Happy Food for Unhappy Times

27 Aug

These are sad and dark times in Pakistan. I have not been able to find the words to write about the violence in Karachi, the endemic corruption sucking the country dry or mismanaged public sector entities running the national exchequer to the ground while simultaneously holding citizens hostage to their spectacularly poor service delivery (or actually the lack of any service delivery is probably more apt.)

So in these painful times, I have turned to a time tested pain killer – good food. And since I don’t have much else to say, i thought I would share my more successful experiments in the kitchen with others who try to lessen the pain of national tragedy with some nationally produced fruits and vegetables. Well some items are imported – but this is global village age right … so….. here goes…

The Rehman Malik

Isnt that tie the color of granny smith apples? They work well in this dessert too!

This dish was inspired by the bright neck ties and the smooth personality of (in?)security guru – Rehman Malik. It starts with a smooth and tangy lemon cream sauce and is underscored with resilient chunks of crunchy and colorful fruits. Much like Rehman Malik, this dessert has a smooth introduction (think RM at a presser assuring journalists that everything in place X will be in control in Y days) but is underscored by a more resilient layer of fruit that will not melt away like the smooth creamy sauce atop it in the face of fire from the public or press! (think Rehman Malik outlasting all his critics, all the bad karma and crude jokes sent his way! – this man is made of tougher stuff than milk and cream!) 

So while RM might have his faults, his bright ties are indeed patches of brightness in these dark times. And while RM might lack the good looks and finesse of a Shah Mehmood Qureshi or the classiness of a Bhutto, or the charm of a Mustafa Khar, those bright ties and smooth sugary notes will help you forget for a while that this man is not the same as some of his classier PPP colleagues!

The Rehman Malik, made with rather common and pedestrian ingredients will also make you forget that this is anything less than a 5 star gourmet creation!


1 packet cream

4 tbsps cream cheese (heaped)

3 tbsps yoghurt  (heaped)

2 lemon

2 tsp freshly crushed black pepper

Assorted fruits – use your favorites!

Chill the cream in the freezer. When it is quite cold, open packet and empty contents into a blender. add the cream cheese and yoghurt. Blend all items together till they are nicely combined. Put the blender jug into the freezer to chill.

In the meanwhile chop up fruits of your choice. Green guavas that are sligthly sour are really delicious in this. Strawberries also work well. if you are in a hurry and need to whip up something really quickly just empty a can of assorted fruit mix to it. If you you mix assorted fruit mix can and some real fruits – you have yourself a real winner!

Add one tsp of crushed black pepper to the fruits and the juice of one lemon. Mix and put in freezer to chill.

Remove blender from freezer, add one tsp of freshly ground black pepper to it and the juice of half a lemon. Give the whole mixture one more whizz in the blender jug.

Then pour over chilled fruits and put in freezer till it is time to serve.

A quick and easy dessert that no one can tell came out of packets and tins! 🙂


2 Responses to “Happy Food for Unhappy Times”

  1. Maha Kamal August 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Secret ingredient: add 2 granny smith apples (read “kela”) for an authentic RM flavor


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