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Arab Custard with Cardamom and Rosewater Recipe

Posted in All About Dubai, All About Food!, RECIPES EXCHANGE :) with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by ketchupplease

Hubby and I are so excited to visit the Philippines in a few weeks! 🙂 My in-laws are having a family reunion and our titos and titas would prepare their specialty dishes for our beloved Lolo… I assume they would appreciate my contribution as well… *pressure* *pressure*… Damn, I don’t have a specialty dish, boohoohoo! A lot of people loved my mango cheesecake though.. hmm…

It would be nicer to offer them something new this time… a traditional Arab food – maybe a dessert so it would be easier  to make *lol*… Here’s what I found at Sook & Cook… Fairly easy I guess.. Maybe I’ll just bring home the rosewater and cardamom.. I don’t know if I can buy whole milk in the Philippines, but I read on google that I can substitute evaporated milk + water.. I hope it turns out right and yum!!! 

Please, if you have other suggested dishes/dessert, I would really love to hear from you.. Thank you!!! 

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Arab Custard with Cardamom and Rosewater Recipe

Preparation time : 15 Min

Cooking time : 30 Min

Level of difficulty : Low

Ingredients

4 servings

4 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons custard powder

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

2 tablespoons rose water

ground pistachios and nuts

Preparation

– Put milk, sugar and cardamom into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower heat and taste for sweetness.

– Mix the custard powder with a little water to make a smooth thin paste and carefully stir it, little by little, into the milk mixture, whisking continuously. Continue stirring until the custard is smooth.

– Remove from heat and add rose water. Return to the stove and place over a very low heat to simmer gently for two to three minutes.

– Pour into small bowles, or a large bowl, garnish with pistachios and nuts and chill until ready to eat.

My Arabian Dream… coming soon! :-)

Posted in All About Dubai, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by ketchupplease

Ok let’s face it… hubby and I are here in Dubai for work purposes and not really for leisure…

Bored with our dull routine, I looked up places where we can explore and find out more about Middle Eastern culture. One time, I dragged my hubby to explore the Dubai Museum (which turned out not to be the main museum, but a government office/gallery, oops… ) Excitedly took pictures and all… then hubby laughed at me and said as if we’re tourists… I looked back at him and smiled.. “hell, yeah we ARE tourists!!! We pay so much to see and explore other countries, and it’s ironic that we’ve been here for quite a while already (2 years for him), and yet we haven’t seen the really interesting places… For me, being a “tourist or traveller” is more of a state of mind… This is actually a good opportunity for us to experience the immensely rich Arabian culture! 

Dubai is a very modern city, filled with too many new malls and structures, but it doesn’t quench my thirst for mid-eastern culture.. I don’t really appreciate modern stuff as much as old culture-y stuff. I looked up possible weekend getaways, but it wasn’t very easy coz I had one major restriction — a big NO-NO to modern hotels/resorts! — and  Dubai, as we all know, is such a new city, some even call it an “artificial city”.. *sob* 

I thirst for old Arabian architecture, decor, Moroccan lamps (ohhh how I love them!), local cuisine, ambiance… the works! 

After days of googling and checking with our friends, I finally found the perfect place for a weekend getaway at Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert and Resort Spa! (right smack in the desert, baby! *wink*) A bit overbudget, so we’ll just wait for our First Wedding Anniversary in a few weeks so we can celebrate at the same time… Nevertheless, we already booked last night, and specifically requested a room overlooking the desert! ohhh… sounds like the perfect Arabian paradise! 

 I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!!! 🙂 This experience will definitely go to our Memories of a Lifetime Bank”… 

My advice to fellow Pinoys in UAE —  do stretch a bit and treat yourself to some wonderful Arabian experience.. Make sure to bring home beautiful memories with you before you leave this desert city. Money’s as good as nothing if you can’t enjoy it once in a while, right?… 

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Arabic Ice Cream!

Posted in All About Dubai, All About Food! with tags , , , , on March 30, 2009 by ketchupplease

Hi! Sorry, I know I disappeared from cyberspace for a while… I guess I was a bit heartbroken with all the restrictions on WordPress that I just felt lazy to post anything… :-O

Anyway, just wanted to share with you a video I took in Global Village last month.. I like learning about others’ culture and tradition, so I enjoyed watching them prepare their local Arabic Ice Cream. They pounded the ice cream with a big wooden paddle, and banged on the tin with the music.. They kept on doing this, so the end result is a very, very compact ice cream covered in chopped pistachios, kinda gooey and not very creamy… and it takes forever to melt! It’s good, and has an arabian taste that I couldn’t figure out. I googled it and found out that it has arabic gum (hence the gooey/gummy texture), rosewater, and “sahlab” (an extract from orchids) — ohh so that explains the fragrant/flowery taste..
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That night, I indulged in cotton candy, arabic sweets (deep-fried dough balls with caramel syrup), and lastly, the arabic ice cream. Understandably, my tongue was already sore from eating too much sweets, that I couldn’t finish the ice cream anymore. I went around the souks (stalls/markets) and waited for it to melt (so I wouldn’t feel too guilty throwing it).. but this ice cream just would not melt!
Enjoy the show! Welcome to my world in UAE… 🙂