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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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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Dessert on the go: nutella strawberry sandwich

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Sometimes the best desserts are the easiest ones :)

Try this for a quick sugar fix (or over dose):

Slice strawberries and mix them with icing sugar and leave them in the fridge over night, then take a whole grain bun, cut it in half and spread a dollop of nutella and marshmallow cream, layer the strawberries on top and enjoy the phenomenal taste over a cup of milk or coffee :)

Bon appetit!
Basma

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Candied Orange Peel: @pick_yo’s New Summer Flavor

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A while back I was invited to taste the most amazing and refreshing flavor ever at Pick Yo. It was candied orange peel and It’s the best frozen yogurt flavor i’ve ever tried!

You can have it as topping or blended with the yogurt. My favorite is blended with the yogurt, then added on top as topping. Drizzle a tiny bit of hazelnut chocolate syrup and top it with chocolate flakes. Just simply ahhhmazing! The combination reminds me of macintosh’s quality street and takes me back to childhood :) but it’s also great by itself as well with no toppings at all.

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If you are a fan of candied orange, then you’ll LOVE IT like I did.

The flavor can be found at both stores now (Kefan and Kuwait city) and is also available for delivery: #22913333

While you’re at it, try out their pistachio flavor too :)

 

Enjoy!
Basma.

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1 Minute Chocolate Cake

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I cannot believe how many people have tried this recipe this week :) so far I have 27 different pictures of the same cake and since it has proven to be successful, I’ll post it here!

ماني قادرة اصدق اشكثر انتشرت هالوصفة هالاسبوع و اشكثر سووها الناس. لي الحين عندي ٢٧ صورة من اشخاص مختلفين مسوينها. بما ان نجحت راح احطها هني

The recipe isn’t my invention. Search chocolate mug cake on youtube and you will find a lot of recipes. I fixed their recipes to fit my liking and to taste better.

الوصفة مو من اختراعي موجودة بس مختلفة شوي. انا عدلت عليها و ضبطتها عشان تعجبني و تعجب الكل.

Here is what you need:

3 Tablespoons of flour
3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons of chocolate chips or any type of chocolate you want
2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon of milk
1 Tablespoon of oil
A splash of vanilla

Mix everything together in a mug and microwave it for a minute.

خلطوا المقادير بكوب و حطوه بالمايكروويڤ لمدة دقيقة

If you are adding chocolate that has a lot of sugar in it, you can reduce the amount of sugar

اذا بتستخدمون كاكاو شيرته زايدة قللوا الشكر

بالعافية :)

Bon appetit!
Basma.

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Candied orange peel حلوى قشور البرتقال

 

 

I had 2 oranges for breakfast yesterday and instead of eating them, I took my zester/peeler and stripped the two oranges from their skin and made this delicious treat.

امس ريوقي كان برتقالتين. و بدال لا اكلهم طلعت مبشارتي و قشرت البرتقال كله و سويت منه هالحلو :)

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الصراحة طعمة واايد حلو بس خذا مني وقت وايد حول ٨ ساعات! بما اني عرفت الطريقة ماله داعي اعيدها. واايد اسرع اذا شريتهم زاهبين من غالير اللي بمجمع الافنيوز. بس طعم الفرش احلى

 

It tastes great but it’s time consuming. It took me 8 hours to finish! Now that I know that I can in fact make candied orange peel, I’ll get mine from galler – the avenues mall. Takes less time ;p but i gotta admit. Fresh candied peel tastes way better :)

 

Here’s how you do it:

  1. peel some oranges. Make sure the cuts are of the same length (as much as you can)
  2. place the peel in cold water in a pot and bring it to a boil, once it starts boiling, count 1-2 minutes then strain them. Repeat the process 3 times, then 3 more times, each time put them for 3 minutes. This will remove any unpleasant bitterness from the peel
  3. place the peel in a wrack and let them dry. Meanwhile, boil 1 1/4 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water together, along with a pinch of saffron. Once the peels have dried a bit, place them in the syrup and let them boil for about 40 minutes. Remove them and let them dry again in a wrack.
  4. have a plate of caster sugar ready, and cover the peel with the sugar and place them on wax paper and wait till they are no longer sticky.
  5. melt some semi sweet choco chips over a water bath and dip half of each peel in chocolate and let it dry over wax paper.

 

That’s it! Make sure you allow enough time for them to dry after each step.

Don’t throw away the syrup. It tastes soo gooooood. You can drizzle it over cakes :)

 

الطريقة:

  1.  اول شي قصصوا قشور البرتقال باستخدام اللي يقشر البرتقال تلقونه بهون سليكشن بالراية فوق او استخدموا سكين بس تاكدوا ان القشور نفس الحجم.
  2. حطوا القشور بجدر و وياه ماي بارد و خلوا لين يغلي و بعدين نطروا دقيقتين و صفوه من الماي و عيدوا الطريقة مرتين و بعدين ٣ مرات كل مرة خلوا الماي ٥ دقايق اول اكثر بشوي. هالطريقة تشيل مرورة القشور
  3. خلوا القشور يا داخل مشهالة عشان يزل نايه او فردوه على رف الحديد ما اعرف اسمه بالعربي (موجود بالصورة) على ما تنشف القشور اغلوا كوب و ربع سكر مع كول ماي و شوي زعفران و اول ما القشور تنشف قطوهم بالشيرة و خلوهم هلى نار هادية لمدة ٤٠ دقيقة او لي لمى يصيرون شفافين و فردوهم على الرف الحديد عشان ينشف
  4.  اول ما ينشف، غطوا القشور بسكر بودر و خلوه على ورق شمع لي لمى يصير مو دبق.
  5. ذوبوا كاكاو شوكليت شيبس بحمام ماي و غطوا نص القشر بالكاكاو و خلوه ينشف على روق شمع.

 

و بالعافية :) تاكدوا ان تعطون كل نقطة وقت كافي عشان يجف القشر بين مرحلة و مرحلة

لا تقطون القطر طعمه عجيب! تقدرون تصبونه فوق اي كيكة اسفنجية :)

 

 

Bon appetit!
Basma :)

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@KhanfaroOsh_kw

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I burnt my hand the other day while baking cookies and the doctor told me that i should stay away from any source of heat including cooking which needless to say drove me nuts!

The sweet ladies from khanfarosh sent me a box of their sweets to keep my mind away from cooking which was very sweet of them :)

The box came with 2 different types covered in chocolate: basbosa and gers 3gaili. Both are nice but i loved the basbosa one a lot.

Here’s a piece of info I learned from dad:
Back in the old days, whenever a kuwaiti house makes sab elgafsha or any sweet fried dough and they run out of sugared syrup, they fry the dough and eat it as is, which is how khanfarosh was invented! Kinda smart don’t you think?

Thank you @KhanfaroOsh_kw for the lovely mouth watering surprise :)

Enjoy!
Basma.

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Roasted Peeled chestnuts

 

 

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Every time someone goes to the UAE i ask them to bring me some packed chestnuts. They’re sweet but not too sweet, soft and delicious. The whole pack only has 140 calories which perfectly fits my daily snack portion.

To my surprise, when I went to singarea grocery store this week, I found loads of them so i got some for myself.

If you like no fuss chestnuts, you’ll love these!

 

 

Directions: aldhajeej area, almira complex, shop #4-5. Next to sears and a restaurant called fereej 3gab. If you get lost easily like me just ask anyone for directions to almira complex when you reach aldhajeej from the 6th ring road.

Those chestnuts aren’t the only thing this place has. It’s basically loaded with everything asian. What i also loved out there are the toasted nori sheets packed in 15-40 calories packs. They’ve got the flavor, the perfect crunch and is high on vitamin A.

I also got all sorts of spices and their delicious mayo :)

 

 

Bon Appetit!
Basma

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Perfect pick me up – Happy New Year!

 

 

 

This is what I do when I have time to waste. I think of food and rush to the grocery store to test it out.

I was asked to give a colorful cooking class and the first thing I thought of while on the phone is a slice of orange topped with white chocolate sauce and blueberries. I slightly altered the dish to be cuter and more pleasant to the eye :)

 

Here’s what you need to do:

Ingredients:

  1. Orange
  2. Blackberries
  3. Raspberries
  4. White chocolate
  5. Whipping cream
  6. Soft brown sugar (I prefer muscovado)
  7. Orange zest
  8. Rice flakes or any type of cereal you like
  9. Rice cakes (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Start with whipping the cream. Once it’s the texture you want, add as much white chocolate shavings as you want along with orange zest, vanilla and sugar. For a 250 ml whipping cream, i added around a teaspoon of orange zest, 3 tbs of sugar, a hint of vanilla and around 30 grams of white chocolate.
  2. Now for the stacking: the simplest one is what I’m showing in the picture: a slice of orange, cream, 4 berries topped with white chocolate shavings and crushed cereal. You can add more layers starting with rice cake, orange, cream and then berries or repeat the rice cake and orange layers twice then top them with berries and white chocolate. I liked the mini size version.

 

Z, one of the girls tried the cream with kiwi and it was phenomenal, so you can play around with ingredients as well.

It tastes great and very suitable for breakfast or a light dessert. Plus it looks cute don’t you think? :)

 

Bon Appetit!

Basma :)

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