Hello and Salam (Peace)!
I am Fatima, the face behind Fatima Cooks.
I am a 22 year old girl living in the East of London. I teach English, Citizenship and Geography at a Secondary School. I love cooking, reading, exercising and spending time with the important people in my life – my husband, my family and my friends! ♥ This blog is a collection and celebration of my journey in the kitchen from a clueless little girl into a confident and thoroughly happy housewife!
I got married in what I can only describe as a whirlwind fairy-tale style wedding in August 2014 with 3 1/2 weeks to prepare myself mentally and emotionally. I can only describe that entire month as the most beautiful time of my life spent with my entire family and partner celebrating, eating, laughing and enjoying one another’s company. It is a time I will always hold close to my heart.
However, with only 3 1/2 weeks to prepare an entire wedding, one can only imagine what little practice I got in the kitchen! From my young teenage days, I was always more of a baker than anything else – Pakistani food was never on my to-cook list, and we didn’t cook a lot of Pakistani food at my Mother’s home either. I left my Mother’s house and moved into my own flat with my husband having never cooked a chapatti in my life. And that’s where my culinary journey began.
My husband has played a huge role in my development from a girl who had no interest in household duties into a woman who loves to cook and clean. He has always been a curry-and-chapatti guy and the last thing I wanted to do was trap him into a marriage void of the food he loves! I am forever grateful to him – this man ate my burnt chapattis and choked down my half raw lamb curries when even I refused to eat them! My amazing Mother, my inspirational Father and my Chachis (Father’s brother’s wives) who are no less to me than best friends have also helped me immensely in gaining confidence by giving me little tips here and there, constructively criticising my food in the most loving way possible and always being a phone call away.
My family’s little tips and tricks have really stuck to me and have shaped my cooking style. My husband’s encouragement allowed me to explore this exciting new world that was my very own kitchen and experiment with spices, flavours and ingredients. I am very proud to say that now I can confidently cook delicious meals, Pakistani and non-Pakistani, for ourselves, for friends and for family and I can do so without any hesitation! No more crying phone calls to my Mother asking her what to do if I’ve put way too much chilli in the food or panicked WhatsApp messages to my Chachi‘s asking them how to salvage my burnt curries! Those days are long gone, hurrah!
Cooking is now my stress-relief from the worries of the world, my break-time from studying and one of my most intimate ways of expressing my love to my friends and family. It is my favourite thing in the world to cook an elaborate meal for my loved ones. However, I really struggled to get to this point. It literally took blood (ouch to cutting your clumsy, inexperienced fingers on the knife!), sweat (no vague idea about temperature control in the kitchen) and tears (let’s not even talk about this one!), but alhamdulillah (all praise to God) I am so very happy with how far I’ve come. I don’t want this to happen to other girls in situations like me – hence the creation of this blog! I sincerely hope you find at least one thing on this blog that helps you, improves your cooking or teaches you something new. I mean that. 🙂
Aside from cooking, I am an avid reader and have always been passionate about writing from a very young age. I am a HUGE animal lover (Follow my animal board on Pinterest and you’ll see!) and Cat-Mum to the light of my life, Pillow. I love to exercise – running and resistance training in particular are my forte 🙂 however as the story goes, marriage has helped me gain a couple of unwanted kgs. Stick around for some oil-free, low-calorie and slimmed down versions of South-East Asian classics coming to the blog soon!
I hope you enjoy your time at Fatima Cooks! If you want to contact me directly, pop me an email at email@example.com and I will try my best to promptly get back to you!
I am also active on Instagram, Pinterest and have a Facebook page which you can contact me through if email isn’t your thing. 🙂
My new ebook, ‘The Clueless Pakistani Cook’, is now available to purchase! ‘The Clueless Pakistani Cook’ is a guidebook written for people who want to get started in the kitchen and learn how to cook Pakistani food, but aren’t quite sure where to begin. It includes information about what you should have in the kitchen, spices, cooking a masala, rice, desserts, common Q&As and 5 recipes to get you started! It is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn Pakistani cooking! Click here for more information about ‘The Clueless Pakistani Cook’ and here to purchase it!