Monday, 8 September 2014

My interview on

A few weeks ago I was contacted for an interview by Hamida who is the Content Manager for Sulekha US. For those of you who don't know, is India’s leading online platform that enables millions of transactions in the country. Sulekha US-Canada helps NRIs connect with fellow Indians across the US and Canada.

As I sat down to answer the questions for the interview it was interesting to reflect upon my journey as a food blogger and ponder upon topics such as  my favourite cuisines, spices and even cooking disasters. Please head over to  to read the interview and let me know your valuable comments.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

75 recipes for Paleo Ice Cream: Cookbook Giveaway

I am in Texas these days and with temperatures soaring upto 100 degrees F I can definitely have a frozen treat anytime of the day. If you too are looking for rich and creamy frozen treats that leave out unwanted dairy, refined sugars, and chemical additives check out Paleo Ice Cream, a new cookbook packed with 75 recipes. Follow the simple steps in this book (with or without an ice cream machine!) and delve into all your favourite flavors like Chocolate or Butter Pecan, new adventurous creations like Goat Cheese or Chai Tea, sorbets such as Lemon or Mango, custards like Cinnamon Swirl and much more.

“Contrary to what you would believe if you watched Fred Flintstone run around in his ice cream truck, ice cream isn’t usually part of the paleo diet,” explains author Ben Hirshberg. “But if you view paleo as a diet made up of nutritious whole foods, then ice cream can fit into that box quite nicely. That’s right: Ice cream can be a healthy dessert option if it is made with nourishing ingredients. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails, and make some ice cream!”

Quick Facts about the book
Title: Paleo Ice Cream: 75 Recipes for Rich and Creamy Homemade Scoops and Treats
Author: Ben Hirshberg
Publishers: Ulysses Press
Where to buy: Amazon or local bookstores
Price: $14.95 US $17.50 CAN

Ulysses Press is graciously giving away a free copy of the book to one lucky blog reader. The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents.Please enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Ricotta Kofta Curry for Melt Magazine Bloggers Challenge

A couple of months ago I had posted a recipe for Ricotta Pound Cake  after which I received an offer from Tre Stelle to participate in the melt Magazine Blogger Recipe Challenge. I was asked to submit a main course recipe using Traditional Tre Stelle Ricotta Cheese as the main ingredient. I submitted this recipe for Ricotta Kofta Curry and it was an honor for me to be featured on the melt website along with four leading food bloggers of Canada.

Tre Stelle is also having a contest where readers are encouraged to vote for their favourite recipe. The winning recipe will be featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of melt magazine. I would really appreciate it if you could please take a minute to vote for my recipe .

Ricotta Kofta Curry

For Koftas:
1 cup 250 mL Tre Stelle® Traditional Ricotta Cheese
1 cup 250 mL cooked potatoes, mashed
2 Thai green chilies, finely chopped
1/4 tsp 1 mL cayenne pepper or Indian red chili powder
2 tbsp 30 mL golden raisins, chopped
2 tbsp 30 mL cornstarch
pinch salt
oil for deep frying

For Sauce:
2 tbsp 30 mL oil
1 medium onion, boiled until softened and pureed
1 tsp 5 mL ginger paste
1 tsp 5 mL garlic paste
2 Thai green chilies, finely chopped
1/2 tsp 2 mL ground coriander
1/4 tsp 1 mL ground turmeric
1/4 tsp mL cayenne pepper or Indian red chili powder
pinch salt
4 roma tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded and pureed
1/2 tsp 2 mL garam masala powder
1/4 cup 60 mL heavy cream
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

In a medium bowl combine Ricotta Cheese, potatoes, chilies, cayenne pepper, raisins, cornstarch and salt, stir to combine. With dampened hands form mixture into 1 1/2" balls. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use. Deep fry in 375°F (190°C) oil. Drain on paper towels and keep warm until ready to use.

In a medium skillet over medium heat add oil and pureed onions; cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, chilies, coriander, turmeric, cayenne and salt. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add pureed tomatoes and cook for an additional 10 minutes; stir in garam masala and cream.

Place koftas on a serving plate; pour sauce over top and garnish with cilantro. Serve with steamed rice or naan bread.

Makes 2 - 4 servings.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Meat and Egg Croquettes: Guest Post for Yummy Food

It's always a pleasure to be a part of  my blogger friend Lubna Karim's Ramadan projects. Lubna has been hosting Joy from Fasting to Feasting on her lovely blog Yummy Food for the past six years.

Though Ramadan is not about feasting and it is during these 30 days of fasting that we learn to control our nafs, through this event she wants to let the world know how fasting is observed in different countries of the globe and what are the traditional recipes that are usually made during this time of the month. Joy From Fasting To Feasting is in its seventh season this year and I am once again thankful to Lubna to have given me an opportunity to be a part of this wonderful event.

Last year I had shared my Chicken Hand Pies recipe on Lubna's blog . This year I decided to share my recipe for Minced Meat and Egg Croquettes. 

Please head over to Yummy Food to find the recipe along with many other wonderful recipes by Lubna and other bloggers.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

#Ramadan and #Eid Card Making Kit Giveaway from Hafsa Creates

Ramadan Mubarak to all my friends across the globe. May this Ramadan be a month of blessings, forgiveness and guidance for all of us.

A few days ago I received this colourful DIY Ramadan and Eid Card Making Kit from the wonderfully creative Hafsa Taher of Hafsa Creates.

Ramadan and Eid Card Making Kit

 The kit contained:
- 5 blank cards
- 5 envelopes
- pretty patterned ribbons
- patterned paper
- Sentiments: 3 x Ramadan greetings (in English and Arabic) and 3 x Eid greetings
- Lots of of embellishments (stickers and punch outs including butterflies, birds, flowers, etc)

My girls really enjoyed making these these fun and easy Ramadan and Eid cards for our family and friends. All we needed was a glue stick to start.

Ramadan and Eid Cards

They decided to decorate the envelopes too. We had a bunch of embellishments left after making all the cards and envelopes which we hope to use for future projects.

Ramadan and Eid Cards

You can purchase this Card Making Kit and other lots of other lovely creations on Hafsa's Etsy shop. She is also giving away a free Card Making Kit to one lucky winner.  It can be customised according to your children's age and gender.

The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. Please enter through the PunchTab widget below

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Halal Food Fest Toronto 2014: Event Review

Last weekend was indeed a treat for lovers of halal food as the Halal Food Fest Toronto returned to the International Centre in Mississauga after it's huge success last year.

 I was privileged to get a media pass as well as two VIP tickets for the event which meant that my family and I could enter through the Speakers' Entrance. However, I was glad to see that even though the crowd was huge there were no line ups at the Main Entrance this year.

 As I attended the media walk-through with Salima Jivraj, Founder and Marketing Director of Halal Food Fest, I was informed that there were more than 30,000 attendees last year and the numbers were sure to be much larger this year. With over 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor fun, the venue was almost double the size of last year's event with wider aisles and over 200 vendors.

Halal Food Fest Toronto
Salima Jivraj, Founder and Marketing Director of Halal Food Fest

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Osmow's Grill: Restaurant Review

Over the past few years, shawarma joints have sprung up in every nook and corner of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). I have been to quite a few of them but often find myself going back to my of my old favourites - Osmow's Grill located at 251 Queen St S in the Streetsville area of Mississauga.

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