Nutella French Toast Recipe

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To make a good french toast, you fundamentally need three things; Eggs, Milk & Brioche. But to make an excellent, mind-boggling one, you need the addition of Nutella. Those are just the rules of the universe. This is my easy Nutella French Toast Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Tsp. Castor Sugar
  • Nutella
  • Brioche Bread (Sliced)
  • Maple Syrup (Optional)
  • Berries of your choice
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Butter

Start by adding milk and eggs in a bowl. Whisk them together. Add vanilla and castor sugar, whisk further. Take a slice of brioche bread and add a good smear of Nutella. Take another slice to sandwich with the first one. Soak in the eggs/milk custard for 30 seconds. Heat a pan with a shot of butter. Add the french toast and cook until all sides caramelise.

Now for plating, stack up the french toast with some berries. Add maple syrup and a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Dust with icing sugar and Ta-Da!

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Recipe

DSCF9583Food has this quality of belongingness. It has a past, it has an identity and above all it has a story. This recipe has a personal resonance with my past, with my dear grandma and it doesn’t get more special than this. She was the queen of cooking in my family, unfortunately, I haven’t ever experienced this first hand, but her skills were passed on to my mom and her sisters and by some kind miracle, some of that aesthetic came in my cooking too. This was my first attempt at making this cult Sindhi Household recipe and I’m pretty pleased with the results. Continue reading Recipe

Circle Cafe Review

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m a true café gal. The chic surroundings, strong coffee and admirable finds leave me wanting more of that café life. Circle for one has been a favorite of mine for a while. From giving me the strong dose of daily caffeine to celebratory lunches sneaked during #agencylife, the place is an all-rounder hitting home runs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I was ‘officially’ invited to review this place at the Jumeirah Beach Plaza, I was over-the-top elated and much to my surprise, there was still more to discover. Continue reading Circle Cafe Review

20-Minute Hearty Couscous Salad

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2015 started with a health resolution and whilst the first few weeks have been bumpy, I’m chuffed that I’ve managed to not completely fall off the bandwagon. I wish I could give you a fitness update, but sadly, I’m not there yet, so we’re going to have to do with this recipe.

WARNING: You would want to make it right away!  Continue reading 20-Minute Hearty Couscous Salad

BLOGMAS 15: DIY Hot Chocolate Mix + Recipe

What is Christmas without chocolate? Nothing, really. For me, no celebration is complete without the inclusion of this dark, decadent, naughty delight (and yes, I can describe chocolate in any number of adjectives!).

I’ve been looking at these adorable tutorials on Pinterest to make DIY Hot Chocolate Mix in Mason Jars and really wanted to give them a shot for a dear friend and here’s how it went!

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Things you’ll need:

  • 1 Pack of TESCO Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate (ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!) 
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini Christmas Cards
  • A festive ribbon
  • Mason jar

And it’s all very simple after that, pile on the hot cocoa mix in the mason jar and add a layer of marshmallows. If your hot cocoa doesn’t have sugar, you can just add a layer in the beginning which will give a cool three layer effect.

Tie the festive ribbon around the rim of the jar and add a card to write your greetings.

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Recipe:

Measure the cup you’re going to use to pour the hot chocolate into. Fill it with full-fat milk around 3/4th of the way. Now pour the milk in a bowl and bring it to a boil.

I’d say you will need a tablespoon of the Drinking Chocolate but feel free to amend it to your taste. I also added a tsp. of Vanilla extract and Cinnamon.

Pour in your festive mug and fill it up with Marshmallows!

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Happy times!

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BLOGMAS 7 – Christmas Chewy Chocolate Brownies

When I think of brownies, I think of the ooey-goey texture with a decadent, in fact all-consuming chocolate flavour and a few textural additions. This is on point with the Christmas feeling (and flavour) and will be a welcome switch over from Christmas pudding this year.

Here’s the recipe, do try out and let me know how it goes. DSCF9720 Continue reading BLOGMAS 7 – Christmas Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Special Vegetarian Biryani

The Story:

You know I’ve been reading a lot of food blogs and there are so many out there I love. However, it made me sad that mine looked no different than many. In my endeavour to add flair (and drama) to mine, I’ll be sharing a brief story of every recipe I do from now on. If you want to dive straight to the good stuff, move on ahead.

This dish is a bit of blur in my family. We’ve never made a biryani, ever! So on my search to make something every Indian restaurant boasts about in Dubai (but never comes close to the real deal), I developed this special recipe. It has my twists and turns; it also has many layers and steps. But I assure you; nothing beats a homemade biryani made with homemade curry paste. Now go on, prepare yourself some desi comfort food.

“NOTHING BEATS A HOMEMADE BIRYANI MADE WITH HOMEMADE CURRY PASTE.”

Continue reading Special Vegetarian Biryani

El Sur – First Impressions

For a long time now I was debating how to exactly present you my tasting experience. As it’s quite different from reviews, I’m gonna go ahead and describe you the menu I tried and what I loved the best. All in all, my experience at El Sur was excellent. The place is studded in Silver and draws it’s cuisine inspiration from Spain. The night began with pitcher sangrias that were loved by both me and R (My foodie partner for the night). I ordered a glass of Red to pair with the appetisers and it was an amazing pairing. Here’s the menu for the night

  • Selección de quesos Españoles | Spanish cheese selection (V)
  • Croquetas de Jamón Ibérico | Iberian Ham croquetes (P)
  • Gambas al ajillo y guindilla | Garlic and chilli prawns
  • Berenjena a la miel de soja con requesón | Eggplant with soy honey and requesón (V)
  • Pulpo a la Gallega con espuma de patata | Galician style Octopus with potato foam
  • Foie con espuma de manzana y perlas de Pedro Ximenez | Foie gras with apple foam & Pedro Ximenez pearls (A)
  • Ceviche de lubina con cítricos y guacamole | Seabass ceviche with citrus and guacamole
  • Ensalada de judías verdes, algas, sésamo y calamar | Kenyan beans salad with seaweeds, sesame and calamari
  • Arroz negro meloso de El Sur con calamar y sepia | El Sur black rice with calamari and scallop
  • Pargo con delicias de calabaza | Red snapper with pumpkin treats
  • Solomillo de cerdo Ibérico con crema de limón | Iberian pork sirloin with lemon cream
  • Torrija con helado de limón | Caramelized brioche with lemon ice cream
  • Texturas de chocolate con helado de sésamo negro | Chocolate textures with black sesame ice cream

Continue reading El Sur – First Impressions

GQ Bar Dubai Review

DSCF5662Love a classy evening? Well you’ve come to the right place (and page).

Walking into GQ is quite an interesting experience. The place has some classy masculinity about it that exudes through their décor, their composure and of course, their staff (which is lovely btw).

Let me give you a lowdown of everything that we ordered:

Appetiser:

  • Lobster Salad paired with red cabbage and apple

Main:

  • Chicken breast with mushroom purée roasted fingerling potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts
  • Gnocchi with roasted baby carrots, ricotta and sage butter

Dessert

  • White chocolate cheesecake with fresh raspberries
  • 70% Valrhona chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream

Drinks:

  • Pinot Grigio with appetisers
  • GQ Espresso Martini
  • Woody Allen

Continue reading GQ Bar Dubai Review

Two Pot Pasta Arrabbiata (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free, me? Really?

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Yes, this Friday I was strolling along my local supermarket and got awed and inspired to keep up my New Year’s resolution, considering I’m attending a wedding in 20 days, I freaked out!

I haven’t lost any weight and as far as my folks back home are concerned, I used to be a lot thinner 3 years ago (Which is when they last saw me). Long story short, I’m trying to eat healthy and this recipe is helping me a lot! Here’s what you need to make this epic:

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 whole red chilli sliced finely and at an angle (if you are as pedantic as me)
  • 1 can of plump tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • Parmesan – Gluten Free (Or Not, depending)
  • 150 Gms Pasta (Gluten Free)
  1. In a large pot, boil water with 3 tsp. of salt and 2 tsp. of olive oil. Once the water has reached a boil, add the gluten free pasta.
  2. In the meantime, in a hot wok or fry pan add olive oil, garlic and chillies. I like to do that when the oil is cold as the flavours of chilli and garlic infuse a lot better. As the garlic and chillies start sizzling, add the plump tomatoes and wait for them to cook.
  3. Drain the pasta once Al Dente. Add 4-5 tbs. of the pasta water to the red sauce.
  4. Let the pasta cook in the sauce for 2 minutes (covered)
  5. Sprinkle with any gluten-free parmesan and enjoy!

 

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