Helping Hands Fundraiser

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

On behalf of The AlBadr “Home” for underprivileged children and “Madrasah Ihya-Id-Deen” we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who so generously donated their Qurbaani which we forwarded to our multitude of needy recipients.

Once again we ask one and all to assist with another endeavour.
Due to shortage of funds, The “Helping Hands” group is hosting a fundraiser.

Besides selling tickets to attend the function “Helping Hands” also require items to be auctioned etc.
Any assistance will be highly appreciated.

Contact Rukshana Mayet 0812702818 or Qari Aslam Mayet 0848403854

This event will take place at the Nurul Islam Hall, in Lenasia on the 29th November 2014.

Please note: This event is for ladies only. No children under 12 are allowed.
Shukran Jazeelan.

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته


Food Challenge: Steak Wraps With A Middle Eastern Twist

Its still holiday season, and I finally have time to go in the kitchen and cook!

Also, my mom and sister are away on holiday, my little sister’s at her friend’s house and my dad went fishing, which has left me home alone to do as I please, :-).

I love experimenting with dishes, especially ones I haven’t made before.

Recently I’ve been looking at a lot of Middle Eastern recipes (and doing a fair bit of drooling while viewing the photos), which look absolutely delicious!

So this is what I did:

Please note: the quantities I made was for 2 servings.

I began with marinading a piece of rump steak, cut into strips, with:

1tsp crushed chillies (optional, I love hot and spicy food)
1tsp crushed garlic
1tsp coriander
1tsp cumin
2tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

All mixed in a bowl and I let the steak marinade for about an hour.

I then chopped an onion and fried until semi caramelised. (You could caramelise it but I was starving and had no patience.)

I bought ready made Tortilla Wraps ( yes I know.. Its cheating but seriously, who has time to make them from scratch these days?)

I also bought a small jar of Hummus.. (Ok this I admit I have the ingredients but had never tried making it before…shall try soon, God willing.)

The steak, once marinated, was fried in the same pan as the onions for added flavour.

To assemble:

Take a tortilla,spread with hummus, add some onion, then place steak strips and a little chopped coriander (optional).
Now roll, slice and serve.

Yum! 😛

I’m guessing it could be made with some ciabatta or small french bread loaves as sandwiches. Maybe add some lettuce and tomato or cucumber slices to it. Or even grilled cherry tomatoes..
I suppose one would only be limited by the ingredients on hand, but give it your own twist if you’d like and let us all know by commenting.

Happy cooking 🙂

(Apologies for the huge photo.. It just didn’t want to be resized..)

Mehndi AKA Henna Art

We have all seen beautiful henna/mehndi designs before and hasn’t it left you thinking that you wish you could be that creative?

Well, to be honest, you can.

Its really not hard, because if you could draw a relatively nice picture, than you can henna/mehndi patterns easily.

The above pattern is something I did in about 15 minutes… After thinking up a design for about 30 minutes…
I needed inspiration, that’s why I took that long to think something up..

The reason I decided to actually do henna/mehndi is because lots of ladies have been requesting henna/mehndi patterns on their cakes for the mehndi night functions.

I think they look stunning.

All I need is a bit more practice and I’ll be doing it on all cakes requested for mehndi nights.

If you’d like simple, pretty patterns, I don’t mind putting it on for you. However please book via email.

Hope you give putting henna/mehndi on a try, its rather awesome and fun and natural.

And it in a few weeks it washes out, so if you don’t like it, you’ll be thankful its not permanent.

Until next time..