Arabic Chai Concentrate


I was in the kitchen making myself some of my favorite coffee syrup and thought hey why not some tea syrup too. Here in Riyadh tea with milk is not common, but in the UAE and Yemen it is the drink of choice. All the sudden I thought some sort of tea concentrate (you know, like the cold brew coffee) would be an awesome idea.

I added a pinch of baking soda to the mixture just like I do for my southern sweet tea which helps with the bitterness. I also started saving and cleaning my empty olive oil bottles… Continue reading

Orange Blossom Popsicles


My chocolate qashta pops were so good that I could not wait to try some new recipe using qashta. Qashta is a thick cream, you can buy in the Middle East that is used in Arabic sweets or ate alone. You can find all kinds made by big brands next to the condensed and evaporated milk here in Saudi. Since qashta already has a creamy sweetened flavor, adding sugar is not nessecery. I decided to leave the flavor intact while adding a few small ingredients and wow this one ended up being my favorite yet.

2 (170 gram) cans of… Continue reading

Ajwa Al Madinah


The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam said, “If somebody takes seven Ajwa dates in the morning, neither magic nor poison will hurt him that day.” (Sahih Bukhari: Vol 7, Book 71, Number 664)

Aisha reported Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasallam said, “The Ajwa dates of Aliya (village near Madinah) contain heating effects and these are antidote in the early morning.” (Sahih Muslim: Book 23, Number 5083)

BENEFITS OF DATES The Al Ajwa Dates are rich in minerals like Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Fiber, Proteins & Vitamins.

Because of the above hadiths I like to buy ajwa dates. I usually buy all… Continue reading

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