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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July favourites 2012


The end of the month is nigh and I thought I’d tell you guys my favourite things!
It’s been a gorgeous month! Weather has been mostly sunny and beautiful and I’m loving it! The month of Ramadhan has also been SUPER! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it and to know more than a week has gone is quite sad but onwards and upwards!

I’m quite good at constantly changing my make up, clothes and routine but these are the things that have remained consistent this month:

  • Body shop lip and cheek stain! This stuff has staying power like no other and I absolutely love it! I don’t really use it on my lips as I find it SUPER drying but I like it on my cheeks! Don’t quote me on this but I think it has that pH effect that some other blushes have too cause I feel it darkens throughout the day depending on the way I’m feeling (hot/cold).. Not sure whether it’s just me but it’s excellent!

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  • Good things face mask! I blame this for my lovely skin at the moment! It evens/ reduces oil and is so easy to use! I’m not too keen on leaving stuff on my face for too long as it can get quite sensitive skin so this 5 minute one is fantastic! For extra exfoliation I use an exfoliation brush to brush it off with and I get really soft skin!

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  • I’m all about comfort this month! Because I’m fasting and on my feet all day at work.. I’ve told my manager to stuff the uniform and I’m wearing whatever shoes I like! I’ve been loving these spotty pumps from Dorothy Perkins! You can tell they’re well loved but I absolutely love them! I’ve worn them in, they go with everything and they’re a bit different.. PERFECT!

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  • Again.. I’ve been going casual all month and whenever I need to go out, I’ve been choosing to wear the most coolest thing over my abaya but something which is still modest. I do go without something over my abaya too but I have a rather large backside so I tend to put something over it regardless! This blazer I got about two years ago and I love it! I would advise trying the blazer on before you purchase though cause for sure.. The fitting of a blazer is what makes it look good! You might be a size 10 normally but you’ll probably need a size 8 blazer so just try before you buy! (Can’t believe I just found this on eBay! I paid £50 for mine so you’re getting a real bargain!)

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  • Minimal minimal minimal! And I can’t be bothered with handbags and carrier bags and shopping bags! I got this clutch (Select phone and laptop bags) from Topshop and it’s ingenious! It has an iPhone holder which holds any iPhone version as well as a section for your cards and cash which is all I really need! I don’t know where to put my car keys though and it’s quite annoying holding them but if you’re with someone who has a handbag.. I’m sure my keys will find a way into their bag :)

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  • PARTY RINGS!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU! The perfect snack after you open your fast and I love dipping them in my tea! They just make me happy and remind me of my childhood! And they’re not too unhealthy either so BONUS!

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  • Mr. A! My gorgeous! He’s not just my favourite of the month! He’s my favourite of the past 4 years and many more to come! It was his birthday this month and I’m sure he had a fantastic day! I’ve also got a little surprise planned for later on in the year for him! This was his last birthday without me! Next year when we’re married.. I’ll be sure that he’s woken up on his birthday with party poppers and streamers in his face! I LOVE YOU BUBBLE! :D

Hope you all had a fantastic month and are enjoying your Ramadhan this year! Make sure you all take advantage of this year cause it may be your last and ensure you not only pray to Allah, but obey your parents and look after them too!

Remember.. Your parents are your gods on Earth!

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