postcard from dubai & big news

Take a huge pile of sand, add millions of dollars, a passage of time, and find yourself in Dubai in the UAE. I’m sending you this overdue postcard from Dubai – a city that holds so many memories, experiences and meanings for me. This particular trip to Dubai will be especially memorable. I’m staying at … Continue reading

a postcard from malaysia

a postcard from malaysia

Hi all…. :) Been a little quiet around the blog since I’ve gone overseas for a little holiday – hooray! I’ve come by Malaysia, the land of sweet people, rich culture, and good food. Coming here has been so enlightening as I revisit all the places I’ve been to and discover new ones along the … Continue reading

food photography | lighting

food photography | lighting

Although this post is due to be the comparison brownie post (where I share with you a second brownie recipe and compare it with the swiss chocolate pistachio brownie), what’s more overdue is a quick post about my food photography. I’m in no way a certified professional, I will admit immediately. I have done several … Continue reading

croissant au beurre || a spiel & recipe

croissant au beurre || a spiel & recipe

Somewhere between last Saturday and now, I managed to realise I am the most pathetic human being alive. When I say this, I am referring to empathy, i.e. I am empathetic – but empathy has so much sociocultural connotative baggage involved with it, I like to use the concept pathos from Aristotle and mirror it so … Continue reading

swiss chocolate & pistachio brownies

swiss chocolate & pistachio brownies

Have you ever had someone or something enter your life briefly, consume so much of your thought, energy, and passion, only to then let life carry on fulfilling its mission, taking them as far away as close as it had brought them to you? Yet you continue thinking about them – allowing your mind to … Continue reading

baqlawa (misspelled baklava) recipe

baqlawa (misspelled baklava) recipe

Baqlawa. Everyone claims they do it best, but who knows? I’ve actually had this post done and dusted and sitting in my drafts since September 2012 – a whole entire year ago! Wow :) I thought I’d share it today because I’m head under stacks of study, assignments and midsem exams…. And well, it’s a … Continue reading

chocolate mousse squares

chocolate mousse squares

I went to a morning tea just this past weekend and just had to take something along with me. I’ve had this recipe saved in  my favourites on the “Taste” app for ages now – and although it got some some pretty bad reviews from users of the app, I knew that I just had … Continue reading

i heart cinnamon rolls

i heart cinnamon rolls

I really do heart them. So I made some in mini heart-shaped pans I bought from eBay (I bought six small ones). The story goes: I saw MJs heart shaped chocolate cups she had bought from the shops and wanted to recreate these at home. I did for a chocolate mousse but one use for things … Continue reading

pizza margherita [and base]

pizza margherita [and base]

Now that I’ve reached my first university holiday of the year, I’ve taken out the time to post – as promised – my pizza base recipe (and a Margherita at that) :) If you remember many months ago I complained that my oven always gave me hard-as-rock pizza crusts… which lead me to make a … Continue reading

chocolate mousse brownie slice

chocolate mousse brownie slice

It took a while to realise – but today’s my 2nd blogiversary :) feels weird to be honest, to think I’ve been posting recipes for the past two years. Mind you, only 130 or so :) I’d like to include a few sappy words – a romantic reminisce of the past couple of years. But these uni … Continue reading

karen’s smoked salmon pizza

karen’s smoked salmon pizza

So I’ve never actually seen Karen’s salmon pizza. Tasted it. Or smelt its aromas. But I’ve certainly been told about it :) And boy it sounded like something I’d devour any day! So why do I confess this? Because my version might not exactly look like hers, or taste 100% like hers, but perhaps it’s … Continue reading

pan fried salmon steaks

pan fried salmon steaks

With uni back in full swing, there’s been little time to cook – so I’ll be sharing a few recipes I managed to cook up during the summer :) I love salmon – it’s one of my go-to choices when nothing on a menu tickles my fancy, or when I feel the need for something … Continue reading

lemon yoghurt syrup cake

lemon yoghurt syrup cake

I’m a fanatic of two things: cooking (when I feel like it), and lemon desserts (when I’m craving it). Being a cooking fanatic, I loved watching MasterChef when I had lots of spare time, and few things to do :) Some of the recipes they cooked up on the show were plain amazing – and … Continue reading

light chocolate mousse

light chocolate mousse

Been a little while since I last posted. But I come with good news… I started the new year becoming an aunt to a gorgeous nephew! It was a marathon completing his cake on time, with last minute runs to the shops for extra cream, butter, batter ingredients, and decorations!   Thankfully, after 1.2L of … Continue reading

petite pumpkin soup

petite pumpkin soup

I’m back! :) In case you missed my previous post, I was doing a small tour of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand :) I’ve picked up on some amazing culinary practices I can’t wait to do here at home and share with everyone on the blog. :) Today I’m sharing with you a recipe given by … Continue reading

Postcard from Singapore

Sending you a postcard from Singapore. Although tonight I’m in Malaysia, I wanted to share with you the green lemon lemonade Singapore serves. Recipe I replicated here at home after my last trip to Singapore. It’s such a beautiful city with amazing architecture! Hope to catch you on your blogs once back in Down Under! … Continue reading

pretty peach tart

pretty peach tart

The last sweet recipe I posted was a peach pie. It was the result of Rufus’ “fresh peach tart” post. I really wanted to make the tart, but for a number of reasons, it morphed into a pie. So here’s attempt number 2. I got more than a few steps closer to the actual tart … Continue reading

chilli sweet potato fries

chilli sweet potato fries

If you’re after a party in your mouth, then this is the recipe you’re after. It’s packed with flavour, fried nutrition (:P), and loaded with texture to kick-start the best flavourful experience you’ll ever have. I’ll make an outright confession here: these aren’t as healthy as Rufus’ baked sweet potato fries, but they’re fries, so I’ll fry … Continue reading

plush peach pie

plush peach pie

When you wake up to hear crickets singing, there’s only one thing it can mean, and that is it’s summer! Alright, I lie, it’s only spring, but springs Down Under can get so hot, you lose yourself between the seasons, and activate Summer-Time mode immediately. :): With summer, you get fresh peaches, nectarines, and all … Continue reading

perfect pesto pasta

perfect pesto pasta

It’s been over 2 months… eep! :) I’ve been loitering around your blogs, enjoying the recipes you’ve posted, and protesting with time to slow down so I get the chance to cook up some of my own. Today, I’m going to share with you a recipe I love; it’s quick to make, healthy to munch … Continue reading

canny kataifi cones

canny kataifi cones

It’s certainly been a very long time since I last posted a recipe – I haven’t been doing as much cooking as I’d like, but my uni semester is almost over! :) And although I should probably be getting to my last bits of assessment and exam studies, I thought I’d share with you a … Continue reading

fanciful fruit pies

fanciful fruit pies

As winter is beginning to creep up on us, I’m wishing the warmth of Spring can come back quickly. Truth, however, I like colder months better, because you get to cosy up and enjoy a warm cuppa. :) I thought I’d bring some spring into the kitchen with this really easy fruit pie. Continue reading

A Year on WordPress…

A Year on WordPress…

A year ago today… since its launch, fati’s recipes (and the blog owner) have lived through many memorable experiences… To celebrate, today I’m offering a classy giveaway, and a look into the past year… ♥ Continue reading

smoked salmon scrambled eggs

smoked salmon scrambled eggs

Today I thought I’ll do a continuation from the previous recipe… I want to share with you a quick and healthy breakfast (or brunch) I recently decided to try after discovering something similar to it. I’m a lover of smoked salmon (took me a while), and like the occasional scrambled egg.. so I found this recipe to … Continue reading

perfect ‘pita’ pockets

perfect ‘pita’ pockets

Now that I’ve delved deep into uni, I thought I’d share with you a quick and healthy recipe I love to make… especially that I’m pretty much always short on time… It’s going to be one of my big and bold claims, that I invented this, because I’ve never before seen it anywhere… not in … Continue reading

scrumptious curry puffs

scrumptious curry puffs

I wonder if anyone is finding today a particularly weird day. Because it’s the 29th of Feb. Since I don’t know if I’ll be here or alive after 4 years from now, I thought I’ll put up a recipe for the occasion. A while back I tried a recipe for 2-toned curry puffs I saw on Tes … Continue reading

lolling lentil soup [syrian style]

lolling lentil soup [syrian style]

I’ve been so brain dead for the past few days. Like in the same way society scrutinises blondes for being dumb. Only tenfold worse. You see….. I’ve been aiming to get my driver’s license since August last year… I did a practical driving test on the 23rd Aug 2011… and after passing all the exam … Continue reading

cogent cauliflower stew

cogent cauliflower stew

I’m always in a battle when it comes down to cauliflower. Hence the name for this recipe card! Cauliflower always gives me this nice set of straightforward arguments as to why I should not hate it. And I’m always replying with illogical responses like “but you make people burp – like ew!” I don’t know … Continue reading

quaint qataayef asafeeri

quaint qataayef asafeeri

This classical Arabian dessert was posted back in May of 2011… I’m revisiting it for a couple of reasons, first of which is the photography, then ingredients… I remember that time I made it, I had used a pancake mix because I was out of time… and the photography was a shocker because I had … Continue reading

gallant grape leaves [yabraq]

gallant grape leaves [yabraq]

Yabraq was something I grew up watching my mum and granny do… as kids, we were never allowed to roll grape leaves with them, but sometimes, if we were behaving extra good, we were allowed to take a leaf and filling and ‘pretend roll it’, meaning it never got into the pot after all – … Continue reading

basic fruit basket

basic fruit basket

Now that summer’s over, I’m really looking forward to cooler nights and heartier food :) A few weeks back when the fruit drawer was overflowing, I made a very basic fruit basket and took it along to a little morning tea. I had plans to make it a bit more fancy, but I started just … Continue reading