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Shrimp Fettuccine with White Sauce

IMG_8780This is one of our favourite recipes from our blogger friend Ikhlas Hussain. We have made this recipe a few times and it is always so tasty that it leaves us with tears of joy. This white sauce recipe will have you forget the Fettuccine Alfredo you get at restaurants.  This is one of the things we enjoy eating at iftaar. It’s an ooey gooey pasta that is super satisfying after a long day of fasting.

The first time we made it we followed the recipe exactly (pictured above). The second time around we added sautéed vegetables (green bell pepper, mushrooms and onions) and crushed red pepper flakes and skipped the cheese (pictured below), which we thought turned out great.

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Here is the recipe from Ikhlas’ website:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Butter
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 a 250g package of cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • 1/2 cup of cheese (we skipped this)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning
  • Pasta of your choice
  • (we added) Sautéed vegetetables (mushrooms, onions, green bell pepper)
  • (we added) Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • Frozen shrimp

Directions:

  1. Start by boiling your water for the pasta. In a large saucepan, fry up the garlic in a bit of butter. Then dump in your can of soup, giving it a good mix to make less clumpy. Feel free to use a whisk to break up the consistency a bit.
  2. Add the softened, cubed cream cheese, and again, stir well to ensure that the mixture is smooth. Pour in the chicken brother soon after, and mix well to ensure that there’s no clumps or lumps.
  3. Add salt, pepper, spices, and Italian seasoning to taste. Turn the heat down to ensure that your sauce doesn’t burn. Once the mixture is smooth, add most of the cheese, reserving a bit.
  4. Drain pasta and toss into the sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and serve warm.
  5. (Additional step) In a frying pan, heat a bit of oil and add 1/2 tsp of chopped garlic. Once the oil is heated, add the frozen shrimp. As the shrimp start to cook, add salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Take out the cook shrimp and add to the saucepan with the pasta and sauce.
  6. (Additional step) In the same frying pan that you used to cook shrimp, add in chopped onion, mushrooms and green bell peppers. Sautée and season to taste. Add the sautéed vegetables to the pasta and sauce mixture.
  7. Enjoy!
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Mushkaki

Check out our review of Mushkaki on Halal Foodie.

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“The KK was the most interesting dish we have tried to date. It was pan-fried bread cut up into bite size pieces, topped with various sauces and chicken or beef. Chef Osman explained that it is actually a Somali paratha called Sabayad that is used in KK. The dish had lots of flavours and textures, which our palates enjoyed quite a bit.”

Click here to read the full review.


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Crave Grill House

Lately a number of North American/Italian halal restaurants have opened in and around the GTA. We’ve tried a number of them and some are winners all round, whilst others have been disappointing.

Crave Grill House

We were a little cautious trying out Crave Grill House; however, our experiences have been great thus far. Briefly, a few things that makes Crave Grill House a winner for us include:

  • Nice and spacious seating area
  • Great ambiance
  • Excellent customer service
  • Great food

We’ve been to Crave Grill House on several occasions and we have also taken picky guests along with us, who enjoyed the overall dining experience as much as we did. Here’s what we’ve ordered thus far:

Cheese Nachos with Chicken

Cheese Nachos: We were expecting plain boring nachos with some cheese melted on top. We were glad to receive a shareable appetizer with colourful nachoes with melted cheese along with a generous amount of jalapenos, some other veggies and of course accompanied with sour cream and salsa. We have tried this appetizer both with and without chicken, and have found it equally good. Hence, the second time we only ordered Cheese Nachos and it tasted great!

Four Cheese Chicken

Four Cheese Chicken: We absolutely loved this dish and so did our guests. To start off, the chicken breast is coated with breadcrumbs, which makes every bite so delightful. Once you work past the crust, you realize how delicious the chicken breast really is. We didn’t think spinach and artichoke dip stuffed in chicken would taste good, but we were dead wrong! The dip and the four cheese make every bite very flavour (hardly any bland moments), and as you’re taste buds are done working there way through it, you enjoy the cajun sauce blanketing the chicken breast. We paired our chicken with cilantro lime rice, which is also our favourite here!

Linguini with Blackened Shrimp

Linguini with Blackened Shrimp: This dish is another winner at Crave Grill House. The Alfredo sauce is delicious; the button mushrooms and the sun dried tomatoes compliment the shrimp very well. Gotta say we are quite picky about our pastas and this one was a winner for us. The accompanying bread was seasoned well and was tasty.

Blackened Chicken & Shrimp

Blackened Chicken & Shrimp with Cilantro Rice: We enjoyed this dish as well!

One thing that we think Crave Grill House can improve on is their dessert menu. They offer cheesecake, molten lava cake, apple crumble and ice cream. All of these are great options but we feel that they can do so much better. We have tried their Molten Lava Cake, which was good.

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We have been back a number of times and would recommend this restaurant to others as well. Crave Grill House is also a great option for lunch. Most items on their lunch menu range from $10-13.

Address:

25 Woodbine Downs Blvd #5

Toronto, ON

M9W 6N5
(416) 213-1977

Website:

Crave Grill House


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Whistling Copper Kettle

Whistling Copper Kettle

So there’s a new addition to the growing list of halal fast food restaurants in GTA: Whistling Copper Kettle. We learned it will be opening in October 2013. Yesterday night we couldn’t really decide where to eat (out) and we recalled Whistling Copper Kettle. We called them up and learned they’re open for business!

Whistling Copper Kettle is located at 5425 Creditview Road (Credview & Bristol), next to Shopper’s Drug Mart. This used to be the old Salt & Pepper. The ambiance and decor is fairly average. However, their menu is expansive, including Western, Hakka Chinese and some South Asian fusion menu items. We are sure there are enough items of please everyone.

Whistling Copper Kettle

We were feeling fairly adventurous and eager to try a variety of dishes, so we decided to order:

  • Chicken Club Sandwich
  • Copper Kettle Special Chicken Steak
  • Karachi Bun Kabab
  • Philly Cheesesteak

Copper Kettle Special Chicken Steak

Our order arrived within 10-15 minutes. We first tried the Chicken Club Sandwich. The bread was nice and crunchy accompanied with toasty taste. The chicken, egg,  cheese and other toppings had very subtle taste, yet it was a tasty sandwich that also felt very nice and light. We enjoyed the accompanied fries and coleslaw as well.

Copper Kettle Special Chicken Steak

We next tried the Copper Kettle Special Chicken Steak. We were reluctant and didn’t know what to expect. Gotta say we enjoyed the chicken very much as well as the white sauce. The chicken breast was juicy, but also flavourful. We were pleasantly surprised and happy that we tried this dish.

Philly Cheesesteak

We then tried the Philly Cheesesteak, which we found different from the traditional Philly Cheesesteaks. It had fried onions, fried bell peppers and oregano seasoning on it. It certainly was filling. We found the oregano a little overpowering.

Karachi Bun Kabab

Lastly we tried Karachi Bun Kabab. It was chicken shami kabab with chutney and onions on a nice kaiser bun. Overall the taste was great; however, it was slightly dry.

We particularly enjoyed the Chicken Club Sandwich and Copper Kettle Special Chicken Steak. We anticipate visiting again and trying other items on the menu. The owner did indicate that they strictly use hand-slaughtered meat. The owner also mentioned something along the lines of it being the franchise of the original Copper Kettle.

Whistling Copper Kettle
#2 – 5425 Creditview Road, Mississauga, ON
(905) 816-9200


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Kara Mia

We’ve been a regular at Kara Mia for as long as we can remember. To this day Kara Mia remains our favourite.

The Muslims in GTA have either heard of or at least tried Kara Mia and everyone has their own favourites. One thing that everyone agrees on is their customer service is amazing!

Bruchetta Chicken Saffron Poutine with Peppercorn Sauce

We, the sisters have tried a number of different items on the menu, the following is our favourite so far:

  • Chicken Saffron – love the smooth velvety sauce, the taste of saffron of course, and strong creamy/buttery taste. It goes down so well!
  • Penne Picante Rose (Chicken) – another one of our red/tomato sauce favourites
  • Poutine with Peppercorn Sauce – we absolutely love it! We love the crispy fries in peppercorn sauce, topped with baked mozarella cheese. Yum!
  • Pina Colada

We’ve frequented the Vaughan location so often that the server would see us walking in and figure that we’re going to be ordering Chicken Saffron, Poutine with Peppercorn sauce and Pina Coladas.

We’ve had better experience at the Vaughan location, both in terms of food taste/quality as well as customer service; hence, we prefer it over the Mississauga location.

We highly recommend giving this place a try, if you haven’t already done so.

Please visit their website for details: Kara Mia


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Affy’s Premium Grill

Everybody in GTA has either heard of Affy’s or has likely tried it.

When and how did we first discover Affy’s, well that’s a story worth sharing!

Nadia was out on a skating excursion with her friends and having dinner at Affy’s Premium Grill (for the first time, shortly after when it first opened its doors in Pickering) thereafter was part of the plan. Unfortunately, Nadia fell and injured herself while skating. She was in a lot of pain, but didn’t wanna miss out on having dinner at Affy’s because (i) to try their food (ii) to see what the hype is all about.

Nadia ended up going to Affy’s afterwards for dinner. She got their famous Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breast. By now Nadia was in so much pain that a friend of her’s had to feed her. The verdict was in and she absolutely loved their food!

By the time Nadia got home, she could barely move her arm. She was taken to the hospital to make sure everything’s alright. Nadia had fractured her elbow and had a cast on for the next little while.

We sort of became a regular at Affy’s Premium Grill, to the point where we decided to take a break for a bit, so that we can enjoy their food again with the same level of enthusiasm. As commonly known, Affy’s customer service has been a hit or a miss; however, we’ve noticed it’s been improving overtime.

Here’s a list of some of our favourite items on the menu:

Antijitos

 

Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breast

 

Jalapeno Steak Penne

  • Antijitos (with chicken)
  • Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breast
  • Jalapeño Steak Penne
  • Fillet Mignon
  • Tiramisu
  • Pina Coladas

Though we have tried many other menu items, the aforementioned have become our favourite.

Affy’s now has 2 locations (Pickering & Mississauga). Please visit the following URL for details: Affy’s Premium Grill

We understand this is much less a review and more about how we stumbled across Affy’s. Most folks in the Muslim community in GTA have tried Affy’s. In case anyone has a particular question regarding our meal(s) at Affy’s, we’ll be more than happy to answer.