April 2013


No musical era beats the 90’s for R&B/Hip-Hop…. FACT. It’s my guilty pleasure. I know practically every lyric to all the songs within my 90’s Throwback Mixtape. I have published part of this Mixtape beforehand but I’ve added more songs to it, so much so that there is now over 3hrs of continuous eargasm!


♫ 90’s Throwback on 8tracks

  1. This Is How We Do It- Montell Jordan
  2. No Diggity- Blackstreet
  3. Regulate- Warren G
  4. Lougin- LL Cool J feat. Total
  5. Still Not A Playa- Big Pun
  6. Nutin But A G Thang- Dr Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
  7. Tell Me What You Want From Me- Mase feat. Total
  8. Touch Me Tease Me- Case feat. Foxy Brown
  9. California Love- 2Pac
  10. Tha Crossroads- Bone Thugs N Harmony
  11. Lets Get Down- DJ Quick and Tony Toni Tone
  12. Gangsta’s Paradise- Coolio feat. LV
  13. Hit Em Up- 2PAc
  14. Ruff Ryders Anthem- DMX
  15. Ring Ding Dong- Dr Dre feat. Ice Cube
  16. Doo Wop! That Thing- Lauryn Hill
  17. Doin It Well- LL Cool J
  18. Return Of The Mack- Mark Morrison
  19. How Do U Want It- 2Pac
  20. Cold Rock A Party- MC Lyte
  21. Where My Girls At- 702
  22. Get It On Tonite- Montell Jordan
  23. If I Ruled The World- Nas feat. Lauryn Hill
  24. Hypnotize- The Notorious BIG
  25. You Make Me Wanna- Usher
  26. Too Close- Next
  27. Keep On Keepin On- MC Lyte fea XScape
  28. Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down- Puff Daddy & The Family feat. Mase
  29. What’s My Name- Snoop Doggy Dogg
  30. Ready Or Not- The Fugees
  31. Up Jumps Da Boogie- Timbaland & Magoo feat. Missy Elliot & Aaliyah
  32. My Way- Usher
  33. Hip Hop Hooreay- Naughty By Nature
  34. It’s All About The Benjamins- Puff Daddy feat. Lil Kim & Notorious BIG
  35. I Got Five On It- Luniz
  36. He Can’t Love U- Jagged Edge
  37. Cupid- 112
  38. Shorty’s Got Her Eyes On Me- Donnell Jones
  39. The First Night- Monica
  40. Big Poppa- The Notorious BIG
  41. My Body- LSG
  42. No No No Part 2- Destiny’s Child feat. Wyclef Jean
  43. No More- Ruff Endz

I love the boys over at Men Are Useless. In my head, I imagine them to be all very clean cut, smelling lovely and eating lots of sweets. In reality, they probably have beer bellies, smell of BO and sweaty socks… but let’s not ruin my fantasy, thank you.

To celebrate my website relaunch, these far from useless men have gifted me (well YOU) with the opportunity to win a Men Rock Cut Throat Razor Starter Kit with Drop Strand worth £36. Sounds good, yes? So this is certainly one for the boys (boyfriends, friends, brothers, fathers erm… grandfathers?!).

Men Rock – for men who can make their own decisions.

If you need celebrity endorsements to help you make up your mind about using a product then we’re afraid you’re in the wrong place – sorry. But if you’re our kind of chap – you know a good looking product when you see it – you can sense style without marketers telling you what to think – then come on in, the water’s lovely.

We don’t claim to have reinvented the wheel here – we take inspiration from traditional barbers and Jermyn Street and make lovely products we’d like touse ourselves. If you’re still with us then remember this – YOU ROCK!

Maybe you think there’s something inherently macho about swiping a sharp blade around your face. Maybe you hanker for simpler times before eight-bladed monstrosities that vibrate were all that seem to be pushed on the public via massive overly exposed advertising campaigns that make you feel like you’ll be worthless and ugly unless you buy, buy, buy something that after six months will be declared obsolete, when they add yet another blade and another gimmick.

Well, you don’t need all that and you should stop believing the subtle messages about your worthlessness without their products too.

The lucky winner shall win:

Men Rock Shavette, Men Rock Wooden Shaving Brush 100ml concentrated Men Rock Shaving Cream A Men Rock Drip Stand to keep your brush in tip top condition and a pack of double edged razor blades … and maybe we’ll pop in some sweets from the treat cupboard too!

To win, all you need to do is:

  1. Add a little comment to this blog post and say who you’ll give it too (or keep for yourself!)
  2. Tweet this post (use the handy little share icon) with the following text “I’ve just entered @ananyah’s #MenRockGiveaway” for an additional entry
  3. Grow a beard in anticipation of winning

Terms and Conditions:

  • Competition Closes on Sunday 28th April at 6pm
  • Open to UK & Ireland only
  • You don’t have to be male to enter, but having those “dangly” bits would help!

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And the winner is…. Entry 13: Edd F.

Congratulations! Expect an email very soon!



Music. One of the greatest things to cheer you up after a shit day. Of course the other thing is a huge bowl of Pistachio Ice Cream, Belgian Chocolate Sauce & leftover Pick n Mix which I’m currently inhaling while blogging. Oh how I need this. Lots.

I decided to start sharing some of my mixes with you all. I have a pretty crazy music taste. I love everything from Gangsta Rap to Opera. I hate some genres of music but then discover a song typically within that genre and fall in love with it. I’m just weird but I love variety. I get bored easily with music and will play a song to death until I don’t want to listen to it anymore only to “rediscover” it again months later and repeat the cycle.

So, with that… my first Mixtape is entitled “Still Life” and features some of the songs that I’m currently in love with or have been for quite some time. You can listen on my website below OR you can click the link just below to listen on the 8tracks website. It’s my new addiction!

♫ Still Life on 8tracks

  1. My Life 50 Cent feat. Eminem & Adam Levine
  2. I Need Maverick Sabre
  3. Mirrors Justin Timberlake
  4. Don’t Take It Personal Monica
  5. Schoolin’ Life Beyoncé
  6. Lay Me Down Sam Smith
  7. Retrograde James Blake
  8. Night Light Jessie Ware
  9. On My Way Charlie Brown
  10. Right Now Rihanna feat. David Guetta

I learnt to make Machboos Laham (as it’s properly known) way back when I was a teenager in Kuwait at a friends grandmothers house. I’d watch all the women in the kitchen chop meat and vegetables while gossiping. We’d all sit together eating while drinking Laban (Buttermilk). It became an instant favourite of mine over the years and to me, it’s the greatest comfort food… EVER!

Machboos is a typical Northern Gulf dish but the recipe differs depending on country, neighbourhood and family. Everyone has their own favourite way to make Machboos, there is no right way or wrong way. Machboos isn’t just created with Lamb, other meats such as Mutton and Chicken are used as well as Fish. It’s an extremely simple dish to create and has a wonderful combination of flavours. Indian Spices feature heavily in Kuwaiti Cooking, in fact, the cuisine is a fusion of Persian, India, Mediterranean and not to mention other Gulf countries.

So 15 years after I was taught how to make this dish, I’m now going to teach you all. I have tweaked my recipe over the years and will probably have my Kuwaiti friends scream at me but it’s the way I like it.

Kuwaiti Lamb And Rice With Daqoos

Yield: 4 People


    For the Meat & Rice
  • 3 kg lamb shanks (I got 3, 1kg ones)
  • 4 cups basmati rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbs finely chopped onion
  • 2 tbs ghee or vegetable oil
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbs saffron strands
  • 1/4 cup rose water
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tbs salt
  • For the Hashoo (Onion Garnish)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tbs garam masala
  • 1 tbs ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For the Daqoos (Tomato Sauce)
  • 5 tomatoes chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  1. Soak rice in water, wash gently and drain to dry. Wash lamb shank(s) carefully and rub with turmeric powder and a bit of salt. Marinate for 30 minutes, then wash again.
  2. Heat oil in deep pot. Fry onion, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, cloves, and bay leaf quickly and then add lamb. Stir until browned completely and cover for 10 minutes. Add 6 cups boiling water, bring to a boil. Lower heat and leave to simmer for 2 hours. Make sure the water doesnt dry out. It is ok if the water doesn't cover the meat, it will still cook the meat while occasionally stirring. When done remove lamb from the broth.
  3. In a small cup add heated rose weater, saffron and cardamom powder.
  4. Meanwhile fry the hashoo mix in a pan over a low heat until the onions become deep brown and set aside.
  5. For the daqous, in a small sauce pan heat oil and quickly fry garlic and mix in the tomatoes. Simmer and cover for 10 minutes. Mix in tomato paste, paprika and salt and simmer for a further 10 minutes. If you'd like a thinner consistency, add more water to dilute it down.
  6. In another deep pot, heat oil and add the washed and soaked basmati rice. Fry for 3 minutes until oil is fully soaked into the rice. Pour the lamb broth on the rice. Make sure the broth is approximately an inch above the rice level. Add 2 tbs oil and 1 1/2 tbs salt. Stir gently once (& only once!), bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, ensuring it doesn't burn.
  7. Fry lamb again with vegetable oil and garam masala for 3 minutes.
  8. When the rice is done, pour the rose water and saffron mixture into the rice, add the lamb shanks on top with the hashoo on the side. Cover and let it rest on very low heat for around 30 minutes to allow the flavours to develop.
  9. Serve rice, lamb and hashoo together with some daqoos on the side.
  10. Enjoy!


This recipe is perfect for leftovers. I usually eat this for lunch the day after and/or freeze batches for future meals.

Phew! It’s finally finished. If I have to look at another piece of PHP or CSS coding in the near future, I shall scream (or poke my eyes out).

It’s been a VERY long time coming for this revamp. In fact, I think I had my old theme for a good 3/4 years (albeit with constant tweaks!) and even though it was pretty, I always wanted something MORE.

This is MORE. It’s more minimal than my old theme, more grown up, easier to navigate, more quicker & more me. It also has lots of snazzy features which I’ll highlight in the coming days 🙂

This time around I didn’t fully hand code the theme. I used a premade theme by Boost Developers & heavily (and I mean HEAVILY) hacked it to pieces to become what you see in front of you. I love it & I hope you do too!

I started blogging in 1999 but it wasn’t until 2003 that Ananyah was born. Yes, my website is 10 years old this year. That is why I thought it was time for a complete overhaul!

Over the 10 years: I’ve been hacked, deleted years of posts in a rage, quit for a few months, had a hate website created about me, became popular (& not so), met fellow bloggers, my identity was outed to my family & I carved a direction for myself.

Gone were the truly personal blog posts that sometimes I wish I could still write & hello to lifestyle blog posts which now define me as a person. I am my blog. My blog is me. It’s been a huge part of my life for 10 years & I do not see that changing anytime soon.

Let me know what you think!