How to make a healthy Iftaar snack!


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If you’re a Muslim.. RAMADHAN MUBARAK! Living in London means that our fast is 20 hours long giving us just 4 hours to eat food that keeps us nourished for the day! So my family and I have developed a new meal system which means that we’re eating healthy but still feeling full enough!

Bare in mind.. This recipe is just a snack and not a good replacement for a whole meal!

Serves: 3-5

Ingredients:
• Handful of rocket or mixed leaves (spinach, watercress, lettuce, lambs lettuce, mixed leaves, basil are all good alternatives and I love mixing loads of these together too)
• 6-10 Mixed olives (If you live in London, go the Delicatessen of your local supermarket and you can choose some of your favourite flavoured olives and if not, just buy the jarred type)
• 2-3 inches of Cucumber
• Half a red onion (medium sized)
• 6 Picollo red cherry tomatoes (quartered)
• 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds (you can of course swap for pumpkin, sesame seeds etc. but I love the subtle taste and soft crunch of these)
• 1/4 red/orange or yellow bell pepper
• 1 inch cube of feta cheese
• 1 tablespoon extra Virginia olive oil
• Optional to add lemon
• Can add grilled chicken, leftover steak etc
• Can also add pepper but the kick for mine comes from jalapeño olives!

Method:
Here’s the beauty.. It’s up to you! You can cut these however you like, but I like to keep mine relatively small just for the ease of eating it. Mix it all together and serve however you like. As a side salad (although I find it very filling) or you can eat it alone!

A lot of Asians have the habit of opening their fast with fried food and all sorts of unhealthy foods. Remember, you may not have eaten for some hours so that doesn’t mean to stuff yourself to he brim of fatty food. Instead, try making this salad (which takes less than 10 mins) and feel good about yourself!!

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How to make a red velvet cake.. Differently!


For my second post I thought it’d be nice to give you a good option as its half term (spring break) for the kids and it’s such a lovely day in London, this one is perfect for picnics!

Ingredients:
125g butter, softened
300g caster sugar
63eggs
1 tablespoons red food colouring
1 & 1/2 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
180g plain flour
250ml buttermilk/milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 bars of chocolate

Always start your baking by preparing the things you will need at the end of your mixing so have your cake tin lined with baking paper (I put something inside the tin to keep the paper weighed down).

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Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/ 170 C

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Whenever there is butter and sugar in a recipe, be sure to use room temperature butter because you’ll have to cream them together and having a softer butter makes this easier.

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You then want to add your eggs in one at a time and mix well after each one

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And your mixture will begin to look like this

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Add your cocoa powder and food colouring and mix until it begins to look a vivid red colour! I used a food colouring powder as that’s all I had

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Add your salt, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda to the mixture

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Then add a little of your milk/buttermilk and flour alternately, mixing well between each addition

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Pop the mixture into your cake tin and put in the preheated oven

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I left my cake in the oven for over an hour (it is quite a low heat, though)

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When you take the cake out, it’ll be a gorgeous bake with a few cracks on the top if its anything like mine. Stick a clean knife in and out and if the knife comes out clean, your cake it ready!

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Because I’m a chocoholic, I melted 2 bars of chocolate (I used Galaxy cookie crumble and plain Dairy Milk). I then carved a hole in the middle of the cake and poured the melted chocolate within the whole and spread the other bar of chocolate all over the top. To help the chocolate set, I put the cake in the fridge using a bowl to prop it up so that the chocolate in the middle didn’t pour out.

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And you can then enjoy…

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How to make beautiful scones!


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After my brother and I had tea at the Ritz, he’s been begging me to make scones! So I found an amazingly quick and delicious recipe that’ll have your family mmming and aaaahhing over!!!

Recipe makes: 10 scones (enough for 2 scone lovers like me and my brother)
Preparation time: 10 mins
Baking time: 10-12 mins

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Ingredients:
• 225g or 1 and 2/3 cups of self raising flour and a little extra for dusting
• 75g or 5 tablespoons of room temp butter (just bung it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
• A pinch of salt
• 40g or just under 3 tablespoons of caster sugar (I used brown because I’m healthy.. YEAH RIGHT.. It’s all I had)
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and a little extra for brushing over scones at the end
• Cranberries, raisins or any dry fruit you like
• The normal condiments to scones such as clotted cream and jam etc

Always start by preparing your ingredients and preheating your oven! The hotter the oven, the quicker and evenly your treats bake! We need the oven at Gas mark 7 or 425c

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FIRE!!!!

And I like to prepare my baking trays as well so just line with baking paper and pop to the side ready for later

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Grab your mixing bowl and sift in your flour

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Then pop in your room temp butter

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And mix them together to make a breadcrumb consistency (use your fingertips to do this.. Like a fairy)

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It should look like this

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Add in your pinch of salt

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Then your sugar

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And mix with a small wooden spoon

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In a separate bowl (I just used the bowl I warmed my butter in to save washing up), get your buttermilk

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And get your egg

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Crack that baby in

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Then whisk together so it looks like this

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Then just pop the wet mixture into the dry

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And mix together

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And it will all come together and end up looking like this

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At this point, when it’s this consistency, get your hands involved

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I find it best to move one edge of the dough

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To the opposite side and repeat this quickly

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The dough will form a ball

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And smack that ball onto a floured surface

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Flatten the ball with your hand

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And you can use a rolling pin to spread out

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The dough should be no smaller than inch thick

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At this point, grab your cookie cutter or whatever you have that is between 2-3 inches wide

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In a swift motion, press down and cut

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You’ll have a lovely round shape

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And just pop this out

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Of course.. I forgot to add the dried fruit so I chose cranberries and just mixed them into the dough and repeated the cutting process

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And it looked like this

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So then just pop them onto your baking tray, gathering the dough each time and cutting again

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Cut off any excess baker paper from the edges

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With a tissue or a brush if you have one, brush a little buttermilk on the top of the scones

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Then dust with flour

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And you can pop them in the oven!

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Don’t forget to make a note of the time!

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And then you need to take care of the mess you made.. ARGH!

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Leave them in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they’re golden brown..

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LIKE THIS!!

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Then just pop them on a cooling rack

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And they’ll look lovely like this!

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Now.. DEVOUR!
Try with Nutella and enjoy with tea!

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MUFFINS!


So I ventured into a baking mode today and made MUFFINS! Blueberry to be precise and they were LOVELY!

I was following a Nigella recipe And although it was good.. I had to edit it a bit!

The first time I had ever made muffins was quite the experience! With a cake, you bake it and hope it goes well but muffins are kind of like the fundamental way to bake cause you can make one and test it, trying to improve it.

Some tips:

  • When making muffins.. Leave the ready made mixture for a while in a hot place because the mixture gets a little softer, making the muffins more fluffy and gorgeous to eat.. This is especially good if you find you make cakes too tough! So make the mixture first and then cook dinner with the mixture bowl on the counter top :)
  • When using berries, dry them excessively and aim to use fresh rather than tin because you can drain them more easily. Ensure if you do leave the mixture in a warm place, you add them just before baking as they turn MEGA sour.. Making your muffins really salty
  • You can half the mixture and make some different varieties in one go! Kill two birds with 1 chocolate chip! I recently made half with blueberries and half with chocolate chips!
  • When making chocolate muffins.. Melt some of the other type of chocolate e.g. If making white choc muffins, melt milk chocolate and then drizzle this over the muffins just before serving and its like you’ve died and gone to heaven!
  • HAVE FUN!!!! Muffins, cupcakes etc are where you can get creative! If you want a topping on your muffins.. It won’t make it a cupcake.. It makes it a muf-cake and Hey Presto, you’ve invented your own dessert!
  • Remember that when making muffins, you check them more regularly than you would another cake because they can get tough if left in the oven for too long. When they are removed from the oven and cooled, they harden a bit so remove them when they’re just a little soft

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    Cooking!


    I like cooking.. In fact! I LOVE IT! There’s nothing better than baking a cake! On Eid I managed to make three cakes! And I had only practised making one of them once! I made devils chocolate, orange choc and carrot cake! They were so yummy! But I was in the kitchen FOREVER!

    I love baking a lot! I really want to try making something crazy though! Something with a bit of skill!! Like an oozy pudding or something gourmet!

    Krispy kremes.. Eat your heart out!

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