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Recipe of the Week: Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis

By Marzia Shamsi


I made this super easy yet delicious Panna Cotta on my dad’s 50th surprise birthday party and it was a massive hit! Our guests just couldn’t keep themselves from going for seconds and thirds, some of them even requested for take-aways!

Panna Cotta can be made with different variations like lemon, coconut milk, nutmeg, cardamom or saffron. This silky smooth delicious goodness can be a complete showstopper at dinners or parties. Easy to make yet very presentable and colourful. Enjoy!


  • 1 envelope unflavoured halal gelatin (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest


  • In a very small saucepan sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand about a minute to soften.
  • Heat gelatin mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved and remove pan from heat.
  • In a large saucepan bring cream, half and half, and sugar just to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring continously.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in gelatin mixture, lemon zest and vanilla. Wait until slightly warm
  • For coulis, set strawberries and sugar (100gms) in a pot and bring to a boil. Puree in a food processor and wait for it to cool down.
  • Add a generous spoon of coulis at the base of your plating dish then divide cream mixture among eight 1/2-cup ramekins or shot glasses.
  • Chill ramekins, covered for at least fourhours or overnight.
  • Serve with fresh fresh berries of your choice or leftover coulis with fresh mint leaves.


About the Author:

Marzia Shamsi is a single mother to two lovely kids. Brought up in the UAE, a Canadian resident originally from India. A professional chef out of house while at home her first and last name is Mom. An amateur blogger who’s just started out, Marzia loves to share her thoughts and knowledge and dreams of owning her own restaurant some day.


Recipe Of The Week: Tiramisu – Taste Of Heaven

By Aruj Sipra


Trying out a new recipe can be exciting and daunting. If you’re a slight perfectionist like me, it leans more towards daunting because I get anxious if even a sprinkle looks out of place.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert which means ‘pick me up’ or ‘lift me up’.  It is made of ladyfingers (Savoiardi), dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, egg whites, sugar and mascarpone cheese, then sprinkled with cocoa to give a finished look.

The first time I had tiramisu was at a friend’s house and I fell in love with this delicacy. The silky delicate cream overflowing with flavour simply melts in your mouth and offers a ‘Taste of Heaven’ and has you begging for another serving.

After enjoying this delicious dessert, I was given a challenge to make this at home by my husband and  I accepted it without any hesitation. The only hitch was that I did not know the recipe but thanks to YouTube, I found not one but too many recipes. This has been my go-to recipe now, I have been making this dessert for the past two years and it’s always hit with the guests.


  • 5 Eggs ( I prefer omega-3)
  • 18 to 20 Savoiardi Italian ladyfingers (from 7-ounce package)
  • 1 tub of Halal Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups of sugar (one in the egg white mixture and the other in egg yolk mixture)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) espresso or very strong coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 ounce (30 g) bittersweet chocolate or cocoa powder for dusting


Prepare the coffee first by combining espresso and a tablespoon of sugar in a wide, small bowl. Let it cool.

Now prepare the custard.

Separate egg whites from the yolks.  In a stand mixture or with a hand electric mixer, whisk together the egg whites and a cup of sugar until stiff peaks form.

In another bowl, beat yolks with sugar until smooth and light yellow. Fold mascarpone into the yolk mixture and then slowly add the egg white mixture. Make sure there are no lumps in the custard.

Time to assemble Tiramisu. Dip half of the ladyfingers very quickly into the coffee (not too much as it becomes soggy) and line the bottom of a dish. You might find that you need to break a few into pieces to fit them in the dish.

Spoon half of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle half of the bittersweet cocoa over filling.

Repeat the process again in the following order: biscuits, cream mixture and cocoa powder)

Final presentation

When ready to serve, dust with extra grated chocolate or cocoa powder. Leave out at room temperature about 20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


  • Always make tiramisu a day before you intend to serve it.
  • It is important that you wait at least 6 hours before serving. In fact, it can be kept refrigerated for 1 to 2 days and still be delicious.
  • Tiramisu can be chilled up to 2 days, but no longer or else the ladyfingers will break down too much.

Should I use egg whites or cream?

This is the tricky part. The original recipe has double boiler method in which egg whites are cooked. If you are not comfortable with the raw eggs, then I suggest use the double boiler method or use cream instead. Tiramisu made with egg whites is a little lighter than one made with cream. I never had a problem with this, but if you’re concerned, make sure you use the freshest (and highest quality) eggs possible.

Have you ever tried Tiramisu, or made one at home? What do you love about this decadent treat?