Chicken and Corn Quesadillas

  The second country I chose to cook from under the “Oceanic Cuisine” theme for the Blogging Marathon #78 was Mexico. The cuisine from this country is so well accepted, thanks to the Nachos and Tacos that do rounds at almost all food courts! The world is coming to like the Mexican twist of adding chilli to chocolate (like this hot chocolate and these shots!) and not to mention, the Dulche De Leche!   I have been wanting to try quesadillas (read them as ke-se-di-ya) for quite some time, considering how easy it is to make them. I really wanted to make the tortillas (read them as to-ti-ya)for scratch, but as the dates for the publishing approached, I gave up on myself and relied on making them from store bought tortillas. There is one thing you must never miss in your quesadillas and that’s cheese! It must have cheese. The… 

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Tiganites ~ Greek Pancakes

  I love pancakes for breakfast. It is one of the easiest recipes to cook for a hale and hearty breakfast. Wouldn’t you agree with me? You can serve them plain, with a sprinkling of sugar, a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce… whatever you may fancy it with. While searching for recipes for the Blogging Marathon #76 under the theme “Flavors of Greece”, I had to check for pancakes and yes, there were! Tiganites or Greek Pancake are simple pancakes that are made in every Greek household in their own variation and is normally served with a drizzle of honey and crushed walnuts. More than the pancake recipe, it was the servings that excited me and got me into trying the recipe. 😀       Even though Google gave me variety of recipes that looked like normal pancakes with milks, eggs and baking powder, I… 

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Lefki Fasolada ~ Greek White Bean Soup

  Starting the next round of the Blogging Marathon #76… This time, I chose to explore Greek cuisine, under the theme “Flavors of Greece”. The only Greek recipe I have is an obvious Greek Salad! If you go through their food, the flavors are so similar to the Mediterranean cuisine that I was very sure I would have an accepting bunch at home for the food that I would cook from this cuisine. Considering my lack of time as I mentioned in this post, I decided to go for some very easy recipes to try. My pins kept growing since there were quite a lot of simple and straightforward recipes in this cuisine. Do search around for yourself for some amazing ideas!   The first recipe I chose to cook was this flavorful white bean soup, which I adapted from here. As I ran through the ingredients, I was wondering… 

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Chocolate French Yogurt Cake

  Weekends come with a sigh of relief. The long weekend actually made me slightly under the weather. My throat is sore and most of the time my eyes are puffed up thanks to allergic reactions. I don’t like the way I am feeling even though it has subsided quite a bit with the medication. I am not sure how much I can rest over the weekend, but sincerely hoping to… Meanwhile, I am looking forward to the next week with a lot of excitement. Some little changes on the personal front is what I am expecting, InShaAllah… As we progress in age, we have to seriously look and take care of ourselves and hopefully this step will be the start to an array of change, InShaAllah… I will keep myself updated on IG so do follow me there! It will be just to keep myself motivated and not get… 

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Herbed Focaccia

  Even though I love baking with yeast – it has been very kind to me and I have hardly had any failures – I try to restrict working on it. I think I will blame it on lack of time. Even though I love the process of seeing a tiny dough bloat up into double or triple the size, I don’t have the patience to wait for it. 😀 Only if I have enough time at hand (which is never enough for me in reality! 😕 ) do I go ahead with baking with yeast. That explains why I have very limited yeasted bakes, and I feel ashamed to say that I am yet to try my hands at baking a home made loaf of bread. 🙁   But I have baked this delicious Focaccia studded with olives and sprinkled with Italian herbs a few times. Why? Just because… 

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Pesto Stovetop Pizza ~ Pizza in just 20 minutes!

  My kids love pizza. I discovered it very late… hehe… My initial days of making pizza did not receive so much enthusiasm so I was kind of slow on it. But once we started having Papa Johns, all the kids need is pizza. That too not any pizza, something that has a proper pizza like crust and looks and tastes like pizza. But who has the time to wait till the yeast does its job and the oven gets done. I mean on an average to make a pizza, you need at least an hour and a half and I don’t have that kind of time, period! 😀 That is when I chanced upon on this video and decided to make it as soon as possible. But I prefer making the dough separate and put it on the pan, so that is what exactly I went ahead with. Frankly,… 

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Mkatra Foutra ~ Yeasted Bread from Comoros Islands

  While reading the title, if you went “which islands?”, you are not alone. I gawked the same way when this month’s assignment from MENA Cooking Club came along. After Algeria and Bahrain, the third country is Comoros Islands – a tiny country of three islands situated in the Indian Ocean. If you go through Google searches, it is said that the country was under France rule during the age of colonialism, before it finally got freedom in 1975. Since then, it has been affected by unstable governance and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since we are talking about food, let’s move into that then…   Due to the long years of colonialism, the cuisine of Comoros Islands has influences of European, Arab and Indian food. Their main staple is rice and meat. The island is quite known for its exports of vanilla, in fact the… 

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Mushroom Spinach Frittata

  Eggs are the easiest you can cook when you run out of ideas. I don’t know how many of you agree with me on that, but I would definitely say so. Unfortunately, Rasha hates eggs so I have to divert my attention to making something that everybody would eat. It is really frustrating at times, when you try to cook taking into consideration what “all” would eat. It is not easy, but sometimes you have to do make something and give them an ultimatum – you eat or you starve. I remember reading this hilarious quote somewhere: “My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take It or Leave It.” (Mark Twain) Umma was exactly the same. Even if we would not like what she made, we would still eat it. But today’s kids are so apart – they are not willing to take our threats of starving them. 😕… 

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Classic Pancakes

  At times I go through my old posts, especially when I am trying to align the recipes for all, still 2014 is pending to be completed. 😕 While I read through them, I always wonder at my mental thought process while penning them down. One thing I have learned and I am 100% sure of – it is only when our souls feel crushed do our mind open up. If our lives move on in the same pace all the time, we would never value what we have in our life. Unless we get tested and we are on the verge of losing something that we never thought we would, we would never wake up from our slumber. During that time, it is difficult to hold ourselves together and sometimes not blame ourselves for whatever happened. But the only way forward is forgiving ourselves and taking refuge in His… 

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French Yogurt Cake ~ Gâteau au Yaourt

  If I tell you this is the easiest cake I have baked, would you agree? I guess you have to try it to agree to me on this! 🙂   The French Yogurt Cake is the first basic cake that is taught in a French household. It is said that this cake is made by using a 125 ml can of yogurt and everything is measured in it, ie. 1 measure of yogurt, 3 measures of flour, 2 measures of sugar and 1 measure of oil, thereby making it easy to remember the proportions. Even though I got the idea of this cake from David Lebovitz’s book “The Sweet Life in Paris“, I referred to a lot of posts on Google, especially on this one and totally loved how homely this bake is.  Especially when you have guests coming in unannounced or if you want a no-nonsense simple tea… 

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Croquette De Poisson ~ Fish Cakes

  I don’t know why I keep forgetting to record some of the blogger meets I had recently. A couple of weeks ago, Zomato had their first blogger conference in UAE and it was a lovely event filled with discussions and presentation. I attended them along with Huma and Fajee and we had a lovely time along with Anamika. It was nice meeting Fareeha and Razena for the first time. This weekend, Huma and I had the chance to meet up Mayuriji, who was on a holiday in Dubai. We caught up an hour and a half over some coffee and some interesting talks. It is always nice to connect to fellow bloggers over the love for food. HD never seems to understand how I could be meeting with people whom I really do not know, but since they happen to be ladies,  he is fine with it. 😉  … 

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Croccante ~ Almond Brittle

  I am so excited to be a part of the Secret Recipe Club. I have been wanting to join in since I have been seeing posts on some of my favorite blogs, especially Chef in Disguise. Also, this club has been going on for so long, very strongly! Moreover, it gives an opportunity to browse through a lot of new blogs that we are unaware of, opening up our horizons for more escapades in the kitchen. The blogs are divided into three groups, and I am assigned to group C, which is moderated by Debbi, who blogs at Debbi Does Dinner Healthy.   The blog I was assigned for this month’s assignment is The Savvy Kitchen, the blog baby of Amy. The blog specializes in low calorie and gluten free recipes. While pouring through the recipe list, I was impressed with the wide variety of recipes on her blog…. 

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