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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Guava Milkshake

Guavas are always for eating, as far as I am concerned. Mattamma - umma's mother - had a big tree right in front of the house. When we were small, while on vacation, my morning task would be looking up the tree to find some ripe guavas so that I can ask my maaman (umma's brother) to pluck them for me. At times, the ripe ones would be on the ground, already pocked in  by the irritating crow, but I would still take it, cut off the portion and wash it several times before devouring them.

I first encountered guava milkshake on our Umrah trip last February. When umma and I were walking towards our hotel after Zuhr prayers, we thought of just dropping by a local grocery to pick up some snacks as we had run out them. Since that was the only grocery shop in the vicinity, it was totally crowded. We went in and rummaged through the drinks counter and immediately my eyes fell on the bottle of guava milkshake. Juice, yes, we have all the time as it is widely available and it happens to be the favorite to both of us - the kids know it so well that they would pick it up on our grocery trips, but milkshake was something we were seeing it for the first time. We both loved it, as we sipped it on our walk back home. Somehow, miss that Umrah trip.... It has been more than a year and a half, but still my heart yearns to go back. I must say that the timing was so apt that it opened up a lot of avenues for me to think and change my life, Alhamdulillah for good... So trying to recreate the recipe was what I tried to do when I found some lovely guavas at the supermarket. Nothing complicated, a very straightforward recipe...

Guava Milkshake
Serves 1

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cabbage Capsicum Masala

Cabbage is one vegetable that takes no other form other than a stir fry that goes as side for rice. Having a huge piece staring at me from the fridge, I had no idea what to do. Pulling through my cookbooks on the shelf, I came across this recipe and what a relief! I was able to finish off the whole cabbage and more than that, I got a recipe that I can repeat on days when I am having vegetarian meal on the course!

A simple recipe, that hardly takes time to make yet tastes delicious... Off to the way it was made...

Cabbage Capsicum Masala
Serves 4
Recipe adapted from "Magic Oven" 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Be My Guest - Orange Chicken

Being on vacation means that I can bend the rules a bit. :) I have been having a guest post a month ever since the last year but this time I decided to go for more than one this month, as I didn't want the blog to look blank throughout the month, with the limited posts that I am putting on schedule. Call me addicted or what, but somehow I don't feel comfortable that the blog remains without a post for a whole month... :) Maybe as life moves on and changes, a change in attitude may also come by but till then, let me keep it this way!

Today I have a very enthusiastic blogger as my guest today. Sherin, who blogs at Kuk's Kitchen - obviously named after her pet name! :) - pinged me after getting excited about seeing Shibi's guest post and wanted to know if she could also guest post. I love it when I get mails as such from fellow bloggers - shows their level of interest and compassion to work with other bloggers, though we are in the same field. Just goes to show that blogging is not about competition but about coexistence. So after some informat chit chats, this doctor decided to bring along this delicious chicken dish along with her. Since she has written quite a bit about herself, I wouldn't write much, but I have to definitely mention about her prawn biriyani that had its little entry to fame sometime back. Actually speaking this is the recipe that got me onto her blog, even before I had started blogging. I cannot have prawns due to allergy issues - that explains why there isn't a single prawn recipe on the blog, which I would like to change soon, InShaAllah - but that didn't stop me from drooling at the pictures, considering that I am a big biriyani fan myself.

Let me cut myself short now and welcome our guest for the day...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Chocolate Banana Bread

I had eyed this recipe during the Home Baker's Challenge of quick breads, when I baked the zucchini carrot bread. I was waiting for an opportunity to bake when the right time came. HD had asked me to bake a cake for his staff and since this recipe was too much for one loaf, I decided to bake two mini loaves, and give one to HD and the other one for my office pantry and security staff.

I handed over the one I bought to office to the pantry boy and told him to distribute it among themselves and specifically mentioned the names as well. I had already declared to the security downstairs that I had bought them something special. Since I had already given my instructions, I thought it would be done and I wouldn't have to bother. The day when I was leaving office, I asked the security guy whether he got anything and he replied in the negative. I got a little shock but knowing how laid back the pantry boy can be, I thought they may get it the next day. The day after when I went to office, I casually asked the boy if he had give the cake to the security and he put his head down, nodding it sideways. I got a bit irritated and asked him, "Cake tho bada tha, apne kya kiya?" (The cake was big enough, what did you do with it?" He replied, "Aappi, wo cake bahut achcha that tho mene aur Lakshman ne poora khaa liya." (Big sister, that cake was so good that I and Lakshman finished off the whole thing." I had nothing to say... :) Worth the bake for sure...

Chocolate Banana Bread
Makes a big loaf
Recipe adapted from here