Chicken Shawerma with rice & spicy sumac roasted potatoes

The most spiritual and exciting time for Muslims all over the world is upon us. As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish you all the strength and courage to face all the challenges of life. This year Ramadan will be very different. Covid_19 has forced us to stay at home instead of celebrating…

Ramadan with kids!

Ramadan Mubarak! The most spiritual and exciting time for Muslims all over the world is almost here. At sundown tomorrow, the Muslim holiday RAMADAN will begin and continue for a month. Although Ramadan is best known as a time of fasting, there is actually more to this spiritual month. It is a time to reflect…

Classic Blondies

Classic chocolate-chip blondies perfect for some weekend baking. These blondies are soft, chewy and they take less than a half hour to make! Chock full of indulgent chocolate, delicious toasted coconut and crunchy walnuts. Yes, yes and yes! If you love chocolate chip cookies and brownies than blondies are sure to win you over! These…

Khaosuey – A delicious Pakistani version of this Burmese dish.

Today really felt like Fall here in Philly with the weather being in the upper 60s. We were shivering in the morning on our way to school dropoff and enjoying the warm afternoon in our cozy sweaters. The sound of the crisp leaves under my boots, and the cold air rustling through my hair made…

Spicy Red Kidney Beans curry

It’s currently 1pm here in Horgen, Switzerland and I’m all cozy on my couch and staring out the window at the rain falling down on this beautiful place! The air is filled with a mix of delicious smells. The nostalgic smell of wet earth, the dreamy scent of wisteria and roses, & the appetizing whiff…

Rose Blush Mocha

Valentine’s Day is approaching and this “Rose Blush Mocha” is the perfect drink to celebrate the love day. It’s a dessert and after-dinner coffee in a single cup.  A frothy, creamy and soothing drink with hints of rose and whiffs of chocolate; the perfect combination that everyone loves!  I created this drink because I love…

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

Hello, hello!! It’s been sometime since I published a new recipe on my blog. I have been extremely busy enjoying family time with my sister & parents. The only silver lining of this pandemic for me is that due to online schooling and work, my sister and parents have been staying with us for a…

Kashmiri Chai – the beautiful pink tea

I have been feeling so grateful and happy for the past month. My sister and her family are visiting me in Philly from Denver after two years. The last time I saw my niece and nephew, they were 8 years and 9 months old. My nephew was crawling everywhere then… and now at nearly 3…

Swiss Muesli

In 2018, my husband got an opportunity to work in Switzerland for four months. His company set him up in an apartment in a beautiful town called Horgen near Zurich. We were lucky that the assignment was during the summer months because as soon as the kids started summer vacation, we all went to spend…

Authentic Philly Cheesesteak with Homemade Cheez Whiz

Gooey, meaty, melty & oh so delicious, a Philly Cheesesteak is the perfect comfort food in its simplicity. If you have ever visited Philadelphia, then chances are you have been told to definitely try a cheesesteak here. In the City of Brotherly Love, cheesesteaks are a cultural icon and a big draw for visitors. Philadelphians…

Leena’s Chocolate Oreo Icebox Cake

Eid Mooo Baaarak to all my family and friends celebrating Eid-ul-Adha! This year has shown us so many unique sights and one of them has been the 1000 pilgrims performing Hajj while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. SubhanAllah! How lucky are those pilgrims to be able to get this once in a lifetime opportunity…

Kabab in Hara Masala

Kababs. A very big staple in South Asian cuisines. They don’t get as much love as they deserve. Although not as famous as Biryani, they are the constant we can always rely on. Shami Kababs are always hanging out at the back of the freezer ready to be whipped up into a delicious sandwich or…

Leena’s Chicken Fajita Pasta

Summer in times of Corona! We are all living it, fighting it, feeling it and trying to make the best of it. It’s definitely tough. The new school year is looming ahead and me and my husband are thinking of starting home-schooling in addition to whatever the school district proposes. It will be hard but…

Leena’s Egg Salad Recipe

I have found that people have a love/hate relationship with eggs. They either hate them or love them! And then there are people who can’t stand runny yolks or soft boiled eggs and on the other end there are some who can’t eat the whites because it’s tasteless or they can’t tolerate the texture. Which…

Chocolate Soufflé

During my research regarding the impact that African American cuisine has had on culinary history, one name kept cropping up in every article and blog. The name of the legendary and inspiring African American chef and culinary ambassador of Southern cooking – Edna Lewis (1916-2006) Edna Lewis photographed by John T Hill in 1973 I…