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Bread Poha & a slice of my life

We had the most enjoyable three days for Eid this time. Time spent in the company of friends, eating out, bowling, watching movies was truly memorable. I thought of indulging in some cooking in these holidays but I couldn’t really get down to it. 

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Lately, I haven’t shared much on the blog about what is going on with my life. Well, there is a reason as to why I have been so cut off from this space. Everyday, there is so much happening that it is difficult to pin point a few events or even morals from the lessons I learn each day as a woman entrepreneur. Moreover, as a person, I always find it inspiring to focus on the positives that would help me move forward.

 

So here I am sharing a few highlights of my life in the last 6 months.

  • My company – The Butterfly Effect Co completed 3 years ( www.thebutterflyeffect.co). This means it has graduated from being a startup to a small business now. This also means we graduated from being a 2 people company to a 6 person company focusing on clients across industry verticals and geographies. We have also expanded our service lines from being a pure-play social media management company to a full-fledged digital marketing company providing services like SEO, mobile apps, Website development etc. 
  • Little Mimi who took up maximum space on my blog will start with grade 3 now in September. She is a little person now who has opinions and expresses them with the ferocity that makes me wonder how did she grow up so fast!
  • The blog completed 7 years in February, this year. I celebrated it with skillet brownie and ice cream. You can check out the recipe here.
  • One of the highlights this year was my foray into organizing events. Having organized community based food, art and craft festivals, bake sales in the previous years, I was able to harness on that experience to conduct a children’s painting exhibition. I cannot thank God enough for it went off smoothly despite all odds. 
  • Mimi and I started a reading club at home for children every Wednesday. It has been delightful sharing my love of books with these 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-olds. It also gives me a glimpse into the minds of this age group. How they look at books, plots, characters and what keeps their interest alive in the books they read!

These are few wonderful things that happened over the course of these 6 months which makes me feel very optimistic about the time to come. 

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Another highlight was preparing this awesome bread poha for breakfast this morning. Bread poha is one of my favourite snack / breakfast that I enjoy every once in a while. Generally, I am tempted to try this when I have some left over bread at home. It is wholesome, delicious and healthy too. Weight watchers may want to limit the portion cause it is nothing but C-A-R-B-S. For such dieters, I would recommend this dish for a cheat meal. For the recipe check out the recipe card.

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Bread Poha
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Bread slices, torn into small pieces ( atleast 8-10 slices- older the better)
  2. 2 large onions, chopped
  3. 5 green chilles, chopped fine,
  4. peanuts - half cup( boiled)
  5. salt as per taste
  6. chilli powder - 1 tsp
  7. coriander powder - 2 tsp
  8. tumeric powder - 2 tsp
  9. sugar - 1 tbsp or less
  10. lemon juice - a dash
  11. sprinkle of water
  12. mustard seeds,- 1 tsp
  13. cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  14. dash of asafoetida
  15. curry leaves - 8 -10 leaves
Instructions
  1. Tear all the bread slices into bite sized pieces, keep aside
  2. Take some oil in a flat frying pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and add asafoetida
  3. Add chopped onions and fry until light & translucent
  4. Add green chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  5. To this add, all the spice powders including salt and sugar and mix well.
  6. Add boiled peanuts and fry well
  7. Add bread pieces and let the spices coat the bread pieces very well.
  8. Once the bread is mixed well, sprinkle water to soften the bread.
  9. Take the pan off the heat and add a dash of lemon juice and serve hot
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Ramadan special – Vimto Ice Cream

This year Ramadan has been the hottest. It makes me wonder how all who are fasting are keeping up! I hope all of them are hydrating well after sundown. Each year, Ramadan also inspires me to try something new keeping up with the local tastes and ingredients. Vimto features prominently in all the Bahraini households that I know. Vimto is a mixed berry drink that is quite high on sugar but works wonders after a day of no food and drink. Usually Vimto is simply mixed with water and tonnes of ice to create a refreshing drink at home. It is also served at restaurants as an accompaniment to dinner. 

When I tried Vimto for the very first time, I wasn’t impressed. To me it tasted like medicine at that time and I vowed never to try it again. It was not until several years later that in 2016 that I tried Vimto at a local cafe that I actually found the flavour interesting. With tonnes of ice after a walk in souq, under the hot sun, Vimto revived my sagging spirits. Since then, I have enjoyed this drink on and off. This Ramadan, I felt like experimenting with this much-loved syrup-drink and thought that ice – cream was the safest way to do so. 

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While researching this drink, I found this interesting trivia that really surprised me –

“This  purple drink was first manufactured in Manchester in 1908 ( 105 years ago) and made from grape, blackcurrant and raspberry flavouring and lot of sugar”

Also the Vimto sold in the Gulf states is thought to be even higher in sugar levels than that sold in Western countries. 

With this interesting trivia engaging my thoughts, I embarked on creating this simple 4 -ingredient ice cream at home.  This ice cream uses Fresh cream, whole milk, Condensed milk and Vimto.

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It was very happy with the way the ice cream turned out especially because I don’t have an ice cream maker. It was creamy and the Vimto flavour was spot on. 

Vimto Ice Cream
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups whole milk
  2. 2 cups fresh cream
  3. 1 cup vimto
  4. 1 tin condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Blend the condensed milk with whole milk well.
  2. Add Vimto to this mix
  3. Whip the fresh cream until it form soft peaks and fold it into the mix. ( if you feel it is not folding well, just don't bother and blend it all in)
  4. Pour it in a container and cover it.
  5. Freeze it for atleast 2.5 hours or 3 hours and then bring it out. Give it a good mix to break all the ice formation until the ice cream is creamy.
  6. Send it back to the freezer for another 3 hours, bring it out again and blend it again to break the ice;
  7. Do this atleast 4-5 times for the creamiest texture.
  8. Serve the Vimto ice scoops with berries
Sliceofmylyfe - a Food blog based in Bahrain http://www.sliceofmylyfe.com/

Fresh food counter at Lulu Hypermarket : Review

Off late, my schedule has been outright maddening. There hasn’t been any time to cook or enjoy a meal in peace. But I am glad that I have plenty of takeaway and home delivery options in Bahrain, that make my life easy. One of the reliable options is the hot food counter at Lulu Hypermarket. It also helps that it is dot opposite my home. 

Any time I feel I am missing home and feel a deep craving for home style food, I head to Lulu Hypermarket to enjoy my favourite sweets, snacks like pakoras, samosas. 

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Lulu Hypermarket’s hot food section has a great selection to choose from as you can see from the pictures. 

When I was offered to the opportunity to review the hot food section, I preferred Indian food and this is what they packed for me as a takeaway.

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The menu consisted of – A spicy salad which we call “Kachumber”, my favourite kadai paneer, Lemon and spice chicken tikka, Kashmiri Pulao and a selection of Indian sweets. 

The Kashmiri Pulao was fragrant and delicious with long-grained basmati rice, vegetables, sweet red grapes flavoured in saffron and spices. Simply delicious!

The kadai Paneer was oily and very “dhaba” style – exactly how I like it. Indulging once in a while is good for the soul, I believe.

The salad was the right accompaniment as it served as a palette cleanser. 

The chicken was lemon-y and very appetizing but I preferred by vegetarian fare over the meat. 

The milk -based sweets hit the right note without being too sweet. 

All in all, the meal from Lulu Hypermarket’s hot counter was filling and scrumptious and comes recommended for that once in a while indulgence or every day meal ( where you should opt for the lighter dals and vegetable curries or grills for the meat eaters)