What are you most looking forward to about #FBC5?
Reconnecting with other bloggers friends from last year and learning more from the experts!
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
For me blogging has been about exposing the unique flavours of my Pakistani cuisine, sharing my happy food memories as I grew up in Pakistan, together with highlighting a positive side to my country – the love for our cuisine, Muslim heritage, togetherness and celebration of food
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
I now blog full-time, teach Pakistani cookery and am a freelance food writer. On occasion I host Supperclubs and events. My family supports me completely!
What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?
My aspirations have always been simple, yet challenging. I am on a mission to place Pakistani cuisine firmly on the culinary map and allow people to experience this distinctly different cuisine that is unfortunately confused with other South Asian ones. Similarities exist but Pakistani food has evolved and become a real fusion of South Asia with strong Muslim heritage styles, provincial and border influences within it as well. My mother and both my grandmothers taught me to cook and they are my greatest inspiration to keep doing what I do.
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
I follow anyone who inspires me most – usually the most worth following are those who blog from a place of passion, purity and authenticity. I have learnt a lot from reading other blogs, most importantly presenting your food well in photos and the art of proper recipe writing.
My favourite is Nihari, Pakistani slow cooked lamb shank stew and my least favourite has to be anything that combine chocolate and orange together. My ultimate meal has to still be any cooked by my mother. My last meal would have to cardamom infused semolina pudding, the way my grandmother used to make.
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
Oh my, maybe over 300 in London and about 300 still lying in Pakistan! The two food personalities I admire are Nigel Slater and Madhur Jaffrey – I have been privileged enough to have worked with Madhur and been published in her latest cookbook, Curry Nation
What’s your signature dish? If you want us to feature your favourite recipe from your own blog, include the link here!
Two: Earl Grey infused Gulab Jamans and Rose Petal Garam Masala Lamb chops
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance? What’s the hottest item on your shopping list?
I could not do without my chef’s knife and Microplane grater! My hottest item at the moment is my Vitamix!
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