Stories about food

Not-so-blissful ignorance

Some say that ignorance is bliss. I found the truth in this the hard way. A while back, I noticed I was losing weight and the correlating inches off my waistline which made me feel very happy that I was looking smart. But my loved ones, including my wife, forced me to go for a medical check-up. Then I felt the pain of knowledge. Searching for a good doctor in the twin cities was a difficult task because you have to hear everyone’s two cents on whether or not the doctor is any good, or if he/she has had good results ...

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Hook Line & Sinker: Bringing seafood to Karachi the coastal way!

Hook Line & Sinker (HLS) is located in a peaceful upscale neighbourhood of Block 4 Clifton. Rubbing shoulders with Oishi Sushi and China Kitchen, it is Pakistan’s first fine dining seafood restaurant. The catchy name is well complimented by the overall nautical ambiance and hospitality of the staff who, by the way, are dressed up as sailors and mariners. HLS is a breath of fresh air for connoisseurs of high quality fresh sea food. The moment you step in, you are greeted with live jazz music being played by a pianist-saxophonist duo that keeps you entertained, throughout your dining experience with soft ...

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Gajar ka halwa: A little bit of Pakistan in Minnesota

Finding a desi sweet-dish here in Minnesota is not an easy task, so in order to extinguish that deep craving I had, I decided to make gajar ka halwa at home and fell absolutely in love!  Gajar ka halwa is a traditional Pakistani dessert, made with carrots, milk, butter and sugar. Even with the relatively small list of ingredients, there are different ways of making this dish. Some folks fry the carrots first, and then add the milk. I use my method of cooking the carrots in milk first until the liquid evaporates, simply because that’s how I learned to make it in middle ...

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Strawberry trifle: A symphony of sensational flavours

Strawberries have a special place among berry fruits. They are widely admired because of their aromatic and sweet taste. The combination of colour, gloss, texture and fragrance thrills several senses at a time. The cheerfully red, sweet, plump, juicy, heart-shaped strawberry is in fact a member of the rose family. It has long been associated as a symbol of love. Apart from the superfluous look, scrumptious strawberries have numerous health benefits. The abundance of vitamin C, A and K, beta-carotene and potassium in them, protect vision, prevent cancer, arthritis and strengthen the immune system. Strawberries help in decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing ...

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Want crispier and tastier fries? Try using sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes; these nutrition packed starchy root vegetables are readily available in Pakistan. They are cheap, yet fairly neglected in our cuisine. The only place we see these nowadays is on the roads where the one odd cart vendor sells roasted sweet potatoes, more commonly known as shakarkandi, outside schools and shopping centres. Sweet potatoes have never really made their way to fine dining restaurant menus and are seldom even cooked at home! Owing to its tropical and mostly warm climate, Pakistan is blessed with this bounty of nature mostly from November until March. Most of us associate this vegetable with possible weight gain ...

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Downton Abbey and buttermilk scones!

One of the most widely watched British period series Downton Abbey has gripped me as much as it has the rest of the world. This fiction drama – based in Yorkshire starting from the drowning of the Titanic in 1912 – uses the Highclere Castle in Hampshire, UK for its interior and exterior filming. Delightfully scripted by Julian Fellows and brilliantly acted by the entire cast, the drama takes us on a journey of romance, sibling rivalry, extravagant living, wartime distress, political revolutions, secret jealousies, murder and death. The Earl of Grantham, his American wife and three beautiful daughters, their suitors and ...

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The Lantern: Lighting up Karachi, the oriental way!

The power of oriental cuisine is undeniable; we just can’t seem to get enough of it. When out with your wife, ask her what she’d like to eat and five out of ten times, she’d suggest Chinese food. The Lantern, located near Do Talwar, Clifton, has been open for public for about four weeks now, and the team at Food Connection Pakistan graciously invited me for a bloggers’ meet-up a few days back. This Chinese eatery is a perfect venue for a memorable lunch with friends or a romantic dinner with the wife. It’s interesting that the restaurant has indoor as ...

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Afghan Burgers: A moody cook’s way to success

I am a moody cook who lazes around as much as possible before entering the kitchen. I would rather resort to last night’s leftovers than make something from scratch. Thus, when I actually make the effort and get my apron on, it certainly is a big deal. And the biggest motivation that is leading me to share this easy to make recipe was the never ending “wows” and “yums” by my family members that came with every bite. It all started after a chat with a friend living in Islamabad who could not help talking about Afghan burgers that he ...

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Chicken teriyaki: A burst of authentic Japanese flavours

Contrary to the much prevailing opinion that Japanese food looks so exquisite to eat and too difficult to cook, numerous dishes can be prepared easily without following any hard and fast rule. I have learned during my Japanese cooking classes that some flavours, tapestry of textures, colour, and methods distinguish Japanese cooking from other exotic cuisines. Strong-tasting seasoning and highly-flavoured sauces are not mostly used; still dishes look extravagant and taste sensational. Apart from sushi and tempura, ‘teriyaki chicken’ is another very popular dish among non-Japanese cultures. However, the fact is most people still don’t fully understand the term ‘teriyaki style’. Teriyaki is ...

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10 tips to enjoy the winter in Lahore

If you look for stories about Lahore on The Express Tribune Blogs, you’ll find several blogs, most of which would indicate liveliness of ‘zinda dilaan-e-Lahore’ (zealous people of Lahore). Through this piece, I intend to share with the reader my experience of winters in Lahore. The following are a few of the many things (in no particular order) you can do to maximise the pleasure of winter in Lahore: 1. Kashmiri chai: Have Kashmiri tea; have lots of it. If you can’t make it at home, there are many places in Lahore where it’s available, especially in the winter time. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Homemade ...

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