Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cardamon & Saffron Pudding

Cardamon & Saffron Pudding
(recipe from arabic bites)

This is a quick and easy dessert that anyone can make and I have to thank Zainab from arabic bites for sharing this recipe.

For those who do not like the smell of cardomoms, please go slow with it or else you will not be able to enjoy this fine dessert. I have tweaked the original recipe a little and I hope tohose who are reading this will give this recipe a try. I took this desserts to my inlaws' for iftar the other day and it became a hit. So, don't wait. Try it now.

2 cups of evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups of low fat milk
3/4 cups of water
4 tbsp of sugar
a pinch of saffron
5 cardomom pods crushed
6 tbsp (flat) corn flour
a few drops of rose water
2 tbsp of cream (opt)

1. Combine both the milk and cardomoms and sugar. Stir over low heat and bring to a boil

2. Now strain the mixture and remove the cardomom pods.

3. Return the milk into the pan and add saffron and rose water.

4. In a nother bowl mix the cornflour and water together until the flour dissolve into the water.

5. Now add the flour mix slowly into the milk.

6. Stir continously because the mixture will thicken very fast.

7. Make sure the fire is low all the time.

8. Lastly add the cream and turn off the heat. Stir the mixture and pour into individual serving bowls.

9. Decorate the top with roasted chopped almonds, pistachios or cashews.

10. Serve chilled.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ramadan special…recipe from arabic bites


120920092106 Grilled chicken with lemon garlic and paprika

Hummus with a sprinkling of paprika, Arabic flat bread and grilled chicken

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Yesterday 2nd September , hubby and I celebrated our 20Th wedding anniversary. This year our anniversary was indeed very special because it fell during the Ramadan month. Every year we would out for dinner with the kids especially because my eldest Shak shares her birthday on the same day. This year to my surprise, hubby had other plans. He decided to cook for iftar! I was a little sceptical at first especially when he told me he is cooking fish. After some persuasion I finally agreed but I told him to please have a back plan, in case the food did not turn out well, the kids would not have anything for breaking fast. So he quickly checked the number for pizza delivery as plan B.

We started the day with a trip to the fish market and bought the fish fillets and vegetables. Later in the afternoon hubby was googling on the net for last minute recipes!! I was getting quite nervous. I thought he already had a menu in mind. So when I asked him what is he doing looking for recipes, he coolly said that there is another item on his menu and he forgot to look up the recipe!! By this time it was already 4pm. Another three hours to iftar and here we have not started on anything.

Exactly after Asr prayers hubby announced that he is heading for the kitchen, and I followed suit. First he prepared all the vegetables for grilling. Then he cut up tomatoes for the soup. The fish which was already cutup only needed washing and marinating. For the chips we cut up some potatoes. Yup I couldn't stop helping poor hubby.And finally the mystery item which he was googling for recipe was couscous. It was prepared in a flash.

The final product was:

Pan fried oat and breadcrumbs crusted fish fillets
with Grilled aubergine, red and yellow peppers in spiced olive oil
with onion and garlic flavoured couscous and a tangy homemade sauce.

For the kids especially my son MS and Sofi there was homemade potato chips.
Although it was also Shak's birthday, she did not get to enjoy her father hard work because she had gone back to college.

So the final product is these photos. The food? Well what can I say. It was excellent. I guess all of us including my kids did not think their father can cook so well. He actually produced a very healthy nutritious meal and all of us enjoyed it very much.

I would like to say a million thanks to hubby for wanting to cook for me and I wish us both A Happy Anniversary May Allah swt Bless us and our Family and give us many more years together. Amen

And to Shak, Happy Birthday again!! I know she is having a great time in college. What with the surprise birthday cake that she got from her good friends at 12 am and so many wishes and gifts.


THE FINAL PRESENTATION (but oops, hubby forgot to pu the chips and couscous on the plate



Buddy Award from Yasmeen

Buddy Award from Yasmeen

An Award from Yasmeen of Health nut

An Award from Yasmeen of Health nut