Gothambu Kanji ~ Broken Wheat Gruel/ Konji

  Season of flu is here! As much as I love the winters, I dread the illness which comes with it. Alhamdullillah, so far,  I have never had any drastic issues as such at home and I sincerely hope it continues the same way, InShaAllah. “Kanji” or gruel is a dish made very frequently if you have illness loitering in the house. It is calm on the tummy, digests very fast and keeps your system clean.   Mostly we make it with broken rice, and I have already shared this version previously. But at home,umma makes kanji with broken wheat as she is diabetic. The kids are so used to it that they love this version more than the original one. For umma, it’s an easy dinner, when she gets bored of eating chapathis. I was never fond of this earlier, but now I have gone to liking it, thanks to… 

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Hearty Bean Barley Soup

  Time for the Secret Recipe Club reveal day! I must admit this is one challenge I am so happy to be in! Every month, once our reveal is done, I eagerly wait to see which blog is assigned for the coming month. A food blogger never gets tired of going through another food blog. The only issue is that it gives a feeling that there is still so much to try! 😀 I don’t think that is bad at all. As long as we realize that cooking is a continuous learning process, it will make you feel fine. 😉 The blog assigned to me for this month was “Our Eating Habits“. The owner of the blog, Jamie is the mother of three lovely kids, who are home-schooled, and she absolutely enjoys cooking for them. It is so well evident on her blog. The range of recipes on the blog is… 

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Soup

  At times, I think what are the advantages of working. Working makes you feel independent, it makes you feel productive, it makes you feel fulfilled especially if it is a field you enjoy doing. But earning definitely comes at a price. It takes away a part of your me-time, your time with the family, your time with the spouse and many little things that you would have enjoyed otherwise. Let me give you an example – the joy of having a cup of hot tea in the comfort of a silent home. After sending off the kids and the husband, the house is all yours. Yes, the feeling of loneliness comes by but at the time, who doesn’t love to have time to sip your cup without any sort of disturbances from any side? But yes, at times, the feeling of not being financially independent can be a bit… 

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

  Last week, I had the opportunity to host a week long of recipe sharing for a very dynamic group. The UAE Food Guide has been active on Facebook for the past three years and now they have moved to having their own page to promote their activities. It is a group of enthusiastic people, who have bound on the common love for food and bring in more interest in the name of food. From being a small group, it has grown to a strong 9K+ member community. The group committee is now into recipes, restaurant reviews and discussions related to food. To make Ramadan interesting, the committee decided to invite four foodies to host a week each, sharing their recipes to the group, giving ideas to the group members for Iftar and Suhoor. I am glad to have taken up the opportunity and interacted with the members of the… 

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Cheesy Broccoli Soup

  Normally I don’t miss giving updates, but this time, I did… On Sunday, Rasha turned 9. I always wonder why kids grow up fast. I also wonder why girls mature much faster than boys. Whenever I see boys of Rasha’s age, I cannot help but wonder on it. Is it the pressure that we or the society puts on them? As women, we are expected to behave a particular way. If we are way too boisterous, people blame it on faulty upbringing. If we are way too silent, we get tagged “introvert”. What exactly is the way that women need to behave? As she grows up, my insecurities only keep growing. Is it because I have the pressure to inculcate our way of living into our children? Allah asks us to constantly pray to Him to make our children “coolness of our eyes and the leader of the pious” (Surah… 

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Sweet Corn Chicken Oats Soup

  Sharing a lovely slide for you all today, so that I am spared of typing an introduction! 😉 Since this little slide is already so meaningful, I would leave all of you to ponder over it…     I am surprised that after sharing the home-made chicken stock recipe, I never shared ways of how to use it up. As already mentioned in that post, there are so many ways you can have it. In fact, you can season it and sip it warm, add into your soups, use it for cooking rice and spoonfuls for flavouring salads. This is one delicious soup that you can make with it. This recipe is adapted from a share by a friend, who would always say that she makes amazing oats based soup during Iftar and whenever she has get-togethers. I have hardly added any vegetables into it except the star called… 

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Roasted Vegetable Barley Soup

  Never in my life I have panicked so much before completing a challenge. 🙂 Thanks to my lazybones at its best, I was finding it difficult to cook though my head was fantasizing that I would be making this and that. Happens?   Finally, this Saturday, after the trip to the doctor, I got all ready to make the soup. Peeled the vegetables, chopped them, cleaned them and sprinkled them on the tray with all the seasoning, and then pushed them off into the oven to bake. By the time, they were done, it was time for me to go to the school with the kids to take care of their stuff for the new academic year. So I switched the oven off and went out to finish my tasks for the day. By the time we came back, I was so dead tired that I just slumped onto… 

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Muringayila Thengapaal Soup ~ Drumstick Leaves Coconut Milk Soup

  I have already written a long post when I had posted umma’s style of making muringayila, aka drumstick leaves. Once umma went back to stay for good, I never attempted to get any muringayila, or never got the chance to get them as well. They are never sold on supermarket aisles. At the end of last year, we had gone to a cousin’s wife’s house, where there are two big drumstick trees, so I pulled up some so that I could cook it up. The same day Azza went down with vomitting and fever, so we came back home soon and I was feeling totally mood off as she was sleeping and Rasha was spending her time watching her favorite “My Little Pony”. Not being in a mood to cook anything elaborate, I got down to making this soup and I must say that this is the best way… 

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Curried Lentil Soup

  Alhamdulillah, I am still being able to post regularly thanks to my drafts, but of late, I feel I am loosing the mojo of writing. Somewhere, I am stuck. Before it was like I had enough to topics to write on, but now my mind doesn’t seem to work much. And somehow, I feel it is better for it to be the way it is now, rather than to think too much about everything and anything! Hehe… Most probably, even though I may keep posting, you may see my rantings may come down, but I suppose it is a passing stage. Whenever I get the hit to write on, I will definitely keep taping in but since I am not in a mood for it, better I go for short intros rather than bore my lovely readers with unnecessary ramblings… 🙂   Soups are definitely becoming my favorite food… 

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Green Peas Soup

  At times, I really feel the best way to live is to be oblivious to the weaknesses of our loved ones. How much ever we love them, as much as they excite us, they tend to push us down too. We all go through this phase where we get bogged down by how our close ones behave to us. It may make us so low that we feel we wouldn’t want to be with them at all. But is that the right way? I have gone through this so many times and even though I end up feeling bitter, I always feel that forgiving them and pushing such incidents to the deep recesses of the mind is the only way to move forward. Or else we would only be making ourselves feel worse. It is not that I forgive that easy, but when I go to think of it… 

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Pasta Soup

Having landed here last Saturday, I was really appalled by the weather. It is still hot and humid – entering the kitchen is still a nightmare, as much as it was before I had gone on vacation. Back home, though it was supposed to be monsoon season, sadly the rains were scarce. The only heavy rain I remember was one night when we had gone to visit an ailing relative and during the 30 minute drive back, it was pouring heavily with thunder and lightening. The rain ceased five minutes after we reached home. Apart from that, the rains would just play peekaboo. The heavy ones would just last not more than 10 minutes and the light ones would just be like a play! Having said that, when the sun was up, it used to be extremely uncomfortable too! I would have loved to see more rains but then no… 

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Chorba Lsan Tair ~ Moroccan Orzo Meat Soup

For this month’s MENA Cooking Challenge, we travel to Morocoo. Last month, it was Malta which I decided to give askip, even though it was not my intention. I so badly wanted to participate but my time management did not work in favor of me, so I had to give up. But this month, I wanted to make it up, so here I am!   Morocco is a beautiful country, I have heard. A must visit destination after Egypt, as far as the top portion of Africa is concerned. Travelling is a dream for me, InShaAllah, I am looking forward to the time when HD may get converted to this interest! Hehe… The food of Morocco is interesting, where they cook their meat and vegetables along with rice or couscous in a interesting pot called Tagine. I wish to get my hand on it someday and try cooking in it,… 

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Sharba Libiya Bil Dajaj Walzaatar ~ Libyan Chicken Thyme Soup

Each time the MENA Cooking Club challenge is declared, my eyes first go on to the soup before any other recipe! Somehow, if you go through the challenges I have participated so far, I have been doing majority soups, and here is one more to add to it!   This month, the country that was chosen was Libya. Just like all countries in the Gulf, Libya is rich in its own way as far as history and culture are concerned. However, for the past few years, we have been seeing some disturbing trends as far as the liberation of this beautiful country is concerned. You can read some of the news here. It is testing times in all ways… Innalillahi wainna Ilaihi raajioon (We are from Allah and unto Him we return), we pray that this country unites and finds peace in the best way possible.   From the recipes… 

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Rishta – Lebanese Lentil and Pasta Soup

Ever since I have been hooked onto home made soups, I jump at any given opportunity to make them at home. HD is now becoming a huge fan of my soups! *Blush blush* Hehe… Having said that, the kids really don’t favor that but hopefully, with passage of time, they will be “forced” to accept the situation and eat whatever is kept on the table! Buhaha…   This month, for the MENA Cooking Club, we had Lebanon as the country for the recipe trial. Lebanon is a country that everybody would be familiar with, especially the picturesque pine trees and the snow fall! InShaAllah, would love to visit the lovely country some day… hopefully when HD gets converted to a travel loving person… As usual, we had three choices of starter, stew and dessert. Though I would have loved to go for dessert, I didn’t, just like what I had… 

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Easy Tomato Soup

Just like I mentioned in the Tuna Green Salad post, I am trying to get into the hang of having soup and salad for dinner once a week. I seriously don’t know why but at our new home (old by more than three months now!), I am still struggling to establish a routine! I really wonder why I am not able to manage. I still find it difficult to whip up a decent breakfast, or to get out of home on time so that I can reach office on time. Alhamdulillah, somehow I have been managing Azza’s morning timings, though at times the alarm fails to awaken me and I conveniently give her a holiday. The days this happens, Rasha would be in a jealousy fix. However, leaving that aside, mornings and evenings after work are always struggles. Sometimes, I feel I have done nothing and most of the time,… 

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