I would be lying to you if I told you we didn’t eat out at all. Maybe not as much as we used to before, but eating out is still very much part of our weekend ritual. Every Friday night or Saturday we allow ourselves one meal out. Okay sometimes two, but as we evolve into healthier versions of ourselves we avoid fast food, choose healthy eateries and even if we end up going to chain restaurants, we consciously pick out the healthier entrees on the menu.
So let’s talk about cauliflower. It’s big and It’s beautiful. Always fascinating to look at but never fun to eat. At least that’s how I felt growing up. I seldom touched it at the dinner table. In Pakistani and Indian cuisine it is often paired with the potato. Aloo Gobi.
My relationship with diet soda began about sixteen years ago. It’s as old as my marriage. “Fresh off the boat” and straight into life in the good old U.S of A.where “diet” everything was a sign of being fit. I don’t recall the diet variety being available back home and even if it was, it wasn’t very popular. Back in college days, I was always the one shunning regular soda because of it’s sugar content but this, this was different. I could have my cake and eat it too! Not once did it occur to me that it could be detrimental to my health. I even remember reading an article about it being as safe as water!
Articles such as these, aggressive marketing and the general lack of information as to the adverse affects of the component in these drinks had a whole generation guzzling down diet pop without a care in the world. I, for one was hooked. I loved the stuff. When eating out I would nod every time the waiter asked if I wanted a refill, usually two or three and at home I would chug down at least one a day. Not as bad as some I guess but everybody’s tolerance level is different and it wasn’t long before my habit caught up with me.
My mind is screaming after this past week. Thanksgiving came and went and we did our fair share of feasting. It wasn’t just the one day however, it was the whole week. My boys were off from school the whole week! I love my kids but to entertain them that long can get tough, unless of course I am okay with the Xbox and the iPhone babysitting.
You may remember reading my blog post about my attending the My Halal Kitchen cooking demo a few weeks back. Well, I have been busy reading and cooking from it and am happy to report my findings below.
The United States celebrates “Thanksgiving” every year on the last Thursday of November. The day brings together families to express gratitude to God for all their blessings. Although the tradition dates back to the 1621, it is as relevant today as it was way back then.
Known as Cut, this dish is a pretty popular staple in Hyderabadi cuisine. But you know what I like about it? That it’s super easy and super quick. I just love that!
Adding Boiled eggs makes this a hearty main dish rather than a side. And if you want to bring it up a notch, add koftas (meatballs)! Since we were doing meatless this Monday, I decided to leave out the meat.
I have had acne prone skin ever since I hit puberty and you’d think it would calm down as my 40’s neared. Unfortunately not. My skin situation spiraled out of control and my angst grew. I tried everything from over the counter skin products to consulting a dermatologist. Nothing worked. The side affects of the products the dermatologist prescribed were enough to scare the living daylights out of me!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet with My Halal Kitchen’s Yvonne Maffei. I’ll be honest, I was star struck! But her friendly and down to earth personality made it easy to talk to her. The expertise with which she swaps out the haram (prohibited) for the halal (permitted) in global cuisines is pretty commendable and one that has gained her much love and respect within the community and outside.
Ah sweet potato! How I love thee! My love affair with this vegetable goes back to my childhood. Sweet potato is a popular street food in Pakistan. Known as Shakarkandi, it is cooked on coal and served sprinkled with salt and red chilli powder.