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Sunday 22 July 2012:

Yesterday I stepped out of the house with my sister to do some shopping. As in major shopping for the house: it was all food!

It’s since its only 3 kids in the house who are eating, you would think that we would be cooking and eating a lot less, right? So did I. But the trolley was overflowing with food that it felt like a normal out getting the grocery, not the 3rd day of Ramadan.

My sister and I thought we should buy some large samosas from our favourite restaurant in Green Street. We get home melting from the heat and crouching in hunger to find my and dad working away in the kitchen preparing for iftaar. Mum was hacking away at a chicken and dad was preparing the mixture for cabbage pakura (the link is to a recipe for a traditional potato pakura). Cabbage pakura is more of a Bangali twist on the old fry up. I’ve made pakura with potato, lentils and cabbage. If you check out the recipe by clicking pakura you too can make cabbage pakura, by just switching the potato for cabbage/lentils.

Cabbage Pakura. It was slightly burnt and it doesn't look so tasty, but it was yummy!

Cabbage Pakura. It was slightly burnt and it doesn’t look so tasty, but it was yummy! Pakura isn’t meant to look pretty so don’t judge it too harshly and give it a try.

I remember telling a Pakistani friend about how we make pakura out of cabbage and she was horrified! I was defending the ingredient of my choice and she said using cabbage was an abomination. So for all you skeptics out there, give it a go. It’s crunchy and less carby as an alternative to potato.

Day 3's feast. Doesn't look like it, but it was a lot!

Day 3’s feast. Doesn’t look like it, but it was a lot!

We always have fruits on the table which is a great thing to do. If nothing healthy is on the table, people are more likely to only make room for junk!

Day 3's Meal: Pakura, Pillaow rice, chicken curry, a boiled and curryfied egg, some dates and cucumber

Day 3’s Meal: Pakura, Pillaow rice, chicken curry, a boiled and curryfied egg, some dates, softened and skin-less chick peas, and cucumber

Till tomorrow…

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