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Me, My Family & The Hajj (part 1)

Hajj... the pilgrimage of a lifetime. The one trip we must all eventually take to the House of God. So why was i freaking out? hmmmm, well mostly coz i was convinced id burst into flames before i even stepped foot in the sacred citys. Being a big time sinner and all, i was almost sure that i was beyond redemption.
Funny how things turn out.

How to make Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients to serve 6 people

2 boneless chicken breasts
2 Limes
1.2 tbsp of caster sugar
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
2 onions
1 red pepper
1 orange pepper
1 green pepper
3 tbsp of vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper

Step 1:

You need to prepare the vegetables. De-seed and thinly cut all three peppers. Then slice the onions thinly. And place them onto a plate.

Step 2:

Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips.

Step 3:

In a bowl grate the skin of one of the limes. Then squeeze out the juice of both of them (works well if you use a fork). Into this add the caster sugar, the oregano, the cayenne pepper, the cinnamon and salt & pepper. Mixing them well.

How to Loose Friends and Alienate People.

Do you sometimes feel being religious sometimes alienates you from people around you. Or even cause you to loose friends?

"No im sorry, i cant come meet you coz unrelated guys and girls cant be alone togeather."


"No im sorry, I cant go in there bcoz i dont want anything to do with a place that sells alcohol."


"Sorry I cant attend this party, coz free mixing ... not really allowed."


"No I cant look at you, anything more than a glance is strictly forebidden."

Im sure you guys can think of some of your own. But you get the general idea.

Has Halloween put a spell On you?

Another crazy non-Islamic holiday celebrated by many in the west. All part of the holiday fever as we get that much closer to Christmas.

So the celebration of Halloween with its ghosts, goblins, lions, tigers and bears (oh my). So the dilemma how to handle it? Do we shun it, avoid it, stick it in a pan and serve it?? Or do we take part in the "fun"???

Muslims Are Awesome even when just saying ‘Hi’

Assalamu-alaikum is the great greeting Muslims use whenever they meet on another. It’s a greeting that translates as ‘Peace be upon you’. Its a shortened form of the grander greeting: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings). Aint that cool? It may also interest you to know it’s the greeting of the Angels in heaven.

The common response to a greeting of Assalamu-alaikum is Wa Alaikum as-Salam which means ‘And upon you be peace’. Which you gotta admit is better than greeting your friends with ‘Sup’… which is short for ‘wats up?’ which I believe is slang for ‘hows things?’ and then you would probably reply with 'nothing, watchn the game. Sup with u?'

Pizza Power!

Whos says i dont do requests? Everybody loves pizza, Pizza's production is divided into three main categories.
The dough, the sauce and the right cheese. Heres how:

Step 1: The Base - 1 1/3 cups Warm water (105F)
-1/4 cup Non-fat dry milk
-1/2 teas. Salt
-4 cups Flour
-1 Tbls. Sugar
-1 pk. Dry yeast
-2 Tbls. Vegetable oil (for dough)
-9 Oz. Vegetable oil (3 oz. per pan)
-Butter flavored Pam

Put yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk in a large (2 qt.) bowl. Add water and stir to mix well. Allow to sit for two minutes.
Add oil and stir again. Add flour and stir until dough forms and flour is absorbed. Turn out on to a flat surface and knead for about 10 minutes.

How to make Popcorn?

There’s nothing like watching a movie whilst eating popcorn hmmm. But they are soooooo over priced it’s a blatant rip off!! So your home this Friday night and got nothing to do, so you’re about to pop in a movie but shock horror, there’s no popcorn. Of course you could always watch the movie without popcorn but that’s like … lame. You want something to munch. Or for those saddo’s who don’t watch movies (yes… that’s right. Im calling you a saddo… WHAT YA GOING TO DO??) but you still want a light snack that’s easy at hand and not likely to make you go fat. Presto theres popcorn. Quick, easy to make, and with the minimum cals.

Enough of the rant. Here’s how we make it:

What you’ll need?

    Dried Corn (available at any decent corner shop)
    -A saucepan with a lid

My Moms Spaghetti Bolognaise Recipe

What you’ll need

500g of Pasta
2 Pounds of mince lamb
Olive Oil
A small Onion
Tined Tomato (blend it before starting)
Red Chili Powder
Garam Masala & Coriander Mix
1 Jar of Ragu Sauce (or equivalent)

The Pasta

1. Add 2 tablespoons to a saucepan of water and then add the pasta. This will prevent the pasta from sticking together.
2. Heat until the pasta becomes soft and easily broken. Don’t check this with your bare hands its still going to be piping hot. Use a spoon or a fork to check the pasta is soft.
3. Rinse thoroughly while being careful not to get hit by the steam from the boiling water. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and if you like a ¼ tablespoon of black pepper.
4. Its now ready for the sauce!

My Moms Lemon & Almond Cake

Because sometimes lifes complicated enough. Have your cake and eat it.

[b]Ingredients [/b]
• 200g of ground almonds
• 2 Lemons
• 3 Medium Sized Eggs
• 50g plain flour
• 200g of fructose sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder

[b]Step 1:[/b] Get a saucepan and fill it with water, add the lemons and bring to a boil and allow to simmer for about an hour.

[b]Step 2:[/b] Take the lemons out and cut them in half. Remove the pips and then wack them in a blender and blend till its in puree form.

[b]Step 3:[/b] Oil a cake tin and line with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 170C.

[b]Step 4:[/b] Crack open the eggs and beat thoroughly while adding the sugar until pale and thick.