Mediterranean Tapas at Avari Towers – A Visual Delight

Tapas are the tiny, quick beat Spanish dishes. And I have never seen food more beautiful than what was served at Mediterranean Tapas at Avari Towers Karachi. Appetizers, Savory dishes and desserts, everything looked so good that I didn’t want to eat anything lest it disturbs the way it all looked.

Believe me when I tell you that the food tasted better than the pictures. The appetizers were light and on point. Savory dishes distinctive and yummy. And what to say about the desserts; richness in every bite. I won’t go on and on about the food and let the pictures tempt you.

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Savory Dishes

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6 Pizza Appetizer Ideas

Who doesn’t love pizza? I love pizza and have tried various different recipes and variations. Pizza bites can make excellent appetizers and since everyone loves pizza, they are usually very popular.

Here are 5 quick bites pizza appetizers that you can make for any party. I assure you every one will love them. And be sure to make a lot of them, as they I can tell you from experience that you will run out of them super quick.

Today, I am sharing my ideas for pizza appetizers only, will come to recipes later. You can choose any topping you like. I love pepperoni and cheese pizza, so sharing appetizers with these ingredients. You can add topping that you like or experiment, what ever works for you.

Garlic Bread Pizzas

Pizza Cupcakes

(Using samosa patti)

Deep Dish Mini Pizzas

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Pizza Waffles

Pizza Roll Ups

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Pizza Braided Bread

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Easiest Recipe for Whole Wheat Buns

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.

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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.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Egg
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

RECIPE:

  1. In a glass bowl add oil and sugar and yeast. Mix using a beater.
  2. Mix in egg, salt, water and flour to the yeast mixture. You will form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
  3. Let dough sit for 5 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. Divide the dough into 8-10 buns.
  6. Place on baking sheet with approximately one and a half inches between buns.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

 

 

Curries of the World – A WonderFood Experience

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.

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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.

Singapore Food Festival

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Secret Recipes of Head Chef of Avari Towers

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.

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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.

McDonald’s Encourages to Keep Spreading Smiles Everywhere

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:

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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:

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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:

https://www.facebook.com/McDonaldsPK/videos/1592153144128660/

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?

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