Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015



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Friday, December 26, 2014

A Place Like No Other (aka BossyKitchen)

Let's rewind to 2 years ago, when I started hearing a lot of buzz around this new stall at Market338.  This stall (called BossyKitchen) created a dessert that was all people could talk about.  This sensation was called 'the brookie'. It was a morphed dessert that combined two sinful treats - the cookie and brownie.  I managed to visit their stand and met two individuals, Mohammed and Aysha, individually unique but shared the same passion - to offer delicious and good-for-you food.  BossyKitchen was infused in my mind.

A year later, I contacted BossyKitchen again to cater to my best friend's birthday party and let me tell you - they delivered (physically and figuratively).  Another positive memory found its place in my mind for BossyKitchen.

So when I got invited by this dream team to try out their new restaurant, I said yes before I even knew what I was getting myself into.

When this much effort and thought going into an invitation, you make sure your evening is cleared up.  The location was kept secret until 24 hours before the event and we were not to disclose it until told (ooh the suspense).  We were asked to be there at 6:58pm sharp.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Oh-So-Ttolenghi

As much as I love any cookbook or dish or dessert from Ottolenghi, their recipes drive me crazy.  They have so many simultaneous steps, parallel steps, steps in tandem, and steps that completely take you off track.

Having said that, the end result makes you forget all the hassle and the food is breathtakingly delicious.

I prepared 3 dishes last week:
- Baby spinach and date salad
- Roasted chicken with sumac
- Stuffed aubergines with lamb and pine nuts

The recipes for baby spinach and date salad and stuffed aubergines with lamb and pine nuts was from this cookbook:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's a Family Affair

A few weeks ago, I invited family over to my house for lunch. Nobody can deny that when the temperature drops in Bahrain, the weather is just beautiful and everything shifts outdoors.

So al-fresco it is!

Imagine this. 30-people, men and women, with different tastes and dietary needs.  I wanted it to be a special affair so

Let me tell you how easy it was to pull this off.  I depended on key people that took care of the A to Z of the day.

First off, some pictures to help you visualize.

Pretty right?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

S is for Saloona

Saloona is probably my kids' second favorite dish, after molokhiya.  To some this may sound like complete and utter gibberish.

Allow me to elaborate.  This is saloona:

I am not sure where the term "saloona" came from, but it is basically a thick and hearty stew that is cooked on low heat for a few hours.  The result, fall-of-the-bone meat soaked in an explosion of flavor and perfectly cooked vegetables.

I serve it with brown rice and a wedge of lemon.

Click here for the recipe.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beef with Lemony Potatoes

There's one dish I don't make often enough (sadly) and that's the beef with lemony potatoes stew.

It was one of the recipes I used for the Noor oil project and let me tell you, it was a screaming success (the crew can vouch for me, right guys?).

This is me making it on the set.  I may not look excited but trust me, I am doing somersaults inside.

Intrigued? Click here for the recipe.


What's In a Video

True, they might be only 3-minute Noor oil videos but the effort that goes into each one is tremendous.  Here's a pictorial.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkin Season

I had to pick a 'challenging ingredient' as part of my Noor oil recipes.  And I really challenged myself when I picked pumpkin. I love pumpkin in cakes, desserts, roasted, and in soup.  Here's my pumpkin loaf recipe (link) and if you are craving pumpkin in a warm soup, you will love this version.

However, the recipe I'm talking about today uses fresh pumpkin in a delicious and creamy stew.

A very unique flavor – this is not your typical stew! The vinegar adds the perfect kick, yogurt makes this devilishly creamy and the pumpkin tops it off to be the perfect vegetable.


Something's cooking in the kitchen...

A few months ago, I found an interesting message in my inbox.  An invitation to take part in a new online community.  A community driven by the love of cooking.  Who can say no to that?

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Journey with Noor



I was recently invited to participate in an experience of a lifetime.  I was invited by Noor oil, the Middle East's first transfat-free sunflower oil, to join in on a new concept that was new to the region - an online community based one passion - food.  There was a total of 4 bloggers/food experts, each with her own personality and approach, where our talents merged into the wonderful world of cooking.

And after months of waiting, the website is now live.

Stay tuned - I am working on several juicy stories that are bubbling to get out and be shared....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Green Hummus

This is so deliciously refreshing and an interesting twist to the classic hummus. The ingredients are pretty unorthodox, except for the chickpeas.

Here's some visual aid:

Green, slimy and absolutely delicious

Over the past few years, a new and healthy phenomena made its way to kids' meals in Bahrain.  It's green, slimy and delicious.  You can find it in children's party buffet, and most homes have it stocked in their freezer.  That phenomenon is molokhiya.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Soundcheck: Is this thing on?

I know I know.  I apologize for the extended disappearing act.  A lot of events happened that took me away from my blog.

This happened: Ramadan.

And then this took me to a beautiful land far far away for 35 blissful days.

And then this happened.

So I'm back to normalcy now.  And I have 2 posts in progress.  Stay tuned!



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Ramadan Kareem to all those who celebrate this wonderful and holy month.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pumpkin Loaf


What does one make with pumpkin puree?  Well - there aren't that many options but pumpkin loaf is a nice twist to the usual pumpkin pie or pumpkin cupcakes.  This recipe is fail- and fool-proof and the end results warm your tummy and remind you of when the weather was much cooler.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Hidden Sanctuary

Massage is good for the soul.  It's good for the heart, for your well-being, and last but not least, your sanity.  In Bahrain, it's bad for your wallet.  To get a decent massage, you have to dish out around 30 dinars.  For an amazing one, BD50 and above!  Who needs massages?

Frankly, I do.  Life's strenuous pressures reflect in your body in the most painful aches and sprains.  Stiff neck? Doc will say it's because of stress.  Shoulder aches? Stress.  Back aches?  Stress!

So where does one have to go for a decent massage that won't set me back BD50++?


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Take a Load Off - Go Simple

We are often under so much pressure to pull off the perfect dinner.  And what we do is prepare so many snacks and drinks pre-dinner that by the time dinner is served, the guests are too full to eat.

Last week I had some friends over and instead of going OTT, I kept it simple.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Two Minutes Turkish

I did not realize how easy it was to make a couple of cups of Turkish coffee.  For a drink that tastes so divinively complex, making it as easy as they come.  It took me two minutes, Turkish.  And really two minutes - not five.  For those who are not getting my sense of humor, I am referring to one of my favorite lines from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (link here).

Okay, back to the subject at hand.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Comfort Meatballs Take 2

I previously wrote about my favorite meatball recipe (find it here).  It was tangy and tasted like something you would eat in a ranch somewhere.

However, a recipe I found in my Ottolenghi cookbook introduced me to a whole different meaning of meatballs.  A hearty mixture of lamb and beef, mixed in with aromatic Middle Eastern spices, and topped with zesty and very creaming tahina sauce.  Divine.


So let's dive in.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Flippin' Pancakes

We love pancakes at my house.  Love 'em.

They are super easy to make, the ingredients are almost always available in your fridge and pantry, and the fact that you can dress them up with bananas and chocolate chips as easily as dressing them down with just honey makes them so versatile.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Before & After

I often wonder, when people move from house to house, or outgrow furniture - where does the furniture go? It's not like we have thrift or antique stores in Bahrain where you can sell these pieces at a nominal price.  So seriously - where does it go?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Was I dreaming?

I turned 35 a week ago, and no, it's not a milestone, but I decided to throw myself a party.

I invited my closest friends, and threw the dream dinner.  Flowers, lights, long dining table, full fledged buffet and all the tiny details that made it unforgettable.
Magical
And it was.  So unforgettable that I often ask myself if it actually happened...