Month that was, August 2018

I truly believe I have to change my blog title to something else as I hardly share my life leave alone my life in Yanbu! I am comfortable sharing only stories about food, cats and some outstanding couple goals :-P
Let me jump to the best of August!


We are still on a guided low-carb diet and I have a feeling we will not last till the end of three months! Too much dependency on eggs would be the number one reason!

zucchini and red pepper omelette 

Henna By Shadia

I was frantically looking for an adopter for the four kittens and found one who was willing to take Fulful, the only female kitten. I was surprised because she would be my first Malayalee lady from the same hometown and who has been living in Yanbu all my life! Wow! I planned to visit her home to check if it can be cat-friendly and give her lessons on how to have a cat inside the house etc. It was for her son and this is the first time they were planning to have a cat. :-) But the first meeting was nothing of this, it was henna time and getting to know each other. hehe. I am a sucker for henna and if someone is talented, my hands are for free! :-P

Zaatar and Sauda's first long drive

Amidst looking for adopters for the kittens, two of my kittens fell sick - zaatar and sauda. We took an appointment with Happy Pets, Jeddah for a Saturday and drove them. Zaatar had mouth ulcers and Sauda was limping. The drive is for about 3 to 4 hours and all 3 hours, both took turns to meow nonstop! Nothing calmed them until both got tired of meowing and fell asleep. It was their first time outside the four walls of my home. So it is natural they are scared. The doc was fantastic! Both had some injection and was asked to be on antibiotics for a week while Sauda also had calcium intake for a week.

Alhamdulillah, they recovered well but Sauda seems to have the limping issue throughout but that doesn't stop him from being a playful cat.


Strawberry Pudding for Ragee's Foster Mom

Week 5 is done. 7 more to go. And then I cheated. 😱No not with this pudding... this is a simple #nobake #strawberries and #chocolatesauce #pudding with two kinds of biscuits #bourbonbiscuits and #butterbiscuits that I took along to A’s home for lunch. She made lunch according to my diet. 😊Sweet. 😊Her family devoured the pudding and I was still strong! 💪She gave me a box of #soanpapdi from India and that was irresistible! 😬🤭😐 I am glad I could please the sugar monster in me with just two small pieces.... btw, you can watch the step-by-step on my Instagram highlights. 

The One Pot Veg Biryani

My first attempt at trying veg biryani in a pressure cooker using the Dassana of Veg Recipes of India method. I just blindly trusted her and went for it. In real, I would have never had the courage to do but sometimes facing fear is what helps you learn new things. My rice-making game changed forever... I don't use the pressure cooker but I gained the confidence in making rice even better.

For the recipe, you can check Veg Recipes of India's Veg Biryani in Pressure Cooker.

The family that eats together stays together

Every morning scene!

Fulful Found a Family

She is the prettiest kitten I ever had and it was hard letting her go. But a loving family awaits her...

I am Going Home

After months of discussion, I finally decided to travel alone to India to meet my ailing grandmom. I have never travelled internationally alone and the fear is silly, I know. But there is a first time for everything and this one too took days to settle in. He booked my return in a month and I thought it was too many days away from him.


This year for the first time since in Yanbu, I went to the nearby mosque for the Eid Salah! I was so disappointed as no one wished Eid Mubarak after the kutubah. I felt so strange that the ladies of this town are so shallow...I went to feel better as I was missing home and it didn't help at all. So bad, I didn't even take the usual Eid selfies lol. No mood to cook either as back home my grandmom (petacha) is still bedridden.

Somehow dragged me into the kitchen and whipped up an easy Turkish pilou inspired by BBC Good Food. I had bookmarked it long ago to use the dried apricots! It was a welcome change and I couldn't help laughing to see F gobbling away several serves.

For the recipe, you can check BBC Good Food - Turkish Lamb Pilau

Travel all alone - 14 hours from Yanbu to Calicut via Sharjah

Finally, the day arrived when I had to leave the cats and the hubby and my clean home for a whole month! What I was going through this time was untranslatable. There was doubt if F would be able to handle home and cats, there was fear of losing luggage, there was longing to meet folks, and there was happiness to finally be home with mom.

Though my purpose of the travel was to be of help to mom in taking care of my bedridden grandma, my usual dental check-up blew all my plans. I had to do three wisdom tooth extractions surgically and had weeks of poor eating coupled with swollen cheek!

Our neighbour's cat is our pride. My mom says cats find me. They sure do!:-P

I thought I will miss F and cats instead I was missing my Yanbu home, my kitchen, cooking, and the side of my bed.