An Impromptu Picnic Of Two Cuisines

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Recently a friend and I had decided that we needed to have a day out to catch up on everything going on in our lives.

At first I suggested that we go to Nizamiye Masjid in Midrand for Zuhr Salaah and then to a restaurant for lunch…
Things didn’t quite go that way because we ended up having a punctured tyre on the highway and needed to rethink our day.

So hello impromptu picnic!

We were near to Fordsburg but to be honest, ordinary restaurant food just wasn’t gonna cut it for us.

Being the adventurous foodie I am.. I had recently heard of a Palestinian restaurant and takeaway on the corner of Hanover and 9th Avenue called King Arabic Sandwich.

They have quite a selection of Arabic food, breads and desserts.

Their story is an amazing one, and if you visit their shop, these humble people will willingly share it.

My friend and I ordered falafel, and I bought some hummus to take home, which was lovely. I definitely plan on going back for dessert, especially the Umm Ali.

The second place we went to was to Istanbul Restaurant.
Although we ordered just the kebaab, we got a lot more in return.

While waiting, we were served hot apple tea.

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On receiving the order, I was stunned to see that we had flatbread, rice, salad, and the kebaab as well as raita.

We then went to the Zoo Lake in Jhb and sat down, caught up on what was going on with each other, and snacked on this delicious spread.
There was so much food unexpectedly, that we didn’t even manage to finish half of it!

As we sipped our ice teas, we reflected on our surprising day out.
I can definitely see myself doing this more often with my friends.

For now, my goal is to try a different food from King Arabic Sandwich each time I’m in the vicinity of their restaurant. ( I don’t go to Fordsburg that often.. Maybe once every 3 months or so.. Maybe longer).
And why not support these lovely people while getting a taste of Palestine, considering that many of us may not be able to visit there in our lifetime, at least we’ll be blessed with meeting someone from that blessed land?

Attached are two photos of published articles of these wonderful people. If you’re able to, have a read and let me know if you’ve had a taste of this delightful cuisine.

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PS: for spicy food lovers, you might find the food from these places a little bland, but for those who like food relatively mild, it’s perfect.
(Yes I love hot, spicy food, but I am very adaptable as far food goes 😉)

Looking forward to your comments.

و عليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته.

An Impromptu Picnic Of Two Cuisines

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Recently a friend and I had decided that we needed to have a day out to catch up on everything going on in our lives.

At first I suggested that we go to Nizamiye Masjid in Midrand for Zuhr Salaah and then to a restaurant for lunch…
Things didn’t quite go that way because we ended up having a punctured tyre on the highway and needed to rethink our day.

So hello impromptu picnic!

We were near to Fordsburg but to be honest, ordinary restaurant food just wasn’t gonna cut it for us.

Being the adventurous foodie I am.. I had recently heard of a Palestinian restaurant and takeaway on the corner of Hanover and 9th Avenue called King Arabic Sandwich.

They have quite a selection of Arabic food, breads and desserts.

Their story is an amazing one, and if you visit their shop, these humble people will willingly share it.

My friend and I ordered falafel, and I bought some hummus to take home, which was lovely. I definitely plan on going back for dessert, especially the Umm Ali.

The second place we went to was to Istanbul restaurant.
Although we ordered just the kebaab, we got a lot more in return.

While waiting, we were served hot apple tea.

IMG_0965

On receiving the order, I was stunned to see that we had flatbread, rice, salad, and the kebaab as well as raita.

We then went to the Zoo Lake in Jhb and sat down, caught up on what was going on with each other, and snacked on this delicious spread.
There was so much food unexpectedly, that we didn’t even manage to finish half of it!

As we sipped our ice teas, we reflected on our surprising day out.
I can definitely see myself doing this more often with my friends.

For now, my goal is to try a different food from King Arabic Sandwich each time I’m in the vicinity of their restaurant. ( I don’t go to Fordsburg that often.. Maybe once every 3 months or so.. Maybe longer).
And why not support these lovely people while getting a taste of Palestine, considering that many of us may not be able to visit there in our lifetime, at least we’ll be blessed with meeting someone from that blessed land?

Attached are two photos of published articles of these wonderful people. If you’re able to, have a read and let me know if you’ve had a taste of this delightful cuisine.

IMG_0780

IMG_0779

PS: for spicy food lovers, you might find the food from these places a little bland, but for those who like food relatively mild, it’s perfect.
(Yes I love hot, spicy food, but I am very adaptable as far food goes 😉)

Looking forward to your comments.

و عليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته.

Food Challenge: Steak, Gravy & Smash!

Salaam & hi

I thought I’d share this quick and easy yet fabulously tasty dish with all of you.

Now with us being Indian, and South African Indian at that, we love our spicy food.
Although since Ramadhaan, my dad’s been having quite a lot of heartburn, and so we’ve had to tone down our spices.

😢😭 —> this is me, at the thought of consuming bland food!!!
I just can’t, please don’t make me!

Being rather busy yesterday morning, I managed to finish of all my chores so I could continue reading To Find A Bride and To Find A Groom…..
Only to have mom tell me to cook dinner!

After putting up a panicked tweet (which reflects on Facebook), I got suggestions from FB friends stating butter chicken and roast chicken.
Went to freezer… Only to find there’s no chicken!

Here’s when my little sister saw me taking out some Biryani Mutton to make mutton curry and she quickly suggested I cook something else…
She wanted mash and gravy from KFC… And I could make steak with it.. Pepper steak!

So I thought here’s something different!
Perhaps an ‘Indianised’ version of steak , gravy and mash… Or rather smash as I was pressed for time.

Steak, Gravy & Smash by Rubina Hassan
Ingredients:
Rump Steak 500g
Lemon Pepper 3 Tablespoons
Barbecue Spice 3 Tablespoons
Steak & Chops Spice 2 Tablespoons
Garlic 1 Heaped Teaspoon
Lemon Juice, enough to make an almost liquid paste.
Spur Durky Sauce 1 Tablespoon
Black pepper 1 Tablespoon
White Pepper 1/2 Teaspoon

Marinate steak in above spices.

In the meantime, while steak marinates, slice up a white onion.
Pour some oil into your pot and let the onion cook slowly until translucent.
Layer steak on top of the onion, pour remaining marinade over the steak.
Put some water in the mixing bowl where the steak was marinating in and pour remaining spices and water in the pot.

Allow to cook until steak is done, than remove steak from the pot and store in a microwave safe Pyrex dish with a lid or similar container.

You’ll be left with the onion sauce. Pour this into a container in which you can purée with a hand blender or in a liquidiser. Purée until smooth. You may need a little extra moisture, add some boiling water as needed.
Return to the pot on medium heat.

Take 2 tablespoons maizena/ corn flour and mix with a 1/4 cup of warm water. Add this to the simmering purée.

Boil and reduce to your liking. Remember, it will thicken on standing.

Now get your smash ready as per packet’s instruction.

*smash is hydrated potato powder which, when water is added, turns into mashed potatoes. It is available at all major retail stores such as Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers and Shoprite.

You are now ready to serve!

You could add a green salad and some lovely toasted ciabatta alongside, or any crusty bread to soak up the sauce!

Enjoy!

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