Chicken Kabsa

Chicken Kabsa is a traditional Saudi Arabian and Middle Eastern dish. Rice is flavoured with aromatic baharat spices, tomato and chickpeas and served with roasted chicken. A perfect dinner recipe to serve for guests or on special occasions such as Eid, made even easier with the fact that it is cooked entirely on the stove top.

Chicken kabsa, a cultural staple from Saudi Arabia. In this signature dish, rice is flavoured with whole spices, aromatic ground baharat spice blend, tomatoes and chicken stock. In my version, there are also some chickpeas added to the rice for some extra protein. The rice is served with chicken which first cooks in the onion and spice base of the kabsa rice and is then pan roasted in butter to add some colour and crispiness to the chicken. This is a beautiful dish to serve on a platter to feed guests on dinner parties or special occasions such as Eid. 

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Mutton Biryani

An aromatic and fragrant layered rice dish, topped with caramelised onions. This biryani is made with tender mutton or lamb meat, cooked with a rang of whole and ground spices. This is more spicy in terms of aromatic rather than being hot and fiery. The rice is flavoured with spices such as whole cumin, black cardamom, whole peppercorns and cinnamon. The rice is perfectly cooked and the addition of ghee ensures that the biryani is not at all dry. A very easy recipe to serve to guests with a meat masala that can be

A buttery and aromatic biryani dish that is spicy without the heat but jam packed with complementary flavours. Cooked with tender cubes of lamb or mutton, this is a rice dish that you can partly prepare the night before to cut down on cooking stress. The biryani is flavoured with a range of whole and ground spices included cumin, black cardamom and whole black peppercorns. It’s then topped off with caramelised onions that adds some extra sweetness to the dish.  

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Bengali Mutton Pilau Rice

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As it is Eid al Adha in a few days time, I thought I would post a traditional Bangladeshi recipe that is served in many homes on this day. Cooked in ghee, this simple mutton pilau dish is buttery and decadent. This mild dish with no heat is flavoured with aromatic spices including cumin, cinnamon, and whole black peppercorns.  As it is Eid al Adha in a few days time, I thought I would post a traditional Bangladeshi recipe that is served in many homes on this day. Cooked in ghee, this simple mutton pilau dish is buttery and decadent. This mild dish with no heat is flavoured with aromatic spices including cumin, cinnamon, and whole black peppercorns.  

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Vintage Eid Tea Party

    During the weekend of Eid, we threw a vintage style tea party on a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon. It was the first grown up party that I had taken part in hosting and I thought I’d share a few pictures from the day. It took a few days to plan and prepare, and whilst there were a few stressful moments, it was a very fun and enjoyable day.   It was a real DIY party, as most things were either homemade, like the cakes and cookies or bought from the pound shop/eBay like the disposable tablecloth and vintage style paper straws and washi tape. We placed the flowers in an old glass bottle and a jam jar decorated with paper doilies from the pound shop. Whilst I love those vintage looking glass milk bottles, we had no space to store a set after the party, so instead I bought readymade milkshakes from the supermarket which came in similar shaped plastic bottles, and then I replaced the plastic label with a paper doily. My sister in law prepared the lovely Victoria sponge cake which we decorated with a washi tape cake topper. But our cake stand was nothing more than a plate and bowl taped together! I also had some fun making some tissue paper Pom pom flowers. It’s pretty cool what you can produce with a little creative thinking and lots of Pinterest tutorials!            

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