Monday, 27 June 2016

Shami Kebabs (Mince meat patties)

Hello Everyone!

Ramadan Mubarak to you all! Ramadan is almost finished and  it’s unbelievable how the time flies. Here I am sharing with you one of my favorite Kebab recipes of all time. Since the days are longer here in Summer, we have'nt got much time to eat, literally. Sun sets here at 9:50pm and the Fajr Azan goes off at 2:45am. I always aim to reduce some weight as we have'nt got much time to eat and try myself to stay aloof from indulging into snacks and sweet goodies. Probably, that's why, all I want to devour is fried snacks!! But, I stop at that and dont eat anything else. No main course, just the unhealthy, yet delicious fried snacks. I am trying to comfort myself here, you see.

When Lubna asked me if I could do a guest post for her, I was delighted! It is her blog that springs in my mind when it comes to Ramadan recipes and I look forward to her Ramadan posts for recipe ideas. She has fabulous collection of recipes and I love her Ramadan series in particular. If you want to see the amazing compilation of recipes from all over the world, hers is the blog you want to be.  I have come across many amazing blogs through her blog, which other wise I would have missed. Check her blog out, and don't forget to get the recipe of my shami kebab there.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge

I have been wanting to post recipes off my draft for a long time now and here is the first one . It's been a very long time since I logged into my Blogger dashboard. I have completely lost in touch with blogging and blogger's world. I see a lot has changed in the past 2-3 years. Many bloggers have gone quite like I did, some have stopped and many new bloggers have come up as well. Missed blogging much, and my fellow bloggers too. Thanks to all readers and bloggers who have been motivating me to come back.

For the past couple of years I got really busy with several events happening one after the other. And the priority changed. I have been constantly asked and requested about getting back to blogging. It would motivate me, but, having to prioritize things that I did, blogging just came down the list. As it requires quite a lot of effort and time, I couldn't get my head around blogging even if I wanted to. Now, as things are just getting in order slowly, I may be able to put that extra little time into blogging; may be, and empty those recipes and photographs that have been lying in my drafts for a quite long time now. I don’t think I am yet ready to shoot new pictures as of now asit will be a struggle trying to shoot around my toddler.

Anyways, Let me share an easy recipe with you today. It's very simple chocolate fudge dotted with pistachio nuts. You may use any nuts of your choice. Personally, I roast the nuts slightly to bring out their earthy flavour and crunchiness. You may leave them in raw if you wish. But I strongly recommend roasting them. You might have come across the picture on my Facebook page; I have made it few times as there are quite a few takers of this simple and amazingly easy fudge. I just had to go and make it when I saw Nigella making it on TV. And you know how Nigella can get you into cooking.

Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge
Preparation time - 10-15 minutes

1 x 397g Condensed milk
350g dark chocolate chips (I use 50% - 70% cocoa solids)
30g butter
Pinch of salt
150g Nuts of your choice (Pistachio, cashew, hazelnut, cashews or a mixture of any; roasted or un-roasted)


1. Heat Condensed milk, chocolates, butter and salt in a heavy based pan and stir to melt on a very low heat.

2. Put the nuts in a freezer bag and bash it with a rolling pin to break them into small and big pieces or chop them into different sized pieces.

3. As soon as the chocolate has been melted, pop the nuts in and mix well.

4. Pour this mixture into a 8 inch square pan that is buttered and lined with a baking paper or foil and smoothen the top.

5. When it is cooled down completely, pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.

6. Cut them into 2" sizes. You can store them in the freezer and have it straightaway without having to thaw!

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