Introvert, gym rat, book lover and avid baker. With this blog I hope to share with you personal anecdotes, life experiences, my love for baking and fitness – (fitness because of the incessant need to bake and eat), and hope for the blog to emerge as a melting pot of some interesting reading!
For the longest time, I was hesitant to share my struggles with anxiety and skeptical of opening up to even my closest friends. I was terrified that disclosing this would affect the nature of our relationship and change the dynamics of our friendship. At that time I felt my whole life was revolving around managing my anxiety and I did not want to be defined by it. But once I shared my struggles I was surprisingly relieved and felt a weight had lifted off my shoulders. These friends stood by me and supported me through the most difficult time of my life. My life is better because of you. I am so grateful to each and every one of you. This one is for you!
When I think of chicken wings I think of hot and spicy drenched in some ifery buffalo sauce. Add a side of ranch and that is my ideal way to have them. However recently I have been experimenting with some different flavors and came across a recipe that makes sweet, sticky and tangy chicken wings. I’ve modified it slightly to suit our taste palette. They are perfect to have for a summer barbeque alongside some grilled pineapples
It is a truth, universally acknowledged that raising teenagers is far from easy. Add to that a global pandemic, schools closed, afterschool activities cancelled, vacations postponed, no hanging out at malls and it starts to look even more bleak.
It would be safe to assume, it is equally frustrating for both parents and teens during these times. Under normal circumstances, I know I need a break from my teens every now and then, as do they. But now our days are spent diffusing tension between family members. (Fun Fact: It’s usually my husband diffusing the tension, and I’m the one creating it).
This tomato & ricotta tart is a light but flavorful dish. It gets the tartness from the tomatoes and the dollops of ricotta add just the slightest sweetness. The drizzle of a good pesto and some parmesan really gives every bite that extra punch. One of the best features about the recipe today is how versatile it is! You can substitute any of the ingredients or add veggies and flavors of your choice!
This irresistible chocolate tart is made with a combination of bittersweet and semi sweet chocolate to create a perfectly balanced decadent tart. The ganache is then poured onto an Oreo cookie crust which adds the perfect crunch and sweetness. Serve with berries or a dollop of whipped cream.
I finally hit the very coveted 10K in my Instagram journey a week ago. It did not come easy. Most content creators reach this milestone in about a year or lesson average, and for some it might stretch to two. You know how long it took me? Exactly 4 long grueling years! There were many things that I probably didn’t execute well, and along this very long journey there were many lessons learned.
It is fair to say, that I doubt anyone wants to know what I did to get here. I mean it did take 4 years, so obviously I wasn’t doing something right! So I figured, let me share what ‘not’ to do on Instagram. So here it is, in no particular order, things you should not do if you are wanting to hit your first milestone on Instagram.
Shehar Bano Rizvi is the author of the internationally renowned cookbook ‘Virsa’ that has caught everyone’s attention! This book has taken taken the culinary world by storm and is nominated in multiple categories at the very prestigious Gourmand Awards.
Shehar Bano is the voice behind the well known blog ‘Diary of a PMP Mom’, which is a lifestyle blog and she writes about life, home improvement projects, recipes and many other aspects of Pakistani expat living in Doha. Along side she runs a successful photography business as well. A lady of many talents I must say!
I wanted to chat with Shehar Bano about her cookbook, and ask her a few questions for this author spotlight. I am excited to share what she has to say! A heartfelt thank you to Shehar Bano for taking the time and sharing her responses with my readers. If you would like to read my book review of Virsa, please click here.
When Shehar Bano came over to my house for the very first time about seven years ago, she brought me two cookbooks. One of the books was ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and the other was a recipe book for ‘Sweets & Hard Candy‘. I instantly thought that was such a lovely and personable hostess present, as she knew I was fond of cooking. However, little did I know a few years later I would be holding Shehar Bano’s very own authored cookbook in my hands!
Set in the 1950’s in Jaipur, The Henna Artist, follows the story of 18 year old Lakshmi who has escaped an abusive marriage, left her village and parents to start an independent life for herself. With time, she becomes the most sought after henna artist and confidante to the city’s most notable and wealthy families. Alongside her talent for applying beautiful henna designs, Lakshmi provides herbal remedies as well. As she moves in these circles, she must be careful with keeping their secrets safe and protecting her own reputation. She is stunned one day, when her husband has tracked her down after many years and shows up with a young girl, Radha- Lakshmi’s sister, who she has never met.
The Family Tree is Sairish Hussain‘s debut novel that follows the life of a British Pakistani family settled in Bradford, UK. The story begins when Amjad’s wife Neelam dies during childbirth leaving Amjad to care for his 10 year old son Saahil and his newborn Zahra. In his home, he is supported by his mother, Ammi, who is a caring and nurturing grandmother to the children. Amjad’s very close friends Harun and his wife Meana are just the support system Amjad needs and their son Ehsaan becomes like a brother to Saahil.
A few years later Saahil and his best friend Ehsaan are celebrating the end of university, filled with hopes and dreams, when an incident changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Zahra has grown up to be someone who wants to voice her political opinions, and raise her concerns against injustice and pursue her dreams and aspirations.