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Cakes for Mid-morning Coffee

Cake and Cups

Freshly brewed coffee and a thick slab of homemade cake is a homely welcome for friends and family coming over for a casual get together. I added the Welsh Cheese CakesDate and Walnut Cake in a Nut Roll Tin and Orange Ricotta Cake with Walnuts to  Menu Ideas as a source of inspiration for your next cake and coffee morning. Continue reading “Cakes for Mid-morning Coffee”

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Ramadan – Iftar Meal

When planning meals for Ramadan every family has their favourite recipes and the Bahraini Kebab and Thareed are always part of the Iftar meal at my family in-laws house. The days fasting is first broken with dates, water or fresh juice and a light chicken broth is served before eating the main dishes. A simple salad consisting of chopped cos lettuce, grated carrot, chopped spring onion, tomato, cucumber and mint leaves; seasoned and dressed lightly with fresh lemon juice is also served. Desserts like muhallabia, jelly, crème caramel and fruit custards follow and flasks of chai and arabic coffee are made to drink throughout the evening.

Iftar Menu

Bahraini Kebab

Bahraini Kebab

Thareed – Lamb and vegetable stew with Khoubz – Arabic FlatbreadArabic Lamb Stew - Thareed

Muhallabia – Ground Rice PuddingArabic Rice PuddingGetting Ahead: The batter for the Bahraini Kebab can be made a couple of hours in advance. The Thareed can be made the day before but do jnot mix in the khobuz until you have re-heated the dish before serving. Dessert can also be made a day ahead.

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Light Lunch Menu

Having a few girls around for a light lunch needn’t be a hassle with a menu that is easy and quick to prepare, leaving you with more time catching up with your friends and spending less time in the kitchen. No slaving over a hot stove with this light and refreshing menu.

Over time and with the addition of more recipes I hope to create different menus with recipes from Food and Tools. This hopefully will make it a little easier when choosing a menu for entertaining. We all (including me) have mulled over endless recipes and thought, “what shall I make”  or found it difficult to choose, so having a few menu ideas at hand is a good place to start.

The suggested menu below and do ahead tips will leave you with plenty of time to catch up… and we girls do love to chat!


Light Lunch with the Girls 

Edamame Beans with Vanilla Saltedamame beans with vanilla salt

Vietnamese SaladVietnamese Salad

Lemon Posset with Fresh ThymeLemon Posset with Fresh Thyme

Getting Ahead

Starter: Only needs a couple of minutes in a steamer before serving.

Main Course:  Chicken can be poached the day before and refrigerated. Vegetables can be prepared a few hours before serving and kept in a salad/vegetable keeper or ziplock bags in the fridge. The cooked chicken can be shredded in advance. The herbs are best chopped before serving. Assembling the salad and mixing with lime juice is best done before serving.

Dessert: Best made the day before as it needs about 4 hours to chill and set.