Oreo Ice Cream Milkshake

One fine day I felt like experimenting with everything OREO so I decided to make Oreo milkshake and enjoy life the cookie way. And what good would this picture be had I not shared the recipe with you all lovely people? 

Here is what you need:
For the milkshake itself:
1. 250 to 300 ml chilled milk
2. Igloo Cookies and Creme ice cream (2 scoops will be needed)
3. 3 Oreo cookies
4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
5. 1 tablespoon Cadbury cocoa powder
6. Ice cubes

AND ... a Mason Jar!

For decorating the top
1. White chocolate chips
2. Chocolate sprinkles
3. Chocolate syrup
4. Whipped cream spray
5. Mini Oreos
6. Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate
7. Biscotto Cappuccino wafer sticks 


1. Pour milk in a blender and pray to God that there is no power break down. Add 3 Oreo cookies and a scoop of Igloo Cookies n Cream since that too is Oreo based and adds to a lovely consistency of milkshake. Blend!

Quick Fact: The Oreo biscuit was first developed by the National Biscuit Company in the United States (now Nabisco) in 1912. Some people liken it with the Greek word, Oreo itself which means beautiful or well done. Initially these were sold in novelty cans in glass tops.

2. After blending these ingredients for a few seconds, pour the now blended milkshake in a mason jar.

3.  Add a scoop of Igloo Cookies n Cream on top. I wanted to try adding their Fudge Brownie ice cream too because I love the flavour of rich chocolate, however, due to its specification in terms of being rich in chocolate flavour and consistency, it melts quickly and I didn't have a helping hand at the time when I was preparing the recipe and shooting the video all at once. It would have melted too soon.

4. Spray Puck's whipped cream, pour chocolate sauce and sprinkle chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles. Don't forget to insert two Biscotto Cappuccino wafer sticks, and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate pieces at the side.

And VOILA, the Oreo ice cream milk shake is ready! 

Here's a video for a better understanding.

CAUTION: It's SO very wholesome that it would require two adults to consume the entire milkshake ... trust me! :)

5 compelling things about Karachi

5 Things you’ll Immediately notice about Karachi if you’re travelling here for the first time

Guest Post by Umana Khan 

Karachi is known as the former capital to some, the industrial center to others, and the evergreen ‘roshniyon ka shehr’ to most. This city has many layers, which make it a fine topic of discussion for residents of neighboring towns and districts. While there’s a lot of talk surrounding what makes Karachi ‘special’ and ‘different’ from the rest of the country, today we aim to uncover the various observations our Pakistani shehri make when they visit it for the first time. Curious to find out what they find the most striking? The burger awaam, Sea View or the fancy shopping malls? Then continue reading to find out!

1) The Chaotic Traffic
The most immediate difference you’ll notice when entering Karachi is the absolutely insane traffic! We Karachites are pretty much used to the daily struggle of spending an hour of our daily commute sitting idly in traffic while people from different cities find it to be a real tear jerker and test of patience. 

Image Source: https://tribune.com.pk/story/880411/lessons-from-history-the-evolution-or-degradation-of-karachis-transport-system/

2) The Vibrant Night Life
When I was visiting Islamabad, Lahore and Quetta for the first time on my Pakistan tour, I was bewildered to see that around 9-10 pm these cities gradually start dimming out and fall asleep. Then roads are cleared up, the streets are silent, and you’ll fail to see any person in sight. 
Good luck trying to find a restaurant open in Islamabad past 11 while in Karachi I’ve actually gotten takeaways at 2 – 3 am (safe to say I nearly starved to death while on my trip!). I’m telling you we Karachites NEVER sleep. You can always find something to eat or a place to hang at the strangest of hours; and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  

Image Source: http://chaskaparty.com/15-night-pics-of-karachi-will-change-your-perception-about-the-city-forever/

3) The Urbanization
Another immediate observation you’ll make is that Karachi is one of the more privileged cities of Pakistan that has been dedicated a reasonable budget for infrastructure (yeah right!) and development. You’ll see tall buildings, fine roads, extravagant shopping malls, and sky skyscrapers prevalent here that are quite a rare sight in rural Sindh and Punjab.

Image Source: http://www.arifhabibdolmenreit.com/dolmen-city-reit.php  

4) The Diversity in Population and shifting Dialects
One thing I absolutely love about Karachi is our diversity! For anyone who’s planning on visiting Pakistan for the first time I strongly suggest you visit Karachi first. Only because this city is like a summary of the whole state, you’ll find people of different tribes and ethnicities, all living here together.

Sindhis, Balochis, Punjabis, Pakhtuns, and Pathans make up the population of Karachi and they all speak their native language and converse with a unique flavor of Urdu. That comes with a strong dialect of their mother tongue. If you take a moment to observe, you’ll see how brilliantly diverse and vibrant the culture of Karachi is. 

Image Source: https://www.shughal.com/among-chaos-15-awesome-things-no-one-tells-karachi/

Okay so we know that Lahore is the food capital of the country (don’t want to get into the Karachi v/s Lahore debate) but for anyone who has had a taste of Karachi’s food will admit that it’s frankly underrated and absolutely incredible.

For all of you foodies out there I suggest you make your way to Karachi not for the beautiful sights and entertainment but for simply a food tour. From leading international franchises to the desi tikka boti and pathan hotel restaurants, the food in this city is heavenly!
So that’s it! These are my top 5 observations of Karachi. What else do you thing makes this city special? Comment below why you find this city interesting or strange and let’s find out what makes it different from the rest. I’d love to hear about all your experiences!

Image Source: https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/karachi-cuisine-1

Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 10

Guest Post by Ali Khataw

DAY 10

Eid is the time of the year when we celebrate the completion of Ramzan, the togetherness of family, and the the existence of our sweet tooth ... and not to mention the distribution of Eidi and Eid gifts! The above photograph sums down togetherness of the family and motherly love. Read up to find out more about the essence of this moment that I captured.

Question 10/ Day 10 - Have I considered the frame?


If you want to make great images that really stand out from the crowd, you need to stop looking and start SEEING. Good photographs can be created by utilizing good LIGHTING and good COMPOSITION but if you want to make a GREAT image then one has to add the third factor, MOMENT!

Moment is all about timing and capturing the decisive, whether its sudden change in the light or something telling a gesture.

The image above was made in Tanzania, I call it “Happy Mother’s Day”. I think all three items discussed above have been considered. This image was published in the online edition of National Geographic (May 30, 2014).

Below were the camera settings:

Camera: Canon 1D Mark III
Lens: Canon 400mm F5.6
Aperture: f6.3
Shutter: 1/640
ISO: 200

This concludes our 10 day photographic journey towards making great images. Hope you found it helpful!

Kind Regards!
Ali Khataw www.khataw.com

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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 9

Guest Post by Ali Khataw


Hope you all have been enjoying Eid today. What a great time it is to celebrate Eid when it comes merging with your weekend! And I really hope my photography tips have been helpful enough for you to do some Eid photography yourselves ... discounting for selfies, that is. :)

Question 9/ Day 9 - Can I change the light?


Hard light creates contrast - hard light also causes anything in its path to become a highlight, while everything else remains dark.

Soft light is more even. Soft light is less intense meaning there is not much stark divide between the highlights and shadows. Soft light can also be flat! Soft light works well with portraits done in color.

The Street Scene image was made in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. The objective of the image was to create a street scene with high contrast and high color. An aperture of F16 was utilized so that the depth of field (DOF) could keep both people in focus.

The image of young Aztec Boy was also created in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The lighting in this situation is soft and the colour creates the visible contrast. Instead of just making the image with just the boy's face, I backed up a little bit and incorporated another kid via soft focus. It adds a situation of mystery.

Example of Hard Light and High Contrast
Street Scene
Camera: FujiFilm Mirrorless X-Pro2
Lens: Fuji XF35mm F1.4
Aperture: f16
Shutter: 1/125
ISO: 200

Example of Soft Light and Low Contrast
Aztec Kid
Camera: FujiFilm Mirrorless X-Pro2
Lens: Fuji XF56 F1.2
Aperture: f2.0
Shutter: 1/1500
ISO: 200

Hope you found this helpful! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will discuss “THE PERFECT FORMULA - COMPOSITION - LIGHT - MOMENT"
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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 8

Guest Post by Ali Khataw


Question 8/ Day 8 - am I aware of the shadows and contrast?

Image 8/Day 8: LIGHT

Whether you have your camera with you or not, the only way to learn about light is to observe it constantly. Harsh light intensifies the contrast between light and shadows and can be quite unflattering. When you make images in harsh sunlight your subject often ends up with shadowy eye sockets that make them look tired. When working with diffused less intense light, contrast is lower and the light is more flattering.

The image below was made at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. Subjects stand out prominently when colors are utilized to differentiate them from the background. I asked a local monk to sit on one of the rocks where the ruins and the old tree roots had created a beautiful abstract background. I utilized the rule of thirds to compose and the resulting image below was created. I named it “Peace within Chaos”.

Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon 24-70 f2.8
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/320
ISO: 800

Hope you found this helpful! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will discuss “CONTRAST - HARD LIGHT & SOFT LIGHT"
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