Zehra is a livelihoods and cash transfer specialist working in humanitarian contexts. She has also been a health and lifestyle coach for humanitarian aid workers. Loves food, bollywood and tweeting (@zehrarizvi).
Zehra has written 7 posts for Zehra's Cookin!

It’s getting hot in here, so….

…eat some watermelon!  Nothing quite refreshes like some cold cold cold watermelon in hot hot hot garbage smelling Brooklyn summers. Seedless watermelons have been increasingly popular in the US and in fact, I can’t recall the last time I had watermelon with black seeds in it (which we used to do all the time when … Continue reading

Yuck Thoo: Restaurant Review

Geneva is expensive.  I am back in NYC and in severe culture shock that I can buy tons of things and pay one third of what I would for it in Geneva.  So, when living in Geneva, I try to eat well but still be conscious of what I am spending.  I started using something … Continue reading

Holy moly guacamole!

This is one the simplest and most satisfying snacks to make ever. Love the flavours, textures and ways in which you can OWN this dish. My favorite way of cooking is sticking random things together and seeing what happens. Or using what is available not just locally, but also just in my fridge or cupboards … Continue reading

Zehra, Zehra, quite contrary….how does YOUR garden grow?

I’m growing a herb garden.  I’ve always managed to kill plants however, I want to be a farmer one day so I thought I had better get my act together and figure out how to make things LIVE.  Also, given the transitory nature of my life, I’m really glad to be putting down roots….literally! It … Continue reading

Daal, Dahl, Daaaaahl or For the Love of Daal (for Simon Majumdar)

I just looked you up, Simon. Umm…you are kind of famous. I just thought you were some dude on twitter…who happens to know Alton Brown (ok, ok, I just realized what I was saying when I started typing)…well…good…glad it worked out for you and now you get to judge TV Food Shows. This post is … Continue reading

Cooking in a kitchen that isn’t mine (or new!)*

It really freaks me out. I am not sure what it is about unfamiliar tools and temperatures and pots and pans that one doesn’t know how they react, spices like red chilli or even salt for which the pinch of it has to be a bit more or a bit less… Oh wait.  That’s all probably it. … Continue reading

I think I’m really going to do this…

I read a recipe of Jamie Oliver’s for Roast Chicken.  Lovely recipe etc and then I looked at the comments. Someone fucked up messed up making the most simple roast chicken recipe ever.  How is that possible? Two possible conclusions come to mind: 1:  The person could not read and follow SIMPLE directions 2:  There … Continue reading

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