Mother’s Day Tea Party | Feat. A yummy spread & recipes!

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Hi loves!

I realized, that I never made a blog post about our Mothers Day celebration we had at my home (but it’s better late then never right?). I invited my mom and dad over for Mothers Day and I knew I wanted to do something different then the typical ‘bengali styled lunch’ which usually includes, biryani, a cucumber salad, some raita and another dish consisting of veggies or meat. I wanted to do something different, that I know she would appreciate.. so I whipped together a really cute Indigo/Kate Spade/Stephanie Sterjovski inspired tea party.

The spread included, delicate cucumber sandwiches, a cantaloupe boat with fresh black berries and mint, mini quiches, samosa’s, veggie pin wheels, a special blueberry & watermelon juice and of course, tea! You wont believe how simple each of the dishes were to make and you’ll find that the common ingredients are: cream cheese, dill, mint and fruit. What I like about this spread was that I was able to do use one ingredient on a couple different items which made my life and grocery list inexpensive and easy.

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For the recipes of each dish, please see below 🙂

Recipes: 

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Cucumber Sandwiches:
1. White bread
2. Cream Cheese (softened)
3. Dill
4. Cucumbers
5. Salt & Pepper

Cucumber sandwiches are super easy, tasty and delicate. All you do is spread cream cheese (make sure its softened!) on both slices of bread. Sprinkle each side with some fresh dill, salt and pepper. After slicing some thin cucumbers (and letting them soak out their water on a kitchen paper towel), neatly distribute them on one slice of the bread. Put both sides together and cut off the crust using a serrated knife. (These sandwiches were a huge hit, especially with my dad! lol)
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Cantaloupe Boat:
1. Cantaloupe
2. Berries of your choice (I used blackberries)
3. Mint
4. Icing sugar or regular sugar

This is a super easy dish and only takes a few minutes to make. I made it the night before and just refrigerated it over night. First, cut your cantaloupe into slices and present them on a platter. Grab some berries of your choice and place them nicely around and in between the cantaloupe. Next, slice up some fresh mint from your garden and sprinkle over top. Lastly (and you want to do this moments before you serve the item) – dust over some icing sugar which will give your fruit platter a beautiful touch. I unfortunately did this the night before, and my icing sugar dissolved.

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Mini Quiches:
1. Phyllo Dough (1 box)
2. 12 Eggs (Feel free to use less)
3. A dash of heavy cream
4. Mozzarella Cheese
5. Chives
6. Sour cream
7. Lemon Zest
8. Dill

They sound fancy, but trust me it was the EASIEST dish to make (also made the night before). In a bowl, mix together your eggs, heavy cream and salt and pepper – whip it up and leave it aside for a moment. Using a cupcake tray, line your THAWED phyllo dough and make little cups. Fill the bottom of each cup with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and then transfer your egg mixture into each cup, sprinkling a handful of chives on top. Now bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the eggs are golden brown and puffed up. While this is cooling, in another bowl whisk together about a cup of sour cream, the zest of one lemon and a handful of dill. Once your eggs are out of the oven and have cooled, apply a doll up of the sour cream mixture on top and garnish with some fresh dill. VOILA!

Pin Wheels:
1. Colorful tortilla bread
2. Softened Cream Cheese
3. A variety of veggies (I used red/green/yellow peppers and onions)
4. Salt & Pepper

Spread softened cream cheese on your tortilla bread. Sprinkle your favorite veggies on top and add salt and pepper. Roll very tightly and cover with aluminum foil (or you can cut it into pieces and serve right away). I covered it with the foil, put it in the fridge and cut it into bite size pieces in the morning.

As for the samosa’s, they were bought but absolutely delicious and added that bengali touch to the tea party. Additionally, I just grabbed some blueberry watermelon fruitopia and added frozen fruits and lots of ice for a cool, cold drink. I hope you guys enjoyed the recipes and pictures!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Love,
Anisa

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Ramadan Etiquette – The do’s and don’ts!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all are doing well on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon. Ramadan so far has been great! Breaking fasts at the end of the day always feels like an accomplishment, Praying Namaz regularly and becoming closer to God feels so calming and trying to live in a positive mindset is always a beautiful way of life.

Since we’re half way through Ramadan and closer to Eid, I have got to share the things that I personally notice during this holy month.  It’s that time again to post some ladylike laws! (Well, I guess this applies to men too). Now without further a-do, let’s get to it!

  1. Be Polite – If you do not celebrate Ramadan, please do your research prior to asking questions like: “No water?!”, “No milk!?”, “Are you sure this is good for you?!” and finally… “Does this mean you can’t have soup!?” (Yes, this question was really asked this Ramadan, lol #dying).
  2. Prayers – When it’s time to pray, don’t make assumptions and assume that we’re not praying for the heck of not praying. Straight up, we females have something called A PERIOD. Please don’t make it even more awkward for us and ask “SISTER, why aren’t you praying?!” So embarrassing.
  3. Traditions – Every family has various different traditions while celebrating Ramadan. This could mean that you have a quick date first, pray and then fully eat your iftaar. Or, it could mean that you eat first and then pray. Whatever the case is, don’t make those around you feel uncomfortable. After all, we are all in this together and our purpose at the end of the day, is the same. Be open to how others celebrate their traditions during Ramadan.
  4. Judgmental People – OH LAWWWWD help me. No one is perfect and I feel that some judgmental people pop our especially during this time. What is truly the point? Your fast isn’t going to count. If someone posts a status about helping out at a shelter during the holy month of Ramadan, encourage them and try to do the same. No point in being hater. #hater #youknowwhoyouare Exercise your mind to being less judgmental.
  5. Positive Reinforcement – Although we are super tired with low energy levels, fasting is voluntary to us, we are not forced to fast, so please don’t feel sorry for us. Be positive; let us know that there are only a few more hours in our day to go. Being Negative Nancy isn’t going to help us get through our day in any way.
  6. Work Lunches – If we decide to participate in work lunches during Ramadan, do not worry about eating in front of us. In fact, its more sunah for us to do so! We all appreciate that you care and feel bad eating in front of us, but we really don’t need to talk about it every single time we go to lunch.

During Ramadan, Muslims feel compassion for those who are less fortunate, they build self-control and purify themselves. Help one another by being polite, respecting traditions, not being judgmental, and by being a positive person. xoxo