A warm welcome to this little peice of mine on the WWW… A little about myself – My name is Rafeeda, a
full-time working mom with two adorable yet naughty daughters, trying to balance work and life!!! 🙂 I am basically an Indian, a Keralite to be specific (or Malabari as we are called here!!!), having literally lived my complete life apart from the first four months of survival in a country called UAE, to be specific, in Sharjah and Dubai. It is home to me. Just like the blog name suggests, I have an awful sweet tooth, that I battle day in and day out to control the bulge! Couple it up with uncooperative metabolism and I have quite a lot to fight.
I would like to dedicate this page first and foremost to my HD – whose lack of interest in food has driven me to try and cook what he may like! My children are
small for the time being, but definitely I would not like them to point fingers at me when they grow up big enough to question how good a cook their mother is!!! Updating this in 2019 – They are growing up fast and definitely giving me heart attacks, by being very picky with their food. 🙁 I am an average cook, but I know that when I put my heart out into what I concoct in the kitchen, it turns out delicious – Alhamdulillah! I forget the ‘magical touches’ that I have put into any recipe and that’s when this chronological practice started in January 2013….
What can you expect here? Anything Halal – I am not very keen on only doing Malabar cuisine, I am more keen on preparing good meals that my family and I will eat, which will in turn reflect in all the recipes posted on this blog. I try to learn from whichever sources I can, including the web, my heaps of cookbooks and cutouts, and try my utmost to give due credit wherever it is to be done. One thing I can guarantee you is that the 1500+ recipes on the blog will be perfect fodder to nurture the cook in you since they are quite simple, comes together in less time and will leave you wanting for more… I am a lazy cook, so I am making sure that I add a touch of laziness in whatever I cook! 😉
You will keep seeing me mention the three men in my life – HD (Hubby Darling!!! Hehe…), D (Daddy) and B (Bro). My cooking is centralized on the opinion of these three, and occasionally, my lovely colleagues as well (no more as from January 2021…) 🙂 I have been working a lot on my photographs, though at times I tend to give up! I use a Nikon D3100 – was my gift to HD, but it ended up being with me! 😉 – with its base lens, now shooting more with a 50 mm lens and still learning to fidget with this toy though it has been with me since the start of the blogging journey!
Cooking doesn’t take up all my free time. What do I do otherwise?
- I love to read. I used to be a voracious reader, but now I am trying to just read whenever I can.
- Though not fond of driving, I love long drives.
- I am a sucker for dramatic skies and nature. I can keep looking and staring as much as I can.
- I love setting up my home. I am constantly in battle with HD to add and delete things at home. Hehe…
- Recently I discovered my interest in plants. No, not vegetables, but just to have a small green patch of easily maintenanble plants… hehe… So you can say I am a new plant mamma…
- I have a love-hate relationship with working out, though I enjoy strength training and absolutely love walking.
- Give me a chance, I can be a total couch potato too… *covering my monkey face*
Updated in January 2021 – If you are wondering why there is a cross across “the full time working” reference in the starting of my introduction, then it is because I have decided to take a sabbatical from work life. I have been working without a break, Alhamdulillah, for the past 19 years and I thought that the whole exercise of trying to balance life was tiring me off that I decided to call it quits. Yes, eight years of my blogging happened while I was working, which is a formidable chunk of this blog’s journey and hence I keep it in the introduction. 🙂
Welcome to all of you, for being a part of my little journey…
Please feel free to post comments, good or bad, about the recipes I post. I would love to get constructive feedback. But no spamming or rude remarks, please! It is always better to be good to each other all the time! I would be more than happy to hear and communicate with people who have the love for food. Wondering where to reach me?
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