You know you are blessed when you have true friends around. Friends who not just love or care for you but also know you in and out and understand what you crave for. Farrukh Aziz Ansari aka Farrukh Shadab , a beautiful soul and an amazingly talented blogger who in just a few years of her career gained all the name and fame one can aspire for. Her blog CubesnJuliennes need no introduction. I can proudly say that i am probably the biggest admirer of Frarukh specially when it comes to food styling and photography. My mentor in this profession, Farrukh has always been my guiding star and encourages me to do better and better. Like i always say, Farrukh is an institution, one should know how to get the best out of her.
Recently in a conversation with her, we were discussing our favorite topic that is photography. That was when i showed my interest in her work that she did for the very famous CHEF SHAZIA KHAN from Master Chef Season-2. It was exact a year back when Farrukh shared that she has been approached by Shazia and she’ll be doing food styling and photography for her upcoming cookery book. With a such a great collaboration, the book was surely a big hit and one of the best seller as well. Though i never got a chance to own this book named ” What’s On The Menu” but i always wanted to have one.
Like i said true friends read your mind well, my door bell rings and i get a parcel from Farrukh where she had sent plenty of love and good wishes in the form of “the” book. Now isn’t that amazing…what better can a person like me ask for. It was such an amazing feeling to receive a surprise gift from the person whom you adore and admire the most. I feel so elated and trust me the book is even more beautiful and gorgeous than i had thought of. Like i said, Farrukh is an ace photographer, the book is her reflection, the photographs speaks her name everywhere. I am really falling short of words now….. it’s just Superlative!
This post is a return gift to my dear friend who knows how to pamper me. The first recipe i tried from it was Bisi Bele Bhath – It is a rice-based dish with origins in the state of Karnataka, India. Bisi bele bhaath translates to ‘hot lentil rice’ in the Kannada language. Chef Shazia has kept the recipe simple yet crisp. The addition of home made spice powder just adds rustic flavors to the dish and makes it super aromatic. I followed Shazia’s recipe to the T and didn’t wanted to add any special touch from my end as it was my first attempt and i was unaware of the taste as well. I would strongly recommend everyone who loves reading books and cherish them forever, pls go and grab and copy of it and try all the recipes as they are simply awesome!