Greek Salad

ย  One cuisine that I would really love to dabble with is Greek cuisine. If you check out certain recipes of Greece, they have a high Middle Eastern influence in their food, which may be one reason I am so keen to try their food. There are a few that I have in my cut-outs, but when I will try them is to be seen. InShaAllah, hopefully I have many more years of blogging in me so I get to try some! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  Meanwhile, as a part of the last recipe in this month’s 3 back-to-back green recipes – the first one was the Coriander Chutney and the second Kiwi Green Grape Juice – here is a refreshing Greek Salad for you. There is nothing much complicated about this salad – lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, olives all mixed up together, some crumbled up feta cheese and a little seasoning… 

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Kiwi Green Grape Juice

ย  After the Coriander Chutney, here is the second one in line. A totally green juice, filled with fruits and the goodness of coconut water – that is how I would call this. Kiwi and green grapes are normally not a combination that you would see juiced together. So I combined it more to see how it would fare. I am also not a fan of coconut water – yeah, something surprising considering I love anything with coconut, but don’t seem to like the water! All in all, I must say it was a very refreshing drink. The chia seeds though optional, adds an extra kick to the whole drink. I feel blessed to stay in a country like UAE, where you get fruits of various kinds all throughout the year coming from various countries. Alhamdulillah, we can survive on a bowl of fruits if I feel lazy to cook… 

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Kothamalli Chutney ~ Coriander Chutney

ย  Did you miss the 3 back-to-back post series last month? ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t miss it. Instead, I felt I had taken a little break. My mind is relieved and InShaAllah, I already have set up in my mind what I would be doing at least till mid of the year. After that, will see… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  This month, I chose the theme “Green”, so you will see three green colored foods being featured back-to-back from today. Isn’t green a very fashionable food color these days? With more focus on healthy eating, anything green is coming back into favor. So, green it is, and let’s move on to the first one in the series… ย  The first recipe I choose to feature is our humble coriander chutney. For our idlis, we normally prefer the white thenga chutney. Even when we go to restaurants for vegetarian food, the kids wipe out… 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

ย  After the Mint Hot Chocolate and the Biscoff White Hot Chocolate, here comes the third one! ย  Since I have gone through the difficulties of having some of my favorite food during the vegan days, I had found ways to go about it. I still like to look back and take around the lessons and still crave for good vegetarian food rather than non-veg after that little phase in my life! ๐Ÿ˜€ Something I used to crave so much for was hot chocolate and somehow I was really not liking too much dark chocolate. On top, I am really not a fan of hot chocolate with cocoa powder, but then you need to adjust as per your circumstances, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ That is when this hot chocolate was born. ย  Since I used to keep making almond milk, in order to finish them soon, I used to end up making… 

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Biscoff White Hot Chocolate

ย  After the minty hot chocolate, here’s the second one. Biscoff White Hot Chocolate is simply a white hot chocolate spiked up with some Biscoff! How does that sound? I got the idea during my Google searches and was really smitten by the idea. The Biscoff goes amazingly well with the white chocolate, in fact I believe this combination would be much better than the combination of milk chocolate with Biscoff. I have already posted a white hot chocolate before on the blog, which also had a spike of cinnamon. Similar to that one, this one also has a sprinkle of cinnamon powder at the top and it gives a very homely feeling to the drink. Off to the recipe… and I hope you will keep waiting for what is going to appear tomorrow as the third recipe… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  ย  ย  Biscoff White Hot Chocolate   Save Print Prep… 

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Mint Hot Chocolate

ย  I guess I mentioned it last month, but mentioning it again today… InShaAllah, in 2017 the 3 back-to-back will be done every second month than every month, so that it will make it easy for me to work around a theme and follow it too. Till now I was able to do it without much hassle, but since I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself, I am letting it go a bit loose. ๐Ÿ˜€ But don’t worry, we are at the end of this year and I do have a 3B2B this time, which is going to amaze you… Ready? OK, then, read on… ย  I guess looking at the picture and the title of today’s post, you maybe thinking that I am featuring warm drinks. Yes, it is winters, there are some cold winds, all you need is some blanket all over you and… 

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Cheesecake in a Jar ~ Microwave Cheesecake

ย  Did the title intrigue you? Yes, today I am going to share how to make a baked cheesecake in a microwave! Isn’t that interesting? A cheesecake is something that I avoid making just because I am scared of the calories that come with it. Not that I am really bothered as such, but still… There is something addictive in a cheesecake, that you feel like having more and more of it. So when I saw this cheesecake in a little book called “Mug Cakes”, I had to try it. And boy, wasn’t I happy? This tastes as good as any baked cheesecake! The only thing you have to be careful is about the microwave time – do NOT microwave it at one stretch, instead you do it in batches, so that you have your microwave in one piece! Since it has egg in it, it can built up a… 

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Coffee Walnut Mug Cake

ย  Coffee is a close second when it come to baking, after chocolate. I love anything with coffee in it. If it has both, then nothing like it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Coming to our second recipe in the 3 back-to-back microwave treats after the bread pudding, here is a delicious coffee mug cake studded with the crunchiness of walnuts. This is apt for a lazy breakfast, or a quick treat that you do not want to share. I have this problem that when I crave, I make my little treat and try to eat it as quickly as possible, only to see one of the kids coming into the kitchen at that time, when my mouth is fully stuffed. Azza somehow doesn’t bother since she is not much of a foodie, she takes what she wants and moves out. But Rasha will be all inquisitive, “Ummi, are you eating something?” “Why is… 

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Microwave Bread Pudding

ย  Alhamdulillah, so far I have been having a good time organizing the 3 back-to-back posts. I am glad I have received some very good responses for the series as well. Since from last month, I have started the book review series too, I am planning to space out my series from the new year, InShaAllah. I may move the 3 back-to-back to becoming a bi-monthly series and making the book review a monthly one so that my books move in the shelves and don’t rot! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let’s see how it goes… ย I would love to keep my blogging journey as stress free as possible, so I have to make sure that I don’t fall into too many plans at the moment! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  OK, so what do we have in store for this month? I guess when you saw the title of today’s post, you must have got a… 

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Urulakizhangu Ozhichu Koottaan ~ Potato Coconut Milk Curry

ย  I guess I have already mentioned on the blog that umma used to never cook with potatoes. Not because she didn’t like them, but since they areย starchy and not good for her diabetes, she would hardly make them. Once when I was watching “Love Bytes by Joey” on NDTV Good Times, she was cooking up a Kerala meal and demonstrated this particular curry. As soon as I watched it, I noted down the recipe and had to make it, since it reminded me of a curry that umma used to make long back. This is one of the easiest curries that I have made. It comes together in no time and is so delicious that even when you are done with your chapathis, you would want to lick the curry. No, I am not exaggerating… ๐Ÿ˜€ The coconut milk gives an amazing flavor and yes, do not miss the… 

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Shepherd’s Pie

ย  When winter arrives, all you need is comfort food – food that can be put together easily but is so good to settle down your coldness and hunger too! Winter in UAE is never so cold that you get a chill on your spine. I love winters here, since you can move out in your normal clothing plus a Kashmiri shawl or a thin sweater. The days are short, the nights are long and it all feels cozy outside. Even though you always feel hungry, food tastes the best during this time, as water won’t interrupt frequently! ๐Ÿ˜€ Last year, we had pretty decent showers so this year we have to wait and see what is there in store for us, InShaAllah… ย  ย  The second one in line of 3 back-to-back potato recipes after the Chicken Potato Salad, is the Shepherd’s Pie. This recipe is just as good… 

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Chicken Potato Salad

ย  While going through the blog and the previous 3-back-to-back series, I realized that my major concentration was on the sweet than savory! Hehe… so like me, I know… ๐Ÿ˜€ So this time, I purposely decided to choose a theme that is not sweet. After a bit of racking my head, I decided to choose my favorite vegetable – potato! I am not sure if there is anybody who hates potatoes. I used to initially get a cold response from my family but now I have converted them into potato lovers! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Potato is in fact one of the easiest vegetable to cook and can be consumed in so many different ways and so many combinations. I already have a few on the blog and just adding another three more to the list! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  The first recipe coming your way is a super easy salad. Protein and vegetables tossed… 

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Vegan Chocolate Muhallabiah

ย  Muhallabiah is a family favorite dessert. It is a breeze to make. A milk based dessert, thickened with corn starch and subtly flavored with two essences that are such a huge part of Arab dessert – rose water and orange blossom water. Normally, I would always have only with rose water, but commercial version available is mostly flavored with orange blossom water. Now I use both in my desserts and love their combined taste. I first enjoy the aroma and then the taste. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I already have the traditional version on the blog. I would prefer to call this dessert “the Arab Pannacotta”! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  Normally during Ramadan, you find boxes of Muhallabiah mixes at good prices, but I always wonder why we need to use them when all that goes into making it are very basic ingredients! ย B gets tempted to buy the offer pack and every time… 

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Papaya Sorbet

ย  Coming to the second post of the series of “Vegan Desserts”, after the Dates Granola Bar – A sorbet is a perfect frozen treat! What is a sorbet? A sorbet is nothing but fruit and sugar. You can actually make sorbets without fruit too – just water, flavoring and sugar. But let me concentrate on sorbet with fruit. A sorbet is one of the easiest and guilt free frozen dessert that you can have. If made at home, you can use minimal sugar and make it almost 100% fruit pulp, like I have done with a whole papaya. A sorbet works especially if you have folks at home who may not eat fruit. My kids are not fond of papaya, but this sorbet totally clicked with them, since they felt it like an ice cream. If you look at the ingredients in a sorbet, it is very similar to… 

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Dates Granola Bars

ย  I was thinking of giving the 3 back-to-back series a break this month as well, like I did in August, but while simply browsing through my drafts, the idea for what I need to do this month hit me and here I am with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Since I have been a vegan for five months, I have always looked at various ideas to satisfy my sweet tooth. I am feeling so amazed that there are actually ways of making sweets without having oodles of butter, eggs and milk in it. I have already shared some bakes on the blog before and will continue sharing more in the future, InShaAllah. Though I have now got back to having milk into my diet, my curiosity to try and make more vegan desserts is definitely not going to lay to rest for any time sooner. So this time it is three back… 

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