Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites – January 2018

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

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.

  1. Recipe – Butter Chicken

I have made this recipe for myself, friends and family, and it’s been a hit every single time. It’s creamy, decadent and super-duper delicious. Definitely on the roster for the weekly menu plan. Click HERE for the recipe.

Butter Chicken or Chicken Makhani is a popular recipe at Indian restaurants made by marinating and grilling boneless chicken pieces, after which they are cooked in a rich tomato and cream based gravy.

  1. Purchase – A 12 month undated planner by Create365

Planners are quite popular these days, especially the free-form bullet journal style, decorated with washi tapes, and requiring multi-colored pens. I decided to jump on the band-wagon and get one this year, and see how it helps me throughout the year. Went the simple route and got an undated 12 month planner from the company ‘Create365’. It’s 11.75 cm x 17.8 cm, and can fit in my purse.

  1. Book – Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

This 14 part book series (yes, 14!) took me a few weeks to read, with last 3 novels being so engrossing that I stayed up all night. It’s a coming of age epic fantasy novel starting off with the main character Rand Al’Thor who is the simple son of a farmer, whose village gets suddenly attacked by monsters in the night, and that’s where the adventure begins.

The story moves from past to present, represented by what is known as the wheel of time, focusing on the battle between good (represented by a hero known as the Dragon) and evil (represented by a villain known as the Dark One). There is also a detailed magical system where an energy source known as the True Source can be used by a few people, with the male version known as saidin and the female version known as saidar. The characters themselves can get a bit frustrating due to their stubbornness and inability to grow up, but the world-building in the book is fantastic.

Do read it if you are a fan of the fantasy genre.

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

  1. Travel – My first snow

Living in Karachi all my life, my idea of winter was turning on the air-conditioner and wearing a shawl when going out. Maybe a sweater if it got really cold. This year around I got a chance to go to the US in the winters, and there I got to experience what the winter season is all about.

My first snowfall and a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

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

  1. Dining Out – The Banana Pudding by Magnolia Bakery

I am not a big fan of banana’s in desserts, which is why I never tried the pudding by Magnolia Bakery, even though it had such rave reviews. Can’t believe what I was missing because this pudding is tastes so good.. There’s a layer of creamy and rich vanilla pudding, with vanilla wafers and sliced banana’s. It’s easy to finish an entire box in just a few minutes. The recipe is available online, and is quite simple provided I can find the wafers that are used in making this scrumptious dessert.

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

Let me know if you tried any of the things I mentioned, and your favorites for the month of January!

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Alizeh
    February 12, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Hey Kiran

    Where can I find the banana pudding recipe by Magnolia bakery ?

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