Raw Foodies of Rasoul Allah Maasha’allah

KARIMAH’S CUISINA AND FARM THE CITY
Raw Foodies of Rasoul Allah Maasha’allah

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Alhamdulilah yesterday was a massive day for Karimah’s Cuisina Faith Based Well Being Organisation.
We, Muslim women, delivered a raw food workshop to the wider community, illustrating that Muslims are also on the progressive edge of Health Well Being and Nutrition.
We engaged the visitors of the Farm the City London to make raw veggie rice wrappers A.K.A. Summer Rolls.We made a sweet and spicy and another more spicy raw satay sauce and the rest is Herstory, a great time was had by all and everyone wanted seconds, alhmdulilah maashallah.

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RECIPE FOR RAW SATAY SAUCE IS

RAW SATAY SAUCE
INGREDIENTS
• 235 grammes salted peanut butter
• 150 grms sesame seed oil
• 5 small onions washed, peeled and chopped
• 1 clove garlic peeled and chopped
• 235grm coconut milk tinned ok
• 150 grm soya sauce
• Dry chillis to taste, add a few, keep tasting in between blending, then add more if desired
• 150 grm honey or brown sugar or tamarind paste
METHOD
• Put all ingredient in blender and blitz
• Add more chillies to taste
• It’s so simple

Rice Wrappers can be bought at Oriental grocery stores….BUT…

It’s best to prepare veggies first, wash, peel, chop, slice, shred, chiffonier,grate

You can use

LIST OF VEGETABLES  THAT CAN BE USED IN VIETNAMISE SUMMER SPRING ROLLS AKA VEGGIE  RICE WRAPPERS

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Bean sprouts
  • Sweet peppers
  • Chilli peppers
  • Spring onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Courgettes/zucchini
  • Radish
  • Avocado
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Sweet corn /mini corn

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Emma Brooks , one of the founders of Farm the City, with her sistar Roz

HERBS ARE A GREAT ADDITION BUT YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR FLAVOUR COMBINATIONS OR OPEN TO EXPERIMENT

  • mint
  • thai basil,
  • cockscomb mint
  • perilla leaves
  • coriander
  • tarragon
  • garlic
  • chives
  • parsley
  • ginger
  • mustard
  • cress

 

Happy Campers eating sun fired food, with amazing maasha’Allah local Muslim young people who helped out preparing the vegetables as well as being involved in the urban gardening project that helped to grow them, alhmdulilah, praise Allah/Godkc farm raw sept 16 H text.jpg

MILK…The Facts

MILK…Although milk is mentioned in the Quran and other Sacred Scriptures, most of the milk we drink today is full of growth hormones ,anti-biotics and from unloved cows.. It is not actually a great source of protein and spinach , gramme for gramme give you about the same amount of calcium. According to Patrick Holford, author of the Optimum Nutrition Bible, no matter how much diary you consume, if your blood is too acidic, which basically means not enough greens, then the calcium will not be absorbed. Seriously we would be better off getting our calcium from greens and having organic milk as a treat for rice pudding etc.

Calcium Foods That Alkali Your Blood
Calcium Foods That Alkali Your Blood

Protein: milk is not the best source of protein. There are 3.4g of protein in 100 grammes of milk, there are 32.97g of protein in 100 grammes of pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin A:.Milk has 47 IU in 100 grammes, carrots have17033 IU that’s over 300% the DV daily value

Vitamin B12: Shellfish, beef liver,fish(mackerel),crab, tofu, fortified bran cereals and beef all have more vitamin B12 than milk.Per 100 grammes whole milk has 18% DV of vitamin B12 whereas 100 grammes of mackerel has 317%DV
Vitamin B6: Per 100grammes of milk there is 0.04mg of vitamin B6 , 100 grammes of sunflower seeds have 1.35mg of vitamin B6,which is 67% DV(daily value),
Vitmain B2 Riboflavin: spinach, beet greens, asparagus,mushrooms and eggs all ahev more riboflavin that milk, however milk is still a pretty good source of riboglavine,. 1 cup of spinahcx contains 0.42 millogrammes of the vitmaomnad 1 cup of whole milk contains 0.22 mg.
Vitamin B3 Niacin: almonds have 1.10mg (60% DV) in 100 grammes, organic milk has 0.1 grammes in 100 grammes of whole milk.
Vitain b1 Thiamine:100 grammes of trout has 0.43 grammes (28% DV) and 100 grammes of milk has 0.107 mg of thiamine

The Clean 15 – Safest Foods To Buy Anywhere

Recently a good friend of mine told me about the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen like it was something she thought I already knew, I felt bad that I didn’t.However the Creator is bountiful. I was searching my files to post a smoothie recipe on Facebook and came across this asparagus  recipe remedy of mine called Asparagus Menopause Smoothie, but you guessed it, that’s another post. Researching further the health benefits of “asparagus” I was happy to find out that it is part of the Clean 15 ! Identified by the Enviromental Working Group as one of the safer foods you can buy anywhere.Once again I am saving this image in my phone so I know what’s OK to buy whenever I’m out and about.

By sharing positive information we can help each other happily and healthly  through this new millenium insha’allah.

Clean 15
Clean 15

 

 

 

ULCER SMOOTHIE FOR FASTING

ULCER SLIPPER ELM SMOOTHIE

Ulcers can be a pain and off putting for those of us who want to fast. From my own experience of having sensitive stomach this smoothie got me through Ramadhan and beyond. I have a very delicate stomach, not in a bourgeois  colonialist way, but in an I’m allergic to wheat kind of way, bit of a sickly kid kind of way and fasting always scares me.My doctor’s has even said that because of my weak stomach, that they have wanted to shove a camera down there for years,  that I don’t have to fast.

Ulcer Smoothie
Ulcer Smoothie

That’s not an option for me, I would feel left out, its not the same; fasting your eyes, ears, tongue, I enjoy going through the hardship, etc and feeling the sense of achievement by Allah’s grace at the end of the day…..its like spiritual mountain climbing.

I am almost qualified as a nutritionist but not quite so please ask your doctor about this if you’re in any doubt, however most of them won’t know about slippery elm, it’s an old red Indian remedies that can be bought in most good health shops like Neal’s yard, don’t buy the cheaper one from Holland and Barrat from Thompson, its diluted with flour and that something a sensitive stomach doesn’t need.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon slippery elm powder

2 bananas, washed, peeled

1 tea spoon turmeric/haldi

1 tea spoon cinnamon

300-500ml almond milk, homemade is best

 7 (optional) dates, stones taken out

METHOD

Place all ingredients in blender and blitz for 30 seconds

Slippery Elm Powder .This powdery herb is a little miracle for delicate stomachs, there has been a bug going round that I can’t ignore,  and for the body to heal it self sometime you need to take the stress off it but stopping animal products and also giving it a hand, slippery elm is a food and a healer, it is what is known as a mucilage which means it produce a sort of healthy slime that travels through the gut healing and  removing anything not very good.

Slippery Elm Bark is a herb derived from the Elm (Ulmus) family. Native to Canada and the US, it can be found growing in the Appalachian Mountains. The inner bark is collected from trees which are at least 10 years old, and is mainly powdered for therapeutic use.

GREEN SMOOTHIE – kale kiwi & banana

By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain & Well Being Writer.
Hmmmmm, its seems strange even to me that I should be thinking of embarking on a juice smoothie fast as the days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in, in England’s green and pleasant land. However certain health problems are hard to ignore when you get to the cross roads of your life. I relate to this positive opinion to where I am right now.
“When you feel life at crossroads,
you need higher perspective view.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Kale, Kiwi & Banana Smoothie
Kale, Kiwi & Banana Smoothie

After reading, Healthy at 100, by John Robbins, revisiting Fit for Life and treating myself to some raw food courses with Russell James, the raw chef, Irena Arango and Sistah in the Raw, it’s high time I got on the wagon.
Now I’m not getting on the raw food wagon full time because I know I’ll fall off, it’s too usually high a pedestal to sit on for me, however I have started to buy and eat organic ethically reared meat , which is quite rightly expensive and Islamically doesn’t need to be eaten every day, for good health. Vegetarian food is a healthy option with a raw green smoothie detox thrown in for good measure.
I am psyching myself up for this one though deep down I know I can easily do it Insha’Allah, God willing!
Back in the daze before I started practicing Islam I was studying with Pan African Egyptology group and we often did 3 day raw food fast, I vividly remember avocado, beetroot, chicory and onion salad for three days was all we had to eat, with cidar vinegar and olive oil, it was great.
My raw food buddy Amir M .Abdullah Al Bey, he is a guru really, will be delighted that I’m doing this fast but a bit disappointment that I’ll be eating meat sometimes, still that’s where I’m at right now.
What I’m doing is integrating a green juice/smoothie to start my day and throughout the day, veggie food and when I’m ready start the fast which will be next week Insha’Allah.
Sooooooo…Today at Karimah’s Cuisina we made this one, try to use organic ingredients if possible, farmers market are a fresh reasonable source of locally grown products, if you cannot afford then use whatever is in your price range.
 5 large long Italian kale leaves
 1 banana
 2 kiwis
 1/2 litre of water
Method
• Wash the kale and chop across leaves into 10cm size chunks
• Wash and peel banana
• Wash and peel kiwi
• Add everything including water to blender and start on slow setting to get leaves broken down
• If you need to turn off blender give it a stir to get bottom sludge to top and top to bottom etc.
• Blend till reasonable smooth but not dead, it’s good to have some fibre to chew your smoothie so as to release digestive enzymes in the mouth as it goes down.
It’s best to drink straight and if you need to make night before and drink in morning, or if you make than morning, drink throughout the day
This recipe will make about 1 ½ pints of drink that about 3 cups or 700ml.
Dark Blue-Green Leaves of Italian Kale are great for the immune system,
Protects against prostrate & colon cancer, it’s anti-aging & good for the eyesight. It’s extremely high in Vitamin A which in turns supports good health of the mucus membranes, lungs and cavities of the body, preventing cancer. It also contains complex B vitamins which are good for the nerves and metabolism.
Bananas are great for the stomach, they contains loads of potassium which helps regulate bodies water balance system, good for the heart and bodies nervous system. They are high in vitamin b 6 which means good for the nerves and hormone balance as well as depression. They’re great anti-acids in the stomach as well as activating cells that produce stomach lining. They also contain compound called protease inhibitors, so they help eliminate bacteria that cause ulcer, mashallah as God would have it be!
Kiwis are a superfood food; high in vitamin C are great for boosting immune system, great for your eyes and anti-aging.
All in all this smoothie is fantastic………here’s one on the house 

 

Karimahs Cuisina Chicken Curry

Karimah’s Chicken Curry -Village Stylee

This recipe is seriously slam dunkin maashallah!

This has to be one of the best curry recipes, it’s complicated and that’s what makes it good, it’s not a curry from a bottle or shop bought paste, it’s a DIY, do-it-yourself spice exploration. It’s well worth the fuss and once you’ve made it once you’ll want to do it over and over again just because of the taste.

Chicken Curry ...Karimah Stylee
Chicken Curry …Karimah Stylee

We used free range halal ethically reared chicken from Willowbrook Farm, in Oxfordshire and the different it made was like it tasted like curry grannie use to make when we were young, if you are old enough to remember those daze.

Make enough of the roasted seed mix and it will be easier next time if you don’t give it away like we did, still you have to get them hooked don’t  you?

Indian Chicken Marinade
Indian Chicken Marinade

INGREDIENTS

Chicken marinade

  • 1 lb/500 grammes chicken, asked the butcher to cut into curry pieces, we used wings instead.
  • 2 tbsps. /30ml   fresh chopped garlic/ginger each
  • 1 tbsps. /15ml  red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • Salt

chicken curry seed roast

Curry spice

  • 2 tbsps/30ml . grated coconut flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbp/15ml sesame seeds
  • 1 tbp/15ml . cumin seeds
  • 1 tbp/15ml . coriander seeds
  • 10 peppercorns seeds
  • 1 stick cinnamon (12 inch)
  • cloves

Curry Start Up

  • 2 tbsps. /30ml  vegetable oil
  • 3  fresh green chilies
  • bay leaves
  • 3 medium onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 x 345 ml tin, usual size tinned tomatoes.

Method

 

  • Mix the chopped ginger-garlic, turmeric powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the red chili powder.
  •  Rob over chicken  pieces and set aside while you prepare the roasted
  •  Heat heavy frying pan/cast iron skillet until its smoking. Turn the heat down.
  • Add all seeds and stir; you will need to put some mesh cover over pans and sesame pop and jump out. Roast till they release aroma smell, its lovely.
  • Turn heat off and leave to cool down, and then grind by hand or in blender with coconut flour. Set aside.
  • Back to our heavy bottomed pan, add vegetable oil. On medium heat add bay leaves and chilies to infuse oil with flour then add chopped onions.
  • Fry onions till golden and softened  then oil chicken pieces
  • Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side then turning do they don’t burn
  • Add 2 tbsp /30ml of seed spice masala  mix and put the rest in  jar for next time or give it to a sister like we did.   Stir in, so all meat is covered.
  • Add chopped tinned tomatoes and water, stir
  • Turn heat up and bring to boil the turn down low and cover for 45mnutes
  • You can add potatoes and boiled eggs if you wish.
  • As any curry connoisseur knows, curry is better than next day, if you can wait till them serve with brown rice and carrot, beetroot and onion salsa.
  • Organic halal chicken…because we’re worth it, all praise is due to the Creator of the heavens and earth and everything in between.

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