoughts and emotions, I see the below verse in the morning:
“No calamity befalls, but with the Leave of Allah, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart. And Allah is the All-Knower of everything.” (Surah At-Taghabun:11)
It keeps telling us that we are so powerless in front of the Superpower… May Allah give him shifa soon, his family strength and give us the aafiyah to serve Him in the way He likes, so that we die in a condition that He is pleased with us… Aameen…
For this month’s Sshh… Cooking Challenge, I am partnering with Amrita, who blogs at The Food Samaritan. The ingredients she gave me was flour and saffron. Saffron is one of my favorite spice and I have already mentioned that fact a few times before. So when I got saffron, I was really excited. I was first thinking of making a drink but then decided against it. That is when my eyes fell on these cookies. I was wanting to bake and these cookies could not have come at a better time. So one weekend night, when the whole house was asleep, I was busy whipping up the batter and waiting for these beauties to bake. I was not disappointed. I tweeked the recipe here and there and made the cookies. I did not get the dark yellow hue which I was expecting, but nonetheless the cookies smelled amazing and had the mild saffron taste in them too.
After the shoot was done the next day afternoon, the kids noticed the jar sitting on the counter top. They took it along with them and in the course of their cartoon time, finished off all the cookies and returned back the empty jar! Thankfully, I had eaten a couple of them however the HD and B did not get even a single one! Hehe…
Do check out what Amrita made out of the ingredients I had given her…
- 7-8 strands saffron, crumbled, soaked in ½ tbsp boiling water
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup oats flour
- A pinch of salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Keep a baking pan ready.
- Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
- In another bowl, beat the saffron water, oil and sugar till sugar is dissolved.
- Add the egg and beat till fluffy. Beat in the milk.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold in till the whole mixture is moist. The batter will be thick.
- Drop spoonfuls on the ungreased baking sheet and leave a little space between the cookies.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes till the bottom is slightly browned.
- Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.