Veggie Bites

Veggie Bites

Last veggie bite standing

My 4 year old daughter is a very fussy eater, she needs lots of flavour in her food, bland is not in her dictionary, just like her dad😉. Yep! It is a mission getting her to eat. I found this yummy recipe on instagram. To be honest it wasn’t yummy enough for my daughter but my husband and I enjoyed them so I gave myself a pat on my shoulder😅. I did tweak the ingredients slightly from the original recipe, I added salt and ginger garlic paste and next time I will try and add some meat or more pepper or other spices to give that extra bit of flavour for my little madam. By flavour I don’t mean she loves spicy, uh oh! if her food is spicy that means I’ve pushed her ‘tantrum button’😏😣. All kids have this button right? Well if your child doesn’t then wow you must have an angel, congratulations😂.

This recipe is ideal for snack time or even lunch or dinner, its healthy and yummy. We had ours for a light lunch

Ingredients

1 cup broccoli
1 1/2 cups cauliflower
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 whisked eggs
Pinch of Ginger garlic paste
Chopped fresh Parsley
Black pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Method

Preheat the oven at 180ยฐC

Line a baking tray

Boil the cauliflower and broccoli florets until a little soft

Roughly chop into small pieces

Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine.

Shape into tots or patties and put on a lined baking tray.

Pop into the oven for 15-20 minutes.
This made about 20 bites but some were different size as my daughter did them.

Serve with cheese and maybe some mayonnaise. Hubby ate his with mayonnaise and chilli sauce as you don’t qualify to be an Asian if you don’t add chilli to your food😅.

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Enjoy this quick recipe and don’t forget to say Bismillah.

“… eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not (those who waste by extravagance).”
[Qur’an Surah Al-Araf, Verse 31]

Overcoming Post-Labour Challenges

Postpartum Challenges and how to Heal Mind,Heart and Soul

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

I really pray you are all doing well in life spiritually, mentally and physically by the Mercy of Allah.

Post birth is an extremely burdensome and demanding period for most women and often this topic is brushed under the carpet instead of being treated. I understand some women feel embarrassed or reluctant to admit they are suffering from PPD (Postpartum Depression) on whatever level. It is also looked down upon in some cultures hence leaving the new mother with feelings of extreme sadness, low energy, anxiety, crying episodes, irritability, and changes in sleeping or eating patterns.

All a new mother wants is to get her sanity back without the interference of any external factors to her already mentally challenged self and physically weak body. Therefore, next time please be considerate of the feelings of a new mother. Try and be emphatically mindful of what you utter as her mental state is weak after birth, resulting in difficulty to be optimistic. Even worse yet every minute remark could intensify the situation.

Depression doesn’t always mean you need to run to the doctors for anti depressants, it can be treated at home and most people with depression improve with good care, which may include changes made to ones life, talk therapy and medication. Talking to that one person whom you’ve always trusted could lift your mind’s burden immensely.

The reason I am writing this long winded artticle is to raise awareness among our women and men folk, young and the old.Sometimes this mood disorder can affect both the mother and father. The fact of the mater is that some of us women do not like to admit we are going through some form of depression. We are also unaware how easily it could be treated.

We have got to make some changes within ourselves which will result in positive changes in our wider communities. Let us stop suffering in silence. Feeling embarrassed to address this issue is not going to help yourself or others. Stop pretending everything is rosy and cry behind closed doors. Be a little open, sometimes the world and people you are surrounded by could be a beautiful place for you to start again inshaAllah. Being open and asking for help doesn’t make you a weak person nor does it make you a weak mother. We still have goodness in this world, you will find a shoulder to lean on, someone to give an ear, a kind, courteous, caring, good and empathetic soul. Talk to someone you trust and get help. Just remember the whole world is not working against you nor is it crumbling down because of your problems. You will get through this phase, what you need before seeking medical help is a very strong connection with Allah coupled with optimistic people, after this by all means go ahead and seek medical treatment.

Another important point I’d like to address at this mark is that nowadays we have countless number of contacts on our phones and social media but we have no real connection or communication with them. They are merely numbers, addresses or photos at our possession. We are all too busy with ‘me, myself and I’. Let us maintain our contacts by connecting with them, caring and spending quality time with them.

Here is a link to a test to assess whether you could be suffering from depression. Depression Self-Asessment Answer the questions based on how you’ve been feeling during the last two weeks.
The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed.

Now let us take a ride through my experience and how I overcame and picked myself up postpartum inshaAllah.

My second pregnancy was better in many ways compared to my first pregnancy subhanAllah. With that said I had more challenges during the second: I was living 2hrs away from my mum who was my rock during my first pregnancy and the rest of the family too, I was officially the ‘Lady of the House’ as my siblings and I like to call it ๐Ÿ™‚ . I had to cook, clean and deal with a 3 year old and not forgetting my husband who was patient with me, particularly with my cooking. MashaAllah TabarakAllah 😂as I was an amateur cook, never have I ever cooked a full meal prior to living alone. And there I was in my new house, new city, new people thankfully I had some relatives living in this new alien place 😅. Alhamdulillah ala kulli haal. My relatives and neighbour cooked for me somedays which I am ever so thankful for. Somedays I would be feeling so low and in pain all I said was ‘Ya Allah I haven’t cooked anything for my family’ and my Rabb knew exactly what I meant subhanAllah, later on my neighbour would knock on my door with food and I would be lost for words to comprehend the mercy of my Rabb and how quickly my duas were answered subhanAllah. Somedays I couldn’t eat any food and I would just eat a child’s portion of rice and curry and make dua to Allah to put barakah in it and suffice my hunger and subhanAllah those duas were answered too. Somedays we had takeaway which I hated, maybe my pregnancy taste buds were on some next level. My humble husband also tried cooking and lets just say he could do with some cookery classes, he tried to cook at the speed of a Ferrari wizzing by, you know ‘a bit of this, a bit of that, a dash of this and bam! Food is ready ya’ll’ lol 😂. Lets keep learning the art of cooking. It takes a lot of time and patience to put a delicious looking meal on the table that you actually would want to eat. Trust me I am still learning Alhamdulillah.

Now I hear your minds asking this question: “How did you cope with the first two to three months postpartum?”. Well my answer would be after my first child my connection with my Lord was very poor. I was moody and angry at every little thing. I had no reason to be because I was getting all the help I needed as I was living with my mum and siblings. Still my mind wasn’t content due to lack of patience and comprehending or accepting the Qadar of Allah. I strongly feel for this particular reason I was suffering for almost over a year. This was also a main reason I resigned from my job just 3 months post maternity leave. Stopped all my Islamic classes. I felt overwhelmed, things were crumbling inside of me. I had to wake up early even if I hadn’t slept properly the night before. To pray fajr was a burden as I felt my child is preventing me, how unwise and naive I was. It all felt a bit too much subhanAllah. I kept all this burried inside of me, thinking it will pass in a few weeks but weeks turned into months. However, after about a year I started recovering Alhamdulillah. I felt that there is more to life than just sleep (more like no sleep with a child), eat, drink, feeling stressed at every little thing, utilising time in the most unproductive way possible. At this point I said to myself if I intend to give my child the proper Tarbiya(nurturing) then I’ve got to get back to my productive self and be motivated inshaAllah. I set some goals for myself. Trust me when you put in the effort to change Allah will guide you through. If you keep thinking now ” I have a child that’s it everything else in my life has to be on pause because I have no time” this is not true, trust me it took me over a year to realise this subhanAllah.

Now let us compare my second pregnancy. Alhamdulillah after 3 years I had grown so much mentally because I gave myself the chance to change, to fix things and make things better instead of living in the past or feeling sorry for myself😅. I worked on and still working on building a strong connection with the Qur’an Alhamdulillah it has uplifted my heart, put peace and ease in my mind and soul during the pregnancy and after, needless to say that I still do get those days where I do not get to pick up the actual Mus-haf and recite but I try my best to keep up and be consistent,motivated and dedicated.

So my answer to what helped me through my healing process which resulted in a different and better inner self and better mental wellbeing during and after the pregnancy was non other than AL QUR’AN and it’s author ALLAH azza wajal. Truly amazing Alhamdulillah.

Now I know why I felt the way I did during the first pregnancy:

Allah (swt) says: โ€œ Deluded away from the Qurโ€™an is he who is deludedโ€ (al-thariyat, 51 verse 9)
Meaning that oneโ€™s sins will stand between them and the Qurโ€™an; as a block which will result in their distance from the Qurโ€™anโ€ฆ

I would highly encourage everyone to connect with Allah, and what better way is there to connect with Him than through His words/book Al Qur’an.

Start small, purify your intention and make Dua to Allah to aid you. If days pass by without the utterance of the words of Allah from a Mus-haf then try and recite from an electronic device, from memory, just recite any surah you know at anytime iA you will feel tranquillity descend upon your heart, mind and soul. You will feel a sweetness that will make you forget the bitterness and tiredness of Dunya

If you don’t know Tajweed try and attend a class, if you haven’tstarted memorising then start without delay. Or if you’ve neglected its revision then get back on it. My dear friends run away from the hustle and bustle of life and set aside few minutes from your time and indulge in this blessing and recite and prostrate to Allah and become near to Him.

Imam Ibrahim al Maqdisi advises his student Abbas saying; โ€œincrease in your recitation of the Qurโ€™an and never leave it; because your ease in life and seeking of what you desire is directly related to how much you reciteโ€

Have patience and persevere

Ibn Taymiyah said:
โ€œIโ€™ve never come across anything that feeds the mind and soul, protects the physical body and provides happiness as much as the lengthened looking in the book of Allah (meaning committed reciting)โ€

Finally, I ask Allah to grant us all ease in our affairs, may Allah be pleased with all the mothers and all women folk. May we all meet in Jannah with our families. Ya Allah grant us all a noble ending. Aameen Ya Rabbal Aalameen.

Butter Cake Recipe

Butter Cake Recipe

I find this to be the most simplest and easiest cake recipe which I learnt from my mum, my in-laws also use the same recipe.

Ingredients

250g Butter
250g Flour
250g Sugar
4 Eggs
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp vanilla essence or essence of choice
1/2 cup milk

Method

Mix sugar and butter well

Add eggs

Add flour gradually

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well

Bake at 180 degree celsius for about 30 to 40mins. You know your cake is ready when you stick a knife through the cake and the knife comes out clear

Bake and Enjoy also don’t forget to share it with others😁

Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Frosting

My 3 year old’s cupcake decorations

Ingredients

ยฝ cup butter at room temperature

ยฝ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups Icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

ยผ cup cold milk add as required

firstly, in a bowl beat the butter

then add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla essence add cold milk.

beat till the mixture turns smooth and spreadable.

Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl until you have a smooth consistency.

Tuna Panini Filling

Tuna Panini Filling

Assalamu alaikum

If you are a foodie and prefer a variety for meals or even a filling snack then you might enjoy a bite of Tuna filled Panini.

Great for picnics, outings with family or just for work lunch.

โ€œand eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)โ€

[Qur’an Surah al-Aโ€™raaf 7:31]

Equally enjoyable and fulfilling for the hungry stomachs of young and old

Ingredients

1 tin/ 112g Tuna Chunks

1/2 tin sweet corn

1 Green Chilli

2 Medium sized Red Onions

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

3 tbs Mayonnaise

Cheese (optional)

Tomatoes (optional)

Method

Tuna Mix:

Empty the Tuna chunks in a bowl (without any water/brine)

Add Sweet corn as much as you prefer

Add finely chopped green chilli and red onions

Add salt, pepper and mayonnaise and mix well.

1. Slice the Panini bread through the Middle

2. Place it on a stove at medium heat, turning each side until warm, keep for longer if you prefer it to be slightly crispy.

4. Place the Tuna mix on the Panini and top it with cheese of your choice and cover with top half of the panini

And ta-daa you are ready to munch instantly or pack it for later

If you are not a Tuna person like me then it can always be replaced with meat or cheese and other vegetables.

Panini filling recipes are endless so fiddle around with the ingredients and make a filling of your taste.

Enjoy and be thankful for the countless blessings Allah has bestowed on us. Be greatful to Allah. Remember those less fortunate than you.

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: โ€œThe son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.โ€ Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2380; Ibn Maajah, 3349. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1939)

Eggless Chocolate cake

Eggless Chocolate cake

It was a mission making this, as it was my 3 year old daughter’s idea to make a chocolate cake for her Abu for one of her imaginative idea of pretend play, this time it was “Eid Party” so we had to bake a cake.

After giving birth to my second child (by the mercy of Allah) a month and a half ago, I haven’t had the chance to spend quality time with her. My toddler gets bored quickly these days as the cold weather creeps in and she’s stuck inside the house hence I’ve had to sacrifice more of my sleep and utilise that time with her, despite the constant screaming not to make a huge mess I do love the fact that I am able to give her some of my time and attention Alhamdulillah. Trust me it is not easy, some days are better than others and somedays you are beyond exhausted and just want to leave everything as it is and have a nap but this is a recipe for partial disaster because chores will just pile up, but hey it isn’t the end of the world.

I love chocolates and so does my daughter, my body craves for chocolatey goodness a bit more than hers therefore I had the largest portion of this cake in the house (shhh don’t tell anyone).

For the love of chocolates let us start with the mouth watering recipe already

Ingredients (1 cup = 255ml)

1 cup condensed milk / milkmaid
ยพ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1ยฝ cup plain or all purpose flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
ยพ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
ยผ tsp salt (exclude if using salted butter

ยพ cup warm milk add as required
ยพ tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp vinegar

Method:

Add condensed milk and butter in a bowl and beat until consistency turns smooth and fluffy.

Sieve all the dry ingredients into the mixture: cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt, then fold gently

Add vinegar, vanilla essence and warm milk.

Gently mix until consistency is smooth

Transfer into a baking tray and bake for 35-40mins at 180 degree celsius.

Let it cool down completely before adding frosting.

Don’t mind the decorations as I said it was a mission getting it done with a toddler

Finally enjoy and share it with others

Easy chocolate frosting recipe coming soon inshaAllah

Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

200g Sugar
150g chocolate
100g Butter
100g Flour
3 Eggs
2tbs cocoa powder

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Butter an 8inch baking tray and line with baking paper

Add butter and chocolate in a bowl
keep the bowl over a pan with simmering water until both ingredients melt
Remove the bowl from the heat and add cocoa powder and sugar and whisk
Add in the eggs one at a time and whisk
Add the flour and whisk

finally pour the mix in the pan and bake for 25 to 30mins or until its done

Enjoy and don’t forget to share

Honey and it’s Beauty Benefits -1

Honey and it’s Beauty Benefits -1

Allah mentions the benefit of Bees in the Qur’an in the following verses:

Surah An-Nahl, Verse 68:
ูˆูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ุญูŽู‰ูฐ ุฑูŽุจู‘ููƒูŽ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽุญู’ู„ู ุฃูŽู†ู ุงุชู‘ูŽุฎูุฐููŠ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุฌูุจูŽุงู„ู ุจููŠููˆุชู‹ุง ูˆูŽู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ุดู‘ูŽุฌูŽุฑู ูˆูŽู…ูู…ู‘ูŽุง ูŠูŽุนู’ุฑูุดููˆู†ูŽ

And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: “Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect.

Surah An-Nahl, Verse 69:
ุซูู…ู‘ูŽ ูƒูู„ููŠ ู…ูู† ูƒูู„ู‘ู ุงู„ุซู‘ูŽู…ูŽุฑูŽุงุชู ููŽุงุณู’ู„ููƒููŠ ุณูุจูู„ูŽ ุฑูŽุจู‘ููƒู ุฐูู„ูู„ู‹ุง ูŠูŽุฎู’ุฑูุฌู ู…ูู† ุจูุทููˆู†ูู‡ูŽุง ุดูŽุฑูŽุงุจูŒ ู…ู‘ูุฎู’ุชูŽู„ูููŒ ุฃูŽู„ู’ูˆูŽุงู†ูู‡ู ูููŠู‡ู ุดูููŽุงุกูŒ ู„ู‘ูู„ู†ู‘ูŽุงุณู ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ูููŠ ุฐูŽูฐู„ููƒูŽ ู„ูŽุขูŠูŽุฉู‹ ู„ู‘ูู‚ูŽูˆู’ู…ู ูŠูŽุชูŽููŽูƒู‘ูŽุฑููˆู†ูŽ

“Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).” There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.

Honey is considered among one of the most useful food. Itโ€™s usefulness is not only limited to your internal health. But it is also very useful when your external beauty comes into question

Some benefits of Honey :

  • The anti-bacterial properties of honey soothes inflammation, defend the skin from irritants and germs
  • It contains anti-oxidants which slow the aging process.
  • It helps to open up and unclog the pores
  • It protects your skin from harmful UV rays of sun and increases the skinโ€™s ability to rejuvenate.
  • It brightens the dull and damaged skin.
  • The enzymes present in honey promote healthy skin cell production and provide natural glow to the skin.

How to use Honey for uneven skin tone:

1. Honey with Yogurt

The lactic acid present in yogurt lightens the skin while honey soothes the skin and moisturizes the skin.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh yogurt and 1 1/2 tablespoon of honey.
  • Stir well and apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 10 โ€“ 15 minutes, wash it off with water.
  • Or you can also add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and follow the same process.
  • Continue this process daily.

My experience: I have tried this facial pack (honey and yogurt) and would highly recommend it to others. It is ideal for dry skin, it smoothes and gives a gentle glow to the skin.

Also remember as with anything consistency and a balanced diet is essential in having an effect for long-term. I have yet to see the long-term results and with the addition of oatmeal.

Burj Al Arab Dubai

Burj al Arab

The Burj al-Arab (Arabic: ุจุฑุฌ ุงู„ุนุฑุจโ€Žโ€Ž, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world.
Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.

Can you spot Burj Al Arab?

Stunningly beautiful view from both land and sea.

The sea is just beautiful under the sun

Once completed it will be taller than the current world’s tallest Ferris wheel, the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which opened in Las Vegas in March 2014.
To give you an idea of how tall that actually is, 210 metres is roughly a quarter of the height of the massive Burj Khalifa