Kofta Curry in the Pakistani Manner

Pakistani Kofta Curry

I was commissioned to write a piece for Edible Toronto – I chose to write about a recipe I grew up eating, my Nani Ami’s spiced meatball curry, also known as Kofta Curry. This is a comforting Pakistani dish made in almost every home. My article is about how my parents entertained throughout my childhood: elegantly, with seemingly effortless perfection. And today, in my home, I wonder if I can do the same.

I hope you enjoy reading the piece I wrote here.

Film Shoot for Fiesta Farms – Spice Spoon

I did a film shoot for Fiesta Farms in Toronto – more soon! In the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the film shoot and a sneak peek of the Peach Galette I made, using some Pakistani spices.

Fiesta Farms Film Brickworks Shayma Saadat 2

Fiesta Farms Film Shoot Home2 Shayma Saadat

Fiesta Farms Film Shoot Home 3 Shayma Saadat

Eid Mubarik – Risalamande with Strawberry Coulis

Shayma Saadat Hello Magazine RisalamandeRecipe and Food Styling: Shayma Saadat; all photos in this post: Erik Putz

An early Eid Mubarik to all of you!

As part of a larger Hello! Magazine (Pakistan) feature on Spice Spoon, I was asked to share a recipe which meant something to me. This is a Danish-style rice pudding, which Mor Mor Inge, Zain’s maternal grandmother used to make. Read More

Roasted Peaches with Wild Blueberries

Roasted Peaches

I don’t remember being told I did anything, “like a girl”, and if I did, I took it as a compliment, because I was the granddaughter of two very strong, intelligent matriarchs. In my home, doing something “like a girl”, meant I did something like my grandmothers or my mother – and that was always a good thing. We are three sisters and we were lucky, in a sense, that we didn’t have any brothers. We ran like girls, we ate like girls, we talked like girls, and that meant being and doing our best – there were no comparisons with the opposite sex. We were just simply, the Saadat Girls. And we did everything, “like a Saadat Girl”.Read More