December 31, 2011

Winter Recipe: Hot & Sour Soup.

Brrr...Brrr! What better than a warm bowl of soup in winters. Nothing beats chicken soup for me but for a change I like to enjoy minestrone, lentil, veggies and seafood in my soup.

Hot and sour soup is one of my favourite soups and I prefer it with shrimps/prawns. But you can add chicken too if you like. Here's my easy peasy recipe and as always you can add or subtract ingredients according to your own taste & preference.

this Recipe makes for 2.


3 cups water
1/2 cup chicken (boiled and shredded-if you like)
1 cup shrimps/prawns (stir fried and fully cooked)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chinese salt
3 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup cabbage (thinly chopped)
2 carrots (thinly chopped)
1 spring onion (thinle sliced)
1 tsp black pepper
1 eggwhite
3-4 tbsp cornflour
1 knorr chicken cube
2 tbsp ketchup
chilli sauce

How to make it:

Boil water and add chickn cube in it, bring it to a boil then add ALL ingredients EXCEPT egg and cornflour.

Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Dissolve cornflour in cold water and add to soup. Add more if needed to thicken.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add eggwhite and cook for 3-5 minutes more-Keep stirring.

In the end add 2 tbsp ketchup and chilli sauce to taste.

Enjoy hot with prawn/fish crackers :)

Bon Appétit!

December 12, 2011


The winner of the giveaway contest has been announced on the page and will very soon receive their gift-Congrats once again! :)

Am off for a short winter vacation- (yes, again!) and will be off from blogging for about two weeks. Will be blogging about more fun stuff and giveaways when back!

Miss me! ;)

Happy Holidays!

December 6, 2011

A Great Little Giveaway!

It's Giveaway Time...!! :)

I have a little gift especially Riyadh readers out there, its a small giveaway from my side for thanking you guys for all the lovely comments & appreciation.

This giveaway is NOT sponsored so I will be purchasing the products for the winner.

Arch de Triumph price 40 SR & coin purse 20 Sr plus a sweet delight!

A gift worth 80 SR for FREE!

The details and rules of the game are below get ready, set, go!

The rules of the game are simple & very easy to follow.


1.) This giveaway contests is ONLY for blog readers living in Riyadh, KSA.

2.) Participants Must Be Fans Of My Facebook Fan Page. (by simply clicking 'Like' on the page you will become a fan)

3.)Refer a friend to my page. Your friend must mention your name or tag you on My facebook Fan Page. (the more friends you invite, the more points you gain!)

The giveaway starts today 7th December 2011 and ends on 12th December 2011 and is open ONLY for resiedents of RIYADH, KSA.

The winner will be contacted by email/facebook and must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck Evereyone! :)

Recipe Of The Day: Molten Lava Cakes

And my lovely blog readers one of the most awaited recipes is Finally here! :D

Molten chocolate cake or lava cake, is a popular dessert that combines the elements of a flourless chocolate cake (sometimes called a chocolate decadence cake) and a soufflé. Some other names used are chocolate fondant pudding and chocolate lava cake.

Who can say No to molten lava? Not me! ;)

Moist chocolate cake with a core of rich creamy chocolate filling. A delicious delight. I prefer to make it at home as one of my favorite desserts and now You can too! :)

They’re the kind of thing that you usually only find in restaurants because they look as though they are difficult to make. And there are a million recipes on how to make them and I have tried half a dozen recipes & find this one the easiest and quickest!

Once again this recipe is a step by step guide with each and every step with pictures.

Don't over bake or you will get a brownie-like dessert without the creamy-molten chocolate center-the 'Lava'. They are a little tricky because of the cooking temperature and the baking time but once you master that art...Viola!

This Recipe Makes 4 Cakes.


4 squares chocolate (bitter or sweet-as you like)
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar (if using sweet chocolate) and 1.5 cups (if using bitter chocolate)
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
6 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
Baking Spray
whipped cream/icecream/sauce/nuts for Garnish.

How To Make:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Centigrade. Spray to Grease the cups with butter, four 3/4 cup ramekins.

Heat chocolate on a water bath. When melted add butter on very low heat. Until Smooth.

Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs first then egg yolks. Until Glossy. Cook for few more minutes.

Take off heat and Stir in flour.

Spoon In Cups:

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until sides are firm. Centre will be soft.

Loosen with knife and serve immediately warm on a dessert plate with cream/icecream/sauce & nuts. (turning the cakes on the plate is tricky so be careful)

Cut it to get the beautiful molten chocolate lava :)

Bon Appétit!

December 5, 2011

Review: The Body Shop-Shimmer Cube Palette.

The Body Shop is one of my favourite places at the mall. I love their body butters, scrubs, creams and lotions & gift packs...a few months back I tried their makeup and its fabulous too- including this eye palette which I love!

They are little cubes of colours in a small box. They are subtle for daytime wear as well as vibrant for night time-shimmery, glittery, crease resistat, mix easily with other shades & colors, can be used both wet & dry. There are different shades available including warm, blue-grey, purples and greens.

Perfect for a great winter look!

I got this one for 24$ around 85-90SR.

Key Ingredients:

Community Fair Trade marula oil: Marula oil comes from the marula tree, native to Southern Africa. The oil is rich in oleic acid, essential to the maintenance of healthy-looking skin.

Pearl pigments
: provide shimmer.

Have you used the shimmer cube palette? Which colour is YOUR favourite?

December 2, 2011

Recipe Of The Day- "Lemon Chicken"

Chinese is one of my favourite cuisines & I eat and cook it very often. This recipe is from one of my favourite chefs Kokab Khwaja and this was the first time I tried it and it turned out good. It is both sweet & tangy, not very spicy and good for those who like to enjoy different flavours!

Just like many recipes, Lemon Chicken also has different ways to cook & this one is a very simple one (like most of my recipes).

Ingredients: (this recipe makes for 2-4 people)

For the Chicken:

4 Boneless Chicken breasts
1/2 cup cornflour
3 tbsp water
3 egg yolks
salt & pepper to taste
2 spring onions (only the green part for garnish, I used sliced capsicum)

For the Lemon Sauce

1/2 cup Lemon Juice
2 Knorr chicken cubes
2 tbsp Cornflour (Add more or lessen it according to the thickness you like)
2 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ginger paste
2-3 cups water ( Add or lessen water according to the thickness you like)


Prepare Chicken:

Add cornflour, water, egg yolks, salt & pepper in a bowl and whisk them all together.

Now slice chicken breasts. (There are a number of ways you can slice chicken, in thin short slices, or thin long slices. I just cut them in thick short pieces).

Now dip the chicken pieces in the above mixture of yolks etc and deep fry for few seconds.

Keep the chicken aside and prepare sauce.

Lemon Sauce:

Mix together All the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan. Cook till thickens; but not too much just enough to have a sauce like consistency.

You can now either put the already fried chicken piece in the sauce or pour the sauce on the chicken and serve hot. Granish with spring onions. Serve with boiled/fried rice.

Who doesnt enjoy a bowl of hot soup in winters, so this can also be served like below. With Chicken Corn Soup, Plain fried rice and ofcourse a bowl of the tangy, sweet lemon chicken. Bon Appétit!

---End NOtes---

You can always change the amount of ingredients you use according to your taste. For example if you dont like too tangy a flavour, then lessen the amount of lemon juice.

A review: Soap &Glory- The Scrub Of Your Life

Hey, hey! :)

Here's another review for a beauty product I recently purchased, used & loved.

I'm a lot into scrubs, body washes & body butters even more than makeup!

The first thing that attracted me to this tube was ofcourse the Girly Pink colour and pink is a colour whick instantly cheers me up :D

This was my first time using this scrub and I must say Iam Impressed.

The Scrub Of Your Life
Smoothing body scrub

First of all I like the packaging because using a tube is easier rather than the tubs that usually most scrubs come in. Easy to dispense, unlike those tubs of scrub that make a big mess in the shower. As a busy mom, I'm used to having quick showers so I find tubes quick and less messy too!

It's perfect for a quick exfoliation in the shower. Simple to use, yet efficient. This scrub has the right amount of beads which turns into a foam, which has an amazing smell to it. It has a feminine, sweet fragrance(scented with original pink formula).I also like the way it lathers up and leaves skin feeling really soft and silky smooth.

Definitely another amazing product from Soap and Glory!

Moisturise with a good body butter/cream and you're good to go! :)

I got this tube from Boots (they have a whole soap&glory section)

Price is £6.64
200 ML | £3.32 per 100ML. Boots also has 3 for 2 on selected indulgent bathing- cheapest free.

Scrub! Scrub! ;) Have a Great day! :)


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