Vegan Mixed Berry Overnight Smoothie

ย  You will still keep saying a lot of vegan stuff on this blog. Even though I am off from the diet, I still go for it when I don’t want to feel bloated or just want to go light. Very recently, a colleague of mine started Ayurveda for his skin treatment and now whatever I bring for them to eat, I have to make it vegan. ๐Ÿ˜€ So I still continue to explore it as much as I can. In fact, the thought that you can make desserts and dishes without eggs, milk and butter is definitely an encouragement. There was a time when baking without eggs and butter would have been considered “sacrilege” but not any more! ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  But we ain’t baking anything today, but sharing with you an “overnight smoothie”. You must have read of overnight oats, but smoothie? Yes, the only difference is that instead… 

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Semolina Mango Cake

ย  I hope you enjoyed the Mango Custard Verrines and Aamras posts in this month’s 3-back-to-back mango recipes. I have been wanting to bake with semolina since long but never got around it. My first attempt at making the basbousa, which is an Arab style semolina cake soaked in sugar syrup, was a dud, and I never got to making it again. Even though I have bookmarked several recipes that use up semolina, I have still kept it pending. There is so much that I am cooking and trying so some things do go off to the end of the list. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  I made this cake to finish off a can of mango pulp that I had got at a deal. My mind went loitering at all options like ice cream and pudding but then I remembered the semolina mango cake recipe I had saved up very long ago…. 

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Aamras ~ Sweetened Mango Puree

ย  After the Mango Custard Verrines, I thought of choosing a very traditional and simple recipe. Aamras is nothing but mango puree. In the north, during the mango season, mango is pureed and stored in order to use it for the future. Aamras is usually served as a dessert or even as a part of a main meal. My colleague P (do check out her Bombayย Chicken Biriyani and Mangalore Chicken Sukka!) would tell how amazing a combination aamras is with pooris. Yes, I have heard about it too, but somehow was never convinced, thanks to my South Indian roots. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We can never mix sweet with savory. But since we had the Balaleet experience and were converted, I was somehow confident that this would work too. ย  ย  ย  Aamras is the best to be made the day before. Allow it to cool and the flavors to mingle, to taste… 

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Mango Custard Verrines

ย  It feels like ages since I have done my 3 back-to-back recipe series! I don’t know why. Even though I did the blogging marathon last month, I did miss my series, since the pressure is on me to decide the theme and do the posting based on that, without any outside influence. ๐Ÿ™‚ So after February, here I am this month… ย  It was not difficult to choose what to do this month. With the king of fruits slowly coming into the market, what better time than to indulge in some treats? So this time, I am coming with three back-to-back mango treats, which are simple yet delightful to your tastebuds… ย  ย  The first one is a super simple “Mango Custard Verrine”. What is a verrine, you may wonder. Verrines are normally layered foodย in see-through shot glasses. It can be sweet or savory. You may wonder how it… 

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Vegan Strawberry Mango Smoothie

ย  It is the end of the month and it is time for the Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge of the month. With the summers looming in this part of the world and back home already under a heat spell, it wasn’t difficult finalizing the theme for the month. The theme for the month is “Summer Coolers” and my partner for this month is Shailaja, whom I am dealing for the first time and am glad to be partnered with. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  She gave me mango and ice cream as my secret ingredients. Mango is coming into season and who doesn’t get excited about this delicious fruit! I am not very fond of ice creams in my smoothies or drinks, so decided to only utilize mango for this challenge. What I did was pair it up with another seasonal fruit that are available now in the market, which is strawberries. This… 

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Baked Blueberry French Toast

ย  We have had some amazing weather over the last weekend. Scheduling posts actually keeps me away from updating the blog with what happens, but sometimes you are forced to, especially when the posts are related to challenges and you don’t want to miss the dates. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to be particular that way, and Alhamdulillah, so far I have been doing well to manage. If you are following me on Instagram, you would have caught up with the weekend weather updates. I tend to post more weather/sky/nature clicks there rather than my food. ๐Ÿ˜€ Somehow, I prefer to click my surroundings rather than what I am eating, especially when we are at a restaurant. I prefer to dig in right away rather than pull out the mobile, click it till the perfect click is done, and then eat it cold. I can’t take it that way… ๐Ÿ˜› The rains… 

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Mango Coconut Milk Pudding

ย  Many bloggers would be aware of this awesome group of bloggers, coordinated by Srivalli, that runs the Blogging Marathon month after month. I have always been wanting to join them, but was not sure how much I could keep up with them, since I cook more on my whims rather than by following a theme. Ever since the beginning of the year, I have been looking to get back my blogging mojo and nothing better than doing a trial to see how I fare in this lovely event! ย  The Blogging Marathon is now in its edition #74 this month. That’s quite a long time, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ From the themes for the month, I decided to choose “Are you Pudding me?” for these three days. Pudding – something that I love, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ And I didn’t have much difficulty finalizing what I should be sharing over the… 

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Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

ย  After the Secret Recipe Club came to an end, Sarah started an event called “Fantastical Food Fighting“. Every month she gives a theme and a date to publish the post. The best part about this event is that you can join in if you want and there is no pressure to be doing posts. Most of the challenges require you to do continuous posts to remain a part of the group, which is not the case with this event. Hence I took a plunge and submitted my name. However, till date I haven’t been able to participate despite some interesting themes. But this month, I got the opportunity to be a part of it and here I am! ย  The theme for this month is PB&J, which is the short form for “peanut butter and jelly”. The recipe needed to have peanuts and a fruit in it. All I… 

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No-Bake Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake – Guest post for Ashee’s Cookbook

  A request for guest posts always excite me. I don’t know why, but I love the feeling of being asked for a guest post. It feels like a virtual invitation to their home, and I always love visiting homes, that you know you will feel great as a guest. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Asheera for your warm invitation… ๐Ÿ™‚   Since my parents were around, I did ask her some time to work on her post, so when I got free, the first thing I did was to see what I can give her. My mood for cooking is just slowly starting to kick in but I didn’t want to delay her. That is when my eyes fell on this lovely and pretty looking cheesecake that I had made sometime ago when the whole family was around. I have hardcore cheesecake lovers in the family and whatever cheesecakes are there… 

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Tropical Smoothie Bowl

ย  As humans, we tend to sulk a lot, don’t we? Just like how I am feeling today… My parents left after a three month stay last night. I don’t want to sound cliched by saying that I am already missing them. We all need our parents around us all the time, even though sometimes they may run over your head and make you go out of control. But parents are parents, and nobody will love us more than them in this world. I am thankful that I have had my fair share of having them around whenever I have needed them, or whenever they have needed a break from their routine back home. The kids were terrible last night. Rasha kept weeping herself to sleep while Azza kept muttering, “Enikku ummaane kaananm” (I want to see umma) just a couple of hours after she had left. I know they… 

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Vegan Papaya Blueberry Smoothie

ย  Even though I am very well away from my vegan diet, at times, I do go back to them when I feel really bloated. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am of the belief that our body needs a little of everything to survive and pull on, so you will never see advocating one type of eating habit. Yet, when we go a bit overboard with eating, a raw vegan diet for a few days does really calm your system down. It is only based on my experience and not necessarily it works for everybody. We have to see how each of our bodies react and eat accordingly. I may brag about it but always end up being the last person to do it, though off late I am trying to really watch out what I am eating. ย  Sharing with you today, a delicious vegan smoothie, that is one of my favorites… 

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Fesenjan ~ Persian Chicken Stew with Walnuts and Pomegranate

ย  There are times when I wish I can go ahead and do a post without much of an introduction. Just do the post… then I wonder, would my readers accept it? I really don’t know… Many of you are used to reading something or the other to begin a post, and I am used to it too. If I don’t do it, then I feel a pinch of guilt within me for not taking an effort to start the post with a subject. But being human, at times, we are just left to be blank. The mind doesn’t give in. It acts just opposite of the way we want it to be. At that time, the best to do is not to pressurize it, which in turn will put undue stress on our whole system. Does it make any sense? ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Last week, we had some lovely climate… 

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Marbled Classic Banana Bread

ย  From the beginning of this year, life has been hectic. With parents around, the kids act weird. That’s how all grandchildren are supposed to be with grandparents around, right? I sometimes feel like a screaming zombie, who keeps making noise for nobody to listen. It is an absolutely frustrating feeling. ๐Ÿ˜• But there is nothing much we can do. My parents leave in another two weeks and already we are feeling a tinge of sadness due to this. The girls are already eating our head to send them off for their summer vacation on their own. Being working doesn’t help since I have hardly a month off on my hand and their vacation is nothing less than two months, which is a lot of time. Each vacation, they complain of getting bored and how their friends are spending the whole vacation back home. I am fine with the idea… 

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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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Spiced Chickpea Mango Salad

ย  Most of my cookbooks are instant purchases. I just flip through and purchase. At least buying that way has given me decent cookbooks compared to some of my online purchases that have literally made me cry once the books have landed in my hand. ๐Ÿ˜€ I guess I better not talk about them and move on with the book chosen for this month’s book review… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  “Chilli Notes” by Thomassina Miers happens to be the author’s fifth cookbook. And she is no mean one – she is a Masterchef winner. I really didn’t know that when I picked up the book. ๐Ÿ™‚ I picked it up from the Borders store at Mirdif City Center, along with the “Low Fat Baking Book” that I reviewed the first in the series. I don’t know what exactly pulled me to buy it but there were surely these factors: Hardcover – I… 

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