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Assorted mini cheese balls set on a black slate platter. There are a 6 mini cheese balls coated with herbs, almonds and onion flakes. There are also mini toasts with cream cheese spread on them along with a cheese knife.
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Assorted Mini Cheese Balls

These assorted mini cheese balls look super pretty and are a cinch to make. Serve with crackers and mini toasts and have a fancy snack night at home or serve it on a platter to impress the guests at a party. One of my favorite appetizers to make are these mini cheese balls. They are made with cream cheese and coated in spices and herbs. They are super easy to make and look super pretty. They can also be made…

A bowl of roast vegetable salad with halloumi salad. Next to the bowl is a fork, a small bowl of crushed almonds, and a bowl of garlic yoghurt dressing.
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Roast Vegetable Salad with Halloumi | Roasted Vegetable Salad

This hearty and comforting roast vegetable salad with halloumi has assorted salad greens, roast vegetables that have been flavoured with dukkah, an Egyptian nut and spice blend. Finally, it’s topped with pan fried halloumi cheese, a tangy garlic yoghurt dressing and almonds. Though I have classified it as a salad, this roast vegetable salad with halloumi is by no means a side salad. This salad can easily be the centrepiece of a meal due to its vibrant colours and flavourful…

A baking tray with roasted vegetables on it cut in cubes - the vegetables are sweet potato, beetroot, red capsicum / red bell pepper and zucchini.
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Guide to roasting vegetables | How to roast vegetables

A guide to roasting vegetables – things to keep in mind when deciding to roast vegetables, how to roast different types of vegetables, and how to serve and use the super delicious roasted vegetables. Let me be honest. I have struggled with roasting vegetables many times – it’s not a common technique in a Pakistani or Indian household. Even when we make full chicken (or charga) we cook and fry it, but rarely roast.  It’s only in the last few…

Four chicken and mushroom mini quiches with roasted capsicum on a white platter. There's a silver tong in the background.
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Chicken and Mushroom Mini Quiches | Mini Quiche Recipe

Mini quiches are the perfect party snack, be it as finger food, for brunch or for hi tea. These chicken and mushroom mini quiches are made with sliced chicken, mushrooms and capsicum in a shortcrust pastry or pie dough crust and look as terrific as they taste! My new favourite type of get together is inviting friends for brunch. Brunch parties have a casual laidback feeling about them. Everyone gets together during the day, and they still have the rest…

An overnight french toast bake made using brioche bread is placed in a dark blue tray with sliced almonds top. The tray is kept on a blue napkin, and there is a fork on the right with a small blue bowl of cinnamon at the back.
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Overnight French Toast Bake | Baked French Toast with Almonds and Cinnamon  

This French toast bake recipe with cinnamon and almonds is perfect for brunch or a fancy weekend breakfast.  Soak the brioche bread in the egg mixture overnight, and all you need to do in the morning is bake. Drizzle with honey, and dust with powdered sugar and it is ready to serve. This recipe is one of those indulgent breakfast recipes. Perfect for those days when breakfast needs to be extra special –  first day of school holidays, an Eid…

A muffin tray peeking from the left hand sided with two lemon blueberry muffins in it. Next to the tray are three lemon blueberry muffins on top of parchment paper. A mini light blue bowl with blueberries is at the back of the muffins.
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Lemon Blueberry Muffins – Quick and Easy Recipe

These lemon blueberry muffins are super easy to make and yield a fluffy tender crumb. Bursting with blueberries and lemon, they are the perfect breakfast or tea time treat.   Blueberries are in season right now, and I seem to be finishing one box after another. I love to eat them on their own, add them to pancakes, blend them into smoothies, or add them to baked goods such as these lemon blueberry muffins.  How to make Lemon Blueberry Muffins This…

Two bowls of chawal ki kheer (Pakistani rice pudding). The bowl on the bottom left is garnished with crushed almonds and sliced pistachios. Above that, on the right corner is another bowl of the rice pudding, this one decorated with crushed almonds and dried rose petals. Next to the bowl on the left are scattered almonds, pistachios and dried rose petals.
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Rice Kheer | Chawal ki Kheer | Rice Pudding 

Rice kheer or chawal ki kheer is the Desi equivalent of rice pudding. It’s a dessert that suits all occasions – be it a weeknight dinner with the family, a fancy party thrown for friends and family, an Eid celebration, or a wedding.  All you need to make it are a few pantry staples – rice, milk and sugar along with your preferred flavourings. Considering the ease of availability of these ingredients, it’s no wonder that rice kheer is one…