Round-up Of My Month – April 2015

Assalamu Alaikum! (May peace be upon you)

Here’s a quick roundup of some things that caught my eye this month, in words and pictures, including what I’ve been reading this month and some recipes on my to-do list for May!

I love this – first time I read this, it really opened my eyes!

 

My current knitting
Currently crocheting this. Not too sure what I’m making with this, to be very honest. If anyone has any ideas, please leave me a comment!
Knitting and a cat
Knitting and crocheting with my favourite boy, Pillow, is my second favourite thing to do! (Cooking with my favourite boy for my husband is my most favourite, if anyone is curious)
Pillow the kitty
Another shot of Pillow – isn’t he adorable!? Yes – I’m one of those people who is obsessed with their pets!
Yum!
Yum! I was having a mad craving for prawn pilau and what’s funny is that I’ve never even had prawn pilau! I set out to make it and I was very pleased with the results. Will post the recipe for this after testing out a few tweaks!
Fish Pakoras made with cod
These fish pakoras are so quick to make but just so good! The batter is made from 1 cup gram flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/4 tsp garam masala with enough water to form a runny batter. I used chunks of cod fillet for this – goes perfectly with rice!
Read this month - A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
Read this month – A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

I am a huge lover of animals and I have a particularly soft spot for cats. I had vaguely heard about this story on the news so when I caught it for 50p at my local charity shop, I brought it home with me. It was a true-life story about how a recovering drug-addict found a stray and injured cat outside his flat and took him in and how they both transformed each other’s lives together. It was a truly heart-touching book. I don’t know if this is because I feel like my pet cat, Pillow, also helped bring me home from a tough time I was going through, but I really empathized with Bowen. Definitely a good read to pick up. Finished it from cover to cover in one day – I was desperate to know if there was a happy ending!

Next book on my reading list: And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

On my to-cook list this month!

Chicken Liver and Onions Punjabi Style – Teaspoon of Turmaric – I’ve been wanting to cook liver for months now but my husband who works in the meat industry says he isn’t happy with the quality of liver that’s being sold lately, so he’ll bring some home when the quality improves. This recipe will definitely be the one I’ll be trying though! A nice and simple recipe that won’t be intimidating for a first-time-liver-cooker like myself 🙂

Maygu Sabzi – Herbed Shrimp with Saffron Butter in the Persian Manner – Spice Spoon – Anyone who tells me that this dish doesn’t look amazing… I don’t think we can be friends. I love shrimp and I LOVE butter – this one is a winner! Plus it’s a very simple and quick recipe so I’ll be saving this for a busy day. I think this would go divine with some freshly baked bread.

Coconut Ice – This Muslim Girl Bakes – This is a recipe from one of my favourite bloggers who I’ve been following for a long time now. I am a HUGE fan of all things easy, quick, no bake and coconutty, and this one ticks all the boxes!

Gulam Jamun – Veg Recipes of India – Much to my surprise, gulab jamuns are a lot easier to make than I had thought. Can’t wait to try this one out! Who doesn’t love gulab jamuns?

…And finally, a round-up of all the recipes posted this month

Kobi Di Sambharo – Gujerati Cabbage Stirfry
Bhunna Gosht Masala - Lamb Curry
Bhunna Gosht Masala – Lamb Curry
Pakistani Chicken Pilau
Pakistani Chicken Pilau
The Easiest Chicken Broth Ever
The Easiest Chicken Broth Ever
Aalo ki Tikkiyan - Spicy Potato Cutlets
Aalo ki Tikkiyan – Spicy Potato Cutlets
Aaloo Gajar Methi - Potato, Carrot and Fenugreek Vegetable Curry
Aaloo Gajar Methi – Potato, Carrot and Fenugreek Vegetable Curry
Karahi Keema - my most popular recipe so far!
Karahi Keema – my most popular recipe so far!
Pomegranate, Mint & Spinach Salad
Pomegranate, Mint & Spinach Salad
Fish Keema
Fish Keema

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Salam! (Peace)

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