I love buying and trying on skin care products, specially masks. But recently, I have been more hooked onto trying masks made at home by natural ingredients. And I think I won’t ever buy masks… More
My husband has never been a big fan of curries. So, it came as a surprise when last week he asked me to accompany him for dinner to Avari for having curry for dinner. Yes, that’s all he told me. Like all men, he’s always tight lipped about where we are going, whats the occasion and who’s going to be there. Men never understand that all of these questions help me decide what to wear so that one is neither under dressed nor overdressed.
Khair, upon arriving at Avari Towers, it became clear that “having curry for dinner” was an understatement. Avari Tower celebrated “Curries of the World” for three consecutive days. To say that there were curries from all over the world won’t be right coz I do not think that they have curries in the European or North and South American countries; however. The selection was huge.
Most curries were from Asian region and I loved tasting all of them. Specially coz I had been trying to control my diet by eating a lot of salads which left me in a sour mood most of the time. And I indulged myself fully at the Curries of the World. I tried and ate almost all of the dishes except for the Pakistani ones.
The food was amazing. Curries tasted really good. There were normal, garlic and butter naans to eat with curries as well as rice. There were curries from different countries, including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.
Butter Chicken was the star of day. The buttery smooth taste was so good. I also loved the Sri Lankan chicken with vegetables. From Pakistani curries, there was beef nihari, beef koftay, mutton karahi, kunna, paye and some daal.
Salads at Avari are my fav part. Some salty, some tangy but all perfect. I am in love with the salads served at Avari buffet. I can eat them as the main course. Yes, they are that good.
Desserts are always good too. This time, there were traditional Pakistani dessert as well as cheesecake kinda ones too. But I stayed away from desserts this time as I have been working hard to lose weight.
It was a good experience. Loved eating such varied tasting food. I am so glad my husband insisted that we go there for the Curries of the World fest.
I don’t like baking. There are too many variables. Only the best of ingredients should be used, recipe should be followed in the right order and oven temperature has to be accurate and in the end and what not.
So, for the last couple of months I have been trying to follow clean diet; eating low carb foods and more proteins. I had this huge craving for burgers but the usual store bought bun are a big no-no in the diet plan that I am following so I decided to bake whole wheat buns and guess what, they turned out amazing. I found so many recipes for whole wheat bread and buns online.
I tweaked a few and here I am with my version of the easiest recipe for healthy whole wheat buns.
2 tbsp yeast (The one to be mixed directly to the flour mixture)
1/4 cup sugar (preferably brown)
1/2 tsp Salt
31/4 cup Whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Canola oil
1 cup water
- In a glass bowl add oil and sugar and yeast. Mix using a beater.
- Mix in egg, salt, water and flour to the yeast mixture. You will form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
- Let dough sit for 5 minutes.
- On a very well floured surface knead the dough until smooth. Continue to add flour as necessary to avoid the dough from sticking to your hands or the surface (you may feel like it is a lot of flour – I use about 1/2 – 3-4 cup). Knead for about 4-5 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 8-10 buns.
- Place on baking sheet with approximately one and a half inches between buns.
- Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Buns will grow but not double in size. In the meantime, preheat oven to 425°. My oven is really old and does not have temperature adjustment buttons or knob so I keep it on high. It took me 10 minutes for turning these buns golden brown.
- Bake buns for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown.
You can use these buns for burgers and subs. I cut the leftover buns in slices and spread garlic butter on them an baked. These turned out pretty good too.
Try this recipe and let me know how your buns turned out in the comments.
People no longer consider wearing glasses a taboo. Recently, in a discussion with my ophthalmologist Dr. Shahab, he told me that most of the younger generation now prefers to wear glasses. And that is because eye where has evolved into a fashion statement. It has come a long way from being just that, a means to see perfectly. They aren’t just glasses anymore, they are funky, they are cool, and they are the perfect fashion statement to offset any style. Some fashion enthusiasts go as far as to call eye wear as the optical wardrobe. It won’t be an overstatement to say that in a couple of years, we might be witnessing fashion shows just to present the designer “optical wardrobe” to the world.
You will even see people with perfect vision wearing spectacles. And that is no surprise when there are so many different types of eye wears available. Shopping for eye wear can now be really fun.
The retro eye wear is still in. There is no substitute for the classic retro glasses. Thick rims with unique designs and shapes can make anyone look polished. And for women, the cat eye, the retro, the boho and the Greek; so many different styles, shapes and colors are available. From bold to subdued, you can choose any style that suits your personality.
Here are a few styles of recent trends in eye wear:
Avari Towers is my go to place whenever I go out with my family and want to eat something yummy. This time Avari Towers wowed me with their Singaporean Food Festival. And believe me; the Singaporean rice we cook and eat in Karachi could not be more different than the original ones I ate there. The original Singaporean rice resemble to Chinese fried rice both in taste and look.
Singapore is famous for its seafood. And that is what we found at Avari. There was crab, lobster, squid, prawns and fish. It is common misconception that the Singaporean food is bland but it isn’t. Most of the authentic dishes served at avari Towers were spicy.
I loved the food. Especially the Pepper Beef with Oyster Sauce was finger licking good. It was so good, the beef perfectly cooked with black pepper and oyster sauce dominating this dish. It tasted amazing. And I absolutely loved the fried banana with caramel toffee in dessert. It tasted so good.
Check out my pictures from Avari Towers to see what other dishes were served for the Singaporean Food Fest.
Being a mother, everything related to children interests me. Recently, I watched an ad and I totally loved it. It was Blue Band’s ad. It is a very thoughtful and beautiful ad. Lately brands have been coming forward with TVCs and ads which are true to our core values and give a good message. Advertising industry has taken a turn for better. Brands are coming up with ads which are thoughtful and meaningful. They incline more towards giving a positive message to the audiences.
The ad shows a kid buttoning up his shirt and playing around the house using only one hand while he is holding his other hand behind his back. His mom, while going about her chores look at home, observing him and she looks worried. Her expressions show confusion and worry both.
The kid goes out to play with his friends and then his mom sees that all the friends of his kid have their one hand behind their backs, and then enters a kid with empty sleeve where his one hand is supposed to be and then the confusion clears away. The kid and his friends are using only one arm to be on equal level with their physically challenged friend.
I especially liked the tagline used for this ad:
‘Jab Blue Band khayal rakhay in ki sehat ka, tou aap khayal rakh sakti hain in ki tarbiyat ka’
Good concept with beautiful Message
The message of this ad is simple for everyone to see. Blue band is there to take care of health needs of kids but it’s the parents who need to take care of their character building and teach them compassion and human values. Its parent’s responsibility to teach their kids to be supportive to others and help them in any way they can. And this is what that kid is doing in this ad. He is being supportive without showing pity.
Trying out new recipes and creating new dishes is my passion. I love cooking. This combined with my love for food has led me to hundreds of websites, to so many cooking classes that I have lost count. But recently my interest had been waning a bit. With a very active toddler tow, I hardly get any time for anything outside my normal routine. This week I was invited to Avari Towers for a cooking class with their head chef and what an experience it had been.
It reminded me of my long lost passion which had taken a back seat due to motherhood. I came back from Avari Towers with my interest in cooking renewed. Dusted off my recipes and decided not to let myself go, just coz I am a mother now.
The weather was beautiful when I went for the cooking class at Avari Towers Rooftop. And the view from the rooftop was breathtaking. Karachi for miles and miles and that too after 2 days rain. It was indeed a rare occurrence. It looked as if the city has washed away all its grit.
The chef shared 2 recipes; one for Tal Mal Grilled Prawns and the other for Grilled Australian Chops. Recipes were simple and I loved the taste of both dishes. The grilled chops tasted so so so good. And the prawns were too good.
Recipe of Tal Mal Prawns
Recipe of Grilled Australian Chops
The chefs made the recipes seem so simple. I loved the cooking class and will definitely try both dishes at my family BBQ soon.
Frustration, stress and anxiety are increasing in our society. People are dissatisfied with the kind of lives they are living. And yet most are unable to do much about it. In such a depressed society, there is need for restoring good humor, cheer and levity. Question is what we can do to dispel people of this grey cloud hovering over them. McDonald’s recent campaign has beautifully answered this question. #SpreadingSmiles is the McDonald’s message for people.
And what a great idea it is. If we just aim for spreading smiles in our own way, we might make a lot of people around us happy. Check this video and see how people are Spreading Smiles:
It is not necessary to show big gestures, something as simple as a cup of tea after a tiring day can spread smiles. Especially during this holy month of Ramadan, when every good deed will be rewarded by 70 times more, we all should try to take up habits which help people around us. Small deeds, small gestures and a few kind words can make someone’s day better. People find happiness in mundane everyday things like a cup of tea, a glass of lassi in the scorching heat, or by giving balloons to kids.
Mcdonalds campaign Spreading Smiles has been very well received on social media. Here is how twitteratis reacted to this campaign:
McDonald’s has always been a happy place to be. From my childhood to my son’s childhood, McDonald’s happy meal with its toy has such an appeal. My son loves McDonald’s food, specially their happy meal. I specially loved visiting McDonald’s at airport as a kid.
Check this video to see how McDonald’s is spreading smiles:
McDonalds has started a contest to tweet a smiling selfie with hashtag #SpreadingSmiles to get a chance to win. I have tweeted several smiling selfies. Have you?