So in our main Kitchen (pics here), there’s a pantry with shelving units.
Since the Kitchen was a communal area (shared space), everyone from my family members to the staff would just take my stuff without replacing it, which was fine… except when I wanted to make a certain dish, halfway through I’d realize that we were out of Baking Powder or Cornstarch or a certain spice or a certain herb.
It was pretty annoying. So I took over a couple of shelves in the pantry and started stocking them with my stuff. Most if not all of this stuff was from Taw9eel.com
KDD Power Fruits Boysenberry with Pomegranate & CranberryI went through a phase with this stuff! It was all I drank for several months straight!
KDD Power Fruits Pomegranate with AcaiberryThis stuff, not so much. It was a bit too tart for my liking.
I basically picked these up as a substitute for my pseudo-coffee and soda drinks (since I quit those), but I’m pretty much over the KDD Power Fruits now.
Rabee Rose SyrupThis stuff smelled good and tasted good! So refreshing during the Summer!
Foster Clark’s Mango + Foster Clark’s Orange
Tang Orange + Tang Tropical + Tang Pineapple
Darina PineappleObviously nothing beats the classic Tang (orange) but I figured I’d pick up a few different flavors to try since I’d quit my beloved carbonated drinks and pseudo-coffee drinks. The kids seemed to enjoy most of them.
Sunkist Pineapple NectarMy niece and I preferred Sunkist Pineapple Nectar over KDD Pineapple Nectar.
KDD Mango NectarTried and true favorite!
Tang LemonI’d picked up a small sachet of Tang Lemon from somewhere and was obsessed with getting more ever since! This stuff was next to impossible to find online during the quarantine! It was so tart and ridiculously refreshing!
Maynards Bassetts Sherbet LemonsNow this stuff was a repurchase. I crave it from time to time.
Del Monte Orange + Del Monte Pineapple + Del Monte MangoOnce these Del Monte drinks popped up online, I picked up a pack of each because of the “real bits”. The Orange was my personal favorite but my preference wasn’t shared by the fam.
Rani Strawberry Banana FloatNow this stuff was a sleeper hit! I was always a fan of Strawberry + Banana and would even request it (if it wasn’t on the menu) when I’d go out to dinner with my friends. Naturally, I thouroughly enjoyed this stuff!
Nivea Lemongrass & Oil Bar SoapAt some point, I started going through shopping withdrawal so I decided to go crazy on Taw9eel.com. First, it started off with personal care items. I stocked up on yet another tried and true favorite, the Nivea Lemongrass & Oil Soap (repurchased several times here).
Fa Citrus Fresh Refreshing Lemon Bar SoapThis sounded promising (Refreshing Lemon) but I don’t really remember using it, meaning it didn’t leave much of an impression.
Johnson’s Sea Salts Bar SoapNow this stuff was so good! It was a wee bit smaller than what I would’ve preferred, but the fresh scent more than made up for its size! I’d only gotten the one, but vowed to stock up soon (which I did). Highly recommend!
Gillette Blue II Disposable RazorsWhat can I say about these Disposable Razors that I haven’t already said a million times before? I prefer mens’ razors (closer shave) and these are my absolute favorites! I’ve even written up an entire post about them (here)!
Persona Disposable RazorsThey looked similar to my favorites (same color packaging) so I decided to give these a try. As simple as that.
Septona Nail Polish Remover WipesAbsolute garbage! I desperately needed Nail Polish Remover and since we were in lockdown mode, I bought these wipes online. Unfortunately, they did nothing for me. Not. A. Thing. Waste of money.
Signal + AsteraSo Signal turned out to be too big of a Toothbrush for my small teeth, but the way the bristles were cut on Astera strongly appealed to me! I even repurchased the Astera Toothbrush several times (in different colors)!
Parodontax ToothpasteApparently all my friends and family use Parodontax Toothpaste. I don’t like the taste and it doesn’t feel particularly refreshing, but whatever (I don’t wanna be left out lol).
Astera FlossersI developed somewhat of an unhealthy obsession with flossing ever since a certain dentist created huge gaps inbetween my teeth when I went for a routine teeth cleaning (thanks Asnan Tower for messing my up my teeth).
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Callus RemoverLike I said, I was getting antsy during the lockdown and needed to spend my monies. I saw this thing online (taw9eel.com) and wanted it and got it. To this day, I have yet to use it.
Vibe Detangling BrushYet another Tangle Teezer knockoff. I mean I like it but I’d say stick with the original.
BaByliss Sensitive Curling Iron C625SDE*cue angelic music* Honestly, I went into this with zero expectations and was delightfully surprised by the end result! My hair had gotten super long during the lockdown (even after I’d given myself a “trim” complete with bangs lol) and this thing curled my hair beautifully! There was a bit of a learning curve, but other than that, this baby was amaaaze!
Carrot WatermelonGot it mostly for the fun scent!
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Honey & NutsNot sure when or why but I was started craving honey-flavored Cereal (any brand) all the time! For whatever reason, this stuff was so hard to find! It was always out of stock! Whenever it popped back up, I’d always repurchase it in bulk (well, two to three boxes, at a time). So yummy!
The one on the right, wins!
Kellogg’s Special K StrawberryI picked up just the one box to try (shared with the kids) and loved it so much that I went back online and stocked up. This stuff strongly reminded me of those old-school granola bars. Deelish!
Fibre One 4 Peanut Butter Popcorn BarsHated both. Blech!
McVitie’s Mini Digestives + McVitie’s Iced GemsThese were cute! I believe I picked them up from the Imported Section (UK) on taw9eel.com Previous to this, I hadn’t even known that Digestives came in the Milk Chocolate flavor! It was stupid good! I definitely needed more! The Iced Gems though, not so much. They were a bit crunchy and tasteless (sorta’ like… I wanna’ say meringues?). In any case, both were way too overpriced for such a small amount.
McVitie’s DigestivesSince I quit smoking, I was pretty much munching on these non-stop. I legit went through an entire small box of this stuff per day.
SkittlesOnce I started craving my beloved Skittles (love!), I grabbed a pack of each. The ones without a shell were all melted together and the yoghurty coated ones tasted strange. Double fail.
El Sabor Nacho’n DipThese are the Nachos I served to my guests whenever we were watching a movie or whatever in the Cinema Room.
El Sabor Nacho’n DipThe box came with Nachos and a thing of Dip (either Cheese or Salsa, depending on which box). Pretty convenient!
El Sabor Nachos + El Sabor Cheese DipThat said, the boxes were a bit small so I figured I’d pick up several large packs of Nachos in different flavors and a thing of Cheese Dip. More economical and stuff, y’know?
Potato ChipsThe Potato Chips selection on taw9eel.com was abysmal. It was all organic this and gluten-free that. Where was all the good stuff? I tried a few but mostly the kids ate them.
Jolly Time PopcornIt’s Popcorn. Kids love it. Adults love it. It’s perfect for movie nights and it helped me with my oral fixation back when I first quit smoking. Dunno’ what else to say. It’s Popcorn. Who doesn’t enjoy Popcorn?
American Garden Bread CrumbsAs you may have seen in my Chef LuLu (Part 1) Post (here), the first few recipes I made, all called for some form of breading. So this stuff was supposed to be a time-saver (granted you still had to add your own spices).
Dream WhipUgh! So hard to work with. My first time using this stuff was for Mera’s so-called recipe (here) which was a bust, therefore I’m not surprised Dream Whip and I did not and do not get along.
Sarita CakesI mean, I only picked these up because I couldn’t find Sara Lee Cakes on taw9eel.com at the time (prolly out of stock).
Velvety White + Supreme Vanilla + Milk Chocolate + Dark ChocolateI was super happy when these popped up online! Since we were under lockdown and couldn’t order from bakeries (I mean we could, but we were trying to be extra safe), I heavily relied on these Cake Mixes for dessert. Aside from being super easy to make, there was also an endless amount of Cake Mix Hacks you could find online, like I mentioned in my Chef LuLu (Part 1) Post (here).
Brownies + Orange + Strawberry + Chocolate + Vanilla
Dreem Vanilla Cake Mix(here)
Dreem Chocolate Cake Mix
Dreem Strawbery Cake Mix(here)
Dreem Orange Cake Mix
Dreem GelatineI was dying to experiment with Gelatin but could never find the plain stuff until one day when it popped up on taw9eel.com. In anticipation of it going out of stock I seriously stocked up. Inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, I cut Grapes in half and tossed them in some Coconut Water (because it was clear) mixed with Gelatin. You can see the finished result in my Chef LuLu (Part 3) Post (here). Pretty cool, right?
Dreem Vanilla Ice Cream PowderThis stuff was a big help when it came to the kids! They were getting antsy during the lockdown and icecream just makes everything better (here)!
Dreem Chocolate Ice Cream PowderAlso, it actually tasted good (here)!
Dreem Strawberry Ice Cream PowderAnd even looked pretty (here)!
McVitie’s Digestive BiscuitsI used these for making Desserts and stuff, but also for munching on whenever I was craving a smoke, up until I discovered the Milk Chocolate version (see below) which was a billion times yummier!
McVitie’s Digestive Milk Chocolate BiscuitsI picked this stuff up from the imported section, just to try and was quickly obsessed! Thankfully, I was able to find it locally (see below).
McVitie’s Digestive Milk Chocolate BiscuitsI went through an entire box of this stuff per day! So good!
CookiesThese were not my favorite.
Betty Crocker CookiesI didn’t like these either.
Kuwait Flour Mills & Bakeries Nice Coconut BiscuitsThese were for the staff.
MarshmallowsThese I used for making Dessert for the kids (here).
Mini MarshmallowsI figured the mini ones would be cute for Hot Cocoa.
Lindt Milk ChocolateThese, I reserved for usage when Baking (here).
SnacksA bunch of random snackage I got from taw9eel.com for whenever I or the kids got the munchies.
Honey Roast PeanutsSo good!
Dried Seaweed Mix
Calrose RiceUsed this stuff to make the authentic Saudi Arabian Chicken with Rice Dish called Saleeg (here)!
Riserva Gallo Riso Carnaroli
Daawat Basmati Brown Rice
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
Buitoni Farfalle TricoloreUsed these to make bomb Pink Pasta!
Old El Paso TortillasOf all the Salsa brands, Old El Paso is my favorite! I didn’t even know that they made Tortillas up until I clocked them online. I used these to make Chicken Fajitas (here)! Later on, I used the smaller versions for the Tortilla Wrap that was trending on TikTok (where you basically just fill and fold).
Libby’s Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
Natureland Unrefined Sesame Oil
Yolk Magic Egg SeparatorAs I said, taw9eel.com was not only limited to food. They also sold… pretty much everything else, including fun little novelties like this. Certain recipes called for egg whites only and since I had trouble separating the yolk from the egg whites, this little thing made my life much easier!
Tefal TupperwareI also needed something to store the Kimchi in (because it seriously stinks), so I was delighted to find these as well!
LeeksI needed Leeks for my Vaterzoy recipe (here) and was lucky to find some on taw9eel.com. Like I said, that site was a life-saver during the lockdown! Sure it was overpriced but whatevs.
AvocadoesWho doesn’t enjoy Avocado Toast (here)?
PearsSo happy I found some on taw9eel.com because my Kimchi recipe (here) called for Pears.
A peek into our Freezer
The side door…
Inside the Freezer…
Americana Arabic Spices Beef BurgersThe infamous Americana Arabic Spices Beef Burgers (here).
Saadia Arabic Spices Beef Burgers
Americana Jumbo Beef Burgers
Khazan Jumbo Beef Sausages
McCain Seasoned Crinkle Cut FriesAs I said, a friend of mine turned me on to McCain’s and I quickly became addicted and ballooned in size lol At first it was just for whenever I had guest coming over to swim, but with time, I was having McCain Fries on the regular. They had a wide variety to choose from too! So good!
McCain Lightly Seasoned Potato Wedges
McCain Masala Fries
McCain Chilli Garlic Potato Bites
McCain Onion Rings
MixI heavily rely on these dips and mixes for the dishes I make!
Hidden Valley Ranch DipThis was not from taw9eel.com. In fact, I believed I stocked up before the lockdown. I love mixing this stuff with yogurt and using it as a dip to go along with Potato Chips, but I also enjoy using it in recipes. I’ve loved this stuff ever since my bestie first introduced me to it ages ago (here).
ToppokiI just about died of happiness when I found this stuff on taw9eel.com! I tried my hand at making Toppoki (which was a bit too spicy for my heart), but so yummy (here)! I even gave my favorite cousin a pack to try, which she loved!
Beef Bulgogi MarinadeI was so stoked when I found this on taw9eel.com! It was also in the exotic foods section or imported food section or whatever. Obviously I used it to marinade the beef, to make Beef Bulgogi (here). In fact, its what actually inspired me to try making Teriyaki Beef which is now a favorite in our household!
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire SauceThis stuff is everything!!!! I first used it for my Cottage Pie (here). Then again for my Spaghetti Bolognese (here) and Tacos (here) and even Swedish Meatballs (here). Mostly though, I use Worcestershire Sauce regularly for Spaghetti Napolitana (going through a phase, it’s all I wanna eat every single day of the week right now).
HP Fruity SauceWent through a phase with this stuff and would slather it all over my Burger and dip my Fries into it and everything. Several bottles later, I’m kinda’ over it.
Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa PowderI use this stuff to make Brownies from scratch (here) but also, Hot Cocoa once it starts raining (here). My favorite is the Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate though (purple packaging).
Sea SaltI don’t really like the Nezo Himalayan Salt all that much. My favorite is the Maldon Sea Salt Flakes which I love sprinkling over my homemade Avocado Toast (here)! Sometimes, I’ll also sprinkle a bit over my Chocolate Chip Cookies (here). The McCormick Sea Salt (complete with grinder) I only use specifically for cooking.
My SpicesOr rather, my little helpers. My favorite has to be the stuff by McCormick. I wish I could find the entire range over here.
McCormick Ground All SpiceSuch a tiny jar but it sparks so much joy in my heart! It’s the secret ingredient in my now well-known specialty, Banana Bread (here).
Madji Crushed OreganoSo good on Pizza (here)! That said, I’ll sprinkle a little with other stuff, for example Awesome Blossoms (here).
Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray + Crisco Original Spray + Crisco Butter SprayLastly, the all-stars without which none of the dishes I prepared would’ve been made. I use the Olive Oil for savory dishes like veggies roasted in the oven. The Original I use the least. The one I used the most though is the Butter Spray. I can’t live without it! Chef LuLu – (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8)