International Food Factory!

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Hello!

In this post i will introduce all of you to my new blog: InternationalFoodFactory.wordpress.com . I’m loving this blogging experience, You can share your thoughts, inspire others, learn internationally at your very own comfy corner.

Well I’m a foodie! (a big one) and i love to take pictures of it from every possible angle. So, i thought, why not blog about it and share my “international” food with my fellow bloggers.

I will still blog here but whenever it will come to food, you will see the post about it on InternationalFoodFactory.wordpress.com

Right now, its still “under construction” the hardest part is choosing the theme especially when all the good ones AREN’T Freeee!!!

Battery Running Low! “See” You all next Post! Till then, Play hard, Blog Harder!

Researching in progress. Stay tuned!
Amnaholic

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak!

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Ramadan Mubarak/ Ramzan Mubarak/Kareem Selamat berpuasa etc.. You’ve been hearing this or even seeing these wishes on twitter or FB and even on IG! What really is Ramadan? and Why do Muslims all over the world celebrate it?

Ramadan is a 9th month of Islamic Calender, in which Muslims (Men and Women) fast for the whole month (period of 30 days) for the sake of Allah. Fasting during Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five pillars of Islam (Believe in one Allah, 5 Prayers, Charity, Fasting during Ramadan and Pilgrimage to Mecca ~ Hajj). Fasting during this is an obligatory for all the adult (once they’ve reached Puberty) Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant,diabetic or going through menstruation.

However, they are required to pay back their fast when they are healthy or return back from their journey.

Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran:

The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful. [Quran 2:185]

The time of the fast is from dawn until sunset.  Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. Dates become the important part of the Meal as its the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

During their fast, Muslims refrain from eating/drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations and all other forbidden things in Islam like swearing, backbiting gossiping, lying etc.

In this month, all the rewards are multiplied and therefore Muslims are encouraged to increase their good deeds! A good deed in Islam can be as simple as Smiling and Giving to Salam to each other!

The Month of Blessings, is divided into 3 parts. The first 10 days are believed to be of Allah’s Mercy, the next 10 days of Ramadan are for Forgiveness and the last 10 days are Release from hell fire.

During this month, the Gates of Heavens are open and the Gates of Hell are closed and Shaitan (Satan) is locked. During this Month, many Muslims who usually don’t abide by the rules and regulation of Islam (May Allah Guide Them) turn over a new leaf and make many resolutions such as to pray 5 times a day, quit smoking, giving charity etc.

Qura’n, the holy book of Islam was revealed in the month of Ramadan. Many Muslims read the Qura’n with the translation during this month so as to become better Muslims even after the Ramadan. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, so as to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Thus, fasting cure the diseased hearts and souls.

Ramadan also teaches Muslims self-discipline and to be in the shoes of those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging compulsory charity (Zakat – another important pillar of Islam)

Tarawih, special evening prayer is conducted after Isha (The last prayer of the day) during the month of Ramadan. During this prayer, one recite long sections Qura’n (1/30 Juz every day or more) So, before the end of Ramadan, the whole Qur’an will been completed.

When The month of Blessings and mercy ends, its followed by Eid-ul-fitr (Feast of breaking the Fast) or Hari Raya Puasa and its also the beginning of the 10th month of Islamic calendar – Shawwal.

And when its the time of Eid, all we do is eat, enjoy and Thank Allah and of course, not forgetting the resolution we’ve made and practiced during Ramadan!

There is a lot more about the Blessed month of Ramadan which i can’t summarize into one blog post! Kindly, Pardon me for the mistakes! Indeed, Allah knows best!

That’s all for now! happy Fasting! May Allah make me and you a better Muslim and Human.

To have Evil Desires, is Human, but to Resist them is Muslim!

Source: I’m a Muslim, Google, Quran

Picture: Google

amnaholic

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WHIPPING THE WHIPPED!

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I am very sure that all of us who loves to bake also love to use whipping cream for topping or frosting but what about those who are newbies and you  really dont have an idea how to properly whipped a cream! To be honest, when i first did it i just turned my whipped cream into BUTTER! Yes Butter!

Well if you whipped the cream too much it will just turn into butter and will look something like this:

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Aww! you must be thinking that you just wasted your cream and imagine that was the last box you had! Well dont throw it away and look at the brighter side, you just made a butter on your own! Cool huh? Well now you must be thinking that how long should i beat the cream to get the perfect topping! Well you just have to continue to read this post!

Many of the recipes will ask you to beat the cream untill its just “stiff peak” and how do you do that?

Stiff peak is form when you beat for a VERY long time. It’ll start to get thicker, but you aren’t done yet.  You whip until pointy peaks form in the bowl, and STAY STILL, when you lift the mixer out of the bowl.

Below are just some suggestions which will be helpful:

  1. Make sure the cream and the bowl are cold!
  2. Take a small amount to Test and to get to know your cream better!
  3. Follow the directions carefully if stated on the whipped cream box
  4. TEST! Check for stiff peaks every few minutes!
  5. Whisk the cream on low speed first to be safe and then gradully increasing its speed!
  6. Serve it right away! Or refrigerate for NO more than 24 hours!

Hope that the information given above is helpful! So go and start whipping!

Source: Experience!

Photos: Google

amnaholic

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Chocolates!

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There are very few foods that are considered to be heavenly, and enjoyed by every human. One of them is Chocolate! You may want to grab a bar or make a nice cup of hot cocoa before you continue reading this post! As for chocoholics (like me), just thinking about chocolate can evoke a pleasurable response. It is the most delicious food, but many people avoid it as they are afraid that it can damage their health. Well, there is a good news for you! Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is a very healthy product of nature, its an anti-oxidant! Which means we can prevent cancer while munching on this pleasurably delicious food!

Below are the 10 benefits ive found:

  1. High in Antioxidants
  2. Lower Blood Pressure
  3. Lowere (LDL) cholestrol
  4. Natural Anti-Depressant
  5. Cancer Fighter
  6. Prevents tooth decay
  7. Longer life and less dieases
  8. Cardiovascular benefits
  9. Controls insulin sensitivity
  10. Healthy Brain

Well there are more benefits than just the listed ones above! So, enjoy that heavenlicious food without anything to worry about! Hey Hey! now i ddnt said that you can eat a whole bar of  chocolate in just one day! try to limit 100g – 200g a week and go for dark chocolates!

amnaholic

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