Two-tone tales

I was going to write about how my glasses broke over the weekend (currently wearing my medically prescribed sunglasses and have to burn more battery by having the laptop at the brightest screen level) and weave it in with procrastination and fate and just being in the moment and getting things done but it was too hot that night (generator has closed for the day) or something and late. How are you coping with extreme weather wherever you are? The weather is quite nice this evening. It should rain already!

You might have seen the swiss roll inspired two- tone eba on my social media by now, this post is not a tutorial sadly, as I was trying out these ‘designs’ or ‘presentation’ for the first time.

It’s pretty to look at, who has time to start folding eba, it will get cold <— that isn’t me speaking.

So, I was inspired by desserts, a swiss roll and candy cane. I have a sweet tooth which makes me more inclined towards desserts, loooooove them.

Pending when I might upload a tutorial video, these links may guide you Swiss Roll Eba (just skip to the folding part, we are not baking cake, also, the frost will serve as the second color) and Candy cane Eba.

I even used a fancy filter ūüėČ

I always love to think of and execute creative and new ways of expression and the presentation of Nigerian and African food. This is one of them. Using normal plain garri and yellow garri served with efo riro.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Love,

Haneefah.

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Tomato ūüćÖ Face Mask

Salam (Peace)!

Recently, I have been undergoing some facial (whole body) treatment, paying more attention to the health of my skin and body, even though that is stress on its own. Hopefully I’ll get used to it. I was just going to eat well and hope for the best, apparently, sometimes you have to do more. Or just pray, I bet you can pray for good skin and it will happen.

The dermatologist took a look at my face and talked about how I had combination skin, some sun burns here and there, some little bumps (these happens Due to hormones but I was unlucky to visit her then) and black and white heads that I couldn’t even see.

She’s a dermatologist, so she knows best.

After getting my underwhelming facial treatment, I was expecting magic, my face felt slightly smoother but I think that is just after scrubbing dead skins away, it still “looked” the same. Maybe consistent facial treatments and peace of mind will make a difference. And money.

She gave me some tips (which I will stretch for content, you think I’ll spill everything today?) that I’ve been using to go through the motions. And products which we will talk about some other day.

Once in a week, she advised I used a tomato face mask. I used to use lemon, but she said that is bad or too harsh for “darker” skins. Must be our sun that causes burns with lemon’s “bleaching” action.

Crush the tomato (fresh tomatoes), I used two small ones, and apply to your face. Let dry, leave for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with tepid water.

It is that simple. Slightly messy, you might want to do this in a bathroom.

I’ve always believed in using natural products for beauty, there isn’t much harm that can come from them compared to synthetic things that may mutate on you.

Tomato helps reduce irritation, reduces UV sun damage due to the anti oxidants its packing.

I used mortar and pestle of Aga concept, gifted to me by Maggi a while back.

That’s my face, with the “bloody” tomato mask applied, I placed the skins of the tomato as a “mask” too, not just the juice, we never know where the blessings of the tomato is.

Do you have any peculiar beauty routine you’d like to share? Please use the comment section below, I’d like to hear your struggles. And if it is something you enjoy, I’m happy for you.

Love,

Haneefah. xx

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Coffee Rings

Hi!

Has any one ever heard a quote about how the greatest things happen by accident? Me neither. But sometimes, it’s true, just google viagra history *inserts pharmacology plug shamelessly*.

Which is what led to this ring art which was just a little fun thing I did a while back.

I can imagine there are a lot of things that coffee stain rings can create, art being one of them but here are happy animals created by ‘accident’.

Watch riveting gif like videos of each of them to see the process. I was going through bored panda when i stumbled upon christmas themed ones.

*inserts terrible bear pun*

A video posted by Haneefah Adam (@muslimahanie) on

Ring Bear

"Just keep swimming"

A video posted by Haneefah Adam (@muslimahanie) on

Ring fish

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNhmMYeAol5/?taken-by=muslimahanie

Ring Snail

Have happy accidents!

Love,

Haneefah

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Rainbow Stacked Pancake

I hope you are all having a colourful week so far?!

If you’re not, then you can add cheeriness to your table, plate, mouth with this colourful¬†fruits platter going on here. There are different ways of incorporating colours to dishes with colour, such as this perfect breakfast example.

If you have a stomach like mine, Then I recommend the consumption of this edifice by one VERY hungry person or just two normal hungry people because this is a long pancake stack.

I have fruits layered in between pancakes with cream cheese filling.

You need (all colour of rainbow fruits that you can eat with pancakes), I used Strawberries, an orange, banana, it’s yellow, go with it, green apples and blueberries.

Creem cheese was beat together with granulated sugar, I think you can use powdered sugar if you want as well. Put in whipped heavy cream for extra fluffiness and you’re good to go!

You can easily remove the cream cheese filling if you want a healthier version, for the fitfams. It will also blend right in for a rainbow breakfast themed party, you know, for those who like rainbows and mornings.

Can’t wait to try rainbow vegetables next, it just really occurred to me right now, I doubt there will be stacking involved. I mean, what can I stack? Eggs?!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Love,

Haneefah.

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Sai Boli!

Just excuse the title as I don’t know a more apt one.

So! On the 9th of October, today, EatDrinkConnect Nigeria held their maiden food fair in Abuja and I was on ground to install a food art. A lot of times, my food art are seen only in pictures, so this was a super amazing opportunity to see the art work live. And experience it first hand. I used Boli and groundnut to achieve this art installation. Peanuts in different forms and spiced with honey and also pepper. They were all placed on paper to either protect the table or food, lol.

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So, here’s a food portraiture featuring the… wait for it… President!

Hence, Sai Boli (and epa).

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What made this installation awesome is that people were able to interact over and with the food because it is completely edible and they could basically eat off it. I heard a lot of, “I’m eating the national cake”. And maybe this is the only selfie I’ll ever get with President Buhari while he is still in office. Lol

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And that’s it! I would LOVE to know your thoughts!

Love,

Haneefah.

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Eid Ram 3 Ways

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.

I think I still have residual energy. There’s some sort of adrenaline that ‘working’ women of all the cooking and cleaning of Eid day have. I hope you are enjoying your holidays properly. I’m sure the person reading this got at least an Eid Mubarak greeting yesterday, so amma skip that.

This is a quick post about all the other things you can do with Ram meat (allow me) with that doesn’t only involved cooking and frying and then step it down with garri, which is what I am doing now. It has become some sort of after-eid lunch tradition. I hope no one is constipated. I learnt the hard way not to over eat, getting a hang of that these past few years. The temptation is really great to be honest, I sometimes used to get sick after all the stuffing.

Al hamdulilah.

So, enough of the rambling, I will just jump right into the post! I love simplifying recipes and all of the recipes are very simple to cook and prepare, you can style it up anyhow you want and have fun while at it.

BEEF-DODO.

It is kind of coined from Gizdodo, that dish that is made with gizzard and fried plantain. Substitute the gizzard for beef and you have the cousin, beef-dodo, or ram-dodo, whichever one your heart sing towards.

You’ll need:

  • Beef
  • Just ripe plantain (no soft ones please)
  • Onion
  • Scotch bonnets/ chilli peppers
  • Green pepper
  • Tomato (optional because i rarely use it, can be used to tone down the hotness of the meal)
  • Maggi
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • vegetable¬†oil (for frying).

First, Fry your plantain to make almighty dodo, you can even grill (if you are a health junkie, sorry, lol, eid and the day after is cheat day).

Also, Cook your beef to taste, season with the garlic, ginger, maggi, salt and onions. After it is cooked, strain the beef and fry that one too! Lightly tho, it shouldn’t fry all through, just to make it a little crispy on the outside.

While all that is preparing themselves, you should have blended the scotch bonnets and onions (because you’re a magician and have super powers while cooking). Pour it on the fire, not directly! In a pot, put it on to cook, that should reduce some moisture, then take it off fire.

Right, put about 2/3 tbsp pf vegetable oil in a frying pan, add the pepper (and tomato, if you sing that way) mixture let to fry for about 10 seconds, pour in the dodo (fried plantain) and the cooked beef. Add maggi to taste. Stir it all together.

Just before you take it off the fire, cut in tiny pieces of green and red pepper to garnish.

BEEF AND POTATO SKEWERS

This one is so easy, you can do it while sleeping. Okay, maybe I’m stretching it.

You’ll need:

  • Beef
  • Blended pepper, tomato, onions.
  • Sweet (green, red, yellow) peppers.
  • Onions
  • Irish Potato
  • Vegetable oil

Get you some wooden skewers, soak it in water for a very long time (so that it won’t turn to ash by the time you’re popping it in an oven or on a grill.

Cook and fry beef in pepper/tomato sauce and seasonings. Or use bbq sauce if you like, go crazy. Per boil the potatoes, arrange the rest of the pepper and potatoes on the skewers. Add oil while grilling. You could sprinkle garlic salt over all of them because, tasty blessings.

Enjoy!

BEEF ORANGE STIRFRY

I wanted to use pineapple to be honest, but orange was available, I used it and it was amazing! I’ve loved the surprising incorporation of dried fruits into savoury meals. You could try it, amazing!

 

You’ll need:

  • Beef (Yes, its ram meat extravaganza) (Boiled)
  • Onions
  • Sweet (green, red, yellow) peppers
  • Orange, peeled, separated and cut in half
  • String beans
  • Carrots (sliced thinly)
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Maggi
  • Vegetable oil

The most amazing thing about stirfrys is that, you can basically¬†make¬†stirfry¬†them anyhow, and they’d still come out nice.

So, in the spirit of just going with the flow,

Put in 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil in a frying pan, pour in the rest of the ingredients (diced), meat and veggies first, spices after, except the oranges, they come in last, because they are fruit and should be treated like egg specially.

Stir and stir and stir till they all cook properly. Add little water when its drying out. After its cooked, put in the orange slices in half and just turn over once.

Serve with pasta or rice (or eat it straight away, I can’t tell you what to do, you’re your own boss).

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know if you would love to try it out or you have made similar dishes!

Enjoy the rest of your week,

Love,

Haneefah

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Simple Pan Fried Chicken: Mivina Review

Salam (Peace)!

Let’s kick start normal blogging with the simple quick recipe with simple ingredients, shall we? I was sent Mivina seasoning to try out and because it had ‘chicken seasoning’ written on it, I decided to use it on chicken first. Although, I’ve used it on something other than chicken since then, with efo riro (nigerian vegetable soup) and in making stock it was great on all the dishes and had a rich flavour. It’s consistency is not like pure powder, it has some pieces of dried herbs and spices in it as well. It has a really sharp flavour, so one small (10g) satchet may be substituted for 2 stock cubes, in my opinion.

You can use it in this recipe like I did making a quick pan-fried chicken with vegetables.

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You’ll need

  • Chicken Breasts
  • String beans
  • Green, Red and Yellow peppers
  • Onions
  • Ground (hot) pepper (I told you it was easy)
  • Olive oil
  • Mavin seasoning
  • Salt to taste

You can quickly watch the procedure in the instagram video below;

https://instagram.com/p/BHnDFncA5Un/

All you need to do is marinate the chicken breast in the spices and dried pepper for a few hours. Make sure it is a very flat piece of chicken, you could pound it if you want, for easy absorption of all the flavours.

Heat a frying pan and put in the marinated chicken breast, fry on both sides till it’s cooked.

Stir fry the remaining vegetables, add salt, black pepper and seasoning to taste.

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Really easy, I tell you. You can get more information on where to get Mivina on their Instagram page (@mivinang )

Have a good evening (or whatever time you are reading this).

Love,

Haneefah.

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