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A Ramadan meal planner that will help you plan your meals in this holy month. Plus there is a FREE sample menu guideline for sehri/suhoor, iftar and dinner.
Menu Planning/ Party Planning/ Ramazan & Eid/ Weekly Dinner Menu

Ramadan meal planner + FREE sehri and iftar menu

A Ramadan meal planner that will help you plan your meals in this holy month. Plus there is a FREE sample menu guideline for sehri/suhoor, iftar and dinner. Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar, and every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast by abstaining from food & drink from sunrise (Suhoor/sehri) to sunset (Iftar). Not only do Muslims have to fast, but they also have to stay…

Australia/ Sydney/ The Expat Life/ Travel Diaries

First thoughts about Sydney

A lot of you have asked me about life in Australia, and I just thought I would post a quick update of how things are going on here, and my first thoughts about Sydney.  It feels like so much time has passed, but it’s only been a month in Sydney. I am loving the laidback vibe of the city, friendly people, and the greenery. The plants just gleam, especially after there’s been a rainfall. Of course, all this vegetation means…

Make menu planning for a Desi dawat oh so simple with factors to consider when planning a menu, a menu guideline and a sample menu.
Cooking Tips/ Party Planning

Menu Planning for a Desi Dawat and Sample Party Menu

Menu Planning for a Desi dawat or party can be SO tough! Not to worry. This blog post addresses factors to consider when deciding what recipes to make, a menu guideline and a sample menu. We Pakistani’s love to eat, and hosting a dawat or party for friends and family is one of the things that we love to do! But with so many factors to consider, deciding on what to include in the dawat menu can be tough. I…

Monthly Favorites January 2018. A quick recap of my favorite recipes, travel stories, food reviews, books to read and purchases for this month.
Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites – January 2018

A quick recap of my favorite things for the month of January 2018. My favorite recipes, travel stories, food reviews, books to read and purchases. Just 30 days before, the new year had started and in no time at all, the first month of the new year has ended. Time just flew by. But let’s do a quick recap and share some things that I really enjoyed in the month of January. Recipe – Butter Chicken I have made this…

Food/ Healthy Eating/ International Recipes/ Lifestyle/ Recipes

Project Superfood with No Leftovers and a Recipe for a Lifestyle Change

Kick-off to Project Superfood in collaboration with No Leftovers, and featuring a simple and delicious recipe for brown rice and stir-fried vegetables. It’s important to know what we are eating on a daily basis. Not just to check calories, but to look at the nutritional aspect of the food that we are eating. Is our diet balanced or are we eating too much fat, protein, sugar? Are we eating something that can adversely affect our health? Is the food that…

Lifestyle/ Sunday Rambles

The problems with Desi small talk

As a brown girl living in Pakistan, who didn’t get married till the age of 30, I have been subjected to a lot of ‘Desi small talk’ aka extremely personal questions from the most random people around me. Mostly female, but not necessarily aunties. Questions about my salary, about my weight, about my hijab and of course when I would get married and start producing babies. When we meet people abroad, small talk revolves around the weather, hobbies, what the…

Party food ideas on a budget. Idea number 2 is the evergreen one dish party where everyone makes one dish and brings it to the hosts house where it is served and enjoyed by everyone.
Lifestyle/ Party Planning

Party Food Ideas on a Budget

Hosting a dawat can be expensive, and that is why I have come up with party food ideas on a budget. Serve delicious food, and enjoy the company of your loved ones without breaking the bank.  It’s always fun when loved ones come over. Good food, lots of laughs, reminiscing about old times, and just catching up on gossip is always enjoyable. But throwing parties regularly can be expensive. Here are some tips that will let you entertain, but in…