About An Introverted blogger

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!

Chicken Karahi

You will probably come across many recipes for Chicken Karahi these days since over the years everyone has come out with their own adaptations. The one I am sharing with you today is one I learned from my mother’s friend. I was a teenager, and we were hanging out at her place, and my mom’s friend said she will cook up some chicken karahi for lunch. I went in to help her and while she making it, she shared some of her tips and tricks. They have stuck with me all these years.

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Shakshouka

Great for breakfast or brunch, this rich tomato-based egg dish is sure to take your senses to another level. Eggs are poached in a hearty tomato mixture with a hint of sweetness from bell peppers and a smoky flavor from some cumin. You can customize it any way you like. Some folks like to add feta or sausages to their shakshouka or even top it off with some sour cream and avocado. I kept mine simple for this with just some parsley and spring onions on top. The best part is that it is essentially a one-pan meal!

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Normal People by Sally Rooney : The Rawness of Troubled Young Love

When I first read ‘Normal People’, I did not immediately fall in love with Rooney’s writing. The hype surrounding the book was immense and as much as this story left me feeling incomplete, watching its TV adaptation, made it come full circle. It made me fall in love with the story and its characters. In fact, so much so, I ended up reading parts of the book again to experience it with a renewed perspective. It is only then, that I truly understood how beautifully Rooney has captured the tenderness and torture of first love between the words of her pages. She has skillfully woven themes of social class, intimacy, and insecurity into this best-selling book.

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To My Friends Who Stood By Me As I Struggled With Anxiety

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!

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Hawaiian Chicken Wings

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

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Parenting Teens in the times of Covid

Hirshhorn Museum. Washington DC

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).

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Tomato & Ricotta Tart


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!

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Ten Things ‘Not To Do’ to get to 10K on Instagram

I sat here contemplating my Instagram journey. This is the Sharq Village in Doha, Qatar


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 less on 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.

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Author Spotlight – Shehar Bano Rizvi for ‘Virsa’

Author Shehar Bano Rizvi with her first book ‘Virsa’. Picture supplied by Shehar Bano Rizvi.

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.

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