Chocolate Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  Ever since this year has started, there has been an awful level of lethargy associated with the blog. I am not sure why is that so. I have heard many bloggers tell me that after a particular stage, we all face a lack of interest in the proceedings – whether small or large. I am just looking at a small example. I still have the 2014 recipes to be properly done into recipe cards. There are more than 200 posts, and I am not having any motivation to do it. I try to recall how I did it for the other posts, but I am not able to get the hang of it. Then I tell myself, no, I am not going to stress myself over it. 🙂   Just taking back from completing four years of blogging, today’s post happens to be the post #1000 on “The BST”…. 

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Baked Yogurt ~ Celebrating blogoversary #4!

  I can’t believe I have survived 4 years of blogging, and that too, consistent blogging, Alhamdulillah! I sincerely cannot describe the way I am feeling now. I started the blog with a lot of trepidation and concern. But I must say that the blog has bought me a lot of love and affection, whether it is from fellow bloggers or from my lovely readers. I will remain indebted for that forever… 🙂   I can’t go without saying how much this blog has become a part of my life. For the past four years, even during my vacation, I have been constantly thinking, checking and working towards the blog. If you ask me whether I am happy with the way my blog has fared, I don’t have an answer. A little tinge of sadness engulfs me when I think of it. My blog has been constant for the past… 

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Vegan Wheatgerm Brookies

  I have this bad habit of picking up stuff I may or may not use and then panic about what to do to finish them off! 😀 I call it the con of going grocery shopping alone. If HD would come along, I wouldn’t pick up anything extra, forget about unknown products. I am glad to have discovered milled flax and chia among a few of them, and the next finding was wheat germ. What is wheat germ? It is said to be the sprouted part of a wheat kernel, that gets separated in the milling process. It is in fact the most healthy part of the wheat, loaded with vitamins, proteins and minerals, but unfortunately gets left out during the making of wheat flour. The proportion of wheat germ is only 2.5% of a kernel of wheat, so it is a very miniscule portion. To read the health… 

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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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Black Forest Cheesecake Shots – Three years of blogging, Alhamdulillah!

   Today my blog is three years old. A ferocious toddler, mustn’t I say? I can’t leave it alone, nor can I hold it tight. It will get out of control. 🙂 I don’t know what exactly I am feeling, but whatever it is, it is elation. Alhamdulillah, I can’t believe I have held on to this little space for three years. It was not something I expected to do when I started the blog. Nor can I predict how it will be tomorrow since it is all in His Hands. The blog has gone from being a dot blogspot to its own domain name – exactly the one that I wanted and now it is qualified as a website, since it is self hosted, but whatever said and done, it is still my little space. A little space I started with a lot of trepidation, that went on to… 

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Dulce De Leche Baked Cheesecake

I don’t know how long this post has waited for its chance to appear on the blog. I really don’t know why I have delayed posting this cake for so long. I wanted to make this cake as one of my milestone posts but somehow other posts – specifically the Mango Entremet and Eggless Milkpowder Cake – kept pushing this aside. Not because it wasn’t good enough, but I had so many reasons for just preceding those posts before this one. Finally it is here! This happens to be post #700 on the blog and I must say that each one of you who is reading this post is a reason for me to be continuing with the same zest I started blogging with. InShaAllah, hope to continue to do the same, till the interest continues… I am sincerely hoping that the flame keeps itself burning without dying down at… 

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Dragon Fruit Milk Pudding

  At times, I wish I could keep ranting and ranting… But then I think, that’s not the way we should be taking to life. Life will never be as per how we want it to be. Our loved ones may become distant, the past may keep coming back to haunt us, the ones whom we thought understands us are the ones who turn out to be otherwise… When I start getting frustrated, I tell myself – is it all worth it? The past is not worth living for – it is the present that is worth it, the future that is worth it, InShaAllah. We have made mistakes, changed and evolved into what we have become and we need to continuously evolve to become better human beings. If we prefer to live in the past and cry over it again and again, nobody stands to lose apart from ourselves…. 

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Eggless Milk Powder Cake with Mango Yogurt Frosting

At times, I wonder why do I blog. Alhamdulillah, as of now, after starting this blog two and a half years ago and standing at the moment with post number 650 today, I am asking myself this question again. Many times I have pondered over the same question before while posting each of my milestone posts but somehow, I continue asking myself the same question again and again. Just like every food blogger, I have gone through the slack – in fact I am going through one, but maybe I am not making it evident much here! – where I can’t get myself to cook or to write something to start a blog post. I have so much in my drafts, and I continue to cook, but I just don’t have the push to write. In front of my eyes, I see seasoned bloggers abandoning their blogs due to lack… 

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Mango Entremet

Food blogging opens up a lot of avenues which I would have otherwise never ever tried… Maybe that is one reason why I love blogging – it helps me get over a lot of my fears and become more confident with my cooking and baking skills….   The idea of entremet would have never come into my head, had it not been this post. I am a member of a wonderful group called Fondbites, which is a bake along every week. The mastermind of the group, Suhasini keeps coming up with wonderful bakes every week and it is amazing how everybody so enthusiastically participates! If you are keen, you could hope into the FB page and join in! There is no compulsion to bake, however seeing the bake alongs she comes up with, you will be automatically tempted to! Hehe… I have been slow in baking since I am trying… 

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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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Blogoversary #2… Comes with an Event and Giveaway!!!

“Your task is to start something good. To see it completed is the work of your Creator.” Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (A notable mystic and a Hanbali jurist, 470-561 H)   I started this blog exactly two years back… on the lazy afternoon of January 17, 2013. From then it has been an exciting journey. For the past two years, I have Alhamdulillah been able to constantly post without breaks, despite the ups and downs of life. I have taken to food blogging as a way of unleashing my frustrations, of improving myself more and more, whether it is on a personal front or on the cooking front. This may be a food blog but more than that, it has been a reflection of my mental being and cooking has been a vital part of it. Whether I am in a good or a bad mood, I have taken to cooking… 

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Dark Chocolate Nuts Fudge ~ The BST’s Post #500!!!

“Oh, what we could be if we stopped carrying the remains of who we were.” Tayler Knott Gregson As I sit through a lot of mental calculations, I cannot believe that I am doing the 500th post for this blog baby of mine. Does not mean that I have written 500 recipes – there are some posts related to events and event round-ups, 40+ guest posts and some miscellaneous posts, which are just a little. But still – the number shows. 500 in less than two years… Yes, I work… yes, I manage a home with two beautiful girls but then cooking is my passion and baking is my craze. Not that I am an awesome cook, there are much better cooks around me whom I admire to the core… maybe it is just that I am one amongst you who decided to document it in my own way and… 

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Hyderabadi Mutton Dum Biriyani

Post #450 – I know it’s not easy to accomplish these many posts in less than 2 years of blogging, but Alhamdulillah, it has happened. I was expecting myself to slow down the pace of blogging however that has still not happened. As I have written in all my milestone posts before, this would not have been possible if it was not for all of you. The hits, the comments and the kind gestures from my beautiful viewers have kept me going despite all the odds. Alhamdulillah… Allah has given me this blog and everything that has come by it as a way to keep me strong and believe in His Will… InShaAllah, as I say always, I would love to continue till it is possible for me with all my strength… Another Eid-ul-Adha has dawned upon us. Many of our Muslim brothers and sisters are performing Hajj. Though I… 

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Kooka Kaachiyathu/ Arrowroot Milk ~ A Ramadan guest post for The Cooking Doctor

Today is already Ramadan 17… in the next three days, the last ten days of Ramadan will commence of which the Blessed Night will appear on one of the odd nights… the way days are going, it is so usual for us to feel that we are not taking full advantage of this blessed month. Work, home, kids, parents, and umpteen number of things to do and the feeling of guilt is always there that “I am not able to get the spiritual boost I needed”. That is when my friend, Shazia, shared this beautiful article on her FB wall, and believe me, once we realize what is mentioned in there, we will be at ease. Alhamdulillah for everything that He has blessed us with… the ease, and the calmness… After all,  “Allah intends for you ease, and does not want to make things difficult for you.”  [Surah Baqarah 2:185] So InShaAllah, looking… 

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Tres Leches Cake – Three Milk Mexican Cake

Post number 350, it shows on the right side… Am I excited? Definitely… but am I really excited? I don’t know… there has been times when I have wanted to close down the blog. Another option I have been playing with is to finish off the 60+ drafts for which I had painstakingly taken pictures of and take a break from blogging till I feel that I am ready to come back to it with the same frame of mind that I had started this blog with. I started this blog just like a diary of all sorts – of recipes, of my ups, of my downs, of my thoughts, of my ramblings… and so far, it has been so. The way my life has moved has been so etched to this blog. I have as much as I could, toned down my words, so that only I would understand,… 

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