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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

When I’m in my kitchen cooking from my late great grandmother or grandmother’s old recipe books, I am not alone. I feel them in the kitchen with me, encouraging me, whispering stories and peering into the pot I stir.

I make my grandmother’s chicken curry for my children with the same ingredients and from the same recipe used for around 400 years. All of the beautiful family recipes on this feed have this in common: real ingredients, fresh seasonal produce, traditional techniques; they are made from scratch, and with much love.

No matter our culture or food tradition, love for the food of our childhood unites us. Food nourishes in so many ways, it speaks to our deepest emotions, makes us recall our memories with sharp clarity – the smell of apples and cinnamon, the taste of pie, the sight of our grandmother kneading dough with wrinkled hands.

These recipes celebrate the amazing power of food and the ritual of cooking and eating to comfort us, to evoke love, nostalgia, to bridge time and distance, to tell the story of our past and to keep it alive for our future.
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Shaheen Hughes

@ilovespicemama

Perth, Western Australia

Cooking beautiful, colourful, healthy Indian food for the people I love.

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Bread is more than just flour + water: It tells a story! This is @alexandracooks peasant bread. It…

Peasant Bread

Bread is more than just flour + water: It tells a story! This is @alexandracooks peasant bread. It was passed down from her mom, but with a catch: She was forbidden to share the recipe!? So for years, she didn't. But everyone wanted it. And instead of disclosing the truth, Ali said the recipe could be found on the back of a bag of flour (these were her mother's strict orders, after all!). But now her number is up: Printed and bound within the most beautiful book, you'll find the master recipe for this peasant bread!?? It's so, so good. And the best part? You can use it as a base to make all kinds of loaves including rosemary semolina, oatmeal-maple, cheesy cheddar bread, and more. I've had fun baking from it all week. And I'm confident you will too. More on stories!
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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

I love the story that comes with this recipe!
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This is my mum's vegan Sri Lankan aubergine curry just in time for #meatlessmonday. It's a super…

Sri Lankan Aubergine Curry

This is my mum's vegan Sri Lankan aubergine curry just in time for #meatlessmonday. It's a super traditional recipe that my mum and grandma only made on special occasions, but nowadays I cook it for my vegetarian and vegan friends and they're blown away. It's not your average curry, it's got so many flavours in it that your average curry mix just hasn't. This is the kind of curry your mum teaches you, not a book. But it's one of my all time favourites so I think it's worth sharing. It's creamy thanks to the coconut milky, perfectly tangy from the tamarind and delicately spicy thanks to the fenugreek and curry leaves.
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i am so excited to share my grandma's rice stuffed tomates à la provençale

Tomatoes Stuffed With Rice, Herbs And Garlic

i am so excited to share my grandma's rice stuffed tomates à la provençale
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Gateau Merveille or probably something close to Mauritian Papad that will enable many of my other…

Mauritian Papad

Gateau Merveille or probably something close to Mauritian Papad that will enable many of my other friends to relate to. Find out more about this beautiful story unfolded in a different kitchen this time. This post is all about those childhood moments I used to spend watching my Grandma making them especially late at night. The whole process where she would after, tie those Gateau Merveilles in a huge plastic bag all ready for sale the next day at different schools in the village. And she also used to give me these as reward for being a good girl The best prize really to end the day and for not jumping on her bed which were giving her back pains. A true mesmerising delight and great happiness at the very first bite.
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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

There are definitely no days similar to those childhood days, so much joy in watching your grandma cook :)
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Dubai has been full of surprises. We woke up to a cool rainy morning today and a bowl of MUKHADI…

Mukhadi Halwa

Dubai has been full of surprises. We woke up to a cool rainy morning today and a bowl of MUKHADI HALWA sounded so good. Not a very well known Halwa though, this caramel semolina pudding is my ultimate comfort food.. My parents were both born in pre-partitioned Pakistan side of India. Lucky for them, their respective families moved to India just a few days before the partition was officially announced and the mayhem & savagery began. They were amongst the few lucky families who could all cross over without any casuality. Like all immigrants, they could carry nearly nothing along with them except for gratitude that the family was safe. Besides that I guess they carried memories – some bitter, some sweet. However, also came along with these immigrants were some particular food habits and recipes. Although there is seemingly not much difference in the culture and cuisine of Pakistan and India, yet there are some recipes that are distinctive to that particular region. This dish is a heirloom recipe from my mother’s side of the family. Interestingly, I can’t recall anyone towards my dad’s side of the family making this halwa or even my Punjabi friends knowing of this halwa. What makes it different from the regular halwa is it's unique and unusual method of preparing and cooking. Semolina and all purpose flour is soaked in milk and roasted along with caramelised sugar. I absolutely love this dessert for its inimitable flavors.
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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

Old family recipes are some of the most treasured possessions migrants carry with them all over the world.
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Taco night! These were the tacos I grew up eating – my grandma would make them at least two to three…

Crispy Picadillo Tacos

Taco night! These were the tacos I grew up eating – my grandma would make them at least two to three times a month. These crispy corn shells are not from a box. They are made with soft corn tortillas formed into half-moon shapes, then lightly fried until crunchy but somewhat pliable.
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Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies never let you down...
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This year we didn't ferment cabbages, but that's fine. I add a bit of vinegar & salt when I boil the…

Beef And Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls In Spicy Tomato Sauce

This year we didn't ferment cabbages, but that's fine. I add a bit of vinegar & salt when I boil the whole head of cabbage to bring that sour taste that I love. Many boil the cabbage to soften and ease a process of rolling, but if I don't have my (sauerkraut taste of the cabbage) for me it doesn't taste like cabbage rolls. The rolls are stuffed with organic grass fed ground beef and rice. And topped with tomato sauce and spices. Sometimes I'd add bacon, but this time I kept it more simple. This is the season to make them...
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Today's #afterschoolsnack will be Boy's favorite - Crunchy Chicken Fingers.
These did not come out…

Oatmeal Crusted Chicken Fingers

Today's #afterschoolsnack will be Boy's favorite - Crunchy Chicken Fingers. These did not come out of a box nor were they previously frozen. Freshly marinated #chicken strips coated in #oatmeal and fried till golden and crisp. A side of ketchup and it's the perfect #snack for a #rainyday. This is grandma's (my mom's) recipe, which she used to whip up whenever Boy made "that" face at meal times!
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because this non-soup version of the Italian dish, pasta e fagioli, my family's [at least] third…

Homemade Pasta E Fagioli

because this non-soup version of the Italian dish, pasta e fagioli, my family's [at least] third generation recipe, will knock your freaking socks off.
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