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Meet Oliana, I now name every cake I make with a name, for each one contains a special and unique character.

Oliana from Shaikha Al Ali on Vimeo.

 Oliana contains no butter, and is just so simple and so easy to make. Like really really easy. Drizzle everything into the mixing bowl of your machine, swirl, bake, and eat.

I also think it’s a great party cake, they’ll never guess it has olive oil instead of butter and the flavor of the cinnamon-y banana is just delicious.  


-2 eggs

-3/4 cups sugar

-Teaspoon of vanilla

-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

-2 bananas plus 1 extra one sliced for garnish

-1/3 cup olive oil

-1 ¼ cup flour

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-Pinch salt

-Handful of chocolate chips

-Caramel for garnish


Easy peasy lemon squeezy, here we go:

Simply place the eggs and sugar in the mixer and mix. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, banana, and olive oil, and mix (until well-combined). Drizzle in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and mix until well combined. Then place in a cake pan (Oiled, lined with parchment, and etc. if your using the metal kind, I use silicon so no need for anything!) slice the extra banana into slices and place all over the top of the cake and sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on top then bake in a preheated oven of temperature 175C for 25-30 minutes or until beautifully golden.  Allow to cool on a wire rack until cool, flip onto serving plate, and enjoy with some good caramel drizzled on top or some of your favorite ice cream.





Chai Karak

Everyone has a way of making Chai Karak in the UAE, each house adds a certain extra ingredient that makes it taste different from house to house. The one we make at home isn’t actually my recipe. And the secret to the taste we get is actually the tea we use. We buy it from a lovely local lady that sells many food creations from her home business, and her tea is of great quality, therefore produces a great cup of Chai Karak!

The instructions come with the packet of tea leaves that we purchase regularly from her, and they never fail to warm our tummies with a fresh cup of milky chai karak. 

There’s been a lot of demand from you guys regarding the making of Chai Karak, so here’s a step-by-step post about it guys! Lets get Karak Making!

You will need :

-3 1/2 cups of water

-2 tablespoons of Chai Karak tea mix

-1 1/2 cans of rainbow evaporated milk (We use light, it gives the Chai are lighter texture, whereas full-fat feels heavy, you can experiment and see what you like)

-1 finjan of sugar (5 tablespoons)

Begin by adding the water

Then the chai

and the sugar 

Stir and allow to boil for about 7 minutes

Then drizzle in the milk

Wait until its just about to overflow from the pot and remove immediately before it gets really messy!

Get your chosen teapot and strain the Chai Karak in it and enjoy your freshly made pot of Chai Karak :)

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For people living in the UAE, if you would like to get the Tea mix for Chai Karak simply contact the lady directly, she’s lovely and her name is Um Salim. You can contact her on: 0509187533 :)



Todays Slice Ya’ll!

I might of said this before in previous posts, but I’m not a fan of commercial  pizza. So never expect to see me eating a slice of Pizza Hut pizza or any places similar to that. its just me, personal taste. And in my defense, its because the Pizza tends to drizzle in oil “Oil-soup” I like to describe it, and you taste nothing but the taste of heavy thick cheese. BUT, I love a good boutique style pizza, and by “boutique Style” I mean, a Pizza that has been made for a sophisticated and specialized clientele! The dough should be made in love filled manner, the toppings picked thoroughly, and the way its baked as well. You get the message right :p Let me stop blabbering now. 

And my new experimental ingredient in pizza has been the dough, I love whole wheat bread but never thought Whole Wheat pizza bases would ever taste reasonable, until I actually made one! And to my luck, you couldn’t tell the difference!  I now always make my pizza’s with whole wheat flour and definitely prefer it over white flour. 

Todays pizza creation included Lebneh cheese, cumin encrusted chickpeas, and a middle eastern spice sauce drizzled on top. 

The dough is darn easy to make, you gotta give it a try. Just knead, proof for an hour and there you have it, 2 pizza bases ready for baking.

And a tip when aiming to make pizza, unless you have a stone oven “Which I *currently* don’t have” I recommend you buy a pizza stone. I love mine, I got it in Lakeland In Midriff City Centre, and they now have a new branch in Mall of the Emirates which is MUCH closer to me. Simply chuck it in the oven 20 minutes before placing the pizza’s in the oven and heat as high as possible. As close as you can get to a stone oven effect right at home. 

Here’s the pizza dough recipe:

Pizza Dough:

-2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

-1 1/2 teaspoon salt

-1 packet of yeast (11g)

-1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

-1 cup warm water

Place the dry ingredients in a mixer with a dough hook attachment and mix alittle bit to combine, follow with the oil and mix as well. Then add the water and mix on medium speed until you get a well held and elastic dough. Knead the dough a little bit with your hands then place in an oiled bowl and cover with towel and place a in a warm area to proof/rise for an hour or until doubled in size.

Pizza topping:

-1 packet of Lebeh cheese spread

-1 can of chickpeas 

-1 teaspoon cumin 

-A handful of cherry tomatoes

-A handful of Mint leaves 

Middle Eastern spice sauce:

-1 tabelspoon Zaatar, thyme.

-1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds

-1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

-pinch of chili flakes

-1/2 tablespoon sumac spice

-salt & pepper

-Olive oil 

When the pizza dough has doubled in size, punch it lightly to release the gas it has accumulated and divide it in half. place one half on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll it out as thin as possible, if you like it thick, then as thick as you like :p I like mine thin. 

Then using a knife, spread a good layer of Lebneh on the pizza base. Now in a bowl, combine the chickpeas and season with the 1 teaspoon of cumin as well as salt and pepper and olive oil. Sprinkle the base with 1/2 the chickpeas then slice the tomatoes in half and also sprinkle them on the base. For the spice mix, simply place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and follow with the oil, add enough oil so you get a good liqiud consistency good for drizzling on top of the pizza and drizzle half of it on top of the pizza, reserving the other half for the other piece of dough. Drizzle some olive oil on top of the pizza, season with salt and pepper and place on top of the Pizza stone to bake for a couple of minutes, or until the pizza is “slightly” beginning to achieve a light gold color. Remove from the oven, slice some fresh mint leaves and sprinkle on top, slice the pizza and enjoy.

Do the exact same thing with the other piece of dough and there you have it, deliziosa pizza! 

buon appetito :)



Featured on Ara Magazine

This month, I’ve been featured in the weekly magazine called Ara! Every week a recipe is included in the issue and this time it was my Blueberry cake with orange glaze recipe. I’m really pleased about the way it turned out in the magazine and I really hope you guys grab a copy of it! You can find it in any petrol station in the UAE as well supermarkets such as Union Corporation and Spinneys, and places similar to that, as well as bookstores too…well let me just say, any place that sells magazine haha

The magazine is published weekly every Tuesday and involves many topics such as lifestyle, fashion, women related subjects, and Food recipes. A little bit of everything :) 

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