City Center Shuwaikh Hypermarket (Jan 2021)

Back in the day, I used to work in a company located in Shuwaikh.

I spent many years there, enough to notice them emptying the lot, preparing for what was to be a new City Center Hypermarket.

They had already begun the construction work by the time I left.

I switched jobs and consequentially locations, and never got to check out the Shuwaikh branch of City Center… until now.

Truthfully, I was on the hunt for hangers.

My closet was finally finished and I needed a ton of hangers and was looking to buy them in bulk.

While I did not find any decent hangers, I did manage to grab a few “healthy” snacks.

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Carrefour Small Haul (Jan 2021)

Once again, while furniture-shopping, I found myself at The Avenues.

I’d parked underneath Carrefour, so as I was leaving The Avenues, on my way back to my car, I took a quick lap around Carrefour and snagged a few things.

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Sultan Center Haulage (Souq Sharq) (Sept 2020)

After hitting up Debenhams (here) and Bath & Body Works (here) and The Body Shop (here), I finally made it to Sultan Center.

Between my brother and his wife’s weekly visits to the local co-op, and my online orders from taw9eel.com (My Pantry), we were all set on groceries.

So, this haul was mostly snackage (stuff I couldn’t find online) and personal care stuff (face wash, cotton pads, etc…)

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Chef LuLu (Part 9 + Goodbye Mera)

December 2

I decided to introduce my newest friend (Mera) to my oldest friend (my bestie) so I invited them to BBQ by the Pool.

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My Pantry

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Chef LuLu (Part 5)

August 1

I don’t know why but this seemed easy to me. I was set on making Choux au Craquelin (Cracked Cream Puffs)!

I mixed 1/4 tsp of Salt with 1/2 Cup Sugar and 1/4 Cup Corn Starch and 2 Egg Yolks and 1 Large Egg. I whisked it until the Yellow Mixture turned into a Light Beige (it’s noticeable).

Then, I heated 2 Cups of Milk in a Sauce Pan and added 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence and let it simmer for a few minutes. Next, I poured some of the Milk into the Egg Mix (gradually, so the Egg wouldn’t cook).

Next, I placed the Egg + Milk Mix back on the fire for 5 minutes. Afterwards, I added 4 tbs of Buttah! With the fire off, I stirred the Butter in.

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Chef LuLu (Part 3 + Side of Drama)

June 19


Inspired by the success of my first gathering during the pandemic, I decided to invite a newer friend called Mera over for a BBQ Lunch and Swim at the Pool (I even lit my Coconut Water Candle for the occasion)!

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Chef LuLu (Part 2)

May 25

Once again, past midnight (which was usually when I got the urge to “make things” in the Kitchen) I made some more Home-Made Froyo (recipe to come!) this time using Strawberry Jello (which turned everything a cute pink)!

May 26

Mini Pancake Cereal was trending (ugh, TikTok) so I decided to hop on that trend!

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Chef LuLu (Part 1)

Initially, I started off with the boxed stuff, like Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Betty Crocker Brownies and so on, except I’d try little hacks on them, for example, poking holes in the Cake and pouring Condensed Milk over top, while it was still fresh out of the Oven, to create a Poke Cake. You can find a ton of other Cake Mix Hacks on YouTube, if you’re interested.

I didn’t like how metallic the boxed Brownies tasted, so I learned how to make them from scratch, tweaking the recipe a little more each time, until I perfected it. I also enjoyed baking regular ol’ Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch.

Aside from our Oven proving to be very problematic (full deets here), I couldn’t get my hands on a lot of ingredients (reasons mentioned here), for example Brown Sugar (which was needed to be mixed with regular White Sugar) for Cookies and things like that. I ended up having to mix Syrup with White Sugar to create a substitute for Brown Sugar.

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Levain Cookies (step-by-step with pics)

I wasn’t happy with my previous post about the infamous Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (this) because it didn’t feel… enough.

So, I decided to bake those Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies again, while taking pictures to document the entire process for this post.

Unfortunately, I had the carpenter over, with the electrician on the way (remodeling my place… or rather modeling it for the first time lol) and ended up burning the cookies, just a bit.

I was supposed to leave them in the oven for 20 minutes, instead I left them for 25 minutes, and that made all the difference, sadly.

In any case, they still tasted pretty great (according to the familia) if a bit harder than usual lol

For reference, the first time I made these was back in March 2020 (dis).

I’ll list the substitutes and everything below.

2/3 cup White Sugar (large refillable tub in the back)
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
2 sticks of Butter (100g each)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda (I use Bicarbonate of Soda, same thing, right?)
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/4 cup Cake Flour (or 1 cup AP Flour + 2 tbs Cornstarch)
2 cups All Purpose Flour (regular flour)
2 Eggs
2 cups Chocolate Chips (whole bag)
1 cup Walnuts (chopped)

I believe I got these Colourworks Measuring Spoons from Lakeland (Marina Mall) back in 2016.

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