Author: cookingwithshy

Ful Medames: Egyptian Fava Bean Stew

“Beans have satisfied even the Pharaohs”…An Old Arabic quote   Happy New Year! This post has been long overdue, as we are well into January and apologies for wishing everyone so late. I do hope the New Year has begun on a healthier and hopeful note for everyone! It is the perfect opportunity to indeed start making those resolutions that each one of us said we would make. Eating healthier and making good lifestyle changes is one that tops most of our lists. Now doesn’t this sound familiar? Well I sat down earlier in this month and penned down a few simple goals to improve my diet this year. Being in the Culinary profession (teaching) and recipe creation is  a tough call, as it puts one’s own health on standby and very often I tend to indulge in a lot of unnecessary calories and junk food that one can very well avoid. Well here is a simple list of things I intend to follow this year.( Or Atleast Hope To) No more fads and strict …

Christmas Cake

  May Your Heart And Homes Be Filled With Every Joy And Gratitude The Season Brings Merry Christmas And Blessings For A Healthier New Year     Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. This year has been a tough and challenging one for all of us worldwide, being away from our families and dear ones and quieter celebrations. However it is the perfect time to sit and reflect on this year that was. A time to be grateful and express gratitude and thanks for all that this year has taught us. YET So Many Reasons To Be Thankful For: We can be thankful to those who have shown us love and care and a shoulder to lean on during this chaotic times. We are thankful for family and friends near and far, that keep in touch and bring us much joy and cheer through our telephone conversations. We are thankful for Zoom to allow us to work from the comfort of our homes. We are thankful to all all our frontline workers and health care providers …

Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

 “Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”   Yes I admit that I’m insanely mad over chocolates and desserts and cake. But never have been much into doughnuts. While a chocolate glazed doughnut and a coffee is a match made in heaven for most, It has  never grabbed my fancy.Perhaps a Cruller with a coffee once in away at a Krispy Kreme or  the neighbourhood Timmy’s and that was as much I would indulge in them. Just the thought of a fried dessert was good enough to put me off. However I’ve  often toyed with the idea of making some up for the family as my son, now a young adult loves doughnuts! My mum would make the fried mini ones when we were kids and sure I could borrow her recipe.But again her recipe called for the deep-fried version.Mind you we loved the ones she made for as kids. Why cant one bake them instead, is something I’ve often wondered?

Diwali: A Festival Of Lights And Sweet Treats

    Diwali: The Festival of Lights is a five day celebration amongst Indians and also marks the onset of a New year in accordance with the Hindu calender. It is celebrated with much gaiety and grandeur.It is aptly called so,as celebrations are marked with fireworks and lighting of lamps called “Diyas”, signifying the triumph of good over evil and ushering prosperity, success and good cheer into one’s homes. Worship ceremonies include that of praying to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, making of sweets and savories, visiting family and friends with gifts and partaking in indulgent feasts.These can be quite extravagant, with the table filled with special dishes and  desserts.A true celebration of fun, frolic and sweet treats! This year however ,our  Diwali celebrations in Toronto have been quite subdued due to the challenging times we are living in.Our family had a quite celebration at home with a few sweet treats that I managed to make up, and wished our family and friends virtually.   “Gratitude Is The Healthiest Of All Human Emotions. The More …

Easy Cornbread & Chili

  A good hot and spicy chili and cornbread pair really well and is such a hearty and comforting meal right? Perfect for fall when the weather seems colder, and all one wants is some comfort food to warm up the soul and fire up the taste buds. It’s the kind of meal one can cozy upto on a cold evening perhaps even cozier than one’s blanket! I have attempted baking cornbread earlier and not quite satisfied with the results ,choose to research some recipes for awhile, when I came across this one on Serious Eats. I quite liked the fact that it’s unsweetened and it called for  pantry staple ingredients to work with.While traditionally cornbread is made in a greased cast iron skillet with a lid, I choose to bake mine in a pyrex dish and it worked just fine.   Having Baked Cornbread For A Few Times Now Here Are Some Baking Tips: Use a good quality cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cornmeal works great in this recipe) Try not using a hand …