Pavlova Is Love! [Guest Post]

Nothing can describe this recipe better than that title. This is my first guest post, starring the beautiful Chef Rooby! (<- eek! I almost typed Robby there. Almost sorry, Aroob. :D) Rooby, besides being a very talented young lady, also happens to be my oregano disaster. There’s a story behind that which I will share sometime later. She made Pavlova a few days ago and when I saw the pictures I thought that this piece of art has to be shared. I begged Rooby for hours and she finally agreed to type the recipe.

I am kidding, she is a sweetheart. I didn’t have to beg at all. These are layers of light meringue filled with cream and delicious fruit. Want to try this heavenly desert? Here’s what you’ll need. . . in Rooby’s words. Continue reading

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Simply Delicious Chicken Pie

Remember when I posted the sad tale of tumbling pies a few weeks ago? It included a chicken pie that fell apart right when it was at the peak of perfection. I didn’t lose hope. A promise is a promise. I made the pie again and I was very very successful.

Good enough to spend a Sunday baking it? Here’s what you’ll need.  Continue reading

Cold Tuna and Egg Sandwich

Remember when I posted some high-in-iron recipes? There was a Tuna and Egg Sandwich recipe in that post. This is an amplified version of that same recipe. Amplified with flavors, of course.

This makes a great breakfast or quick lunch. Either refrigerate your ingredients before making this sandwich or cool it up in the fridge after because it tastes freakin’ amazing when chilled. Here’s what you’ll need.  Continue reading

Rainbow Cake with Butter Cream Icing (A Birthday Success!)

I should have worked all day, today. Studied for class and stuff but here I am. Such is my love for baking. You’re welcome! This recipe has been floating in my head for quite a while now; begging me to get to it. I saw an opportunity and I thought. . . why not?

Do you know what this cake reminds me of? Australia and Delta Goodrem: here’s why! You should sing this song while baking the cake and I promise you, it will be magical!

(I missed you, jelly lump!)

Rainbow cakes are really popular and surprisingly, all the blogs and websites have the same recipe. I did some research and it is Martha Stewart’s recipe. (Of course! I told you she is extraterrestrial or something.) This cake is soft, moist and to die for.

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5 Delicious Recipes To Get Your Iron Levels Back Up

Around this time last year, I fell sick. I started having headaches, laziness and breathing problems. Upon the advice of my doctor, I had a simple blood test done and it turned out that I was anemic. Iron Deficiency Anemia is a very common problem, especially in women and children. It happens when your body goes low on iron and cannot make enough red blood cells to keep you perky and alert. (That is all the biology you’ll ever get from me.)

It was almost impossible for me to swallow iron supplements everyday. You don’t have to take them as long as you make up for all the lost iron by eating natural high-in-iron foods. These are the meats, fruits and vegetables that my doctor suggested and my mother insisted I eat. And here are my favorite five high-in-iron recipes that you’ll love eating.

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Farah’s 5 Minute Paratha Roll

This is my sister Farah’s recipe, result of numerous late-night adventures. It is excellent for those who live in hostels or ladies, dudes and bachas that live alone. First, let me just lay it out for you.

  1. Farah loves BBQ. I don’t.
  2. Farah loves excessive mustard. I don’t.
  3. Farah loves excessive Jalapenos. I don’t.
  4. Farah always loves to eat late at night. I don’t.
  5. Farah is a perfectionist. I am not.
  6. Farah thinks you’ll be throwing up by the end of this recipe. I think you’ll be drooling.
  7. I will obviously win.
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The Sad Tale of Tumbling Pies and Beautiful Lasagna

First of all, my apologies to Sama for building up so much excitement and giving her only this. I promised her a Chicken Pie blog post and this is not what either of us had in mind. I don’t know where to begin. I think I should show you the lasagna first.

It was a daring weekend. We decided to make three pies, lasagna, deep fried chicken legs and dahi bhale among other things for this tea party my mommy was hosting. The food was perfection. The ladies loved it but it all came tumbling down for me and here’s what happened.

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Chewy Oatmeal and M&M Cookies

This post is long overdue and after a day of baking pies and lasagna, I am a little tired. Nonetheless, I am going to make this exciting for you because these cookies will make you go “Dayummmnnn!”. Yes, just like Miss Lavigne. Such a weird video, right? Good song, though.

Imagine a winter morning; you’re sitting by a glass window with the sun shinning in, a crisp newspaper by your side, a cup of fresh chai and these colorful oatmeal cookies. The minute you put one in your mouth, there is a blast of golden sugar, rusty chocolate and aromatic oatmeal . . . .

Stop drooling, here’s what you’ll need.

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Rich Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake

This is the richest banana milkshake you’ll ever have. My sister found this online and wanted to try it. We did one night and it was densely fulfilling. I am never going back to the regular banana milkshake. The smooth peanut butter and creamy vanilla ice cream form a rather symmetric blend of sugar and salt. Banana is the fruit you will always find in Pakistan, all year round. This recipe is a definite keeper for all the late night workers and here’s what you’ll need.

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