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…

Senegalese – inspired Chicken Soup

This past week has been a whirlwind of different emotions. There were moments of extreme sadness and anger at the murder of George Floyd; but also moments of happiness and pride on seeing friends from different walks of life taking action and speaking out against the systemic racism against Black Americans. I couldn’t bear to…

Shahi Tukray – The Royal Dessert

Shahi Tukray is a very popular and deliciously rich dessert that has its origin in the Mughal rein (Shahi means Royal and Tukra means piece). This is the traditional Indian cousin to the American bread pudding. Bread is deep fried in pure ghee and then soaked in a reduced milk mixture flavored with fragrant cardamom…

Strawberry & Argula salad with a tangy poppy seed dressing

Say hello to your new favorite summer salad! It’s extremely light, very refreshing, healthy and absolutely delicious. Strawberry is mixed in with Argula, Spinach, Walnuts, Almonds, Blue berries and Feta cheese. My mouth is already watering… so delicious! I pair it with an easy Poppy seed dressing that will leave your tastebuds screaming yum at…

Falooda – the summer drink

Summer for me means “Falooda” for dessert every other day as this is easily one of my top favorites!! This sweet ice cream drink/dessert is very popular in the South Asian cuisine. It’s also a very refreshing drink with soaked sweet basil seeds & a cooling rose syrup – making it perfect to be enjoyed…

Mehalabeya – a classic Middle Eastern Pudding

Mehalabeya is a classic Middle Eastern pudding that is extremely light and scented with orange blossom & rose water. It’s a perfect treat after a heavy meal. My earliest memories of Mehalabeya are from the iftars sent by our Saudi neighbors. My mother always sent an iftar platter to neighbors during Ramadan. We would happily…

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…

Spaghetti with Meatballs

It’s always hard planning weeknight dinners. I nearly always have a set menu for the weekends- Friday’s are Biryani days, Saturday mornings are pancakes & evenings are pizza & movie night, Sunday mornings are paratha anda and evenings are leftover Biryani. Simple! But come Monday and I face the inevitable question of what to cook…