Happy Friday!

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall and I for one couldn’t be happier.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone has a lovely, chilly weekend and a spook-tacular Friday the 13th 👻.

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Eid!

After a month of endless fasting, mindful praying, excessive cooking, never ending exhaustion and the testing of the boundaries of human patience, Ramadan is finally over and Eid is here! 

Happy Eid to everyone who is celebrating!

eid-mubarak

Ramadan: It’s that Time of Year Again!

So it’s 3am and I’m sitting here trying to will myself to get up and start dicing onions and tomatoes in preparation of making omelettes and let’s just say my willpower isn’t all that strong right now. No, I have not lost my mind or forgotten how clocks work, I am preparing to cook before the sun rises because it is officially that time of year again: Ramadan, the month of fasting, has arrived. 

Should I be worried that it’s only the first day of Ramadan and I’m already dreading the making-breakfast-in-the-middle-of-the-night aspect of it? 

Something tells me this is going to be a long and interesting month…

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To everyone who is observing the month of fasting, Ramadan Mubarak and happy fasting! Here’s to making it through the month with our patience and sanity intact!

A Theory on a Sunday

I have a theory and it goes something like this: the minute you decide that you need to lose weight/start eating healthier, the more sumptuous but definitely unhealthy food gets thrown your way. 

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Don’t you just hate how that happens?

Yummy Chicken Philly Cheesesteak

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It’s been a while since I posted a recipe on the blog, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped experimenting with food! I am a foodie at heart (hence my complete failure at sticking to any diet that forbids certain foods) and a foodie is always on the lookout for new recipes!

With the snowy winter months upon us, it’s the perfect time for warm comfort foods, and this yummy cheesy recipe is no exception, and easy to boot! 🙂

Chicken Philly Cheesesteak

What you need:

  •  1 chicken breast cut into small, thin pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 1 small can sliced mushrooms
  • Sprinkle of red chilli flakes (optional)
  • 5-8 slices american cheese
  • Butter to fry
  • Hoagie buns
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • Iceberg lettuce

Method:

  • Slice up the chicken into small thin pieces, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, mix well and set aside for 10-15 minutes

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  • Chop up your veggies! You can use whatever you like in the way of veggies, the husband and I are big fans of mushrooms and jalapeños so thats what I used. You can use bell peppers too and it comes out really nice 🙂
  • Heat a skillet over a medium flame and add about a teaspoon of butter. Fry your veggies till soft (you can add more butter if you want to as well)

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  • Remove the veggies from the skillet, set aside.

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  • In the same skillet, add more butter and put in the chicken. I like to add a sprinkle of red crushed peppers at this stage but that is entirely optional.

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  • Stir fry till chicken is cooked through. My secret to soft succulent chicken every time is to cover it while cooking. That keeps the meat from drying out.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add the veggies back to the skillet and mix well

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  • Cover the mixture with cheese slices, you can use as many or as few slices as you want here

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  • Turn the heat to the lowest setting and cover to allow the cheese to melt

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  • And you’re done!

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  • Now all you have to do is compile the sandwich: put a dash of mayonnaise in the bun, add lettuce than spoon on the chicken mixture

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  • Enjoy your yummy Philly Cheesesteak and thank me later 😉

Eye Spy 

I spy with my little eye… 

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… a meal fit for a queen!

I think that by the time my visit home is over, I’ll be one spoiled little girl (not to mention the size of a house what with all the lovely food).
In response to the Weekly Photography Challenge.

9 Ways You Know You’re Back in Pakistan 

Yes dear readers, I am finally here. After weeks of preparation, stress, planning and a long flight, the family and I have finally begun our month long vacation in the colorful and unpredictable country that is Pakistan.

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So while I attempt to regain my bearings (and maybe sleep off this awful jet lag), here’s a little something to give you an idea of what life is like in the country of my birth. 

You know you’re in Pakistan when:

1) You visit someone’s house and are not allowed to leave till you’ve consumed at least 2 platefuls of sumptuous food and a cup of pipping hot tea.

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2) You pick up the hair dryer only to realize there is no electricity because it’s 8:01am and scheduled power outages are nothing if not prompt on when the power goes out (but not so prompt on when it comes back on).

3) You fall back into old routines of filling a bucket of water before taking a bath just in case the water runs out while you’re standing there with soap in your eye.

4) Getting warning texts from family and friends to avoid a certain area of the city because there has been a blast (or the threat of a blast) becomes ‘normal’ again.

5) You get looked at funny when you insist your toddler sit in a car seat instead of your lap when in the car (yes, car seat, even for newborns, are not a thing in Pakistan).

 

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pictured: normal
 
(Image courtesy of Huffington Post)

6) You get used to the concept of a small army of domestic help in and around your house at all times, including (but not limited to) a cook, a driver, a cleaning lady, a maid-of-all-works, a security guard and a gardener. (No I’m not super rich, having domestic help is the norm in Pakistan)

7) There is dust everywhere, all the time.

8) Seeing a horse drawn cart pull up next to you at a red light in the poshest area of town is nothing out of the ordinary.

9) You have to get reacquainted with the idea that getting new clothes isn’t as simple as going out and buying some, no sir. You have to go out and buy fabric, maybe get some fancy buttons or ribbons or get another piece of cloth dyed for the matching pants, than go to your tailor and get clothes stitched (although ‘ready-to-wear’ stuff has become more common now than before). I hear my old tailor is still in business. I wonder if he’s still as good at pants as he used to be…