Honey Apple Salad with Feta Cheese

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Ramadhan is around the corner and I know how difficult it is to soothe your palette after a whole day of fasting. You want everything you see on your instagram feed and you buy every single fried delicacy you see at the Ramadhan bazaar. Truth is, you will end up weighing more after Ramadhan, thanks to the endless food choices available.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 31:

O children of Adam! Attend to your embellishments at every time of prayer, and eat and drink and be not extravagant; surely He does not love the extravagant.

On another note, be conscious to eat healthy while fasting. We only get to eat during the night but that doesn’t mean stuffing ourselves silly with junk. Here is one of my favorite salad recipes that will refresh your mind the minute it is time to break fast.

Honey Apple Salad with Feta Cheese

250g mixed salad (choose the ones with a mix of greens and reds)
1 gala apple
250g feta cheese
200g cherry tomatoes on the vine
Juice of one lemon
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons honey
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper in a mason or jam jar.
2. Cover with lid and shake the jar till everything combines well. Set aside.
3. In a big bowl, pour all the contents of your salad mix.
4. Cut apple into half, then slice them thinly. Add into the big bowl of salads.
5. Pour the salad dressing into the bowl of greens and mix them well.
6. Cut feta cheese into cubes.
7. Plate the salad on a big plate or bowl, and serve as suggested.

With that, enjoy eating more greens and have a blessed Ramadhan ahead!

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Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins

I thought I’d update this space slowly with whatever I have been blogging over at tumblr. I realised the wordpress format is a lot more friendly for sharing recipes. I have been baking and cooking a lot for the past two or three years, and I think my food photography skills has improved fairly well. First up, banana white chocolate chip muffins!

I don’t usually buy muffins at cafes or coffee joints because of the floury texture that’s usually filled in them. This muffin recipe promises you a light, banana-filled texture with each bite. I find white chocolate chips more suitable for this recipe, but feel free to substitute or add semi-sweet chocolate chips and nuts to your liking. If you insist on using white chocolate chips, however, use Hershey’s. The chips don’t melt in the oven and they taste oh so good. Also, be sure to use ripened bananas. I buy ripe bananas that are only a dollar per bunch for baking purposes only. Leave them in the fridge to blacken for a day or two, and then you’re ready to use it.

Ingredients:

½ cup softened butter

¾ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup mashed banana

1 cup plain flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons milk

½ cup white chocolate chips

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Beat butter and sugar together till fluffy, then gradually add the egg. Mix in vanilla essence and milk. Stir in the mashed banana, flour and baking soda till the batter is even.

Divide batter equally into the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are dry to the touch.