Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake! That's right, this is a healthy chocolate cake. Good news for calories watchers. But wait, it contain gluten and sugar, still not that much. Plus it is only one egg cake recipe to rock your chocolate cake experience. Not bad!

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

I'm a oil-baking girl, who rarely use butter in cake baking. Pick up any cake or cupcake/muffins recipe from archive and you'll find oil in it rather than 'Oh, so popular butter'. I believe the moistness of oil in the cake batter keep the cake soft and fresh for long long time compare to butter. This chocolate olive oil cake recipe is moderated from these chocolate cupcakes. I tweak this recipe a bit and make a 7" round chocolate cake which turned out absolutely perfect, melt in the mouth texture, moist and rise like a good healthy sponge. You can opt to use canola oil in there, I also did and result was as smashing as the olive oil one. You can also frost this cake with any of your favorite frosting or just sift icing sugar on top as I did. What I'm trying to say is.. Pick your style!


Mocha Chocolate Chips Muffins

Mocha Chocolate Chips Muffins, a easy muffins recipe to whip up at home in easy steps. Best for breakfast and tea time or any other time you crave for sweet in café expresso style.

Mocha Chocolate Chips Muffins

There are a lot of things to love about these blogging experience that all whirl around these recipe and food sharing. Baking has been seriously my excuse for this blog which destined me to be in happy place now and again. Sharing with you all this experience is immense because simply you all are the best I've ever known. On this side of blogging, I'm talking brief about blogging and life at Ainy Cooks. Go check this out and also she is spotlighting all the Pakistani food bloggers so don't forget to check other talented ladies and most specially Ainy's mouth watering Recipes. This green masalah phulki.. I'm dying to taste. In 2014, I also guest posted at her blog with Gram flour and Semolina Halwa. A desi dessert to delight up a desi dinner table!


Vegetable Spice Juice

Vegetables Juice, spiced up with turmeric and ginger, boosted up with energy and winter side effect immunity.

Vegetable Juice

Lately, I was under attack of winter side effects, as weather is playing hide and seek in Karachi and no body is safe from its game here. My whole family is facing hardship in keeping their heads above water. Hope you all are safe and healthy at your sides, friends.
So, due to all this weather drama, I needed to play a stiff drama in return. For this, I Pinterest (search) for cold remedy and found numbers of drinks, smoothies and teas. Each one had unique way to pass you through health and wealth. Mixturing from these all, I develop Vegetable Spice Juice, which was totally yummy and, of course, so good for health as contain carrots and beetroot. Best for cold and flu prevention as contain turmeric and ginger. Also sweetened and flavored a bit with jaggery and lemon. Over all it has everything your body will need to get well and active. Go try it yourself and have a safe and healthy winter, Thank me later!


The Best Banana Bread

Crowd-pleasing recipe for Banana Bread. One of the best banana bread I put my hands on with one of the easiest recipe, adopted from Paul Hollywood's 'How To Bake' cookbook.

The Best Banana Bread Recipe by Paul Hollywood

I have severe flu, headache and sore throat as I'm writing this recipe post. Thing is, Karachi weather don't stay serious ever. Sigh! This freezing temperature is killing my bones with pain, cold pain. And I'm craving for a cozy cup of Hot Chocolate (yes, pass please) but I'm living on a glass size mug of hot Tea instead, which is a blessing, I guess. Strong and comforting, All praise belongs to God!


Jordanian Rice and Tomato Soup

Comforting Rice and Tomato Soup Recipe from Jordan that delight up your winter season.

Healthy Jordanian rice and tomato soup

It's time for MENA again, which mean we have to travel through Middle Eastern/North African countries and experience taste buds of their delicious cuisines, that to being in our messy kitchen.. It is the turn of Jordan this month and I'm choosing this easy and comforting soup to cook and share. Thank you Evelyn for hosting this time!
This soup is best remedy for cold, full of vitamins and easy to prepare while your heavy schedule going on, on the way. Bright flavor of the fresh tomatoes along with the hint of cinnamon and garlic and soft rice on side is what give you the comforting treat in this winter without being ponderous. I added some lemon juice for the kick and it did the fine job to add twist in it, feel free to add lemon as you like or even sprinkle additional pepper over the hot soup. It will be hearty anyway!


Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy peanut butter cookies 4 ingredients and no flour/butter/milk. They are the best, actually addictive!

4 ingredients Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

How fast time keep proceeding its phases. It's amazing and sometime distressing to know that the year which we had labeled as 'new' is now going to be 'old'. 2014 is officially have become our past - The past, which we had planned as our future a year back and planted too many seeds of dreams in our mind for those 365 days and now.. at the end, we are coming to know that how far we've accomplished our ambition and resolution in that year.

Looking back at the whole year, it was lucky, happy and even harsh and deplorable, but above all else, I learnt eminently in 2014 that lead me to be a better person at the end. The world out there has so much to offer and to learn from, blogging is one of them and I'm pretty proud of being the part of it. Meeting bloggers over communities and social medias, and connecting with them was an immense experience. I learnt so much from them in respect to writing, photographing and cooking/baking. To talk further and straight over this blogging year, my recipes (Best of a year can be seen in my Blogiversary Post) got featured on various websites and blog, traffic increased, photography and writing level rose and now I can say I WAS a bad writer and photographer in past. Today, I'm not good but at least better then before and I see this as improvement which is needless to say is the best thing happen in 2014. In this past year, my Instagram account crazed up with 1000+ followers which got featured on Dawn.com and Siddysays blog. I've collected good amount of baking essentials, photography items and cookbooks in this year that broke all the records of my 20 years history and looking at all of them I'm certain that my love for this blog and making it special one is rising enthusiastically. I wasn't that fond of these things before starting blog and now they seem to the part of my living. In a nutshell, this was the huge year of blogging and food which lead me to gain a good kg of weight and now I'm missing 2013-of-myself.


Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Bark

Pure Dark Chocolate Bark with Pomegranate and sprinkle of Himalayan Black Salt. Sweet, salty and tangy all at same time.

Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Bark with Black Salt

November was hack busy month, tied up with lots of life events and bunch of birthdays to go through. Being a lonely baker at home, I had to bake cakes for everyone's big days and even for myself this time. In all these bake-ness what I enjoyed the most was my attempt at fondant cake which I bake for my nephew's first birthday with Mercedes-Benz theme. But at end, the misfortune take place. Everything went silk and smooth, what actually happened was that the cake slightly slipped away during transportation and actually it was in my hand so it is not fine to blame or scream at others but to Rikshaw-wala who keep bouncing the ride ever now and then. Needless to say I was devastated and I'm still furious on that case not for the cake to slipped away but on me that I didn't take the final shot of cake to share with you. Too bad! and my sister has the video which she is not gonna give me that soon. I'm begging her everyday, every minute, but this working mom has no time to just send me a video. Hope someday she get a mini heart for me and send the video my way, Ameen!


Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Spicy, Crispy and Oh so delicious Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe with Chatkhaar.

Spicy Crispy Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

I recently had the chance to give a chutney, pickle and condiments product called Chatkaar to try and write the review post for them. Chatkhaar is a product of Naurus (Pvt) Ltd. and has recently introduced new flavors among their already existing varieties, from which I was given two of them, which where my choice, Falsa Chutney and Chicken Pickle. They both tastes so fresh and, well, REAL. I loved the flavors and contrast and most of all the Packaging, royal gold and black theme with vintage logo. The look of the bottle and jar was different and unique in their own way.


Recipe Round-up & Blogiversary Giveaway

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One years, twelve months, endless hours of cooking and baking and testing and photographing and editing and writing and finally clicking PUBLISH. I've enjoyed each and every minute of this tremendous year and I've learned so much over the past 12 months. When I look back at some of my early Recipe posts I realize how far I've come especially with my Food Photography. Unedited, low-lighted, and even captured in the kitchen near stove, Embarrassing? Yes, but that's how we learn and grow and be someone, right?  I'm thinking about going back and making some of those recipes again just so I can take some new and better photos. But only if my distracting schedule allow me to do so. Further-note: I already have few recipes hanging on draft to be edit and give them lives. I have been so crazy busy in all the events going on this November. Let's hope everything get back to normal again!


Easy Homemade Doughnuts (Baked)

Easy recipe for Doughnuts with Chocolate glaze. They are baked, not fried and categorized into easy baking and healthy eating. Yum!

Recipe for doughnuts

Chef in Frame marks its First Anniversary this month. Oh boy, time is running extremely fast and I can not believe a year have just gone by. I started this blog on Nov, 2013 for organizing and documenting the recipes I baked or cooked in spare time after graduation. I could never imagine to reach at that point where I'm today, never ever in my wild imagination. This one year of blogging ride has been huge blessing for me - in the form of amazing people abundance with extraordinary talent and love, in the form of learning to be a better cook, baker, photographer and to be a good writer, (which I'm not, sadly) in the form of adventure which I could never imagine myself to be in, its just happen as I search my passion and take it to the next level. However, what make this journey all the more enjoyable is that I can share my food love with loyal readers like you and you can get something to try and cheer with your love once.


Persian Rice Pudding

Saffron Rice Pudding. Easy and delicate Persian Dessert. Familiarly known as Sholeh Zard in Iran. 

Persian Saffron Rice Pudding

It has been so long since I wrote draft here, hit Publish button or even open my Blogger account. It was just because of the amount of stuffs swing here and there. Things were quite chaotic and unrest lately. Nevertheless, I'm back, leaving all my shaking thoughts behind and the biggest reason for this was MENA Cooking Club. Members knows that I was absent last month because of Eid Parties and Invitations. I really missed being here, cooking new cuisine from almost never-known region and sharing experiences. It's like a family fun. I didn't want to be lost this month in my procrastination. And I'm hoping to be a consistence blogger again. (finger crossed!) In another news, my Blog's First Anniversary post is also due. It has been the whole year of blogging, full one year. How exciting! I'm totally ready for the blast. You should too.


Naked Chocolate Cupcakes

Basic and Easy Cupcakes without the need of Frosting or Icing over them. Just six ingredients and you're ready to busting nutcracker moves in the kitchen.

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe, butter-less Chocolate Cupcakes

Whether you got cupcake or muffin. It would be a mini beauty of cake in it, which melt in your mouth with the sweetness it has. But as the rules goes every where, cupcakes is known to be "The cupcakes" if you got the tower like or flat frosting/icing over it. However muffin got nothing just a mini cup of slightly sweet cake which would be closer to bread texture. Usually cupcakes are categorized into dessert item because of being double in sweetness than muffins. While Muffins are consider to be everyday breakfast food and are healthy side of cake. Well, that's what I get to know from Internet folks. You Cupcake queens (or Muffins fairies) are welcome to correct me in the comments, anytime.


Bananas Fritters with Yogurt Syrup

Banana fritters, sweet. simple and delicious South African dessert recipe with Yogurt syrup.

Easy Banana Fritters with yogurt syrup

This is my 3rd and constantly regular entry in the full of fun and lovely club organized by Noor, MENA Cooking Club. This time for Djibouti I cook Bananas Fritters, which was fun to do so, as I love everything Banana, from peeling to mashing to eating to cooking to baking. Who don't like one way ticket to health that too with this sweet and creamy fruit?


Coconut Crumb Muffins

Moist yet Crumbly Muffins, packed with wholesome Coconut flavor. Perfect for breakfast and quick snack.

Easy Coconut Crumb Muffins with Coconut Crumbs on Top

Before I tell you more about these crumbly bombs, let me first tell you that I've got Liebster Award, not from one blogger but by two gorgeous ladies who blog about food and their musings behind it. Ayesha from Dairy of an Aspiring Foodie & Aiza from La-Tour-De-Force. (Thank you girls for adjudge my blog be deserving) And they threw 11, 11 questions to answer upon receiving this Award. You guess right, these are 22 answers I am going to write for them. Process on...


Fruit and Spinach Green Smoothie

A simple smoothie recipe loaded with Fruit and greens goodness. Robustness and Revitalizing treat for Independence day. 

Fruit and Spinach Green Smoothie

It's 14th August today, the important day in the history of our independent country, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It has turned 67 years old, mA. It really is something to be dignified over, to be know that it has Abdul Qadeer Khan as a Nuclear Scientist, Abdul Sattar Edhi as a Philanthropist, Arfa Karim Randhwa (late) and Sitara Brooj as the representative of liberal society, has the fastest growing IT field, world's second highest Peak, own the strongest Military Force in the world and has the youth with creative skills (like me!) I'm proud of being a Pakistani. Its cuisine and enviable natural beauty is unbeatable. I owed by all of them. I love the people here. No matter how many sectarian differences we have and how many political parties divide us in group, we, the people of Pakistan still manage to unite under one flag and one name, whether it is cricket finals or natural disasters. I just wish and pray that the future brings better and selfless leader to our beloved land. And also I wish you all Pakistani reader whether living Pakistan or in aboard, a very happy and peaceful Independence Day 2014. Cheer up!


Bahrain's Chicken Machbous

Bahraini Chicken and Spicy Rice or Machboos ala Dajaj. The Recipe of national dish of Bahrain.

Bahraini Chicken and Spicy Rice Recipe

Welcome after a big lazy Carnival like gap of holidays. It's been more than a week of ending Eid already and now I'm back with setting aside all my sickness and laziness, with a treat in hands.
For Eid I've shared Banana Cupcakes recipe with you which I also was planning to bake on Eid, but my whole plan gone out of the windows. Because Chand Raat went Unexpectedly busy that I didn't get chance to bake the cupcakes or even prepare for the frosting. I leave it all on eid day but on 1st Eid I slept the long hours of my life in the hope of getting freshen up to do anything in the kitchen but I wasn't found myself in the mood of working on that sweet aura of Eid. Laziness sucks, parties stopped me. I know Mom was noticing me lately and on second Eid she suggest me like this "Whats wrong? bake something your Phupho (Aunty) are coming." And you know what, that kind of Hit-on-my-back I wanted radically to get ride of chaos and do some baking. If you've been following me on Instagram you should know I did - yes, I did on that day when Phopho come and enjoyed Chocolate Cake bars with my handmade Tea. And I did on the next day too, the plain Muffins to take them for cousins, which they enjoyed and also shared on their social medias. Big feelings! That ways, Eid went good or I think pretty good in parties, sleeping and baking. Who need more else to do on holidays?


Banana Cupcakes with Yogurt Cream Frosting

Classic or say Basic Banana Cupcakes with glossy frosting over it, made with yogurt and fresh cream as core ingredients.

Following by my back days, lets say the week which had gone by, was just disturbing, tough and cluttered. Nothing was going as I wanted it to be. Hard enough to survive in illness while fasting. I've been the target of weakness since 1st of Ramadan, but Merci on Dr who gave some genius calcium/vitamins kinda tablets that worked great. But nothing I could enjoy more and now Wisdom Tooth have attacked me. Pain is at its peak, I can't talk, neither can bite the food nor I'm able to open the mouth for my own big bite. Sigh. I am almost living off on liquid stuffs. Thanks God that Tea is liquid. Well, It have become hard to keep my head above water. Seriously I don't need that kind of WISDOM right now. Hoping to be all this clutter end before Eid.


Guest post at Yummy Food: Chicken Kabab Burgers

Chicken Kabab Burgers

As I go through my days, I realize what things I have to do and I'm not doing it. I often question - Is it time who is running that fast or Is this me who is running from it? either way I still worry about how things will go in future? What will happen next? How it end up to be? - That's all in my mind and is reality of my present being. It's not that mean I'm lazy or something, I struggle to get things done anyhow. I wasn't that way before. I just have to focus on organizing stuffs that are messing on my head right now and I'm going to be Okay. better than Okay, I think. My To-Do is far way too long, I'm not gonna make you all drowsy over my recital. Back to the subject matter.


Yeast-less Algerian ka'ak

Yeast-less Algerian ka'ak

I've never perfected the art of baking any cookie in this planet ever before. And this cookies? Its all happen last night and I have to blame on MENA Cooking Club for this accident. Thank you Noor for making it possible for us to learn being at home, meet new gorgeous cooks around and sharing the love. If any of you love to cook or bake new stuffs, this is your thing then, join this club here.
For this month we have been given two choices among sweet and savoury recipe by our host Asmaa, to try and share. I choose this Kaak/Cookies to bake. They are Algerian Kaak, north African cookies which is the combo of brioche and cookie together. This usually required to make the cookie dough using yeast as specialist to make it rise.


Red Chili and Tomato Pasta

Hot and spicy Chilli and Tomato Pasta | Chef in Frame

Unlike cooking, baking has some procedures to go through, meticulously. You can't throw some sugar here and flour there, instead you have to follow recipe's instructions as well measure all the ingredients accurately. Every aspect of baking involve possible defeat or glorious victory. This is the reason I'm more drown to baking, but playing with ingredients in cooking reserves its own fun.

And this pasta is also categorised into cooking fun, which I make last month.. Take the lots of photos.. Jot down the recipe, but time wasn't allowing me to share this recipe here as my blog design was in process (proudly done by me) and Potato Patties was on the line. But finally here it is the most scrumptious pasta I've ever had (or you'll ever taste) from home kitchen. It was hot and spicy combo of red chili and whole red tomatoes goodness.