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Thursday, 23 February 2012

This too shall pass

Dear everyone,

To all those suffering from sadness or depression, know that it isn’t your fault. It isn’t because u’re weak. It isn’t because u’re just not grateful enough. It isn’t because u’re
just not religious enough. It isn’t because u don’t have enough
faith. It isn’t because ALLAH is angry with u. To all the well-meaning people who tell u this, just smile and know deep in your heart that the tests of ALLAH come in different forms to different people. And by
knowing that, by the help of ALLAH, every test can become a tool to get closer to HIM. And that, "verily with hardship come ease" [Quran 94:5]
n like all things of this world, this too shall pass.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

French Caramelized Apple

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 spicy-sweet, crisp apples (Jonagold, Crispin, Honeycrisp), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, as needed


Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the apples to the pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Sauté the apples, stirring frequently, for 6-8 minutes, until they just start to turn tender.
Sprinkle the apples with the remaining sugar, cinnamon, and lemon zest. Toss the mixture gently and cook over medium heat for an additional 2 minutes, until the sugar begins to caramelize and the apples are crisp-tender.
Transfer the apples from the skillet to a serving bowl with a slotted spoon. Turn the heat to high and add the apple cider to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce the heat slightly and allow the cider and the pan juices to simmer for 1-3 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly. If you desire a thicker sauce, dissolve the cornstarch in a teaspoon of water, stir it into the sauce, and allow it to thicken for a moment. Pour the finished sauce over the warm apples and serve immediately.
Caramelized Apples Recipe

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