Saturday, 31 December 2016

December 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


It's the last day of December and of 2016!
I hope you've had a good month and year.

Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 Recipe Disasters!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

What a fun/embarrassing post this was to write!
When I actually dug into my 2016 photo archives, I was amazed by how many disasters I had had this year and forgotten about. I am the worst when things go wrong in the kitchen.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

2016: Popular Recipes + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Alhamdulillah, here we are at the end of another year.
2016 has been so much fun with of course, plenty of sad life moments too. I hope you've had a good year. Today, I'm sharing a few highlights from my year but first, the most popular savoury and sweet recipes:

Monday, 26 December 2016

Achari Bhindi.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's okra with all the flavours of our favourite spiced pickle!
And, it's our new favourite vegetarian curry!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

These rolls are one of my absolute favourite things to bake and eat!
I admit that until a few years ago, I had never heard of cinnamon rolls.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Criss-Cross Potatoes.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's my current favourite potato side dish!
And, they're so easy to make and use only three ingredients - potatoes, olive oil and salt.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Brown Daal.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The perfect hot dinner for a meatless Monday!
In our house, we try our best to eat as many vegetarian and fish meals as possible.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Brown Butter Pecan Pie Bars.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

These bars were the first thing I ever baked with pecans.
Can you believe it had taken me so long to use these nuts in my baking? It's probably because I don't really bake with nuts in general. But after these bars, I have been converted.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Whipped Cream.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Can you believe that I never used to like hot chocolate?
That is, until I made my own. I had tried plenty of ready-made versions but they were just never chocolatey enough for me.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Lamb Biryani.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Happy Monday!
How's your day going so far? Alhamdulillah, we finally have a little sunshine here after days of endless cloud. Let's hope it lasts. I love sunny days because they always put me in a good mood. Although for some reason, I prefer cloudy days for shooting food photos. Somehow, the light is always a little better and not too harsh.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Pooris.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Just in time for your weekend breakfast!

Today, I'm sharing my Mother's recipe for pooris. These fried breads are the ultimate when you're pulling out all the stops and cooking the traditional Pakistani breakfast at home.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Chickpea Curry - For Halwa Poori.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's the savoury element to the ultimate Pakistani breakfast.

I've already shared the sweet dish for the breakfast which was this halwa and I'll be sharing the fried pooris very soon. But today, we're concentrating on the chanay which in essence, are just a simple chickpea curry.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Korean Potato Pancake with Onion Soy Sauce.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's a cross between an onion bhaji and a bag of french fries!
I mean, if that doesn't persuade you, I don't know what will.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Cranberry Orange Rolls with Cinnamon + Cardamom Glaze.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Yesterday was a sad day.

A much-loved member of our family passed away. She had been battling cancer and passed away peacefully during the early hours of Thursday 1 December 2016. May Allah grant her a place in Jannatul Firdous and be pleased with her - ameen. She was a real character playing many roles in life as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and great-aunt. She was also an excellant cook. I'll always remember going to visit her after school where she would effortlessly whip up a pot of saag with makki di roti.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

How is it December tomorrow?!
The beginning of December means the end of November which has been a jam-packed month at my end.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Italian-Style Chicken Keema Pulao.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surprise! It's a Monday recipe from me!
Even I am quite surprised at myself for getting my act together and planning super ahead to get this post to you by Monday morning. And, if your Monday morning is as grey as ours is here, then I think you'll be wanting something colourful, comforting and easy for dinner tonight.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Chocolate Cheesecake Pavlova.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Basically my new favourite dessert.

I know, I know, I say that to practically everything. But this one is serious. If I didn't have a mile long to-do list, I would go down to the kitchen right now and get it into the oven, ready for the weekend.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Nargisi Kofta Curry.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

I have the best curry project for you today.
It's a nargisi kofta curry. It's one of those curries that I never thought I would ever be able to master. I mean, look at it! There's so much going on!

Friday, 18 November 2016

A Snowy Friday.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It snowed!
If you've been a long-time reader, you'll know that I'm a big fan of snow. And today, we actually had some! Here are some snaps:

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Lemon and Ginger Flapjacks.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

I have something for your next Sunday bake session.

These lemon and ginger flapjacks! They're the perfect sweet treat for these cold November days. But before we discuss them, how's your weekend going?

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Spiced Chicken in Yoghurt Sauce.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

What a day!

I don't really want to talk too much about you know what here except to say, wow, what a crazy day! 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Smoky Veggie Chilli with Cheesy Jacket Potatoes.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

With chocolate!!

That's right. My chocolate addiction has taken me so far as to even putting a teaspoon of cocoa powder into my veggie chilli. It felt so wrong when I was cooking it but once I tasted it, I knew it had been the right thing to do. The cocoa doesn't affect the flavour but does give a warmth and deep richness to the finished dish. Don't leave it out!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Red Chilli Chicken Nuggets with Ginger Garlic Noodles.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

I think your Wednesday could do with some nuggets and noodles.
And, because it's suddenly freezing here, I've spiked the nuggets with red chilli powder and tossed the noodles with plenty of fresh ginger and garlic. Just what you need to ward off any impending colds.

Monday, 31 October 2016

October 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Happy Monday!

And, it's the last day of October. This month is always one of my favourites because it's when the weather is proper autumn. I love it. This month has been filled with so many sweet treats including this beautiful floral cake that made cousin made.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Let's turn our brownies into cookies!

Seriously guys, it makes so much sense. I love me some brownies but let's be honest, they're not the quickest thing to bake. Cookies, on the other hand ....

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Baked Chicken Wings.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Guys, I am so excited about my new blog design!
I had been wanting to get the whole site redesigned for ages. Finally, a few months ago, I took the plunge and got in touch with the wonderful Sadaf over at Design Bliss Feast.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Sooji Halwa - Semolina Halwa.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The kind that we eat with pooris and chanay!
This Sooji Halwa is a classic Pakistani dessert but as with the others I've made in the past, it was always shrouded in mystery.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Chicken Pittas with Spicy Garlic Sauce.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Too summery for October?
Aah, who cares when they're so delicious? I've made the chicken pittas twice already in the past week and the spicy garlic sauce is my new go-to for everything. It is so good as a mayo replacement in sandwiches.

This recipe begins with the chicken. I was supposed to keep the marinade oil-based but in the end, could not resist dolloping in a few tablespoons of yoghurt. The yoghurt makes all the difference. Think about things like tandoori chicken. The reason it always comes out so soft and succulent is because of the yoghurt that is used in the marinade. 

Friday, 7 October 2016

The Laziest Lamb Pulao.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

You guys, can you feel the days getting shorter?

I definitely can. Today has been super busy, as always, and it's still not over yet. I made a classic Pakistani dessert (recipe coming!) and then, marinaded an entire roast chicken. I know to some of you that may seem nothing but for me, it was terrible. I'm so bad at touching raw whole chickens. It gives me the shivers especially since our neighbours have decided to keep a whole flock of chickens in their back garden. I'm telling you, the hens know when I'm cooking chicken because their clucking and squawking gets louder!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Chicken Cheeseburgers.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Happy Wednesday!

It's been a busy one here. I spent the morning shooting a new rice recipe perfect for these colder days. My afternoon was spent hanging out with my mother, cousins, aunt and adorable niece. My cousin baked and decorated a naked floral cake. It was so good with layers of both vanilla and lemon.

Friday, 30 September 2016

September 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's the last day of September!
And, I don't know about where you are but here, autumn is well and truly in the air. The leaves are slowly turning from summer green to an autumnal golden and I had to wear a coat today. Yep, an actual coat. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Churros French Toast with Chocolate Drizzle.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Basically how to eat churros for breakfast without any of the hassle.
You know churros, right? Those deep-fried golden pastries that are tossed in cinnamon sugar and then dunked into chocolate sauce?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Four Years.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

How are you?

How's your Sunday been?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Chip Shop Curry Sauce.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Do you feel that chill in the air?

Because I most certainly do. The mornings are colder, the wind has more of a bite to it and the leaves are getting crisper. It can only mean one thing - my favourite season has arrived. And, with yesterday being the first day of autumn, it's finally time to start sharing all the cold weather recipes.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Homemade Oven Chips.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Guys, I'm back!
I took a little recipe-posting break for Eid-ul-Adha but alhamdulillah, I am back. How was your Eid, by the way? Mine was good except my chocolate poke cake decided to collapse before lunch. Not fun.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Eid-ul-Adha 2016!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Eid Mubarak everyone!
We celebrated yesterday - Monday 12 September. Above is the beautiful sunrise from Eid morning. This year, we decided to be organised and prepare all the food the day before. Seriously guys. This was the best idea ever! Our menu was simple but delicious:

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


It's the final day of August. I hope yours has been just as good as mine. Alhamdulillah, we have been blessed with many beautiful things here this month. My most favourite of which was the arrival of our newest little nugget. May Allah make her the coolness of her parent's eyes - ameen! Enjoy my post!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Happy bank holiday Monday!
How's your day been so far? I actually woke up pretty early this morning and have spent the day being quite productive.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Green Banana Crepes.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

My new favourite breakfast!

And, it's kind of healthy too!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fresh Coriander + Mint Chutney.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Today, I am finally sharing with you the recipe for a summer staple in our house.

But first, an apology for the lack of posts this week. I've been making the most of summer and this year, that has meant plenty of sunny walks and drives up to the hillsfinally getting round to making homemade ice cream and the arrival of my new favourite person.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Butter Chicken 2016.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Our new favourite version for 2016!
I say that, because there is already a butter chicken recipe in the archives.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

What I Ate For Dinner This Week.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Guys, I finally meal planned this week and so thought I would share my dinners with you. Hope it gives you some inspiration for the upcoming week!

 Sunday: baked lemon pepper fish + smoky peppers and onions + toasted chilli lemon corn.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Orange Vanilla Fruit Salad.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The most delicious way to enjoy all the summer fruit!
Can we discuss this year's summer goodness?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Wholemeal Pitta Flatbreads.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Are you one of those people who has mastered the art of the round roti?

If so, what do you think of my pitta flatbreads?

Friday, 5 August 2016

Strawberry Cake.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's summer in a cake!

Here in the UK, summer means strawberries. And, lots of them. They're available all year round in the supermarkets but it's in the summer months when they're at their sweetest.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Tandoori Chicken Nachos with Cheddar Sauce.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

So, I first made these nachos in Ramadan for Iftar one night.

And of course, they were a roaring success.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

July 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It's the last day of July!

It's been such a beautiful month in these parts with Eid and plenty of sunny days. Also, an interview that I did before Ramadan was published this month. Go see it here. Hope you guys had the best July!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Chickpea Pulao.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

You guys, I am so happy it's nearly the weekend!
This past week has whizzed by simply because I've been so busy. Alhamdulillah, I've finally got out of my post-Ramadan rut and started to organize my life.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Spicy French Toast.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

On Friday, we talked the prettiest breakfast but today we discuss the easiest!

When I was younger, I used to think that French toast was this really hard thing to make. It sounded so fancy and involved a lot of whisking and dipping.
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