Monday, December 31, 2012

Best of 2012


It's that time of the year again!  Time to round up the best of 2012!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kiwi, Coconut and Lime Muffins


I saw these muffins awhile ago at An Edible Mosaic.  I wasn't sure about the flavour combination but I absolutely loved Faith's pictures so I had pinned it right away.  Everything I have tried over at An Edible Mosaic has turned out fantastic.  Most recently I had made Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts.

Monday, December 17, 2012

P&G eStore


Lately I've been finding online shopping such a convenience.  There are times when I just don't have the time to go to the store and during this time of year the malls are packed.  Proctor & Gamble's eStore is one of those places you can go to get great deals online.  They only ship within the United States but looking at the deals I sure do wish they would ship to Canada.  P&G eStore offers:
  • Free shipping for all orders over $25
  • 15% off a first-time order for a new customer (promotional code: A9Z-MN5-KY3-ISA)
  • Free samples with every order
Below I've highlighted some of their great products that I have personally used and liked.

One of their products that I love are Tide Pods.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Crispy Oven Baked Zucchini


These Crispy Oven Baked Zucchini are a great alternative to deep fried snacks.  I made these for the first time back in Ramadan.  I was looking for something to make for Iftar which wasn't deep fried.  My mom would make Zucchini Bagiya/Pakoras which would be in a chick pea flour batter.  I love them but I wanted to find a healthier version which didn't involve frying.  I found these on Wishful Chef.  The original recipe used egg whites and I've used egg whites in the picture above.  I've also made them with whole egg and like that way too.  With the whole egg the breading is crispier and adheres better to the zucchini.  This is a great snack without all the guilt of deep frying.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pumpkin Pie with a Coconut Oil Pie Crust


Hasan loves anything chocolate but somehow he got it in his mind that he wanted to try pumpkin pie.  So he kept telling me over and over that he wanted to eat pumpkin pie.  So one day I was grocery shopping and picked up a small pumpkin and then searching began for a recipe.  I saw some recipes used cream and some used evaporated milk.  All of them had buttery tarts.  I ended up at Joy of Baking and her recipe seemed very simple.  I made a few changes and then I found a recipe for a Coconut Oil Pie Crust at Baking Bites.  Now I had everything I needed so the baking began.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Chicken Pad Thai {SRC}


It's the last Monday of the month which means it's time for The Secret Recipe Club!  This month I was assigned the blog Flying on Jess Fuel.  I was really excited when I got Jess' blog since she was assigned my blog last month!  She made my Vegetarian Pot Stickers.  Click here to see Jess' version.  I have to say her's look much better than the ones I made :).

Sunday, November 18, 2012

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta


This is probably the quickest pasta you will ever make from scratch.  The sauce can be whipped up while the pasta is cooking.  The avocado adds a wonderful creaminess to the sauce.  I love how there is no cooking involved in making the sauce.  I mix it up in my immersion blender but you can also use a regular blender or food processor.  This pasta is best served immediately.  If you aren't a big fan of garlic you can reduce the amount used.  This pasta had a lot of sauce.  You could probably increase the amount of pasta but I like a lot of sauce.  I prefer this with rotini or fussili.  I hope you will give this a will be surprised how yummy it is for so little work!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Carrot Cake


My husband loves carrot cake and I've been searching for a great recipe for awhile.  In the end I ended up at Cook's Illustrated and of course the recipe was a winner!  I'm not a fan of a lot of icing on carrot cakes.  I find it takes away from the cake and it becomes more about the icing than the cake.  I like to have a very thin layer of cream cheese frosting.  Originally I was drizzling it on which would be a better presentation but I screwed that up and I ended up spreading it.  I tell you I always have big dreams about how I'm going to decorate a cake and in my mind it looks amazing but I have yet to execute any of my ideas well.  For this icing I used a little bit of cream cheese and mixed in some icing sugar to taste.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts {An Edible Mosaic}


Since I've started writing this blog I've discovered so many other amazing blogs and bloggers.  One of those people is Faith Gorsky who writes An Edible Mosaic.  Faith's blog has recipes from all over the world but the ones that made me start reading Faith's blog were the Middle Eastern recipes.  We love Middle Eastern cuisine and I am always searching for great recipes.

Monday, October 29, 2012

August Morning Muffins {SRC}


It's time for Secret Recipe Club once again!  This month I was assigned The Gingered Whisk written by Jenni.  I love how the food she writes about is the food they actually eat..which is what I also do!!  Jenni also loves to read and even has a list of her favorite books!  Every since I had Bilal I haven't read a single book...seeing Jenni's list really has me thinking I need to make some time to get back into reading.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {Giveaway}


My kids love cookies...if they have cake and cookies in front of them they almost always go for the cookies.  I don't bake too many cookies because usually they have so much butter and usually I can't stop myself from munching on them all day.  I saw this recipe on for Mommy and it only used 1/3 cup of butter so I pinned it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quick Tomato Pizza Sauce


I've been having a hard time finding just the right sauce for pizza.  Recently I had my family over for dinner and I wanted to make pizza for the kids.  I found this recipe in Cook's Illustrated.  It used crushed tomatoes....personally I don't like crushed tomatoes.  There is this taste in them that I really don't like.  When I was grocery shopping I found a can of organic chunky crushed tomatoes with basil by Western Family (available at Longo's).  This is the best canned crushed tomatoes I have found.  The pizza sauce turned out really well and it is super quick to make as well!  I used it on my Easy Thin Crust Pizza.  Do you use crushed tomatoes?  What is your favorite brand?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Omega 3 Granola


We have been addicted to this granola.  I'm thinking I should now make a double batch since it doesn't seem to last that long!  Lately I've been having it for breakfast with some greek yogurt and dried cranberries.  This has become a staple in our home.  It's very easy to put together.  The original recipe had sesame seeds in it.  I added this the first time I made it and we found the taste overpowering.  So I prefer to leave it out.  I don't mix in any dried fruit in it to suit everyone's taste.  To make clean up easy I line my baking sheet with parchment paper.  I have tried foil and the granola stuck to it and didn't get as crisp.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mango Smoothie


Mango season is just about over.  This is one of the ways we were enjoying them this summer.  They never lasted long so it was always difficult to get a picture of them.  Bilal has been loving smoothies this summer. It all started with the Green Monster.  They are a great way to get him to have some extra fruit.  I love the citrus flavour that the orange juice brings.  I find these smoothies are best if had immediately.  They thicken up while sitting in the fridge.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats without Gelatin {SRC}


It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned Shockingly Delicious written by Dorothy.  I was so excited when I saw that I was assigned Dorothy's blog.  I have been following her blog for a few months now and had already bookmarked a couple of recipes to try!  But I still spent time to go through all her recipes and found some I will definitely be making in the future like this chili and her Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs.  I also have my eye on Dorothy's Green Tomato Chutney as our garden is overflowing with green tomatoes.  But in the end I chose Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to make for today's reveal.  My main reason was that Hasan's favorite cookies are Oreos and he also loves Rice Krispies Treats so it was a perfect combination.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fresh Mango Ice Cream (Eggless, No Machine & Low Fat)


I came across an ice cream recipe on Crunchy Creamy Sweet that only used 3 ingredients: evaporated milk, sugar and vanilla.  I was very curious and excited hoping this would be the low fat ice cream I was looking for!  It is a soft serve ice cream.  I tried the original recipe but haven't been able to get the amount of sugar to our liking.  I found it amazing how 1 tin of evaporated milk chilled whipped up like whipping cream and in only 40 seconds!  I wanted to give this ice cream another try and I also had some mangoes that were on the verge of going bad so I decided to adapt the recipe to make mango ice cream.  We all really enjoyed it!  The mango version isn't soft serve since the water from the mangoes freezes.  We actually prefer this ice cream to a post I did back in July.  It isn't as sweet and has a nice fresh mango flavour.  Since no ice cream machine is used it is a bit time consuming since you have to keep putting it in the freezer and then taking it out to whip up.  If you do decide to use your ice cream maker, for mine it was too much ice cream and I would have to do it in 2 steps.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream (Eggless)


Summer is started last week.  It seems like it was just yesterday when school ended.  The summer just flew by especially with Ramadan right in the middle.  This summer I've been experimenting with making ice cream.  Mostly with trying to make a good low fat ice cream.  It is still a work in progress.  Amidst all that I made this Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream.  It's not low fat but what I loved about it was there was no custard to make.  It is extremely simple to make.  Everything is done in the food processor, then chilled and next you process it in your ice cream maker.  The outcome of this ice cream really depends on your strawberries.  If you have some super sweet strawberries this ice cream won't be overly sour.  Unfortunately my strawberries were sour and I didn't check before I made it.  So my ice cream was a little sour but we all enjoyed it regardless.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oatmeal Date Muffins


Seven years ago my husband and I went to PEI.  We stayed in the cutest inn called The Great George.  I can't remember if it was everyday or just on weekends, but they would serve complimentary breakfast in the lobby.  They would also have coffee, tea and treats in the lobby 24 hours a day.  You could buy the recipes for all these tasty treats in the lobby.  We enjoyed everything so much that I bought a recipe book.  This recipe book had a recipe which we didn't have at the Inn.  It was for these muffins.  I made a few tweaks to the recipe to suit our tastes.  This is a mildly sweet muffin that is perfect for breakfast.  It is sweetened with honey and dates.  I had made these this past Ramadan to have during Sehri (our meal prior to the sun rising).  I added some flaxseed to bump up the fiber in them and mixed in a little whole wheat flour.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Garlic Rice Pilaf


This is a simple rice dish that is easy to make.  We love to have it with fish.  It's a great change up from just plain white rice.  It won't over power your main dish.  I usually use bottled lemon juice because I'm usually in a hurry but for best flavour use freshly squeezed.  Although it is easy to make it does bake for about 40 minutes.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Green Monster {SRC}


It's the last Monday of the month which means it time for The Secret Recipe Club!  This month I was assigned Life on Food written by Emily.  Emily is a young foodie who has lived in several different cities across the US (unlike me who has lived all my life in Toronto...I now live in the suburbs which I don't think really counts as another is still GTA).  Emily has some great recipes on her blog like this Grilled Chicken Marinade or this Shrimp Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Apple Coffee Cake


I love desserts with apples in them.  This recipe was originally a Cranberry Coffee Cake.  It used fresh cranberries.  I don't think I've ever had fresh cranberries and I was scared if I used them the cake would be too tart.  The first time I made it I skipped the cranberries and the cake came out too dry.  For my second attempt I replaced the cranberries with apples sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Everyone liked it, especially my mom.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns


When I make burger buns I usually make my Honey Wheat Sandwich Buns.  It uses a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour.  I am always reluctant to make baked good with all whole wheat flour.  I'm scared they will turn out really dry.  I recently saw this recipe on The Galley Gourmet and was curious how they would turn out.  Nicole had great reviews about these buns so I decided to give it a go.  It had 2 unusual ingredients in them...potato flour and orange juice.  I found potato flour at Bulk Barn.  Nicole told me that the potato flour helps to keep the buns moist and the orange juice contributes to the nutty taste.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sauteed Shredded Zucchini


I keep reading other bloggers writing about how their garden is overflowing with zucchini.  I planted zucchini this year and it did better than last year.  Last year I got one zucchini.  This year I've gotten 6 and now half my plant has died.  There were a few more coming but those have died.  I have hope for one more.  I don't think 6 zucchini is "overflowing".  But my garden IS overflowing with green beans.  I have yet to make anything with them.  So far I've given some to my mom and sister-in-law.  I had green chillies and also gave those away but now it seems like they've stopped coming.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Whole Wheat Pitas {SRC}


It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned The Spiffy Cookie written by Erin.  I just love Erin's blog.  There were so many recipes I wanted to try like Maple, Walnut and Flaxseed Pancake Doughnuts, English Muffins and Baked Blueberry French Toast with Streusel Topping.  I even had my mind made that I was going to make the Baked French Toast but as I was thinking about what to make for dinner I realized I had once again had forgotten to pick up roti at the grocery store.  Then I remembered Erin had a recipe for Whole Wheat Pita!  Pita has been on my list of things to try and this was the perfect time!  They turned out really good.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Roasted Banana Ice Cream (Eggless)


Ramadan Mubarak!  This past weekend the month of Ramadan began.  During this month Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.  May Allah accept our fasts and ibadat during this blessed month.

This recipe is great for having as a dessert in Ramadan, especially with Ramadan occurring during the hottest time of the year.  It is cold and refreshing.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bran Enriched White Bread


A couple of weeks ago I forgot to pick up bread and roti while grocery shopping.  When I got home I saw I hardly had any left.  So I thought it would be a good time to try another recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I had forgotten about this book and while I was browsing I saw so many recipes that I wanted to try.  This recipe sounded interesting as it used wheat bran.  I had some bran that I had bought to make muffins which I never got around to making.  I made half the recipe below.  The recipe called for a cornstarch wash but then never gave instructions on when to use it so I just skipped that step.  The loaves are not very big.  The bread was a bit dense and tasted best toasted.  I was using this bread for sandwiches and loved it.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Quick Chocolate Cake


To date this is my go-to recipe for chocolate cake.  It is very easy to whip up!  I go easy on the frosting whenever I make it (but honestly I would love to make more and pipe nice pretty flowers).  You can easily halve the recipe which I have done on numerous occasions.  I usually make this cake the day before because I find chocolate cakes and brownies usually taste much better the next day.  This time I made the frosting a little thicker so I could spread evenly around.  Sometimes I thin it out a bit and spread it over the top and just let it drip down the sides.  I usually use half of the frosting recipe I have written below.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Spinach Quiche with Olive Oil Tart using Cookin' Greens


I don't think I have ever eaten quiche before.  I've always wanted's not exactly what you grow up eating in an Indian household.  I recently received a couple of coupons from Cookin' Greens to try out some of their products.  Their greens are frozen within 6 hours of being picked.  Everything is finely chopped.  The Cookin' Greens Spinach is easy to use...if you don't want to use the whole packet you can just take out what you need and pop the rest back in the freezer.  They also have frozen kale and rapini.  I've never had either before and look forward to giving those a try.  There are two additional products that are a mix of different greens.  I can see these being a great addition to some pasta!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Low Fat Oatmeal Date Bars {SRC}


It's time for Secret Recipe Club again!  For those not familiar with the club, every month you are assigned a blog and you must make one recipe from that blog.  Then on Reveal Day we all post at the same time.  This month I was assigned the blog Cookin' with Cyndi.  After searching through Cyndi's recipes I settled on her Oatmeal Date Bars.  I've been making a lot of oatmeal lately and dates are always a hit in our home.  My kids love to snack on them.  My main changes to the recipe was to replace the butter with oil and applesauce.  I also used brown sugar instead of Splenda and included some all-purpose flour.  Bilal loved them and called them "Go-Bah" meaning granola bar.  It's so cute the way little kids try to say words.  Hasan used to call granola bars "Go-Ma-Ma".  I think you can switch up the date filling in these.  I'm thinking of trying it with some strawberry jam next time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Focaccia with Onion


This is another recipe that uses the dough from the Light Whole Wheat Baguette recipe.  Unlike the focaccia I've seen in the past this one doesn't have a dimpled surface.  This is originally a Focaccia with Onion and Rosemary recipe but we aren't too found of rosemary in our house so I went easy on the rosemary.  Everyone loved this bread.  Hasan said it was "Excellent".  He had it for lunch and then for a snack!  I have also tried topping it with sundried tomatoes but they burned so I wouldn't recommend going that route.  The book mentioned that the focaccia would develop a crackling crust due to drizzling oil before baking.  I didn't see that effect but it still tasted great!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mango Ice Cream


Today I am guest posting on The Recipe Code.  The Recipe Code is written by Zee.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Baked Cake Doughnuts


For awhile now I've been seeing a lot of recipes for baked doughnuts all over the blogosphere.  I've never given them much attention since I didn't have a doughnut pan.  I had no intention on buying yet another baking pan.  My kitchen is already overflowing...whenever I open a cabinet I feel like something is going to fall on me.  But I was in Michael's a couple of weeks ago.  I had received a gift card for Michael's and I had gone with the intention of buying a cookbook.  When I got there all they had were books on how to decorate cakes, cupcakes and cake pops.  I would love to learn to do that but practically I don't have the time to get into that.  So as I was wandering around I came across the doughnut pans and I just had to get them. I am so glad I did!  I used the recipe that came on the packaging.  I was amazed at how little fat there was in them.  These are super quick to make.  They only took 7 minutes to bake!  These are best eaten the same day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Chewy Soft Pretzels {SRC}


It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  For those of you not familiar with the club, everyone is assigned a blog from which they must make one recipe.  But you have to keep it a secret which blog you were assigned.  On Reveal Day we all post our recipe at the same time.  This month I was assigned the blog Double Dipped Life written by Krista.  Krista has a wide array of recipes.  I really wanted to try one of the enchilada dishes but they called for enchilada sauce....I've never seen enchilada sauce in a grocery store near me.  I settled on 2 recipes: Chewy Soft Pretzels and Garlic Naan.  I was all ready to make the Garlic Naan but as I read through the recipe I realized I didn't have enough time for the dough to rise since I had to pick my son up from school so I ended up making the Chewy Soft Pretzels and I was so happy that I did!  These turned out great! I just wished I had sprinkled on a little more coarse salt on them.  When they were baking it smelled just like one of those pretzel places in the mall.  We all loved them!  These taste best eaten the day they are made.  I should have rolled my dough out longer before shaping them since they look a little like buns.  After a little bit of research I found that the original recipe is from King Arthur Flour.  I've never spent a lot of time on their site but I've now tried a couple of recipes that originated from them so will have to give them a closer look.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Homemade Wheat Thins


The most popular snack in our house is crackers so when I saw this on Oh She Glows I knew it would be perfect!  These were surprisingly easy to make and tasted great.  When rolling out the dough my edges were a little thin so those baked up darker than the rest.  Next time I'm thinking of tossing in some sesame seeds, poppy seeds or flax seeds.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cluster Granola


The other day I was doing my grocery shopping.  I was walking in the cereal aisle and came to the section with granola. I picked up a packet thinking I should get some to eat with the ton of yogurt I had gotten from Costco (I was trying to make frozen yogurt and had two very bad tries so I've given up on that for a little while).  I read through the ingredients and was surprised there were so few and I already had them all at home!  So I thought I would give a try at making granola at home.   When I had some time I started googling away and was disappointed.  The recipes called for old-fashioned rolled oats...I only had quick oats.  As I continued to search I came across two recipes that used quick oats.  One of them showed how if you grind some of the oats to a flour it will create clusters.  But this recipe had so much butter.  So I used the method for using oat flour and the ingredients from another recipe and it turned out great!  This is great with some yogurt, milk or just on it's own.  I love to have it with milk with some dried cranberries tossed it.  But I caution you...this is very high in sugar so don't be eating a whole bowl of it!

Friday, May 4, 2012

English Muffin Bread


I have just recently started baking bread.  For years I was unsuccessful.  I now know the reason was because the water I was using wasn't warm enough.  This recipe is a great place to start for beginners.  I saw this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker.  This is a very easy bread to make and it's quick too!  There is only one period of rising.  For me it's perfect since I don't have a lot of time in the weekdays with looking after Bilal and dropping and picking up Hasan from school.  This bread is also really yummy!  I didn't think it really tasted like an English Muffin.  I wasn't able to get a lot of holes in the bread.  But the outside of the bread has a great crunch and it was moist inside.  It tastes great toasted with some strawberry jam and butter spread on top!

Monday, April 30, 2012

German Pancakes {SRC}


It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  For those that are not familiar with the club, each month you are assigned a blog and you must make one recipe from it....but you must keep it a secret.  Then on Reveal Day you post the recipe you made.  This month I was assigned Loving Life written by Kirstin.  I loved how this blog was organized.  Everything was very easy to find.  After browsing through all the recipes the one that stuck with me was German Pancakes.  I've never had one or even heard of it.  It was very neat how it rose during the baking.  When making this I was very tempted to add some baking powder but I thought I should just stick to the recipe.  And I was so glad I did. It turned out great!  It is like a thick crepe.  Similar to the Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas I recently posted, it takes some time to bake.  This is a recipe I would definitely make for dessert.  I sprinkled on some icing sugar and drizzled on some maple syrup.  Some fresh fruit would go great with this...I didn't have it with the strawberries in the picture because they were sour :(.  I made half of the original recipe since the kids already had their breakfast when I was making this.  You can easily double it but use a 9x13 baking dish.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Quick Dinner Rolls


I love baking bread but sometimes it is just too time consuming with all the waiting needed for the dough to rise and then rise again.  A lot of times I don't have that kind of time.  This recipe has no yeast which makes them very quick to whip up on a moments notice.  A long time ago I had made dinner rolls similar to these but was disappointed.  They turned out very gummy.  I found the recipe for these from the Facebook page Fauzia's Kitchen Fun.  The original recipe is from The Southern Lady Cooks.  These came out soft and reminded us more of a biscuit.  The recipe called for self-rising flour but I never have that...I don't even know if I have even seen that in the grocery store here.  So I made a substitution using all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quick and Easy Salsa


I have seen this recipe for Restaurant Style Salsa on a bunch of different blogs.  I've never given it a try because it calls for Rotel and you can't get Rotel in Canada.  One weekend my brother was heading to the  States with his family so I asked him to pick some up for me.  This salsa is extremely quick to make and tastes great.  I used it in some Spicy Bean Burritos.  I also made some Baked Garlic Pita Chips and we dipped them in the salsa.  If you can't get Rotel, substitute 1 14 oz can of tomatoes and 1 can of green chillies for the Rotel.  I haven't tried this but I've read online that it's a good substitution.  most recipes for this salsa that I saw makes a huge batch.  This recipe I got from Mountain Mama Cooks and it made a reasonable amount.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

We are always looking for new vegetables to try and new ways of eating them.  I saw this recipe on The Pioneer Woman and her recipes always turn out fantastic so I thought I would give it a try.  It is very different from our regular Indian meals.  It is sweet with a bit of tang from the dried cranberries.  We all really enjoyed it. The first time I made it was way too many cranberries. Now when I make it I use less cranberries and oil.  The recipe below is also for a smaller amount of brussel sprouts.  It takes a bit of time to reduce down the balsamic.  Don't do it too much otherwise it will become a sticky gooey mess.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas

I am not a fan of oatmeal.  But I really do want to like it.  The thought of a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter morning seems really appealing but honestly I have never liked those oatmeal packets.  They are lacking in flavor and a mushy bowl of oatmeal really is not appetizing for me.  But after making this baked oatmeal my thoughts have completely changed.  If you are not an oatmeal fan this is the dish to change your mind!  My only complaint is that it bakes for 35 minutes and rests for an additional 10 minutes which is too long for me to wait in the morning.  I don't like waiting for breakfast but this is really worth the wait!  I made some minor changes to the original recipe.  I replaced the butter with oil and reduced the quantity.  I omitted the nuts and reduced the amount of blueberries.  You can change up the fruit in this to whatever you think will taste good.  I've also made it with strawberries and bananas.  Next I'm going to try it with apples!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sweet and Sour Chicken

When we go out to eat Chinese food Sweet and Sour Chicken isn't a dish we normally order.  We usually order something spicy.  I saw this recipe on Rasa Malaysia.  I had already tried General Tso's Chicken (with a few modifications) and it turned out really good.  It has become a family favorite.  So I thought I would give another recipe a try and settled on this recipe.  I made a few changes.  I don't like to deep fry, so I used the same method in General Tso's Chicken for frying the chicken and made some changes to the marinade.  It turned out really well.  It didn't have the strong sweet and sour taste which I was expecting but we all enjoyed it.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Soft Chocolate Cookies with Lentils (Eggless) - SRC

It's time for Secret Recipe Club again.  This is my second month participating and I am loving it.  First there is the excitement of getting the blog you are assigned and picking out the recipe you are going to make.  Then on reveal day the excitement of seeing who got your blog and what they made.

This month I was assigned a fantastic blog, Healthy Delicious.  I love the name of this blog because it is exactly what I try to do...make food that tastes great and is still healthy.  Healthy Delicious is written by Lauren who has been cooking since she was only 10 years old (opposite of me who started when I was on the verge of getting married).  I love her philosophy of eating great tasting food in smaller portions rather than large portions of food that doesn't taste so great...everything in moderation!  Please do visit Lauren's blog Healthy Delicious and check out some amazing recipes and photographs.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pasta with Spinach Pesto, Roasted Red Peppers and Sundried Tomatoes

I bought some spinach recently without even thinking about what I was going to do with it.  I have been wanting to make pesto for awhile but in the winter you just can't find good basil and when you do it's already going bad in the store.  Plus it's pretty expensive to buy enough to make pesto.  I'm looking forward to the summer when I will have fresh basil in the backyard and plenty of it too!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Masoor Ki Daal

This daal is a favorite in our home.  I make it at least once a week.  It is Hasan's favorite and he calls it "Yellow Daal".  My husband actually taught me to make this daal and I made a few tweeks to the quantity of the ingredients. It's a very simple and easy recipe.  I hope you give it a try.

We usually have this like a soup but you can have it with roti or rice and as an accompaniment for some kebobs.  I usually soak the daal prior to cooking to speed up the cooking time. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Barley Risotto with Peas and Asparagus

We all loved the Spring Green Risotto I had made awhile ago.  What I didn't like was that there was not a lot of fibre in the dish.  I had read about making risotto using barley.  It sounded interesting and I always have barley around for making Haleem.  So I gave it a try and it turned out great!  I changed the method for this using a bouillon cube instead of stock.  I found this method at Aurora Importing.  Also, I didn't have all the ingredients so made some substitutions.  Either way it will turn out well.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coconut Macaroons

I've never been a huge fan of coconut.  I started making these one day after making some custard and having egg whites leftover.  I didn't want to throw them out so I searched around and came across this recipe on  These are very easy to make, quick to put together and were very good.   This time I had made these to giveaway to some family.  Make sure you keep them in an airtight container otherwise they dry up and get hard.  I had put them in some cellophane bags and they had hardened up.  You can remedy this by popping it in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  They are great snack for kids too.  These would also be great dipped in some chocolate or with some drizzled on top.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cottage Cheese Bread - Secret Recipe Club

This is my first month participating in the Secret Recipe Club.  For those that haven't heard of it, this is how it works: everyone is assigned a blog and you must pick one recipe from that blog to make.  Then on Reveal Day everyone posts the recipe they made.  It's a great way to discover new blogs and meet some great bloggers.  This month I was assigned the cute blog Baking and Creating with Avril.  What I love most about Avril's blog is the step by step pictures.  They are very helpful in making sure you are on the right path while making the recipe.  My first instinct was to make a dessert but we really need to cut back on the sweets.  So  I settled on making one of her bread recipes since I finally understand yeast.  Her recipe for Cottage Cheese Bread caught my eye.  Cottage cheese seemed like such an unusual ingredient for bread.  I thought it would also be a great way to get some more calcium into the boys.  Well, it turned out fantastic!  The cottage cheese makes the bread very moist.  I've actually made this bread twice already.  This bread is very easy to make and is not as time consuming as many other bread recipes I have seen.  Next time I am going to try substituting some of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat.  I will update this post once I have tried it out.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Aloo (Potato) Cutlets

When my husband and I got engaged, he invited my family over for dinner.  Back then I knew very little about cooking.  He prepared several dishes plus 2 desserts.  I was so impressed and a little worried because I could never have pulled something like that off.  After getting married he taught me a lot.  I was so used to Hyderabadi cuisine that I didn't realize there was such a wide variety of Indian/Pakistani dishes out there.

One of the dishes he made were these Aloo Cutlets.  He had gotten the recipe from his sister.  I love anything with potatoes and these were so good.  They are very easy to make.  You can adjust the green chillis and black pepper to suit how spicy you would like them to be.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Afghani Kebob with Tomato Gravy

Whenever I make kebobs it's always the traditional least traditional for us.  This recipe caught my eye because it had the kebobs in a gravy.  I had to increase the spices.  My sauce was less in quantity than the original recipe.  We really enjoyed this and was a nice change from the kebobs we usually have.

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