This cake is Desi is a family food blog.
There are three of us, I and my two daughters, working behind the scenes from three different continents; I know right (rolling my eyes), Pakistan, USA and Australia. It has taken us long enough to update our about page, reason being, our time schedules.. which don’t match at all! The laziness of our writer is also to be blamed.
Let us answer some of the more frequently asked questions here.
Why a Food Blog?
This cake is Desi started because of my eldest daughter. She got married and subsequently moved making my life a bit difficult. For some strange reason all I taught her was how to make roti/chapati, and daal chawal (lentils and rice). I think for a while she tried living on these three things but gave up. No matter how much anyone loves daal(lentils) and chawal(rice) after a month it can be overwhelming. Haha.
She called me every single day and asked for recipes. Our time difference and her lack of common sense (this is true, she didn’t add salt one time because I forgot to mention it :o) led to lots of kitchen disasters for her and her husband. She started pushing me to write all my recipes down and finally she asked me to start a blog so she can just look it up online. She has always been a huge fan and thinks I’m an extremely talented home chef (as if no one else thinks the same about their mom’s cooking).
Faces Behind Tcid :
All of you already know me, for those who don’t: hello my name is Beenish, a proud Pakistani, a mother and a grandmother of two. Welcome to my blog!
I’m the brains behind most of the recipes you will find on our blog, but you never met the other two doing all the work in creating each and every recipe and bringing it all together on the blog.
I have developed my recipes after learning, cooking and experimenting in the kitchen for over 30 years. When I got married I had no idea how to cook and I learned everything through the age old process trial and error (mostly) because my husband loves food. He encouraged me to start and taught me in our early years. I took baking classes, cooking classes, anything to everything you can imagine. We traveled a lot due to the nature of my husbands work and I had the opportunity to learn from lots of amazing cooks in my community too. Over the years most of my friends and my family have told me that they love what I make for them.
For the blog I supply recipes to both my daughters (intro below) and they do the photography and translate the writings into a final blogpost. When I travel we try to prep as many things as we can in one time so that I can help out with the prep and presentation of the recipes as well. Not all the recipes are made this way though, some have been prepared individually.
My eldest Sabeeka, is the big boss, more like a danda-manager (loosely translated to very strict) she does all the technical work to run the blog. She photographs, post processes, designs, translates and edits everything. She also runs and moderates our social media where me and my other daughter help out.
My second daughter Salmina, the sweetest one in my family is an ahhhmaaaazZZing mother of two cutest little boys and our naturally talented photographer and baker. She does most of our baking for the blog and even though I envy it sometimes it does make me proud. She also takes time out to oversee our social media pages.
Our Food Philosophy.
Baking and cooking are two things that I have always loved.
You know, the act of feeding someone is the ultimate act of care and affection…sharing yourself with someone else through food. I still cannot explain how just putting a meal in front of somebody creates more of a buzz for me than anything. And I mean anything. Maybe that goes back to when I was trying to learn how to cook, I don’t know. I keep asking myself: Is it good? Will everyone enjoy it? And thankfully most of the time my family and friends, love my food. I know it because they keep coming back asking for more.
Without further ado, let the preparation of traditional Pakistani food and delicious desserts commence!! I hope that you will like the recipes and the food that we make together.
Most photography is done by Sabeeka and Salmina. @SAB is Sabeeka’s handle so if you see that on the photo’s, she took them. If you see @Sally then it is Salmina. I will update the older recipes giving due photo credits as well.
For instagram we usually do not specify but the pictures can be from me, Sabeeka or Salmina or my youngest. Kids these days a re a bit too good at these things.
All my kids have been a huge support and this wouldn’t be possible without them. They do all this work just because they believe that my recipes are worth sharing and it makes me a bit teary eyed..sniff*sniff*.
I also want to say a huge thank you to to all my blogger friends that I have made this past year. All of you are huge inspirations for us and we love what you do.
I also appreciate each and every one of my followers on social media for all the feedback and love that you have shown me and all the recipes that you have tried and I hope we will continue to be besties forever!