Tuesday, 31 May 2016

May 2016: Food + Favourites!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


it's been a super busy May this year. let's jump right in!

Food: a bubbling pot of chicken karahi.

citrus smoothie bowl + strawberries + berry granola.

chicken samosas + ketchup + green yoghurt chutney.

dark chocolate chip coconut pancakes + maple syrup + strawberries + sprinkles.

chicken samosas + chips + ketchup + green yoghurt chutney.

tiramisu brownies! still working on this recipe and will share when ready, Insha Allah.

chicken karahi + buttered roti + mint coriander chutney.

veggie pizza.

breakfast tacos!
french pea soup + creole baked tortilla chips.

baked sumac chicken + roasted sweet potatoes and carrots + peas with spring onions.
chicken parmentier - my favourite new way of using up cooked chicken.
chicken samosas + chips + potato croquettes + fish fingers + ketchup + yoghurt.
breakfast tacos! we are obsessed!
homemade iced coffee. so good but too much of it gave me a sore throat.
one-pot tomato spaghetti.
chicken, potato and carrot pakoras.
tres leches cake!

kat-a-kat chicken.
saag + buttered roti.
keema pie + all the summery things.

my favourite of which was this sweet, cold watermelon.
potato pakoras.
crispy onion bhajis.
lamb seekh kebabs + tomato herb flatbread + cherry tomatoes + sour cream chive dip + caramelized onion hummus.
sugar belgian waffle + coffee. this waffle was everything.
bubblegum ice lolly.
basil feta chicken flatbreads.
more breakfast tacos!
this time, for lunch. with mango + apple + orange.
pea + potato + onion pakoras.
buffalo mozzarella + basil + cherry tomato pizza.
Japanese green pea rice snack + apple.
jerk night! baked jerk chicken + rice and peas + roasted peppers, onion and corn.
battered fish burgers + baked fries. ridiculously good.
spicy roast chicken + mashed potatoes + peas.
veggie chicken rice salad + chopped salad.
hot dogs with peppers and onions + caramelized onion and balsamic vinegar crisps.


spicy french toast.
chicken curry + chicken pulao + chopped salad + minty yoghurt.
tomato pepper nachos + onion garlic dip + lime.


stuffed peppers and tomatoes with herb rice.

orange thyme spiced baked chicken wings + ginger garlic baked sweet potato fries + date orange salad.
my veggie take on a Moroccan harira soup + lemon.

Favourites: the pink-iest sunrise to start May.

a rainy bank holiday Monday driving up to the hills.
we drove past streams until we finally came to a reservoir.

the weather was absolutely terrible up there - heavy rain and a really strong wind. but the view made up for everything!
back home to cook a French pea soup.
and, to make a batch of brownies.
nothing can compare to the smell of melted chocolate, brown sugar and butter.
a samosa production line!
a batch of chicken samosas ready to fry!
Pakistani sweet treats.
making tiramisu brownies.
still tweaking the recipe to get it blog-perfect.
the best platter!
still chasing sunrises.
jerk chicken night!
the most peaceful time of the day. verse 17 of surah Ar-Rahman says:
(He is) the Lord of the two sunrises and Lord of the two sunsets.
cooling off with an ice lolly.
whilst making pancakes.
the best bite!
been loving salt and vinegar this month!
homemade tortillas.
and cheesy eggs.
made the best breakfast tacos!
ready for a day of ...
... blossom chasing!
yes. candy floss.
a house for birds.
this stuff was so good.
the prettiest tulips.
the red ones are always my favourite.
working with peanut butter and chocolate.
to make peanut butter + chocolate stuffed flapjacks.
roasted purple onions on my mash.

making spaghetti.

with plenty of pretty purple onion.

one-pot tomato spaghetti.
snapchatting (muslimgirlbakes) about my new favourite cake batter.
which, when turned into my new favourite cake, was not safe in this house.
so I made it again!

soaked and ready for a night in the fridge.
um, so apparantly you can make tandoori roti under a grill. 
new favourite cake all ready to be shared.
we were gifted these naan khatai biscuits from Pakistan and you guys, they are so good. they're filled with roasted, whole almonds. the best with a cold coffee.
pie making!
a keema pie!
with my favourite drink on ice.
making our house garam masala.
marinading chicken in all the summer things!
tomato herb flatbread from Aldi. so yummy!
trying to get to grips with feta.
and using it in wraps!
using the simplest ingredients ...
... to make my new favourite breakfast.
especially when finished with chilli garlic sauce.
a rainy Saturday spent whisking batters.
frying fish.
toasting buns.
and making burgers! you guys are going to love this recipe!
such a lovely gift.
a box full of the softest, sweetest Medjool dates. buy yours here!
we're obsessed!
with this game! a shame that I'm so rubbish at it.
a beautiful Monday walk.
Go outside. Don't tell anyone and don't bring your phone. 
Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see.
We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice.
Don't try to get anything out of it, because you won't.
Don't try to make use of it, because you can't.
And that's the point.
Just walk, see, sit down if you like.
And be. Just be whatever you are with whatever you have, and realize that that is enough to be happy.
There's a whole world out there, right outside your window. You'd be a fool to miss it.
{Charlotte Eriksson - taken from one of my favourite Instagram accounts}
such pretty flowers at the garden centre.
even better, that they were fake!
time for the real ones!
cacti.
herbs!
and, all the real flowers!
completely lost in the jam and chutney section!
more pretty cacti.
which one should I buy?



or should I buy a fish?
snapchatting again! follow me at muslimgirlbakes.
nothing like a gentle fold.
yep! sometimes I use cake mixes!
forever drowning cakes.
 the best bite.
putting leftovers to good use.
for this! gluten-free chocolate cake + vanilla whipped cream + chocolate spread + strawberries.
 making nachos with everything from the fridge.
the best hamper from these guys!
bank holiday baking!
 I made my current favourite cookie!

I hope your May has been just as tasty and colourful as mine. Let's look forward to June now and Ramadan!

Keep me in your duas please,

Wasalaam!