Vegan Papaya Blueberry Smoothie

  Even though I am very well away from my vegan diet, at times, I do go back to them when I feel really bloated. 😀 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.   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

  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? 🙂   Last week, we had some lovely climate… 

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Marbled Classic Banana Bread

  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. 😕 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

  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

  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. 😀 I guess I better not talk about them and move on with the book chosen for this month’s book review… 🙂   “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. 🙂 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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Wholewheat Date Cocoa Muffins

  Time of the month for posting the challenge for the Muslim Food Bloggers! Last month, if you remember, we had started a new challenge among a small group of bloggers, and my first post was the Ma’amoul that I tried from the blog that was assigned for that month. This month, the challenge was to cook with a particular ingredient and the ingredient that was provided to our team of bloggers was “DATES”.   We all know how important dates is to a Muslim. There are so many mention of this humble fruit in the Qur’an and Hadith, so much that dates are considered one of the fruits of paradise. Dates are the best substance to open your fast with. Dates was what, when our revered Maryam (AS) suffered from birth pangs while carrying Isa (AS), she was offered to ease her pain. “Shake the trunk of the palm toward… 

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Apple Hand Pies/ Turnovers

  There are these apple pies you get at McDonald’s. I am not fond of their burgers, but the kids want to go there all the time for the kid’s meal, not for the nuggets but for the toy that comes with it. It is really frustrating, to say the least. Anytime we go to a mall, the kids scream for McD. I always say a “no” or put a timeline when they can have it again, but the HD always gives in to their requirements. So now, I try to not get any close to their outlet. 😀   OK, coming back to the apple pie, if there is something I love of their’s, then it is the pie. Crunchy puff pastry filled with hot cinnamony apple… so much deliciousness! I recently learned that “hand pies” are also called “turnovers”, but Google also tells me that that turnovers are… 

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Blueberry Lassi

  I was wondering to myself… it’s been ages since I shared any slides that have influenced me. Here is one that I discovered in my archive while browsing through: I don’t know if I have shared this before but sharing it again… Patience is beautiful, in fact the waiting period after the whole turmoil gives way to mostly a lovely phase in our life. Life is never the same, it always comes up to a better point in life where we look back and tell ourselves, why did I ever go through all that pain? 🙂 It is actually a mystery of life, that nobody will ever be able to explain to you. Allah has said that He will test us in various ways, so I always keep praying to Him to give me patience to handle whatever situation may arise. May Allah bless all of us with patience… 

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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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Apple Peanut Butter Milkshake

  Sometimes I wonder why as a blogger, I need to be in pressure to start my posts with introductions. Sometimes, my mind is blank but I still want to go ahead and do a post since I feel very uneasy if I don’t attend to my blog regularly. I am so used to doing it now, that keeping it empty for too long a time is not in my mind at the moment. It doesn’t mean that I will be able to keep this pace till my blogging passion lasts. It just means that when I have the opportunity to continue with it, I would like to keep going on with it with His Grace. Life is never meant to be in the same pace all the time. Alhamdulillah, even with the ups and downs life gave me, I was able to keep blogging. Maybe I must rephrase it… 

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Persimmon Pistachio Lassi

  My favorite fruit is back in season! But I always wonder why I have so much difficulty finding it in the markets here. 🙁 Usually HD’s staff goes to the main fruit and vegetable market to get stuff but despite explaining it to them, they were not able to trace this fruit. A couple of weeks back, I found it in one hypermarket which is quite far away from home. I had to go there for checking something, but didn’t find it, but that disappointment was offset when I found a big box of persimmons staring at me while simply loitering in the supermarket. Hehe… I must admit that I ate almost the whole box all by myself. HD must have eaten just one and B didn’t even bother to eat it, even though he likes this fruit. Two got pulsed into this delicious lassi as well. All you… 

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Mixed Berry Compote

  Have you wondered what is the difference between jam and compote? You are not alone, I am with you. 😀 I tried going through a lot of material I could find on Googlema (or GGma 😉 ) and got even more confused. Hehe… What I could understand is to get jam, fruit is cooked with sugar in its natural juices till it releases pecitin and becomes like a homogeneous mixture. I have experienced that while I have made strawberry jam. There is a time when we need to stop cooking, the time when the fruit is all pulped up and gets a bit sticky. I feel in a compote, you don’t need to wait till the stage. You can stop cooking it when the fruit is all mashed up and looks pulpy. There is no requirement to check any consistency as such. Then there is something called coulis as… 

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Wholewheat Apricot Loaf

  Of late, I have been literally shaking my drafts. Some pictures that I feel are not meeting my minimum requirements are getting deleted and pushed to the “to make again for the blog” category. Already Fami gave me a little piece of her mind for the “lousy” pictures in the Lauki Chana Dal, saying that the dish deserves a much better picture. 😀 I agree with her, but my problem is I will continue to cook it at night and I may not be able to click it in day light. I have heard many food bloggers say that they keep some quantity to click in day light, but that is definitely not the thing for me considering I am working. My day light disappears by the time I am back home. 🙂 So you will still see night pictures, but hopefully better looking pictures – hopefully, is the… 

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Pomegranate Pistachio Pilaf

  I don’t know how many mothers have felt this way, but at times, when I look at my children, I feel, “Are they really mine?” 😀 I always wonder why I feel that. Children are an amazing mish-mash of chromosomes of generations in ourselves that come out in manifestation. Indeed, He is great, Allahu Akbar! Rasha was born looking like HD but now she looks like a splitting copy of me from every angle possible! Even certain mannerisms are like me – laziness, liking the egg yolk and not the white on a sunny side up, etc. 😉 Azza is a literal melting pot of so many people – umma, mattamma, a part of HD… The best part is both of them are as different as chalk and cheese, in every way! Maybe because of the difference, they literally drive me up the wall. Sometimes when they wreck havoc,… 

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Chickoo/ Sapota Milkshake

  Of late, I have taken a little change from my normal routine. Everyday, I used to slave an hour and a half in the morning in some pathetic traffic to get to office and a little over an hour in the evening to get back home. For a couple of weeks, I was without a vehicle to commute and my colleague introduced me to the joy of metro riding. Even though I knew it was convenient, I always thought it was crowded and liked to excuse myself from it for so many unjustifiable reasons. But once I started using it, it made me realise how much stress it takes away from me. The ride is exactly 30 minutes to the nearest station to my office, which is followed by a 5-8 minute walk. With the climate getting better, I started using it and now even though I have a… 

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