Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ramadan Special Series- Week Four : Cream Cheese and Walnuts Dates from Faaiza ( Modest Munchies)

It's time for another guest post on this last week of Ramadan. I hope you have enjoyed reading these guest posts so far and meeting the beautiful talented ladies behind them. 

For this week we have Faaiza from Faaiza is another friend that I met through Instagram.Originally from South Africa but now residing in Australia, her blog is warm and sincere like she is,  full of family activities, crafts, kids approved recipes and everything else mommy related. 

And now I'll give the space to  Faaiza...


Asalaamu Alaikum, my name is Faaiza, a South African born Muslim (of Indian heritage) living in Australia, and has been for the last 12 years. I live in the city of Brisbane with my husband and 2 children.  

Australia is a very multicultural country, being home to people of many diverse backgrounds and different walks of life. I moved here as a teenager with my family and I found many similarities between Australia and South Africa, the Ramadan experience however, required a few adjustments. Ramadan back home was family centred, big family Iftar’s and get togethers were a major part of our tradition. As new migrants in this land, new traditions had to be created.  

Many Mosques and Islamic Centres would host Iftar dinners particularly on the weekends and Ramadan fundraising BBQ’s became very common after Taraweeh. As a teenager I recall attending and supporting many of these initiatives which was a good way of learning and experiencing the great diversity of Brisbane Muslims. Over the years, the community has grown and despite not being able to share Ramadan and Eid with our extended families in South Africa, we have new traditions we share with new friends and a growing family right here in Brisbane. Alhamdulillah. 

As a mother, my focus for Ramadan is now my kids. I want them to be as excited about the Blessed month as I was growing up and I believe Ramadan is a great opportunity to create lasting memories. My son is now 3 years old and is very alert and aware of the things we do. I do my best to make Ramadan fun and exciting so he can learn to appreciate the virtue of the month while doing what kids do best. I share some of these ideas on my blog for other mums or parents in the same position. I think it’s important to create such memories and experiences for children to give them a sense of appreciation towards our beautiful faith. This year we’ve made a Ramadan advent calendar, a Ramadan poster and In shaa Allah I’m planning a few more Ramadan Crafts and activities for the rest of the month.  

This year Ramadan falls in the midst of our winter giving us long nights to pray in and shorter days to fast in. Ramadan also coincides with the winter school break which is an excellent opportunity to get the kids involved in Ramadan activities as well as encouraging older children to fast. 

One of our favourite Ramadan snacks is cream cheese and walnut dates. It is a wholesome and satisfying treat that curbs cravings and nourishes at the same time. I’m sharing the recipe for this easy, tasty snack below.

Cream cheese and walnut Dates

Medjool dates
½ tsp cream cheese per date
1 walnut per date

Slit the date on one side and remove the pit. Fill the cream cheese into the cavity. Roughly chop your walnuts and place them into the cream cheese.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ramadan Special Series - Week Three: Mix Vegetable Pokra from Lail (With a spin)

Half of Ramadan have already passed and the other half remains. I hope you have enjoyed this holy month so far like I did.

This week we meet again for another Ramadan special guest post. This week we have Lail from Lail is a wonderful person and a terrific blogger. Aside from being a mom, a housewife and a tech management professional she also manages to have a successful blog with lots of delicious recipes, DIYs, crafts, kitchen tips , travel journeys and gorgeous photography.
Originally from Bangladesh but now living in the U.S, she shares mostly Bangladeshi food recipes along with other recipes from around the world with her spin on it.

Let's all welcome Lail to the blog today...


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Assalamu alaikum(may the peace be upon you), hi, hello! Ramadan Kareem from my family to yours!   First of all, I would like to thank Fatemah for inviting me to do a guest post on her delicious space. I recently met Fatemah in the virtual world and let me tell you that I absolutely love her mesmerizing story telling writing talent. When she reached out with her invite, it didn’t take much time for me to decide. Without a second thought I accepted her invitation. I admire her posts and truly appreciate her hard work on her blog and photography.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rangeenak ( traditional fresh dates and caramelized flour and butter dessert) : Guest Post on Gheza-e-shiriin

Rangeenak (رنگینک) is a popular dish among communities of Iranian descents here in Kuwait, and is often prepared especially  in Ramadan. Not sure where the name came from. Though I know "Rang "(رنگ) means color in Farsi, so it could have came from the fact that the flour is caramelized (colored) before topping the dates. But whatever the name means it really is a rich, nutty and fulfilling dessert to dive into. To see the full post and get the recipe, head over to Gheze-e-shiriin website. My post is live right now. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ramadan Special Series- Week Two - Sulemani Halwa By Huma from Gheza-e-Shirin

It's another week of Ramadan's special guest post series.This week we're having Huma from Gheza-e-Shirin, who was so nice and considerate to do this guest post for me despite her mother's being sick and hopitized. Please keep her in your prayers. I am sure she'll appreciate it.

I became aquantinced with Huma when I received an email from her asking me to guest post for her blog  a few months ago ( which is coming in a few days). I checked her blog and of course I asked her to do the same for me.

Originally from India, and  now living in the UAE Huma's blog is all about  Indian- home cooked meals, the ones that are passed from generation to the other . Check out her blog to see more comfy homy dishes that will make your mind - and mouth-  drool!

And now, let me leave you with the beautiful lady Huma..


Hello to reader s of saffronpudding I am Huma Kalim  blogger  at Gheza – E - Shiriin, entrepreneur and wife , to a wonderful husband who is my always there to inspire and back me up with loads of ideas. Blogging has introduced me to many people of different cultures with common passion that is cooking. Made many good friends and sometimes amazed to see some recipes are same but with different name. And how particular region has adopted it in their food. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By the figs and the olives”: Ramadan Bread & Pink Sweet Hummus - (Guest Post) : Ramadan Weekly Special Series

As promised,  this Wednesday I'll kick start the Ramadan special weekly series. This is my first time hosting guest bloggers and I am so excited about it.

I have asked four different Muslim bloggers from around the world and from different nationalities and backgrounds to share their own unique experience with Ramadan.

Ramadan is a very dear holy month to all Muslims and one that associates with many different traditions and customs. It's so owing to see how these traditions are very different and unique to each ethnic and nationally yet they are all similar in that they share the same spirit of sharing, generosity and family gathering.

So our special guest this week is Nisreen from She is a Palestinian living in the U.A.E. I first got aquantinced with Nisreen through Instagram. Nisreen is a former interior designer and the mom of three little "misters". I love her gorgeous food photography, simple recipes and her bold high spirit personally. Read her beautiful post then head over to her wonderful space to see more of her food photography and delicious recipes.

So, without any further a do let's warmly welcome Nisreen to the blog.


It’s amazing how food has its impact upon us! A simple bite can take you back in time! Senses are memories… Ramadan is here, and I bet every single woman I know is now at the kitchen preparing good tasty food :) as a Palestinian living in the UAE, I pamper my family the way my mom pampered us during the holy month. Living the expat life takes away the magical time of the whole family gathering around the table and waiting for the Maghreb prayer… when I was little I remember having iftar with the big family members, grandparents, uncle, aunts, and friends who became family! 

Dates, soup, fattoush salad, hummus, sambousik, tamarind juice, hibiscus iced tea, special Ramadan bread, are the basic of everyday Iftar, no matter what the main course is, those are always waiting and welcoming:) of course after that there is the Arabic coffee, Arabic sweets, qatayef, tamrieh… in short it’s gaining the extra pounds month :)

Saab El-Gaf'sha : A Traditional Kuwaiti Dessert - Guest Post for "With A Spin"

Ramadan Kareem everyone. The beautiful Lail behind had generously asked me to guest post on her blog for the holy month of Ramadan. And I have created this delicious traditional Kuwaiti dessert that is often prepared in Ramadan. It is called (Sab El-Gaf'sha) referring to the way the batter is poured into the hot oil with a spoon. 'Sab' means 'pour', 'El-Gaf'sha) means 'the spoon'. To read the whole post and get the recipe head over to her wonderful space.