Ramadan 2015/1436

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you

I was meant to do a post on Ramadan BEFORE IT STARTED but then it started and i was lazy and SURPRISINGLY THE TIME GOES BY QUICKLY…and now it’s already the 11h fast!

okay so this post is just a brief guide as to WHY Muslims fast for my non-Muslim followers/friends etc

anyways so i’m in London atm and the fasts are about 18hrs long…BUT if you live in an area where there is no discernible night then you should fast for 12 hours coz it doesn’t make sense to fast for 22hrs…like God doesn’t want to make it HARD for you. but unfortunately there is a lot of division WITHIN the Ummah even though Ummah is meant to mean brotherhood and we are all Muslims following One God etc but culture gets in the way as well as sectarian differences.

 “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” (Q 2:183) (so Orthodox Christians and Jews also fast)

Why Ramadan is important to Muslims:

  • It’s one of the 5 Pillars of Islam (basics of the faith)
  • The Quran (Holy Book) was revealed during the month of Ramadan.
  • Ramadan is the month of patience, forgiveness and mercy

 What exactly do Muslims do in Ramadan?

Fasting means abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations. No you can’t drink water. The most important thing is your intention to fast for the sake of Allah…you are doing it for no one else but God. I mean sometimes you’re cooking and you accidentally eat something then you realise you’re fasting that’s okay but if you obviously sneak some food while you’re fasting thinking no one can see…well you’re not fasting for other people, you’re fasting for God and He can see!

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk (so we get up before sunrise, eat and then pray Fajr and sleep) and then we only break our fast at sunset. We also increase our remembrance of god by making zhikr (like when you use a rosary?) and we try and complete a whole Quran (as in reading/reciting the whole Quran). Not only that but Taraweeh  is a voluntary prayer after Eisha salah in Ramadan. It’s usually long and the goal is to complete the whole Quran in a month. It is not obligatory but it is just extra prayer. Prayer is not FOR God but for US. We need it.

Your good deeds are multiplied in Ramadan so it’s important to increase them, being polite and having good manners is of the utmost importance. Also controlling your anger, refrain from lying and swearing etc

Certain people are exempt from fasting like if you’re pregnant you don’t have to fast or if you’re travelling, on your period, or really sick BUT you have to make it up after Ramadan. If you are able and if you can’t fast for some reason you have to pay a certain amount of charity. God doesn’t want to make life hard for us but make everything easy and everything in moderation.

Usually kids start fasting from a young age and keep half fasts and as they get older they want to fast like everyone else and you get lots of presents or money for Eid if you keep all your fasts (more of an incentive than the spiritual reward) but when you’re older you begin to understand the beauty of Ramadan and how it really is a blessed month. so when you hit puberty that’s when you have to fast.  i think i started fasting at around 5 or 6…half fasts and then full ones. i’ve always loved Ramadan because of the atmosphere and excitement and you get extra special nice food for Iftar!

At the end of Ramadan is Eid-ul-Fitr which is basically a celebration after Ramadan. There are special Eid prayers, you wear your best clothes and you eat lots of food and spend time with family and give lots of charity and it’s a time to celebrate and thank Allah for all that he has blessed you with. People exchange gifts and it’s generally a really happy lovely time. Of course it is also important to remember those who don’t have everything we have and be grateful for what we have.

Why I love Ramadan

Growing up I always loved Ramadan. It’s always been an exciting month, preparing for the month and just the whole excitement of fasting and yeah I love food but the whole point of Ramadan is sacrifice and reflection. I actually like fasting, like it’s not so hard, I mean yeah sometimes you feel really hungry but then you just go pray and you think about why you’re doing it and then it’s okay. i usually get thirsty but it’s not so bad. Plus I am blessed enough to know that I will have food to eat when I break my fast unlike many people in the world who don’t have food. There are Muslims around the world who don’t have food yes still fast and that is so beautiful that through every difficulty their iman (faith) is still strong. And hopefully we shall be rewarded for our efforts whether it’s in this world or the akhirah (afterlife).

I’m on holiday atm so fasting isn’t that bad because i try and keep myself busy so the time goes by (since it’s a pretty long fast). I feel sorry for those who have to go to school and work because it’s hot and trying to concentrate while fasting can be hard especially if you’re thirsty. I miss spending Ramadan in South Africa with my cousins (it’s also a short fast there as it is winter) but Alhamdulilah it’s nice to be fasting in our new house.

Suhoor is when you get up to eat in the early morning- i usually eat eggs or toast or have a smoothie and drink lots of water! Iftar is when you break your fast and the last few hours of fasting is always the worst because you can smell the delicious food and you know it’s almost over but it is also a really blessed time so you should maximise your prayer and I keep distracted by reading Quran and the time goes by.

when it’s Iftar i’m like:

here’s a pic of the dhaiwaras which is basically fried dough dipped in syrup but it is delicious. We usually have it every Ramadan.

Dhaiwaras

One of my favourite things about Ramadan is that it is a collective thing; the whole Ummah is united in that we’re all fasting for God.

anyways so before Iftar it’s a very auspicious time to make dua for whatever you want/need and a fasting person’s dua always gets accepted BUT duas get accepted in different ways:

1- you get what you want

2- you get something better

3- you are saved from a calamity

4- your reward is in the hereafter (you don’t get what you asked for but you get something better in Jannah aka Heaven)

Ramadan is my favourite time of the year because not only is Shaytan (Satan) locked away, but it’s the time to focus on worshipping Allah and you don’t have to deal with worldly distractions.

I went to the Ramadan Tent yesterday. it’s a project started by SOAS students (woop woop represent). So it’s a tent and they have rows on the grass set with dates and water and some sweet things and then there is a short talk on things to do with Ramadan. then we wait for the adhan (call to prayer) and finally we can break our fast. then we go and pray in jamaat (everyone praying together) and then we come back to the tent and finally food is handed out (in foil containers) and you can share with people or have your own and just eat and talk and yesterday there was a baking stall for charity so i bought some pretzels. It’s a nice experience as anyone can come not just Muslims.

this year Buzzfeed even have a Ramadan section which is pretty cool

anyways if you are a Muslim and fasting make the most of Ramadan and remember to pray for the world…for the people in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Burma, Pakistan all over the world…pray for those who are oppressed…those who are sick…and pray for the Ummah.

“Every time you feel hunger, thirst or a headache while fasting remind yourself and verbally say ‘Oh Allah, this is for you’.Hussain Kamani
oh and just FYI…you can break your fast if you are dying or in pain or something…like God is ALL forgiving and merciful.

Remember me in your duas!

Hope your learnt some things about Ramadan

Till the next time!

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Bend it Like Beckham: The Musical

Namaste!

THIS IS A REAL THING

a thing of beauty. i really need the soundtrack which i should have bought when i went to see it but i might go and buy it from them.

okay so  Bend it Like Beckham is a 2002 movie starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. it’s a British comedy about this South Asian girl (she is Sikh) who wants to play football and joins a women’s team but her parents are strict etc and it’s about her trying to live her life but also obey her parents so the mix of British culture with Asian culture and multiple identities etc. Also there’s a lot about David Beckham because that was when he was super famous.

so when i found out it was a musical i immediately wanted to see it because BROWN PEOPLE ON STAGE…AMAZING.

some advice when booking theatre tickets: ALWAYS TRY AND GET THE STALLS seats coz they are the best seats. i managed to get some really good seats so we had a perfect view and thankfully no one tall sat in front of us.

so i BOOK YOUR TICKETS ASAP for the day after my last exam so it was a celebration of THE END OF UNIVERSITY FOR ME and just a lovely night out with my mum.

ALSO JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER IS IN IT!!! HE PLAYS JOE THE FOOTBALL COACH!!!  🙀😻

it is also directed by  Gurinder Chadha aka the same woman who directed the movie!!!

so it’s at the Phoenix Theatre near Tottenham Court Road station and i took the back way and so we passed the stage door and i noticed JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER standing outside smoking and i said it my mum:

me: ‘OH MY GOD THAT IS JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER!’

mum: who?

me: he plays joe in the play! he’s an actor!

mum: go say hi.

me: no i dunno what to say…..

mum: just go say hi and take a photo

me: okay then

BUT WHEN I WENT TO SAY HI HE WENT BACK INSIDE!

i was totally fangirling since he was Jace in TMI and also he’s kinda cute

Anyways then the show started and we were swept into the world of 2001 Southhall (West London) and just wow it was incredible. The singing, dancing, acting everything was just wonderfully brilliant. the truth is..i haven’t actually been to Southall (yet) but i live in an area of London that is FULL of South Asians and many other people since it’s a really diverse and ‘multicultural’ area so i can totally imagine it! it was so refreshing to see such diversity ON STAGE in all sorts of clothes all singing and dancing.

the set was stunning…they managed to capture the beauty of the high street and the typical desi home as well as the park and football pitch.

EVERYTHING was just on point…even the lyrics to the songs and IT WAS JUST SO FUNNY!!! My mum and I were seriously lolling in our seats

The acting…the girl who plays Jess Natalie Dew she’s so cute and what a great actress!

And omg her sister was just insane

And her GBF was perf

And the football team…their musical skill combined with football skill and just choreography was brilliant. her parents and family and just AHHH I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!

And Jamie Campbell Bower was also really good. it was really funny coz at the end they were all doing this desi dance and seeing him do that was hilarious.

my fave thing was that i saw someone wearing hijab on stage…like…wow…TALK ABOUT REPRESENTATION!!!

i had to give them a standing ovation it was just so wonderful. it’s actually better than the film because DANCING AND SINGING!!!

Seriously I highly recommend going to see this if you can!

Also we met the director after and told her what a spectacular show it was and she was really happy. 10/10 would see again.

The programme is only £4 which is really cheap so defo get that!

Bend it like Beckham

although there is no scene where she plays football in a saree…

I tried to meet Jamie Campbell bower by the stage door but he ran off to have a cigarette lol. Oh well, at least i saw him.

I leave you with this wonderful quote from the movie which of course they kept in the musical

Since i’m done with University *gasp* ikr well i will hopefully be updating my blog now…gotta tell you all about the books i’ve read, things i’ve baked and movies i’ve seen. but for now…

check out  juwibakes for my baking pics

till the next time

xoxo

Juwi

p.s i’m not even desi since i’m actually South African Indian

pp.s it was nice to see a theatre with lots of asian people though

 

 

 

BEST OF 2014

so this post is…about 2014…the things that happened, books i’ve read etc

Books:

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J.Maas –i still need to review these books and write a post on why everyone should read this series because Celaena is one of my favourite characters…she loves books, cake, boys and clothes AND SHE CAN SLAY…ACTUALLY SLAY…KILL PEOPLE coz she is an assassin. ultimate bamf.)

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta-my friend is obsessed with Melina Marchetta and i’ve been wanting to read this book for ages because i have heard great things. this book did not disappoint.READ IT.)

Wonder by R.J.Palacio– this is supposedly a kids book. idc it is beautiful and thought provoking.

Winger by Andrew Smith– this book is so funny and heartbreaking i was laughing so much and i didn’t expect to frickin cry. it was a surprisingly good book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins– oh my glob. the cuteness in this book is too much. i am posting my review soon. i am such a hopeless romantic so this book was everything.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor– the final book in the daughter of smoke and bone trilogy. oh what a fat book. what an intense book. and what an ending… i really love this trilogy.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare– another end to a great series. i doubt i’ll be reading the other shadowhunter books but i had the best time reading about the shadowhunter world and all these characters.

sadly in 2014, quite a few of my fave series or trilogies ended so i shall be writing a post about saying goodbye to them…I AM SORRY FOR NOT POSTING AS MUCH. =(

Movies:

Mockingjay Part 1– of course this is on my list. I NEED TO SEE IT AGAIN. but it broke my heart. so proud of Katniss and oh peeta kjdhskjghdfkjghkjf. you can read my review here

Boyhood– this is the film of one boy from age 5-18. great actors and a beautiful movie.

The Grand Budapest Hotel– i love Wes Anderson movies and this was brilliant.

The Fault in our Stars– urgh the pain. so beautiful and just i love this book and the movie is good.

Guardians of the Galaxy– honestly, i had no idea what this movie was about. i knew it was marvel. so i went to see it with my friends not expecting much but omg it’s hilarious i laughed so much my fave scene is the dance off and also GROOT OMG.

The Book Thief– Rudy Steiner i just can’t with that boy

Queen: The Movie– this is a Bollywood movie- absolutely brilliant. it’s not your usual Bollywood film but it is excellent. and really funny too.

Music:

1989– Taylor Swift’s 5th album slays. it’s pop, and shake it off is good but nothing compared to the genius that is the rest of the album. my fave songs are: Style, New Romantics, Blank Space and Clean. can’t wait to jam to all these fab songs on the 1989 tour. Currently obsessed with this Blank Space/Style mash up

X– Ed Sheeran’s 2nd album is incredible. i was lucky enough to go to his concert and wow he is just amazing. my fave songs on the album are: Don’t, Tenerife Sea, Photograph, Take it Back, Thinking out Loud and Afire Love.

The 1975– love their sound: fave songs are: Chocolate, The City, Girls and Heart Out

Oh What A Life-American Authors. my friend introduced me to them and damn they are good. they are actually amazing life so was lucky enough to see them when they came to London. my fave songs are: Believer, The Best Day of My Life, Trouble, Heart of Stone and Home.

TV Shows:

Outlander i know it’s based on a book but the book has mixed reviews. the show however is brilliant. mainly because of jamie fraser but also claire is pretty badass. Season 2 is back in April 2015

Modern Family– i love this show because it is consistently funny.

Arrow– sure oliver is hot but really Felicity Smoak is amazing and olicity needs to happen but i like superhero stuff and this is a good show. also i’m loving thea’s new look and i loathe laurel.

The Flash– barry allen is adorbs. cisco is hilarious. i want more arrow/the flash crossovers

The Newsroom– this came to an end and what an ending. brilliant show.

Orange is the New Black– i love this show. it’s so funny but also really emotional. i actually hate piper, larry and alex and only care about all the other characters and their back stories. fyi it is based on a true story.

Orphan Black– i didn’t LOVE season 2 as much as i loved season 1 but i am looking forward to season 3 in April 2015.

Jane the Virgin this show is like a telenovela which is a latina drama? it’s really funny and features POC and i like the characters.

Events:

in February i went to see Taylor Swift on the RED Tour. it was magical.

in July i went to YALC– the first ever YA lit convention at Comic Con. I MET PATRICK NESS.

i also met Judy Blume…so yeah 2014 was a good year for meeting some of my fave authors.

In October i went to see Ed Sheeran on his X Tour and damn that guy is incredible.

in November i got to see American Authors in concert and wow they are phenomenal.

i made quite a few new friends. =)

even though i spent the whole year in London i had a great time.

i passed my 2nd year of uni.

moved house…like with my family so i moved from the house i’ve been in for the past 11 years. which was pretty scary and hectic but Alhamdulilah i have a massive new room and i am loving it because i can fit all my books in it!!!

Finally got to see the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical!!! it was really good- so funny!

Also finally went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park…it’s super cold and sooo busy. kinda disappointed with the churros i had (mine are better tbh) but the magical ice kingdom was pretty cool coz it had an ICE SLIDE and also the sculptures were amazing.

so i’ve been to the Cereal Killer Cafe but i still need to go to the Cat Cafe so hopefully i’ll be able to do that in 2015. they have a huge cereal selection and the prices are reasonable.

Cereal Cafe and Winter Wonderland

Cereal Cafe and Winter Wonderland

the best thing about 2014 is i baked lots of things and read loads of books and had a great year Alhamdulilah. i am healthy and blessed and no matter what crappy thing i’m going through (usually stressing over essays or exams) i know it is temporary and i will get through it.

so despite all the crap that is going on in the world, i had a wonderful 2014.

i really hope 2015 is even better. i am excited but also pretty scared because i’m gonna be 21 and hopefully graduate university and have no idea what i want to do with my life.

but there are plenty of things to look forward to like:

  • A NEW PRINCESS DIARIES BOOK IN JUNE!!! you can read an excerpt here
  • Paper Towns movie
  • The Scorch Trials movie
  • and of course Mockingjay Part 2 (although i am dreading this because it’s the end of an era).

Have a FAB 2015!!!

thanks for reading my blog.

Happy Reading and don’t forget to follow @juwibakes on instagram.

‘today is a new day to be brand new…’

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” L.M. Montgomery

more positive doodles here

“Be a little kinder than you have to.” E. Lockhart.

“A good goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.” Chris Soriano

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia

indeed

When I tell people how happy I am to be living alone and living my life on my own terms and to be free and independent and empowered, the first thing they say to me is ‘Oh, don’t worry you’ll find someone’ and that is so not the point. What if your life completes itself?”  Taylor Swift

I leave you with dancing groot

shake it off groot

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

 

 

Mockingjay Part 1 Film Review

hey guys look it’s my future husband at the World Premiere of Mockingjay Part 1 in London 😉

this review WILL contain SPOILERS.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

LOOK AT THAT BAMF KATNISS EVERDEEN

LOOK AT THAT BAMF KATNISS EVERDEEN

Here are the

Trailers:

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Movie Clips:

Return to District 12

Peeta

Meeting the Crew

The Mockingjay

The Soundtrack:

Lorde curated the whole soundtrack. I was super excited to hear that coz i like Lorde but it’s actually quite disappointing. i think The Hunger Games Soundtrack is still my fave.

The few songs i actually like from the soundtrack are:  Dead Air by CHVRCHES, Scream My Name by Tove Lo, Kingdom by Charlii XCX ft Simon le Bon and Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde

JENNIFER LAWRENCE SINGS THE HANGING TREE AND IT IS AMAZING. that is on the Mockingjay Part 1 score.

I WORE MY MOCKINGJAY PINS!!!

Mockingjay Pins 'and i got that red lip classic thing that you like' 😎

Mockingjay Pins ‘and i got that red lip classic thing that you like’ 😎

so now for the actual movie…

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Bakers Gonna bake bake bake bake bake

YET ANOTHER BAKING POST

because this summer (June-September) i have literally just spend it reading books and baking and it has been fantastic.

so here goes…hope you enjoy it and let me know if you decide to bake any of these things! =)

Chocolate Brownie Bites

SPRINKLES!!!

SPRINKLES!!!

i used the SORTED Brownie recipe which is super easy:

Maple and Pecan Loaf Cake (I found the recipe online but now i can’t find it again sorry!)

yummy

yummy

Baked Vanilla Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

MMMM

so good

 Chocolate Swiss Roll with Strawberries and Cream Filling (mum’s recipe)

I've never made a swiss roll before...

I’ve never made a swiss roll before…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

my problem is that i either leave them in for too little or too long so they’re either undercooked or overcooked. i love my cookies soft and chewy yet slightly crisp so it’s hard to get the perfect balance. but everyone else seemed to enjoy these so yay!

i have yet to find the perfect recipe

i have yet to find the perfect recipe

Nutella Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

these are beautiful and if you love Nutella and peanut butter then YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE.

this is how much chocolate i used...

this is how much chocolate i used…

and then…

these are glorious

these are glorious

i also put these cookies in a cute jar for my friend's birthday!

i also put these cookies in a cute jar for my friend’s birthday!

Snickerdoodles

seriously…the perfect gift.  I will defo be doing this again!

they're so cute

they’re so cute

a lovely little gift of snickerdoodles!

a lovely little gift of snickerdoodles!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

i just halved the recipe for the carrot cake in the Hummingbird Bakery Book

these are delicious

these are delicious

Banana Honey Almond Muffins

my friend wanted me to make something healthy so i did. they’re actually really good and easy to make.

healthy and tasty!

healthy and tasty!

Banana and Brazil Nut Loaf (Hummingbird Bakery recipe)

banana brazil nut cake

bananas and brazil nuts- perfect combo since the bananas add sweetness

 Spinach and Cheddar Muffins (recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Book)

Ingredients:
30g butter
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
360g plain flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
250g cheddar cheese, grated
220ml whole milk
1 egg
130g baby spinach leaves
Method:
Preheat oven to 170C.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then fry the onion until cooked.
Set aside.
Put the flour, baking powder, cayenne and cheese in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the milk and egg together, then slowly pour into the flour mixture and beat with a handheld whisk until all the ingredients are well mixed. (I used a spatula)
Stir in the onion and spinach with a wooden spoon until evenly dispersed.
Spoon the mixture into muffin cases until 2/3 full and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until deep golden and the sponge bounces back when touched.
Leave to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

and the result should be:

really easy to make and freeze well

really easy to make and freeze well

South African Indian Naan

this is not Pakistani Naan but South African Indian Naan. it’s perfect with soup or Haleem (broth) but i like it toasted with butter.

I used my aunty’s recipe but I’m sure there is a recipe in the Indian Delights (every South African Indian has this book)

Alhamdulilah it turned out perfect!

Alhamdulilah it turned out perfect!

 Strawberries and Cream Cake (i honestly cannot remember which recipe i used)

but google is your best friend. i think i searched for a 3 layered cake. It was a vanilla sponge cake and I whipped some cream and yeah.

i'm really proud of this

i’m really proud of this

LAYERS!!!!

LAYERS!!!!

French Strawberry Tart/Tarte aux fraises

i used this recipe for the sweet pastry crust (pate sucree)

this recipe for the pastry cream

and this recipe for decoration

I made this for Eid and i am so proud of this…

OOH LA LA

OOH LA LA

so pretty

so pretty

Almond and Coconut Bars (recipe from Indian Delights)

lovely and crunchy

lovely and crunchy

Pecan Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing 

so yummy

so yummy

 Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

i didn’t get the cool design right BUT THEY TASTED REALLY NICE COZ NUTELLA CHEESECAKE yes

i couldn't get the swirl right but they tasted good

i couldn’t get the swirl right but they tasted good

and this is what we put them on:

fannccyyy

fannccyyy

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I made these for my friend’s birthday party. she had a Frozen Bouncy Castle. yes she turned 20 in August and had a bouncy castle. coz we’re cool like that ya know?!

😍

😍

For my friend’s 21st Birthday i made her a Red velvet Cake- you just double the cupcake recipe. although for the icing i used double the quantity plus a quarter more.

Triple Layered Red Velvet Cake

Triple Layered Red Velvet Cake

Brioche

the recipe actually says to use the mixer but i couldn’t find the dough hook so i had to make it by hand…

thanks to youtube i followed this method and Alhamdulilah it turned out perfect!

I MADE BRIOCHE LIKE ACATUAL FRENCH BREAD BY HAND

I MADE BRIOCHE LIKE ACATUAL FRENCH BREAD BY HAND

a family friend who is French came to our house and tried it and said it was perfect and not like the sweet ones you get in British Supermarkets. so this isn’t that sweet but it’s genuine french brioche.

Tiramisu Cupcakes (Hummingbird Bakery)

non-alcoholic of course. this took AGES because i didn’t have a cupcake corer thing (so i had to use a knife) and soaking the sponge in the coffee mixture took some time. but luckily i had my friend to help me coz she wanted to bake these. anyways she said it’s perfect.

cocoa dusting adds the perfect finishing touch

cocoa dusting adds the perfect finishing touch

Buttery Shortbread Biscuits

really easy to make but the dough is so soft. also i went a bit overboard on the sugar…

these are addictive

these are addictive

Double Chocolate Oreo Cookies

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Oreo Brownies

these are my new favourite brownies. these brownies are not cakey but are just the perfect consistency and it is so easy you don’t need a mixer or anything.

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I used the same recipe but added Reese’s PB Cups instead!

 

 

Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

a dusting of icing sugar gives a nice finish to double chocolate cookies

a dusting of icing sugar gives a nice finish to double chocolate cookies

i put a rolo in the middle

i put a rolo in the middle

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie with Ganache

i have made these quite a few times now. easy and also really chocolatey

perfect

perfect

Sugar Cookies

i had fun decorating these but i couldn’t get the consistency of the icing right…

pretty hearts

pretty hearts

i kinda went overboard with the sprinkles...

i kinda went overboard with the sprinkles…

Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries

i had leftover cream and strawberries so instead of making strawberries and cream  so i decided to make some choc mousse

added some flake for decoration...we didn't even have guests i just made this for fun lol

added some flake for decoration…we didn’t even have guests i just made this for fun lol

Doughnuts (Home Sweet Home Recipe Book)

since it was summer i had time to fry doughnuts and they’re actually not that hard to make.

sugar coated doughnuts

sugar coated doughnuts

cinnamon sugar coated doughnuts

cinnamon sugar coated doughnuts

Milk Tart

this is a South African dessert and i made this for Eid. my mum’s friend’s husband is an Afrikaner and he said it is perfect.

simple yet delicious

simple yet delicious

Ultimate Chocolate Truffle Cake

Since i saw the video i wanted to make this but it’s too decadent for just an ordinary weekend so i made it for Eid and it was fun to make. also it is so rich because of the dark chocolate but it’s just lovely with the pralines, the strawberries and the mousse.

this was fun to make

this was fun to make

gold leaf decoration

gold leaf decoration

actually so proud of these. =)

Alhamdulilah everything turned out nice

Alhamdulilah everything turned out nice

Chocolate Cupcakes- this is actually a chocolate swiss roll recipe  (secret recipe soz) which is why the cake is so soft and ganache for the icing

with ganache and flake

with ganache and flake

Pecan Biscuits

it took me ages to cut them into squares and then my grandma told me you can make a log and then refrigerate it till firm then cut it.

they look so cute

they look so cute

Carrot Cake

i’ve made this before but LOOK HOW AWESOME THIS LOOKS…because now i have a turntable and icing scraper and i know to crumb coat it.

 

😍

😍

carrot cake

prettyyyy

prettyyyy

Madeira Cake

Note: i didn’t add the JUICE of the lemon only the lemon zest. and after folding in the flour i added about 2-3 T of milk

i didn't like it because i don't like lemon but everyone else did so yay

i didn’t like it because i don’t like lemon but everyone else did so yay

my grandad loves plain cakes so i made him a very plain cake.

I AM MOST PROUD OF THE FRENCH STRAWBERRY TART AND THE BRIOCHE and improving on my decorating skills.

so there you have it…

ALSO: EDIBLE GLITTER MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER. i just love sparkly things.

my summer baking adventures with Peeta’s help of course. ;)

Evidently i am no photographer  just use the iphone camera.

but also DO NOT FORGET TO FOLLOW MY BAKING ACCOUNT: @juwibakes on Instagram!!!

in other news:

my friends keep asking me to go on The Great British Bake Off (so happy Nancy won but Richard’s bakes were amazing and MARTHA IS ONLY 17 AND WOW) but i am such an amateur like idek how to make my own jam so i doubt i’d get very far. i still have to practice so maybe in a few years!

this is Nancy who won GBBO. but this happens to me all the time COZ I COULDN’T FIND THE LID for the kenwood (my dream is a kitchen aid obv) ICING SUGAR GETS EVERYWHERE

also…TAYLOR SWIFT loves baking and did a bake it off sketch with Jamie Oliver for Stand Up To Cancer AND in her 1989SecretSessions she baked cookies for her fans. like she is just incredible. my dream is to one day bake with Taylor Swift.

HOW CUTE IS SHE????!!!!

Happy Baking!

There's something really calming and soothing to me about having everything measured out and stirring it and pre-heating the oven and getting it all worked out. I really like baking and I really like cooking." Taylor Swift

yummmmyyyyyy

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

 

 

 

So Long Spinebreakers

This is so hard for my to write because it means that it is over.

=(

So for those of you who don’t know, I have been part of Spinebreakers for around four years.

How did it start?

Well I was in Year 11 and in tutor period I would either be reading a book or talking to some friends. So this girl in my class would always see me with a book and suggested I join Spinebreakers. I knew about Spinebreakers because I have read a lot of penguin books and the YA books have the Spinebreakers logo on the back.

But I never thought of joining or applying since I’m always like ‘I’d never get in’.

But she said she’d put a good word in for me and so I applied. And lo and behold they accepted.

The first Spinebreaker event I went to was a workshop and it was lovely meeting all these different people.

The first author event I went to was meeting Anna Perera who wrote Guantanamo Boy and The Glass Collector. It was at Daunt Bookshop so it was really cool to hang out there AND meet an author and have her sign my books. I am not a stranger to meeting authors (Alhamdulilah…I have been blessed not only with the love of books but also living in London means I have had the opportunity to meet some of my favourite authors).

The Spinebreakers that I met were so welcoming and friendly and they suggested I attend the Editorial Meetings at Penguin HQ. (thank you Ciara and Cameron!)

So my mum took me to Penguin HQ on the Strand and I was so excited I had no idea what to expect.

I was not to be disappointed.

The editorial meetings consist of a group of teenagers who all have a passion for reading. The marketing team or some of the Penguin stuff from different departments (not just Puffin) come to the meetings and PITCH US BOOKS. So we get to choose which books we would like to read and review. WE ALSO GET ARCs (advance reader copies aka proof copies) which means we GET TO READ THE BOOKS BEFORE THEY ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PEASANTS (aka all you muggles).

free books…ARC COPIES OF BOOKS…

So the fact that I as a teenager discovered this world of publishing and free books is incredible. The fact that I could MEET NEW PEOPLE and they let me talk about books non-stop is amazing. They welcomed me and accepted me into the Spinebreakers family.

Shoutout to Lily and Atifa!!!

Naturally I sung about my elevated status with my friends and told them all to join but they had other responsibilities. However anyone I could find or tell about Spinebreakers I made sure to get the message across.

So Spinebreakers didn’t just give me free books but also the opportunity to make friends, meet authors, attend exclusive events and be part of an amazingly unique book community. WE create the content and WE choose what we want to do etc.

Some of my favourite Spinebreakers memories is when I got to meet MALORIE BLACKMAN…it was so informal and casual and we just started chatting as I thanked her for Noughts and Crosses and it was so surreal. Other authors i got to meet thanks to Spinbreakers: Meg Rosoff and Kevin Brooks as well as Beverley Naidoo. The authors love being interviews by Spinebreakers and they love that there is a book community for teens in the UK.

Also making the TFIOS video for John Green was so much fun because it means that HE SAW MY FACE KJDSHGKJFH.

Some Spinebreaker Books that i have really enjoyed:

Cinder series by Merissa Meyer

The Rosie Project by Graeme  Simsion

Between Shades of Grey and Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys

Winger by Andrew Smith

Secrets of a Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed

Great House by Nicole Krauss

and many more

I loved going into Penguin every month and seeing how the publishing industry is and then all those books. Being surrounded by BOOKS and BIBLIOPHILES is the best thing. Sharing the love for books.

Also the food. Oh gosh they always had plates of biscuits and fruit and drinks and it was so nice after school/6thform/uni to go there and just have some snacks and chat about books and what books we’re gonna read and review.

books and food

The Spinebreakers website offered me opportunities to improve my writing with reviews, creative content and blog posts. They offered a wide range of competitions which were so cool like theatre tickets or book sets and just so many wonderful things.

Spinebreakers wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of Penguin and Livity.

Livity works with young people FOR young people. they are amazing. Seriously their office is so cool (it’s in Brixton) and they run Live Magazine UK. If you are interested in joining just go to their office on Wednesday at 4pm. Or check out the website for opportunities. They are always tweeting about stuff for young people to get involved in.

Somewhere to is also this amazing thing where IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING BUT DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO DO IT…they will FIND A PLACE FOR YOU TO DO THE THING. i.e if you want to put on a play…they can find you a place. Check out their website for more details.

So thank you Livity and the Livity team who have helped makes every editorial meeting wonderful…even if we usually got lost!

I cannot thank you enough: Danielle, Dwain, Aisha, Florence, Charlotte and Will for running the editorial meetings.

To all the Penguin Team  who have come to the meetings, been so friendly and offered advice and pitched us BOOKS- THANK YOU!!!

Above all…thank you to Anna Rafferty– The inventor of Spinebreakers. Without your dream of a book community for young people; a place where books are treated like films/music/games I wouldn’t have met all these wonderful people or developed my passion for books further. I have also read many books that I wouldn’t normally have read so Spinebreakers has challenged me as a reader.

So on Thursday 4th September 2014 was the Spinebreakers Party at the Livity office. There was crisps, popcorn, music, drinks and of course PIZZA. Oh and books. Duh.

Pizza Not Patriarchy is my motto

Anna Rafferty introduced herself, asked us questions, told us about the birth of Spinebreakers and what it was almost called (I won’t tell you it is too shameful). Sadly I was too busy eating pizza and talking to my friends to go up to her before she left but I shall defo be contacting her and writing her some long email thanking her.

It was good to see familiar faces of the Livity team and Spinebreakers and just hang out and talk about books. There was a timeline of Spinebreakers memories and a memory wall where we wrote some of the best times.

 

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

The fact that it has ended is heartbreaking because it has been such a huge part of my life. Seeing the same people every month or meeting new book lovers…I feel like a Spinebreakers grandma since I am older than most of the members and one of the first few Spinebreakers. I have stayed till the very end.

However, Penguin have said that IT WILL NOT BE THE END OF FREE BOOKS so that is excellent news.

THANK YOU PENGUIN FOR ALL THE FABULOUS FREE BOOKS and this awesome puffin bag

THANK YOU PENGUIN FOR ALL THE FABULOUS FREE BOOKS and this awesome puffin bag

Spinebreakers has given me a platform for talking about books with other book lovers across the country, meeting new people and just a safe environment without judgement to be yourself and share the love of literature.

Once a Spinebreaker always a Spinebreaker.

It’s been an amazing journey and i am so grateful to have been part of such a wonderful community

Thank you to everyone who has been involved with Spinebreakers and although this book has ended…may the adventure continue!

Thanks for the memories and books!

oh and of course…

i had the best time with you

Spinebreakers Crew: I Had The Best Time With You

Happy Reading!

 PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

p.s the Spinebreakers website will be taken down so the links won’t work anymore.

pp.s TWITTER:

@LivityUK

@LiveMagUK

 

The Book Guru’s Book Giveaway

HI THERE!. welcome to my blog. thank you for visiting.

So i have moved house and omg sorting out my bookshelf has taken me like 3 days…i shall post a picture soon. it is a beautiful sight. =D

anyways so here are some books i liked but don’t want anymore like i won’t be sad to part with them so i thought HEY…why don’t i do a BOOK GIVEAWAY?!

Rules:

UK ONLY (sorry postage is expensive)

MAX of 2 books per a person

Must be following me on: instagram @juwibakes or twitter @juwithemad and subscribe to this blog!

first come first serve- message me about which books you want and your details please

Giveaway ends on October 11th 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE: i have written my initials and the date i purchased the book in most of the books but otherwise i haven’t written in them or anything. They are in pretty good condition…apart from maybe The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks…but it is still readable AND…HELLO…FREE BOOKS!!!

it's yours if you want it!

it’s yours if you want it!

Perfect Chemistry is going to: Lily

How They Met and other stories is going to: Orli

so the rest is up for grabs!

Book Giveaway:

  1. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

  2. Private by Kate Brian

  3. Necropolois by Catherine Arnold

  4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

  5. The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

  6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

  7. Runaway by Meg Cabot

  8. Not A Fairytale by Shaida Kazie Ali

  9. What I Was by Meg Rosoff

 

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D