I have to admit that my life has become a bit monotonous that things no longer seem to catch my eye. My life revolves around balancing home, baby, husband and other tonnes of miscellaneous stuff. My writing slowed down to a halt. There are times I wish I could just fly somewhere and get inspired. Finding inspiration […]
I was a happy writer until I begun to doubt myself after entering a novel writing competition for amateurs. The prize was consulting with one of the best publishers of UK and chance of getting your novel published! For an aspiring writer, it is a dream come true. It was the first time I tried […]
Another year is coming to an end. This year personally has been a blessing as my daughter turned 1 and feeling content that as parents we are growing. We are striving to do everything in our power to be the best role model and provider for our child. I am sure this is what every couple would […]
I had a nickname until I was 5, when mom n dad suddenly decided to change our names. I transformed to Tania and my brother suggested his name “Dennis” from the popular Dennis the Menace comics. I do not remember the details of my early childhood and whether the name brought any impact or luck […]
I had the habit of maintaining a journal from the time I could remember. It transcended from some occasional scribbles to grumblings to sweet-nothing stories to poems to day to day events to best and funny moments in my life and then to finally nothing…. I can now barely recognize my journal as it lies in […]
I was just glancing through the paper and I see this – It is so sad.. these children are our future and it is almost heartbreaking to see how ruthlessly they were killed in a chemical warfare. This unsettling fear of insecurity feels my mind and I know we are no longer safe in this […]
I read this article about people applying to travel to Mars… and stay there for good !! It sounds like some Sci-Fi movie minus the aliens of course! The whole project is called Mars One. Their aim is to establish human settlement in Mars by 2023. There were around 100,000 applications for the one-way trip […]
My first mermaid sighting was Ariel, the little Mermaid on Television 😀 As a child, such creatures were a huge fascination especially when they look so much like us. I got interested in a claim that Mermaids can actually be real and many were spotted at different countries. The descriptions of the sighting were eerily […]
DISCLAIMER : The following videos are highly graphical and I suggest that the weak stomach and pregnant women (who have puking tendencies) to not watch these videos. Ok guys, we have all heard and read about the various “fast” food sold during the Beijing Olympics. For those who aren’t aware of it , check out […]
It is a crazy twisted world out there and we humans are slowing turning into animals preying not only on women but children too !!! Now the method men have adopted to avenge women is throwing acid to their faces. If a girl rejects or does not reciprocate any liking then this is the permanent […]
I am sure at least 60% of people have lost their phones at some point of their life. I lost my phone at the airport years ago. I spent over an hour informing the concerned officials to check the plane and went to the lost and found to report the lost phone but I never […]
I am a proud owner of a Kindle. As a fervent reader, it is the best technology that could happen to book worms like me. Its like having a library in your fingertips. No worries of losing any books, no lending books anymore ( esp b’cos you don’t get them back). Your own personal collection […]
Have you felt anytime that the people around you seem to do better? A friend who recently went to Mauritius for a second honeymoon,an ex-colleague who landed up getting a better job – three times your salary, bunch of old girlfriends ‘catch-up’ for dinner. Someone attending a concert, someone having those bollywood based weddings…. etc […]
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child
I never knew that I would end up writing a MORAL STORY FOR EVERY CULINARY ADVENTURE. My last week was quite eventful since I had a lot to learn. I tried to reinvent and refurbished some common simple recipes into culinary “so-called-masterpieces” ( LOL ).
I tried out Brussels sprouts for the first time. As soon as I dropped the sprouts in hot olive oil, the house smelt like heaven. The fragrance was too indulgent and mouthwatering.
MORAL : Do not overcook the Brussels sprouts – it becomes taste-less. It must be crunchy !!
Brussels sprouts accompanied with hearty boiled eggs and bread
Sometimes I think the only thing that prevents me from being a perfect dieter will be Noodles. To top off the indulgent “maggi” – pair it with eggs. To pardon myself for my indulgent damnation – I threw in some sauteed zucchini for the extra crunch factor.
MORAL : Always cook the eggs at the end. You dont want your eggs to be cold and soggy.
Maggi Noodles and Egg with Zucchini
Now I was addicted to Brussels sprouts and I would put it in almost everything. Today I had made pasta with cherry tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and reinvented the garlic bread with Arabic bread. A pseudo-Italian way of having pasta .
MORAL : Always use fresh garlic and not powered garlic. You end up with “garlic” fingers for the whole week.
Farfalle pasta with cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts and garlic bread
I have a confession and I know you would have figured it out….. I love pasta and if I have to eat it everyday of my life I would gladly do so. Today I made pasta with turkey sausage, cherry tomatoes, capsicum and tomato sauce. It was a beautiful spread of sauce on that white pasta. I would have preferred wheat.
MORAL : It is better to mix the pasta and sauce before serving else if you are a messy eater you will end up cleaning your living room couch and yourself.
Fusilli with sausage + Red sauce
I found this new “breed” of pasta. This multi-vegetable ( multi-color) pasta is definitely a must-try-it-out-yourself fad. A succulent bologonese sauce with shredded aubergine . Splendid !!!
MORAL : Adding more veggies will only heighten the taste of pasta. Nothing can replace that !
Potato Stuffing – Long task but was worth it. Stuffed potato with sour cream and chives. Yes, that is mozzarelllllla (ooh la la) cheese.
MORAL : Make sure the potatoes are cooled before you scoop out the potato if you don’t have time – always keep a batch of ice to cool off your blistered fingers.
Bruschetta with garlic sauce, feta stuffed chilies and mozzarella cheese with hummus dipping
MORAL : You wont require any dipping once you see these hot babes popping out from the oven…. Nice and crispy
Bruschetta – Snack Away
So what have I earned after all these lessons ??? A big dipper badge slapped right across my arm !
A Big Dipper Badge ! 😉
I had always considered myself as a loner, a person who would not stick to one kind of friend nor in one particular group.. you can say I am free-spirited when I make friends. The good part of it all is that you are surrounded by people who like you and enjoy your company.
The downside of it .. well since you are not in any group or have a particular set of friends….the tendency to be forgotten is easy. Its like the room is filled with people but you are just standing there by yourself at the corner. Trust me it is not a good place to be at !
I have to say there are some people who are always in the background.. you may have ignored them or “moved on ”. These people slowly seeps into your life for short span of time and vanish completely like the morning dew. This post is dedicated for those peeps who has always been that way but never let me feel alone.
My old friends are back and it does make a difference in my life.. I have to say I have changed.. I am no longer a LONER.
Go ahead, follow me till the end
South Indian Cuisine – Idli and Sambar
North Indian Cuisine – Rajma ( Red Kidney Beans ) and Rice
Dal ( Lentil Soup ) and Paneer (Indian Cheese ) – Capsicum Mix
A Closeup of Paneer and Capsicum Sabzi
Thadathil Cuisine – Beetroot in Youghurt
So, how to make food look good even if it may not taste that spectacular ?
Presentation and close-up shots 😉
Anyone hungry ?? 😀
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. The year 2012 has been a year of painful disasters, deaths and immense trauma. Yet we “move on” because these disasters, death, trauma happened elsewhere and […]
Mother Nature’s basic trait is Balance and displays it remarkably. It is the result of this balance, we live our life the way we are and some people also would support that the cosmic energies modulate the way we think and act. Why i talk about nature is to point out how just and right […]