The Reluctant Chef (Page 2)

UPDATE: When I wrote the below post, I was trying to put my own twist on a basic recipe that I knew. Since my readership has grown, my fine readers have enlightened me that the one below is very similar to Mutabaal, an authentic Syrian recipe. I however, have since updated my recipe.. so will continue to Call this for me the same name ( You can’t teach an old horse new tricks πŸ˜‰ ). But I have thankfully learned so much for you all! Read on to the original post: ———————————— The first time I tried this dish, I was young and foolish, andRead More →

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Β  Having attended the acclaimed College of Home Economics Lahore, one assumes that I would know recipes at my tips, and can mix up a dinner in mere hours! Well, sad but true, I need a week to plan a dinner, and at least two days to actually cook! In my earlierΒ years of marriage, despite asking my mom for all her recipes, which all were based onΒ apnea hasab saeΒ concept, I soon searched around for an alternative! Shan Masala is a house-hold name in almost all desi homes, and it doesn’t hurt that they play up the sentimental value of food in our culture through advertisements!Read More →

Growing up in Jeddah, my two go-to drinks of the moment would be the beloved Suntop all year round. The other was a Β Ramadan special; Β Vimto! Yeah yeah, I can see the Saudi grown kidsΒ nodding with a little smile. It was not until I was enrolled in College in Lahore, that I actually developedΒ the true taste ofΒ Badam Ka SharbatΒ (Almond Syrup mixed in water). It was not that I didn’t even know about it earlier in my life. It is just thatΒ my tastebuds needed to be matured, as well as , I needed to feel theΒ gramiΒ of Lahore (summer), to really appreciate this drink! As always, ones’Read More →

Ramadan means special cooking and creating nostalgic food to dig into . Though I have yet to recreate the decide Basbousa SoufflΓ© that my neighbor made..but this simple and quick recipe sates the appetite.. FYI.. Be ready for strong flavor in small bites! Ingredients 2Β½ cups coarse semolina 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup caster sugar Half cup self-raising flour 1 cup thick yoghurt 1 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla extract 25 blanched almonds Syrup 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp rosewater Instructions Preheat the oven to 180 C. Mix the semolina, coconut, sugar, flour, yoghurt,Read More →

Think Arabia… imagine dates, kahwa , exotic dishes, roasted lambs. What one does not imagine is Fried Chicken! Al Baik , has taken the lead in the Makkah region, by serving fried chicken with a tangy Garlic Sauce, for over two decades. I grew up with memories of us buying a box of Al-Baik, which would have half of a chicken, lumpy fries and a bun, with Garlic sauce.. and driving to the sea side for an instant picnic. Anyone visiting us for Umrah would surelyΒ be treated to this food of the land, and told.. No Al Baik means.. No pilgrimage is complete (Just JokingRead More →

Recently I have ventured into the land of baked bread, with forbidden tastes accompanied by calories one too many. No matter what may be said, the best carb is always the most sating comfort food. My little adventure began actually with a weird motive. At one end, I hadΒ a deadline to meet, yet, my inner foodie begged me to try a recipe that I had seen ages ago on a Facebook group. The recipe was for a Chicken Bread. Now, one would say, why this craving? My college days were spent in Lahore, where one of the trends in late 1990’s was attending ‘High teas’Read More →

What is the easiest quickest and jazziest thing you can whip up which can act as a Salad, Starter, Snack or even a Dinner main course? Why of course a Pasta Salad!!! I usually have a whole packet of Pasta boiled, and tossed in Olive oil, and kept in a tuperware box in my fridge. Why? I can mix it with pasta sauce to feed the kiddies, or make a Pasta Salad when I want! My Secret weapon to making the salad yummy is the dressing that I use. Read on to learn this easy recipe… Ingredients: Pasta Boiled . 2 cups Carrot Grated 1Read More →

  Banana Banana Banana! Such a strange yet powerful among the fruit kingdom, it is often under-rated as the diet of the monkies. Humorouse is the way it is used in context of passion, as to how I have gone Bananas over this pair of shoes. Even more weird is the application of Banana in terms of crazies, when someone to have lost his mind can be termed to have gone Bananas. Considering the passionate crazies, we should surly give this potassium rich fruit another chance and more honor than usually given. Japanese women are smart to recognize the benefit of a Banana Diet. MothersRead More →