Round-Up Of My Month – May 2015

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Hello and Salam (peace) to you all! Here’s a round-up of my month including what I’ve been up to this month, what I’ve been experimenting with in the kitchen and some links from around the web that caught my eye!

First and foremost, perhaps the most exciting thing that has happened to me this month is that I was interviewed by the ever so sweet and lovely Quratul-Ain from Ainy Cooks! This was super duper exciting for me because I have been reading Ainy’s blog since before I started blogging myself! It was a real honour to be contacted by Ainy and to speak to her. Check out my interview, as well as the rest of Ainy’s extensive recipe blog, HERE!

Here’s what’s been going on in the Fatima Cooks kitchen this month:

Me and my husband love the Kabuli Pilau from this restaurant in Forest Gate. So I tried my hand at recreating it this month. Whilst it wasn’t a 100% authentic Afghan version, I must say it tasted pretty good! The rice in an authentic Kabuli Pilau is cooked differently to the rice in the Pakistani version. I, however, cooked the rice the way I did for my Chicken Pilau. Maybe next time I’ll man up and try the Kabuli way!

Served with raita and a 'kachumbar' salad on a might bright spread!
Served with raita and a ‘kachumbar’ salad on a might bright spread!

A trip to Central London showed me the freshest, juiciest looking fruit and vegetables I’ve seen in a while! Plus I saw the biggest aubergines ever! Pictures do not do it justice. Wish I could have taken them all home to my kitchen!

Fruit and Veg at Edgeware Road

Fruit and Veg at Edgeware Road

The things I could cook with these!
The things I could cook with these!

New finds – shawarma spice mix from a shop in Edgeware Road and cardamom essence which will come in handy for desserts!

Shawarma spice mix and cardamom essence

I had a huge tea-party  (doesn’t that sound so posh!) at my home where I invited my entire extended family. It was super duper fun – I spent the entire day in the kitchen making and baking treats including Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot pudding), Gulab Jamun, Besan Ke Ladoo (sweet gram flour balls) and a coffee and walnut cake! Few things in life satisfy me more than making a fuss over food for my loved ones! Everything tasted great, but the Besan Ke Ladoo really took the prize! The Gajar ka Halwa was also packed and taken home by some!

I tried the recipe from Veg Recipes of India, as I had said I would from April's Round-up.  My Gulab Jamuns turned out hard and didn't absorb the sugar - I don't know whether this was a mistake on my part or an issue with the recipe, but I will try again!
I tried the recipe from Veg Recipes of India, as I had said I would from April’s Round-up. My Gulab Jamuns turned out hard and didn’t absorb the sugar – I don’t know whether this was a mistake on my part or an issue with the recipe, but I will try again!
I posted this messy snap on Instagram of what my little tea-party ended up looking like!
I posted this messy snap on Instagram of what my little tea-party ended up looking like!

More tea and dessert with the family.

Desserts galore!
Desserts galore!

Come let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things - illustration by Jen Roffe

When you have a craving, as long as it’s reasonable, listen to it! I had a viciously strong craving for some hot, freshly baked bread one afternoon and it wasn’t something I could/wanted to ignore. I decided to listen to it and bake some! I followed this quick and easy recipe and had me some fresh focaccia and a fragrant kitchen in no time!

Focaccia with Iraqi Cabbage Soup
I had my focaccia with Iraqi Cabbage and Lamb Soup.

 

Some links from around the interwebs that I loved and want to try this June!

Absolutely LOVING this Cheddar and Lamb Brioche from For the Love of Food – lamb is my favourite form of protein and + cheese? Sound’s like heaven on a plate to me! Can’t wait till I have some leftover lamb to use for this.

Though I have been baking since the age of 14, I have never ever been successful at a meringue. Hopefully this meringue from This Muslim Girl Bakes will be different!

Love love love LOVE the idea of combining prawns and aubergine, like done here at e-Curry! I think I will be putting my own spin on this curry soon…

This part-wholewheat pizza dough from Halal Home Cooking sounds like something that deserves a solid place in my cooking rotation! Me and my husband love a good ooey gooey, soft and dough-y pizza, but aren’t we all trying to better our eating? I know I am!

Baklava pull-apart bread. I need this.

I have fallen in love (Please don’t tell my husband). With this cake. It is the most beautiful cake I have ever seen, oozing rustic romance and elegance.

And finally, here’s a round-up of all the recipes posted on Fatima Cooks this month!

Prawn Pilau Biryani Rice by Fatima Cooks
Prawn Pilau Biryani
Aloo Keema - Minced Lamb and Potato curry @ fatimacooks.net
Aloo Keema – Minced Lamb & Potato Curry
Palak (Pakistani spinach) recipe @ Fatima Cooks
Palak – Pakistani Curried Spinach
Cardamom Rice Pudding - Kheer @ fatimacooks.net
Kheer – Cardamom Rice Pudding
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry @ fatimacooks.net
Cheat’s Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Gajar ka Halwa - a carrot dessert by Fatima Cooks
Gajar (Carrot) Ka Halwa
Besan ke Laddo (sweet gram flour balls) - a Pakistani/Indian dessert recipe by fatimacooks.net
Besan Ke Ladoo – Sweet Gram Flour Balls
Iraqi Cabbage and Lamb Stew/Soup -Easy, simple and healthy - recipe at fatimacooks.net
Iraqi Cabbage & Lamb Soup
Bhuna Chicken Curry - Recipe @ fatimacooks.net
Bhuna Chicken Masala – Spicy Seared Chicken Curry

 

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Hope you all have a fantastic month!

With love,

Fatima.x

2 thoughts on “Round-Up Of My Month – May 2015

  1. As-Salaamu Alaykum Fatima,
    I enjoyed reading your post, seeing all that fresh produce + your delicious recipes.
    Jazaaki Allahu Khayran for linking to my blog.

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