Monday 31 August 2020

Summer 2020!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

I'm just dropping in today to share some snaps from Summer 2020.
It's been a weird one because of you-know-what but we've still managed to enjoy ourselves nonetheless. As we prepare for the new season ahead, I've been re-reading this quote over and over again to keep myself grounded. I hope it brings you some comfort too.

amidst all that is changing around you, hold on to what is beautiful and true.
(morgan harper nichols)

a Sunday afternoon spent up in the hills.

there is calm in the wild.

 we woke up to the greyest skies today. time for more giant cookie baking!

 sisters waiting patiently for our casual afternoon lunch and tea to begin. I was late as usual! 😁

 on the menu: tuna nicoise salad.

 a selection of brioche sandwiches.

 and, a delightful lemon raspberry cake.

 plus I brought giant cookies - pictured at the bottom are rainbow and brown sugar chocolate chunk.

 such a fun socially-distanced catch up! we were talking about how unbelievable this year has turned out to be. could you have imagined all this to have happened in January? 🤷🏽‍♀️

 ogling the most beautiful brownies from Zahra Bakes.

 this paper doll will follow my niece around all Summer long.

 a leisurely Sunday evening spent making veggie pizzas.

not much sun these days but the sun-catchers are still beautiful.

was in the mood for a coffee chocolate iced situation so blended up: a shot of Americano + chocolate ice cream + chocolate spread + ice.

 I treated my Mum to a fish and chips dinner.

new favourite smoothie combo - orange juice + frozen raspberries + frozen banana + natural peanut butter + honey + baby spinach.

the Pakistani mangoes are in!

and that means plenty of creamy mango milkshakes.

super impressed by my Saturday afternoon brioche doughnuts.

rolled in sugar and filled with vanilla custard.

sundays spent zipping through the green hills are my favourite.

you can always count on Mum to be on rainy day pakora duty.

salad pizza for dinner. the pizza is divided up to make everyone happy.

bought a new fridge and had way too much fun organising it. 

making a no-bake Oreo cake for the start of Eid week. recipe is here.

my niece popped in before the new local lockdown rules started.

eid ul-adha lunch 2020.

obsessed with this cake that my cousin baked for her daughter's 4th birthday.

flow with your phases.

so proud of my friend who released her first book to help children understand autism. you can buy it here.

look up!

made tuna pasta salad for lunch one day. a similar recipe using chicken is here!

spending the day at Knowsley Safari Park.

shame that the lions were snoozing!

made tiramisu for dessert one day and added a layer of Oreos.

cooked a very summery mint and lemon chicken traybake. recipe from this cookbook.

getting myself used to early morning breakfasts again. 

grilled smoky peri peri chicken one afternoon after work and made the whole house choke!

croissant sandwiches for lunch. recipe is here!

finally tried dalgona coffee too! I used this recipe.

couldn't resist baking this antipasto pizza.

it made another great lunch!

homemade chilli oil wontons from this cookbook.

everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. be kind. always.

threw vegan pepperoni onto a frozen pizza and called it lunch with salad and garlic sauce.

we put potatoes into our chicken pulao and didn't regret it.

used up some sweet potatoes in fritters.

forever on the lookout for rainbows.

Keep me in your duas please!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

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