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Once in a while we all crave for the guilty Food pleasures, right? And What better than some scrumptious Golden Fried Chicken, similar to KFC, made easily at home? (WHY NOT :D)
So a few days ago the Husband and I were Craving KFC Fried Chicken – We really wanted to make some at home, as we find the KFC Chicken slightly salty and super greasy! ( KFC Chicken standard is not what it once used to be, Amirite?) So i found the perfect ratio of herbs, spices and ingredients from a few Tested Recipes and Found the Perfect – Closest KFC Recipe at Home 🍗Wohoo! Achievement Unlocked!
Ingredients (For the Chicken) – (Part- I) • Chicken Pieces (With Bone) : 8-9 Pieces • Salt as required
• Black Pepper: 1/2 tsp
• Mustard Sauce 1 Tbsp
• Ginger Garlic Paste ½ Tbsp
• 1 Egg (beat it)
• ½ Tbsp Soda Bicarbonate
Flour Seasoning -(Part –II) • 3 Cups Flour • ½ Tbsp Red Chilli Powder • ½ Tbsp Black Pepper • ½ Tbsp Oregano • ½ TbspThyme • ½ Tbsp Paprika Powder • ½ Tbsp Dried Basil • ½ Tbsp White pepper • 1 Cup Corn Flour • ½ Tbsp Salt
1. In a Bowl beat an Egg and Add all the Spices and Chicken Pieces (Refer to Part – I). 2. Keep Aside. (Marinate for 15-20 Minutes) 3. Now Coat the Marinated Chicken pieces with the Dry Flour Seasoning. 4. Fry Away. Tip: Don’t Over crowd the Fry bowl with many pieces, it will drop the temperature. Fry 2-3 pieces at one time.
Ta-daa! Crispy, Finger lickin’ Good – Golden Fried Chicken is Ready to be Served!🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗We Loved it!! 😍
Enter the World of Art, Music, Theatre, Story Telling, Jazz, Contemporary Art & much more at the Fantastic Hidden Door Festival Happening This week – Till 3rd June, In Leith, Edinburgh.
My Husband and I visited the Much Talked about Event Happing in Town (The Festival) on Sunday, May 27th (Day 3) and we had SUCH a Great Time! What a Refresher! The Vibe was Pumping with energy, Young Talent, Awe-Striking Art, Excellent Performance and All in all – A fantastic Time for Fun and embracing Art.
As soon as we entered into the Leith Theatre, We were welcomed by Happy, Vibrant faces; where everyone wanted to Just have a Jolly good time, with friends and Family – In the language of Art. It was Buzzing with excellent Vibes. We were given an Itinerary of the Day break and Week schedule, and this festival which is running from 25th May shall be running till 3rd June and is lined up with Excellent performances in one place, like never before! From Music Performances, Theatre Plays, Story Telling, Contemporary Art it’s a delightful place to be and have a Great time!
The Entire Place was setup with Colorful Origami Display Hangings, Arts and Crafts and it was such a Pleasant Sight. Such a Treat to the eyes!
We were Super Excited about the very famous Annie Lord – Who is an Excellent Story Narrator. Her Storytelling Performance called Celluloid was Amazing! Took us to the Yesteryears, and made us fall into the depth Of her narration. It was the highlight of our Visit.
Every Piece of Art and Display of talent speaks volume. It’s a unique expression of one’s self and a definite pleasure to the viewer. The names of each piece, segment and performance was eye catching! Sunday, 27th May was all about Events that were meaningful, strong and had a great impact. Titled as Celluloid, Lets Smash the Patriarchy Party, CollecttivoXL and Voices from the Moon– Every day is lined up with meaningful Performances, and each and everyone from the audience definitely takes that experience back home with them.
Food, Drinks, Music, Art, – All things Awesome are happening at the Hidden Door Festival Edinburgh, 2018. If you are in Town, you should definitely check this out!
We all want the fresh look to our skin and want to feel forever Young, Beautiful and Fresh. With busy schedules and every day routine it can sometimes get difficult to keep up with your wellness regime. But with the right set of products filled with Aloe Vera and natural Ingredients, beauty from inside out can definitely be achieved.
Recently, i got lucky enough to get my hands on a few Products from the range, including the Infinite Skin Care range, Aloe Propolis Crème, Tooth Gel, Aloe Hand Wash, and Moisturizer.
I used these products for a couple of days before giving my own review on the results. To my surprise, the products not only showed results as soon as i used them, my skin felt super soft and fresh with just a few uses.
The Infinite By Forever – Is a Skincare System. It includes products to help your skin feel rejuvenated and soft. Helps you combat any signs of wrinkle development or uneven skin tone. This incredible line of products is made up of natural ingredients and remarkable formulas.
The Hydrating Cleanser is full of potent, naturally-derived ingredients like apple extract, apple amino acid and cocoa fatty acids that increase skin hydration and gently wash away dirt and oil without drying. This mild, milky cleanser will leave skin feeling hydrated, soft and clean to lay a strong foundation for the rest of your anti ageing routine.It also has a greatly designed dispenser cap which you just twist open, squeeze a bit out and twist closed – no mess or wastage.
The Restoring Crème combines skin science and aloe with powerful botanicals including Acai and pomegranate, and vitamin B3 helps even out skin tone and texture.With over fifteen skin conditioning ingredients, Restoring Crème absorbs fast to leave skin feeling moisturised and smooth.Use daily to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier and replenish parched skin.
The Firming Serum contains clinically-proven three-amino acid peptide that complements the natural process of skin to increase firmness and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Paired with powerful natural ingredients and our patented aloe, Firming Serum is a rich moisturizer that makes skin feel smooth and firm, and your complexion appear visibly younger.
After using the Forever moisturizer my skin felt silky smooth and soft, I was also impressed with how supple the skin on my thighs in particular felt, thanks to collagen and elastin thrown into the mix of ingredients. My dry patches also haven’t made an appearance since using this, which is always a bonus!
The lotion can work well as a make-up base, which for me personally I think I would find too rich for my face, however if you are a sufferer of troublesome dry patches on your face, you may find this beneficial.
If you are interested to get your hands on any of the Forever living products, my friend Zoe is your person to get the right stuff for your health and Wellness – Check out her Page and information on : https://bit.ly/2s1KyZ2
What are you waiting for? Get your skin glowing with the Awesome Forever Living products.
We all want to Smile with our perfect White teeth, that could leave a good impression on the person we’re smiling at, don’t we? Since the longest time, i was meaning to get my Teeth that whiter and lighter look and i was SO confused was exactly to opt for, what to do. Drinking a LOT of coffee and Tea gradually gave my teeth that Yellowish, stained look which was not at all pleasant.(Who likes that?!)
I really wanted to get a Safe, Convenient and time saving Solution and i definitely got lucky. A few weeks back i got my hand on a Teeth whitening brand called -”Marbonne- Non-Peroxide Teeth Whitening Strips” and gave it a try!
This has got to be the easiest and by far a rewarding experience at Home for me. It is a 14-day treatment. This Package has 28 packets in it, with 2 strips in each. The convincing feature of these strips were that these are Non-Peroxide. Giving no enamel damage, gum or teeth sensitivity which was a big plus for me try these! It’s advanced whitening formula removes the stubborn stains from the teeth and helps in giving a shade up to 10 times whiter.
From the first use, i could see a slight difference, but regularly used it till 10 days t see if it was really working. To my surprise it did.
The best thing about this treatment is that, these strips allow you to apply them from the convenience of your own home. Wherever you are, just pop them on, and leave it for 30 minutes. Whether you’re ding your Makeup, getting ready for work, cooking just stick them on nicely and wait.
I usually stick them nice and firmly by using the help of my fingers so there is no space left between the Marbonne strips and the teeth. Once the 30 minutes are over, just peel off the soft strip from your teeth, and rinse your mouth to remove an residue that might be left.These Strips can either be used twice a day or once, giving you a 14 or 7 day treatment programme respectively.
I am literally flaunting my smile and teeth now with so much confidence now, it’s time you should too.You can easily purchase these strips here :
Fresh Summery Winds and Sunshine Pouring all across Edinburgh, this is just the perfect time to experience the Blossom all over.
Edinburgh is a spectacular City, with it’s rich cultural Heritage and History. To celebrate this weather, an upcoming Event is just perfect to make your weekend! The Japanese Blossom 3D Picture event that is happening in Edinburgh, at the Lauriston Castle on Saturday 19th May 2018.
I was invited to it’s Exclusive Insight, and what a lovely experience. The Castle was filled with Fresh Blossom Trees and the sun was perfectly bright to experience the Magical Strolls across the gorgeous Gardens while Mike Durnan was Telling the Tales of Japanese history. Felt like i was in Heaven. Experience the beautiful Edinburgh with this fantastic even and experience the Japanese Culture and Fresh Blossom Surroundings as you step into the Lauriston Castle.
Every Corner of these gardens has a story to tell. Summers are not too common in Edinburgh, and this seems like the perfect time to indulge int he summer sun and freshness that it has to offer.
The programme involved different steps starting with a brief history about the Japanese Art and heritage, Stroll around the Old Kitchen followed by the Walk across the magnificent gardens with the Famous Tales from the Past. It’s such a therapeutic experience which literally was a treat! The Calm and peaceful ambiance as we see the lush green garden and gushing water falls, feels like one is standing in pure Japanese Calm atmosphere.
The 3D Art is taught in the most easiest way. Not only did i learn so much about their history the Art experience was special on its own! I was briefed about the different types of Japanese Art and it was so much fun playing with colors and trying to make out perfect 3D Setups.
If you are in Town, this is the perfect event for you t take your family to, your friends where yo can learn so much about the Japanese blossom Festival and create your own art, giving you the perfect chance to spend the quality time with friends and family and bond!
What are you waiting for? Book your Tickets to this Amazing event and experience the perfect weekend!
So..Who have you booked for your Bridal Makeup? If i count on my finger’s the number of time’s i got asked with this question when i told the world i was getting married, I really could not count it.
One Major question every Bride-to-be gets to hear from her friends, friends of friends, neighbors, Neighbors relatives and the list goes on.
‘Toh, Makeup kahan se book kerwaya”? (So, which Salon have you booked for your makeup?)
Since always, i never wanted to spend a hefty amount for my bridal makeup, ever. Not that it’s a bad thing, everyone has a different set of choices but personally i wanted to go for something pocket-friendly and of high quality.
Many people said ‘But it’s your biggest day of your life, how can you risk such a big day’?! I always told them ‘Whatever money i spend, will they make me look like Angelina Jolie”?! No right? ‘They will only enhance how look to another level, and i definitely don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for just a few hours- You what i mean right?
After searching up various makeup Artists, their Bridal packages and added benefits i finally made up my mind.I visited the salon of these two super talented and such courteous sister’s (Sana and Sara) at their ”Sana Sara’s Salon & Studio” and kept on visiting their ‘Live Brides’ on going makeup sessions, not once, not twice but thrice till i loved their work and signed them up for my big days. Many Salons in Karachi do NOT have this added benefit of having a look at a real-bride while her Makeup is going on. Sana and Sara’s have such reasonable bridal packages along side excellent Bridal services which i did avail and loved it! The signature Makeup look for Baraat costed my 21K which included services as well. How Reasonable is that?! and Massively awesome.
While i was searching up for the best Makeup place matching my requirements, i had many people question me ‘Oh, why are you not getting your makeup from this high-end expensive Place”? ‘This xyz place will empty your pockets tho, but hello its your big day”.
And there i was thinking :
What’s the guarantee i’ll get the exact look like i have in my mind even if i pay that massive amount of money?
I have heard mixed reviews for them as well, honey.
Why are you asking me questions like .’How much is your Bridal dress for?!’, ”Oh! why don’t you book that Massively expensive designer” and not ask me questions like ‘How are things going on?, ‘Do you need any help with anything”?!
I believe during the preparation time it’s really important to keep the bride to be at ease and make her feel comfortable and (or) assist her with any help instead of asking thick questions ONLY and being of no help.
My wedding was in the busiest of the busy Peak-wedding Month of the Year, i.e December. I always wanted to go for a signature Traditional Red Bride on my Baraat and have a softer yet different look on my Valima.
My In-laws and Husband are complete gems, Masha’Allah. They have always supported in every decision of mine. I told my Husband that i’ve researched and i my heart just feels right for this Salon as it will allow us to get done with my Makeup in time for my Day light Shoot and i won’t have to sulk in the Crazy Karachi traffic Jams on my way to the Venue which was Main Karsaz- Jade Hall.
It all came together brilliantly. On the day of my Baraat and Valima – Both the sisters Sana and Sara along with their Team were super courteous. Such talented sisters, i believe it’s all about taking that leap of faith in things that feel right and it does always have to be ”If it’s expensive it has to be brilliant’. No, it does not work that way.
I arrived early for my Makeup, i observed how nicely each bride was being catered to.It was not an overly crowded fish market and at each step they told me how the look shall be, what i have in my mind, so it was excellent team work.I went for the Signature Look for my Main Baraat Day and Soft Pink look for my Valima.
BARAAT LOOK – DAY I
(Right after the Makeup was done in the Salon- (Raw Pictures below)
And Hey, that’s my best-friend who accompanied me 😀
Perfect Red and Gold Look, with a soft base not cakey at all. Loved how they did my eyes and the lips. I briefed them what look i had in mind and they listened and did their best.
Soft Pink glossy look for day -II and i couldn’t have been happier. I was charged 18k for this look which is the best bet i could get for such an awesome look. I went for a slightly different hair style, which was something new for me, but at the end it was all worth it!
I would totally recommend Sana And Sara’s for all those girls who are looking for a budget-friendly makeup Salon with Excellent Services in Karachi.
All those asking who did my Makeup, you now know it 😀
Good food is a definite source of happiness. While we get busy in our daily life and work routines, it is important to indulge in some good food dining with your friends an family and give your self that well deserved break.
I love to explore new eateries, different menu’s and flavors. Since a few weeks i was meaning to try out this highly spoken about Italian Eatery called VAPIANO here in Edinburgh, UK. Finally, my lucky day arrived where i was invited to try out their menu and it has got to be my Best Birthday Gift- As i it was my Birthday.
We were warmly welcomed upon our arrival and were briefed about the different items on the menu. The Interior is super vibrant, with happy vibes and a well lit place.The music played is a definite mood lifter. Small green plants at every station is a good sight – giving the fresh vibes.
Food is freshly made in front of you, with fresh Italian herbs and ingredients. Loved how the VAPIANO Team were super helpful in helping us and we were briefed to order at different stations.
We Ordered :
1. Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Baked to perfection, this pizza had the perfect ration of sauce and toppings with the perfect sweet and sour kick to the sauce flavor. The cheese just melts in your mouth making you want to get another slice. My husband loved this and kind of ate half of this himself. (Haha)
2. Vegetarian Lasagne with a side of Balsamic Vinegar Salad
Pure comfort food, filled with rich Flavor, the Vegetarian lasagne was a delight to eat. The crispy baked layer of cheese followed by layers of mushroom and tomato goodness was perfect enough to take us straight to lasagne heaven.
This was my personal winner. Felt like i was in Italy with the rightly spiced pasta and the sun-dried cherry tomatoes and chicken seasoned to perfection.
4. Bruschetta Gamberetti
I have never had this good of Bruschetta’s in life ever before! Well toasted Ciabatta Bread with seasoned tomatoes and Olive oil with grilled King prawns was divine. Fresh and filling. Perfect to start off your meal with, these are too good! The slight tangy flavor of the tomatoes with the golden crispy bread is a perfect combination.
5. DOLCI’s – Crèma Dí Fragola & Death by Chocolate Cake
To end our excellent main course dishes, it was time to add some sweet to the palette. Freshly made desserts won our hearts. Fresh Crèma Di Fragola with Strawberries was the perfect balance to sweet and slight tangy from the fruit. Death by chocolate cake was perfectly baked with the right amount of goey-ness and cream to go with it.
What a fantastic food experience at VAPIANO– Edinburgh. We were over joyed with the experience, food, service and ambience.
If you are craving something rich in flavors and generous portions, This is your place to be! Tantalize your taste buds with the Italian flavors here.
Tired of the everyday basic food routine? Are you craving for something Italian and creamy yet you need it to be super quick and easy? Save that hefty amounts of money on those fancy, high-end Eateries and make the perfect creamy Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta to perfection at your home!
(Jennifer Lawrence is giving the exact expression i gave after popping the first bite of this delicious-ness in my mouth!)
This recipe is So easy, it makes the creamy pasta melt in your mouth with the Italian herbs giving that flavor of pure goodness.
Boneless chicken (Cubes)- 1/2kg
Fettuccine Pasta (Any brand) ( I used Dececco, it’s an Italian Brand available in the UK)
Garlic (Chopped) – 2 Tsp
Mushrooms – 6
Butter – 2-3 tablespoons
Dried Parsley – 1 1/2 tsp
Basil dried – 1 tsp
Oregano – 1 tsp
Chilli Flakes – 2 tsp
Black Pepper – 1 1/2 tsp
Soy Sauce – 2 tablespoons
Mustard Paste – 2 tsp
Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
White Flour – 3 tablespoons
Milk – 2 Cups (Warm Milk)
Cheddar / Parmesan Cheese – 1/2 cup – Grated
Salt – To taste
Parsley leaves – To Garnish
Method : The method involves three quick steps, and then the final assembling of the pasta.
For the Chicken
Marinate the chicken pieces in salt, Garlic, Black pepper, Mustard paste, Soy Sauce, Chilli Flakes, Lemon juice, Oregano and Basil Powder. Marinate for 20 minutes and fry in a drop of oil. Keep aside.
For the Pasta
Boil your Fettuccine Pasta with salt water and rinse out with cold water and add a few drop of Oil to it, so they don’t stick to each other. Keep them aside.
For the Mushrooms
In a pan take 1 tbsp butter, add Chopped Mushrooms, chopped garlic, Black pepper, salt and Basil powder. Fry slightly and take out in a bowl.
For the White Creamy Sauce
In the same pan add Butter and flour. Mix for a few minutes and add warm milk right after. Be quick in stirring so lumps don’t form. Keep on mixing. Add 1/2 cup of Parmesan and (or) Cheddar Cheese and mix till it’s a thick white creamy textured sauce.Now add all the Italian spices (dried basil, parsley and Oregano), Black pepper, Chilli flakes. Now add the fried chicken pieces and mushrooms in butter sauce. Mix well. Serve and garnish with chopped parsley leaves.
A cup of Frothy Cappuccino, Nutella crepe’s and Waffles on a fine Saturday afternoon sounds good right? You know what’s even better? Having to enjoy ALL that with your Favorite Celebrities, while you talk about Life, laughter and get some insight about their upcoming Movie – CAKE; like friends, who are catching up on life!
YES, that was me – Having a Jolly good time with the super Talented and Gorgeous Aamina Sheikh and Sanam Saeed! It was a few days back when I was called in by the PR team of their upcoming Movie and was asked ‘Hey Abeer, are you free this Saturday (7th Oct) ? You’ve been selected as the winner to meet and have an afternoon with Aamina and Sanam for their new movie CAKE’. I couldn’t hold my excitement! Cleared my calendar for Saturday, kept everything on hold Because HELLO!!- COFFEE AND CAKES WITH THESE TWO! WHY NOT?
Sanam and Aamina once posted about a competition on their Social Media, to share your Favorite Dessert at your favorite Dessert eatery in town and One Lucky Winner shall get to meet them– AND NOT JUST MEET- Eat, Chit chat and have a great time. So Team Cake invited me over at LALS.
It’s a different thing bumping into your favorite celebrities or working with them and a completely different one to sit with them one on one, giggling, laughing and listening to each other while soft vintage music is being played in the background.
I got to know so much about their upcoming Movie CAKE. It has been shot in three different locations including London, UK. When I told Aamina I’m getting married in a few months and shall move to Edinburgh and can’t wait to reminisce my childhood (As I’ve lived there when i was a kid), Sanam shared how she remembers wearing those thick Jumpers and Cardigans when she lived in London during her childhood. While discussing about Edinburgh, Sanam told she loves Game Of thrones (Which has been shot in parts of Northern Scotland) and Aamina loves Edinburgh and has been catching up on the series GOT.
These two women have been my complete inspiration for their promising projects, great acting and above all such graceful personalities. It was heart melting to see these two as such sweet individuals and so down to earth.Loved how we shared our insights about different topics, life, my perspective as an audience and so much more.
Now let’s come to the BEST PART, shall we? The time when we had to order Desserts! That too as many and as much as we wanted! Courtesy- LALS. YES! ( Just like a kid in a candy store- that was ME!)
Since it was all about getting your-Sweet Tooth- Cravings- satisfied, we ordered Nutella Crepe’s, Strawberry & Gelato Waffles, Chocolates Éclairs, Scones and of course, Coffee. I told them either my Birthday Present came late this year or the Christmas came too early to which we shared a good laugh and gobbled up our desserts!
I’m a huge supporter of Pakistani Cinema and i believe it’s really important to appreciate good Art and talent. Thank you for having me over, Team CAKE– THE FILM. Wishing you lots of Luck and success! Can’t wait to watch this movie in the theaters!