now that I am not so talented in kitchen and that I am not so passionate about cooking is not a secret! In fact all the sisters that knows me would tell you. I know one dish or two hamdulillah but I am not too driven by the cooking side and so I prefer more cleaning!
But today I had a little help'er'!
I wanted to cook for a dear sister that hasn't been well for a while, may Allah make it easy for her,amin. Also a brother that he is at the hospital, my dh friend, may Allah help him with a speedy recovery, amin.
So after homeschooling the kids, I set off for the kitchen.
But I was not alone. Older one joined too. I was happy to have some time to spent with him in the kitchen as lately we have been ever so busy with exams and various other tests. So time is a pure blessing around here and it is something we don't have much.
So A and I decided to cook two dishes. Some would go to the brother and some to the dear sister.
A has been ever so helpful and this time, was in the kitchen till the end. He likes to cook and often asks to stay with me in the kitchen to help around. He would even stand on a chair to do the washing! Mash'Allah tabar'Allah. You see I don't have girls, only boys, but hey who needs girls when boys can do same jobs!!! ;)
A asked so many interesting questions such as why egg's shell is so full of calcium? Where cheese came from? And if the Hell fire (audhu billahi) is hotter than the new oven??? At this point I wanted to be serious but I had a grin in my face. But great questions and specially the last one.
Today is so hot in London, I just remind him about the hadith that says when it is hot in summer is because Hellfire breath out, audhu billahi.
We made 2 margherita pizzas and a fish pie with salmon and cod. While boil some potatoes, I cooked both fish in milk and a bay leaf. I then transfer the liquid in a measuring jug and put the fish in a plate to be cleaned from their bones and skins.
Then I made a white sauce with some butter, about a spoon, a spoon or more of flour and the left milk (remove the bay leaf before using the milk). When the white sauce is nice and tick (not too tick, thou!) I added the cleaned fish.
I then mashed the potatoes and added some milk.
I then put the sauce and fish in a ovenproof dish and I covered with the mashed. I cooked until brown on top, maybe about 15 min on oven 130 degree centigrade.
So here are some pics i took while we were cooking.
wa alaykum assalam
Tuesday, 15 July 2008