Beat the heat with Peas and Rice Pilaf

It has been a sweltering start to summer here in Abu Dhabi with temperatures hovering between 37 and 41 degrees (in Celcius)! So it isn’t hard to imagine that we enjoy light foods with a refreshing and cooling taste rather than heavy, oily, spicy foods that only turn up the heat inside the body as…

Out of sight but never out of mind…

Dear Readers,  I feel quite sad and guilty for giving up on my passion for cooking and writing so soon after making such a strong personal resolve to not let myself lose track of my blog šŸ˜”. I have learned that if this to be something meaningful then it has to be a commitment that…

Cheesy Chicken CasseroleĀ 

I was going through Pinterest a few days ago and I came across some pins that claimed the ever-wonderful concept of one-pot wonders for dinner. I do all the washing up myself in our household, mainly because Mr. Mazhar does such a bad job of it that it upsets me even more to wash up…

Lemon Yogurt Cake!

We had some cousins visiting us from KSA and USA and I wanted to do something special for them. As I was going through the endless links of pins I had saved on Pinterest I came across a recipe by Donna Hay. I saw her featured on Masterchef Australia a while back and since then…

‘Tis the season of tinday!

There is a special feeling associated when cooking with seasonal vegetables and I find that such special vegetables have a unique taste that complements the season they come around in. We are fortunate here in the UAE to have most vegetables and fruits all year round but some say those are from cold stores and…

Berries Delight

I was watching a cooking program yesterday featuring the famous French patissier, Eric Lanlard. I have had the good fortune of seeing him live at the annual Taste Abu Dhabi festival. He is a very charming and down to earth person and needless to say an amazing chef. In the program titled “Glamour Puds” Eric…

Simple can be tasty too…

After weeks of trying something new and something old with new twists, I just couldn’t think of what to make for dinner tonight. I even tried to solicit Mr. Mazhar’s help and asked him what should I cook? but as usual my lovely husband replied I will eat anything you make. So needless to say…

Pineapple upside down cake

Quite unintentional but weirdly coincidental… I’m in the mood for some oldie goldies. Pineapple upside down cake used to be all the rage when I was a little girl. One of our Aunty made the most delicious pineapple upside down cake and it used to be a must in all potluck dinners and picnics. I…

Mashed potatoes Pakistani-style

As I am in the mood to share some of my sister’s trademark recipes and our family’s all time favourite dishes here is the next recipe that came to mind. This is an old classic Pakistani style of mashed potatoes and is the absolute first thing my sister ever cooked. It was almost a momentous…

Taking a sweet turn!

The blog was looking quite savoury so I thought it was time to turn to desserts and do I have a doozy for you! This recipe is going to be our family legacy to be handed down to sisters, daughters, daughters in law and grand daughters… and it all started with my eldest sister, Nigar….

Reworking a classic…

A classic recipe is everlasting, tried and true and a has the ability to take one on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. There is no doubt about it that somethings are just great as they are but the trend these days is to revive, rejuvenate and rework some classics to give them a modern…

Spicy Coconut Chicken Curry

I think every person who has to put dinner on the table every night, sooner or later runs out of ideas of what to make that will be easy to cook with ingredients ready at hand and keep the family happy. I try to keep things fresh and interesting but to cook something every day…