Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chocolate and Date (Tamer) Cheesecake

For the occasion of Ramadan and Eid el Fitr, I prepared a very special recipe for my cooking showon YouTube inspired from occidental cuisine with a touch of oriental taste. I combined into a cheesecake chocolate and date (in Arabic “tamer”)—a surprising yet a perfectly blended flavor sensation that has paid particular attention and praise on the YouTube comment box!

Also, Dates are great for: weight loss, relieving constipation, promoting heart health, reducing heart disease risk, diarrhea, Iron-deficiency anemia, reducing blood pressure, and pregnancy deliveries. (Credit: Natural society)

So, TRY IT!!

For 4 servings you will need,

200g or a small box of Philadelphia light
20 Cl of whipping cream
4 tbsp of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp of Agave syrup or ater
2 sachet of  vanilla sugar
Tamer and chocolate paste
100g of tamer
1 tbsp of cocoa
1 tsp of vanilla
4 tbsp of whipping cream
100g of Digestive Biscuit (I used Mcvities Light version)
30g of butter
1 tbsp of Agave or ater

Mix all the ingredients of the filling except for the chocolate chips.
Mix all the ingredients of the tamer.
Mix all the ingredients of the crust.

  1. In one cup add the following in the respective order and quantity:1 tbsp of crust, 2 tbsp of tamer, 1 ½ tbsp of crust, and 3 tbsp of filling.
  2. Sprinkle the top with one tbsp of chocolate chips.

Watch the video to see how it's done!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Host Gift Ideas for a Home Dinner Invitation

   Have you ever been invited to a dinner and wondered what you should bring along? Sometimes, I run out of ideas myself… So I have managed to put together a list of some nice things as an ideal or correct gift.
   On the occasion of a dinner (with the exception of a birthday dinner), I would like to bring with me something that can be shared among all the invitees. But it is not wrong to gift the host something more personal, by that I mean, something that he could only use. Also I believe that the price and the size of the gift are relevant/ proportional to the size and importance of the dinner. If you want to make the host happy and I think you must want to, focus on what the host will like as a gift.

  • A bottle of wine or holiday flavored liquor:  Ask for a good wine and you can never go wrong with this.
  • Champagne: for a big occasion
  • Something Crystal for the house (Ideal for a corporate dinner): an ashtray, a vase, a candle holder, etc. 
  • Flower arrangements in a vase: Except that girls don’t get flowers to guys. It is my grandma who once told me that with such poise that I felt it makes sense. Sorry girls but there are other things on the list you can choose from. See what's next!
  • Plant in a decorative pot: It's always nice to have some flowers around the house, don't you agree?
  • Scented candles
  • Potpourri:
    a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room.
  • CD or DVD or comic book: If you know the host well and you know he likes this kind of stuff because he has a particular collection perhaps and you can add to it...
  • A basket of teas: Think of it as lovely in the morning, after a meal, or when you feel sick, definitely a heartwarming gift!
  • A basket of cheese: Great with wine, to enjoy on the spot :-)
  • A doggie treat: That's very different from everything else on the list. It is most suitable for a casual dinner and you and the host should not be total strangers--you should be a billion percent sure that your friend has a dog and it is still alive lol, otherwise it would turn out to be beyond insulting as a gift. 
  • Baked goods or a dish: if you know how to cook or if you’re adventurous, you can try my recipes too ;)
  • Chocolate from Patchi: Because I just love their chocolate :-)
  •  Dessert from a pastry shop (never from a bakery, usually not good enough unless if it is Pain D'or): it will be a cake or a bunch of Mignardises (yumyum). Usually, I go to Paul for Mignardises because it is close to my house. For the Mignardises, make sure to fill the box or choose a smaller box. If you were thinking of getting a cake from Paul, I would only recommend the three chocolate mousse cake or the strawberry Charlotte. If you want to stand out, you can get for 50,000 L.L. in a very special and uniquely designed box, wait for it, a one-meter Eclair au Chocolat from Pate a Choux (I have seen it in the shop on Sodeco street and have been craving for it ever since).
  • Ice cream: Preferably ice cream cake; boxes and kilos of ice cream somehow look cheap, unlessyou are going to a super casual dinner with close friends and, WHO CARES!