Friday, 26 December 2014

Vegetables in tangy pomegranate sauce

With a variety of ingredients available, I wanted to make something healthy, yet delicious. So there I was in the kitchen mixing things and tasting as I went along, and alhamdulilah the final result is delicious...makes you go back for seconds...and thirds :)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

One pot chicken tagine

I love tagine, and seeing as I have already made one with lamb which was delicious (, I thought why not make something similar. I was looking for a filling yet healthy-ish meal...I think this did just the trick :)
My sister bought me a tagine, which I could have used to make this, but I wanted to make it in a pot to make it easy for anyone to make, even without the tagine.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Simple chickpea & vermicelli soup

I wasn't feeling too well, so put together a few ingredients to make a tasty yet beneficial soup. It is so easy to make, and you can add whatever you have on hand to give it even more deliciousness.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Potato & chicken curry - Indian style

I really do love currys, and how can one resist making a potato and chicken curry? The take on this curry is more Indian style, as there are many ways you could make a potato and chicken curry. This is one way, and it sure was a delicious way!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Puff pastry pizza

This is so easy, I contemplated whether I should even upload it, as there really is nothing to making this! It is such a quick and easy meal, with no real cooking involved. If you are short for time, or wish to make something that tastes delicious with little effort, then this is perfect for you!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Meatballs and spaghetti

The best type of meatballs are those which are tender and melt in your mouth, packed with full of flavour. The ingredients used to make such meatballs are not your standard ingredients, I have added what I think would make a delicious meatball. Hope you enjoy making this..and more importantly, I hope you enjoy eating it!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Peach and cream sponge cake

I really like peaches, and thought it would be so nice to incorporate it into a cake. So I made the Eid cake light and fluffy, with layers of cream and peaches. Not difficult to make, and light when eating.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lamb bhuna

I have always loved my bengali colleagues lamb bhuna, so she kindly showed me how she makes it. I was so excited to make it myself, and alhamdulilah it turned out so delicious. This is definitely a dish to make over and over again.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Juicy beef burger

There is nothing like a home made juicy beef burger...and my father, the biggest food critic, said 'Nosaiba, these are better than the ones we buy'. Obviously this made me super happy, as a compliment about food from theee dad is indeed a great achievement! Lol. Funny thing is, I kind of added whatever I thought would go well in a burger mix, to make a really juicy flavoursome beef burger.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saag aloo (spinach and potato)

I have a patient who mentioned their favourite thing to order from the indian restaurant was saag aloo. So off Nosaiba went to hunt down what this dish was, and she realised it sounds delicious and so easy! So here is one of the ways to make saag aloo, some also add onions or extra spices. I found this version so delicious mashAllah and it took minimal effort to make! I adjusted the recipe in a way I thought would enhance the flavours even more.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Lentil pakoras (daali bora)

These lentil pakoras I tasted at my Bengali colleagues home at iftaar during the holy month of Ramadan. The method is so easy when making these, and the end result is so delicious mashAllah.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ferrero rocher cake

Who doesn't love ferrero rocher?? So I thought why not make it as a cake, for the joyous celebration of EID!!!! May Allah make it a blessed day for the whole nation.

This was that type of cake which is so easy to make, yet it has the wow and yummy factor. I sure will be making it again inshAllah..

Monday, 21 July 2014

Feta and spinach rolls

I have a bad habit of picking up random items when food shopping, in hope I will make something with them. This time I picked up spinach, and as I walked past the cheese aisle, I thought oooo a feta and spinach roll sounds like a good idea. So here it is, feta and spinach roll!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Fasoolia فاصوليا (Lebanese white broad bean stew)

Lebanese people tend to eat stews, their version of a curry, which is usually served with rice, or it could be eaten with bread. To make this stew, or yakhna in arabic, it doesn't require much effort, just pre-planning, as you will read below.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Samosas filled with a minced meat mixture

It has been a while since I uploaded a recipe, and I have to put my hands up and plead guilty! I am sorry, no excuses, other than its been a very busy couple of weekends, and although I have cooked a few things, I just haven't had the chance to upload them. 

So, to try and make up for it, here is a recipe for some delicious minced meat samosas. I have been using this filling since wayyyy back, and mashAllah the family love it. It isn't difficult to make at all, and you can pack them nicely and keep them in the freezer for future frying (or baking if you so wish).

Friday, 30 May 2014

Triple chocolate caramel brownies

I have previously made dark chocolate brownies, which were a delicious success:

But these are triple chocolate caramel browniesssss.....just to give an even bigger sugar rush, and get the blood sugar levels shooting through the roof! This is easy to make, and quite fun if you ask me :D

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Saag gosht (spinach & lamb curry)

After seeing a picture of spinach and lamb curry, I couldn't help wanting to make it myself, as I just think that combo is spot on! It is surprisingly easy to make, and this dish is sooo  full of flavour mashAllah!! The amount of chilli I have written below was even quite spicy for myself, but feel free to increase or decrease according to your taste buds.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Chicken pilau rice

This chicken pilau is common in the Pakistani, Punjabi/Karachi regions. What I loved most about this is that it is so delicious, full of flavour, yet mild for those who cannot bare too much spice. It also isn't so time consuming, and really straight forward.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Easy and healthy penne pasta

I got a request to make something 'student' friendly, someone who is on a budget and has no time to spare in the nothing too fancy or expensive. So I thought why not make an easy yet at the same time healthy penne pasta. This recipe contains no salt, no oil, no cheese - no nothing naughty...only easy delicious ingredients, which you can feel free to add or remove anything that you wish. I have kept it basic because I wanted it to be as healthy yet flavoursome as possible.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Soft white cake, with strawberries and cream

It was a little difficult coming up with a name for this cake. The main aspect of it is the soft texture of the cake, the fact you do not use baking powder and rely on mixing the egg whites until they form soft peaks...similar to what you would do when making a meringue. So maybe this can be called a meringue cake, hmm... whatever you want to call it, it is a delicious cake to make... and you have the option to put whatever you like in it and over it :D

Friday, 18 April 2014

Honey & pomegranate glazed lamb chops with sweet potato mash

I have no idea why I felt like making honey glazed lamb chops, so I went out and got the chops, as well as the accompanying sweet potato and vegetables. The glaze is both sweet yet tangy, resulting in a juicy lamb chop, full of flavour. I added chilli powder to the sauce to give it that extra kick. I love sweet potato, so i figured having it as a side mash would go well. Therefore I have added the directions for making both the lamb chops and the sweet potato.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Yakhnit al-batata (Lebanese potato stew)

After some friends tasted my mothers yakhnit al-batata, they requested I put up the recipe for it - as it is a very delicious dish mashAllah. So I decided to make it today for the family, and share this easy dish, which requires little ingredients and little effort - yet the results are just yummilicous :D !

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Easy chocolate gooey fudge cake

For all those who are not kitchen friendly, or are not bothered to bake, or love baking but want a quick delicious cake to serve, this is the one!!! Soooo delicious and its ready within 5 mins inside the microwave! You can't get easier than that, can you?

Monday, 17 March 2014

Maftoul (Palastinian couscous) with chicken and chickpea broth

My sister had seen a packet of maftoul in the shop, bought it and left it on my desk with a note saying: 'I challenge you to make a delicious dish with this ingredient'. I smiled at seeing this, and couldn't wait to fulfil this challenge! So here it is, a delicious dish which uses maftoul, a larger version of couscous. 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Olive oil sponge cake

The idea of an olive oil cake raised eyebrows amongst my sisters, but the end result proved to be delicious! You can't actually taste the olive oil, it just acts as a substitute for butter/vegetable oil. This sponge cake is so easy to make, and in my mind, is quite healthy! The good thing about this cake is it acts as a base for lots of recipes, and even you can be creative in what you wish to serve it with...custard, ice cream, whipped cream, a fruit compote....or simply with a warm cup of tea :)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Moroccan sweet potato, carrot and chickpea soup

I love sweet potatoes, and bought them in hope to make something with them. So now that I have a cold, I thought why not put the sweet potatoes to use and make some delicious hot soup! So that is what I did :) 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Greek Pastitsio (layered pasta with meat and bechamel topping)

I love pasta and bechamel sauce, so this really appealed to me. It is almost like a lasagne - but in a different sort of way. It tasted absolutely delicious mashAllah!!! I really recommend this to everyone! Ingredients are easy to find and the process is not difficult.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Sweet yet tangy tomato sauce with chicken

This is an easy and super delicious dish I made using ingredients I already have in the kitchen. I kind of gave it a Moroccan twist by adding raisins (because I love raisins and thought it would go well with this dish) and sugar to give it that sweetness, yet pomegranate syrup to give that tangy kick. Just the smell from this dish made my dad come to the kitchen to 'taste test' it :D 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Chicken pad thai

A dear friend requested I make pad thai, a very popular Thai dish. One of the good things about pad thai is its adaptability, you may wish to substitute chicken for prawn, beef or tofu. It is a quick delicious dish, bursting with flavours!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Karnı yarık (stuffed aubergines)

I have been meaning to make a Turkish dish for a long time, and finally I managed to make it today on my day off (alhamdulilah for new years holiday). This dish is so easy to make, and so full of flavour and yumminess, maybe the fact that I love aubergines has an affect! It is a popular Ottoman dish, and I can understand why its a favourite amongst the Turkish people.