Vacations; with a Saudi touch

Today, I was thinking about what type of blog post shall I write. And for a difference with the previous posts, I got a topic “Lifestyle of People living in Saudi Arabia”.
Maybe this thought came to my mind because I’m always very much excited to know ’bout the lifestyles of people, who are special to me, 🙂 and thought that you people may also like to know something different this time. 😀 

Nowadays, we are enjoying or maybe some of us are getting bored of summer vacations. But here, these are the days, when we leave our daily routines which have made our life dull and boring.

The lifestyle of people living in Saudi Arabia:

Days during vacations VS working days are completely different here. Let’s talk about vacations today!

Waking up without any alarm is a Divine. But when you wake up in a hurry and suddenly look at your phone, because your alarm just didn’t ring. And finding that it’s almost 12 o’ clock right here. 😮 Ooops!. But then we realise that Yayyy it’s our holiday ( which means DO WHATEVER you wanna do!) 😀

The sun winks through the windows after zuhr at almost 12, and then brunch continues. After that, we have to get ready for enjoyment! Yes, because I’ve joined Summer camps, this vacation.

Summer Camps!

The bus reaches at the gate directly after Asar, and on almost 4 we are at the school.
Reaching there and meeting the friends makes the day so refreshing. And then we move on to greet the teachers and principal.

The question is…
What do we do there from 4- 8? 

The camps are all about functions, programs & competitions. Each day is specified for different activities and tasks.

♣    The first day which means Sunday’s been spent on Qur’an and a few competitions till the sky turns black.

♣    Monday goes for knowledge gaining programs. Like, last time we had a journalist who taught us the basic and the mains of journalism {e.g. how to write a news etc?}

♣    Tuesday is specified for arts and crafts, and in the evening the Principal مديره organises a presentation and we act as audience or sometimes she ask us to organise 1 and becomes the judge herself.​


♣    Wednesday goes for سوق. Different stalls are arranged in the main hall, so the students and teachers can shop from there.

And that’s all! we have to go there for just 4 days.

Dinner time!

It’s a trend here that people like to sit in a park and spend the vacations by waking up all night in the park OR at home. You’ll find the markets open, and there are certain festivals arranged near the parks where you can enjoy Shopping, Circus & the traditional Saudi Food.

 

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Typical Saudi serving. /Khaleeji/

This thing matters a lot in Saudi culture, it’s believed that a person who doesn’t serve قهوه to the guests has no etiquettes, and is a miser. [Strange but True]

Finally tis time for Fajr prayer.& This is how a common holiday of a Saudi comes to an end!

I hope you enjoyed! see you…

 

Tiramisu

Origin

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert enriched with the touch of coffee.


So it’s about today that I thought; I must try some nice dessert, and Tiramisu just came to my mind.

The recipe I’m sharing here is not how Original Italian tiramisu is made. Instead, this recipe is a result of a few variations. And it’s very common here in Saudi Arabia 

Recipe

Ingredients:

Heavy Cream/ regular Cream
Nutella
Tea biscuits
Instant Coffee
Cocoa Powder
Sugar
Vanilla Essence

Formula:


Beat the cream for almost 20 min non-stop  with a few breaks. OR until it turns slightly thicker than before. Add sugar & vanilla essence in it and beat to combine them up.

Now pour 1/4 part of your cream in another bowl. Add Nutella in that cream It’s up to you, to your desired taste. Mix it well and leave it aside.
Its time to make a cup of coffee with warm water, and just dip the biscuits for 1-2 seconds only and set them in any baking tray as a base. {I took double biscuit each time and it formed a nice thick base}
the second layer would be the Nutella-cream mi
xture.
And now again its the turn for the coffee dipped biscuits. For the final layer or for the topping you need to spread the cream all over.
In the end just dust the cocoa powder over the cream and cover the tray with cling film and let it refrigerate for almost 2-3 hours. 

Tips & Tricks!

  • Don’t dip the biscuits longer than 3 seconds. As it would make your base so wobbly.
  • Try not to use the whipping cream. Because it has a kind of foamy texture and that doesn’t taste well.
  • If you’ll add less sugar in the vanilla cream mixture it would be better because Nutella is way too sweeter so, you have to balance the amount of sugar by yourself. IT’S ALL UPTO YOU.
Do let me know what was your first experience with this. And for any queries you can comment below. 🙂

Manuscript found in Accra.

What lead me to look inside books?

Basically, I was not a book reader. The reason for why I like to read several categories of books (now) is; Since childhood everybody’s been studying, for whatever course maybe of their schools/ colleges Is. The same thing was with me. But, at every time of your age/ your LIFE, Mothers are the real motivators to do this/that typpa things, So is my mother.

When i was a stubborn Child she always told me to take studies as a fun option. Her formula is to utilize the spare time of a day by STUDYing. If you’re getting bored it’s not necessary to move from this room to that room lazily. Instead, bring any book from the school bag and give it a read. Her motive was to “keep me in touch” with my studies. But, she didn’t know that it would gradually become my hobby. Like if you’re getting bored take a book and start reading!  😉

Manuscript found in Accra
by Paulo Coelho:

This book is real awesome, it’s my second good read. And it’s worth reading to maintain the good and Positive in YOU!

My most Favourite Quote:

ONLY HE WHO GIVES UP IS DEFEATED.
EVERYONE ELSE IS VICTORIOUS.

Glimpses from inside the book:


For why everyone should have THIS BOOK?

The Philosophy teaches us to know the good in ourselves. It will emit the negative thoughts and would take us to the journey of seeing the best in us ♥

Qatayef ; Sweet dumplings

Origin

Qatayef is a very famous Egyptian dessert mostly & very commonly eaten during Ramadhan by the Arabs. It is a sweet dumpling  almost same as the pancakes but differs by the fact that qatayef are cooked only from one side.

My reviews:

I made this delicious dessert for the first time and it’s so easy to make them. You’ll literally enjoy for how the whole cooking method reaches to success!

Qatayef Recipe

Ingredients:

The dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs corn starch
½ cup semolina
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs orange blossom water (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cup warm water

Cheese filling:

200g unsalted cream cheese
6 tbs thick cream
2-4 tbs icing sugar

Walnuts filling:

1 cup crushed walnuts
1 tbs icing sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients in a blender. And give it a speedy stir until combined
  • Look at the consistency; you need a runny paste.
  • Now heat the non-stick pan and pour the smallest of your measuring cup in the pan. spread the batter with the back of the measuring cup making round movements.
  • Cook individual qatayef until you find the upper side  is being died or if the bubbles have formed.
  • When you were cooking all those qatayefs you need to make the fillings along. Just mix the cream filling ingredients with a fork. So that you can make a fine paste of Cream Cheese. You can use Kiri or cream cheese range of Almarai.
  • For making the walnuts filling it’s same! Just mix the ingredients of this filling and put them aside.
  • Now As we were done with making the qatayef. Its time to fill them with the fillings which suits you the best. I LIKE THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING so I’m going with it.
  • Put a small part of the filling in the qatayef, on the uncooked side. Seal them with the help of your fingers; by pressing the sides of the qatayef.​
  • Now heat the oil. And deep fry your qatayefs on medium heat so that you would get a golden brown colour with a crispy crust.
  • Pour the sugar syrup you had on room temperature. Or use condensed milk instead.

Enjoy the sweet blend of cream cheese with coffee or tea.
Try making Qatayefs this Eid! ♦

Origins of Coffee

Origins

There are many stories and legends associated with the discovery of coffee, created by people in order to explain in simple words the existence of this “magic” drink.

One of the most well-known, if not the most famous is that of Kaldi, an Abyssinian shepherd. According to popular legend, Kaldi brought his goats to pasture and noticed that they behaved very strangely after consuming the bright red berries from a certain bush. Trying these fruits, he found himself full of energy. Intrigued by what was happening, he took some of these berries and leaves to a nearby monastery where the monks cooked the fruits. They prepared a decoction and after drinking it, noted that it kept them awake also during the prayer vigils. The magic beverage quickly became their favorite drink in order to stay awake longer to pray all night.

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The first Coffee plant:

History confirms that the first coffee plants were found in Ethiopia around the 9th century and then expanded to Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula where the recipe slowly evolved. Then the journey of coffee around the world began. From the Middle East, coffee spread to Italy introduced to the wealthy by the Venetian merchants. Dutch traders brought the seeds to their different colonies in Asia and coffee also found his way to the Americas. Today, the taste characteristics of coffee are not only dependent on growing regions but also in processing, and can be distinguished by the differences in flavor, aroma, body and acidity.

Top 10 Coffee consuming countries:

  1. Finland: 9.6 kg per capita
  2. Norway: 7.2 kg per capita
  3. Netherlands 6.7 kg per capita
  4. Slovenia: 6.1 kg per capita
  5. Austria: 5.5 kg per capita
  6. Serbia: 5.4 kg per capita
  7. Denmark: 5.3 kg per capita
  8. Germany: 5.2 kg per capita
  9. Belgium: 4.9 kg per capita
  10. Brazil: 4.8 kg per capita

 

copy/pasting this stuff from Klassno.

Black Coffee & its benefits.

Nowadays, people are less and diseases are more. And it makes me happy that the cure of every disease is already available, If we try to care ’bout our lives & research.
There are so many natural herbs, beans and vegetables, which are literally created for OUR (human being’s) comfort by the almighty <3.
One of them is the Coffee Bean. 


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Choose the Best!

When buying the coffee you must keep in your mind, a few important points:

  • Remember to check the production date on the bottle. This tip is not just for buying coffee BUT for all the products you buy. Cause it helps in buying the best and the fresher ones!
  • Try not to grab the unknown brands, as it is sometimes not the ones you are looking for. It’s not just the raw coffee beans blend.
  • My personally favourite Coffee Brands are Nescafe’ – Klassno – AliCafe’

 

Dosage:

If you are using coffee as a good agent to your body, just don’t over consume it. The minimum dosage should be almost a regular mug per day. And if you wanna increase it then you can go for another one. Which makes 2 Mugs per day.
Excessive use of anything turns its benefits into harms. So beware to keep yourself in a limit. Draw a line for, getting good results.

Health Benefits:

The regular black coffee helps you grow a powerful immune system. From several researches scientist have found that there the agents present in a coffee bean which helps to kill the Cancer cells, which are formed daily in our body. It gives immunity against those horrifying Fatal Diseases. 
People are looking for something which can be consumed while suffering from any type of disease. Yes there’s a miracle for all of them Black Coffee.

It is a good natural drink for the skin. You’ll never be looking for skin treatment if you have started taking a cup of Black Coffee. It also lower the risk of skin cancer and glows the skin from within.

Make your own Mug of…

Just take 1 1/2 teaspoon of coffee. And add it to your cup with almost 3 tablespoons of water. now beat it wether with small spoon OR it’s awesome if you have a coffee beater.

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You can easily find this lovely thing at Ikea.
Beat until frothiness is formed. Now fill the mug with boiling water from your kettle. And enjoy the hot sip!

Important Note:
If you are using coffee for a good purpose,try not to consume coffee with Milk & sugar.
Your intake would be best if you are taking your coffee in the morning. It will help boost your mood as well.

 

Feel free for queries and let me know if you have started for a daily coffee in the morning & how does it tastes to you for the first time ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Neutrogena deep clean INVIGORATING 2-in-1 wash/mask 👸💋

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Neutrogena deep clean INVIGORATING 2-in-1 wash/mask is a complete package for flawless and beautiful skin. You don’t really need to buy different products. 👌👍

👸 It provides all the essential oils a skin needs and gradually washes away the unnecessary or the acne causing agents.

You can literally find the change in your skin by using it for the first time. It will switche ON the glowing pores of your skin instantly. May be this is the reason I’m loving this product from day one.

          » For OILY SKIN or ACNE.

Actually I don’t have oily skin mostly due to which acne take over the charge of your face. But in Ramadhan we use to eat a lot of oily food which causes acne on my forehead. And let me surprise you that this Ramadhan I’m already going with a fine and a perfect flawless skin.

And this miracle happened by the grace of Neutrogena deep clean.
😎💞 🐼/p>

P.S. {To know the way of using the skincare products Click here &
To know the authentic pharmacies from where you can easily grab it Click here! }

I just thought for this post to be re shared world-wide.
Muslims like me or us nowadays are not that much connected to Allah, so I think we should surround us with good posts and good people just for inspiration, and in hope to become like them one day. InshaAllah.
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Shaykh Maher (imam of al Haram: Makkah) gives some very practical advice here:
He says:

Ideas for the last ten days of Ramadan  :

1. Give 1 dinar in charity every night, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u gave charity everyday for 84 years.
2. Pray two ra’kaat every night, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u prayed everyday for 84 years.
3. Read Surah ikhlaas three times a night, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u read the whole Quran everyday for 84 years.

He then says spread this as you may find it on your account [of good deeds].

May Allah make us all VICTORIOUS!

“Withering Petals Of the Flowers “

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A poem written by my Late friend Sumbal jan on Peshawar Massacre 16 dec 2014 😦

Withering Petals Of the Flowers “

Life was full of elation with boundless happiness;
Life was full of hopes with the brightest smiles and shinning eyes
Life was full of everlasting dreams with vast ambitions

 

Than most evil of the luck happened one day
Those Brightest smiles converted into helpless cries
Those shinning eyes were pulled out viciously

 

The feet which walked to school were pierced through bullets
The hearts full of ambitions were devastated into pieces
The bodies were dragged through every inch of the way

 

Showers were taken with the blood of the blooming flowers
While the hair brushed with immense love of the mothers were pulled out
The talented heads kissed by the dreaming mothers were cut off pitilessly

 

Every single petal of the blooming flower was torn apart
Were torn apart by the piercing nails in the bombs
The sparkling garden has been washed by the bloody rain

 

Mothers ran through every inch of the way
Ran through every inch of the way with naked heads and barefooted
Running around with flooded eyes and a begging cry

 

Even the un blossomed flowers were slaughtered to death
Hopeful flowers reacting in defense were shot in both the eyes to death
Every inch of the way was flooded with the nectar of blooming flowers

 

The hope of the mothers have been taken away
They will setup the lunch boxes but for whom?
They will brush the lovely hair but whose?

 

They will wash clothes but for whom?
They will cook tasty dishes but for whom?
They will wait in evening but for whom?

 

They will panic but for whom?
Whose little bundle of wishes will they fulfill now?
Whose little innocent questions will they answer now?

 

Whose talented head will they pat and kiss on now?
Whose jokes and little conversations will they laugh upon now?
Oceans have been flooded with every single drop of this blood

 

These drops will flow forever and EVER now
These petals will stay in our books forever
This blood will flow within us forever

This brutality has to end !
The revenge will be taken
SOON ………REAL SOON..

 

Author: Sumbal Jan
20/12/2014

Beautiful & Flawless <3 YOU!

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Sitting with your loving elders is truly a real love xx.

So, it’s about last night. Just gossiping the girly talks with my aunt. She’s here to spend ramadhan with us
Trying to sleep and you can’t, She just by the way started with Islamic debates to Ramadan’s, but as you know that girls always end up to their final topic. Oh yes you got my thought. That’s the GIRL’S TALK 😀 .

Then Aani (aunt) told me bout how she being a young girl used to take care for her flawless and beautiful skin & hair.

She told me some home remedies and skincare home treatments as well!

But, the thing which I liked the most is all about:
1. The daily routine:
             She told me that whenever you start thinking of  some daily/ weekly treatment, make sure to keep the time and also the day in your mind.
The treatment is same as like a natural drug for us, it would be best if we tryna take it on time. Whether it’s for skin care or for hair care.
Example:
If you have made your mind for a daily facial mask and start applying it in the afternoon or whatever time you feel easy.
         For instant and excellent effects of your product, You need to apply it daily at the same time that you started the first day. It will excite your skin and you will soon be seeing the effects in a very short period of time (before and after effects).