Cute Ramadan Cupcakes

My sister has this cute picture on her bbm profile… I couldn’t resist putting it up here

I love the little Vimto bottle….

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Alcohol Cooking Substitutions

While preparing my Ramadan menu I realized that a lot of recipes I have saved require wine or some other type of alcohol. I found this list of options and thought that it would be helpful (If you don’t want to use alcohol) :

Amaretto – Italian almond-flavored liqueur – Substitute: Almond extract.

Beer or ale + Various types.                                                                                                  For light beers, substitute chicken broth, ginger ale or white grape juice. For heavier beers, use a stronger beef, chicken or mushroom broth or stock. Non-alcoholic beers may also be substituted.

Brandy +Liquor made of distilled wine or fruit juice.
Scotch or bourbon. If a particular flavor is specified, use the corresponding fruit juice, such as apple, apricot, cherry, peach, raspberry etc. or grape juice. Corresponding flavored extracts can be used for small amounts.

Calvados, Apple brandy
Substitute: Apple juice concentrate or juice.

Chambord, Black raspberry liqueur
Substitute: Raspberry juice, syrup or extract.

Champagne, Sparkling white wine.
Substitute: Sparkling white grape juice, ginger ale, white wine.

Claret
Light red wine or Bordeaux.
Non-alcoholic wine, diluted currant or grape juice, cherry cider syrup.

Cognac, Aged, double-distilled wine or fermented fruit juice.
Substitute peach, apricot or pear juice.

Cointreau, French, orange-flavored liqueur.
Substitute: Orange juice concentrate or regular orange juice that has been reduced to a thicker consistency.

Curacao, Liqueur made from bitter Seville oranges.
Substitute: Orange juice frozen concentrate or reduced fresh orange juice.

Creme de menthe, Thick and syrupy, sweetened mint liqueur. Comes both clear and green.
Substitute: Mix spearmint extract or oil with a little water or grapefruit juice. Use a drop of food coloring if you need the green color.

Framboise, French raspberry liqueur.
Substitute: Raspberry juice or syrup.

Frangelico, Italian hazelnut liqueur.
Substitute: Hazelnut or almond extract.

Galliano, Golden Italian anise liqueur.
Substitute: Licorice extract.

Grand Marnier French liqueur, orange-flavored.
Substitute: Orange juice frozen concentrate or reduced fresh orange juice.

Grappa Italian grape brandy.
Substitute: Grape juice or reduced red wine.

Grenadine, Pomegranate syrup, sometimes alcoholic.
Substitute: Pomegranate syrup or juice.

Hard Cider, Fermented, alcoholic cider.
Substitute: Apple cider or juice.

Kahlua, Syrupy Mexican liqueur made with coffee and cocoa beans.
Substitute: touch of cocoa powder.

Kirsch (Kirchwasser) Colorless liqueur made of cherries.
Substitute: Black cherry, raspberry, boysenberry, currant, or grape juice or syrup, or cherry cider.

Red Burgundy, Dry French wine.
Substitute: Non-alcoholic wine, red wine vinegar, grape juice.

Red wine, Sweet or dry wine.
Substitute: Non-alcoholic wine, beef or chicken broth or stock, diluted red wine vinegar, red grape juice diluted with red wine vinegar or rice vinegar, tomato juice, liquid from canned mushrooms, plain water.

Rum, Liquor distilled from molasses or sugar syrup.
Substitute: For light rum, use pineapple juice flavored with almond extract. For dark rum, use molasses thinned with pineapple juice and flavored with almond extract. Or use rum extract flavoring.

Sake,Fermented rice drink.
Substitute: Rice vinegar.

Schnapps, Flavored, colorless liquor.
Use corresponding flavored extract such as peppermint, peach, etc.

Sherry, Fortified dessert wine, sweet or dry, some with a slightly nutty flavor.
Substitute: Orange or pineapple juice.

Southern Comfort, Bourbon mixed with peach liqueur.
Substitute: Peach nectar mixed with a little cider vinegar.

Tequila, Liquor made of the agave plant.
Substitute: Cactus nectar or juice.

Triple Sec, Orange-flavored liqueur.
Substitute: Orange juice frozen concentrate or reduced fresh orange juice.

Vermouth, Wine-based drink infused with herbs, sweet or dry.
Substitute: For sweet, use non-alcoholic sweet wine, apple or grape juice or balsamic vinegar. For dry, use non-alcoholic white wine, white grape juice or white wine vinegar.

White Burgundy, Dry French wine.
Substitute: Non-alcoholic wine, white grape juice diluted with white wine vinegar.

White wine, Sweet or dry wine.
Substitute: Non-alcoholic wine, chicken broth or stock, diluted white wine vinegar or cider vinegar, white grape juice diluted with white wine vinegar, ginger ale, canned mushroom liquid, water. For marinades, substitute 1/4 cup vinegar plus 1 Tbsp sugar plus 1/4 cup water.

Fasting In Days Other Than Ramadhan

While fasting in the month of Ramadan is an obligatory for us muslims, there are also other days for voluntary fasting, such as:

  • each Monday and Thursday of a week
  • the 13th, 14th, and 15th day of each lunar month – Alayyam Albeed
  • six days in the month of Shawwal, the month following Ramadan.
  • Ashura Day (10th of Muharram in the Hijri calendar), (Only Sunni Muslims fast on this day. In Shia Islam it is prohibited.)

Fasting however is forbidden on the following days:

  • Eid Fitr (1st Shawwal) and Eid Adha (10th Thulhijjah)
  • Tashriq (11th, 12th, 13th Thulhijjah)
  • Arafat Day (9th of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Hijri/Lunar Islamic calendar) for those in Hajj

Volupté Tea Shop & Tea Room

I was introduced to this café 2 years ago by an old and dear friend …. Volupté is baisically a tea shop and a café/restaurant…. It is the perfect place to have lunch while shopping in Rue d’Antibes (a shopping street in Cannes)… it serves healthy food and is so child friendly… I love their Tea shop as well and am planning to go there again to stock up for some more teas for Muscat! :p

BBQ Night Before Ramadan

My husband made us his delicious burgers last night …. yummmmy

( I know that the salad looks like its soaked in sauce …. but thats because it is!!! This my friends is what happens when you are busy chatting instead of focusing or looking at what you are supposed to be doing!!!… lesson learned!!! )

I just love our grill from Eva Solo … Its the perfect shape and size for our balcony…and I know that we’ll be using it a lot more in Ramadan ….. I mean whats nicer than having friends and family over for a BBQ iftar?  😉

Here is a picture of the grill from their website for more info please click here.

The Village of Saint Paul de Vence

Today we had lunch at the village of Saint Paul… we just love this village and we always make sure to visit it at least once when we are in cannes.

It is a small village yet it is one of the most beautiful villages in Provance….. Saint-Paul was founded in the 9th century which makes it one of the oldest medieval towns in the area. It has inspired many famous artists, painters, writers and poets for decades (infact it still does)….. and as a result it is filled with many art galleries… you can’t help your self from falling in love with so many art pieces here …. so much talent in such a small place!

Here are a few photos that we took today:




Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique – Cannes

Cannes firework festival 2011

Since 1967, the city of Cannes has been hosting a firework festival that runs throughout the summer season. Some of the world’s finest firework companies from all over the world compete and offer shows  that are syncronised to music …… The shows can be seen from the Croisette… and the hotels around the area offer special dinners (which need to be booked in advanced ofcourse) where you can enjoy the beautiful shows while having a nice meal.

The Pyragric team from France put a really good show last night….. and we really enjoyed it while having dinner at the Carlton….we loved the music and the fireworks…… and most importantly the kids had a great time ( as usual ) and they just can’t wait to come back next week !!! …..

There are 3 teams left now :

Sun 7/08
MACEDO (Portugal)

Mon 15/08
KHAN (Russia)

Wed 24/08
PANZERA (Italy)

My husband took those 2 photos :

All these boats were there to enjoy the show …. love it!

I wanted to put one of our videos up but unfortunately I would just not stop talking :s … so I decided to put this video from you tube …. unfortunately I could not find one from the same night .. this video is from the previous week…. it was by a group called First Galaxy from England.

Cannes Calendar Of Festivals And Events 2011 / 2012

Thought that I should share the events calendar just incase someone would need it of find it helpful 😉

 January 

  • New Year’s Eve Dinner – a festive dinner served at midnight at the Cannes Communal Centre of Social Action on the Avenue Michel Jourdan. Fun and games as everyone gets into a celebratory spirit
  • Cannes Shopping Festival – mid-January, five days of spring fashion shows are held in the Palais des Festivals, along with themed dinners, young designers workshops and awards, and other fashion-related events

 February 

  • Games Festival – every year, participants come to play a variety of games in the Palais des Festivals. Whether it’s bridge, cards, crosswords, Scrabble or backgammon, there’s sure to be something of interest for the whole family

 March 

  • MIPIM – mid-March, held in the Palais des Festivals, this top property market conference and trade show attracts over 25,000 visitors and the leading industry professionals

April

  • Printemps des Musées – every April or May, visitors can look forward to free entry to museums all around Cannes

 May 

  • Cannes Film Festival – first staged back in 1946, this is the biggest and most famous film festival in the world. Held in the Palais des Festivals, most of the events are by invitation only. However, there are a number of screenings that the public can attend. And of course, anyone can walk La Croisette in search of a star or starlet
  • Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) – this is an annual alternative to the more famous Film Festival

 June 

  • Cannes International Advertising Festival – mid-June, this is where thousands of the world’s advertising, creative, direct marketing, interactive, media and marketing communities get together once a year. During the festival, commercials, ads, websites, media solutions and direct marketing entries compete to be the best

July 

  • Firework Festival – during the summer, Cannes stages six spectacular firework displays, including a special Bastille Day celebration. Some 200,000 spectators come to watch
  • Nuits Musicales du Suquet – classical musicians play in a series of evening concerts outside the Eglise Notre Dame de l’Esperance

 August

  • Festival of Russian Art – mid-August, this festival includes works of Russian art as well as performances of work by Russian classical composers
  • Pantiero Festival – mid-August, an outdoor electronic music festival held on the terrace of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. When the concerts finish, the parties begin

September 

  • Journees du Patrimoines – free entry to many museums and other places of interest in Cannes on the weekend closest to September 15th
  • Salon de l’Automobile – held in the open air by the Vieux Port in Cannes, this event features a vast display of cars from all over the world as well as many other attractions for the whole family
  • Regates Royales – late-September, this sailing competition is a spectacular sight, featuring both the Royal class, including vintage sailing ships, as well as the Dragon class

October 

  • MIP-COM – producers, distributors, buyers, investors, broadcasters and webcasters from the world of film are brought together in Cannes’ Palais des Festivals
  • TFWA World Exhibition – a leading event in the duty free and travel retail industry, buyers, airport authorities, agents and leading luxury brands meet in Cannes in order to network

 November

  • Cannes Dance Festival – this biennial event is held in the Palais des Festivals and features an impressive line-up of international dancers

December

  • International Luxury Travel Market – mid-December, it seems only right that this luxury travel event should be staged in the upmarket resort of Cannes. Luxury travel goods buyers and sellers meet in the La Croisette District to discuss the latest happenings in their industry