Hello and Salam (peace) to you all! Here’s a round-up of my month including what I’ve been up to this month, what I’ve been experimenting with in the kitchen and some links from around the web that caught my eye!
First and foremost, perhaps the most exciting thing that has happened to me this month is that I was interviewed by the ever so sweet and lovely Quratul-Ain from Ainy Cooks! This was super duper exciting for me because I have been reading Ainy’s blog since before I started blogging myself! It was a real honour to be contacted by Ainy and to speak to her. Check out my interview, as well as the rest of Ainy’s extensive recipe blog, HERE!
Here’s what’s been going on in the Fatima Cooks kitchen this month:
Me and my husband love the Kabuli Pilau from this restaurant in Forest Gate. So I tried my hand at recreating it this month. Whilst it wasn’t a 100% authentic Afghan version, I must say it tasted pretty good! The rice in an authentic Kabuli Pilau is cooked differently to the rice in the Pakistani version. I, however, cooked the rice the way I did for my Chicken Pilau. Maybe next time I’ll man up and try the Kabuli way!
A trip to Central London showed me the freshest, juiciest looking fruit and vegetables I’ve seen in a while! Plus I saw the biggest aubergines ever! Pictures do not do it justice. Wish I could have taken them all home to my kitchen!
New finds – shawarma spice mix from a shop in Edgeware Road and cardamom essence which will come in handy for desserts!
I had a huge tea-party (doesn’t that sound so posh!) at my home where I invited my entire extended family. It was super duper fun – I spent the entire day in the kitchen making and baking treats including Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot pudding), Gulab Jamun, Besan Ke Ladoo (sweet gram flour balls) and a coffee and walnut cake! Few things in life satisfy me more than making a fuss over food for my loved ones! Everything tasted great, but the Besan Ke Ladoo really took the prize! The Gajar ka Halwa was also packed and taken home by some!
More tea and dessert with the family.
When you have a craving, as long as it’s reasonable, listen to it! I had a viciously strong craving for some hot, freshly baked bread one afternoon and it wasn’t something I could/wanted to ignore. I decided to listen to it and bake some! I followed this quick and easy recipe and had me some fresh focaccia and a fragrant kitchen in no time!
Some links from around the interwebs that I loved and want to try this June!
Absolutely LOVING this Cheddar and Lamb Brioche from For the Love of Food – lamb is my favourite form of protein and + cheese? Sound’s like heaven on a plate to me! Can’t wait till I have some leftover lamb to use for this.
This part-wholewheat pizza dough from Halal Home Cooking sounds like something that deserves a solid place in my cooking rotation! Me and my husband love a good ooey gooey, soft and dough-y pizza, but aren’t we all trying to better our eating? I know I am!
Baklava pull-apart bread. I need this.
I have fallen in love (Please don’t tell my husband). With this cake. It is the most beautiful cake I have ever seen, oozing rustic romance and elegance.
And finally, here’s a round-up of all the recipes posted on Fatima Cooks this month!
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Hope you all have a fantastic month!