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Best Chocolate Brownies

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Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2017 14:25

These brownies are easy to make and have a perfect almost marshmallowy texture and deep chocolate flavour.

Melt together – 310 g of dark chocolate, 225 g butter and 1 tsp espresso powder/instant coffee.

Mix in – 1 ½ cup white sugar and ½ cup brown sugar.

Mix in till just combined – 5 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla essence.

Sprinkle over – 1 ½ cup flour and 2 Tbsp cocoa powder.

Fold the flour and cocoa into the mixture. Do not over mix at any stage as this will lead to cakey brownies.

Line a 9 by 13 inch oven tray. Spread mixture into the tray evenly.

Bake on 180 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes, till a skewer comes out with a few crumbs sticking to it. Cut when cool.

This recipe can be halved. Bake in an 8 by 8 inch square pan for the same amount of time.

   

A Partnership of Improvement

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:02

There are many different partnerships in this world, and each has its own purpose. The purpose of a business partnership is to make money, while the purpose of a political partnership is to gain dominance, power and rulership.

Similarly, nikaah is a life-long partnership which has multiple objectives. If raising the Muslims of tomorrow and gaining financial and social security are considered as objectives, then one of the primary objectives of nikaah, without a doubt, is definitely that of the imaan and Deen of the spouses to become complete and remain protected. Hence, a marriage in which each passing day finds the Deeni condition of the spouses better than it was the previous day is a successful marriage.  Conversely, a marriage in which the husband and wife invite, tempt and encourage one another to engage in sin is an unsuccessful marriage.

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Peri Peri Chicken Skewers

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 January 2017 06:30

Marinate 1 kg cubed chicken fillet in:

5 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper/paprika/chilli powder

1 tsp sugar

¼ cup peri peri oil (spillers)

1 cup mayonnaise

¼ cup lemon juice

4 Tbsp tomato sauce

2-3 Tbsp Maggi chilli sauce

Skewer the chicken cubes. Bake in an oven tray, uncovered at 220 degrees celcius for around 20 minutes or braai.

Boil any leftover marinade with a few tablespoons cream if desired and pour over the cooked chicken.

   

Caramel Swissroll

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2016 08:16

Sift together ¾ cup of flour and 3 heaped teaspoons of baking powder.

Whisk 3 large eggs and ½ cup of castor sugar until they are thick and white.

Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Gently fold the sifted flour into the egg mixture.

Line a roughly 38 cm by 25 cm rimmed baking sheet with baking paper/wax wrap and spray it with non-stick spray.

Spread the cake batter evenly into the pan.

Bake on 180 degrees for 10 minutes.

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Keeping the Spark Alive

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 06:31

When a couple just get married, they experience the feelings of romance and excitement that accompany the phenomenon of being newly-wed. Hence they constantly think about each other, continuously send messages to each other and keep giving each other gifts.

As time passes, however, and life settles into its routine, these initial feelings of excitement fade. While this is perfectly normal and nothing to feel depressed over, as a person cannot constantly live in ‘honeymoon’ mode, it does not necessarily mean that the spark in the marriage has to die out completely. Rather, by maintaining the spark in the marriage, the husband and wife will continue to find satisfaction in each other and the chances of them falling into haraam will be decreased. Hence, even when maintaining the spark, our intention should be that we are doing this out of appreciation for the gift of marriage which Allah Ta‘ala has given us and to ensure that we do not fall into haraam. By making the correct intention, even these seemingly mundane actions will become a means of reward.

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