Month that was, October 2018
My laptop died and refused to come back to life and it happened just when I wanted to start blogging again. Really. Not lying.
October! I got teary randomly thinking of my grandmom and everybody at back home. Even though it was just a month, it was intense. The fear of losing loved ones was over the top and it wasn't helping me at all. I dived into cooking which sometimes is a stress buster. So, this month I mastered Shami Kebabs!
I made some chocolate cupcakes for the first time in a pressure cooker with some kinda frosting that I whipped up last minute using peanut butter. I got 6 cupcakes and we shared one to check the taste because I was taking them to Rehab's home for dinner. Upon reaching her place, I realized I should have made more as there were two other families. Two got eaten immediately and the rest that rested on the kitchen counter got eaten by the ants. LOL. I felt so sad but wanted to make these again for her soon and I did. :-) This time same chocolate cupcakes but made a proper peanut butter buttercream and tried my hands in piping too. I was so happy with the results but our madam was out of town lol. Well, thankfully she was back the next day! Not that it would go for waste because I have a sugar monster at home.
Soft and fluffy #chocolatecupcakes baked in pressure cooker with creamiest #peanutbutterfrosting to feed the starving #sugarmonster 😋👽 Amateur attempts at piping ... I was having a joyful moment doing it...SWIPE for more... Chocolate cupcake recipe adapted from @cleobuttera and peanut butter frosting recipe from @sallysbakeblog We had one each and shared the rest with @rehab.salim91 #eatdessertfirst #sugaraddiction #cupcakewrappers #bakingforfriends #bakingforkids #caretoshare
And then the attempts to use up the date paste packs...DATE ENERGY BALLS
I picked two packs of #datepaste to make bradj as eid sweets for friends and neighbours but it just didn’t happen. So have been trying to use it up now making different kinds of #energyballs. 😝 Date Tahini Energy Balls 250 grams date paste 4 tbsp tahini 4 tbsp mix of flax meal and almond meal Pinch of salt 1/2 tsp cardamom powder Mix really well ... this is the only task that makes it taste good so make sure you mix well. and warm in microwave for 20 seconds and make balls Roll each while still warm on toasted sesame or pistachio Eat immediately or refrigerate for laters! 😎😋😋😋 What is still waiting for you in your pantry? I have a sachet of creme caramel 😆
When Rehab and her two sons came home for breakfast to play with my cats!
Thank you to each one of you who took the time to share your feedback on my photography yesterday. I took some effort after a long time! Now that laptop is conked I have the table all freed up! 😆 This picture of #semiyapayasam won many hearts and so gets a place on my feed! 😊 A very simple and a very common #Indiandessert 😋 #vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk flavoured with cardamom and rose water with a dash of saffron. Topped with ghee fried cashews and raisins. We like ours in scoopable aka thick consistency 😋... some like it drinkable... how do you like?
From meatballs frenzy, I moved on to making skewered chicken with different marinades. After starting that low carb diet which we no longer abide by, our sense of eating has improved a lot. So adding meat to the diet was so easy now with just marinating, skewering and grilling them to delicious soft and juicy chicken.
and my fur babies are growing... Shaiba and Zaatar
I love them like I hate them. They are annoyingly funny, smart and cheeky! 😄 Happy weekend! 😎 I usually avoid posting cats’ pic on feed here as they go unnoticed and garner the least likes. So if you want to watch my cats actions please check the highlights. #adoptdontshop #catsagram #catsofinstagram #catlover #zaatarAndshaiba
These three boys have kept us so busy that we almost forgot Ragee's death anniversary. We drove to her spot and had breakfast beside her grave.
That time when a #falafelroll made to the scenic view! It used to be our weekend tradition to visit this place early mornings... just us and the quiet red sea making ripple waves... We had buried Ragee here and now whenever we come here, it is not just us. We talk about how loving and mischievous she was without a drop of tear. Time sure does heal. #rageethekitten
When the Mr points out that it has been long since he had a good biryani... I realized I had my share back home. Made my Thalassery Chicken biryani and had it for dinner too. :-)
I don’t fret on what to cook for Friday lunch because weekend is for both of us which means I shouldn’t be slogging in the kitchen. 😬But then there is something special about Friday and Biryani 😋 #thalasserybiriyani that happened well on time! Pssst... I started prepping the chicken, chopping stuffs, etc last night! 😆 also, checkout my jar of pickle 😎 both biryani and pickle recipe is the blog archive... Have a great fun and love filled weekend! #malabarfood #biriyanilove #fridaylunch #saudifoodblogger #jeerakasala #limepickle #raitha
this is how we nap after having a good biryani...
Back to Basics...when we ran out of eggs...
We have been having eggs for #breakfast for so long that when I ran out of eggs, I couldn’t remember what else I used to make!! 😬😆 #oatmealbowl remember my craze? 😎 We like ours cold topped with cold fruits and seeds and lots of honey. Have you tried adding a dollop of butter in your oats bowl? 😋😋😋😋
Check my Oats basic recipe here
You’ll, I cant stop raving about my #datepastegranola in a microwave recipe! 😊😋😋 I had tried it, tested it, and some of you too tried it and loved it...❤️ I am sharing here so many more can make this simple easy and crunchy and delicious #homemadegranola if you have #datepaste 😊 Also, did I mention this is totally #SUGARFREE 😱😱😱😱😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 Snack on it as is, add to yogurt, labneh or cream cheese or just milk... you do you! 😎 Recipe here images with recipe on highlights too! DATE PASTE GRANOLA Mix these in a large bowl: 1 1/2 cups Rolled oats 1/2 cup mix of almonds and walnuts 2 tbsp White sesame seeds 1 tsp Cardamom powder Salt to taste Add these to microwaveable small bowl and mw for 30 seconds: 1/2 cup date paste 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tsp orange blossom water The date paste and oil will not become one. But mwing just makes it easy to work with the date paste and mixing to oats. Mix the wet to the dry bowl. Mix throughly and ensure each oat is coated with wet mix. Spread the mixture on a flat microwaveable plate. Microwave on full power for 2 mins. Open and stir. Repeat 3 to 4 times for total of 7 to 8 minutes. Remove carefully and transfer to a large plate and let it cool completely. Stir in cinnamon chips and store in airtight container. Keep in cool place or refrigerate. #thinkoutofeggs #breakfastideas #makelifeeasy
AL SIRAJ TURKISH RESTAURANT
We had a good dinner at this restaurant and came back home with the leftovers packed. I used the kebabs in my pasta the next day and what a great makeover it was!
My three boys are cuteness overload
Caramel Popcorn that I never got right ever, happened perfectly today. Instantly posted on Instagram and so glad that few of them tried and loved how easy it actually is!
#caramelpopcorn on stovetop 😍😋😋😋☺️☺️☺️😎😎😎😎😎 RECIPE POST I made this couple of days ago and was over the moon! 😊 My ex-roomie @jeenamoorkoth and I share same love for this flavour and have unabashedly picked large container whenever we were out at the movies... I have tried making this a few times but was totally doing it wrong! 😬😄 Well, until now... 🤗 I thought of making one more batch for the sake of a good picture... but let me save us some calories and pounds. 😆 Best part is... you just need one pot and one large plate to cool them faster. Caramel 🍿 recipe: Pop 1/4 cup corns in a big pot with 1 to 2 tbsp oil Transfer the popped corns on to a large flat tawa plate Add 1/2 cup brown and white sugar mix to the same pot on low to med flame Keep stirring until all of the sugar is melted and caramelized Add 1 tbsp butter and stir until melted Add some salt if using unsalted butter Add 1/4 tsp baking soda and stir until volumes up... Switch off Put the popped corns back into this pot and mix well to coat Do this carefully but quickly Transfer back to the large tawa plate and level it Within minutes caramel 🍿 are ready to eat!!! #homemadecaramelpopcorn #nostalgia #friendsforlife #foodies #snackon #moviesandpopcorn #bestdaysoflife Whats your favourite flavour for popcorns? I cant eat plain... 😬
The legendary basmati rice idli, sambar and chutney breakfast!
When you make pasta with leftovers and add chicken stock to the bechamel sauce... it becomes a satiating lunch...
Petacha, my grandmom left this world after prolonged illness.
I called my paternal grandmom “petacha” though it means “dad’s sister”. I don’t know why no one corrected us but she ended up being petacha for all of us. She left this world yesterday after a prolonged suffering. Allah swt eased her pain. I will forever be grateful to her. She taught me to make wudu and allowed me to do my clumsy salah standing next to her. We slept together in the same bed all my childhood. I wish I had spent more quality time in later years... but life happens and death is inevitable. May Allah grant her the highest rank in Jannah and make the hereafter easy for her... Ameen. I deeply miss you petacha.
After a day of grieving alone, I planned to meet Aisha, Ragee's foster mom to spend some time with her newborn. Made Banana cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream for her kids.
I would never take this much effort if these cupcakes were made for us. 😄 This is the best #bananacupcakes and creamiest #peanutbutterbuttercream I ever made and these went to Ragee’s foster mom and her kids. 😍😋😘 Recipe courtesy @sallysbakeblog #sallysbakingaddiction #joyinbakingforthekids #foreverthecakeaunty #strivingtobebetterbaker