Sunday, October 31, 2010

baby hat

so i`m sitting in my chair finishing my first blanket and thinking to myself what can i do now , then my 10 months old wobbles over to me and as i`m looking at her i think she need a hat

so i went on a mission to learn how to crochet a hat and bam i found a lovely tutorial on how to make one and masha`allah it was so simple

so i sat down with my yarn and started it took basically a half day to make  and as i went a long i kept thinking how to make more out of it

so here is how it is before i added to it

and this is it after i finished


Friday, October 29, 2010

stuffed cabbage

so this is one of my most favorite dishes , being Irish i love cabbage and to join it with garlic makes all the difference


this dish can be made two ways , it can be made in a white sauce were you use onion or a red sauce were you use garlic ... tonight i made the red sauce




1 head of cabbage

mince meat


small amount of rice


peper, salt, cumin, carwia

2 eggs

a little flour

tomato puree




so i take the leaves of the cabbage one by one and place them into a pot of hot water to soften them a little

while they are being soften i put the garlic and some oil in a pot i used my pressure cooker and fry on a small flame then add spices and chickpeas

add some water and continue to cook i closed my pressure cooker and cook it for about 20 mins

while this is being done i took the leaves from the water a left them to cool while i made the mince mixture

which is mince, a handful of rice , 1 egg , and a pinch of each of the spices and mix well

then i laid out one of the cabbage leaves and placed a little of the mixture in the middle like this

the place all sides over the mixture and make into a ball and while doing this you can squeeze out the excess water , then place on a plate till you have all of the leaves done... dont worry if some of the leaves have torn and you think you cant make it ... just add another leaf over it and bring the two together



so at this stage place the other egg in a dish and mix then in another dish put some flour ... dip the ball into the flour and then the egg and put on a dish when finished fry in a little oil till they have become a little brown


i forgot to mention that you might have a little of the mince mixture over so just make balls with it and do the same as the cabbage


at this stage your chick peas should be cooked place the cabbage into the pot and close the lid and cook for another 20 /30 mins also add the tomato puree

when every thing is finishe it should look like this


now all thats left to do is enjoy... we surely did

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

re making

so as you can see form my earlier post i have begun to crochet but the piece i did before i was not happy with so i took it apart and decided to re do it

even with this one i have made mistakes and that being not counting the number of stiches but i have learned no and decided to start another project at the same time

so what am i making ..... well i am making two blankets .... one is from a granny square and the other is a star shape

the star shape one i`m very happy with and have done all the counting that is need with it masha`allah

granny square blanket

star shape blanket



oh i should have put the link to the pattern for the star shape here it is

Friday, October 15, 2010

so far

so how far have i gotton on my crocheting well i decided to keep going with my granny square and i have even added a second colour to it


the only thing is i know i have made mistake in it as you will see with the picture it`s not a complete square in some places

but i think for a beginner it`s not bad .... well i hope that it`s not ... lol

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


so i decided to give this a go

my best friend masha`allah has so much patience to take me on, and what laughs we had in the teaching method

so she has decided to teach me a granny square

so i have spent most of my day starting and then ripping , starting and then ripping so in the end what did i get for my trouble


so umm z how did i do

Monday, October 11, 2010

Savoury crêpe roll gratin

so masha`allah i was watching a lovely blog that i really enjoy reading and came across this recipe so i decided to try it , and masha`allah it was delicious

so thank you henia we really loved this

to find recipes please look here at Simplicity`s table by the sea



chicken and veg soup

my memories of soup as a child was a packet taken from the cupboard and water added to it and heated on the cooker

so when i moved to algeria i found that nearly everything is done form the beginning even soup

now in my dh familys house they mostly make all different veg with celery leaves but thier is only so much of that you can take

so i have tried different ways of making soup

and todays soup is just veg with the bones from a chicken breast , where i had used up the breast


so what i used for this today was


2 courgettes

i big fresh fennel

4 medium carrots

1 onion

2 big potatoes

2 luft

and the bones from a breast of chicken


all i did was  wash all veg  peeled and sliced them and placed them in a pot then i added a little salt and black pepper and put the lid on and placed it on a medium heat to draw out the jucies from the veg then i added the bones

once everything was cooked i took the bones out and picked at the bones to remove the little bits of chicken left on them and then placed them back in the pot and i blended it

i hope you enjoy

potato gratin

it`s hard always trying to think of what to cook and sometimes i get so fed up of it all

so tonight i decided to make potato gratin and some spiced chicken


so used my blender and chopped my potatoes and onions



then add bachemal sauce and grate cheese on top i only put a little as i didn`t have enough

bachemal sauce





salt /pepper

and garlic if you choose to

as for quantity it depends on how much you use i just eye it as i have been making it for years



as for the chicken i just used some spices from my cupboard and sprinkled it over the chicken and i put a little pil in my hands and rubbed it into it as i don`t like too much oil


and thats it , i hope you enjoy

Friday, October 8, 2010


so my kids have been driving me mad about making coleslaw they have become experts in it

if we buy it when in the uk they oh umi thats not nice yours is nicer , what a way to get to your mothers heart

so of course i made it for them



you need i head of cabbage



and about three to four carrots (your choice)


and 1 medium onion


now some ppl dont use onions but i like the tang it gives



and their you have it mixed with the mayo i made previously



homemade mayo

till i came to algeria i never knew how to make mayo

then i was in my bil house and his wife was making it so i watched with interest and masha`allah could not believe how easy it was


here we have 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard

2 egg yolks

and salt

mix well and add oil slowly , about 1/2 litre

till you have this



then add some vinegar and juice of 1 big lemon or just add to taste



Thursday, October 7, 2010

childrens work

so i don`t want this blog to turn out to be all about cooking so i thought i would share what my children do in school

this year my dd11 has entered secondary school and now all she talks about is art

they are teaching them different shapes and patterns

so here are a few samples of what they do

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

whats cooking

so today my mil brought me some rishta and chicken , so that was dinner for tonight rishta and i done something extra cauliflower and cheese which i love it`s a piety i didnt have brown sauce to go on top .... i know not nice ... but to me it is


i pack of rishta

i chicken




luft (white raddish) or you can use parsnip

black pepper




chop the onion small add chicken pieces and place in a pot with a little oil and cook for a few mins then add spices and chickpeas

and place lid on leave fora few mins then add some water

halve way through add veg  in the meantime prepare the rishta , this can be steamed the same way as cous cous

it`s just cauliflower with a bachemal sauce and cheese of your choice , i can only really get cheddar here , their are other but i`m not a cheese person so i don`t bother

and if my dh was here i would put some garlic in the bachemal as that is the only way my dh will eat cauliflower


Saturday, October 2, 2010

increasing eman

so i have decide to try to increase my eman so what i`m doing is taking out my tafsir of the quran and started with surat al baqkarh and going slowly and as i go i will take notes just as i have decided to this my friend as if we can do it together and compare notes so masha`allah we will have a study sessions

i`m really looking forward to that

Friday, October 1, 2010

a little message to you

so when i started this blog i wasnt sure if i would keep it up as i have never done anything like this before

i wasnt even sure what i was going to put on it

but when looking through things i realized that you are following it and i am so grateful for that

so i would like to say thank you to you all and i hope that you will continue to follow my blog

something different

so today i decided to try something different

i have never cook this dish before but masha`allah it came out really nice

and even i used fresh fennel and was able to hide the fact that it was their as my kids would never have eaten it


chicken breast





black pepper






dice onion and chicken and place in a pot add a little oil and cook on a low heat then add the spinach and fennel that has been cut into strips

and then the spices and cook for a few mins then add water or stock and cook on a medium heat

when half cooked add rice and continue until rice is cooked and their is a little sauce
then place on a big plate and let cool for a little while so that some of the sauce will be soaked up
and eat with bread