Thursday, 9 August 2018

Nocciola- The Chocolate Heaven

The first ever tasting was hell of a experience!

"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a chocolate"

Last week I was invited by Noociola Chocolateri to taste their food. They have a unique name which is quite difficult to pronounce. They mainly deal with desserts and trust me its a dessert heaven. They were previously known as Nutella spot but now they have changed their name to Niccolia chocolatire. They have two branches in Islambad, one in F11 Markaz and the other one in Bahria town phase 4. I went to Bahria town branch.

To begin with, it has a beautiful minimal interior with elegant Italian touch. It was quite good but it was a small outlet. I didn't expect it to be that small though but I like such settings.

Anyways, I did like their walls and that brick style appearance. I am a fan of such walls since forever. All those nutella jars had me drooling! It had artistic touch with a beautiful digital potrait on the wall.

Do you see those white bricks?
I don't know the history of this potrait, though!

Walls also had interesting quotes related to chocolates. The one I mentioned was from that! Lol xD
Here's another!




When we went there, there was only staff and no one else. I think they shall put a board of their restaurant somewhere on the main road too because it was difficult for us to find it in first place. It serves a peaceful ambience with soft light music. If you are the person who doesn't like hustle and bustle of the crowd then this place is made for you!

Staff is very coperative there. I went there with my family and we ordered four different items. They dodon give menu cards on every table instead menu is displayed on the digital screens. This created quite a problem. I didn't had my glasses at that time and I couldn't see the menu. I know this is sad. Unfortunately, the staff didn't had the menu on thier monitor. So, I took out my phone, captured the menu and saw it. Quite a job, no?

Then, I ordered single scoop of both Belgian chocolate ice-cream and oreo ice-cream which were very tasty and were loved by my parents.
I know they are plain.
I liked oreo ice-cream more. You know why do they look plain? Because, I didn't know I
had to mention the toppings separately. Blame my eyesight and waiter's ignorance! 

We also ordered hot chocolate chip cookie with vanila ice-cream and trust me was the best cookie I have ever had.
Nutella filled- cookie slice with Vanilla ice-cream

And last but not the least we ordered volcano monster shake- Nutella Volcano shake. It was very very yummy with hot gooey brownie at the top and bottom as well. It was so heavy that my sincere efforts were put in to finish it but I loved it.😄😉

Everything was up to the mark at Niccolia. It is a best place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Do give it a visit with your friends and family to enjoy chocolate fanticies in a comfortable environment.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Minced Peri Bites with Mayo

Who loves Peri Bites? What! You don't? Then, you haven't tried minced peri bites yet. Follow my my costumized recipe and try them right now because I guarantee, you won't regret!

Isn't this picture tempting?


Let's start with the ingredients:

½ kg mince (keema)
2 teaspoon chilli garlic sauce
1-2 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoon grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella or one tbsp each)
10-12 green chilies (approximately 3 inches in length)
2 eggs
2 tablespoon flour
2-4 tablespoon cornflour
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper
1 cup bread crumbs (for coating)

And that's hit! Try this simple method now. Calling it simple, because it only involved frying and mixing! Watch out:

Put cooking oil in a frying pan, add the mince and the chilli garlic sauce, and cook until the mince is tender (approximately 80% cooked). Add pepper salt and vinegar.
Using a knife, carefully make a cut perpendicular to the base of the chilies, 1 to 1.5 cm in length; remove the seeds with caution without tearing the chili surface
Insert one little amount of mince into each chili followed by a small quantity of the cheese using your hands.
Keep these chilies in the freezer for 1 hour
Now mix the egg white in a separate bowl and pour it on top of the chilies; also mix in the flour cornflour, salt and pepper into the mix and coat all the chilies evenly
Roll each chili in bread crumbs, followed by a dip in the milk and back into the bread crumbs for a nice, thick coat
Once all chilies are done, put them in the freezer for another 15 minutes so that the coating can settle properly
Deep fry in very hot oil until they have a nice golden coat

Tad'da! Go try them and let me know how did they turn out.

Serve immediately with tomato ketchup or mayo sauce.

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Book review-Like the flowing river


Whenever I am free, I love to read books. I love reading books since I was a child. I read books regardless of their genre and author. Today, I will review my latest read that is "The Flowing River". The author of this novel is Paulo Coelho and he needs no introduction. One of my favorite novel "The Alchemist" is written by Paulo Coelho. He writes about smallest and simplest things in a beautiful manner that is mesmerizing for the readers. 

Some chapters of this novel "The Flowing River" are very short, merely a few paragraphs. When you are done reading those chapters, you may feel empty – as if a story is suddenly cut short half-way through. Yet as you let the minimal words sink in, you realise you were meant to fill in the empty spaces yourself – with your own thoughts, your own reflections, meanings and dreams.
Every story in this book has a meaning. If it is openly shown, then you will enjoy the read and take away the meaning easily. If it’s hidden, then you will enjoy the search to find it and take it away. They’re not complex  meanings, but mostly simple ones that we can try. They might not seem realistic, but they’ll give you a sense of belief. They are beautiful because of that.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Coffee cake topped with wafers and smarties


Hello everyone!
I hope all of you are doing well in whatever you are doing. I took a short break from writing. I was busy with my work. Today, I will be sharing the recipe of my favorite ‘Coffee cake topped with wafers and smarties’. It is quite easy to bake but definitely the yummiest one. 



Here is the recipe:
Ingredients:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
6-7 teaspoons coffee
3 teaspoons coco powder
½ cup smarties
Wafer biscuits
1 packet cream
Procedure:
First of all you need to preheat the oven at 180o C. Grease the pan with oil so that the batter doesn’t stick to the pan. Whisk the eggs well in a bowl with the electric blender so that they become foamy. Add 1 cup 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, coco powder and 2-3 teaspoon coffee. Add egg mixture in it and mix well. Pour the batter in the greased pan and pop it in the oven. Bake it for half an hour. After half an hour check if the cake is 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. Your cake is ready. Take it out of the pan and let it cool down. 
Now for the topping, whisk cream, add grounded sugar and coffee in it and whisk it to make it foamy. Pour this mixture on the cake and garnish with wafers and colorful smarties. Your scrumptious coffee cake is ready. Serve it with coffee or tea. It also tastes yummy with vanilla ice-cream.

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Confess- Risking life but not love

                           

          Hi, beautiful people! :)

Sorry for being MIA, for such a long time. I just got busy and lazy as hell. I hope I won't do this again, but who knows? *winks* 

Anyways, I have a lot of stuff in pipeline, so tighten your seat belts and keep reading! Let's start with this book review of one of my favorite authors.


Confess is written by Colleen Hoover. What a heartwarming story it is.There was a lot going on in the story. The beginning of the story intrigued me. I loved the concept of Owen's artwork being inspired by anonymous confessions. After Owen and Auburn's first encountered I immediately wondered how Owen knew her because it was obvious that Auburn had no idea who he was. What bothered me about this book was Lydia and Trey. The control they had over Auburn was manipulating. At the same time Auburn's low-opinion about herself was a bit low point and she allowed Trey and Lydia's control to contribute to her very low self esteem. Ultimately, this book dealt with issues of death, cancer, teen pregnancy, violence, addiction, assault and manipulation. There was a lot of drama in Owen and Auburn's life.

 At the same time Auburn's low opinion about herself was a bit pathetic and she allowed Trey and Lydia's control her life and to contribute to her very low self esteem. I understand that she was trying to do whatever she had to in order to be a part of AJ's life but her lack of confidence often made me doubt her character. While she would let Trey and Lydia manipulate her, Auburn took chance with Owen risking being caught and ultimately leading to conflict with Lydia. She would take those chances yet she wouldn't stand up to them.

I hated Trey's character. He was so annoying, jealous and controlling person. The way he manipulated Owen and his father just pissed me off. I actually liked Owen's dad although he wasn't a lovable character. I felt bad for him. Depression and addiction can destroy many relationships. Ultimately, this book dealt with issues of death, cancer, teen pregnancy, violence, addiction, assault, manipulation. There was a lot of drama and I feel like Trey got away too easily for all that he did to Owen and Auburn. He got away with being the angry, controlling jerk that he was. For the way he assaulted Auburn, he should have suffered more severe consequences.

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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.
Ingredients:
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)

Procedure:
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.