Red is the color of Love!

And my love for my nephews and niece is as fierce and passionate as the color red. They are the best part of everyday of our lives ever since each of them was born. All of you who have nephews and nieces will know exactly what I’m talking about. Every woman has a maternal instinct,…

Back again!

سلام علیکم everyone! We did it! For a while it didn’t seem possible with Mr. Mazhar’s hectic work schedule and fully booked flight schedules but we managed to get away from the grind for, what Bridget Jones classified as, a “mini-break” 😉 Even though it was short, it was very sweet to spend time and…

عِید مُبارَک

Dear readers, I’m so happy and excited that tomorrow is the Day of Hajj and day after is Eid ul Adha, a celebration by Muslims to commemorate the obedience and sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, علیہ سلام to our Lord, Allah سُبحانهُ و تعالی.  I’m celebrating Eid in Doha, Qatar, with Mr. Mazhar’s side of the…

Once upon a time in Mexico…

After, what seems like a really long time, yesterday we made our way back to a meaty diet. I have to say that Mr. Mazhar went along really nicely with my vegetarian diet challenge, just for the blog! So I rewarded him with some thing extra special. Not just any mince meat dish but one…

A surprising combination!

While we are on the topic of lentils, I recalled a wonderful recipe shared with me, by my lovely sister-in-law, Ghazal Bhabi. I had this dish at a dinner party at her house and I was hooked! It was so simple in its creation yet so delicious and flavourful; Chana (gram) lentils and spinach! I…

Lovely Lentils!

Even though Mr. Mazhar can eat meat in all shapes and sizes, or different colours and cuisines, all the time, every so often there a few days when he (and I’m guessing his digestive system) needs a break from the high protein diet. On these rare and special days he says to me: ” Begum…

Baking for Mrs. Mazhar!

So recently, I read an article in a local magazine about a group of women in Abu Dhabi who meet up once a month to celebrate and enjoy their love for baking. No guesses here, I was immediately intrigued to find out more about this band of happy bakers! I looked up the group online…

Fishy request ;)

Seafood is popular with a lot of people and I get a lot of requests from family and friends to try out and share new recipes. A lot of them say that they feel stuck in a rut preparing seafood the same way over and over again. That happens sometimes. Since Mazhar and I both…

Courgette fritters!

Sorry for the long break, from writing only mind you! I have been cooking everyday 🙂 I just got side tracked with a couple of other projects I had to get under way. Almost done, as my niece likes to say…but back on track with my blog! Though vegetarian week is done and over with…

Treat for Mrs. Mazhar!

I’ve been away for a few days. First it was the weekend which we spent in Sharjah with Mr. Mazhar’s family which was fun! No cooking for me which is also a good break once in a while. I mentioned this on the way back home to Mazhar and…he said…”Begum sahiba, thank you for cooking…

Prawns Karhai (spicy curry)

Day 3 of meat-less cooking in the Sami-Siddiqui household! It’s not too bad but I know I have to go with seafood today if I don’t want to lose Mr. Mazhar to fast food altogether 🙂 We both do love seafood so when I suggested it last night, Mazhar asked me to cook prawns karhai….

Mushrooms on toast!

So it’s day 2 of our vegetarian feast and I didn’t realise how many vegetarian dishes I liked to make and eat before I got married to a meat-a-holic like Mr. Mazhar! Having said that though… I have to give him credit for the fact that he never refuses to eat what vegetables I cook…