Maki’s Marina Salad imitation

وصفة رمضانية

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Disclaimer: this is my own interpretation of maki’s marina salad. All you need is the following:

- rocca leaves
- crab sticks and a spoon full of caviar
- 1 TBS sesame oil
- 1 TSP lemon juice (or less)
- 1 TSP black sesame (optional)
- 1-2 TBS mayonnaise
- 1-2 TSP soy sauce

All you need to do is mix the sesame oil, lemon juice, mayo, and soy sauce together, then toss it with the shredded crab sticks and rocca & top it with caviar

Viola! You got yourself a nice salad for ramadan :) I discarded the caviar and crabsticks today and it was still so gooood.

Make sure you adjust the dressing to your liking. Example: I like it tangy so I juiced a whole lemon.

Bon appetit!
Basma.

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شنو قصة اعلان اسنان كلينك اليديدة Help me figure out what’s @AsnanTower’s next TVC through those clues

If you know me, you’d know that I’m a sucker for TVCs, specially creative and quirky ones like Asnan’s! (remember the big wai3?)

I got this very weird gift bag from asnan tower that contains a wig, fake eye lashes, and a balloon!

اللي يعرفني يدري ان وايد وايد وايد احب الاعلانات التلفزيونية. وااااايد و خصوصا الاعلانات الذكية مثل اعلانات اسنان كلينك.

اليوم وصلتلي هدية غريبة منهم! جنطة فيها باروكة، رموش و تفاخة! و وياهم كود اسوي له سكان. و لمى سويت له سكان طلعت لي هالمسج

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When I scanned their quick reference code they attached to the bag, i got the following link:

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the link القصة

It basically asks us to try to figure out their next TVC and the closest blogger to get the storyboard right will be able to attend the shoot (insert puppy eyed face here)

باختصار، هالثلاث اشياء عبارة عن مفاتيح نستخدمهم عشان نعرف شنو اعلانهم اليديد. و المدون اللي يعرف شنو قصة اعلانهم اليديد يقدر يحضر التصوير :)

I’ve never participated in a competition before but this is Asnan :D I’d kill to attend the TVC shoot!

انا عادة ما اشترك بمسابقات بس هذي عجبتني. ساعدوني افووووز – لازم نعرف شنو قصة الاعلان قبل ١٠/٧!!

اللي فهمته ان له علاقة بأشياء صناعية

What I got so far is that it revolves around fake temporary stuff.

فكروا معاي شنو ممكن تكون القصة؟

:)

هذي المدام راح تساعدنا نتخيل القصة :)
This pretty lady is going to help us make up a story :p

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Let the guessing begin!

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How to sin properly.

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By now, my dietitian will probably ban me from ever stepping foot at their premises & I made my peace with it. My line of business and dieting don’t go along together so i have 40 days to eat whatever it is i want and gain as much weight as I want and no one is allowed to comment about it. Wohoo!

I’m hoping that I feel guilty soon but no, guilt and I don’t get along too well either and I find it funny! I’m having guilt free fun eating sinful dishes :D

Anyways, back to my latest sinful dish:

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Explanation:

Vanilla ice cream on top of rice flakes layer (use any available cereal), topped with bacon bits, maple syrup and more bacon bits!

If you’re not a fan of bacon, substitute it with rock salt bit it’s a MUST TRY!

Tharoriii

Bon Appetit!
Basma.

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#ProjectX_KWT Finale

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I can’t believe that ProjectX finale is today. Last weekend was super fun! I got to meet lots of foodie bloggers, see them in action and learn from them.

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It was just a thought that we came up with back in March I think and now we’re almost done and el7imdellah everyone is happy about it :)

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It wouldn’t have been a success without our fellow bloggers and the spirit they brought to chef boutique, the awesome judges who have committed to being there all three days of the competition as well as put on all the extra hours before the competition making up rules and choosing special ingredients, Salma Alyaseen and Tareq Alaskar; the filming heroes! They’ve transformed projectX from a simple cooking competition, to a real show! and last but not least, all the awesome sponsors who have made ProjectX a reality

I loved every bit of it! My favorite parts were the following:

- The look on the contestants faces when they saw the secret ingredient. One word: PRICELESS! I have to snap pictures tomorrow!

- Judges reactions to Danderma’s salad. I still smile every time I remember their faces :) The salad looked AWESOME by the way

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- How the bloggers built their dishes. Walking around and listening to them talking to their partners and discussing how they’re going to cook their dishes is my favorite part of the whole competition. I LOVE it when people invent recipes :D

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- Judges cooking during the competition :) I’m glad everyone had fun

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That’s only part of it :). If you want to tune in during the finale tomorrow, make sure you check out the following hashtag on twitter and instagram:

#ProjectX_KWT

Looking forward to seeing what the contestants might come up with tomorrow :)

Enjoy!
Basma.

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My obsession with eggs continues!

I love eggs… A LOT to the point that I manage to find the weirdest egg devices in Kuwait :p if it’s out there, I’m going to find them and try them out!

I loved my little poached eggs pouchies ( post here ) but they take time and I’m not patient enough to wait for my eggs to be ready to eat most of the time.

So for the days I don’t feel like waiting ( like tonight for example) I go with this thing:

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All you need to do is crack open your eggs and place them inside this cup, close and microwave! How easy is that! :D

The result depends on how long you microwave your eggs. 30 secs gives you runny egg yolks, 40 secs gives you semi runny yolks, 50 gives you well cooked eggs.

I prefer going with 30 seconds but I tried 35 seconds this time and I got this result:

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It’s super easy and fun to use. Even kids can use them if they know how to operate a microwave :)

I got mine from Lulu Hypermarket a while ago and I’ve been using it ever since :)

Bon appetite!
Basma.

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قايلن به هه هه – the new youtube habba

 

Another random post ;)

 

I saw a clip the other day of a dad asking his kid about her mom. it’s adorable to say the least :D

 

Original clip:

 


 

and then all of a sudden, youtube users went crazy and started posting their own interpretation. check them out for few laughs :)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOOqrOiPurc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmUAtdVuGDQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYdnwuyeqnE

 

 

 

Enjoy!

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Random thoughts

I wrote a really long post about achieving goals and dreams and never giving up on them because it’s the only way you’ll ever fail.

The irony: right before hitting send, i accidentally deleted it and posted this word instead: Mise en place

With that note: If you have something in mind, do everything you can to achieve it and always plan every step you’ll ever take. You’ll need plan a,b, and all the way to Z. Never leave room for failure and chances.

Chances are: you won’t get it from the first trial, but believe me, it’s all for the best and once you get it, you’ll be even more prepared to fight the battle to keep it and achieve greatness.

When we pray “estikhara” we ask for guidance, and for god to show us the right path for us and also ask for satisfaction. And I just realized that, have I taken the opportunities I got in the past years, I wouldn’t have been able to be who I am today and wouldn’t have been able to actually achieve my goals :)

So, stay positive, be prepared, and work hard for your dreams. It will all pay off eventually.

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Glutinous Black Rice

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Glutinous black rice is great for puddings. It’s loaded with antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin E and B and also known to reduce inflammation.

I’m going to rinse and soak it for around 6 hours, then cook it till it’s soft and gooey, then I’ll be making homemade coconut milk which I’ll mix with the rice and sweeten it with alphonso mango since it’s in season now :)

Wish me luck! I’ll update you with results as soon as I’m done with it.

To make homemade coconut milk you only need shredded fresh coconut and water :) soak the coconut with water and use a cloth to strain the milk. That’s it! Geant can shred the coconut for you if you don’t feel like it.

Enjoy!
Basma.

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Tea Leaf Shop at Tala Center

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I’m in love with my new tea set from Tea Leaf shop at Tala Center. Apart from their absolutely adorable tea sets, they have an amazing tea collection! Everything is wonderful and I tried almost everything they have. You can’t find anything fresher than the teas they’re selling!

Found the place by coincidence, went inside and was greeted by the wonderful ladies and they introduced me to the authentic way of having tea and I just fell in LOVE

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That’s their green tea that I got for myself. They also have matcha green tea which I adore.

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That’s their tea station. Just LOVED IT. You have to go there and try it :)

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I also tried rice tea! Tastes fresh and nutty and it’s a lot different than anything I ever tried. Loved it as well!

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That’s some of the organic products they have. I loved the soy nuggets which is a meat replacement and I also got quinoa for mom. She loves them.

They also have green tea based beauty products that you must try. Their hand cream gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any residue which is exactly what I was looking for :)

I’m going there again this week to get their white tea and more green tea.

Tea Leaf is Located at Tala center in salmiya, next to layla gallery.

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Nutella Bites

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While making mochi; a glutinous rice cake dessert, I discovered a new dessert by coincidence :D it will appeal to all nutella lovers. I can’t have enough of it!

All you need to do it get a tray and line it with wax paper. Get your teaspoon and scoop out one teaspoon at a time. Make sure you use two spoons. One to scoop out nutella from the jar and one to get the nutella out of the first spoon and into the tray. Freeze them overnight and enjoy eating those sinful bites.

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Every time I crave something sugary, I take out one of them and just enjoy it till it completely melts :D nothing can beat that! Nutella bites that last longer, with the same intense flavor.

They’re my niece’s favorite :). Try it out.

Bon appetit!
Basma.

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