Gifts, new recipes and a food festival to look forward to
We get excited over seasonal delights from style-conscious Ramadan hampers to instant ice-lollies.
With the Holy Month now in full swing, it’s time for us to start thinking about the seasonal offerings that pop up to mark Ramadan. If your thoughts are turning to Ramadan gifts for your hosts at iftar, we’ve got something for you from S*uce Gifts, ideal for style-conscious friends. The boutique has launched Ramadan hampers (Dhs300 per hamper) containing some unusual edible items, such as pumpkin seeds (known as ‘bizr’), yet more seeds (this time roasted), shoe-shaped candies from Lebanon called sababeets and sugar- coated chickpeas called odameh. Clearly no Ramadan hamper is complete without dates, so S*uce Gifts has also devised a rather brave- sounding creation of dates stuffed with chocolate M&Ms.
This week we’re also looking forward to trying the sweet Ramadan specials introduced by Oushe Gourmet Bakeshop in Barsha. The new recipes include date-flavoured items such as truffles, cookies and a sticky date cake with a surprise centre of candied walnuts and pears. Also available is the divine-sounding pistachio lime cake with a rosewater glaze. Well worth a taste.
On to more seasonal food delights, but this time inspired by a summer hiding from the heat at home. Lakeland has just introduced a new collection of items, ideal for preparing cooling treats at home.
There’s the silicone star mould from Dhs60, which allows you to make star-shaped lollies and the Zoku Quick Pop maker for Dhs155, which can be used to make ice-lollies in up to ten minutes apparently. We, however, have got our beady eye on the Lakeland My Kitchen ice-cream maker for Dhs300 since the company claims it only takes a mere 20 minutes to make.
And now we’re fantasising about mango sorbet following news that Greenheart Organic has just introduced this fruit to its range for sale. The organic produce company grows all its own fruit and vegetables on farms dotted around the Emirates. Each variety is then available for sale as it comes into season and is ready to harvest. According to Greenheart Organic, these UAE-grown mangoes are picked from the trees once they are perfectly ripe (rather than picked while hard and allowed to ripen off the tree). This means the mangoes offer both maximum flavour and maximum nutritional benefits, such as vitamin A, B6, C and E, beta-carotene and potassium.
In case you’re looking ahead to later in the summer, we’ll leave you with a little news for August. Next month, Beachcombers is launching a street food festival, which will take place every Tuesday evening, aiming to recreate the atmosphere of a bustling Asian market stall. And finally, this month, we’re wishing a very happy first birthday to Karama bakery Sugaholic!