Saturday, 28 April 2018

Food Corner- Cupcakes

Hello lovelies!
Today, I’ll be sharing recipe of cupcakes. Without wasting any time, let’s get started.
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Food color (orange, green, yellow)

Before stating, you all need to preheat your oven at 180o C. Place the paper cups in cupcake tray. Whisk the eggs well in a bowl with the electric blender so that they become foamy. Add sugar in eggs and blend them together. Now add oil and blend the three ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda. Add egg mixture in it and mix well. Now separate the batter in 3 separate bowls. I used 3 different food colors so I used 3 bowls. You can use as much colors you like. That’s totally up to you. Take a pinch of 3 different food colors, mix them separately with one teaspoon of milk each and then pour them in their respective bowls having batter.
Now, pour the batter in the cupcake tray and pop it in the oven. Bake it for 20-25 minutes. After 20-25 minutes, check if the cupcakes are baked by inserting a match stick in it. If the match stick comes out clean, cake is ready but if it does not come out clean bake it for another 5 minutes. When cupcakes are done, take them out of the tray and let them cool down. I like them plain. But you can serve them with vanilla or chocolate toppings. Do give this recipe a try and enjoy your cupcakes with hot coffee or tea.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Beauty-Vaseline products

Hello readers!

I am writing after quite a long time and I am sorry about this. i will try to be regular from onward. 
This blog post is about Vaseline. I have been using Vaseline White and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly throughout my life.
Vaseline White is a good moisturizing lotion. It works on the dark areas and whitens the skin. It is enriched with micro droplets of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. It helps to heal dry skin and its plus point is that it makes it fairer. It contains vitamin B3 which helps to make skin look fairer by inhabiting melanin transfer and production. It is fast absorbing and non-greasy. It is highly recommended for uneven, dry and dull skin.
Vaseline petroleum jelly has always been my favourite. It is the best moisturizer for lips and I think it defeats all lip balms. It works magically for chapped and dry lips. I always keep it in my bag.
Apart from healing your lips, it works best for dry skin as well. It helps you get softer feet, smooth skin and it effectively works against wrinkles. And the best thing about Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is it actually helps you get longer eyelashes. Have you ever faced the issue of splint ends?... Apply Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on your hair to get rid of split ends. In short, it can do wonders.

I would definitely recommend these Vaseline products.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Chicken Barbecue

Hello lovely readers!

I am back with yet another blog. I’ll be sharing recipe of Barbecue chicken. My father loves chicken so almost every week we have Barbecue night at our home. It is usually a very fun night. Barbecue chicken is quite easy to make but it requires a lot of spices and flavors. Below is the full recipe of the Barbecue.

1 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons fresh ground cumin
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 boneless chicken cut them into cubes
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoons soya sauce

In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together. Add this paste on the chicken. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour. I marinated my chicken overnight so that after being cooked, it is soft and gooey. Preheat the coal for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Brush chicken with oil. Cook it for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken juices run clear. When Barbecue is ready, serve it with chili garlic sauce and naan.

I hope you like the recipe.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Book review- The Forty Rules of Love

Hi guys! Today I will be reviewing my all-time favorite book “The Forty rules of love”. I read this book a year ago and I totally loved it.

This book is written by Elif Shafak, a French born Turkish writer. Elif Shafak is one of the most acknowledged authors and feminist in Turkey. The Forty Rules of Love is one of her best sellers of all-time. This novel consists of two parallel narratives. The contemporary narrative is about an unhappily married Jewish housewife named Ella living in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ella works for a literary agency and currently she is given a book named "Sweet Blasphemy" by Aziz Zahara. The sweet blasphemy is the second narrative of this novel. Sweet blasphemy is actually about a wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz, who is a mystic Sufi. He sees the vision of his death and he know that he should find a companion to whom he can deliver his knowledge to. For that Shams travels from Samarkand to Baghdad where he gets to know about Jalaluddin Rumi, a famous scholar of that time by a Sufi. Shams travels to Konya where Rumi lives and the story unwraps itself as to how they become friends, how drastically Rumi starts to change and how people start to hate Shams including Rumi's family. On the other hand Ella becomes acquainted with the writer of sweet blasphemy Aziz Zahara over the email after she becomes highly affected by the sweet blasphemy. Over the course of emails with Aziz Zahara she finds out she is ready to give up her life, her children, her husband for the guy on the other end of the email.

I really liked the novel and most of it is because of Shams of Tabriz, from his rules of love to his strong personality to his love and belief on god everything was mesmerizing. The forty rules of love narrated by shams will definitely change your perspective on life and on your relations and obviously on God.

I will highly recommend this book to everyone. 

Saturday, 3 February 2018

DIY project- 3-D Bookmarks

Hello everybody!

How are you all? I hope all of you are doing great.
This is the second time I am writing about my DIY project. I already had told you guys that I loved arts since my childhood. I always wanted to be an artist but by some luck got into science. To keep my passion alive for arts, I keep on trying different art related stuff, whenever I get free time. DIY projects are a ‘thing’ these days. My recent DIY project was of making 3D bookmarks. I love reading books. I never buy books marks from my childhood. I make them myself. This time I made 3D bookmarks and it was quite fun activity. I made Sponge bob themed book marks.
These are very affordable bookmarks. You can use all the things from your home. This project was not very time consuming at all. Things required to make these bookmarks were:
·       Chart papers of different colors
·       Glazed papers
·       Scissors
·       Water colors of different colors
·       Poster paints of different colors

I made four bookmarks of Sponge Bob, Patric Star, Plankton and Sandy Cheeks. I draw their pictures on the chart papers, then colored them with water colors and poster paints. Different body parts were pasted like cut out to give them 3D effect.
This is how I made 3D bookmarks. It was very easy and interesting project and I loved the outcome. Do give it a try.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Recipe- Chicken Bread

Hello lovelies!

Today I will be sharing a quick chicken bread recipe. It is quick and super easy. I tried it 3-4 times and believe me it turned out delicious. The dough was perfectly made and it was soft. Chicken filling was spicy. The filling inside the chicken bread is totally up to you. Many people like to add their own special touch by adding extra spices. Every time I tried it, it turned out to be amazingly delicious.

 ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
2 cups whole milk (warm to the touch)
4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 pack active dry yeast
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 teaspoons salt
Filling ingredients:
1 cup boiled chicken
1 small onion (chopped)
Salt as required
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
2 green chilies (chopped)
2 table spoon capsicum
2 tablespoon butter
Mozzarella and cheddar cheese
Sesame as required
1 egg
1. Generously grease the oven tray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together warm milk, melted butter, and granulated sugar. The mixture should be just warm. If it is hotter, allow to cool slightly.
3. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let set for 1 minute.
5. Add 4 cups of flour to the milk mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
6. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
7. Preheat oven to 180˚C
8. After 1 hour, the dough should have nearly doubled in size. Remove the towel and add an additional ¾ cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Stir well, then turn out onto a well-floured surface.
9. Knead the dough lightly, adding additional flour as necessary, until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to the surface.
10. Once the dough is done, start preparing filling. Saute chopped onion, boiled chicken, capsicum and green chilies in butter, for few minutes. Add salt, black pepper and other species (if you want).
11. Roll out dough, place the filling and make it into a chicken braid. Wash it with egg and sprinkle sesame.
12. Bake it at 180 degree in a pre-heated oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Product review- Matcha tea

Hello readers!

I am back after a short break or may be a long one ;). I was busy with my studies and stuff. One of my resolutions of 2018 is to be more active on the blog. Today I will be reviewing Matcha tea.
Match tea is quite different from our ordinary green tea that we consume in Pakistan. Its leaves have different texture. Unlike ordinary tea, leaves come in fine powdered form. When it comes to preparing meals and beverages for your family, one thing should always be a priority i.e. healthy nutrition. Matcha tea has certain health benefits. Having a single cup of Matcha tea in morning will help you to run throughout the day with enthusiasm. Whenever you are feeling low or you are in a bad mood, have a cup of Matcha tea, it will definitely brighten your day. Matcha tea is quite famous these days and a lot of people have made it a part of their daily life.

The best way to describe Matcha tea powder would be to say it’s a great antioxidant and a natural weight loss help, a mood-enhancer and as I found out when I started drinking it, a healthy sugar-free alternative to tea and coffee, as it is a source of much needed energy by the body, without the jitters.
Matcha tea also helps you to lose excess body fats. Make Matcha tea an integral part of your weight loss plan. It is beneficial to have Matcha tea between meals. Sipping Matcha tea with or between your snacks may help keep a check on your appetite while you follow a reduced calorie diet. Sipping Matcha tea will help you fell full hence resulting in less consumption of food. You can also have a cup of Matcha tea 30 minutes before your daily work out session. This will boost your fat burning capacity.

If you want to prepare Matcha tea in the full traditional Japanese style, all you need to do is just add a cup of water to it – it’s pretty straightforward. When it is stirred with water, it turns into this intense, full-flavored green tea.  Of course, not everyone is not fan of rich green tea flavor. I get it. There are some alternative ways of making Matcha tea a part of your daily diet.  You can add it to your cooking and drink-making recipes. It works exceptionally well: when it’s added as an ingredient, Matcha’s taste becomes more subtle.

I found this product quite good and I would like to make it a part of my daily diet in future as well.
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