Sunday, 4 January 2015

More Honeycomb Disasters, Misty Skies and Chocolate Orange: 27 December - 2 January 2014/15

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 Saturday: Today, I decided to have another attempt at honeycomb.
Honeycomb is one of those things where everything has to be ready for it. A lined tin, a board for the hot pan and the bicarbonate of soda - ready to make it fizz up.
This was attempt 3. It tasted good but was too chewy at the end.
For attempt 4, out came the thermometer. 
Result? It looked great but tasted awful. Oh, and let's not mention the burnt sugar stench it brought with it which lingered throughout the kitchen for a day or two.
This is the recipe I used. Any tips or good recipes would be welcome in the comments.

Sunday: Sunday morning.
Ingredients out for something naturally gluten-free.
And, it had coffee in it. Heaven. Here is the full recipe.
Sunday afternoon.
Today, I tried a recipe out to use up this giant bag of popcorn.
Hint: it contained salted penauts. Another heaven.
Sunday evening. Speaking of heaven, I can't wait to share this recipe with you. Here is the full recipe!
Monday: The weather was very misty and foggy on Monday morning. It suddenly happened - v. creepy. 
Especially with all the trees bare at this time of year.
There were a few bright spots though.
It's good to know that flowers continue to bloom throughout the winter months. 
After a misty morning walk ..

... we came home to this beautiful bud about to blossom.
And, one of my favourites, crisp apples with these giant sweet dates.
Today was the perfect day to bake what with the weather and all. First, a mountain of orange zest. It smelt so good.
The recipe was well worth it. But it confirmed to me that I always start baking really late into the day, and more often than not, run out of time at the end. Need to work on that this year, Insha Allah.

Spicy lamb meatballs for dinner with tortilla/cucumber/cherry tomato/pickled pepper.
 Tuesday: One of those mornings that took my breath away when opening the curtains.
A stunning start to the day.
Slicing and photographing this piece of chocolate heaven - recipe coming,inshallah.
Chocolate ganache being whipped up with the usual chocolate, double cream and two extra-special ingredients.
Cake, meet ganache. Heaven.
And, to round off the day, a little dinner prep. Here is the full recipe.
 Wednesday: The last day of 2014! How is this possible? Chicken for dinner.
Chicken mince, made very simply.
I ate it with roti (!!!!!) and this. I'll be sharing the chicken recipe soon, inshallah.
Here is the full recipe!
December came to an end today.
As did 2014!
Thursday: No photos from today.
Friday: Ingredients ready to make a quick relish. Recipe coming soon, inshallah.
Who needs cookbooks when you write a foodblog? I was making this recipe btw. It was one of my favourites from 2014.
Chocolate chunks and ...
... and orange zest can be only mean one thing.
Another recipe with one of my favourite flavour combinations! Here is the full recipe!
And, they were biscuits not cookies!

Posts on the blog this week:

Farewell 2014. You were awesome, alhamdulillah.

A few of my favourite web links from around the web this week:

1. 12 healthy soups for cold days.
2. Cake for breakfast?
3. These fritters look amazing.
4. A simple but delicious curry which will satisfy anyone.
5. Four ways to make 2015 an even better year via this.
6. 18 daily habits that make life in the kitchen better via this.
7. A soul's burden  via this.
8. This popcorn party mix though. 
9. The obligatory cookie.
10. Slow living.
11. What's in season in January?
12. How much fruit and veg do we really waste?
13. The best foodie apps.
14. What wholemeal flour can add to you baking.

Have a beautiful week everyone - take time out for the little things.


Spice Enthusiast


  1. I hope you find a good honeycomb recipe...I pretty much have the same problem...tastes nice but flat and not v.airy...Or burnt :( And everyone says it's soo easy!

    1. Jazakillah khair! I'm taking a break from it at the moment though. OMG I know what you mean - the recipes look so easy but for me it's a disaster with a very bad smell. :(

  2. It's always so lovely to sit down and have a look through your posts sis! I adore your picture taking xxx

    1. Aww jazakillah khair. That means a lot since I'm a big fan of your blog too! :)

  3. What a lovely post maa sha Allah. Nigella had a honeycomb recipe which looked so easy but it seems trickier than she made out! That cookbook also looks lovely, would you recommend it?

    1. Jazakillah khair Abida! I know what you mean - I've seen her recipe though. May give it a go next time Insha Allah. Yes, the Honey and Co. book is really good. Full of Middle Eastern recipes and ideas. :)

  4. Asak Sis, Im a new blogger and happened to see your post a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy your posts and recipes. Masha Allah you are doing a great job!! I can learn a lot from your blog, in sha Allah.

    1. Wasalaam Safeera! Jazakillah khair for your lovely comments. Good luck with your blog - I would love to see it. Any links?

    2. Oh, wait. I just found it. It looks really good mashallah! Take care. :)

  5. Great blog MashAllah!
    I've been trying honeycomb recipes for the whole of this week and same problem! First it was too flat, then it was too hard and then it tasted awful and left a stench. Urgh! it's not as easy as they make it sound! But it looks so beautiful!
    Good luck in your further attempts...I'll let you know if something works for me!

    1. Jazakallah khair! Join the club! I'm taking a break from the honeycomb for now. My mother wasn't very impressed with the stench I caused the last time. Good luck to you too!


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