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The Orb of Bones – 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#41

I made a mistake with my last entry. I read it as the word was bones, but it’s actually a picture prompt.

 

 

So here’s the entry –

‘I can’t see anything!’

‘Of course you can’t Kev, we’re in a cave!’

Len got annoyed with his brother; didn’t he know how important this was? They carried on walking further into the cave. Len was right, it was very dark, but that didn’t matter, what mattered was ‘The Orb of Bones’.

They started to feel crunching under their feet, and the cave became lighter, ‘We must be close!’ whispered Kev.

‘Kev, Look!’

There, under the beam of sunlight coming from a crack, sat what they came for, they finally found the Orb; this was worth coming down here for.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The guilty secret. (2nd attempt of the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#41)

Stepping on the scales again, only 2lbs lost.

‘I’ve been good this week!’ she screamed at the nurse.

The nurse looked at her, and then at her food diary, ‘Are you sure you’ve been completely honest?’

Jess thought back over the week, of course she has, she was even good when she went out with the girls on Friday! Then it dawned on her, she did get very drunk on Friday and then fancied that fried chicken, she even dropped the chicken bones in the bin up the road to hide the evidence.

‘Of course I have!’ she answered guiltily.

This week’s word – Bones.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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MY FIRST GO at – 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #40

She sat there, ready and waiting in her wedding dress, Amelia finally had 5 minutes to herself. She sat looking at her ruby engagement ring.

Was she making the right decision? She loved him, of course, there was no denying that, but was marrying him worth loosing everything she ever knew and held dear? Would their love really conquer all and survive this?

She couldn’t imagine her life without her family, but she also couldn’t imagine her life without him. She just didn’t know what to do.

There was a knock at the door.

‘The car’s here, you ready to go?’

(this week’s word – Ruby)

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like *CENSORED*”

 “WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP….. We can’t say Merry Christmas now we have to say Happy Holidays. We can’t call it a Christmas tree, it’s now called a Holiday tree? Because it might offend someone. If you don’t like our “Customs” and it offends you so much then LEAVE I will help you pack. They are called customs and we have our traditions If you agree with this…please post this as your status!! I AM A PROUD (*insert nationality here) CITIZEN… MERRY CHRISTMAS! Do you have what it takes to re post this??”

Every year, I hear the same thing…. We can’t say Merry Christmas, we’re not allowed to celebrate Christmas, schools are not allowed to have nativity plays, we can’t call it the Christmas season/Christmas Holiday’s, we HAVE to call it WINTERVAL.

People come on, you really believe this? Every year I see Christmas decorations, presents and cards getting in to shops earlier and earlier! This year I saw our local supermarket with a whole aisle of Christmas products at the end of August/beginning of September! How can you now say you’re being stopped from celebrating Christmas? So please STOP posting silly statues like above! No one, except YOU is stopping you from having a lovely Christmas! So please go and celebrate however you want; eat drink and be merry!

I do, however, agree with a recent status I have seen.

“I DO NOT CARE IF THIS DOES OFFEND SOMEONE…THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE…I AM SICK AND TIRED OF EVERY YEAR WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND; THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT MIGHT OFFEND SOMEONE…WELL, HOW ABOUT ALL OF THE CHRISTIANS?…WHAT ABOUT OFFENDING US BECAUSE YOU ARE TAKING OUR CHRIST OUT… OF CHRISTMAS?…CHRIST IS CHRISTMAS!…IF YOU AREN’T CELEBRATING CHRIST THEN WHY ARE YOU CELEBRATING?…CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR!…CHRISTMAS IS ONE OF A FEW HOLIDAYS LEFT THAT CELEBRATE “MY” CHRIST!…LEAVE “MY” CHRISTMAS ALONE!…AND TELL EVERYONE MERRY CHRISTMAS, NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!…RE-POST IF YOU’RE NOT ASHAMED!!”

Well part of it, I do believe the Christian aspect of Christmas is being lost. As the years have gone by, Christmas has become more and more commercialised. It’s becoming more and more about the presents we give and receive, rather then the obvious aspects of going to Church, lighting advent candles, and helping those less fortunate around you. As a Muslim, who went to a Catholic School, some of my fondest memories come from watching the Advent Candle being lit, going to Mass around Christmas time, preparing shoe boxes of gifts for the children and women of the local women’s refuge. This to me was Christmas, more so then the exchanging of gifts and cards on the last day of term.

I do understand that a lot of people who are not practising Christians also celebrate Christmas, as a cultural custom, I my self am one of those people, yes, yes I know, O M G a MUSLIM celebrating CHRISTMAS????? Yes I am and I know many Muslims who may be reading this will tell my I’m not allowed to be celebrating etc, but I have Christian in-laws and the Prophet Jesus is held in high regard by all Muslims.

There is one thing I would like to urge those people like my self, please do not forget the core values of Christmas (the core message of Christ transcends the Christian faith and we all can take a lesson from it). Don’t panic about getting the most up to date gadget, the most expensive piece of jewellery, because I honestly believe your loved ones and friends would prefer to just spend some time with you and would appreciate a thoughtful gift that doesn’t leave you in debt till next Christmas.

So from a Muslim to everyone out there, I hope you all enjoy this time of year, whether you are celebrating or not, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Me enjoying an Aero Christmas Tree

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Lekach – Honey Cake

During the Easter holiday’s we had planned to go and stay at a friends. It got me thinking, I didn’t want to go empty-handed, and I wanted to give my friend something personal. So I thought what would be better than giving my friend 2 loaves of Lekach. You see my friend is from a Jewish background and they day we would arrive at her home would be Passover. Lekach is a popular spiced honey cake, which is normally eaten Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Its dense sweet flavour is lovely to have as a desert or with a cup of tea.

Here are the ingredients for the Lekach I made –

Makes: 1 cake

  • 175g plain flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • Half teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 225g clear honey (I used Rowse Orange Blossom Honey)
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 100ml Apple juice (I use the juice of the orange I zest)
  • Garnish: Icing sugar

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/350 F/ Gas mark 4.

2. Grease and line 1 900g (2 pound) loaf tin.

3. In a large bowl or food mixer, combine the flour, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.

4. Add the oil, honey, zest of orange, eggs and apple juice and beat together until smooth.

5. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin.

6. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake mixture comes out clean.

7. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out and wrap tightly in cling film and then foil. Store for 2-3 days before serving to allow the flavours to mature.

Slice into squares and EAT or to serve the stylish way: Cut into squares and dust with a little icing sugar.  :)I hope you enjoy it just as much as my friend did! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Easter Simnel Cake

So this year, like last year I decided I wasn’t going to by Easter Eggs for my in-laws. I was going to make another cake. Though this year I wanted to give my self a challenge. So I decided to make a Simnel Cake, only there were two problems. The recipe I had included Brandy and candied peel. I, as a muslim don’t have any alcohol in my food and my mother in law can’t stand candied peel. I had a horrible fear that omitting these to ingredients would have a huge impact on how the cake would taste, but I thought I’d try it anyway. So off I went to the supermarkets to get all my ingredients. Do you know how hard it is to find dried mixed fruit with out candied peel? I ended up having to buy a packet of raisins, a packet of currents and a packet of sultanas.

Anyway here are all the ingredients for the Simnel Cake I made –

* 175g (6oz) butter, plus extra for greasing
* 500g (1lb 2oz) marzipan
* 175g (6oz) light brown sugar
* 4 large eggs
* 250g (8oz) plain flour
* ½ tsp baking powder
* 50g (2oz) ground almonds
* 350g (12oz) mix of raisins, sultanas and currants
* 1 lemon, zest only
* 2tsp mixed spice
* 2tbsp milk

And here’s how I made it –

1. Grease a 18cm (7in) loose-bottomed cake tin with butter and double-line the base and sides. Roll out a third of the marzipan into a round the size of the cake tin and set aside.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add three eggs while beating.
3. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in the almonds. Add the rest of the ingredients, apart from the apricot jam and the last egg.
4. Spoon half the mixture into the cake tin, place the rolled out piece of marzipan on top, pressing lightly, then cover with the rest of the cake mix. Make a slight dip in the top of the mixture to stop it rising when cooking.
5. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven at 170°C (325°F, gas mark 3) for about 90 mins, or until set and nicely browned. Allow to cool.
6. Roll out half the remaining marzipan to the size of the cake. Spread a thin layer of apricot jam on the top of the cake and lightly press the marzipan on top, crimping the edges.
7. Roll the remaining marzipan into 11 balls. Beat the last egg and use to brush the cake top, then stick on the marzipan balls.
8. Put under a medium grill for 1 to 2 mins to glaze.

The finished cake went down a treat on Easter Sunday and for a couple who don’t like fruit cake and complained that we had to have a layer of our wedding cake as a fruit cake, both my husband and I were very tempted to ask for seconds!!! This cake makes a lovely alternative present for Easter as well as a lovely desert after Easter lunch! I hope you will all give it a go, even if you don’t like fruit cake! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

White Chocolate Truffle Cake.

This truffle cake is a bit like a Cheesecake. It’s very decadent and very more-ish. If you like White chocolate, you’ll love this.

The Ingredients for the Cake base –

* 50g/2oz good quailty white chocolate (I used Tesco Finest Swiss Vanilla and White Chocolate)
* 50g/ 2oz caster sugar
* 2 eggs
* 50g/2oz plain flour

To make the Truffle topping you will need –

* 350g/ 14oz white chocolate pieces
* 300g/ 12 oz fromage frais (I used Petits Filous Natural Fromage Frais)

To make it look pretty –

* Cocoa powder (to dust)
* Milk or white chocolate curls
* Mini eggs
* anything you like… 🙂

How to make the cake base –

Grease a 20cm/8 inch round springform tin and line the base.

Whisk the eggs and caster sugar in a mixing bowl for 10 mins or until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Seive the flour and fold in with a metal spoon.

Fold in the melted white chocolate.

Pour into the tin and bake in a preheated oven, 180°C/ 350°F, gas mark 4, for 25 mins or until springy to the touch.

Leave to cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack until completely cold then return to the tin.

To make the topping

Melt the White chocolate and mix with the fromage frais.

Pour the mixture on top of the cake and chill for 2 hours.

Remove the cake from the tin and transfer to a plate.

Once the the topping has cooled and you have transfered it to a plate you can decorate how you wish.

(For a more decadent cake use 300ml/ ½ pint double cream and 50g less of the fromage frais. Place the cream in a pan and bring to the boil, stirring continuously. Cool slightly then add the white chocolate pieces and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and leave until almost cool, stirring, then stir in the fromage frais. Pour the mixture on top of the cake and chill for 2 hours.)

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized