Wednesday 30 November 2016

November 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

How is it December tomorrow?!
The beginning of December means the end of November which has been a jam-packed month at my end.

Here's more from my November 2016:

 Food: lemon and ginger flapjacks.
smoky veggie chilli with cheesy jacket potatoes.
spiced chicken in yoghurt sauce with hot rice.
 chicken + spinach toasted bagel.
tandoori chicken nuggets + creepy smiley faces.
 crispy lavash bread + tandoori chicken + spicy garlic sauce.
 brown butter pecan pie bars.
red lentil curry + boiled rice + tomato mint chutney.
nargisi kofta curry + boiled rice.
chocolate chunk pancakes + maple syrup.
chicken, spinach and potato curry + red lentil curry + naan bread.
 my mum's roast chicken.
 spicy stir-fried baby carrots and purple cabbage.
real mashed potatoes.
chocolate cheesecake pavlova.
italian-style chicken keema pulao.
berry rye pancakes + syrup.
cinnamon lamb mince + cheddar + toasted bun.
shepherds pie with cinnamon lamb mince + swede mash.
cheese board! wensleydale with cranberries + bluse stilton + red leicester + mature Cheddar + crackers + chutney + fruit.
orange cranberry buns + cardamom cinnamon glaze.
baked brie + toasted baguette + fruit + chutney.
spiced swede fritters + all the sauces.
grandma's potato pancakes + basar coriander omelette.
chicken twister wraps + potato wedges.
korean potato onion pancake + soy onion chilli sauce.
purple cabbage + carrot stir-fry.
juicy lamb curry.
bengali chicken curry.
achari bhindi + steamed rice.
pear, cranberry and gingernut biscuit crumble + vanilla whipped cream.
korean noodle veggie crispy parcels + soy onion chilli sauce.
chicken and chickpea curry.
 italian herb grilled chicken.
criss-cross potatoes.
penne with cheese sauce.
potato and peas pulao.
poori with chanay and halwa.
red velvet whoopie pies.

When Prophet Yunus (may Allah's peace be upon him) was filled with distress in the belly of the whale, covered by those vast layers of darkness - the darkness of the sea, the darkness of the whale's belly and the darkness of the night - when he was worried and anxious, he turned to Allah, the Almighty, All-Merciful, the One who helps the depressed and rescues the distressed; the One Whose mercy is immense, the One Who accepts repentance, then he spoke those precious words:

"... But he called out through the darkness saying: 'None has the right to be worshipped but You, Glorified are You! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers'". (Surah Al-Anbiya / The Prophets / Verse 87)

And the response came swiftly, as Allah, the Exalted, says:

"So We answered his call, and rescued him from the distress. And thus do We rescue the believers". (Surah Al-Anbiya / The Prophets / Verse 88)

Allah inspired the whale to throw Yunus out in a deserted area. He came up on to shore sick and weak, but Allah took care of him and bestowed His mercy upon him. He caused a kind of squash plant with broad leaves to grow over him. His health was restored and signs of life began to appear in him.

This is how it is for the one who acknowledges Allah at times of ease - He helps him at times of hardship.

Favourites: putting plenty of syrup into my lemon and ginger flapjacks.
 ingredients ready to make a chilli.
 have you tried the recipe yet? how did you like the grilled sweet potatoes?
always lots of coriander!
saturday night butternut squash macaroni cheese with spicy breadcrumbs.
 ready to make nargisi koftas!
wrapping up the eggs!
much-needed wednesday morning pancakes.
 egg whites ready to turn into a meringue.
a chocolate meringue!
 which I piled high with a cheesecake topping and fresh berries.
and took plenty of pictures of!

I want this hat!
cold Monday's need steaming pulao.
it snowed!
love these trees covered in snow.
when it snows, we bake.
ready to glaze!
toasting my baguette slices in our sandwich toaster.
sunday baking.
assembling my wraps!
our favourite little pumpkin.
putting my crepes to savoury use.
still working on the recipe ...
cooking bengali food.
keeping cosy whilst the storm rages outside.
a few moments before sunrise.
here comes the sun!
always my favourite part of the day.
the first deep frost.
spot the plane!
saturday morning.
putting gingernuts into my crumble.
and pears!
and cranberries!
it was so good!

the stickiest dough.
putting noodles into my ...
.... korean parcels.
 love using my processor to grate potatoes.
 frosty morning.
 blue skies.
 didn't end up shooting this recipe because I ran out of double cream.
 so, tested a new one!
 felt like a potato pulao.
 so, Mum made one.
 whilst I whipped up some chanay.
 started a poori production.
 steamy pulao!
sunday breakfast happening on a wednesday afternoon.

Your Photos: my auntie's chicken curry.
chickpea pulao.
spicy chicken noodles.
my mum's oven samosas.
 chicken pulao.
 mini cherry tomato no-pastry quiches.
 red chilli chicken nuggets with ginger garlic noodles.
chickpea pulao.

Keep me in your duas please, and I hope you have a wonderful December.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

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