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Moon Sighting

Let’s start off this post first and foremost with a “Ramadan Mubarak” to all the fellow Muslims. May Allah (SWT) guide us all in the right path, and accept all our prayers, fasts, & good deeds during this blessed month. Ameen. For my non-Muslim friends: the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar so the start …

What’s for Dinner: Olive Oil and Herb Dip

To serve alongside my homemade bread last night, I quickly put together this olive oil and herb dip that is served at several restaurants. I combined garlic powder, [very little amount of] salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, thyme, basil, oregano and parsley flakes. I also mixed in a little olive oil so the herb mixture would stick …

What’s for Dinner: Homemade Bread

You need: 1 cup of [warm] water 1 tablespoon sugar 1 package of instant yeast 3 cups of [all-purpose] flour 1 teaspoon salt Olive oil What I did was: In your mixing bowl, combine the warm water, the sugar, and the yeast. Stir the ingredients together. Then let it sit for around 10 minutes [until …

What’s for Dinner: Garlic Knots

Tonight, I made garlic knots. The semi-homemade way. I say that because instead of making my own pizza dough first, what I used instead was those refrigerated biscuits. Easy to make, delicious, and ready in twenty minutes [prep and baking time included]! Here’s what I used: 1 [16-ounce] can of [refrigerated] buttermilk biscuits 2 tablespoons …

What’s for Dinner: Mini Tacos

Monday night, I made some mini chicken “tacos” using wonton wrappers. This is how I made it: I took ground chicken and seasoned it with black pepper, paprika, garlic powder and paprika. You could, of course, do the same thing with ground meat as well. Over low to medium heat, I cooked the ground chicken in …

Milestone Anniversaries

This past Saturday, we celebrated my aunt and uncle’s silver jubilee [about a month early]. Their anniversary falls in the middle of Ramadan this year, so their kids decided to throw them an early surprise party. My aunt and uncle in Canada will, inshAllah, mark their 25th milestone next month. My parents just celebrated their 30th wedding …

What’s for Dinner: Biryani

So apparently when you are about to marry a [born and raised] Pakistani guy, you start to think that maybe, just maybe, you should also brush up on your Pakistani cooking skills and know how to make the more common Pakistani dishes. As a result, last night’s dinner was chicken biryani. Biryani is probably a staple …