Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Shortbread Recipe

The shortbread was made using the BBC recipe as follows:

    125g/4oz butter
    55g/2oz caster sugar
    180g/6oz plain flour

   1)  Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
    2) Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
    3) Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste. Turn on to a work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm/½in thick.
    4) Cut into rounds or fingers and place onto a baking tray. Prick each round with a fork. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
    5)Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
    6) Dust with icing sugar.

Yummy Shortbread

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Eid Outfit

Moroccan style kaftan. It was basically a long sleeveless jacket, worn with a long sleeve black top and jersey maxi skirt underneath. The belt around the waist was tied at the back.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Freebies (3) Benefit InStyle Mag + Eid Souk 2012

As-salaamu alaykum readers!

This seemed too good an offer for me not to post - The November issue of Instyle magazine (featuring Naomi Harris) contains a free Benefit gift. You can choose from Sunbeam, a golden bronze complexion highlighter; Cha Cha Tint, (mango tinted lip and cheek stain) or; Benetint; (original rose-tinted stain).

This offer is not to be missed if you are make up junkies/benefit fans as for £3.80 or £2.50 from Tesco, you can get a deluxe 4ml sized version of these products which would otherwise cost between £8-10 each for this size or between £18.50-£24.50 for the full size which is 12.5ml-13ml. Do the math!
I have managed to get the Cha Cha Tint and Benetint, but not seen Sunbeam yet.

Review of Benefit Cha Cha Tint:
The cha cha tint is a peach/coral shade which is flattering on warm skin tones.  It can be worn under or over foundation and you can build up the colour. It doesn't dry too quickly so you don't have to rush madly to blend it once it's on your skin. I would recommend it to anyone.

Free 4ml size Benefit Benetint, Cha cha tinit or Sunbeam in November 2012 issue of Instyle Magazine.

Oh yeah, before I forget, I attended the Eid Souk 2012 held in Waterlily banqueting suite in E1. Errm, it wasn't as good as last year namely because the suite wasn't being enough/there weren't as many stalls as last year which was held in Tobacco Docks (Wapping). There was nothing new on offer and you were lucky to get a look in as it was a little cramped. Anyhoo, that's my view on it. Don't know if anyone else went and what they made of it? Do let me know.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012


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Beware: Know that the hearing and sight are two open doors; whatever enters through them then touches the heart 

[Imam al Haddad]

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Whats for Lunch?

This lahmacun was lovely with a salad of lettuce, parsely, tomato and cucumber. I have also made it at home and will post the recipe some day.

Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza) a light lunch option.