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Thursday 18th, November 2010

chocolate … ew?!

Well chennette went belgium and bought us chocolate.

Lots of different kinds.

So today I pulled out the ginger and the lavender bars for mom and me to sample.

The ginger was nice, kind of rich. I didn’t taste the ginger so much but mom did.

So next one block each of lavender. When I finally managed to open that packaging well for sure I could smell it.

But oh no one little block with all that lavender … Like eating powder/powder/cream. I wanted to spit it out and it was just one tiny little square.

We had to run to get something to blank out the taste. The mixed caraibe bar was nice.

But ew what to do with the lavender!

Monday 28th, July 2008

A preview!

A preview, originally uploaded by Lilandra.


Chocolate Heart of Darkness cakes!

This is the third time I made Marcel Desaulnier’s Chocolate Heart of Darkness cakes.

This is the only time I photographed it.

I think I made it much darker than I ever made it before.


Soon there shall be a whole long set on the whole making process but I decided to celebrate with a preview.


Tuesday 30th, October 2007

Niece Number Two’s Aqeeqah

Last time we had an aqeeqah I didn’t post about it because we’d almost lost Zoë.

An aqeeqah is the muslim birth ceremony. It is usually done on the 7th day after the birth…or some calculation like that. It can also be done on the 14th, 21st, 28th…and then if you didn’t do it after that…anytime…the sooner the better.

I believe my dad’s and his siblings aqeeqah was done all at the same time and after I was already born, maybe even brother (new father).

Dish of Mutton Biryani

What is it exactly?

You sacrifice an animal and share the meat out to family, friends and poor.
Some people might have a function and cook some of the meat and invite people over. Some might just have the cook-up.

In addition, you shave the baby’s hair and collect it and weigh it and pay some equivalent in charity (yes! new parents are always so very careful and exacting in the collecting…but my daddy says it’s a new baby even with a full head of hair…it’s usually always an ounce; round up).

So Sunday was my niece’s aqeeqah.

They sacrificed a mutton and my mom cooked biryani with some by the in-laws. It was good (but too much meat for me…).

It was a huge pot! It was just a touch spicy (it should be spicier but not everybody can take spicy including dad). This picture is just the little pot it was served in. You can see my second helping here.


Now, I’ve been dying to bake all week. All week. Scones. Brownies. Mostly scones…and whatever else, I’ve forgotten. But even though I’ve been awake for whole days (8:30am to 11pm/1am), I wasn’t feeling well…and the sight of the kitchen and the ingredients being taken out just either got me depressed or extremely tired. From Friday (which is the only day in weeks I slept the whole thing through, with breaks for prayer, food and personal hygiene) to Sunday morning I was plotting how to fit in the hour or two to make brownies.

Sunday morning I coughed almost non-stop on the bed for who knows what reason. When dad told me when we were leaving to go to the in-laws (in a half-hour) I almost didn’t think I would make it. 15 minutes later I propelled myself off the couch and convinced myself to bathe. I think I spent more time choosing between a bright blue scarf or an orange one to match my gown…!!! But while showering, the idea came…

I packed the cocoa and old dark chocolate and After Eight dinner mints into my huge handbag and wrote down the amounts for the brownie recipe.

On reaching my sister-in-law, I spent most of the morning convincing her little sister to help me make brownies. Reassured she wouldn’t have to make them alone and basically I needed company to make them and she didn’t want to bake alone, we eventually did them after lunch.

Interestingly enough, when I said I had to take pictures of the brownies in STACKS! she went rummaging around for a plate and quite happily stacked all the brownies. And didn’t mind the shenanigans we were going through with icing sugar to make it “pretty”.

It was kind of fun.

And, since what I was suffering from was a “baking craving” I didn’t really need to eat any of them…or a lot of them. I just *needed* to bake!!! We put the dark (71% and 85%) chocolate in the brownies (chunks!) and chopped up the After Eight to top the brownies. I like mint! :)

Here is the stacked work of art (I think I crave stacked brownies…I think I saw it on TV once and it just looked like what a child would really want and I would know because then I was a child…).

Brownies stacked: close up

Feel free to look at the remaining aqeeqah pictures! Lots of brownies :)

Saturday 7th, April 2007

Strange searches

Oh this is funny: “Chocolate covered cricket recipes”

I’m sorry to disappoint.

Wednesday 1st, November 2006

I bought…

a new bed today.
And a bed of roses mattress.

AND a brazil nut!
I’ve never seen one before.
I can’t wait to see the nuts inside!

I also bought cream…HEHEHE

Wednesday 27th, September 2006

Ramadhan 4

Well, mom’s going to Guyana today, lunch time and dad and I are going on Thursday morning. We’ll eat Suhur on the way to the airport.
Hopefully we can be of some help.

I’m cancelling my Thursday and Saturday classes.

Also, the reciter for Qur’an this morning was Haafiz Abdullah. A Haafiz is someone who knows the whole Qur’an by heart. He sounded quite nice. What annoyed me tho, was that this 3rd Juz starts of in the second Sura (chapter – Baqarah) and continues on into the third Sura (Imran). So in the break between the Surahs they played their ads or ran their slideshow ads. They didn’t cut other people’s recitations. They’re in control and people won’t mind so WHY WHY WHY! They should’ve played the whole Juz.

Also, this reciter didn’t end with Saddaqallah … (I can’t transliterate well but it means Allah the great has spoken the truth). Once upon a time after a recitation we’d end with that. But there is no reason to. It is actually Biddah (Innovation) and frowned on. The second reciter, according to my mom, should’ve known better. She was happy to see this one didn’t end with it.

Well, we were all mixed up today.
We went downstairs to break fast in a daze.
I got out water and mom’s like get something to drink!
Or, I bought you banana soft drink and I’m like, to break fast???
So we had cake and dates again.

And then from out of nowhere she pulls out this container with wedding sweets leftovers…THE LAST NANKATAI (which she said she saved for me) and the last Lindt truffle. She took the truffle and then offered/gave it to me.

They tasted so good. I haven’t had a proper chocolate fix in awhile.
Neither has she.
She asked Chennette to buy chocolate for her on her way back to Guyana and i’m like so mom, you’ll forget to buy for yourself. So she said! She forgot! Chennette doesn’t have to buy anymore. I hope Chennette still buys because my mom is so frazzled she might forget.

I need some chocolate.
I’m so worried about the family.

Friday 1st, September 2006

Chocolate Souffles

We made chocolate souffles.

More pictures later but maybe this one will be good for now! :)

We followed the website.