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,

Ingredients:
Filling
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
Crust
100g of Digestive Biscuit (I used Mcvities Light version)
30g of butter
1 tbsp of Agave or ater

Preparation:
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.

Setting:
  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!