Cassava Cake

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This is a super delicious, super chewy Filipino dessert with a balanced sweetness and flavour, that I’m so in love with! Continue reading

Sugar-coated Red Velvet

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Loads of strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds, with a little bit of honey, coconut oil, and water! I coated the inside and outside edge with honey and dipped it in brown sugar…Yummy!

Colombian Arepas!

DSC_0462 Seriously, the most gorgeous thing ever…

I spent (literally) 2 hours trying to make the perfect arepas, and I did it! I tried different recipes, and stuffed some with goats cheese and feta cheese, made small ones, big ones, fat ones, and tried not to eat them all before I take  pictures of them!

The secret to making them super delicious is to add a teeny bit of milk, a pinch of sugar, melted butter, and lots of mozzarella!

I didn’t weigh my ingredients, so here we go…

  • Warm water
  • Pre-cooked cornmeal (Harina P.A.N.)
  • A cube of butter, melted
  • A large pinch of salt and a small pinch of sugar
  • Lots of mozzarella
  • A teeny bit of warm milk
  • And love!

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I poured the water in a bowl and added the flour, mixing with my fingers until it formed a dough. Then, I added the melted butter, salt, sugar and started kneading. Finally, I put the mozzarella in, making sure everything sticks together beautifully. I added a bit of warm milk so the mixture is moist, yet, easy to shape. You can apply some oil to your hands so it doesn’t stick, and form a soft ball with the mixture. Afterwards, place it on an oiled plate and slap it so it flattens. Take a round bowl and place it on top of the arepa so it comes out perfectly circular – alternatively, you can just use your hands to shape it. Then, I gently placed it on a buttered non-stick pan. I left it for about 8 minutes on one side, and flipped it so the other side is golden brown. Repeat the process until all the mixture is used and make more (what I did)!

My dad said it’s one of the best things he’s ever tasted (woohoo!) and my cat was growling, trying to munch on any available crumbs on the floor, like he’s never seen food before!

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A fat arepa stuffed with melted goat’s cheese… Super yummy! I spread the cheese on one arepa, then added another one on top, & pressed the edges together so they merge into one.

 

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My first, not very sure what I was doing Arepas… I made them just using mozzarella, flour, water, and salt, but also shaped them using my hands!

 

 

 

Yummy Green Wheatgrass Smoothie

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Blend together the following ingredients for a super-yummy, greenie smoothie:

– 2 Bananas

– 1 Avocado

– 2 Kiwis

– 1 Tbsp Honey

– 1 Tsp Wheatgrass Powder (available in any health store)

– Water for desired consistency

Benefits of Wheatgrass…

  • Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
  • Wheatgrass juice cures acne and even help to remove scars after it has been ingested for seven to eight months. The diet, of course, must be improved at the same time.
  • A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the human diet helps prevents tooth decay.
  • Wheatgrass juice helps to keep the hair from graying.
  • Improves digestion
  • Wheatgrass juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.
  • Wheatgrass juice can remove heavy metals from the body.
  • Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds.
  • By taking wheatgrass juice, one may feel an increase in strength and endurance, renewed health and spirituality, and experience an overall sense of well-being.

Source: http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday

 

 

Sweet Potato Banana Magic…

DSC_0179It’s one of the best feelings, to ‘bring a new dish’ to the world (no matter how simple it may be) and so I invented some crazy sweet potato yummyness. I roasted the sweet potatoes as always do, but they were white-fleshed and I didn’t like them, so I made this which was just too delicious…

This recipe makes around 8 mini-cakes:

1 white flesh sweet potato – (roasted for 1 hour)

1 banana

butter

Mash the sweet potato with the banana and shape them into circles using your hands, making sure they’re well bonded and stuck together. Heat butter in a non-stick frying pan, and place the mini cakes on top. Then flip carefully until the other side is golden brown. Best eaten hot, so it’s all buttery!

Yummy Egyptian Dip

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This dip is called ‘Asal Eswed Bel Tahina’ which literally translates to ‘Black Honey (Molasses) with Tahini’, and it’s an awesome dip as it acts as a full meal, which includes around 25g of protein (as much as a can of tuna), healthy fats, and calories. I would especially recommend it to those who do weight training and want to grow muscles (check out the ‘get ripped guide’ if you are interested in that), and I swear I have muscles growing out of no where when I eat this! Molasses is extracted from sugar cane and it’s a staple ingredient favourable to many Egyptians. Tahini is sesame paste, which is flavourful and nutrient dense and used in Middle Eastern cuisine.

The ingredients below act as a guideline only, so you can try it out and add more tahini or molasses, as much as you prefer.

100g of tahini (sesame paste) – you would often find it in the international section of a supermarket, or any health shops

35g of molasses – usually found at health shops

Your favourite bread (preferably pitta)

Pour the tahini in a bowl, and gradually add the molasses so it twirls on top and mix very gently until the mixture has pretty brown patterns or if it’s a light brown colour. Dip in some bread and see if you would like more or less of any ingredient to suit your tastes. Alternatively, if you would like a lighter dip, you can add some water to the tahini and mix it well first, so it’s less concentrated.

Below are some benefits of molasses and tahini (sesame paste)…

Molasses: 

Good for hair – One serving (two tablespoons) of blackstrap contains approximately 14 percent of our RDI of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. Consequently, long-term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth in men and even a restoration of your hair’s original color! Click here for more information about blackstrap’s hair benefits.

Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.

Laxative qualities – Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.

Rich in iron – Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day.

High in calcium and magnesium – Blackstrap molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Additional mineral content – Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/043009_blackstrap_molasses_nutritional_supplement_health_benefits.html#ixzz3B8XAqkCL

Tahini: 

It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
It’s a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there.
It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
Helps to promote healthy cell growth.
Prevent anemia.
Helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
It’s easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss.
It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)

Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6997/10-Reasons-to-Eat-Tahini.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Cane!!!!!!!

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I finally have sugar cane, been waiting for them for a long long time! In Egypt, we usually have sugar cane juice in super fancy cups so you would drink it and peer at all the beautiful stray cats around you… *nostalgia*

But here, I would just peel it and chew on it like an angry person…

Here are some benefits of sugar cane:

 

  • Sugarcane, being low on glycemic index, helps keep the body fit and healthy.
  • Sugarcane juice has been found to be very beneficial for preventing as well as treating sore throat, cold and flu.
  • Since sugarcane has no simple sugar, it can be enjoyed by diabetics without any fear. However, they intake should still be limited for people suffering from type-2 diabetes.
  • Being alkaline in nature, sugarcane juice helps the body in fighting against cancer, especially prostate and breast cancer.
  • Sugarcane provides glucose to the body, which is stored as glycogen and burned by the muscles, whenever they require energy. Therefore, it is considered to be one of the best sources of energy.
  • If you have been exposed to heat and physical activity for too long, drink sugarcane juice. It will help hydrate the body quickly.
  • Sugarcane is believed to strengthen stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain, and sex organs.
  • Sugarcane clears the urinary flow and also helps the kidney to perform its functions smoothly.
  • As sugarcane consists of carbohydrates, in good quantities, it serves to refresh and energize the body. It supplies instant energy to working muscles and for this reason, it is also known to maximize performance in sports and endurance.
  • Sugarcane is also good for digestion, as it can effectively work as a mild laxative because of its high potassium content.

Source: http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-sugarcane-1882.html

 

 

Delicious Yam Pie

imageIt isn’t really a pie, but it kind of looks like one and it’s made with yams (not to be confused with sweet potatoes) that are full of antioxidants, increases the absorption of nutrients, aids digestion, and full of carbohydrates to give plenty of energy (apparently Usain Bolt says yams are his secret for being so fast).

Fry one onion and one clove of garlic in olive oil in a non-stick pan until they’re golden brown. Next, add mashed yams and stir it all together. Finally, slap the yams against the pan so it flattens out and the side facing the pan turns into a lovely golden colour (should take about 10 or so minutes). Place a plate over the pan, flip it (careful!) and serve.