When and where were you born?
I was born in Birmingham, UK, in the 60s. My father was an engineer and my mother was an office worker. My maternal grandmother loved to bake cakes. I use some of her recipes.
What did you eat during your childhood?
Meat and two vegetables, Marmite sandwiches… Then I discovered foreign food at Italian and Chinese restaurants.
Are you a Muslim?
I do not come from a religious family. In 2008, after personal events, I converted to Islam. I always use halal products in my cooking. I use no pork, pork products or alcohol. I find halal substitutes for haram products in recipes.
Why don’t you specialize in one particular cuisine?
My professional life has taken me to many parts of the world, I have experienced many cultures and cuisines. This is why I don’t rectrict myself to one particular style of cooking.
What is your philosophy on cooking?
I believe that anyone can cook good food. Cooking should be fun and you should experiment with ingredients. Some of the best things you can cook are really easy, very tasty, and cheaper than ready-made food.
If you’re interested read the full version here :
You will find many recipes on her website.
Do you know what a “s’more” is ? Here is the definition : “a dessert consisting of toasted marshmallow and pieces of chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham crackers”. Watch this video to see how to make some, they’re delicious!
In my personal recipe, I use a different type of icing : 200 g of icing sugar, 1 egg-white and one teaspoon of lemon juice (plus food coloring for fun!), mixed well with an electric mixer.
For the cupckaes, my recipe is similar : 2 large eggs, 120 g of butter (soft), 5 cl of milk (4 large spoonfuls), 140 g of flour, 100 g of sugar, 1/2 packet of baking powder, 1 pinch of salt. You can add vanilla extract if you like it!
For The Mint Dressing :
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves (phudina)
1 tsp grated ginger (adrak)
1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
salt to taste
For the salad :
1 cup watermelon (tarbuj) cubes
1 cup pineapple cubes
1 cup cooked sweet corn kernels (makai ke dane)
1 cup cucumber cubes
1/2 cup lettuce , torn into pieces
salt to taste
For the tangy mint dressing :
1.Combine the watermelon, pineapple, sweet corn kernels and cucumber along with 1 tbsp of water to a coarse paste.
2.Add the honey and salt and mix well. Keep aside.
To make the salad :
1.Put the lettuce leaves in a bowl full of ice-cold water for half an hour. This will make them crisp. Drain the water and keep aside.
2.Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl.
3.Pour the mint dressing and toss well.
Chocolate Cake in a Cup:
4 Tablespoons of flour
4 Tablespoons of sugar
2 Tablespoons of cocoa
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
3 Tablespoons of milk
3 Tablespoons of oil
1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips (or more)
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla essence
Mix it all together and cook for about 3 minutes depending on the power of your microwave (we do it for 2:45)
– rice vinegar or cider vinegar (1/3 cup)
– light brown sugar or white sugar ( 4 tablespoons)
– ketchup (1 tablespoon)
– soy sauce (1 teaspoon)
– 2 teaspoons of cornstarch (= Maizena) mixed with 4 teaspoons of water
Lovely Australian accent ! 🙂
“French toast” is “pain perdu” in English !
You can use a frying-pan instead of a special barbecue grill.
Ingredients for 12 small pancakes:
1 1/2 cups flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Ingredients for the apple filling :
– 3 different sorts of apples (2 apples of each)
– white sugar
– freshly squeezed lemon juice
– spices : nutmeg and cinnamon
– small pinch of salt
For the crust :
– 2 ready-made pie-crusts
– one beaten egg to brush the crust with
– a few pinches of sugar to dust the crust with
– corn starch is “maïzena” in French.
– You can use sparkling water instead of beer.
Do you like peanut butter ?
If you do, this recipe is for you !
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to th. 6 (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets (or line baking trays with grease-proof paper).
In a medium bowl, stir peanut butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the baking powder, salt, and vanilla. Roll dough into 1 inch (= 2.5 cm) balls and place them 2 inches apart (= 5 cm apart) onto the prepared cookie sheets. Press a criss-cross into the top using the back of a fork.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool.
These cookies are really delicious…
180 g flour
½ teacup baking powder
1 pinch of salt
100 g brown sugar
60 g butter
1 teacup vanilla extract
100 g chocolate chips
Preheat the oven (th. 5).
In a big bowl, put the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, and salt.
Melt the butter in the micro-wave oven, add to the mixture. Stir well.
Add the egg. If the mixture is too dry, add a few drops of water.
Add the chocolate chips, stir well.
Place spoonfuls of dough on two baking sheets (covered in baking paper).
Put in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, be careful not to overcook.
Enjoy ! 🙂
Many students said they loved my brownies at the “Curieux Défis” last Saturday so here is the recipe :
Here is a link to an on-line dictionary if you don’t undestand : Wordreference.
250g of butter
200g of dark chocolate
300g of sugar (white or brown)
175g of flour
you can add nuts if you like them
Preheat the oven th. 5 (electric oven : 150 °).
In a saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together (diced).
Remove from the heat. Add the sugar and the eggs, one by one. Stir well.
Add the flour slowly. Stir well.
Pour in a large rectangular dish (grease the dish and sprinkle with flour first!).
Put in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.
Leave to cool, refrigerate.
Cut in small squares (about 12 squares for this recipe).
Enjoy… It’s delicious !
The recipe (ingredients and directions) is at the end of the video !
1 c = 1 cup (une tasse)
1 tsp = 1 teaspoon (une cuillère à café)
1 tbsp = 1 tablespoon (une cuillère à soupe)
Sloppy Joes recipeLearn how to make Sloppy Joes sandwiches.
Try this lovely recipe ! We did it in class.