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Seven Months and Counting

Seven Months and Counting

Seven months ago, I started this blog as a creative outlet. I wanted a place to explore my love for reading and my passion for food. Realizing that what makes the worlds of literature and the culinary arts so interesting is the diversity of people that comprise them, I recruited some of my smartest and most creative friends to work with me. Together, we built PAPER/PLATES into what it is today. Over the past seven months, a lot has changed. I've learned that some things I expected to work were unsuccessful, and that other ideas I came up with on a whim became surprisingly popular. That's on the blog side. Personally, things have changed as well. In the past seven months, I:

  • turned 25
  • upgraded my computer
  • got married (see Instagrams from my three-event wedding here)
  • moved to downtown Chicago
  • read seven novels (this is low for me, but cut me some slack – I was planning a wedding), and
  • started my very own kitchen (I do the cooking and my husband is usually on dish duty)

Why am I telling you all this? The truth is, I want to get to know PAPER/PLATES readers better, and it seems only fair that I should share some things about myself in return. In that spirit, here are some of the things I read and cooked over the past week.


I loved this essay in The Rumpus by Sarah Marty-Schlipf. Though I'm not a tattoo fan myself, her struggles with love, pain, and trust – told through her experience with body art – are poignant and moving.

This week, I'm reading Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers. I'll be blogging about it next month. I'm not even halfway done with the book, but I'm already brainstorming recipes for it. All I'll say for now is: breakfast food. After that book, I'll finish up Alex Espinosa's The Five Acts of Diego León, to be reviewed in March.


Having just moved out of my house, I no longer enjoy my mom's Pakistani home cooking several times a week. Therefore, I am attempting to cook Pakistani food once a week until I get as good as my mom. So...check back with me in a few years. Jokes aside, I made a pretty solid meal of basmati rice, keema (spiced ground beef), aloo bhujiya (a spicy sauteed potato dish) and raita (yogurt sauce) on Tuesday.

Pakistani dinner

Then, since I like to switch it up, I made teriyaki chicken last night. And, inspired by Nicole Gulotta of Eat This Poem, I tried my hand at filmmaking using Directr during the process.

Now that you know a little bit about me and my life, I'd love to know more about yours. Leave me a comment telling me what you're reading, cooking, or doing this weekend. I'm excited to hear from you.

Read, eat, and be merry, Amina

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