Granola and Yoghurt just got Sexy!

With this whole lockdown thing, people are going a little crazy.

Initially we thought it’d be 3 months, so Dalgona and Banana loaf cakes were on the menu daily. Everyone started cooking and baking at home.

5 months into the Lockdown and no clear indication of improvements later, those Banana Loaf cakes are now happily sitting on the love handles, and Sheesh ( kebabs because I don’t swear) just got serious.

Now it’s time to stop the binge eating, pressing the ‘buy’ button on Amazon, and Friends re-run on netflix.

First thing to shape up…..and Breakfast!

We all know yoghurt is good for you, with the diet being all over the place, yoghurt can help produce vitamin B in the bowels, and promotes a healthy gut to fight off infections….. It sounds all great but blah blah…. I just can’t do yoghurt…. By itself.

So I was looking around for how to create something with yoghurt…. But everything seemed so hard, so long to make and so not appetizing. With the rise of social media and Instagram, food not only has to be eaten with the mouth, but also the eyes…

Also, I feel like I’m in the kitchen all day everyday. I don’t think I have cooked this much in my 37 years of life as I have in these last 5 months and I really don’t want to be faffing around in the kitchen early morning. I wanted something quick and easy.

And ta-dah….. Since when did Granola and Yoghurt become so sexy?

Here’s a quickie on how to make this. It’s so easy… I’m thinking breakfast, lunch and dinner …… I just don’t want to cook. Ever again!!

You will need:

  • A very pretty and cool cup, transparent. ( You know I have a thing for cups right) this one is from Bodum.
  • Greek Yoghurt ( I chose strawberry)
  • Granola (just buy it!)
  • Raspberries and Blueberries or whatever fruit you fancy, Banana and Strawberries go really well too.

And here’s what you do with it:

Granola at the bottom….
Add Strawberry Yoghurt….
Add few fruits….

And ta- dah…. Told you it’s easy least lemon squeezy……and picture perfect too and actually really tasty!

Give it a go and take loads of pictures whilst your at it… Just like I did…

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Graze Boxes

The month of giving is here. In Ramadhan I like to give friends and family a little treat to break their fasts with. It’s actually a traditional among all of us. So this month as well as giving we are constantly receiving.

The reason why we give in this month is because:

Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”

Al Tirmidhi *iftaar meaning food for breaking fast

So basically if someone breaks their fast with food that I have given I get the reward of their fast aswell!! I mean bonus! That’s actually the easiest way to reap rewards in this month.

Fasting takes place between sunrise and sunset which in the UK is 18 hours. As you can appreciate when we eat although we are hungry our stomachs have now shrunk. But the cravings throughout the day … Oh my….

I decided to do graze boxes, firstly because I saw a box and wanted one. And secondly I saw it as a perfect treat, with our stomach being small- this light treat will be perfect to break our fast and….. Well graze on….

I mean just look at that and drool…. I’m fasting right now although had it just the other day I want it again.

Alot of people look at this and think ” I can’t do this” but seriously people you can. It’s not hard at all….. The buying part is harder than doing the boxes ( especially in this climate where there are queues to get into the shops, and once you do get in, half the stuff is already gone)

Well firstly the boxes, I had endless amount of people ask me about the boxes I used. I bought mine from here.

I use this company alot for my boxes. They are quality and free delivery plus it’s next day. How can you go wrong?

What to put in your graze box: the list is endless:

  • Watermelon
  • Orange
  • Cheese block
  • Mini cupcake
  • Nuts
  • Dates
  • Bread sticks
  • Cheese biscuits
  • Raspberries
  • All berries!
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Tangerines
  • Fig
  • Passionfruit
  • Houmous
  • Cheese and chives
  • Olives
  • …… And so much more!

The list is endless! Add whatever you desire, and then use your creative genius to set it up; here’s a video of mine

I used little dessert cups and filled them with houmous and cheese n chives, and just put things together. The colours really make the box…. I did want a fig or passion or kiwi fruit… But shopping is so difficult with the social distancing, and I just gave up. The beauty with these boxes….. You can buy everything, the only thing left for you to do is chop and present.

I’ll ask you again “just how beautiful do these look?”…. Running into the kitchen now to see what I have left over so I can make another box.

And if you do give it a go…. Well don’t forget to share your pics x

Stay Safe, stay Home.

Love and regards

M11bna

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Chocolate Banana Croissant French Toast

So many delicious words in one recipe! Its the month of Ramadhan, we are in lockdown, we are fasting, we are stuck at home. I really shouldnt be talking about food but…… I mean if I dont talk about food, what other topic is their?

Am I finding Ramadhan hard- in all honesty No, but everyone craves, I crave evan after I’ve eaten, so if you havent eaten, I dont need to tell you what the cravings are like…..

Dalgona Coffee was a hit, Rose Dalgona hit us one better, everyones competing with each other over french toast… and now I give you the ‘Chocolate Banana Croissant French Toast’…. it sounds like all of the above rolled into one. No?

And here it is:

Is it good? Oh Damn Good. We have it for Sehri, (meal before sunrise) so if you follow me on instagram youll find it under ‘Sehri Diaries’. If you dont follow me.. what are you waiting for? its just here.

You will need:

  • Croissants 3/4
  • Bananas 2 chopped
  • Nutella
  • Milk 2 tablespoon
  • 2 Eggs
  • A Dollop of Butter
  • A Dollop of Ghee
  • Handful of Suger
  • Half a teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Freshcream – I use the Squirty one
  • Strawberries (if desired)
  • Icecream (if desired)

And heres what to do with it:

Chop up the bananas and caremelise in frying pan on low heat with ghee and suger.

Cut the croissants in half, spread a dollop (I like this word) of nutella inside and add in the caremalised banana (you can add strawberries in this too)

Make your egg and milk mixture, by whisking milk, egg, cinnamon and a little suger

Dip your filled croissant into the mixture and fry on low heat in ‘dollop’ of butter. And once fried, put suger all over

And serve with cream on the side, or evan icecream, and decorate with remainder banana or strawberries.

What a treat for sehri! We love it, Im sure you will too. Try it out and dont forget to send a pic of yours.

Cant wait to see your creations

Stay Safe, Stay Indoors

Love and regards

M11bna

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……Did Someone Say Rose Dalgona?….

Well I think we have all figured out by now that Dalgona coffee and banana bread are sponsoring the Quarantine.

I got my Dalgona game on quite a few times- no that’s a lie- the boy got his Dalgona game on quite a few times. I just took the pictures. He loves his coffee and tik tok is big on it at the moment, so he’s forever making it…

But then I saw the Rose Dalgona… And I knew that was right up my street especially because it’s Ramadhan, and what is ramadhan without Rose Falooda?

And what a preety picture it makes too!

It’s a quickie so here goes- You will need

  • Rose Syrup
  • Freshcream
  • Milk
  • Ice
  • Vanilla or Rose Ice-cream
  • Rose petals

And heres what you do with it:

Use the freshcream and rose syrup as a 2:1 ratio and whisk until frothy

In a glass add in half cup of milk

Add in ice cubes ( I’ve been told that if you make rose icecubes it tastes better- I haven’t got have a ice cube holder (is that what you call it) but it sounds lush.. I could pop that into my mouth)

Add in your dollops of icecream

Top with the freshcream and rose mixture, and add a few rose petals…. And Voila what a preety picture

Please note after you have taken a photo stir it all in, otherwise you will be drinking cold milk!

So what did I think of it…. Oh it makes the preetiest of pictures, but I’ve conquered it. Its ticked off on my quarantine to do list✅ ….. it’s basically rose Falooda with the extra effort….. Next the dreaded banana bread…. Maybe I should wait untill someone comes up with a better twist to it? What do you think?

Don’t forget to share your pics with me

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Make Dalgona

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Nutella Star Pastry

This pandemic has brought out the chefs in all of us…. I hate cooking, but all I want to do is…. Cook…. Because what else can I do? …… And by the way… I’m not too bad!! Really…. I’m not just saying it, the 3 men in my life are living proof…. I mean they are ‘living’- so there’s the proof!

The Nutella Star pastry ain’t exactly a great scientific experiment, but it looks like one, and I can assure you it tastes like one too, it’s heaven for sweet tooth’s like myself (although I really should be taking it easy, especially because all the dentist appointments are canceled at the moment.)

It’s also really quick and easy to make, and the kids will be over the moon, literally it’s chocolate overdose….make it with them, eat with them, stick them In the garden untill the hyperactivity wears off. The weather is on our side people! And just how glorious is the sun at the moment?

So here’s how it’s done:

You will need:

  • A Puff Pastry Block ( I have been advised the one I use has alcohol in it. Do check it before you buy it!)
  • Nutella
  • Greaseproof paper

Is that all? I hear you say…. Yes that’s all folks! That’s all you need to make this tasty treat, and here’s how it’s done:

Cut your pastry block into 4 equal divides

Roll out each divide and cut a circle round each one

Until you will have 4 round pastry circle thingimigigs!

Put the first one on baking sheet on oven tray, and add a full heaped tablespoon of Nutella and spread it round

Put the second round pastry on top and do the same untill all the layers are on…

Once all the layers are on, roll out the pastry whilst still on the tray- try not to let the chocolate out though, it’s just to get it ABIT bigger….

Get a small round cutter and do a indent in the middle on your pastry

Then cut into your pastry up to the indent at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock

Do the same again in between these dents

And one last time in-between the next dents. Remember not to go into the circle

Take the end of each pastry cut out and twist it twice and put it down. You will get the above once all done ( the Boi apparently took a boomerang- of this, yet he didn’t save it 🙄)

And put it in the oven at 170degrees for 15-20 minutes

And here’s the final look. Tada!! Ain’t it beaut? Not just to look at but to eat aswell.

And now I’ll be kicking the kids into the garden and locking them outside whilst I put ear plugs on…. It’s got to be done. We all need ABIT of peace. And I did give them a treat too!

Ah the joys. They are a wonderful bunch when they are far away.

Let me know how you guys get on

Stay indoors, stay safe

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Well the Lock down has us all going a bit doo lah lah, but me especially…. I was craving Chocolate Cake…… I don’t Evan like Cake.

Since September of last year- in the magnificent pre-corona days. I promised myself that I would never bake again, because I was done, I had baked 7 years non stop, not a day had gone past in those 7 years where I didn’t see flour, sugars and eggs and I was done……

but today I just…… wanted cake, not any cake, but it was chocolate cake, a deep rich moist chocolate cake, but………without wanting to go through the whole process of making a full on cake.

I am still not ready to switch on the oven, i’m still not mentally able to go near that thing. Its like a monster that sits in that corner…. its too damn big and heavy otherwise I would’ve lifted it up and chucked it away, but then i’ll also be left with a gaping hole in the middle of my kitchen…..first world struggles (seriously any distraction from corona is a blessing, no matter how big or small).

So how was I going to satisfy my craving? well easy, peasy (lemon squeezy) did i just say that? Yes. Yes. I did. (doo-lah-lah days officially here and we haven’t even been on lock down for a full week yet)

Introducing The Chocolate Cake in the Mug (Its really not my idea, I didn’t invent it, but I made it, so I will blog it) and by the way do this with the kids, its easy peasy lemon squeezy (*oh God, really? Again? really?*)

You will need:

  • 4 Tablespoon Self Raising Flour
  • 5 Tablespoon Caster Suger
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tablespoon Milk
  • 3 Tablespoon Oil
  • Chocolate chips (as desired)
  • Mug
  • Microwave (no damn Oven! *does a twirl*)

And heres how its done:

Choose your favourite mug, (it has to be a big one, as this beast of a chocolate cake will rise).

Put all the dry ingredients into the mug and mix together. That’s the Flour, the suger and the cocoa powder.

Add the wet ones one at a time and mix throughly. I added the egg first, then the milk and lastly the oil. Mix this until you get a creamy consistency.

Add choc chips to your desired taste

Put the mug in the middle of the microwave, and set the temperature to high and set it to 1.30 mins (allow another 20 secs if needed)

and voila, your chocolate cake is ready,

And its yum, and moist (and if you dont do the 20 seconds its also gooey in the middle, I like batter …. Shhhh…. That’s a secret nobody should disclose.)

Try it out, and don’t forget to share your pics and tag me on them

Love and regards. Stay Safe, stay Indoors and keep washing your hands.

M11bna

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Hash Brown Egg Cups

Every weekend we have this routine: One day we have a full English breakfast and the other day we do an Indian breakfast. With the Indian breakfast the variety is huge, whether its lentils, vegetable curry, mince meat, or anything that goes with rotis really….. and with English breakfast …. Well it’s a matter of shall we have it with hash brown or waffles today?

It was becoming quite predictable and boring to be honest

A quick search onto Google found me this, was intrigued and decided to try it…. and it was an absolute treat…. And so quick and easy to make also. Bonus.

I had to share it:

Ingredients

(to make 12 hashbrown egg cups)

  • 200 grams Hash browns
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder/ paprika
  • Pepper
  • Half tomato diced
  • Half onion diced
  • Grated cheese

Method

  • Switch on oven at 200°
  • Allow the Hashbrown to defrost and then with a fork mash it all up
  • Melt the butter and add to the Hashbrown and mix
  • Divide the Hashbrown into 12 and place onto a 12 cup cupcake tray
  • Form the Hashbrown around the tray into cups
  • Put into the oven for 15 mins to cook
  • Whisk the eggs add in the milk, diced tomato and onions
  • Add the chilli and salt and pepper and whisk
  • Pour this mixture into each Hashbrown cup
  • Add cheese on top
  • Put it back into oven for a further 10 mins or untill all fluffy and cooked
  • Scoop out each cup and bite into!
  • Yum!

And there you have it. Hash brown and egg cups, and they are so tasty. The boi just grabs a handful and runs away with it, whilst the hubby likes it with beans and salad on the side

Let me know how you like yours

Love and regards

M11bna

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Nutella and Strawberry French Toast Rolls

Who likes strawberries? Me!

Who likes Nutella? Me!!

Who like French toast? Me! Me! Me!

Who like French toast with Nutella and Strawberries?….. drooooooool!!!!

……Oh you do too? Sorry couldn’t hear you, I was getting too excited..

Ok, so when I think of French toast… its breakfast right?

and then Nutella? well thats got to be a dessert, right?

So where do these roll ups fit in? well ….my answer….” Anywhere you damn well want! just eat them!!! ALL!! By yourself! DO NOT SHARE!”. For breakfast, lunch and Dinner, and everything in between aswell!

Thats what I did. Im sorry, you can just salivate on the photos, and im really sorry to my dentist the most, it was one day of pure indulgence, I will behave from today onwards. I promise.

So here is how to make these little indulgences.

Its the most easiest and quickest thing ever…. it took me longer to write this blog up!!

So here goes; You will need:

  • 6 Bread Slices
  • Nutella
  • Strawberries (chopped up)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1.4 cup Suger
  • 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon Powder

And heres what to do with it All;

  • Remove the crust of the Bread Slices
  • Roll out and flatten Bread with Rolling Pin
  • Layer Bread with Nutella and add few peices of chopped Strawberries on one end
  • And roll up the Bread, (the Nutella will hold the Roll in shape)

  • Add Butter to a frying pan on medium heat
  • Whisk Egge and milk together
  • Dip a roll to the egg mixture, and fry in frying pan
  • Once fried (usually takes 2/3 minutes max) dip into a bowl of mixed suger and cinnamon, covering it completely

And Voila, it is ready to Eat, or Devour as I did

Just how yummy does this look?

Damn I need to make more…..Jetting off to the kitchen now…… Im thinking…. Lotus and Banana and Cream Cheese!….. Oh Yum! (Sorry Dentist- THIS is the last time. I PROMISE)

Let me know how it goes when you make yours!

Love and regards

M11bna

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High Chaii

Another day to entertain. My friend Afreen was coming from Dubai. She works in Dubai for a broker firm, and pops over once or twice a year to catch up with her family and children. And US.

She lives in Dubai, I really can’t compete with that place to take her anywhere fantastic to spend time with her. Dubai is the hotspot of dining and wining. Also our weather is terrible. Yep she’s from UK, so is aware of this, but generally runs off to Dubai to get away from the weather here.

So I decided instead of taking her out, I would throw her a High Chaii party at mine. (High Chaii is the Indian equivalent to the british Afternoon tea). and that way I can make it that extra special.

So I invited a few of our friends over and I created this

Well firstly, I’m sure you know by now I have a love for cups- I’m talking about tea cups here. So I had a chance to show case my new teacups. I got these from my trip in India- and it goes so well with the theme.

Aren’t they soo pretty? (Smiling widely)

And now ill break down what I made.

This is something I improvised with. I don’t have a name for it, so please feel free. I basically chopped up onions and tomatoes and added salt, chilli powder, lemon juice, and ready made salsa. I deep fried poppadoms and put the onion mixture in the middle. And boy was it divine. Do try it. It’s mouthwatering.

A Fruit Platter. Always a must. Always pretty. Always colourful. Always in my parties!

Khaman. I ordered these, they are a yellow steamed cake made out of chick pea flour. It has a tangy and sweet flavour and goes soo well with green chutney.

Dahi Vada. These are deep fried lentil balls soaked in yoghurt topped with spicy and tangy chutneys, like green chutney and tamarind sauce. And then finished off with spice powders ( I can see you salivating). This is a traditional Indian street food. I served these up in cocktail glasses to give it a grandeur look.

Kheema pockets and Omelette rolls. The Omelette rolls are basically masala omelettes wrapped around a chappati. And I split this into two.

And the Kheema pockets, is minced meat cooked with Indian masalas, and then put into halved pitta nan’s with lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. (Definately the biggest hits of the day. I may need to do a step by step blog on this).

Next up we had Punjabi vegetable samosas (which I bought) and home made mango puree and puris. The puris was made by a dear friend, they are an Indian deep fried bread which we dunk into the mango puree.

I also added some croissants, tea cakes, scones and marmalade.

And lastly

We had Tea, orange Juice and drinks because my dear guest does not like Tea. So I served her up some Pepsi in my wonderful tea cup.

And here is the beauty herself. Hope you enjoyed you High Chaii.

And to end it all we had to do our selfies. I mean what even is a party if there are no selfies right?

I hope you guys got some ideas for your next high chaii. Don’t forget to send me pics or tag me on social media.

Until the next one,

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Red Velvet Cookies

Hi All, So sorry I dissapeared for a little while. Life came in the way. Granni was admitted into hospital again with pneumonia, so we were back to our rotas and shift work at the hospital. The tough cookie fought it like a pro, and is back home now.

The hubby got Man-Flu ( that really is a thing by the way, more on this later) and my best friends brother got married. So its been a hectic ride.

But I’m back…..

…..With my famous red velvet cookies recipe.

For the ones that know me, you know what im talking about- for the ones that dont- whilst in my baking Era these along with my Lamingtons and Marshmallows were my biggest sellers. So big that when I bake them, I no longer put it on my social media, because I will get hounded by my beloved customers to make them.

So here goes:

Ingredients

  • (makes 15)
  • 115 grams butter (I use stork)
  • 150 grams brown suger
  • 50 grams granulated suger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 1.5 tablespoon red food colouring (gel colours are better)
  • 198grams Plain flour (yes! 198- not more or less!! trust me!)
  • 10 grams cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 150 grams choc chip chocolates
  • glitter to decorate

Method:

Cream the butter, brown suger and granulated suger together.

Add the egg and beat again

Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate soda, and salt, add to the creamed mixture and beat. Once beaten add the milk.

Add the red food colouring, and 3/4 of the chocolate chips and mix.

You should get a red sticky mixture like below.

Put this sticky mixture on a clingfilm

Roll it up and put it into the fridge, usually between 1-4 hours. (for a small amount like this 1 hour is sufficient). 15 minutes before taking out mixture switch the oven on at 180degrees.

When you remove the cold mixture- it will no longer be sticky, take a handful of the dough and form into small balls like below

Put it into a baking tray with greaseproof paper below- leave space around the dough balls as cookies will form in oven.

Put into oven for 12 minutes

Once out add few choc chips on top and allow to cool on a drying rack.

Add a little glitter and enjoy with your tea.

So there you go. My Secret Famous Red Velvet recipe. No longer a secret and all yours now. So stop asking me to make you some! And make sure you drop some off to me.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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