Carla Hall’s Avocado Brownies

  Time for the second round of the Blogging Marathon #78! While I was scouring through the themes, I was a little confused on which one to select. Finally I ended up selecting the theme “Let Them Eat Brownies”! While I had gone through the heart attack of having to make three cheesecakes in two weeks last time, this time I thoroughly checked my drafts, ensured I had at least two drafts of brownies so that I had minimum baking. To my excitement, I had three to cover just enough for the marathon! That is one advantage of having too much in the drafts, I suppose! 😀     The first brownie I choose to share with you are these delicious avocado brownies. These were my first trial of brownies with avocados, even though the only one that appeared on the blog was the vegan version. I had initially made… 

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Complete Breakfast Smoothie

  I am an avid watcher of “Food Network”. We don’t get it in our cable all the time, but on special occasions, this channel comes up and I watch it continuously for hours. In fact, that’s the only channel the girls don’t ask me to change to see their cartoons. 😉 When the channel goes off, I watch the live telecast through their website, but then time is always a constraint so I don’t do it more often.   During one of the episodes of a programme called “The Kitchen”, I happened to watch this recipe of this super smoothie. The host Jeff Mauro whipped up this smoothie and called it the “Complete Breakfast Smoothie”. It stuck in my head, thanks to the banana and coffee concoction. I didn’t recreate it in my kitchen till I started my workouts a couple of months ago. This smoothie was perfect for… 

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Dragon Fruit Smoothie

  I pick up a dragon fruit once in a while. Not that I love the fruit, but at times when I see the pretty fruit, I feel like picking it up. A good way of eating it is with a sprinkle of salt and sugar. It really spikes up the fruit. Another way I like it is when it is made into a smoothie with coconut milk. Somehow I don’t like it with milk, the fruit literally spoils the milk! But with coconut milk, it tends to gel so well. The little seeds also give the smoothie a pretty look, just like how kiwis do.   If you like dragon fruit, then here are other recipes on the blog for you: Dragon Fruit Pudding Dragon Fruit Milk Pudding Off to this simple recipe…       Dragon Fruit Smoothie   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 1… 

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Vegan Banana Chia Biscoff Muffins

  I don’t know if I really love Biscoff. If you ask me, I would say a “no”. But I don’t hate it, I just like it. 😀 Even though I love sweets, I find Biscoff and its Lotus biscuits overwhelmingly sweet. I can’t go beyond one little spoon of Biscoff or two little biscuits at the same time. But I can vouch for one thing – that both these ingredients make amazing desserts! If you love Biscoff, then here are a few recipes on the blog that you could try: Cookie Batter Granola Biscoff Almond Milk Pops Biscoff White Hot Chocolate Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake   I am now going to add one more to the list… 😉 These vegan banana muffins are spiked with Biscoff with an added crunch and goodness of chia seeds. Just like all the banana bakes I have made and cherished, I ended up eating… 

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Mango Kesari ~ Mango Semolina Sweet

  Mango season is slowly disappearing and I am really feeling sad about it. What is making me even more sad is that I have not been able to eat the best of mangoes. Somehow the produce that have arrived in the markets this year haven’t been really nice. Either the mangoes looked raw or they looked sad. 🙁 The only mangoes I really relished were a couple of batches of Badami ones that I got from our nearby hypermarket prior to Ramadan. We are slowly starting to get Pakistani mangoes and I am really looking forward to eating some of it, to make my soul happy… hehe…   I love kesari, so I had to try making kesari with mangoes. I have to first invite your attention to the color. The brightness of the yellow for your kesari will purely depend upon which mango you use. I have used… 

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Eggless Apricot White Chocolate Scones

  Eid just came and went. I am tired to the bones, I must say but in a good way. The lack of sleep is getting onto me, but Alhamdulillah, no complaints. On Saturday night, as soon as Eid was declared, I got to making chicken cutlets for our Eid breakfast at my aunt’s place, where my cousins did the Ela Ada. It was a bit of a pandemonium, since the mix I made for the cutlets were too little. Fortunately, I was able to whip up an extra small batch to make a decent amount of cutlets that everybody could enjoy. I also got to making some awesome cinnamon rolls for my cousins, which were totally wiped out. I will be making them again for the blog, since surprisingly HD seemed to enjoy them! After our prayers at the Eidgah and breakfast at aunt’s place, I quickly got to… 

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Orange Mango Juice

  With the summers really peaking bad, we drink a lot of fluids from Iftar time. I always make sure I make a juice, especially since the girls love some of it at times. My usual repeats are rose milk and dates lassi, since they are easy to put together and filling too.   These days, there are a lot of oranges and mangoes in the market, so obviously this is another choice. A very simple juice combining the goodness of mangoes and oranges, this is very refreshing when served really cold on a hot day. I usually squeeze out the juice off the oranges and then place them in the freezer so that they are almost hardening up. I then blitz them up with the mango, so you get a feel of a slushy. 🙂 Do try this combination if you haven’t yet!   PST: Not much of writing… 

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  I happened to come by this statement sometime back. And it got me thinking… do we all stay in each other’s life forever? People whom I knew in school or college are no longer in touch with me. Some people, who I thought were lost, have come back to me. Some people, who I thought were mine, have been lost. We always live in the thought of losing some or the other relationship. This world is such that nothing is stable. When the Quran tells you that even your spouse and children are our enemies (refer Surah At-Taghabun: 15 and Al Kahf: 46), I like to believe that nobody in this world is ours to say. As much as you need to love and respect all your relations, within home and outside, we have to always know at the back of our mind that anything can happen to take… 

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Vegan Mixed Berry Overnight Smoothie

  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. 😀 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! 😀   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

  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. 🙂   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

  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 Bombay 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. 😉 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.       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

  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. 🙂 So after February, here I am this month…   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…     The first one is a super simple “Mango Custard Verrine”. What is a verrine, you may wonder. Verrines are normally layered food in see-through shot glasses. It can be sweet or savory. You may wonder how it… 

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Vegan Strawberry Mango Smoothie

  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. 🙂   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

  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. 🙂 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. 😀 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… 😛 The rains… 

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Mango Coconut Milk Pudding

  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!   The Blogging Marathon is now in its edition #74 this month. That’s quite a long time, isn’t it? 🙂 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? 🙂 And I didn’t have much difficulty finalizing what I should be sharing over the… 

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