RAMADAN -SALAD TO SHARE

As salam alaikum ,

often its good to share the healthy option to get people to taste the difference,

alerted by one Muslim sister, that often, food given to break fasts in the mosk, is normally rice and chicken and fresh salad, so vital, is often missing from what is offered, so we decided to make a big bowl of salad for the sisters to share at iftar time

Layer 1

fresh chopped parsley full of vitamin C

Layer 2

salad masjid 1

loads of cucumber,cooling and hydrating, aids weight loss, diuretic,good for skin, de-toxing

little gems lettuce , cooling and hydrating, relaxing aids sleep, alkali combats acid build up

tomatoes, vitamin c, anti-oxidant, good for heart health, anti-cancer, good for brain health

and radish, combats constipation,obesity,asthma , bronchitis,urinary problems,piles, jaundice and de-toxes the body.

Layer 3

salad masjid 2

fresh pomegranate, good for the heart,lowers risk of heart disease and plaque build up in arteries, risk of breast and prostate cancer,reduces cholesterol,lessens symptoms of diarrhea and irritable bowel as well as being powerful anti-oxidant.

mix it all up and add fragrant savoury Moroccan cold pressed olive oil,anti-inflammatory, good for digestion, good for heart health.

Layer 4

salad masjid 3

lemon wedges,vitamin c , anti-oxidant, build immune system,

olives,anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer

and fresh mint leaves, good for digestion, nausea , headache,asthma,depression, fatigue, skin, pimples and promotes good memory.

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RAMADAN IFTAR JUICY EGG AND TUNA SALAD

Sounds a bit boring doesn’t it but it’s not , its light and fresh, perfect for breaking fast on a hot summer’s day
Thanks to an amazing dressing, it’s all about dressing when you are eating light.

According to Islamic Medicine and Mediterranean culture, diary and fish are toxic contrary to western culture where we see an abundance of tuna mayonnaise.Keen to get away from anything toxic, we thought this dressing was a more healthy way to eat tuna.

tuna egg salad
Grove Dressing
1-5 cloves garlic
1 desert spoon black mustard seeds
1 heap desert spoon raw honey or whatever you can afford
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 -1 cup apple cidar vinegar
You will also need some tuna, boiled eggs, fresh mint ad parsley, leaves. Lettuce cucumber tomatoes chicory radish etc.
METHOD
Blend dressing ingredients; make enough that you can store in glass jar in fridge
Add washed, chopped fine, mint and parsley leaves to dressing and add to broken tuna and give it a good stir
Add this mixture onto of bed of leaves; lettuce etc.
Top with sliced eggs, I treated myself to some organic rather than free range
Season with sea salt and black pepper

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FOODS- THINGS THE MEDIA DON’T TELL US

I  just received this via Whatsapp so i don’t know the source or how correct it is but it s worth considering

no more KitKat for me

I don’t drink fizzy drinks and i don’t use Maggi stock cubes or any cubes normally

media will never inform you??
Nestle company accepts that they add juice extracted from Beef in chocolate Kitkat.

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media never informed you ???
That in a case in Chennai high court Fair & Lovely company accepted that the cream contains the oil from Pig fats !!
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media never informed us that Vicks is banned in how many countries of Europe ! There it has been declared as slow poison ! But in our country we see it’s advertising on TV whole day !!
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media never informed us that Life bouy is neither bath soap nor toilet soap ! But it’s
a Cabolic soap used for bathing animals !
Europe uses Life bouy for Dogs ! And in our country millions of humans use it !!
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media never informed us ! ???????????
That Coke, Pepsi is in reality toilet cleaner ! it has been proved that it contains 21 types of different poisons ! And it’s sale is banned in the canteen of indian parliament ! But it is sold in whole country !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U22suBkohC4

Junk food

Junk food

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media never informed us ????
That foreign companies selling health tonics like Boost
Complan
Horlics
Maltova
Protin-ex., were tested in Delhi at All India Institute (which houses biggest laboratory in india) and it was found that it is made from the waste left after oil is extracted from Groundnut ! Which is food for animals ! From this waste they make health tonic !!
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media never informed us ??????
When Amitabh Bachhan was operated in hospital for 10 long hours !
Doctor had to cut and remove large intestine !! and doctor had told him that it has rotten due to drinking of soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi ! And then he stopped advertising coke
pepsi !
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Media is faithful to the advertisers.
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Lots of people enjoy Pizzas today.
Let’s have a look over pizza companies

“Pizza Hut
Dominos
KFC
McDonalds
Pizza Corner
Papa John’s Pizza
California Pizza Kitchen
Sal’s Pizza”

These are all american companies,

Note:- to make Pizza tasty…
E-631 flavor Enhancer is added which is made from Pork or Pig meat.

● Attention friends if following codes are mentioned on food packs then you should know what you are unknowingly consuming.

E 322 – Beef
E 422 – Alcohol
E 442 – Alcohol & Chemical
E 471 – Beef & Alcohol
E 476 – Alcohol
E 481 – mixture of Beef and Pork
E 627 – Dangerous Chemical
E 472 – mixture of Beef, meat & Pork
E 631 – Oil extracted from Pig fats.

● Note – you will find these codes mostly in products of foreign companies like :- Chips , Biscuits , Chewing Gums, Toffees, Kurkure and Maggi !

● Don’t ignore pay your kind attention atleast for the well being of your kids, if in doubt then search by yourself through your sources if not internet. (Google)

● Look at ingredient on Maggi pack, you will find flavor (E-635 ).

Originof E635- 
Mixture of sodium salts of guanylic (E626) and inosinic acid (E630).

Function & Characteristics:
Flavour enhancer. Guanylates and inosinates do not have the specific umami taste but strongly enhance many other flavours, thereby reducing the amounts of salt or other flavour enhancers needed in a product.

Products:
Used in many products. Mainly used in low sodium/salt products.

Acceptable daily intake (ADI):
None determined. Guanylates and inosinates may not be used in products intended for children under 12 weeks.

Side effects:
Asthmatic people should avoid guanylates and inosinates. As guanylates and inosinates are metabolised to purines, they should be avoided by people suffering from gout. However, the concentrations used are generally so low that no effects are to be expected.

Dietary restrictions:
Guanylates and inosinates are generally produced from meat, but partly also from fish. They are thus not suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and in most cases not suitable for Jews, Muslims and Hindus, depending on the origin of the product. Only the producer can provide information on the origin.

 

● Also look for following codes on Google :-

E100, E110, E120, E140, E141, E153, E210, E213, E214, E216, E234, E252, E270, E280, E325, E326, E327, E334, E335, E336, E337, E422, E430, E431, E432, E433, E434, E435, E436, E440, E470, E471, E472, E473, E474, E475, E476, E477, E478, E481, E482, E483, E491, E492, E493, E494, E495, E542, E570, E572, E631, E635, E904.

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RAMADHAN PROTEIN VEGGIE BALANCE

I notice that there are a few diets around for Ramadan this year that have taken on board how good protein is for giving  you long sustained energy , however according to Dr Mercola and an opinion I agree with, based on my clinical nutrition studies, too much protein can actually be harmful for you.

Too much protein and not enough fruit and veggies, creates an imbalance that puts a strain on your kidneys, harmful to your liver, dehydrates you, contributes to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, is bad for your skin and other organs and leeches important minerals from your bones.

If you have ever had the opportunity to hang out with any body builders you will see what I mean. The ones that eat high protein diets have very dry  lined skin for their ages-it’s shocking.

It’s true the body needs protein and the essential amino acids it contains, especially as we age, it improves our mood, helps keep nervous system functioning, provides sustained energy and strength ,however this has to be balanced with fruits, containing loads of vitamins and veggies containing loads of minerals and good healthy fats.

Protein is need to maintain lean muscle that deteriorates

Salmon Salad

Salmon Salad

 as we get older, however Dr Mercola believes that animal protein is better absorbed than plant protein, this is view shared by Dr Zakir Nike.

In the past , zealots of purely plant based vegan only diet would have scoffed at the idea of eating any meat.Now, because of the cacophony of opinions, some authentic and some financed by the meat and dairy marketing board , they say eating meat is alright or even necessary.

 There is so much information out there right now and much of it contradictory.

If you read between the lines of the China Study by Dr Colin T Campbell and look a the four groups studied, the Abkhazians of the Caucasus Mountains, the Vilcabambans of Ecuador ,the Hunzans of Pakistan and the Okinawa of japan, they all ate a plant based diet that included a little meat or fish. You have to read the China Study properly to glean this direction.

Personally this study is an affirmation for me of the diet of prophet Muhammad, salah la alaihi wa salem, who sometimes never ate meat of 2-3 moons.

Some say this was because he was poor, forgetting that he was a Messenger of the Most High Allah and could have asked for anything he wished.

Other like myself see this example, guiding us, that eating too much meat is unhealthy, this I backed up by Umar ibn al Kitab(ra) a later caliph, banning the eating of meat every day and  the last of the 4 rightly guided caliphs, Ali (ra) who only ate meat once a year at Eid.

A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity.

The findings emerged from a study of 6,381 people aged 50 and over who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which tracks a representative group of adults and children in the US.

Many holistic nutritionists, as well as myself are saying people should restrict themselves to no more than 0.8g of protein a day for every kilogram of body weight;

 Equivalent to 48g for a 60 kg person, and 64g for an 80 kg person.MORE WHEN FASTING RAMADHAN BUT BALANCE WITH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES INSTEAD OF STARCHY CARBS

Although animal protein is necessary too much protein creates imbalance that puts a strain on your kidneys, harmful to your liver, dehydrates you, contributes to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, is bad for your skin and other organs and leeches important minerals from your bones.

If you have ever had the opportunity to hang out with any body builders you will see what I mean. The ones that eat high protein diets have very dry; lines skin for their ages-it’s shocking.

Protein is great and necessary but needs to be balanced with more fruits and vegetables for optimum nutrition.

So an iftar meal made up of a variation of fruits and vegetables  and some protein, relative to your weight, is more healthy  than a mainly protein meal, only in our opinion, even when you are fasting.

Finally I want to draw your attention to this gem of a hadith, Islamic tradition of prophet Muhammad, salah la alaihi wa salem,

HADDITH MEAT AND WATER IN MAKKAH

A diet of meat and water  only will make you sick unless you live in Makkah……

Abraham…came to Ishmael’s wife and asked her about Ishmael. She said, ‘He has gone in search of our livelihood.’ Abraham asked her, ‘How are you getting on?’ asking her about their sustenance and living. She replied, ‘We are prosperous and well-off (i.e. we have everything in abundance).’ Then she thanked Allah. Abraham said, ‘What kind of food do you eat?’ She said. ‘Meat.’ He said, ‘What do you drink?’ She said, ‘Water.” He said, “O Allah! Bless their meat and water.” The Prophet added, “At that time they did not have grain, and if they had grain, he would have also invoked Allah to bless it.” The Prophet added, “If somebody has only these two things as his sustenance, his health and disposition will be badly affected, unless he lives in Mecca.” (Bukhari 4.853 Ibn Abbas)

USEFUL READING LINKS

http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-100-Scientifically-Healthiest-Longest-Lived/dp/0345490118

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/04/animal-protein-diets-smoking-meat-eggs-dairy

http://rawfoodsos.com/2014/03/09/new-animal-protein-study/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/03/too-much-protein.aspx

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/the-effects-of-too-much-animal-protein-on-our-liver/

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RAMADAN- FRUIT SALAD SPICY

Inspired by a Saudi fruit salad recipe that used honey cardamom and lemon juice as a dressing for fruit salad, here at Karimah’s Cuisina we decided to take it one step further, a simple but effective fruit salad dressing.

This is perfect for breaking fast with plus a few dates and water

Fruit Salad Spicy

Fruit Salad Spicy

INGREDIENTS

1 heap desert spoon raw honey

1 heap spoon cinnamon

1 level spoon turmeric / haldi you could use fresh

1 level tea spoon ginger powder, you could use fresh

Juice of three lemons

Splash of apple cidar vinegar.

METHOD

 Place in screw top jar and S-H-A-K-E  , shake it off !

Add as desire over fruit salad and mix

HEALTH BENEFITS

Ginger – anti-inflammatory combats nausea and motion and morning sickness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating. Combats cancer and boost immune system

Cinnamon – blood thinner, appetite suppressant, mild sweetener, food preservative, anti-inflammatory, helps fight bacterial and fungal infections, may prevent cancer

Turmeric – anti biotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, good for brain function, should lower risk of heart problems, benefits against depression, combats aging

honey – anti-allergies, promotes energy, preservative, memory enhancers, cough suppressant, treats wounds and burns, contains amino acid tryptophan so good relaxant for brain.

Lemon Juice – vitamin c, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, helps water retention mild diuretic, helps reduce pain and swelling so anti-inflammatory, good for blood plasma and boost immune system.

Apple Cidar Vinegar – anti-bacterial, helps reduce blood sugar levels, can help with weight loss, can help with heart health, may protect against cancer, boost energy, calms skin irritation , including sore throat and warts.

USEFUL LINKS

HONEY

http://www.medicaldaily.com/liquid-gold-7-health-benefits-honey-could-heal-your-whole-body-325932

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/20/health-benefits-honey.aspx

LEMONS

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=27

CINNAMON

http://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon/

TUMERIC

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/

TUMERIC FACE MASK

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/turmeric-history-how-to-use-benefits/

GINGER

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

APPLE CIDAR VINEGAR

http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

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FEED THE NEED LONDON

FEED THE NEED LONDON, feeding the homeless and needy,regardless of nationality, faith, gender, we are not an evangelistic project, we give them a choice of healthy nutritious decent size meat or vegan meal, a soft drink and water and tea or coffee and home made cakes and socks and pants and hygiene items and sleeping bags and clothes alhmdulilah, please help, jazakumallahkhayrun, may The Creator bless you with good :)

 

FEED THE NEED LONDON RAMADAN 2015

FEED THE NEED LONDON RAMADAN 2015

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CHICKEN STIRFRY

I apologize to my veggie friends who follow this page, as Muslims we are allowed to eat a little meat, as long as it’s halal and  had a free-range life and was slaughter  in a way that caused least suffering, like in the Movie Avatar, I am waiting for next movie inshaa’allah.

When we eat meat, we need to eat loads of veggies with it so the veggies are the main quantity of the meal. For this recipe we used chicken breast. “djajj sudor” Arabic is what the Lebanese butcher told me it is in Arabic

Vegetables and meat is a great food combining combination without starchy carbs to complicate things in digestion, for healthy weight loss this is a great meal :)

So let’s go step by step

stirfry chop

Chicken is marinade in salad dressing we made a few weeks ago and wanted to use it up it went something like :-

Thai Style Marinade

  • sesame seed oil
  • olive oil
  • fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • molasses
  • apple cidar vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • fresh green chili
  • fresh coriander
  • fresh parsley

Blend everything and soak washed chicken in it, this marinade doubles as salad dressing, so don’t use all of it, if you make enough you can save in nice glass bottle in fridge.

Chop all veggies, use what you have, be creative and experimental, most things stir fry, just remember to add hard veggies like carrots, roots, tough beans first and ginger and garlic. Leaves like spinach ,lettuce or  pak choi take less time

STEP 1

Fry meat on high flame, watch it otherwise it will burn, turn it over, and then remove from pan when cooked.

HOT FLAME COOK MEAT AND TAKE OUT OF PAN
HOT FLAME COOK MEAT AND TAKE OUT OF PAN

STEP 2

Add chopped onions, spring onion, garlic and ginger to the pan, do not clean pan, let the onions etc. absorb marinade sauce

STIR FRY ONIONS GARLIC GINGER SPRING ONIONS
STIR FRY ONIONS GARLIC GINGER SPRING ONIONS

STEP 3

Add carrots and beans and give a good stir still on hot flame and keep is moving

STIR FRY  CARROTS AND GREEN BEANS
STIR FRY CARROTS AND GREEN BEANS

STEP4 

Add lettuce and mushrooms because these veggies take least time to cook

STEP 5 

Give thanks to the creator for the blessing of meat and diverse selection of veggies.

stirfry finished

 

We had this with no rice, bread or noodles,

If you want to put in weight have rice, bread or noodles or all three if you are that skinny

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RAMADAN…IFTAR SO SIMPLE SOUP

Soup is so easy as long as you have someone to cut the vegetables :)

it’s also so quick.

IFTAR SO SIMPLE SOUP

IFTAR SO SIMPLE SOUP

INGREDIENTS

10ml cold press virgin olive oil

1 red onion or white

1-5 cloves of garlic peeled

1 medium sweet potato

2 carrots

5 dry lime leaves

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 – 1 tsp of black pepper or chilli

1 tsp tumeric/haldi/curcumin its all the same

1/2 can of coconut milk/cream

FRY ONIONS GARLIC AND GINGER

FRY ONIONS GARLIC AND GINGER

METHOD

  1. we always start with clean hands, hair tied back and say “bismillair (in the name of God)
  2. in a medium size  pot on medium heat add measured 10 ml oil
  3. add washed peeled and diced onion
  4. peel and chop garlic and set aside while you wash peel and chop sweet potato and carrots, then add garlic and veggies to  onions which have started to caramelize, stir and stir occasionally like every few minutes.
  5.  add crush limes leaves, stir
  6. add sea salt and spices, stir
  7. add boiled water enough to cover veggie mix completely
  8. Bring to boil then turn down heat and cover for 20 minutes keeping  an eye on it.
  9. Turn off and let cool before blending. We use a hand held blender for this or jug blender. If you don’t have blender use potato masher and do you best to blend veggies into liquid
  10. add 1/2 regular can of coconut milk, you could use block coconut cream.
  11. warm up on low heat stirring occasionally
  12.  serve with sprinkled herbs, we use parsley and a little apple cidar vinegar, bon appetit!

iftar so simple soup lime leaves

 

LIMES LEAVES, VEGGIES, ONIONS AND GARLIC  SAUTEING IN POT

iftar so simple soup hot water

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RAMADAN – IFTAR SO SIMPLE

THE NEW PERSIAN

You are privy to see one of the new recipes from my new book in progress, maasha’allah.

Tarragon, cinnamon pomegranates, common to Persian cooking, can be combine together in more of a wholefood way, dismissing the sugary pomegranate molasses for something more natural and wholesome, halal AND tayyib, the fresh pomegranate seeds AND pith.

Persian Pomegranates

Persian Pomegranates

All ingredients except fish and blended fish starting with  the fresh pomegranate seeds as the seeds are tough, then add the oil and vinegar, then the spices and garlic

Persian Marinade Ingredients

Persian Marinade Ingredients

 The fish is marinade in some of the mixture any left over marinade can be  stored and used as salad dressing, OR increase quantities of ingredients,

INGREDIENTS

 ENOUGH TO MARINADE 4 FILETS OF SALMON OR 6 AT A PUSH :)

1/2 fresh pomegranate seeds  and pith, not shell, save other half to add on salad

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp dry cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup virgin olive oil

1/2 cup apple cidar vinegar

METHOD

After blending all ingredient in order, pour over fish ,meat or veggies , place in lidded box to marinade in cool place or fridge.

Persian Marinade by Karimah bint Dawoud

Persian Marinade by Karimah bint Dawoud

Grill or griddle when ready to eat

Add a squeeze of lemon and serve with choice of salads, enjoy, bon appetite, good iftar, may Allah accept our fast ameen

 

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