Grilled Halloumi sandwich

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My favorite go to egg less breakfast!!!

Its fast! is ready in minutes! insanely satisfying and healthy and delicious!!! What more can you ask for when you are running around after three kids

I Loooooooove Halloumi!!! Its absolutely amazing!! and Grilled Halloumi is just sth from above!!

I am a huge egg fan as well. But everyday with the same old sunny side up breakfast become tad bit boring. So to spin things a bit I turn to this recipe every now and than!

So to speak its a simple sandwich! open faced as been pictured! But the variations and tweaks you can make to it are incredible. And the slightest tweak takes it a level above.

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A couple of twigs of fresh mint adds great depths of flavors. Toss a pinch of red paprika for heat on top if you prefer. layer the base of the sandwich with a mashed avocado, or you can omit the toast altogether and make it a lettuce wrap or a tortilla wrap! But the most effective elixir I find in uplifting this sandwich is the herb infused olive oil 🙂 🙂

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I don’t feel the need to add much seasoning coz Halloumi is very salty itself. I do add a pinch of salt to the grilled tomato whilst its still in the pan. Other than that it requires nothing more nothing less. Is absolute perfection.

Here is the recipe

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Ingredients

Halloumi cheese                                  300 gms

tomato sliced                                           4-5 slices

mint sprigs                                                3-4

bread                                                               2

herb infused olive oil

salt (optional)

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Method

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a pan and grill the halloumi slices. Take them off the heat once its bronzed on either side.
  2. Grill tomato slices and sprinkle bit of salt on top.
  3. Toast/ bake heat up the toasts as desired. Layer with tomatoes, top with Halloumi and fresh mint.
  4. Drizzle some more olive oil on top for extra flavor!!
  5. Enjoy!!!

 

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DIY Girls bedroom makeover: reveal

Finally the day of reveal is here!!

There are always days which feel like its never gonna happen, deadlines that are missed, and projects that go oh-so-wrong!!

But nothing compares to the swellness of a finished polished room.. I am proud to present the room it was before and the room it is now..

Here is the before look for you…

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For the before comlete post and the moodboard follow here and here

But here we are

TA-DAAAAA…..

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A colorblocked wall room in the softestet shades of pinks and pastels!!!!!!!!

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This was a looooong and a very exciting project for me! It was full of DIYs and allllot of changes. The idea was to create a girly space with the minimum expense. The bed was the same needed but was asking for a major!!! headboard update. I first intended to make a fluffy headboard by sticking some fun fabric to it. (coz it was leather everything stuck beautifully) after trying a couple of opotion and couple of hours of sticking it didnt work. The headboard looked messy and less than inviting.. So for a cleaner space i draped these gorgeous dhurries over it to tie up the whole color scheme. I love how it adds character and the flufy thing becomes the centerpiece.. another easy DIY

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First step of the transformation was ofcourse paint! I had to create a feature wall and for the whole process check out my post DIY Feature Wall : Color block wall . I am sure you will enjoy the glitches and the love this wall recieved.

So if you checked out my moodboard I had on my list

pom poms

tassels

mint

dhurrie rung

and colorblock wall

I added lots of fun tassles and

For the side tables I added a geometric garden stool on one end and on the other I used this rtretrieved entertainment unit and gave it a coat of paint.. nAd I had plenty of storage and a home for all the pretty cupcake pillows and books and with the net hanging it turned into my daughters favorite reading nook!!!

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These floating shelves for books are not actually from ikea.. well technically they are. When we moved to this house we bought a toddler bed for our daughter. On a whim y hussband bought this queen bed as well and suddenly there was no room for a toddler bed and it sat in pieces and logs under our bed for a long time gathering dust.When I saw those amazing floating shelves, it hit me the sides of the toddler bed could be used to the same purpose. My husband bought some L shape things (levers i guess dont know what they are called :D) and he attached the sides of the beds to the wall so it could work as the floating book shelf and can house the books that our little one own.

So these floating shelves practically cost me a dollar I guess!!!!

Not bad!!!!! (pat on the back)

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My favourtie feature has to be the mint whimsical star pillow with the pom poms!!!! I am in love with it !!! its just tooooo cuuuute!!!!!

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The bedding is an old gift I don’t have the brand of it. The net hanging is from ikea and it has been upgraded with the tassles!!!

The paper lanterns are from Daiso and so is that heart garland!

The fur hanging over the bed is a DIY as well which is soon to be published!!!

SO here it is.. The first series of my DIY girl’s bedroom makeover! Part 2 which showcases the rest of the room will follow soon. And the rest of the series is all the DIYs that I am so excited to share!!girls bedroom makeover 22

Would love to hear from you guy! leave in the comment below In your opinion

What is the best feature of the room ?

 

Healthy Date Balls Platter

Well we have reached the end of ramadan!!

By this time we have fallen into our jumbled up routines.. Sleep backlogs and Iftar dinners are all catching up alongwith eid shopping and last ashra nights..  (fuuun!!!!)

But don’t get me wrong!!

I absolutely love making iftars and preparing for iftar and the iftar parties… the anticipation of food and our taste buds that dwelled on pakoras and samosa chaats on growing up just keep pushing for the same

Dates are an essential Iftar feature world over!! They are packed with energy and are the perfect first thing to eat that is sweet and nutritious and gives an energy boost without overwhelming the taste buds or intestines!!

It is a scientific fact that they  regulate the digestive process and can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consuming it. Other than being a good source of various vitamins and minerals they are packed with energy, sugar and fiber. along with several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc.

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With all the Iftars lined up and the hectic schedule of suhoor and babies and life.. So to make things easier and healthier One of the things I love to add to my Iftar table is to create this big date platter! I love to upgrade my dates with this easy additional toppings which makes a total Iftar statement and is delicious as it is good to look at!!

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My date platter consists of dates filled with nuts! I prefer almonds or walnuts! You can experiment with your favorite kind like cashew nuts or pistachios which in my opinion would work well!!

My favorite element to add are the whipped cream filled dates!!!! They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! If you have never had them before you have got to give them a try!!!! Simply whip u pcream and add vanilla essence and sugar to taste!(obviously this needs to be done when you are not fasting) And fill up the dates with the whipped cream! And sprinkle some freshly shredded coconut on top!! Heavenly delightful!!!

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The third element that I add to my date Iftar centerpiece are the good ol’ date balls!! I have a really sweet tender spot for the energy bars and the healthy snack items that consist of dates! In my routine life I always rely on dates as a snack option and the healthy energy bite sized balls are top of the list! You can use your favorite recipe or any that you find intriguing and easy!

Mine is a super simple combo of date paste+nuts+graham crackers+shredded coconut! Simply mix up these ingredients to taste!! I don’t even use blender!!! Just pop them all in and use a wooden spoon to mash up everything!( ofcourse nuts would require previous chopping!!) When you are happy with the mixture! Just roll them into bite sized balls! Or the way I like it table tennis ball sized date balls!!

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I always have the date mixture on hand to be replenished after every Iftar!! And my faily loves to nibble it all down slowly over the last ashra till its all gone by the end of Ramadan!! 🙂

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They are healthy and fun and like any effective centerpiece a great conversational starter!! The perfect way to treat your guests to a fantastic Iftar!! And they make iftar a breeze! Well in style!! 😉

Almond filled dates

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    30

almonds (choice of nuts)                                                               30

Method:

  1. Slit the dates from the center and pit it out.
  2. Place the almond instead and place in the centerpiece around the edge.

Sweet Cream filled dates

Ingredients:

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    20

cream                                                                                                   1/4 cup

sugar                                                                                                     1 tablespoon (or to taste)

vanilla essence                                                                                   2-3 drops

shredded coconut                                                                             2 Tablespoon

Method: 

  1. Pit the dates.
  2. Whip up the cream.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla essence. And mix.
  4. Using a spoon fill the open dates with the cream.
  5. Top with shredded coconut.

 

Date Balls

Ingredients:

Dates/Date paste                                                                              1 cup

shredded nuts                                                                                   1/2 cup

shredded coconut                                                                             1/2 cup

graham crackers                                                                               1 packet (abt 10 pieces)

Method:

  1. Pit and puree the dates (If required).
  2. Add in the shredded nuts,shredded coconut, mashed graham crackers.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to bring it all together.
  4. Make golf ball sized balls of the mixture.
  5. Roll the balls in a plate of shredded coconut for garnish.
  6. Enjoy!

Always keep the spare mixture on hand for replenishing your platter till it stays with you till the end of the Holy month!

Enjoy these recipes and Soak up the rest of Ramadan!!

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Ramadan Kareem

You know that its ramadan when you see trays lined with sheets of prepared rolls and samosas. An iftar table is simply not considered complete without these crunchy decadent treats. Not only does this sight take me back down the memory lane, but also they  have this huge sense of accomplishment and fulfillment associated with them, paired with the complete satisfaction that with these on hand; iftar will be a breeze.

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Ramadan Kareem everyone!