Ice Cream for SuhoorPosted: June 18, 2015
My wardrobe is not properly equipped for hot weather, but what is the proper attire for desert adventures and camel-back riding? I booked my ticket to Dubai last week on an impulse and everyone who knows me is busy LOLOLOLing because I can barely handle an English summer … what will I do in Dubai?? I don’t want to imagine the struggle.
But after the year I’ve had I felt as though I deserved a break, and after my Aunt made a week-long surprise visit home last week I needed very little persuasion to join her there in June. My cousin will be joining me – we’re both nervous fliers and don’t do well in confined spaces, nor can we sleep whilst travelling. Our 8-hour flight will be interesting.
My plans for the next few months can be summarised as follows: Dubai! Ramadan! Summer vacation! New career!!!!!!!!! The blogging goes without saying, of course. And the excessive use of exclamation marks entirely appropriate.
As of 2:00pm today I am no longer a student. I submitted my final documents on Monday, tied up all loose ends, and took class pictures. Current emotions consist of relief, joy, and excitement. I have eaten ice cream with every meal for the past few days with a stupid grin on my face, and there may have been the occasional fist in the air and dancing like no one is watching. I postponed celebrating the end of my placement until it was the end end, and now it really and truly is THE END, so celebrations can begin as soon as my plane touches down in Dubai.
Despite creating a checklist of things I need to pack (yes, I am that person), I have this nagging feeling I’m forgetting something and will probably only remember what when it is too late. It’s definitely not my passport – I checked, three times. My carry-on is too heavy for me to actually carry, and I don’t think I have enough snacks to distract me from being millions of miles above ground. Suggestions for keeping myself occupied for 8 hours on a plane will be greatly appreciated by both myself, and the poor passenger who is unfortunate enough to sit next to me.
I plan to go dancing in the desert, get the worst face tan, consume my body weight in dates (to make up for all the weight I’ll be losing for sure through sweat), add Arabic words for different foods to my vocab, and tame a camel, amongst a few other things. I will post all about my trip when I return, but for real-time updates you can follow me on snapchat (username: nazia-yup), or via social media (facebook, twitter and instagram).
Post-placement recovery from exhaustion took the form of bowlfuls of banana ice cream in bed, and marathon watching re-runs of Friends. For a darker red and more intense berry tasting “nice cream”, add more strawberries.
STRAWBERRY & CASHEW BANANA ICE CREAM FOR SUHOOR, IFTAR, & MORE
2 medium ripe bananas
A handful of cashew nuts
Optional: toppings of your choice
Peel and slice the bananas into discs. Hull and roughly chop strawberries. Place the banana and strawberry in a freezer-proof bag/container and leave in the freezer for at least 2-3 hours.
Once frozen, place the fruit and cashews in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth. Note: it will look sort of crumbly at first as you pulse the banana, but scrape the sides with a silicone spatula and continue blending until the mixture turns smooth.
Enjoy as is, or top with your favourite berries and nuts
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Adapted from the author’s food blog, Your Sunny Side Up.
Nazia was born, raised, and still resides in London. Her favourite food in the whole wide world is toasted buttered bread, which she sometimes eats at every meal of the day. Her second favourite food is cheese. Besides spending a lot of time in the kitchen, she also really likes reading, writing, taking photographs, quirky socks, Chinese food, stealing rocks from places she visits (it’s not really stealing), wedges (not to be confused with wedgies), mornings, nail polish, washing dishes, pyjama bottoms, the colour yellow, making lists, rainstorms, handwritten letters, coffee, autumn, chewing gum, action movies and comedies, storytelling, and more.