Microwave Cookies

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Hello and Ramadan Kareem fellow readers,

So I’m a huge fan of cooking channels on YouTube. I honestly can’t get enough of them.

One channel that I watch is ochikeron. She has a lot of great and easy recipes and I’ve tried a few of them. I just never posted it here, so I thought I’d change that.

 

Here’s the recipe:

Microwave Cookies

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 16-18 cookies

Ingredients:
100g (3.5oz. = approx. 1/2 cup) butter (softened)
50g (1.7oz. = approx. 5 tbsp.) sugar
1 egg
* 130g (4.5oz. = approx. 1.3 cup) all-purpose flour
* 1/2 tsp. baking powder
50g (0.8oz. = approx. 1/4 cup) chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Beat butter and sugar until creamy, add egg and mix well.
2. Sift dry ingredients into the wet and mix well. Add chocolate chips and mix well again.
3. Drop 4 cookies (at a time) by teaspoon onto waxed paper on microwavable plate or tray.
4. Microwave at 500w for 3min (or less or more depending on the heat of your microwave). Repeat the steps 3 & 4 to complete the rest.

You can also bake them in an oven at 180C (350F) for 15 minutes.

Not that hard and like she said, it’s very easy. I tried this one out and it wasn’t too bad.

microwave cookeis

here’s my attempt

It doesn’t have the same feel as oven cookies, but that’s because you’re cooking this using a microwave. I added cocoa powder to mine and they did taste good.

One thing I had trouble with was knowing when it was done though. I kept thinking that it wasn’t done and letting it keep cooking, when I shouldn’t have done so.

Will I try this again, probably not. They’re good, but I enjoy the more traditional oven baked cookies. Thankfully, I still have enough cookie dough to pop these into the oven so I’m still happy. Also, if you haven’t done so, subscribed to ochikeron. I’ve been following her for awhile now (wow that sounds a bit stalkerish) and she truly has awesome recipes on her channel.

Sour Cherry Blasters

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Hello and Ramadan Kareem fellow readers,

My new years challenge was to stop eating processed foods, but mostly to stop eating preservatives and additives in foods. This has been quite easy so far, but I did realize just how much chemicals I use to eat though. Things like canned tomatoes, or certain breads from the store had some form of additive or preservative in the ingredients.

Still, it wasn’t too bad. The only thing I really missed, when it came to the foods I use to eat and couldn’t anymore, was sour candy. I really love sour candies. Sour Cherry Blasters, Sour Patch Kids, Warheads, Sour Skittles, Sour Jujubes…well I can go on and on, basically, I loved sour candies. They never really tasted sour to me, just sweet with a touch of tartness. Whenever I would go to the store, I’d scope out for the newest sour candies just to see if they were truly sour or not. They weren’t….well, to my friends and family they were, but to me they weren’t.

Then again, when I was younger, I use to cut a lime in half then lightly brush the opened end with sugar and suck/chew on it. So maybe that’s why I’m use to sourness.

So why am I mentioning all this. Well, the other day while in dreamland, I found myself in a movie theater/mall sort of place. I bought sour cherry blasters and ate them. Then, in either the same dream or another one, I was in the same place and realized what I’ve done. I then thought, “Does this mean my challenge is over? Do I have to restart it?”

Even in dreamland, my dream self knows that she’s not suppose to do this. lol. I woke up thinking the entire thing was odd, but funny too. I wasn’t even craving sour cherry blasters.

In fact, I haven’t thought of them since my challenge started. When I first thought to do something like this, I was nervous about all the candies and chocolates I wouldn’t be able to eat. The day before I cut all of those out of my life, Ferrero Rocher was on sale. I bought it, then remembered that I wouldn’t be able to eat it so there really wasn’t any point in doing that.

Now when I look back, I don’t miss them at all. I kind of feel like when it comes to sweets, we think these foods are awesome and tasty, but once you start making them at home. Nothing really compares to that. But I do wonder if this is also true for sour candies. I think I’m going to try playing around with this.

Most recipes I’ve seen use citric acid, which I do own but won’t use, and gelatin which I can’t use for religious reasons. I’ll figure something out and share the results here.

Chocolatey Goodness part deux

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Hello and Ramadan Kareem fellow readers,

Only a week left till Ramadan ends…my God, only a week left. I can’t believe it’s almost gone. It feels like it just started yesterday. I’m seriously going to miss it, I really do love Ramadan. If you are not Muslim, I know this might sound weird. I’m basically saying that I love a month where I don’t eat, drink, or sleep much. But there’s just this feeling of tranquility that doesn’t happen any other time of the year.

Thankfully, there’s still a week left.

Anywho, back to what the post is really about. I mentioned before that I made ice cream and chocolate pudding. All I can say is

  • I can’t believe how easy it is to make these. I don’t have an ice cream maker and my ice cream still came out okay.

I keep thinking that these kinds of deserts will involve a lot of steps and be hard, but that’s not true. They’re easy, taste good, and when you compare the prices of what you’re making to what you get at the store, I actually think making it at home is cheaper. It does take some effort, especially for the ice cream….especially if you don’t have an ice cream maker, but the end result is still the same. Deliciousness.

  • I’m surprised they taste good

I know this sounds weird, but seriously, I’m surprised. When it came to the ice cream, it was my first time making it and I scaled it down a lot. I did scale down a bit too much on the eggs. So I was nervous. But it tasted good. As for the pudding, I just chucked a bunch of stuff on the stove and then added milk to make it look better. I have no idea what the measurements are and what I did really, but this turned out really well too.

 

I’m quite pleased and will probably be making these again in the future. Oh and here are the pictures that I promised:

tastes just like hot chocolate

tastes just like hot chocolate

Here is the Ice Cream I made. Like I said before, I didn’t add enough egg yolks to this so it’s not as creamy as I’d like, but it’s still incredibly delicious. I added chocolate and cinnamon, because I love that combo, and so it tastes like hot chocolate…only frozen.

Chocolate Pudding

just chocolate

And here’s the chocolate pudding. This was sooooooooooooo good! The only thing that I need to do is be careful of the lumps, some small ones wiggled their way in, but it’s not like anyone but me and my family will eat this so it’s all good.

I do kind of feel stupid for making these during Ramadan and not Eid, since I don’t really have that big of a window to eat these. But it was worth it. Oh was it worth it.

Eating without preservatives and additives doesn’t hinder the sweet tooth, it just makes it happier.

Chocolatey Goodness

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Hello and Ramadan Kareem fellow readers,

Currently in the process of making chocolate ice cream and chocolate pudding. Once both are done, I’ll post pictures and let you know how it tasted. The ice cream is the first time I made it so I’m a bit nervous and the pudding…..I’ve made pudding before, but this time I just threw things together and made du’a. I’m nervous for that too, though lol.

For the ice cream, I roughly followed Chef Micheal’s recipe. I cut down the amounts by a lot. Why? Because it’s my first time making it and I’m afraid it will taste bad and it’s Ramadan, so I won’t be eating much of it anyways. I also added cocoa to this and some cinnamon because I love the taste of chocolate and cinnamon together.

For the chocolate pudding, I kind of followed Martha Stewart’s recipe….only I used egg whites and again I scaled it down. I also used arrowroot flour instead of corn starch. I think my exact ingredients were, brown sugar, heavy cream, milk, egg whites, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla…..I think.

I think the pudding will be done in time for iftar, but I think the ice cream will take a lot longer 😦

WIll let you know how it turns out!

 

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The more you know the sadder things get

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Hello and Ramadan Kareem fellow readers,

Ramadan is going by so quickly. I honestly feel like I haven’t been able to accomplish anything that I wanted and I don’t have much time left. Inshaa’Allah khayr though, I did learn a lot of great stuff and after listening to a Surah al-Baqarah tafsir/summary I started to really appreciate the Quran more.

But you know what I don’t appreciate? Labeling lies. You know, it seems like Ramadan has been telling me that you can’t trust any food product. I mean, if something is labeled one way, then it should be that way. And yet, you find articles like Expensive Food Forgeries and How to Spot Them and it just make you sad.

Don’t believe me? Well, check out this snippet about EVOO aka extra virgin olive oil:

It’s difficult to tell what you’re buying these days and evidence suggests it’s likely not extra virgin olive oil, even though you could be paying up to 10 times more for the extra virgin label. So, why is fraud so widespread? It comes down to the fact that genuine extra virgin olive oil is time-consuming and expensive to make, but quick and easy to fake. In most cases, a small bit of extra virgin olive oil is mixed with lower grade olive oil or canola oil from a different country, it is then chemically coloured and deodorized, before being packaged as extra virgin olive oil. Even major brands like Bertolli say that they have fell victim to this scheme after being defrauded by their supplier. Plus, chemical tests that are required by law from exporters to prove veracity are often fooled by the fake oil, especially when mixed and deodorized.

As someone who is trying to stay away from food items that have chemicals and whatnot, I find it odd that something as ‘natural’ as Extra Virgin Olive Oil can actually do this to me. It wouldn’t be so heartbreaking if it’s clearly labeled on the product. If it said, “Ingredients: 10% Olive oil, 40% canola oil, 50% chemical goodness.” Then I can say, “You know, I won’t buy you but I respect that you’re informing me of what is in you.”

Instead, the product just says extra virgin olive oil. Why?

The article does go into ways you can weed out the fakes, but most consumers don’t have time for that. Yes, I know and understand that we should always try to make informed choices when buying products, but at the same time, buying food shouldn’t be this complicated. If it looks like a duck and says it’s a duck, it shouldn’t actually be a rabbit.

When I started this challenge, I wanted to still buy packaged foods. I mean, I didn’t want to give up chocolate. My only rule for this is that they had to have normal ingredients in it. For example, if I buy chips, then the only ingredients that are acceptable is “Oil, Salt, Wheat.” But after reading a few articles and watching a few programs I’m starting to think I’ll stop this all together.

Unless I can make it, I won’t eat it……

….unless it’s chocolate?

Okay, it’s a work in progress. Thankfully it’s Ramadan so I’m not going to be eating much to begin with, but still. If I see more articles like this then for the sake of the challenge I may have to forgo packaged products as well. Only because I don’t know if I can trust what’s in them.

 

1/3 is now over

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Hello and Ramadan Kareem fellow readers,

1/3 of Ramadan is officially over. It’s crazy how quickly time flew by. So how is Ramadan faring so far? Well, after some thought I’ve narrowed it down to two feelings:

  • I’m still not hungry. Amazing!

I was terrified that I was going to be hungry. I kept telling myself, “ANM you’ll be up from 2:50 eating and the next time you can eat is at 9pm. Can you do it? CAN YOU????” Well, 10 day old self, I can! Thanks to the blessing of Ramadan, it’s been easy. In terms of not eating I mean. Even when I eat, I finding it hard to over eat.

Yea, it’s hard to over eat.

Unlike the Muslims in this article (May Allah bless them with a speedy recovery) I, alhamdulillah, haven’t had that problem. I think the hardest thing has been eating. Not that I’m trying to starve myself, hahaha I’m not. But it’s almost like my body is telling me, “Don’t overeat, you’ll enjoy Ramadan more if you stick to the sunnah.” And sometimes, you just have to listen to your body. Unless, you know, it’s trying to kill you. Then you got to tell it to pipe down.

  • My energy levels are high, HIGHHHHH!

Just the other day, I cleaned the kitchen, cooked iftar, unclogged the drain (baking soda and vinegar does wonders guys), saved a spider, got freaked out from the spider I saved, got the garden gear in order, watered and tended to the garden, and then I rested. Even though I didn’t need to. I wanted to do more stuff, but didn’t have anything else to do. Actually, I think I did I just forgot about what else I had to do.

It was crazy y’all. So crazy, I just used y’all even though I’m from Canada. Eh?

I’m finding that this Ramadan has been my favourite one thus far. It’s hard to put into words how much I’m loving it so far, which is why I’m so sad that it’s already been 10 days. It’s like chocolate. Hear me out before you judge me. Chocolate is delicious and when you’re enjoying a really good bar of chocolate, you start to remember that you don’t want to be fat and have break outs so you stop after 1 or 2…or 5 bites. But then you look back at the chocolate and you think, “How can something so delicious be bad?” Then the chocolate says, “It can’t.” And you agree and eat some more. You enjoy every moment of the deliciousness and when you reach over to have another piece, you realize….that there isn’t anymore left.

That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. Thankfully, there are 20 days left, but I need to buckle down and spend some quality time with Ramadan before it’s gone.

I’m craving chocolate all of a sudden, I wonder why, so I’m going to leave this blog post with two pictures.

Please Eat Me

Yesterday, my dad picked up some food for us to eat for suhoor. He couldn’t eat it with us, so he left this message on the container. The little face kills me every time I see it. I couldn’t eat it, since it was rice heavy and I like to eat barley/grits in the morning, but I’ll definitely eat it when iftar comes in.

That face lol.

Cookie Dough

This cookie dough is the result of following the Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. It’s delicious, but when I made them they ended up a bit on the flat side. I think this is a fault on my end though, as I didn’t follow the recipe to a tee,  and my oven is a bit special. They’re really good though and the dough is lasting me awhile so I’m happy. If you have time definitely give this one a go. You won’t be able to really eat it, since it’s Ramadan, but it’s the thought that counts.

ps. I’m still dying at the face.