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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Barmbrack ~ Irish Speckled Fruit Bread/ Cake

  It has been quite some time since I have participated in the We Knead to Bake Challenge, that is Aparna’s brainchild. I gave the challenge a skip in July and August and I was so excited about last month’s bake, which was a Whole-wheat Yeasted Banana Bread. On a Friday, when HD was lazying, I double checked with him whether we were going out anywhere and since he replied in the negative, I went ahead doing the dough and proofing it. As it was proofing the second time, the kids threw their tantrums and HD had to reverse his decision. I was totally lost – what do I do now? My gas oven does not have a timer that I could leave it in and go, and my microwave convection had not been used for quite some time, so I was not sure whether it was working. As soon… 

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Corn Custard Pudding

It has been ages since I have shared any slides in here. Since I am losing out on words, let me share one slide here then today, which I am sure you all would agree – that the eyes always speak much louder than anything else put together. A smiling face or a spoken word’s genuineness is of course confirmed by how the eyes beem… 🙂   Sharing with you today a dessert which is so famous in Malaysia and other Far Eastern countries… I guess there is nobody who does not like custard. When I heard this pudding, I was so curious to know how a medley of custard powder, coconut milk and ground corn would look like and that curiousness was what pushed me to make it, though I was not 100% sure whether it would be accepted at home. My concerns were right – not everyone enjoyed… 

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Mango Avocado Salsa

The last of the 3-mango-recipe series… For the time being that is! Ripe mango need not be all the time into sweet stuff… Right? Right!   This is the thought that popped into my mind when I saw the recipe for Mango Avocado Salsa. Now what is a salsa? Salsa is a Spanish term for “sauce” and is a Mexican way of making of making their salads. It is normally moderately to extremely spicy! This is the first time I tried salsa and I am hooked. I am definitely going to try more varieties, InShaAllah… Now I guess why I put the first statement. While I was mixing up this salsa as a quick dinner idea, I was full of thoughts as to how would this taste. The first spoon into my mouth and I was like… Hmmm!!! This tastes really interesting. The sweetness of the mangoes, the blankness of… 

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Simple Chocolate Chip Scones

Time for the Home Baker’s Challenge post for the month! After last month’s savory muffins for which I baked these cheese sausage muffins, this time Priyaakka gave us some sweet and savory scones to try. What is a scone? A scone is basically a single serving bread or cake – or something in between that! That is the advantage of having a scone – you are neither eating a bread nor a cake, so you can treat it either way. Scones can be eaten as such with your cup of tea or with a slather of jam or cheese on top of them.   As usual, I decided to go for a sweet version, but made it really toned down as far as sweetness is concerned. Once I baked them, I didn’t even wait for them to cool. I pulled out one and sunk my teeth into them – they… 

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

I was seriously considering keeping today off any post, however I couldn’t contain my excitement so I am here! Day before yesterday, we had a little blogger meet-up. Anamika set up a spark by asking me whether we could do a Dubai blogger meet-up so that we could know each other and have some informal chit chat. This happened a month ago. From then on, it was fun – from setting the date to the venue where we would meet up and then bloggers who would come. Finally, we met up, a little bunch of ten bloggers who could attend, at Deira City Center food court. We had a good time giggling, talking about food, weight problems (ahem!!!), kids, family and life in general. I took along with me Fajee, Faseela and Febina, where Anamika was already waiting. Huma, Priya and Asiyakka joined us in due course. Asiyakka decided to… 

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Bordeaux Cookies

The fourth challenge post on the trot! I promise, this is the last one for the time being! Hehe…   For the February month’s International Food Challenge, Sara suggested us some recipes from the Bordeaux city from France. Taking a little introduction from Sara’s bit – “Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest France. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. Bordeaux is also an upscale place- a city for luxury shopping, drinking, and eating. It sits in the center of the world famous wine region that bears its name and thus tourists come here come to eat, drink, experience wine, and be merry.”   She shared with us three recipes in which the Canneles De Bordeaux has alcohol in it and the Strawberry Mango Salad had Mango in… 

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