Palak Pakodas ~ Spinach Fritters

  At times, the feeling of numbness is intense. It tightens you, it makes you feel so helpless and hopeless. Alhamdulillah, life is good but at times, when you think about certain things, you feel a void in front of you. I am talking about death… not an interesting topic to talk about or hear about, isn’t it? “Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.” (Surah Aal-Imraan:185) This is a verse we all know, we stick to, and we tell ourselves. During a weekend, when we were on our drive towards Umm-ul-Quwain, we stopped by the mosque to pray Asr. We were surprised that there were many women… 

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Halawat Timman ~ Iraqi Roasted Rice Flour Sweet

  It is the 15th of the month, and time for the MENA Cooking Challenge! This month, we are going to Iraq. If you remember, I started participating in this challenge with Iraq, so now it has literally taken a full circle. I must say I have enjoyed my journey for this challenge and wish to continue as much as I can…   For this month, we were given three options – Pardah Pellau: a rice dish, preferably a biriyani topped with a pie crust, Lisan El Kathi: a baked dish with eggplants with meat mince, and Halawat Timman, a roasted rice flour dessert.. The suggestions were provided by Noor’s friend’s grandmother and were heritage recipes. No wonder I had a tough time trying to trace out the recipes, I don’t know how it was for all of them. Finally after searching a lot with various names on Google, I… 

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Strawberry Jelly Pudding

  It is the third Monday of the month and time for the Secret Recipe Club post! I didn’t participate in the August month challenge due to my vacation. When the challenge was emailed for this month in August, I had all the time to go through the blog assigned for me, “The Gluten-Free Smith“. Tina, a Portland based blogger who went gluten-free for health reasons, makes her blog speak for itself, with some delicious gluten-free eats and treats and how much she loves cooking for her grandchildren – I somehow agree to that statement, since umma loves cooking for the kids and they adore her food a lot, even making comparisons of my food to hers!  After going through almost the whole blog, I finalised on these brownies and these amazing looking waffles.   Once I was back from my vacation, I kept procrastinating on making one of them…. 

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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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Flourless Clementine Cake

“Those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, only (committing) slight ones. Indeed your Lord is vast in forgiveness. He was most knowing of you when He produced you from the earth and when you were fetuses in the womb of your mothers. So do not claim yourselves to be pure; He is the most knowing of who fears Him.”  (Surah An-Nahl:32) Finally the last ring of the chain was broken. Sometimes, even if we know it is not worth it, we like to cling to our past, just for the feel of it. We know what we are doing is not beneficial in any way for us and would only bring a lot of stress, but still the feel-good factor that it had given during a specific period of time makes us go back to it or hold on to it without any good reason. I am human, I… 

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