Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mango Milkshake


Mango milkshake is an extremely popular drink in the summertime in India-Pakistan (and almost everywhere else in the country). What makes it festive are the bright colors, cooling effect on hot days, and delicious flavors. Of course, the fact is that most family members and guests always love the sweet surprise of a mango milkshake, as a snack, appetizer, or even dessert.

Masala Milk


This week, Rubina, Mehwish, and I are sharing traditional, festive recipes to celebrate the Muslim holiday Eid. To start off the Eid menu, I'm sharing a recipe for masala milk powder. Masala doodh or milk is a sweetened milk drink flavored with nuts and spices. A masala is a spice blend and today, we'll be adding nuts to it to make a powder that can be mixed with milk.

Eid Celebration and Menu Swap 2014


A couple months ago, I blogged about Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr, a month of fasting followed by a huge festival celebrated by Muslims. Well today, I'm going to be blogging about Eid ul-Adha, the second festival Muslims celebrate.

This celebration, also called the Festival of the Sacrifice, is celebrated to honor the willingness of our prophets to sacrifice for God. In this month of the lunar calendar, Muslims from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the Holy Kabbah in Mecca called Hajj. The end of this pilgrimage marks the day of Eid, on which families distribute meat to the needy, friends, and family. Of course, the coming of this holiday also means dressing well, partying, and eating even better. 

This Eid ul-Adha 2014, I've teamed up with my bff and blogger buddy, Rubina at All Floured Up, and my talented sister, Mehwish at My Slice of Pizza, to bring to you a unique menu from all around the world. 

So get ready for a week full of great traditional recipes and menu inspiration that will put anyone into the Eid spirit!

Eid ul-Adha Menu

Drinks

Masala Milk

Mango Milkshake

Appetizers

Chicken Cutlets

Main

Chicken Biryani and Cilantro Raita

Beef Shawarma

Dessert

Pistachio Cardamom Cake with Rosewater Frosting

Baklava Cheesecake

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Hummingbird Cake


Did you guys know that hummingbirds eat up to 1/2 their weight in sugar every day? And that their hearts beat at 1,200 beats per minute? That's just crazy.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun seasoning is a simple spice blend that you can find easily in grocery stores. Though all cajun spice blends are unique, most include garlic, onion, oregano, salt, black pepper, mustard, and celery. For those of my readers who can't live without this spice blend, believe it or not, this recipe was actually my first time using it. And I have to say, I loved it. 

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