Time to go on another shopping marathon!

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The holiday season is almost here … that time of the year when the wallets shrink but waists expand! After having done a shopping marathon at Dubai Mall today, I was absolutely starving by lunch time! But I knew exactly where to order lunch from today… Thai Wok! If you haven’t tried out Thai Wok yet then you’re missing out on some real good food at a very reasonable price considering the generous portions they serve! Although their menu had quite a few tempting lunch combo deals to offer, I had to look no further once I came across their ‘Stir Fried Heaven’. And here’s the best part, I was done placing the order within minutes, without even going through the hassle of dialling a number, waiting for someone to answer and then placing my order! Although they do offer that option, but there’s also a much easier ‘online option’ to order. So all you have to do is sign up for an account, choose your meal exactly the way you want it, a few clicks here and there, and that’s it! But the royalty treatment doesn’t just end there, as within minutes there is someone calling you from Thai Wok, to confirm your order and to let you know how long they will take to deliver! Now for me as a customer, these little things count for a lot as the number one priority for any restaurant should be to make sure a customer is their top-priority. So thank you very much for that Thai Wok. Wait there’s more …. keep reading! :)

Stir Fried Heaven by Thai Wok

Stir Fried Heaven by Thai Wok

Moving on, the food arrived bang on time (another tick for punctuality) and did not even need to be re-heated. In fact I was quite surprised to read afterwards that Thai Wok is actually based in Al Barsha, so it wasn’t exactly near to where I was, but the food still didn’t arrive cold, which is a problem that I have with a quite a few delivery places here, as they just don’t taste the same after being re-heated (another tick for being considerate). The aroma of the ‘Stir Fried Heaven’ was divine, and I couldn’t wait to dig in, but could I? Of course not! Coz I had to take pictures for you guys first to give you my priority .. haha! They say looks can be deceiving, but certainly not in this case, as the ’Stir Fried Heaven’ tasted as good as it looked. The meal included a chicken spring roll, egg fried rice, chicken with cashew and chilli paste. The ‘regular’ portion was so generous I was quite surprised it was only priced at AED 30. I’d call that excellent value for real good food! Now I know, not everyone is a huge fan of chicken, so I did do my homework, and had a look at their menu again, and can tell you they do offer a lot more such as grilled beef salad, prawn purse, beef oyster, penang curry, fish in tamarind sauce, Pad Thai and what not! So I would strongly suggest, you have a look at their menu on http://www.thaiwok.ae and see what you think could tickle your taste buds. I should probably mention here too, that Thai Wok is not considered to be a proper dine-in restaurant, but is a very popular delivery option (not surprised why after tasting their food today) and also let you order your meal in advance. So say, you’re feeling super hungry after reading my review, you can already order your dinner by either going online or simply calling Thai Wok at 04 430 8119. I would strongly suggest you do try out Thai Wok at least once and then be the judge for yourselves. I personally had a very pleasant experience of enjoying a delicious meal from Thai Wok today, and am now all energised to begin round 2 of shopping! Thank you Thai Wok! :)

Going the extra mile …

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The Bakealogue loves going an extra mile for birthdays! So today was dedicated baking this ‘Glitzy Tiffany Box’ cake for my classy friend to make her birthday extra-special. Tiffany Box cakes are usually about pearls, but I decided to give it the extra bling bling factor as that is what Dubai is all about :)… It was one loooong day but oh so worth it!

Glitzy Tiffany Box Cake

Glitzy Tiffany Box Cake

Happy Birthday Tehniyat … fingers crossed it stays this way by the time it reaches you tomorrow!

Time to take a selfie with a cake?

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Thank you once again everyone for all the lovely wishes and messages! The Bakealogue is officially ‘One’ now and so it’s time to get back to the drawing board. Today, I have for you the Zebra Cake. This is more or less a creative version of the ‘marble cake’ so if you are bored of using the same ol’ recipe each time, then you should give this a go! The key to making the perfect pattern are the following 3 tips:

1. It’s absolutely crucial you have the same sized bowls and ladle/spoon when it comes to dividing and pouring the batter.

2. Add the two batters without any long delays in between, otherwise you’ll have too much of gaps. I had to pause in between to take pics, so you can see how that effected the pattern slightly.

3. I would also not recommend you to use small cake tins for this recipe as it will get too crowded then. I always use a 9″ cake tin for this cake which works perfectly.

Have included step-by-step pics to talk you through the process, but forgot to number them. Please follow the pics sideways! Thanks …

 

Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake

Recipe as follows:

Grease a 9″ cake tin and pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour: 300 grams
Caster Sugar: 250 grams
Eggs: 4
Whole milk: 250 ml
Vanilla Essence: 1/4 tsp
Cocoa Powder: 3 tbsp
Oil: 250 ml

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Happy Birthday Bakealogue!

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It was exactly a year ago that I sat down to have coffee with a good friend of mine (Ridhima Yata) and was telling her about helping another friend with her website … And in fact it was Ridhima who then suggested “You should totally start a website of your own as you love baking so much!”. I have always wanted to do something of my own, but never even in my wildest dreams did I ever think it would be related to baking, as it was always something I did for fun. I don’t even know when this hobby turned into a passion, and before I knew it I was already working on my first project called The Bakealogue!

Choosing the name was not easy … I still remember the frustration when every time we thought of a good name, it was already taken up by someone else! ‘The Bakealogue’ was actually my sisters suggestion and for those who are still wondering why ‘The Bakealogue’ then it’s a pretty simple logic .. just as a Travelogue is all about travelling, similarly Bakealogue is all about baking! :)

 

Happy Birthday Bakealogue

Working on The Bakealogue has definitely changed me as a person … it is a great sense of achievement to be working on something that I’m passionate about, and I would strongly advise all of you ladies out there to do something about your passion! Yes, it’s not as easy as it seems, and there will be a lot of highs and lows along the way, but you just need to stay determined and keep moving forward!

I honestly can’t believe how a year has just flown by … but I would like to thank each and every one of you for supporting The Bakealogue and making it happen. Your feedback is always important, as at the end of the day it is all about your preferences … so keep the suggestions coming at thebakealogue@gmail.com.

Time to sign out now and go party with the Stars! Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Healthy dinner option tonight?

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It’s almost din din time in Dubai! So thought it would be appropriate to share a dinner recipe with all of you. It’s a very simple ‘Baked Chicken Skewers’ recipe which tastes wonderful with white rice and chutney of your choice. Just remember not to over-bake the chicken as otherwise you’ll have trouble chewing it! If you’re in a rush and not in the mood to bake then this recipe can be fried as well. Bon Appetit!

 

Baked Chicken Skewers

Ingredients:
Boneless Chicken: 500grams
Yogurt: 1/2 cup
Salt: 1 tsp
Red Pepper: 1 tsp
White Peper: 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice: 2 tbsp
Desiccated Coconut: 1 tsp
All Spice powder: 1 tsp
Egg: 1
Fresh Cream: 1/2 cup
Oil: 1/4 cup

Method:
Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients for approximately 2 hours or overnight. Put on skewers and bake at 175 degrees Celsius until it the chicken is cooked and forms a nice golden brown colour. Serve with white rice and any chutney/sauce of your choice.

To view more recipes visit the ‘Ready Steady Bake‘ or ‘Missing Sweet Tooth‘ section

So which is your dream car?!

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One thing about Dubai is, it will make you fall in love with cars! One can’t help it as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin etc are a common sight here… in fact me and my husband always have fun playing the “Oh look, there goes my car!” game whenever we’re out on the road .. Haha! I always tend to pick the red ones that have a ladies stamp on it, whereas my husband tends to go for the noisy ‘vrooom vrooooom’ ones! So that is one affordable way to live your dream temporarily OR there’s another way … you make yourself an edible version! :D .. I was in a bit of a creative mood today and as I had a look around the kitchen to see what ingredients I had available, everything seemed to be yelling “Pizza! Pizza!”. That’s when I came up with the idea of making a healthier and quicker version of the usual pizza by using a bun as the base! The result was a delicious, crisp pizza ready in a matter of a few minutes! In fact this can be an excellent activity for your kids over the weekend. Get as many toppings as you can to make it a nice colourful choice and then leave it to the little one’s creative minds to come up with their own version :). It is also a cheeky way to get them to eat the veggies they run away from, by hiding those as the filling inside ;).

So hope you liked this idea and will be trying it out soon! Step-by-step pics included to show the making of my edible sports convertible car! Lol!! By the way, no drivers license or speeding fines associated with this car, so it can be enjoyed free of any worries! :)

Pizza Cars by The Bakealogue

Pizza Cars by The Bakealogue

 

Steps as follows:
(One hot dog bun makes 2 cars)

1. Cut the hotdog bun in half and slice from the middle. Add pizza sauce on the base of the bun, along with the toppings of your choice. I’ve used olives, green pepper and onions.

2. Place the other half of the bun on top. Cut out a small rectangular portion from the top.

3. Add the pizza sauce along with the toppings to the cut out rectangular portion.

4. Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top. Bake until the cheese just starts to melt

5. Insert a toothpick horizontally and add the sliced cucumbers to make the wheels of the car!

 

Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes … need I say more?!

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My mum and mum-in-law are very fond of gardening and both have extremely beautiful gardens back home. Well that then leaves me with no choice but to develop an interest in gardening too …. buuut … the edible kind! While in their house, you’ll find a lush green garden, colourful flowers and birds chirping … in my garden, youll find a vanilla cupcake (that’s the grass), chocolate buttercream frosting (that’s the base), marshmallows (those will be the flowers) and sprinkles flying everywhere! The life span of their garden is probably all-year round, but the life span of my edible garden is less than 24 hours coz you just won’t be able to resist them that long! Ok, now lets make it less confusing and talk about the cupcakes … guys, this is a must-try recipe! The combination of marshmallow and chocolate frosting tastes divine, and I even added a marshmallow in the base of each cupcake (vanilla flavoured) too. But that’s optional. You’ll be going ‘Mmmmm’ from the very first bite itself. So if you have a bag of marshmallows lying around the house waiting to be used, then I would strongly recommend you give these cupcakes a try!

 

Marshmallow Flower Cupcake

Marshmallow Flower Cupcake

 

Serving: makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcake:
All Purpose Flour: 1 and 1/3 cup
Unsalted Butter (at room temperature): 113 grams
Caster Sugar: 1 cup
Eggs: 2
Baking Powder: 2 tsp
Vanilla Essence: 2 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Whole milk: 1/3 cup
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