About Laila Sohail

Um-i-Laila Sohail has spent 13 years working in the Financial Industry. She holds an MBA Degree from The Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan. Laila describes herself as a focused and diligent person. Perhaps it was this diligence that motivated her to learn how to cook once she landed in Singapore and is also the inspiration behind her first write up for FUCHSIA: 'Cinnamon Date Orange Cake-The Spice of Life in Dessert'. Laila is married with 3 children. She loves to visit historical places and secretly wishes she were a mathematician. Other than perfecting her baking and cooking skills, she plans to learn Photography and add some form of exercise to her daily routine. While pursuing these goals, she also plans to follow her motto in life, which is to Smile!

I prefer serving a roast chicken as part of the mains for my dinner menu. Served in a stylish platter with a lovely dinner table arrangement, it has a stunning effect on the guests. I have noticed a recent trend of using smaller birds likes poussins in a large festive platter and they look delish.Continue reading

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This a versatile recipe. It was by accident that I discovered that pomegranate tastes heavenly with dark chocolate. The bitter-creaminess of the chocolate with the crunchy-sweetness of pomegranate is something that can only be experienced with your taste buds. You may replace the pomegranate with strawberries, raspberries or a mix of the two. It tastesContinue reading

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Hummus topped with fried lamb can be part of a small meal (served in individual bowls) or a starter served up on a generous platter. Pair it with pita bread and salad. For your vegetarian friends, skip the lamb, the recipe tastes delicious with just the Hummus and lemon sauce. Add nuts prior to servingContinue reading

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As the world becomes a global village, we are lucky to be part of a multitude of festivities, be it Eid after Ramazan, Eid after Hajj, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, or the much-awaited Christmas. When you think about it, what is a festival if not an excuse to feast? WeContinue reading

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This was my first time cooking with a courgette also know as a zucchini. I remember picking up my first courgette thinking it was a cucumber on one very hurried day as I tried to wrap up groceries before the kids got home. I said to myself: "Cucumber sure looks different in Singapore". I slicedContinue reading
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Tucked away in the heart of Haji Lane is a really interesting Malaysian café that offers you your selfie printed on the froth of your drink. Yes, we are serious. You get to drink your own picture. And a pretty good quality print, too, I must add. What is this fascination of ours with selfies?Continue reading
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As I dry roast a cinnamon stick in the pan, its mild aroma warms my senses and invokes in me a feeling of joy. Cinnamon, the "spice of life", is the most versatile spice one can have in the pantry. I have often wondered about the origins of this spice.  Cinnamon is documented to haveContinue reading
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