بيض القطا local dessert beith alkatta

i came across this simple easy recipe of {beith al katta} traslated as “little birds eggs”, in (senses 2 book) by kuwait flour mills & bakeries co.

i always had the idea that its a hard dish to prepare, surprisingly its super easy!!

first you prepare the dough:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1 pack butter (100gr) ** i used only 3/4 pack i.e 750 gr. its up to you to use the quantity you preffer.
** i also added 1/2 tbls rose water, totally optional.

combine the above ingredients, cover, and keep to rest for half hour.

meanwhile mix 1 cup crushed walnuts with 1/4 tsp cardamom powder ** i used 1 full tsp. i like the flavor ^__^

once the dough is ready after the half hour had pased cut the dough into small balls, fill each ball with 1ts of walnut filling, close and shape as small egg. it takes time to get it right but its cool not that hard trust me, so dont give up easily ;)

now heat some oil and drop the dough balls in deep fry, drain, and cool.

finally drop the fried balls into a bowl of icing sugar and roll untill completly covered with sugar and serve with tea or coffe :)

one more tip ** i ran out of walnut filling so i used powder pistachio instead for the remaing dough and it turned out tasty! you can try that as well

i hope you like it ^__^
and happy eid every one
enjoy the holidays <3

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August 18, 2012 at 3:17 am 4 comments

honey, lavender ice cream

hi all,
it’s been a while since i last posted any recipes, but i have been very active on instagram! you can follow me —>{twomatoes} and check out more pics ^__^

i watched {it’s complicated} movie over thousands of times i think i know it by heart now.. and i always wanted to try preparing lavender ice cream just like the movie <3

now that i have an ice cream machine and summer is almost here, i have dry lavender from a farmers market in germany, so i thought why not?!
i googled many recipes but most of them had eggs in em! am not a fan of eggs! untill i found this supeeer easy lovely recipehere
i must admit i didn’t follow the exact measurements! i just added ingredients and kept tasting the mixture till it tasted good :)

the best part not only did it taste unique different and amazing, its soooo easy!

in a nut shell:
1. pour honey into a saucepan around quarter of a cup, over medium heat.
2. add 1 tea spoon of lavender (i added two)
3. i also added around half cup of full cream milk
4. then add the cream, i think it was around 2 cups!
5. keep mixing gently with a wooden spon till it starts to boil remove from heat, use strainer to get rid of the lavender, then wait for it to cool.
6. pour the mixture into your ice cream machine maker and follow the instructions as per manufacturer.

i must say it was all liquidy when it was in the machine! i gave up and just poured it into a container and put it in the freezer. i thought its not gonna work out, but two hours later i was surprised <3 the best ice cream eveeeeeer <3
you can use lavender and some coconut as garnish before serving ^___^ enjoooy

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May 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

So the birthday boy asked for a Ninjago themed birthday party. Little did I know, the stores did not carry party items for this theme so I had to be creative!
Here is one of the desserts the kids absolutely loved!
Cheesecake filled strawberries with mini chocolate chips for the eyes. They look like little red ninjas. Very easy to assemble and delicious!

Filling ingredients:

2 cups Whipped cream
1 cup Cream cheese
2 tbs melted White chocolate morsels
A drop of Vanilla flavor
A few drops Yellow food coloring (optional)

Mix every thing using an electric hand mixer. Wash and cut the top part of strawberries to make them stand flat. And cut the third bottom to make the “caps”. Pipe the filling into the berries, re cap them, add some mini chocolate chip eyes, et voila!
Enjoy ;*

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April 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

baking

I have been into baking lately :)

if you like baking as well, you should get your hands on this amazing machine that made my life easy ^__^
{Kenwood bread machine 200}

we had it for a long time, and its really easy, & gives great results, it comes with a recipe book, which is the most important item ❤ with all the directions measured ingredients.
this machine not only does the mixing, but also bakes, and crazy enough to make jam! yup JAM!!
i tried the mixing & baking, gonna try the jam at some point ;)

its great to wake up in the morning and smell the fresh bread scent, or bake amazing cake in the late afternoon with your family.
my fav recipe is thyme & olives <3

yesterday we tried carrot bread which didnt turn out really ok :/ but i made banana & cinnamon cake today & turned out to be A M A Z I N G ^__^

here are some pictures:

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February 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Brushes & Ink of the East – more from Great China

In my trip to china i have purchased some art supplies, brushes, ink, and paper :)

I have googled about art in china, and I have read that their brushes & ink are very special and different than western art brushes. so I had a target to find me some. I was aware that there are different type of brushes, some used for calligraphy, and others for painting, with different type of hair,{ goat, wolf, & combination}.

now the ink I had no idea what I was looking for, but I was glad to find a nice shop in Shanghai, that had two variations, liquid & block, that needs a grinding stone, which was clever of me to purchase as well ^__^ cuz otherwise it is useless without the stone !! I also got a couple of sheets, similar to rice paper, am not sure if they are any good yet! and colored ink blocks, basically similar to water colors :)

I must say thank God for youtube!! i found so many useful tutorials to help me use all those tools and supplies, even better, help avoid common mistakes, and inspire you with so many good ideas :)

so check out what i did

and after experimenting with the brushes and colors, i must say it wasn’t as easy as i thought it would be, simply cuz i was used to western water color technique, and applying it with those brushes and colors doesn’t really work.

this is the final result, not bad for my first time ;) i added some strokes in pencil colors just to give it some depth..

I selected some of the videos I found useful, check em out to get an idea of what am talking about,  their amazing (sometimes tiring) techniques & art work ^__^

now that I have seen them, am gonna try again, with the right technique this time, and lets see what happens ;)

this is a very helpful video on how to grind and use the ink blocks, with the stone;

 

another video to explain the difference between the type of brushes;

 

this video shows the technique of using the brushes in painting, the last part, shows the common mistakes used in handling the brush (in which i have been doing)

 

 

January 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm 2 comments

Bunnies to EAT :O

In my last trip to Singapore, my friend asked me to get her “wagashi”, a japanese delicacy, the perfect place to find it would be Takashimaya of course ^___^

 

it seams there are many types and kinds of wagashi, but one of the cutest of all.. are those amazing {bunny} looking, cute, little bites!! it was the year of Rabbit, so no wonder it was the most popular theme in asia :) this year is Dragon, which should be coooool.. anyways back to the subject, those little bites are simply “Kuri” paste, which is white chestnut sweeeeeet paste covered with pastry like soft shell in a rabbit shape :) its so adorable i feel guilty bitting the poor creature :0 needless to say the taste is simply delicious <3

 

another type was filled with peach paste in the center, which was equally amazing to the rabbit!

if you are ever in singapore, drop by takashimaya basement food section and shop all you want japanese food & delicacies :)

 

oh and Happppppppy new year ;P

 

January 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm 2 comments

Journey to the Forbidden City – Beijing Great China

If you remember in my first post about china trip, there are many “must see” attractions in Beijing, one of which is the forbidden city.

I have read before about the forbidden city, but to experience it in real life, is truly amazing!! it is simply a 500 year old chinese imperial palace situated in the heart of Beijing. reaching there is super easy, all you need is to buy tickets at the entrance, and i highly recommend you get an electronic guide as well, it is very useful in explaining many concepts about the place, and meanings & symbols in chinese culture, which are very interesting ^___^

if you are into architecture, you would appreciate the contrast between the {simplicity & minimalist approach in space planning of solid and void and internal courtyards} & the {complexity & details of the architecture elements of the building & ornaments } since it is a huge palace —-> referred to as a city! duh!! —–> the urban planning is super cool as well, looking at the map of beijing & the palace floor plan you would notice the main North /South axis that not only originates from the center of this palace, but extends to dominate the planning of the whole city <3 i love it when i find out concepts like that, it makes you really appreciate ancient minds & great planners ^_____^

walking around the buildings, & into courtyards, & gardens takes you back to old times & you truly feel the magic of the place. i liked in particular the garden section at the back along with the palace museum .. you can purchase lovely items from there too :)

I leave you with some pictures :)

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December 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm 4 comments

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