Orange Walnut Blondies

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  I love bakes which have fruit and nuts in it. Just like this one… After baking the cakey brownies in the Fat Witch Bakery cookbook, the next one I had my eyes set on were on these orange walnut blondies. After these blondies, it had been long since I had baked one so it was the best opportunity to take it up. I always feel baking is a bottomless pit – you never finish trying new varieties of bakes! There are so much to try – my pins, my bookmarks, my printouts and my cookbooks are filled with many many bakes, waiting for me to lay my hands on. Since I have been off butter, somehow I don’t have the mood to bake with butter as such. I don’t know whether to call myself selfish… 😉   OK, coming back to this bake… If you love orange bakes, then… 

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Cheesy Broccoli Soup

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  Normally I don’t miss giving updates, but this time, I did… On Sunday, Rasha turned 9. I always wonder why kids grow up fast. I also wonder why girls mature much faster than boys. Whenever I see boys of Rasha’s age, I cannot help but wonder on it. Is it the pressure that we or the society puts on them? As women, we are expected to behave a particular way. If we are way too boisterous, people blame it on faulty upbringing. If we are way too silent, we get tagged “introvert”. What exactly is the way that women need to behave? As she grows up, my insecurities only keep growing. Is it because I have the pressure to inculcate our way of living into our children? Allah asks us to constantly pray to Him to make our children “coolness of our eyes and the leader of the pious” (Surah… 

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Nenthrapazham Puttu ~ Plantain Steamed Rice Cakes: Guest Post for Halal Home Cooking

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  As soon as I saw Umm Hamza’s post regarding her absence from her blog and her invitation for guest posts, I decided to jump at the opportunity. First of all, I totally adore her space mainly because of her simple yet tempting bakes and some very unheard of traditional recipes from Algeria.  I am sincerely happy to be filling up while she, InShaAllah, has a lovely time with her in-laws… I chanced upon her blog during our interactions from the MENA Challenge and then on, it has been a warm relationship…   Deciding what to give to her was a little tough. After thinking a lot, I decided to ask her myself. She suggested me to share with her a Malabar recipe. I thought I must share a recipe close to my heart. All in my family has a soft corner for puttu so it is made at least… 

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Be My Guest – Thayir Vadai

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You all would have noticed that I am slowing down on my guest series from the beginning of the year. Yes, it has been intentional, I have already made it clear. Somehow, this year, I have been concentrating on doing my own posts and also coordinating for guest posts was taking a toll on me, so I had to take a decision to go a bit slow, though I am not going to let this series die off as such… 🙂   After two months of silence, today I have one of my favorite bloggers. I know I have introduced many of them this way, and this sweet lady’s blog has been one that I laid my eyes on more than four years ago, when I took genuine interest towards cooking. Why did I like her blog? I love good vegetarian food, and I simply suck at making them –… 

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Joan’s Rainbow Cake ~ Almost 100% Vegan!

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  I actually wanted to wait to post this recipe, but then I thought, it is fine, I don’t need to wait! 😉 The third in the series of the 3 back-to-back vegan cake is this cake that I baked for our anniversary last month, Alhamdulillah… 🙂 I was actually not planning to bake anything. I was down with fever and body pain, it was a very normal dull day and unlike other anniversaries, where I would be up planning so much – you can refer to my previous anniversary cakes here, here and here –  this time, I had no plans at all! But as the day passed by, I became restless and I pushed myself into the kitchen to bake this cake.   The Joan’s Rainbow Cake has been on my to-do list, and I am so glad that I managed to veganize the whole recipe and make… 

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Vegan Strawberry Cake

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  As soon as I had made these vegan brownies, I saw Azza sulking on one side. When I inquired what was her issue, she told me, “Ummi, you always make chocolate that thaatha likes, you never make what I want!” I was a bit taken aback by it. I always thought she loved chocolate but then it turned out my assumption was wrong! Then she asked me for a strawberry cake. That is when I remembered her fetish for pink, and that was one reason why I baked her a pink cake for her birthday last year, and this time got her a pink doll cake. She loves pink to the core. “Barbie is pink so everything has to be pink” is her philosophy. Initially, I used to love pink too but now seeing too many pinks, my eyes have turned soar! 😉     I wanted to bake… 

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Vegan Avocado Brownies

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  While trying to finalize what to do for this month’s 3 back-to-back theme, I was in a little confusion. Initially I had decided to do “mango” as the theme, but since I preferred eating my mango more than cooking with it and already the net is flooded with variety of mango recipes, I decided to not go ahead with it. Then I thought about strawberries – one fruit that I have seen is continuously available from some country or the other over the past few months.  Even though I had the recipes for the theme, somehow I wasn’t really convinced of doing it, so dropped the idea. And then finally settled for what you are going to see from today, for the next three days on the blog… 🙂   Those who read my blog regularly are already aware that I am currently on a vegan diet. Ever since,… 

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Corn Avocado Salsa

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  Time for the Secret Recipe Club post! This is my second SRC challenge in Group C and I am excited as usual! 🙂   This month , I was assigned “Where is my spoon?”, a lovely blog by Adina. She is a Romanian currently residing in Germany – both beautiful countries indeed! Don’t ask me how I know, Google is helpful enough in that case, isn’t it? 😉 Her recipe index is loaded with a wide variety of recipes, that look amazing yet are very quick to whip up. A few recipes that I noted up while browsing through her blog were the Broccoli Chickpea Soup, Golden Roasted Potatoes with Avocado Dip and Vegan Banana Bread. After a lot of contemplation and because I was in such a mood for a salad one night, I opted to make the quick Corn Avocado Salsa.   I have always loved avocado… 

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Chicken Olive Bread Cups

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  I have kids who have terrible hunger pangs, yet wouldn’t eat anything that is given to them. I am lucky that they eat fruits like apple, banana, pomegranates, etc. and vegetables like cucumber and carrot, but otherwise to get a meal across to them is very difficult, in general. Just the other day last week, I made a simple stir fry of chicken and broccoli, hoping that they would touch the green thing along with the chicken, alas, my plate kept getting flying broccoli pieces landing into it and they quietly finished off the chicken. No amount of screaming, requesting or begging worked. It is always the case… Sometimes it is so nerve-wrecking, but then I remind myself that even we as kids were very fussy with vegetables… 😀   This is the simplest snack I have ever made, I guess… Some slices of bread, topping of your choice,… 

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Cantaloupe Soya Milk Smoothie

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  I am somebody who drives a lot, in fact every weekday I undergo two and a half hours of mandatory driving as a ritual to go and come back from work. The other day, while taking a turn on a roundabout, I was reminded about my driving class escapades. On the day of my final driving test, I drove perfectly enough to impress the two policemen in the vehicle before crashing the car bumper into the pavement. One policeman took it in a light manner, laughing at it while the other one didn’t seem to like it. On the way back to the driving school, both of them kept arguing with each other in Arabic in a hushing tone. I was somehow confident I would get through despite that light crash, hehe… But once inside the office, the lady at the counter informed me that since both of them… 

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Chakkakuru Pachamaanga Curry ~ Jackfruit Seeds Raw Mango Curry

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  I miss my stock of chakkakuru (jackfruit seeds) this season. 🙁 I had an uncle who flew in last week and I received a parcel from umma, but unfortunately it didn’t have any seeds in it. When I asked her, she said he already had too much weight and she couldn’t send any. Now I guess I need to get some from the supermarket, but the way those seeds look, I wouldn’t even want to buy them!   I prepared this curry with the last bit I had of what umma send me last year. The combination of the slightly sweet seeds and the tangy raw mango gives a nice punch while having rice. I am not a fan of raw mango or its tanginess, so normally what I do is to squeeze the mango into the rice and discard the skin. I mix it in and have it… 

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Chukandar Halwa ~ Beetroot Milk Sweet

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Some people come and go in your life and are not meant to be there, even if it is your wish. How much ever you try to cling to them, they will slide off through the middle of your fingers when the time comes. There are two ways of taking it – either buckle up under the pressure of losing them or taking the matter in your own stride and moving on. There were times when I used to wonder, why do people leave and go, and what did I do wrong that they had to leave me and go. I guess, with passage of time, age and experiences, we tend to see each and every happening in your life on a much larger perspective and give it a holistic look, rather than only from your shoes. This learning does not happen overnight – it takes its own time to… 

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Sweet Corn Chicken Oats Soup

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  Sharing a lovely slide for you all today, so that I am spared of typing an introduction! 😉 Since this little slide is already so meaningful, I would leave all of you to ponder over it…     I am surprised that after sharing the home-made chicken stock recipe, I never shared ways of how to use it up. As already mentioned in that post, there are so many ways you can have it. In fact, you can season it and sip it warm, add into your soups, use it for cooking rice and spoonfuls for flavouring salads. This is one delicious soup that you can make with it. This recipe is adapted from a share by a friend, who would always say that she makes amazing oats based soup during Iftar and whenever she has get-togethers. I have hardly added any vegetables into it except the star called… 

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“Fat Witch Bakery” Cakey Brownies

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  A long weekend literally means a sluggish mind. I am not joking! Instead of feeling refreshed, I feel totally tired. I wanted to relax the maximum but the three day break started with scrubbing the kitchen from top to bottom – not a good start, isn’t it? 😉 It took me around five hours to finish off the whole thing, thankfully the day was not so hot otherwise I wouldn’t have managed. After finishing it off, all I did was slouch on the couch till I slept off. On Friday, we had a long awaited family gathering, so I made a good enough batch of chicken cutlets. We had a nice time, especially renewing long forgotten relationships and getting to know people who I have never met before or have a fleeting remembrance. In this busy world life of today, everybody has a hard time keeping in touch with… 

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Mango Pannacotta

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  We are on a public holiday today… the first for the year! Being working, I always look for holidays and in this part of the world, there are just countable holidays in a year. With Ramadan fast approaching, most of us tend to do a thorough clean up of the whole house so that there is not much of cleaning to be done during that time, and I am no different. I wish I could spend a holiday not doing any cleaning as such… Sigh…   Coming to today’s post… Sometimes, I feel I am seriously digging out graves. This pannacotta was cooked exactly a year ago! I guess it’s time to make it again for the family, since they loved this so much. I made this when this recipe was declared for the week’s Fondbites bake-along, even though it was not something to bake! I can understand why… 

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