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08. Jun, 2012

Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence

Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence

After a good local balti meal, i asked Chef Abbas of  “Khaplu Palace & Residence“ if he has something sweet to offer with local touch.

“We eat lots of apricots. Baltistan is famous for dried apricots. It keeps us warm since its cold throughout year. I can make Apricot mousse cake for you.” Said Abbas.

APRICOT MOUSE CAKE? The name itself watered my mouth and i could not wait any further to enjoy it with a warm cup of tea while enjoying the view of the 200 year old Khaplu Palace.

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The balcony with the view of Khaplu Palace & Residence

 

It’s first week of June and i am in Baltistan. Karachi in southern coast of the country is experiencing extreme warm weather, Lahore in center is boiling hot while i can feel cold wind and see snow caped mountains right in front of me in Khaplu.

Dried Apricots are famous in Baltistan. I have seen them available at every second shop in this region since the first time i came here in 2009. Back in times i remember a Balti school friend of mine once brought dried apricots as a food souvenir for me from Baltistan. In fact, Pakistan is one of the top 12 producers of apricots.

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Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence

 

I love mousse cakes, my favorite had been Strawberry mousse cake but now this yummy fluffy soft apricot mousse cake by chef Abbas became my favorite one. I took my time to enjoy its every bite with tea. The only regret i have is that i had very less of it while in Khaplu. No where else i will be able to find it. I think i will have to go back there again one day.

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Apricot Mousse Cake in Khaplu Palace & Residence

 

If you are visiting Gilgit-Baltistan, I would suggest  you to make a special trip to Khaplu Palace & Residence in Khaplu, a town 2.5 hours drive east of Skardu. Stay there, have local meals and ask Chef Abbas to make special local Apricot mousse cake for you.

Enjoy!

24. Jul, 2010

Tea from Chaman, Balochistan – Pakistan

Tea from Chaman, Balochistan – Pakistan

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I guess by now almost everyone of you knows how much I am fond of taking tea, and never miss the opportunity to have it during my travels.

Came across this unique Tea kettles and a cute boy during my visit to the Pak-Afghan Border at Chaman, Balochistan.

Although this time I couldn’t take tea at his place due to short of time, but I am sure i am getting back there some day to enjoy tea at this hotel icon smile Tea from Chaman, Balochistan – Pakistan

Oh by the way All of you are cordially invited at my first solo exhibition at Manzer Akber Hall, Arts Council of Paksitan, Karachi on dated 3-4 August, 2010, where I will be exhibiting a vast collection of my travelling across Pakistan icon smile Tea from Chaman, Balochistan – Pakistan
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Have a good day!


29. Jun, 2010

A Simple Breakfast in Quetta

A Simple Breakfast in Quetta
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Breakfast in Quetta

A Typical Breakfast of the Naan (bread), Desi Butter and Chai (Tea) I had while i was on “Expedition Balochistan” in Quetta City, Pakistan.
This Bread comes in variation, simple, Paratha (baked with oil), Makhan Paratha (baken in Butter) and various others.
I have some great memories associated with this breakfast, Firstly i have spent my childhood eating that breakfast in the Quetta city, Secondly the charm of having that breakfast in the winter mornings, waking up early, leaving your warm bed, walk to the nearby Tandoor (bread shop) in extreme below freezing point cold and have it with a warm cup of tea infront of gas heater in a warm room.

This breakfast now reminds me of my childhood memories, and its a must have everytime i visit Quetta.

The Naan (bread) is available in every area of Quetta city, and the most famous and delicious butter is from “Liaqat Dairy Farm” that i would suggests you to try at least once.