When you are away from the family and you miss them terribly

I still vividly remember my childhood days, every time my Grandfather came across to Karachi he would bring us roasted “Teetar” (the Grey Partridge or the Grey Francolin) and “Bater” (quail); both birds were delicacies and often raised or hunted with great passion. Roasted to perfection in some of the best spices and herbs, I can still taste them today in my memory. He would bring us the Honey, with the pieces of the honey comb inside the bottle, from the orange orchards. The honey tasted and smelled of oranges, I don’t think I have tasted honey that good ever again. My Grandmother would make us Halwa from sprouted and roasted wheat (which by the way takes hours of cooking); “tikras” a fried sweet dough pastry flavoured with cardamom, fennel and cumin; and my favourite the “achar” mango pickles (in a big ceramic jar, don’t see those any more). 

The Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese frosting

Though by today’s standards the distance doesn’t seem much as within hours we transit the world zooming in and out of airports. At that time the journey even by the plane took most of a day. There was no airport in the small town that they lived in (there still isn’t one) the nearest airport was in the city of Lahore which was good 6 hours’ drive as the roads were bad (this is if they didn’t get stuck in a traffic jam). Flights were often late. The other option was by train which took over 24 hours. They made this journey with so much love and enthusiasm that I still feel it in me today. 

Chocolate cinnamon rolls

Between my grandparents they made 2-4 trips in the year to be with us. We looked forward to the trips needless to say. 

The sticky toffee date pudding … delicious

My childhood is full of memories of food, everything in my life was about food. I don’t ever remember having bad or even average food. On both my paternal and maternal side I was blessed with amazingly good cooks in form of grandmothers, in my aunts and in my cousins. Not only did they cook exceptionally well they cooked with so much love that the food tasted heavenly. They didn’t wait for us to come over to share food with them they would send us food at every opportunity that they got with relative and friends that came to Karachi. 

The Banana Bread with walnuts … this recipe is with perfect sweetness if you are like me and don’t like desserts that over power you!

My parents kept this tradition of sharing home cooked food alive. Every trip that my Mother or siblings have made to Singapore they have brought us home cooked food, especially the roasted Mutton, Biryani, Shami Kababs and the Carrot Halwa. 

Multigrain Bread – I have this home made bread every day for breakfast. It really makes me feel full.

With my Husband going back home I wanted to relive my childhood memories by sharing food with my family. Well no I didn’t make “Teetar” and “Batar”; though I wonder if I would find them in Mustafa (a super wonder Indian store in Singapore which some how stocks everything under the sun and no exaggeration in this though the assortment is placed with no specific order and one could easily spend the whole day looking for items on the grocery list).

Chocolate chip cookies – this recipe I have been working on with quite few variations. Hoping this one will be better than the last one! Looking for the perfect balance between chewy and crispy!

For three days I was in the kitchen, baking bread, cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, chocolate filled cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies (the recipe for which I’m still working on hoping this one would be perfect), banana bread, sticky toffee date pudding and the French Macarons. The macarons gave me the toughest time. These delicate biscuits are the finickiest to make. Requiring complete focus and patience I did manage to make them. Though nothing even close to the ones in a bakery in terms of presentation, they were decent in taste I have to admit. 

Purple coloured French Macaron- I need to add more Colour to get the perfect bright purple Colour that is so attractive in bakeries.

The house smelled delicious just like a bakery. The kids were upset as they weren’t allowed to touch any of the goodies. I promised to make them more this week. They didn’t look happy at all. The irresistible aroma of freshly baked goodies and then not being allowed to eat them must have been a challenge for them. They were happy to know that daddy was taking all this food for their cousins. 

The Strawberry flavoured macarons with strawberry filling so delicious I must add.

Food is love in my universe and food shared with family and friends is what makes my world so special. 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautifully written, my friend. Surely, your family back in Pakistan will be very delightful to receive your thoughtful gestures πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much … 😊

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  2. S Butt says:

    We are all different but one thing common in your family seems to be that they are all great cook and food lovers.

    Carrying the family tradition successfully and beyond you dish out amazing food on the table and I think you have exceeded them all with your around the world recipes and flavours.

    Bet! your family members look forward to visit you not just to meet you but to try out amazing food, food from around the world under one roof.

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    1. Thank you … my family is the very best.

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