Hello and Salam (Peace)!
I am Fatima, the face behind Fatima Cooks.
I am a 20-something year old girl living in London – I am a wife, a Mum, an ex-Secondary school teacher, an entrepreneur and Fatima Cooks is my portal to the world.
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 the biggest role in developing my love for cooking. 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.
Cooking is now my stress-relief from the worries of the world 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. The creation of this blog stemmed from my desire to help other people who want to cook but need some guidance in the same way I needed guidance too when I was a 20-year old clueless Pakistani cook.
I hope you enjoy your time at Fatima Cooks! If you want to contact me directly, pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try my best to promptly get back to you!