Stories about food

A winter treat: Scrumptious Szechuan hot and sour soup

I love soup at any time of the year, but in winter, it’s a wonderful treat on chilly days. Nothing is more satisfying than a hearty bowl of soup when you need to be warm and nourished. But the question is what kind of soup? In general, we all go for quick, time saving, ready-to-cook canned food options. This is a cop-out. Real soup is scrumptious and tantalising. It nourishes both your body and mind, provides added health benefits and helps to ward off the cold or flu. I personally love the recipe of my homemade “Szechuan hot and sour soup”. Originating ...

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Christmas dessert: Red velvet cake is served!

It’s the season to be jolly! What’s better than a beautiful, moist red velvet cake? It fits perfectly with the theme of Christmas and it’s sure to be a hit no matter when you serve it. This cake goes back to my grandmother’s kitchen; I spent every holiday as a child with my American family in Washington, DC. Come Christmas and the tree, decorations and stockings would be pulled out. The one thing that fixated in my memory was Thetah’s (Thetah is grandmother in Arabic) red velvet cake. Here’s how to prepare this cake. Please remember to be patient with this ...

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Banana bread just like my mother used to make it

The sweet smell of ripe baked bananas takes me back to my mother’s kitchen when I was a mere seven year old. By the time I was 15, my mother could no longer share her recipes or secrets with me; she fell sick when I was just a little girl. Growing up, I knew I wanted to hold on to every piece of her that I could remember and so after experimenting and testing out different recipes, I finally figured out my very own banana bread recipe inspired by my mother. It requires no fancy or expensive ingredients, just ...

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This Eid, try these middle-eastern treats with a Pakistani twist!

Eidul Azha marks the remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s commitment to sacrifice his own son. Sacrifices aside, the thing we all look forward to most is the food and the endless BBQs that are sure to follow. However, after a few meat-eating days, one (or shall I say ‘the stomach’?) finally deserves a refreshing break from all the heaviness. It’s often difficult to find the right balance between light and delicious; fortunately, there are a few middle-eastern staples that fit the bill. However, I’ve added a Pakistani twist to both recipes, so instead of a traditional Shawarma and Shish Tawook, I present ...

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Gon Pacci: An exquisitely ‘Feng Shui’ experience

Feng  Shui is an ancient Chinese lifestyle referring to a peaceful, serene and calm environment. This is exactly what felt as I entered Gon Pacci, the new eatery at Shahbaz Commercial DHA, Karachi. Gon Pacci only just opened and the staff is already busy. With a seating capacity of around 100 people spread over two complete floors and an exciting menu, it’s no wonder that they are already booked for parties and events, not to mention the busy lunch and dinner hours. I was very intrigued by its interior and the finger food served at its launch party. I simply could not ...

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Homesick: I miss home, I miss Pakistan

I knew I was going to miss Pakistan; I had a feeling I’d crave the food, yearn for cricket, mope after the people and just generally be homesick after spending some time abroad. Coming to the US for college was, however, my personal choice and being here has been nothing short of amazing. The homesickness kicked in, but it is very different from what I thought it would be. It is hard to explain the ways in which I miss Pakistan. I miss the daily drive to and from school and the topsy-turvy hills I would stare at along the ...

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The Karachi I used to know

Yesterday afternoon I sat and watched with horror the events on TV, sans mobile phone and only some connectivity via email. Needless to say, it was frustrating, as the main focus of the anarchy was the area around my place of work. How could humans descend to this level in a metropolis where commerce and 20 million lives function together in a place they call home? Is this what humans do to their lives, friends, neighbours, communities and fellow citizens? Having spent two thirds of my life in this city, I know in my heart that I belong here. But this is not ...

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An easy guide to healthy living: Change your lifestyle!

After studying ‘Active Lifestyle’ as a subject in the US, reading a couple of books and several articles on health, I thought of depicting the extract of all I read as it has given me a deep insight about practicing healthy habits. It has also made me more positive than ever. Firstly, waking up early in the morning and welcoming the sun to our planet is the best way to start. The time frame between 6am and 10am is the ideal time to eat and exercise. When you eat your meal, sit in a posture where you can cross your legs, or ...

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A Bangladeshi perspective on Karachi

I had been in Karachi for six days a couple of months ago. Looking at Pakistan from the outside, we usually perceive this country through what the media portrays it to be – a gory place full of violence. Thus, I already had a picture in my mind about Pakistan – but the image I had and the image I discovered there, were remarkably different. I am a 29-years-old Bangladeshi banker, working in one of the leading Pakistani banks in Dhaka, Bangladesh. When my department head told me that I would have to go to Karachi for training purposes, I was glad because ...

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Let them eat cake

Files outside broken doors, Head counts reach to thousands, Hands spread, Arms outstretched, For food, Money, (Weaponry exchanges hands) And still, Waiting for more.   Greedy, no, Impoverished, Eyes eat up more, Than goes in the mouth. At the end of the day, Let them eat cake.   But at the turn, The dreams peek through, Stolen glances. The daring hope, (The bird still perched) We’re silent amidst the noise of our revolt. (Revolution) At the end of the day, Our blood is still green. Read more by Maryam ...

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