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A date-pistachio treat fit for breaking a Ramadan fast

A date-pistachio treat fit for breaking a Ramadan fast

first_imgThere is little resembling those days in my new hometown of Los Angeles except for the palm trees and boxes of impossibly sweet dates at the supermarket. Without thinking, I still reach for them, a shortcut to home.Dates are revered in the Middle East. References to dates line the Koran, and the tree even sits on the Saudi seal. Nomadic Bedouins depended on its high sugar and fiber to sustain them during their travels. In fact, dates traveled with the Arab empire as far away as Spain, where they are wrapped in bacon and shallow-fried (an incarnation you’re not likely to find on a Muslim table, given the prohibition of pork from their diet!).Walk into most Arab homes and you’ll be greeted by a plate of dates and a demitasse of strong, black Arabic coffee. You’ll find all kinds of delicious desserts made with dates, but they’re also used in savory preparations, such as pilafs, meat dishes and tagines.Here’s my addition to the compendium: date-pistachio balls that are dipped in dark chocolate. They are best eaten cold, right out of the refrigerator if you’re anything like me!CHOCOLATE-COVERED DATE-PISTACHIO TRUFFLESStart to finish: 30 minutesMakes 24 truffles1 cup shelled unsalted raw pistachios2 cups moist, pitted dates (about 24)1/2 teaspoon tangerine or orange zest1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chipsHimalayan pink salt (or fleur de sel or kosher salt), to garnishIn a food processor, pulse the pistachios until very finely minced, but not powdered. Add the dates, tangerine zest and cardamom, then process until a cohesive ball forms. Transfer to a large bowl.Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. Remove about 1 tablespoon of date mixture and roll between your palms until you form a smooth ball. Place on the baking sheet, then repeat with remaining mixture. Very slightly wet hands helps alleviate stickiness.Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a low, steady simmer. Place a medium stainless steel or other heat-safe bowl on top of the saucepan. Pour the chocolate into the bowl and allow to melt, stirring occasionally until smooth.Using 2 small spoons, drop a date ball into the melted chocolate and turn gently to coat. Use a spoon to scoop up the ball, then pass it back and forth between the 2 spoons, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Gently return the coated date ball to the baking sheet, letting any extra chocolate on the spoon drip on top of it. Sprinkle with a little pink salt. Repeat with remaining balls.Place baking sheet in the refrigerator and chill until the chocolate hardens, about 1 hour, though overnight is best.Nutrition information per serving: 150 calories; 70 calories from fat (47 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (3.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium; 25 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 19 g sugar; 3 g protein.EDITOR’S NOTE: Food Network star Aarti Sequeira is the author of “Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul.” She blogs athttps://www.AartiPaarti.com . This April 13, 2015 photo shows chocolate covered date pistachio truffles in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) This April 13, 2015 photo shows chocolate covered date pistachio truffles in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) This April 13, 2015 photo shows dates in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) I still remember the anticipation of watching the sun sink closer and closer to the horizon. It was Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. My childhood hometown of Dubai held its breath as the fiery ball dipped lower, lower and then finally into oblivion.“Boom!” went the cannon, announcing that the day of fasting was over. Across the city, Muslims broke their fast as the Prophet Muhammad did, with a single date and a glass of water. The evening feast, known as “iftar” would only happen after prayers. This April 13, 2015 photo shows the preparation of chocolate covered date pistachio truffles in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) This April 13, 2015 photo shows the centers of chocolate covered date pistachio truffles in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)last_img read more

Sergio Asenjo saves two penalties as Villarreal beat Getafe

Sergio Asenjo saves two penalties as Villarreal beat Getafe

first_imgGoalkeeper Sergio Asenjo was the hero for Villarreal on Sunday as he saved two penalties in his side’s 1-0 win against Getafe.  Getafe then had a second chance to get back in the game in the second hald when Jaume Costa tripped Jorge Molina. La Cerámica. 16.125 espectadores IN SPORT.ES Jonathan Moreno RELATED STORIES Upd. at 17:21 Penalty duties were handed to Angel Rodriguez, but Asenjo made a save to keep the home side ahead.  Sergio Asenjo; Rukavina, Bonera, Víctor Ruiz, Jaume Costa; Javi Fuego; Castillejo (Raba, 71′), Trigueros (Rodrigo, 56′); Soriano; Enes Ünal, Bacca (Fornals, 81′). Campo Celta Vigo 2-0 Eibar: Aspas and Gomez keep on scoring Gol GET This time Molina took responsibility but the outcome was the same: another Asenjo save.  Guaita; Molinero, Djené, Bruno, Antunes; Fajr, Arambarri; Portillo (Merveil, 69′), Gaku (Molina, 46′), Remy (Amath, 69′); Ángel. Sergio Asenjo detiene dos penaltis en la victoria del Villarreal 1-0 M.3 Enes Ünal However, Getafe were handed a chance to equalise when Javi Fuego charged Djene inside the box in the 35th minute.  Villarreal MATCH FACTS LaLiga Eres Unal opened the scoring after just three minutes at the Estadio de la Ceramica, turning home Carlos Bacca’s cross.  Árbitro 25/02/2018 Sánchez Martínez. TA: Víctor Ruiz, Ünal, Soriano, Castillejo, Jaume Costa / Molinero, Fajr y Antunes. VIL The win temporarily lifts Villarreal into fifth, ahead of Sevilla who host Atletico later on Sunday, while Getafe remain 10th.  Getafe CET 1-0last_img read more

Stingy Demons stay in touch

Stingy Demons stay in touch

first_imgBy Tyler Lewis Casey got back to its best defensively on the weekend in a brutal win over old nemesis, Collingwood. With an…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Azkals foil Tajiks Rally, keep top spot

Azkals foil Tajiks Rally, keep top spot

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in BaliPure, Pocari dispute title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer But Tajikistan struck twice in quick succession with Parvizchon Umarbaev scoring from the spot in the 57th minute off a questionable foul called on Amani Aguinaldo, and Dilshod Vasiev finishing off a quick counter attack four minutes later after Junior Muñoz lost the ball at midfield.Fil-Japanese leftback Daisuke Sato restored the two-goal cushion for the Azkals with a long range strike with 10 minutes remaining only for Manuchekr Dzaliliov’s late strike off another defensive breakdown giving the Tajiks hope until the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe performance was a far cry from the horror show in Guangzhou where the Azkals absorbed a 1-8 defeat to China in a friendly Tuesday last week. Although the Azkals once again scrambled for most of the match and conceded some cheap goals against the Tajiks, they took their chances expertly with Patiño showing his quality.“It’s the perfect way to respond,” said midfielder Iain Ramsay, who played the full 90 minutes. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View commentscenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES A brace from Javier Patiño helped the Philippine Azkals weather a late Tajikistan uprising for a thrilling 4-3 victory Tuesday night that firmed up their grip of the top spot in Group F of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at Republican Central Stadium in Dushbane.Captain Phil Younghusband gave the Philippines the lead with a sublime free kick in the 28th minute, before Patiño scored in the 41st and 48th minutes off two assists from Mike Ott as the Azkals looked on their way to a comfortable victory before 15,000 fans in the Tajik capital.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ingles, Gobert star as Jazz edge Warriors

Ingles, Gobert star as Jazz edge Warriors

first_img TIP INS Warriors: Durant passed Gary Payton (21,813 points) for 32nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He now has 21,836 points. … Golden State held the Jazz to 39.8 per cent shooting. It is the first time the Warriors lost this season after holding an opponent to under 40 per cent from the field. Jazz: Gobert grabbed eight of his 15 rebounds in the first quarter. … Utah tallied at least 39 points off the bench for the fifth straight home game. … The Jazz finished with 30 assists, the seventh time they have had at least 30 this season. Ricky Rubio led the way with 10 assists. SALT LAKE CITY (AP): Playing strong defence has typically proven to be a winning formula for Utah. Getting to that point has taken more turns and detours than the Jazz anticipated this season. Beating the defending NBA champions offers evidence that Utah is finally finding the defensive form the team and its fans took for granted at the end of last season. Joe Ingles scored 20 points, Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 15 rebounds, and matched his season-high with four blocked shots to lead the Jazz to a 108-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. Utah held Golden State to 40 per cent shooting from the field and 32 per cent from the perimeter. The biggest stops came in the final two minutes when the Warriors missed three out of four shot attempts – including a pair of 3-pointers that could have forced overtime. “We defended for a full game,” Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said. “We were locked into the game plan. When you play defence like that and we shoot the way we did, the outcome is going to be the way it was.” Jae Crowder added 18 points and 11 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell had 15 points on 5-of-26 shooting as Utah won a fourth straight home game. Stephen Curry scored 32 points, and Kevin Durant added 30 in just the Warriors’ second loss in eight games. “We let them off the hook a little bit,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They weren’t playing that well, but we made a lot of mistakes. We couldn’t find the necessary energy and execution you need to win in this building.”last_img read more

Blood spray at issue in Spector trial

Blood spray at issue in Spector trial

first_imgBut minutes later he raised the fee question again. “I’m so grateful to you for being concerned with my money, but at this time of my life I don’t care,” Spitz said. The defense contends a depressed Clarkson killed herself and Spector was too far away to have pulled the trigger. Jackson, giving jurors what might be a preview of his final argument in the case, repeatedly enumerated facts that could tie Spector to the killing, among them that Clarkson was in Spector’s home, that she was unfamiliar with the house, that she was shot with a gun belonging to Spector, and that she had her purse on her shoulder as if she was about to leave. Spitz said he was aware of all those facts and they didn’t change his opinion. Nor was he swayed by a picture of one of Clarkson’s fingernails with a piece of acrylic coating chipped off. Asked if that could indicate that Clarkson struggled with an assailant, Spitz said, “Nails can break in a struggle. In this case, it didn’t break in a struggle.” Instead, he said it most likely broke from her firing the gun. “And the other explanation is it broke in a struggle?” said Jackson. “I’m not going to say it’s impossible,” said Spitz. Jackson also returned to a central argument of the prosecution case: that Spector had threatened women with guns in the 1990s in similar circumstances. As Jackson recited the details of each incident, Spitz said he was aware of them and considered them along with all of the other evidence. “I came to the conclusion that my opinion as rendered was correct,” he said. “I would not say she committed suicide. I would say she shot herself.” On Wednesday, Spitz had said that Clarkson probably shot herself in an impulsive act while she was under the influence of liquor and drugs and without consideration of the consequences. “In my opinion,” he said, “it is most likely a suicide.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – With her dying gasp after being shot through the mouth, actress Lana Clarkson may have breathed out blood that spattered on Phil Spector’s jacket, a forensic pathologist testified Thursday in Spector’s murder trial. But he said that would not change his opinion that Clarkson pulled the trigger on the gun. Asked by the prosecutor how far a final gasp of blood might travel, Dr. Werner Spitz said, “Just imagine yourself coughing, terminally expelling the last gasp. How far would that go? Two feet, three feet.” But he objected to the prosecutor referring to “all the spray” landing on Spector’s jacket. “When you say all, it sounds like you have a bucket full of stuff,” said Spitz. “He has 18 spots and some are where he wiped something.” The cross-examination of Spitz by Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson was the most caustic and lengthy of any confrontation with an expert so far in the trial, providing a dramatic courtroom contest between a white-haired expert with more than 50 years experience and a youthful-looking prosecutor. Jackson returned several times to the theme that Spitz was being paid $5,000 a day by the defense and might not be giving an unbiased assessment of the evidence. Noting how long the questioning was lasting, Jackson said at one point, “Well, this is another $5,000 for you.” “Mr. Jackson,” the witness retorted, “I’ve got plenty of money. The only thing I don’t have is time.” “Well said,” responded the prosecutor. last_img read more

Liverpool BETTER now than they were with Luis Suarez

Liverpool BETTER now than they were with Luis Suarez

first_img Luis Suarez in action for Liverpool last season 1 Joe Allen believes Liverpool have finally overcome the loss of Luis Suarez and are now even better than they were with the Uruguayan leading their attack.With Suarez in sensational form last season, the Reds only narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.His summer departure to Barcelona left a huge void and Brendan Rodgers’ side, also rocked by the absence of fellow striker Daniel Sturridge through injury, made a disastrous start to this season.But Liverpool have been vastly improved in recent weeks, with a ten-match unbeaten run moving them to within touching distance of the top four, and Allen reckons they are now at the top of their game.“At the start of the year we talked about how losing Suarez was going to have an affect but now we have overcome that,” the midfielder Allen said.“It took us a little bit of time to overcome that because the injury problems we had were not ideal.“We are certainly back up to that level and if anything with the different system we play this season we might even have taken a step forward.“Sometimes (criticism) gets taken out of hand but I don’t think it was unfair. There was no hiding places and we were not delivering as players.“There was no excuse from us. We knew there might be a difficult patch early in the season and that probably went on longer than we hoped and expected.“At the same time we always knew we would come through it and I think that was the biggest sign we would be where we are at this stage.”As well as edging closer to a Champions League qualification spot, Liverpool are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals and travel to Besiktas on Thursday looking to secure safe progress to the Europa League last-16.Allen says everyone at the club is “digging deep” to cope with their three-pronged attack, epitomised by the resilience showed in winning 2-0 at Southampton on Sunday.The St Mary’s encounter was not without its controversy, though, as referee Kevin Friend waved away three strong, first-half penalty appeals from the hosts.Dejan Lovren handled after Filip Djuricic twice went down in the box, first under pressure from Emre Can and then Allen’s challenge.“If I am being honest I didn’t get contact on the ball, which was disappointing because I felt I could get it but missed it,” the latter said.“I didn’t really take him down either so it is one of them where my heart was in my mouth a little bit but at the same time I can see why it wasn’t given.”Those incidents along with others at the weekend led to widespread discussion about the merits of video technology – something Southampton captain Jose Fonte would back.Asked if he would support the introduction of such the measure, the Portuguese centre-back said: “Yeah, I think so, I think it would be a good solution.“It’s one of those days. Nothing went our way. We kept trying, we kept working hard.“They got a great goal really early on and then we put the pressure on them, and we just didn’t have any luck today, either with decisions or in the game itself.”last_img read more

Arsenal v Chelsea: Former Blues star claims GUNNERS have better chance of title

Arsenal v Chelsea: Former Blues star claims GUNNERS have better chance of title

first_imgArsenal are much better placed than Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title.That’s the view of Tony Cascarino, as the London rivals prepare to clash at the Emirates on Saturday evening.The two teams head into the meeting equal on ten points, but former Blues striker Cascarino reckons Arsene Wenger’s Gunners have the edge on Antonio Conte’s side.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, he said: “They will both find it tough to get anwhere close to Manchester City this season…. But I personally think Arsenal are in a better position as a football club.“Cherlsea’s back four is not what Conte would want. He chased numerous centre-halfs over the summer and got David Luiz in. I look at them and think is Ivanovic good enough for Chelsea to challenge? Is Cahill? No. “John Terry is out injured, that is a blow, Azpilicueta has switched from left-back to right-back and Alonso is a full-back that needs a lot of work physically.“Then you look at the goalkeepers. Cech was second to Courtois [at Chelsea] but at the moment Cech is a lot better.“I  just think Arsenal look a bit more rounded as a group. Costa is a massive plus and as an ex-Chelsea player I would like to think they could challenge and get beyond Arsenal, but I just don’t see it at the moment.”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio commentary of Arsenal v Chelsea on Saturday. Kick-off 17:30last_img read more

Adrian Durham: ‘Why I will no longer use Dons when referring to MK on talkSPORT’

Adrian Durham: ‘Why I will no longer use Dons when referring to MK on talkSPORT’

first_img ‘I have made a decision that when reading the latest scores on Matchday Live every Saturday afternoon I will not use the word Dons on air’ 1 talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham will no longer refer to MK Dons on air by their given name, preferring to use just Milton Keynes in respect of AFC Wimbledon. He explains why below… On holiday recently at a countryside retreat deep in the remote gorgeousness of the English landscape I bought a book in a charity shop by Niall Couper. It’s called ‘This Is Our Time’, and it chronicles the birth and development of AFC Wimbledon. It’s a very good read, and it took me back 15 years or so.In the early 2000s I was in a radio studio with Charles Koppell to my right and Kris Stewart to my left. The tension was almost unbearable, the feelings of anger and bitterness within Kris were clear, although my admiration for him grew hugely that night as he kept a lid on his emotions in order to convey his points coherently.Kris was a fan of Wimbledon Football Club. The original club, the ones that went from non-league to win the FA Cup, with players, characters, and a spirit you can’t buy.Charles was the enemy of football – the man who wanted to take Wimbledon to Milton Keynes. And Koppel got his way.That night in the studio I still didn’t really think it would happen. Surely the FA respected the soul of football enough to throw this out without consideration.But no, it was passed, and it happened.The subsequent history of the ‘new’ AFC Wimbledon has been a joy to watch. I remember reporting on the open trials in June 2002, and wondered just how far this could go. Well we’ve seen how far – they’re back in the league, and they’re going back home, all being well. Oh and they’re on course to finish above MK for the first time ever.On March 14, AFC Wimbledon beat their ugly re-invention 2-0, a monumental night for all those fans who worked so hard to rise from the ashes.And it’s that night that’s led to my decision to start referring on the radio to the ‘new’ club as Milton Keynes only.MK exist, it’s a fact. And there are positives: it’s a great stadium, and their academy has flourished – they gave England Dele Alli.I don’t like how it came about, but it happened, and there are some good things going on at the football club in Milton Keynes.But they have nothing to do with the old Wimbledon, so in my view it is time to disconnect the two – it is only MK who persist with connecting themselves with Wimbledon. MK should have no connection with the history of the original Wimbledon. And it is time to drop the ‘Dons’ suffix.It is not appropriate, Wimbledon fans find it offensive, so time for MK and Pete Winkelman to do the right thing and let it go.At the meeting between the two at Kingsmeadow in March the Dons name was left off the scoreboard and the team sheet. It is clear how AFC Wimbledon as a club feel about it.It is time to move on, and MK can make that happen by doing the honourable thing that would respect the soul of football by dropping the name Dons and moving forward.To support AFC Wimbledon in this, I have made a decision that when reading the latest scores, half times and results on talkSPORT’s Matchday Live show every Saturday afternoon I will not use the word Dons on air, and I will from now on refer to the club as Milton Keynes only. Forgive me if I slip up occasionally, old habits will die hard.If it helps in any way then brilliant, hopefully it will encourage MK to do the right thing as a club.Dropping the Dons is the only way to bring some sort of closure over a sad, sorry, sickening tale that will be remembered as the football authorities disrespecting football fans for the sake of money and greed.Time to do the right thing Milton Keynes. What do you say?last_img read more

Scotland lose in Israel after second-half collapse

Scotland lose in Israel after second-half collapse

first_imgIsrael came from behind to win 2-1 as Scotland unravelled after the interval in Haifa.The Scots had edged into a first-half lead thanks to Charlie Mulgrew’s penalty, but Dor Peretz equalised for the hosts before John Souttar saw red and Kieran Tierney found his own net to complete the turnaround.After losing their Nations League opener in Albania, Israel had arrived for the Haifa contest off the back of a miserable run of form.However, the hosts dominated for long spells on the night, with Alex McLeish’s side relying on last-ditch defending, saves from Allan McGregor and an extraordinary miss to keep the score down. Israel spurned chances to equalise before the break, with Mounes Dabbur – who scored twice against Celtic in the Europa League – going close and former Chelsea forward Ben Sahar hitting the post.But parity was eventually restored on 52 minutes when Peretz, who gave away the penalty, made amends by sliding the ball into the corner after the ball broke his way in the box.Taleb Twatha missed a sitter as Israel continued to dominate, somehow managing to hit the bar from four yards out.Scotland continued to toil in the stifling Haifa heat and the task got even harder when Souttar received his marching orders.The Hearts centre-half was robbed of possession by Dabbur, picking up his second booking after stopping the Salzburg hitman from driving into the box.Israel took the lead with 20 minutes to go when former Celtic playmaker Beram Kayal drove in a low cross and Tierney scythed the ball across goal into the far corner.Ten-man Scotland pressed for an equaliser but were unable to get back level. The result leaves the Nations League group wide open, with all three sides on three points after two rounds of fixtures.Scotland travel to Albania next on November 17, before McLeish’s men look to exact revenge against Israel at Hampden three days later.Israel started the better of the two but fell behind on 25 minutes when Blackburn stopper Mulgrew drilled home a penalty.Facing away from goal, Hearts attacker Steven Naismith was sent tumbling in the box by a clumsy bit of defending and the ref pointed to the spot, with Mulgrew taking full advantage.last_img read more