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.
So I finally mustered up the courage to make Pumpkin Pie at home. It was a daunting task but it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! And best of all, my boys gave it their seal of approval!
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!
When I was still overseas and trying to eat healthy I used to search Pinterest incessantly for wholesome and healthy recipes that would appeal to my palette as well as get my kids’ seal of approval. Amongst the most popular was one such recipe by Gimme Some Oven. It is a great base recipe and I make it often with some changes to suit my family. There are many add ins (cranberries, white chocolate chips, shredded coconut) but if you know me, you know I love chocolate!
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.
Celebrating this powerful fruit and it’s relatives has been a focus here in my home. We have been conscientiously eating our fruits and vegetables. Be they raw or cooked, savory or sweet, as snack or as part of a meal. I am truly enjoying fall.
You guys! I found the squash of my childhood! Remember in my last post I told you about how my only exposure to squash was the Opo or Lauki? Well, I found it in my neighborhood grocery store! And since it’s fall and squash is a big part of the season, I figured I would cook it for Meatless Monday.