Thursday, 24 July 2014

Review on Omnia Gourmet Cafe -- A Must visit ---


Last night, I was invited by the gorgeous celebrity chef, Silvena Rowe, to visit her newly opened café Omnia Gourmet, which is located at the Gourmet Souk near the Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah.
She welcomed us to the café and was lovely to speak to. She spoke about her passion of eating healthy and her great concern of Emiratis eating healthy. It was definitely a pleasure to meet her and looking forward to many more encounters.
The main theme of the café was based on a tropical rainforest which gave a warm and relaxing feel. The night was amazing with great ambience
Omnia Gourmet is a café that provides a variety of dishes that satisfy ones craving as well as being healthy. Usually people believe that tasty food is only tasty due to the being full of oil, fats and unhealthy ingredients; however this is not the case with Omnia Gourmet.
The food is healthy and focuses on being raw, gluten free and sugar free. Being in the UAE and knowing that the UAE population has the 2nd highest rate of diabetes, we need to start taking care of what we eat. Most importantly, we need to believe that tasty food can still be healthy.

Anyways, for the starter I had the Avocado salad, the Salmon salad with Green apple as well as the Potato and Truffle Salad.

The Avocado Salad was so light and hit the palette just at the right spot, consisting of chickpeas, avocado, a pesto dressing and chia seeds. The salmon Salad was divine with the details of the meaty taste of the salad being balanced by the acidic taste of the green apples. Lastly the Potato Salad with truffles was made in a creamy spicy sauce; personally I found it a bit spicy, however for the ones who love a little spice this one’s for you.

To accompany the salad, I enjoyed the Emarati Gold smoothie which complimented my meal as a whole. It was one of the most delicious drinks I have had in a while; consisted of orange, mango and bee pollen, please do not hesitate in trying this drink due to “bee pollen”. In fact bee pollen is a superfood and is known for helping in weight loss as well.

For the Main course, I had the Grilled Spice Chicken Kofta which was placed on a bed of assorted flavours which included a potato puree, labneh and an array of sautéed vegetables. The koftas were perfectly seasoned and were delicious. Also I had the Shawarma marinated, which is slow cooked lamb on a bed of Camargue red rice biryani. This dish was by far the most amazing dish. The lamb was soft and melted in the mouth cooked to perfection. The rice was soft and went well with the lamb; however I wish there was more rice as it tasted divine.

To conclude the night, I had an assorted selection of exquisite desserts which surprisingly are actually healthy J .  My favourite desserts was the Raspberry and chocolate brownie. The cheesecake was the most light and fluffy cheesecake, I have ever had and just made you fall in love and drift away. The pistachio cake was nice as well.

Overall, Omnia Gourmet, is a must try and recommend anyone looking for healthy delicious food, this is the place to head down to. So stop wondering where to have your next meal and head down to Omnia!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Recipe #27 HOW TO MAKE Tiramisu


Ingredients you will need:
  1. 200 ml water 
  2. 1 tbsp. strong coffee
  3. 2 tbsp. sugar
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla essense powder
  5. 2 eggs (egg yolk is only needed)
  6. 1 1/2 packet finger biscuits 
  7. 250 grams mascarpone cream cheese
  8. 1 packet  whipping cream  ( Dreamwhip )
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla essense powder
  10. 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  1. Heat the water and mix the the coffee powder and the essense to it for a rich flavour.Then leve to cool.
  2. Seperate the eggs and place the egg yolks only in a mixer.
  3. Add suger and mix until it turns fluffy then add the cream cheese till you get a consistant creamy texture.
  4. Then fold the whipping cream in the mixture.
  5. Dip finger biscuits into the coffee  and then  place the biscuits  in the bottom of the serving bowl.
  6. then spread a layer of the cream mixture over the biscuit base.
  7. Repeat step 6 and 7 
  8.  Then sprinkle cocoa powder on the top layer of the cream
  9. Place in fridge for a minimum of 6 hours before serving.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Recipe #26 HOW TO MAKE Choco -ban bites

HOW TO MAKE Choco -ban bites

Makes ( 6 mini rolls )
Prep time: 5 minutes 

Ingredients you will need:
Recipe for one tortilla bread
1. 2 tbsp. Nutella
2. 2tbsp. Creamy peanut butter 
3. Tortilla bread
4. Bananas  

For strawberry sauce
1. 5-6 strawberries
2. sugar to taste
1.  Warm the tortilla bread on a flat bread pan
2. Add the Nutella and peanut butter. One side Nutella the other peanut butter.
3. Place the entire banana on to the bread and roll  and cut in to slices 
4. If desired a strawberry sauce can be add by blending the strawberries and sugar till smooth and add to the serving plate.