Triple Chocolate Pecan Cookies

  Since the main cook (ahem ahem!) has a soft spot towards chocolate, somehow by default it gets selected. I am not someone who likes to make cookies. I feel it is a lot of work. For a cake, mostly you do the batter, pour into the pan and forget it till the timer rings, while cookies need your full attention and time till the whole dough is done. I lack that patience, basically speaking. 🙁 That is why there are very limited cookie recipes on the blog even though there are 1000s of recipes! I wish I could improve on that, but as long as I don’t keep my fixation towards cookies aside, I don’t think the numbers will improve!   OK, let me bring back your attention to these delicious stack of cookies that you are seeing on the page right now. Don’t they look really pretty? I… 

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Orange Chocolate Chip Biscotti ~ Guest post for Priya’s Kitchenette

  I must say that I can’t sit properly on my chair while typing this post – I am really excited! 😀 Maybe because I am on the space of somebody who has been super sweet and supportive of me for a long period of time… 🙂   Today, I am on Priya’s space. My interaction with Priya started when she went on with the posting-one-recipe-a-day as she started her little space called “Priya’s Kitchenette”. Everybody keeps asking me how I post so frequently, but if you check out my blog, I really can’t do long stretches like she did – posting every single day of a year! Not surprisingly, her hard work was discovered and recognized by the Limca Book of Records. After this year, she concentrated on growing her blog and now she has her own event firm, which makes me feel proud of having a friend like… 

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Ma’amoul ~ Middle Eastern Date Filled Cookies

  We have a small group of enthusiastic bloggers called the Muslim Food Bloggers. Last month, we decided that we would go ahead and do a challenge every month. We will be doing various challenges over the month to avoid the monotony. I am really excited to be starting this event and hosting the event. Sincerely hoping that we will be able to make the event a regular and long running event, InShaAllah… 🙂 We will be working on a theme every month, that will be posted on the 10th of every month and will be linked in for everybody to see all the participating posts. This is just a humble beginning. May Allah bless us in this little activity and strengthen our bonding, Aameen… 🙂   To start with, the first challenge is to try a recipe from the blog of a very famous blogger, who is so well… 

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Coconut Pistachio Biscotti

  Everything has to come to an end, right? That is the policy of life. I had joined the Secret Recipe Club in June and was really enjoying my monthly assignments, when Sara declared last month that the SRC was winding up for good and November would be the last month. The monthly participation was dwindling and according to her, the club would be better off ending on a high note rather than allowing it to die. All of us agreed to it. I have been a part of a lot of challenges previously and it is heart breaking to see how the initial interest just goes down and then it goes into a natural death stage. The SRC is a highly successful event that has been going on for a few years now, so the decision she has taken was for good. I would have started in January, had not… 

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Naan Berenji ~ Persian Rice Flour Cookies

  A little while ago, I had an FB conversation with Lubna. I was actually frustrating at my lack of understanding of the basics of photography. How much ever I try, I feel I am not hitting what I want to or maybe I have hit a plateau. I am not able to get rid of my habit of clicking night pictures, since most of my best cooking happens at night. I know there is no point in me running behind sunshine at a time when I am just tired from work, and I try to limit my cooking over weekends not to overdo myself. Those are my shortcomings – I cannot go without it so I have to learn to live with it. She asked me just one question – what do you intend with the blog? Is it a recipe blog or is it a food photography blog?… 

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Thuthukudi Macaroons ~ Thoothukudi Cashew Egg White Cookies

  There were times when I had no dearth of topics to type in. But now, my mind mostly seems blank when I open to do a post. Sometimes, I feel it may be because I post five times a week but then I have been doing this all throughout the time I have been blogging. I am very notorious in going full fledged with cooking at times and overloading my drafts, and after that phase, going on a totally dry phase of not cooking much! For all those who wonder how I feed my blog almost daily despite working, the above is the secret. I take advantage of myself when I am in a mood to cook. There are times when I have cooked and clicked upto seven dishes a day. But I have not been doing that since the start of the year, thanks to a packed schedule… 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies – Back in the Day Bakery Style

  Yes, I know… I normally don’t blog on Saturdays. But sometimes, seeing a recipe tempts you so much that you instantly decide to do a bake along and participate without delay. Normally, I am good at keeping my temptations at bay, or I make what I wished to make but seeing these cookies on Zoe’s space, I just couldn’t hold myself. And I got myself baking them yesterday morning and here, they are on the blog, in time for the closing of the link in! 🙂   Every month, Zoe along with Lena and Joyce do an event called Bake Along, which is posted towards the end of every month and they keep open a linky for those who are interested in joining in. Zoe’s blog is one that I drool upon endlessly and I am so fed up of keeping bookmarks on her blog that I have literally… 

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Saffron Olive Oil Cookies

  Life can give you a lot of unexpected turns. Last night, we were shocked by the news of a cousin, who met with a horrific accident and is now battling for his life in the ICU at the hospital. All we can do at the moment is continuously make Du’a for him and hope that Allah has something better destined for him and his family, InShaAllah… As I am battling my inner thoughts and emotions, I see the below verse in the morning: “No calamity befalls, but with the Leave of Allah, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart. And Allah is the All-Knower of everything.” (Surah At-Taghabun:11) It keeps telling us that we are so powerless in front of the Superpower… May Allah give him shifa soon, his family strength and give us the aafiyah to serve Him in the way He likes, so that we die… 

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Oats Butterscotch Cookies

The Home Baker’s Challenge was pretty active for more than a year but after the bun challenge, for which I baked these delicious Iyengar Style Khaara Buns, Priya akka decided to give a break to the event and restart in September. Since she was still occupied with lot more matters, she was not thinking of restarting the challenge but a small message and the plethora of support that came by encouraged me to host this month so as to restart the event.   So here I am as the host for this month, and the theme given was “Baking with Oats”. I had chosen a few interesting bakes with oats, since now it is one ingredient that has grown away from just being used as porridge. One of the recipes I had selected were these cookies, that I had baked off the wrapper of the pack of Hershey’s Butterscotch Chips… 

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Hershey’s White Chip Chocolate Cookies

Somehow what is happening around is very disturbing. For many of us, Alhamduillah, the world is still safe enough for many of us to thrive and our children to grow. But there is a section among us who don’t even know what would be their status the next moment. As the world expressed shock and mourned at the picture of the little boy who hit the shores of Turkey, only time can say what holds for the population in tatters. All we can do is to pray for them as much as we can and do what little we can do. I happened to read this article which was so hitting… It can’t be better expressed… A few days back, an Instagram feed showcased this ayaat… I have no words to say: “What is (wrong) with you? Why do you not help each other?” (Surah As-Saaffat: 25) While we keep… 

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Bordeaux Cookies

The fourth challenge post on the trot! I promise, this is the last one for the time being! Hehe…   For the February month’s International Food Challenge, Sara suggested us some recipes from the Bordeaux city from France. Taking a little introduction from Sara’s bit – “Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest France. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. Bordeaux is also an upscale place- a city for luxury shopping, drinking, and eating. It sits in the center of the world famous wine region that bears its name and thus tourists come here come to eat, drink, experience wine, and be merry.”   She shared with us three recipes in which the Canneles De Bordeaux has alcohol in it and the Strawberry Mango Salad had Mango in… 

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Suji Crystal Cookies

From one challenge to another! This time, it’s the Home Baker’s Challenge, which I love to participate whenever I get a chance. Our host for this time is Niloufer and she gave us some lovely Malaysian bakes. In Malay culture, they bake cookies and cakes especially during Eid, which they call Hari Raya, and hence baking is a part of their culture. She had given some lovely choices which were really difficult to select from. Since I wanted to participate, yet I was not having much time in hand, I went for one of the easiest bakes that she offered. In the beginning, I thought I would make it plain but then looking at those cute looking beauties, I just decided to go ahead and do the marble effect. They didn’t turn as good looking as I would have loved to, but who cares? The kids thought that ummi had… 

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