Monthly Archives: August 2012

Chocolate Pudding

I was
having a major chocolate craving last night and the thought of chocolate
pudding entered my mind since it was kind of easy. I have never actually made
homemade pudding and I never cared for the boxed or prepackaged stuff, it has
this funky taste to it. I thought with all these pure and simple ingredients
this version had to beat store bought. So I made a batch up and patiently
waited until today to try it. Wow, I was blown away it’s so full of flavor and
chocolate what a perfect dessert.

3/4 cup
sugar
1/3 cup
unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Cadburys)
2
tablespoons cornstarch
4 egg
yolks, beaten
2
tablespoons butter
1-1/2
teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups
milk
1. In a
4-quaty saucepan on medium heat add sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder.
Carefully whisk in milk. Continue whisking until thickened and bubbly and whisk
for an additional few minutes.
2. Add 1 cup
of milk mixture into a medium bowl. Add eggs into 1 cup of milk mixture, mix
and then add contents into pan. Whisk well. Remove from heat and add butter and
vanilla, mix well.
3. Carefully
pour into a bowl, cover and allow chilling in the refrigerator overnight.
Yields: 4
servings

Kitchen Love

My New Kitchen Items

1. Klaus and Yves Shakers
2. All the Buzz Travel Mug
3. Colorful Palate Utensil Set
4. Bubby’s Matryoshkas Measuring Cups

I order
from ModCloth quite a bit and have never been disappointed with any of their
products. They have some of the cutest clothing, jewelry and home items that I
have found and the shipping is pretty decent. This kitchen items are a few of
the latest things I received in my order and I really am happy with all of
them. The cat salt and pepper shakers are adorable and hold a great amount. The
utensils are colorful, this travel thermos is perfect for one person to carry a
hot drink and it fits in my purse, have a magnet that holds them all together
and they are really durable and these measuring cups are so nice they are high quality
and look cute on your counter.

Overall I was
really pleased as always with these items and will order some more stuff for my
kitchen soon. The travel mug and measuring cups are already sold out things
actually sell out pretty fast over at Modcloth but you can add an item to your
watch list and they remind you when it comes back in. Sometimes I get tired of
the boring standard stuff and want something a little more unique for my
kitchen.

Berber Adas

The root of most Moroccan food can be traced back to the Berbers. Berbers have lived between North Africa; Egypt and the west coast of Morocco as far as history is recorded. It has been said that the Berbers made an impact of the food of the region long before the invasion of the Arabs and although they did revert to Islam they were keen to make the point that they were not from the Arab descent. We can all thank the Berbers for dishes such as tagines and couscous. This basic lentil recipe is a simple village dish which is usually served with a piece of bread. Black lentils have more texture and hold their shape unlike red lentils.

2 tablespoons olive oil with a slice of butter
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ras-el-hanout
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1-1/4 cups brown lentils, washed and drained
2-1/2 cups water
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1. In a 6-quart saucepan on medium heat add olive and butter. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender about 3 minutes. Add ras-el-hanout and sugar, mixing well. Add lentils, coating well.
2. Carefully add water and raise heat to high. Bring to a full boil then reduce to low. Cool for 35 minutes until almost all the liquid has absorbed. Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and garnish top with cilantro.
Yields: 4-5 servings

Fatin Hareth

 

Black seeds have served as an important health and beauty aid to Arabs for years. Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said that black seed is a cure for everything but death. [ Al-Bukhaari, 5364; Muslim, 2215]

In Saudi Arabia black seed remains a traditional remedy for asthma, coughs, stomach problems, fatigue, cancer and much more. The whole seeds and oil is used to beautify skin and hair. Fatin
Hareth is an old fashioned recipe made in the southern province of Saudi Arabia. This is not a hard recipe to make but you should not leave the stove what so ever while making it to make sure nothing burns as it only takes a handful of seconds to cook each batch.
1 cup plus 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons black seeds
2 tablespoons yogurt
1/4 cup oil (I used sunflower or corn oil) plus more for frying
4-1/2 tablespoons sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
1. In a small bowl add yeast, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of warm water. Sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
                                                
2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, baking powder and sugar, mix. Add black seeds, yogurt, oil, and vanilla and yeast mixture. Mix well. Add a little bit of water at a time until dough consistency has formed. Place a small amount of oil onto hands and rub around dough ball. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place for 1 hour.
3. In a small skillet on medium heat add enough for frying (about 1/4 cup). On a lightly floured surface (I use non-stick baking mats) with a rolling pin roll dough thin (paper thin). Carefully cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and then into triangles up and down the long strips. Place into hot oil frying on each side until golden.
4. Drain on a paper towel. Drizzle or dip into sheerah (sugar syrup) afterwards then serve.
Yields: 4-1/2 cups