Three Things Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone! After missing yet another week I am back now no thanks to the ‘gentle’ reminder from my friend AG 😛 So here are my 3 things for the week, happy reading 🙂

Thing One: Desi Problems

Having to shower before going to the gym because you just cooked lunch. Feeling personally offended when your child says something is ‘too spicy’ and you know it is mild at best. Knowing you need to walk away from the black eyeliner, but being unable to resist.

Thing Two: Instruction Maker

My daughter had a Eid playdate for friends. She started decorating the cake and then turned and said to me “Listen up, I am getting hungry, you finish the decorating and I will be the instruction maker”. I said “like the head chef?” and she said “no, the instruction maker”. After giving me many many directions, she then inspected my work, had me add more sprinkles in some parts and said “good listening mama, good job, I am so proud of you”.

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At least she is a benevolent tyrant.

Thing Three: The Shoes

When I go to the park I wear sandals. No, not functional Tevas types, but beaded ones, pretty ones. Not necessarily ‘park friendly’ and so in the interest of not having to wear full out sneakers and have something comfy on I bought these shoes (for under 40 – woohoo) and they are so incredibly light that it feels like I don’t have a real shoe on. It is a little disorienting actually, but my feet love it.

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I first saw them on a friend in DC last year (hello friend) and thought they were pretty cute. Apparently that’s because she basically has size 5 feet, on my 8.5 they don’t look so cute.

Enh – you win some, you lose some.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks post. Now head on over to The Write Balance, Pink Chai Living, and Love Laugh Mirch to check out the other awesomeness that is happening this Thursday.

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Spicy Shredded Beef or Bhunna Gosht – Guest Post at Yummy Food

First of all Eid Mubarak to all – hope this Eid brings you happiness, love, and of course yummy food 🙂 Second of all, my friends we have an oops kinda situation here. I had sent a guest post over to Lubna at Yummy Food for her event “From Fasting to Feasting” and apparently our wires got crossed on the actual date it went up, but please do hop over and check out her blog and my post about one of my favourite things to cook – some spicy shredded beef!

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This recipe is an amalgamation of the recipes given to me by two of my extraordinary aunts. I frequently play with ingredients and proportions according to what mood I am in and what I am pairing it with. Please feel free to play with it to  suit your tastes.

Also don’t forget to take a look at the incredible Eid Eats round up over here . It brings me so much joy to see so many wonderful bloggers in one space. Cannot thank you all enough for coming together for our first Eid party!

Happy Feasting 🙂

 

Eid Eats 2014 & Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Ice Cream Stars

Hello everyone and welcome to the first of many Eid Eats! Eid Eats is a virtual Eid potluck party hosted by Asiya at Chocolate and Chilies and myself. Whether you are celebrating Eid this coming week or not you should keep an eye on this post for some delicious inspiration courtesy of some incredible bloggers.

To my Muslim friends I wish you an early Eid Mubarak – hope us bloggers provide you with some scrumptious ideas for your upcoming festivities!

Click on the Eid Eats button below to see what yummies have been prepared for this wonderful occasion and to submit your blog post as well. You can submit links (and check back for updates) till the 29th of July 🙂

Today I am bringing to you a dessert that is part recipe and part idea. In other words you can make it like I did or take the idea and run with it. Either way it should be tons of fun 🙂

Some time ago I had made this star shaped kulfi and since Eid and Chaand Raat (the night the new moon is spotted signifying the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid) reminds me of all things celestial I thought I would go with a fun spin on that idea. I present to you homemade salted caramel icecream in a star shaped chocolate shell with a smattering of edible gold stars scattered across the top.

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It is beautiful, luscious, and decadent all at the same time making it utterly celebration worthy.

Now obviously you can use any ice cream that you like, but do remember that a chocolate coating adds an element of sweetness so a less sweet ice cream is ideal. If you have an ice cream machine then this recipe is a must try.

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Three Things Thursday

Hello all you awesome people and here is this weeks Three Things Thursday. Happy Reading!

Thing One: Cronuts

This past weekend I walked by a bakery and saw cronuts and I had to have them. You know largely because I had seen them on tv and the tv peeps told me they were good and everything on tv is clearly true. Lol. But check it out: doesn’t this bakery look super pretty? In my fantasy world where I run a cute bakery cafe it has displays that look roughly like this.

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Anyway, back to said cronut. It was more like a layered donut than a layered croissant in the sense that the dough was flaky, but with the soft chew of a donut. Definitely yummy, but not something I think I would crave. Or use in the place of a burger bun (apparently that’s a thing).

Thing Two: Off with the Hair 

My hair had gotten pretty long and out of shape. You know when I start wearing hats that there are some serious issues at hand.

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So then I did this.

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I think it was last this short in school and although I seem to be getting a lot of responses along the lines of a sympathetically phrased “it will grow out” I actually don’t mind it at all.

Oh and the baby bjorn really is a permanent feature at this point!

Thing Three:  I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Baby No 2 is a happy baby and I am so very blessed to have her in my life. But the kid won’t sleep at night. Between the frequent wakings and the combined demands of my two during the day I have become quite crabby and a little crazy. The other day at a playdate/lunch I turned to a friend and said I hate myself, I really do. And instead of telling me why I shouldn’t etc etc she said I get it and started to tell me why.

Sometimes it is good to be gotten. Yes, yes, I know that is grammatically incorrect in 100 different ways.

Oh and thank you – you know who you are 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and do check out the other Three Things Thursday bloggers at The Write Balance, Pink Chai Living, and Love Laugh Mirch!

Aalu Gobi – Spicy Potato and Cauliflower Curry

This one’s for me. I know, I know, that sounds terrible. But it is.

It is so hard to cook like someone else, but for people like me who grew up only eating their mothers cooking so much of our sense of what food ought to taste like comes from mama. The other day I had this sudden craving for this dish, but truth is I had never made it before and I have had several versions of it which I do not like very much. So I took a risk, called my mother and this is the recipe she gave me. And it works. Mama Jafri, bless her heart, isn’t necessarily the most accurate recipe relayer – often times when I would complain about how something didn’t turn out well she would say “oohhh… but if you wanted to make it really good then you should have…”

Aalu Gobi / Spicy Potato and Cauliflower

Like on what planet am I aiming to cook mediocre food?

Anyway, points to Mama J on this one.

The reason I say this one is for me is this: I cannot afford to lose it. And if I scribbled it down  on a piece of paper somewhere then I most certainly would. Seemed best to put it out in the internet-verse where others can have access to it as well.

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Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I made these cookies in a  rush as I was meeting some people at the park and had to get out of the door. When I got around to having them at said park I liked them, but I can’t say I loved them you know. Then I came home and had half the  dough left so I baked more cookies and when I bit into them… oh my. These were good.

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It’s like a fridge is a magic machine – amazing things just happen sometimes when you let things be in there. Especially cookie doughs with butter and caramelly brown sugar. The flavors develop more, the cookies become more moist and presto we go from good to great.

IMG_6351Moral of the story: rest the dough for a few hours 🙂

These are thin, a little chewy, dark, deep and not too sweet. The oatmeal adds some texture to the cookie and the chips are purely optional – feel free to leave them out.

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Three Things Thursday – XV

Hello my people! It is Three Things Thursday time so as usual I hope you have fun reading through and do pop over to my hosts Salma at The Write Balance, Raj at Pink Chai Living, and Nisha at Love Laugh Mirch.

Thing One: Ramzan/Ramadan Mubarak!

I realized some time after my last post went up that I never actually said that! Count on me  to skip mentioning the fasting-related event and go straight to the eating-related one. Apologies for the oversight, wishing my Muslim readers a happy and healthy Ramzan.

Thing Two: Like a Girl

Watch. Now. Please.

Thing Three: Bookshelves

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Want some easy access bookshelves for the kids? Just grab a few rain gutters and the handiest person you know – in this case my incredible husband and voila! Lol of course this wasn’t quite like magic for him since he had to do all the work, but am I good at providing ideas or what!?! hehehe

Thanks for stopping by!