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  • “Sweety sweet potatoes, how I wonder what you are?” Through out my life I was eating pink-skinned sweet potato with creamy flesh inside. That is the way I could identify a sweet potato from other similar roots. Then  one day someone pointed out brown-skinned or more precisely beige-skinned sweet potato, usually called “shakarkand” in Hindi. “Shakar” means sweet and “kand” means root. Pink-skinned sweet potatoes are not common in every part of India.  So whenever we catch a glimpse of […]

    Chili spiked sweet potato and butternut squash soup

    “Sweety sweet potatoes, how I wonder what you are?” Through out my life I was eating pink-skinned sweet potato with creamy flesh inside. That is the way I could identify a sweet potato from other similar roots. Then  one day someone pointed out brown-skinned or more precisely beige-skinned sweet potato, usually called “shakarkand” in Hindi. “Shakar” means sweet and “kand” means root. Pink-skinned sweet potatoes are not common in every part of India.  So whenever we catch a glimpse of […]

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Baking
  • We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

    Apple cinnamon tea cake with brown sugar crumb topping

    We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

  • Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

    Whole wheat chocolate fruit and nut bar and is egg free

    Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

  • For the first time in my life, I forget that yesterday was India’s  Independence day. Having returned yesterday morning from my almost weeklong NYC trip and not been to Facebook  for a while (that’s how I catch up with latest news ), the day has slipped away from my mind. and strangely I felt no regret whatsoever. I don’t feel like making tiranga color dishes. Whats the point anyway ? I still remember my schooldays, when we used to celebrate the Independence […]

    Bombay Pav bhaji – Indian street foods

    For the first time in my life, I forget that yesterday was India’s  Independence day. Having returned yesterday morning from my almost weeklong NYC trip and not been to Facebook  for a while (that’s how I catch up with latest news ), the day has slipped away from my mind. and strangely I felt no regret whatsoever. I don’t feel like making tiranga color dishes. Whats the point anyway ? I still remember my schooldays, when we used to celebrate the Independence […]

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  • For long carrots had advertised themselves as nutrient rich, low in calories, full of vitamins especially vitamin A which is good for our eyes and even better if we can eat them raw. As long as they are juicy, sweet and tender I can munch them often as I wish but hey am not rabbit ! who will eat carrot all day long. I mean the real carrots and not carats in diamond! So except munching them raw like rabbit […]

    Spicy carrot and ginger soup

    For long carrots had advertised themselves as nutrient rich, low in calories, full of vitamins especially vitamin A which is good for our eyes and even better if we can eat them raw. As long as they are juicy, sweet and tender I can munch them often as I wish but hey am not rabbit ! who will eat carrot all day long. I mean the real carrots and not carats in diamond! So except munching them raw like rabbit […]

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  • Beetroot and me – we don’t gel quiet well. But recently DH took fascination for them. Much to my dismay, beetroot are his new-found love. When he cuts it into julienne for regular table salad, no doubt the long thin strips of beetroot looks devilishly appetizing. With a generous squeeze of fresh lemon all over it, which beautifully offset the sweetness of beetroot, and generous scattering of handful of crumbled feta, the salad was almost instant hit. But unfortunately for […]

    Vegetarian Borscht – Russian style beet root soup

    Beetroot and me – we don’t gel quiet well. But recently DH took fascination for them. Much to my dismay, beetroot are his new-found love. When he cuts it into julienne for regular table salad, no doubt the long thin strips of beetroot looks devilishly appetizing. With a generous squeeze of fresh lemon all over it, which beautifully offset the sweetness of beetroot, and generous scattering of handful of crumbled feta, the salad was almost instant hit. But unfortunately for […]

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  • Let’s accept it. I never liked the green soups. Soups are not part of Indian diet but in my growing up years, my mom used to blend most of the vegetables in the blender, specially those on my hate list like spinach, spiced it up with Indian flavors and served us steaming hot on cold and rainy days . I was happy gulping down quickly as long as I don’t have to chew on the veggies. That was her way […]

    Creamy green pea and mint soup

    Let’s accept it. I never liked the green soups. Soups are not part of Indian diet but in my growing up years, my mom used to blend most of the vegetables in the blender, specially those on my hate list like spinach, spiced it up with Indian flavors and served us steaming hot on cold and rainy days . I was happy gulping down quickly as long as I don’t have to chew on the veggies. That was her way […]

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Travel
  • Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

    Lal Bagh flower show August 2014 & Dastkar handicraft fair

    Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

  • A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

    Important Travel Tips For An Exhilarating And Memorable Jungle Experience

    A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

  • “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

    Fall in the dreamy Smoky mountains

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

  • Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly about […]

    Yosemite rim fire – should you visit Yosemite or not ?

    Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly about […]

  • This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

    An un inspired day at Miami and few good moments !

    This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

  • Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]

    Sanibel and Everglades national park , Florida – on alligators, panthers and anhinga trail

    Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]

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