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: Calamari Tubes In A Sauce With A Cheesy Salad

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Hi everyone!!

As I sit here typing out this post, I’m actually reminiscing about the winter cold…
I suppose it is really true that we as humans will never be satisfied by what is, right now.

The only great thing about summer for me is the ability for me to quickly slap together a meal with minimum time in the kitchen.

This evening was no exception.

Here’s my quick and healthy recipe:

Calamari Tubes With Lemon Butter Sauce & A Cheesy Salad by Rubina Hassan.

1 packet Calamari tubes (I have a friend that sells single portion calamari tubes)
Milk, preferably full cream.
Green Masala ( a mix of garlic and green chillies ground together)
Red Chilli Flakes (optional)
Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper

Lemon Juice
Butter

Method:
When preparing calamari, take it out of the freezer about 15 minutes before cooking.
Rinse under water and drain
Put in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, except lemon juice and butter.
Leave to marinate one side while making the salad.

Cheesy Salad:

Romano tomatoes ( small/cherry tomatoes will work)
Cucumber
Red onion
Mozzarella cheese
Feta cheese
Pimento Stuffed Olives
Basil
Coriander

Method:
Wash veggies under running water. Rinse herbs.
Slice tomatoes in half… If it’s too big, slice into quarters. Slice onion thinly. Cut cheeses into squares. Slice cucumber into thick rounds and half them. Rough chop coriander, and tear basil leaves up. Add in olives.
Toss everything together. Serve with a creamy dressing, Knorr Creamy Italian Dressing is a great option.

Now, to finish off the calamari:

Take butter and add to a pan on medium-low heat. Melt the butter and add the calamari tubes. Cook for 2 minutes and then add in the marinade. Cook for a minute and then add in about two tablespoons of lemon juice.
Cover your pan and cook for 5 minutes.

Take out the calamari tubes and set aside. Reduce the sauce until you achieve a nice thickish consistency.
Pour over calamari tubes and serve with salad, creamy Italian dressing and crispy rolls or ciabatta slices that have been lightly toasted.

This salad is also great with a tangy yet spicy roast chicken or with my Thai Inspired Fish.

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I do know that I haven’t put in measurements, the reason is that I honestly didn’t measure anything.
I just put in what I thought was enough.

My salad was enough for 4 people with generous helpings for each. The calamari was just for me as the rest of my family is a bit … Squeamish, I guess… When it comes to cooking or eating certain things…

Like sushi… And mushrooms… And crab sticks.. And … The list really goes on and I fear you’ll be bored in no time, so I’ll stop here.

In any case, the above recipe works with fish as well, white fish like hake and kingklip or line fish etc is preferable.

If you do try out any of my recipes, I’d love to have some feedback.

Until next time إنشاءالله
Bon appetite!

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته