My Recipe: Mini Pineapple Tart Cookies

Assalamualeykum, Hey y'all!

How have you guys been doing? I hope you're striving well and about. ^^

So Ramadhan 2014 is coming to an end and some are saying that Eid Fitri in the UK is bound to be on Monday 28th, though this still needs confirmation. Either way, I'm very much saddened that Ramadhan is about to end. I hope and InsyaAllah I will be given a chance to meet next year's Ramadhan too. Ameen...

Anyhow, Eid Fitri is supposed to be a phase of happiness, celebration and a massive gathering amongst your family and friends. So I'm looking forward to it, although the celebration here in Lampeter wouldn't be as rousing as in back home, in Malaysia. As unfortunate as it sounds, we have so little Muslims here and my usual routine after Eid prayer is to have a quiet, extravagant meal with my family and to sit in front of a TV, watching good movie. Annnnd....the next few days will resume as normal. Nothing out of ordinary to do and literally speaking nowhere to go.

But then again, the vibe will still be there and Eid will only come once a year, so I might as well appreciate it and make the most of the days.

Last year's Eid: Chicken Satay as our main dish

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Enough of the rambling! I will proceed to the recipe which I've promised you all; Mini Pineapple Tart Cookies. Yummm...This is my favorite of all Eid Fitri's cookies. 

As a Malaysian, we have this trend or rather traditions I suppose where we tend to bake or buy various types of cookies for Eid. We have Almond London cookies, Dahlia, Peanut Cookies and all other sorts. But what really waters my mouth right now is the subject of this post. Mini Pineapple Tart Cookies is my all time favorite!

So, below is the recipe, for those who would like to try make some. FYI this recipe is my mother's and I'm giving her a huge favor by sharing it here in my blog. Enjoy!


What you need:
  • 250g of butter
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Ghee butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp of milk powder
  • 1 cup of cornflour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp of yellow color
  • 3 1/4 of plain flour ( or 3 cups of plain flour and a 1/4 of self raising flour )
  • Pineapple jam ( bought or homemade )
 Method:

To prepare the homemade jam, you have to peel the pineapple, cut into medium chunks and blend them in a food processor. Next, you pour them into a large pressure cooker, add a few cups of granulated sugar ( depends on your desirable sweetness ) and a few cloves. Finally, put on the lid of the pressure cooker and cook the jam for about 4 to 5 hours until the excess water dried out.

And for the garnish, crack the egg yolk in a bowl, add a drop of yellow color and a tsp of water. Beat until dissolve.

Next, on to the preparation of the cookie dough:
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the plain flour, self raising flour, cornflour and the milk powder. Then stir.
  2. In a separate large, mixing bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until creamy and fluffy.
  3. Next, add the ghee butter, egg, vanilla essence, salt and yellow color.
  4. Beat again until dissolve.
  5. Then, add the ingredients from step 1 little by little and mix the mixture until it become a soft dough.
  6. Use the tart mold to squeeze a ball of the dough through and out come the tart pastry, like the picture shown below:
*Image from Google*

The tart mold *image from Google

The next step is to spoon a small teaspoon of the pineapple jam onto the very edge of the pastry. And then, roll the pastry tightly. Lastly, brush a little of the yellow egg yolk mixture onto the cookie. Apply this step to the entire pastry.

Bake the cookies for about 30 minutes in a 175 - 180 degree Celsius oven. Once cooked, allow the cookies to cool down before storing them in an air-tight container.


All thanks goes to my sister, for the lovely photos!

And for you readers, I'd appreciate it if you give this recipe a try. It's worth it! 

Until next time guys. Happy Eid Fitri Mubarak!

Wassalam

My Poem: Like No Other

In the name of Allah, the most merciful and the most compassionate

It has been days now and Gaza is still heavily under attack by the Israelis missiles, destroying their homes and families. At every turn, there will be news update of the rising death tolls and I'm deeply saddened by it. 

It broke my heart seeing those little children weeping for his or her parents, knowing that they are not breathing anymore. Oh Allah...give them patience and strength! Ameen....

Once again, what totally give me in are the ignorance most people (either Non Muslims or Muslims) tend to present towards what happened towards the Palestinians. They still believe what most one-sided news alleged; that the Palestinians are the terrorist and the Israelis are the victims! Despicable.

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So, today I'll dedicate them a poem which I wrote myself, both to raise awareness to the world and also to paint you a little bit of the picture of what's going on in Gaza right now. Hope you would benefit from it. InsyaAllah.

Like No Other
By: Diyar Harraz

As those, humans with heart
As those, humans with brain
And as those, humans with education

Do we not see?
What's been revealed in front of our own eyes?
The oppressions, the terrorism and the spills of the innocent blood
The land which was once theirs
The land, where multiracial and faith live in peace
Now is a land of blood, tears, cruel and injustice segregation

Gaza....
The missiles and the bombs are like stars
Crashing into homes, along with their dreams

Gaza....
The little children crying their heart out
For the mother, father, brother and sister they have lost

Gaza....
Where the impossible becomes reality
Where the first few minor signs He has promised feeds our ignorant heart and souls
So that they teaches us

Gaza....
Like no other

What reasons are yet, we to say?
That it's none of our business?
That we are not thankful it's not us?
Because it could have well been us
And indeed, we owe them tons

We owe them for everything;
The money we spends for the illegitimate settlers in Palestine
The blind eye some prefer to measure
And the HOPE for them we don't have in every one of us
Because we'd prefer not to care, not to share their tears and anguish

Really, nothing more can we do
Except to lend them our hands as much as we could
And to make Duaa for them
For Duaa is every Muslim's best weapons
We may be feeble to change their fate wholly
But Allah knows, hears and are the most compassionate

Gaza....
Is a land like no other
It is where real heroes are born
The courage and bravery in Al-Qassam is out of this world
The patience they harvest would make us ashamed 
Of the little things we tumbled over
How they place God above everything else is like no other

Take this as a fact
As a thorn we bitterly swallow
That this is a lesson to all
That this is not their own battle to fight
Raise awareness!
Pray for Gaza!


Below is the video version ^^


Share this, tweet, upload or whatever if you must. We need to do all that we could to snap every eyes open, so that Palestinians know; they have millions and millions of supporters out there!

Wassalam

My Recipe: Kampung Fried Rice

Assalamualeykum, Hey Y'all!

Today I would like to share with you a delicious and simple recipe on how to prepare and make kampung Fried Rice. Kampung, here means village and it is quite a traditional dishes in Malaysia.

I personally looove this dish. So I thought you might too!

This dish is also perfect to make if you happened to have cooked rice leftover from last night's dinner. (that's convenient, don't you think?)


What you need:
  • Cold, cooked rice (leftover)
  • 2 Chicken breast
  • A spoonful of tomato paste
  • A bundle of water spinach/kale/kangkung
  • Half red or, green or yellow pepper (cut into bitesize)
  • 2 Eggs
  • Fried anchovies
  • 1 Onion (grounded using mortar and pestle)
  • 3 garlic (also grounded)
  • 10 Chilli (also grounded)
  • 2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp of sweetened soy sauce
  • Salt
Method:
  1. First, saute the grounded ingredients until aromatic.
  2. Secondly, spoon the tomato paste into the pan and stir. (to give the fried rice a little bit of color).
  3. Thirdly, add in the chicken, soy sauce and oyster sauce. 
  4. Combine all the ingredients evenly.
  5. Once the chicken has cooked, crack the eggs into the pan and once again stir.
  6. Next, add all the vegetables and the rice.
  7. Mix them until the fried rice are cooked and the vegetables shriveled.
  8. Seasoned the fried rice with salt.
  9. Once satisfied, you can ladle the rice into a plate.
  10. For the garnish, you could sprinkle the fried anchovies, a little sliced chilli and sliced cucumber. (Optional) 
Note: To add to the flavor of the fried rice, you could also ground some anchovies and add them in step 1.

Happy trying!

Wassalam