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. 🙂
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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 ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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).

Olay and Neutrogena

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So, happy 😀 on getting these magical products.

Be ready to get the product reviews individually.

Until then, take care for yourselves ❤

you can easily find these products from Nahdi Pharmacy if living in Saudi Arabia. And from W.Wilson & D.Watson if living in Pakistan.

Rice balls; Ramadhan Mubarik

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Don’t waste the left overs, instead make yummy nummy (My youngest cousin use to say nummy he is only 2 years old :p ) dishes of them.

Today I’ve got a really handy and delicious recipe for you guys!
So, are you ready?
فلنبدأ /lets go!

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked rice
1/2 egg
1/2 cup grated mozzarella (any type of cheese)
1 tsp salt
A few green chillies
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 chicken stock
1/2 tsp red chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Method:

Add all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix them well with hands. Try wearing gloves to prevent the eggs to leave that bad smell in your hands.

Make ball type shape by pressing the rice with your hands.

Bread Crumbs:

Take 3 slices of bread. Grind them in your daily use blender. And here you go for the perfect bread crumbs.

Now pre heat the oil in your pan and roll you rice balls into whisked egg and then coat them with crumbs. And dry on medium heat till golden brown

Family Feast; Vanilla Cupcakes

Today I tried this super awesome cupcake recipe. It’s so easy to make as well as to eat :p
     

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This is literally made for beginners like me and those of you who have never tried baking for fun. So, here you go for the simplest and perfect recipe of vanilla cupcakes. Yummm!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3 medium eggs, at room temp
2/3 cup OR 155 gm sugar
6 ounces OR 12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Method:

Before you start to do anything. Lets start the oven on 200°C or ( 400°F )

You need to take two medium bowls. In the first one add the dry ingredients; flour, salt and baking powder. Now wisk it to combine them up. As I find it way more easier than going for a dusting method.

In the other bowl, add the eggs. If you’re available with the refrigerated eggs due to which they are cold enough, no problem at all. Just take a small bowl and add the hot water from your geezer (make it sure that it’s not too hot or boiling: else it will cook the eggs). Beat them for 30 seconds and add sugar, again beat them gradually from lowest of your beater’s speed to the highest. While beating them for 2 minutes add the butter and vanilla essence along. Still beat and beat for another 2 minutes.

Hope you’re done with beating 🙂

now! It’s time to add the dry ingredients which you put aside before.Add them little by little.Pour milk if the consistency reduces to a dough type texture. The real consistency you need is a creamy one. Don’t forget to beat it well for a minute.

When you were doing this just call you younger siblings to do the tray set up. Grease the paper cases, and put them in the cupcake tray and add the batter to the half. Because it will need enough space to rise.

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This is how they looked like; while baking in the oven for 5 minutes.

You’ll get it completely done by almost 15 to 20 minutes!

Happy Baking this Eid!

Traditional Saudi breakfast.

You know it’s really nice to attend lunch, tea-time, & dinner time (parties). But, I feel so happy for being invited on a Saudi breakfast by my neighbour.
As, I’m a Pakistani, I’ve never had such delicious, healthy, and much fatty food before. 😀

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Areeqa (عريقة), A Saudi traditional food specially or mostly served at breakfast time, with Gahwa قهوة and black tea شاي أحمر along with yummy honey & sesame coated dates.
         Gahwa is very healthy, as it contains ingredients which strengthen our body. It’s best to be consumed while you’ve eaten nothing I mean, on an empty stomach. It is considered as the most important part of their(Saudi’s) lives.
Always after sipping gahwa, we are supposed to start eating. Although Gahwa is without sweet(sugar) but the aromatic taste makes me to love this Arabian coffee… ❤

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She said: ” عريقة is been eaten since centuries, and when our children are at growing age and become bony. They just need to eat this for forty days, and will become as healthy and powerful as lions”

Be there! To get the perfect recipe for this perfect breakfast..