Karimah’s Cuisina Raw Date and Fig Cheesecake


English: fig

Arabic : teen

There is something very interesting about the fig. although it is mentioned only once in the Quran, where it is mentioned is the beginning of a whole chapter called the fig. the fig is so significant that it is something that Allah swears by. the great classical  Islamic scholar of medicine , also known as the doctor of the heart, Ibn Jawziyah, may Allah have mercy on his soul ameen, says this “swearing” is because of the  great benefits and uses of figs.

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The fig is a delightful creation, a velvet sack full of juicy goodness that is readily available in our local Portobello Market, however as a family we yearn for the holidays when we can travel to warmer lands and the figs fall  fresh off the trees.


Surat At-Tīn (The Fig) – سورة التي

Surat 95 verse 1

“ By the fig, and the olive, “ Pickthal translation

“I swear by the fig and the olive,” Shakir translation

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Karimah’s Cuisina Raw Date and Fig Cheesecake

This delicious dessert is dedicate to my dear friend Nasra Sharif who made me aware of  Secret Squirrel, the raw cook.

I promised Nasra that we would make this dessert as soon as we cook get enough fresh figs

Lo and behold last week in the local market they were selling them by the box fresh from Turkey where she was on vacance at the time

This recipe is our version of the original, the exotic spice girls we are, and we added more and different spices for that extra je ne c’est quoi.

 And if you can’t eat dessert without tea like me, then please let me advice you that this cheesecake is perfect with earl grey tea, no sugar or honey required as the pudding is sweet enough.

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You will need a 10” diameter sponge tin with a base that comes away,

 You will need a food processor or a large mortar and pestle to mash the ingredient, you will need  jug blender or hand held blender to make coconut cream topping.You will need a freezer

Fruit and Nuts Base
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
4 tbsp desiccated coconut
4 tbsp flaxseeds
1 cup dried figs
1 cup Shalabi dates from Madinah (stones taken out)
4-5 tbsp water
2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp cardamom

Coconut Cashew Cream Topping
1 cup cashews (soaked in water overnight)
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup desiccated coconut
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla bean paste 
Fresh figs

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  1. Make the base,mix all base ingredient together in a bowl and blitz in processor half the amount at a time until the mixture sticks together when pressed between the fingers.
  2. Pour mixture into tin and carefully press firmly using the back of a large spoon or spatula until base is completely flat and even.
  3. . Put remaining half of dried fruit and buts an spices and water in food processor and repeat.
  4. When the base is completely covered put in the freezer to set, and get on with making the coconut cream topping
  5. For the coconut cream topping ,drain the soaking water off the cashews and place the cashews in a jug blender cashews and pulse blend  for a a minute.
  6. With the blender still running on a low speed, slowly add the coconut cream, honey and vanilla bean paste.
  7. Keep blending until the mixture becomes  smooth and creamy.
  8. Add the desiccated coconut and pulse to blender together, this will give the topping a lovely coconut texture.
  9. Carefully take the date, fig, nut  base out of the freezer and gently pour on the  coconut cream cashew layer.
  10. Add the slices of fig and nut back into the freezer for 2 hours to set.
  11. When ready to eat,slice the cheesecake while hard with a sharp knife dipped in hot water to get sharp edges.
  12. Slices can be kept in the freezer until required. It only take 15 minutes to defrost.





The Arabic word is sidr (سدر ). It is a plant that bears berries of yellow and orange to dark purple color. Some say it is a metaphorical, or heavenly, plant that doesn’t exist on Earth (lote-tree).

Buckthorn is one of the #superfoods mentioned in the #quran , interrelated to the #grape And #lotetree, which are also mentioned in the Quran.

It is mentioned 4 times in the Quran.

“But they turned away (from the obedience of God), so We sent against them Sail Al-‘Arim (flood released from the dam), and We converted their two gardens into gardens producing bitter bad fruit, and tamarisks, and some few lote-trees.” Quran chapter 34: verse16]

In an every day context the berries can be used in the diet, we use them in smoothies, soaked over night to soften them.

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a super fruit full of all the Omegas – 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7, as well as a host of antioxidants and other healing nutrients. It has been used to heal psoriasis and make skin glow, boost immunity, slow aging, and lower cholesterol, but it also has numerous other qualities that make it a superior source of vitamins and minerals we all need. Read below to learn about the various health benefits of sea buckthorn.

Sea buckthorn has multiple uses due to its protein building amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. The fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids, too. Its an absolute power house of nutrients!

The leaves, berries and roots can all be used in different forms. It is a complete food that can support the body in all the following ways:

  • Treats gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers
  • Reverses gout
  • Eliminates skin rashes
  • Cures infections
  • Improves sight, lessens eye soreness
  • Promotes colon health
  • Contributes to proper brain and nervous system functioning
  • Reduces inflammatory response in the body
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Treats asthmatic symptoms
  • Reduces skin markings associated with measles or mumps
  • Reduces illness associated with cancer
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Boosts lymphatic circulation and immunity
  • Reduces hunger (due to Omega 7s)
  • Improves the look of skin and hair (also due to Omega 7, 3, 6, and 9s)
  • Neutralizes free radicals in the body
  • Slows the aging process
  • Supports internal organs
  • Boost health of the mucous membranes lining the digestive and respiratory tracts
  • Supports urogential system
  • Reduces the condition of a fatty liver
  • Helps to increase cellular vitality

Reference the following web site, it is really good, allahu allaum



Sometimes you have to throw caution to the window and get out there and help. Via Facebook we linked up with some bright and shiny local young people who are making a big difference in our area, transforming public spaces and making them #ecofriendly #familyfriendly .


they know what they are doing Maasha’allah we just provided the nourishment … Insha’allah with your support we are going to add this group of volunteers to the lovers of our community kitchen . If you would love 💚💛💖to donate Karimahs Cuisina, Nat West Bank account 61933090 sort 55-50-28



The Olive Branch Charity is leading the way transforming public spaces around #grenfell and the #westway , may Allah make it easy for them, guide, bless and protect them ameen


I was told yesterday at a meeting of charities that have and are providing services for #grenfelltower residents that I should tone it down, my attitude, my articulation.

I wasn’t swearing and  name calling, just being quite directive to make sure the facilitators were documenting our feedback because they know they will have to minute it and act upon it.

I am not used to elderly white women tell me to tone it down, I wasn’t raised like that , my father is South African; African, Asian and Scottish, we were educated to be articulate and questioning.

A Pan African sister told me, ” they see you as black and you are supposed to say ” yes massa”

it was strange and caused a commotion in me

 i know four people personally that passed away in the fire, as a community in ladbroke grove, north Kensington nearly every family has been touched by this fire

alhmdulilah for my faith in Allah





For those of us who lack common sense and are still slaves to their taste buds and stomach , here is the hadith , tradition report of prophet Muhammad , salah la alaihi wa salem, that he never ate white flour. White flour in those days wasn’t as bad as it is now, not its bleached and in some cases poison added as well as synthetic minerals and vitamins which can cause strokes and hearts attacks and cancer, so you really now baby love?

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Narrated Abu Hazim: I asked Sahl bin Sad, “Did Allah’s Apostle ever eat white flour?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw white flour since Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him.” I asked, “Did the people have (use) sieves during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw (used) a sieve since Allah sent him as an Apostle until He took him unto Him,” I said, “How could you eat barley unsifted?” he said, “We used to grind it and then blow off its husk, and after the husk flew away, we used to prepare the dough (bake) and eat it.” Sahih Bukhari and Tirmidhi . Authorised Sahih by sheikh


white carbohydrates

Cheap white fillers, it’s ironic because when refined flour  got to this stage it was actually

more expensive because its more processed, now it’s cheap even though it is still more processed than natural because its part of the processed foods/pharmaceutical equation

Natural Remedy for Coughs

Traditionally we used #tumeric #haldi for #coughs but sometimes it’s just not enough.
A few years ago a #pakistani sister told me of this amazing #spice that is used through #Asian food .
When we have a cough we take about 10ml and #dryfry in a small frying pan using no oil or water . As the heat starts to roast the #seeds the natural oil in the seeds starts to burn as smoke… You need to lean over the pan and inhale the smoke… It will kick the back of the throat and attack the #virus.
The #roasted seeds can be slowly boiled with#tumeric and #organicmilk or #nutmilk and drunk before bed.
Hers a list of more #remedies of this powerful plant:-
#acidity #asthma #constipation #liver and #kidney problems #colds #itching #boils #eczema #menstration excessive bleeding #arthritis #weightloss


wheat free pancakes

These pancakes are #wheat free #gluten free but please remember those with inflammatory illness like #psoriasis , that millet is still heating.

Rice flour can be used instead but it better if it is also soaked in water overnight and drained


2 tablespoons of flax seeds soaked over night in water then mixed with one cup of millet flour, mixed in jug blender would be better to decrease the size of seeds other wise not a problem as they have been soaked..this is your batter, use as regular pancake batter

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