Weekend at Robert Mondavi & Hearth and Soul Hop #43

Last weekend was amazing! The winery tour and wine tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery made the weekend super fun. This was the first time that I experienced wine tasting and I was enjoying every bit of it.. trying this.. trying that.. and enjoying the tipsy feeling on a sunny day πŸ˜€

It was a bright sunny day with mild wind, which made it very comfortable to walk around the vineyard. Since it’s spring time, we didn’t have the privilege to see the grapes in the vineyard. Yet, it was nice to see the beautiful leaves and spring flowers. continue reading »

Gobi Matar/Cauliflower cooked with Peas

Thank God It’s Friday.. Time to enjoy the weekend! I know that it’s there every week and it’s not like I have to go to office every day. Yet, these two days of the week are very special to me. I get to spend the entire day with my husband. I think that is enough of a reason to celebrate the weekends πŸ™‚ Ok, I will give you one more reason.. I am not much of a morning person and the weekend also allows me to wake up late in the morning πŸ˜‰

Well, I don’t have the liberty to wake up late tomorrow. We are re-visiting Napa Valley with few of our friends and it’s about 2 hours drive from our home. So.. early to bed and early to rise! Last time, we visited Napa during our anniversary and we took the Wine Train ride, which was really fun! However, we didn’t have any energy left to go for a tour or wine tasting after the ride.

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Chicken Momo

I would like to start this post by thanking all my lovely friends and my blogger buddies who have been constantly supporting me with their beautiful words and helping me out whenever I need them. Manu from Manu’s Menu and Tina from Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner showered me with awards and awards and awards! πŸ˜€ THANK YOU SO SO MUCH !! They are such fabulous bloggers with an amazing collection of recipes. You guys should definitely drop by and check out their space.

If you have read my Deep Fried Wonton post, you would know that how much I love Momos. Momos are similar to dumplings, which are native to Himalayas of Tibet. If you have read about the history of Momos, you would know that these are a traditional delicacy in Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal and Ladakh. They are one of the most popular fast food in those regions. Momos are also common in places with noticeable Nepalese and Tibetan diaspora such as Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal(particularly in Darjeeling).

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Gajar Halwa/Carrot Pudding

If Super Bowl makes the Americans go crazy, then Cricket makes the Indians go bonkers. In India, you can see boys as well as men playing cricket in every corner, on every street, in every playground. Even though hockey is the national sport of India, it’s cricket that you will find in almost every Indian’s blood. My brother and my dad never ever miss any match, be it cricket or football. I remember as a kid, if ever India lost a cricket match, my brother used to get SO emotional that he would not talk and just go off to sleep without eating dinner and he is kind of still the same πŸ˜€

Me and Arvind are not too cricket crazy. We follow the news and get an idea who’s winning, who’s where but we never really sit and watch a whole match. Today was different. It was a big day for India today. 2011 World Cup Final Match: India Vs Sri Lanka.. India in Finals, YAY ! πŸ™‚ I wished that I was in a different time zone and I could have watched the whole match. But, no regrets! We at least saw how it ended.. nail biting.. amazing.. legendary! India rocks! We WON the world cup πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ continue reading »

Tortilla Cups with Tangy Filling

We both like to eat some light snacks in the evening. Something that can be paired with ginger tea or coffee followed by a light dinner later in the night. The habit of eating snacks with evening tea is very common in India. It would mostly be something savory, like fritters or something deep fried. I never had the habit of making snacks back in India. By the time I reached home, it would be time for dinner followed by some pending work to finish.

However, it’s been different since the time I moved to US and became a full time home maker. You will notice that I have quite a few snack items in my recipe index πŸ™‚ I am always in hunt of snack recipes and at times, I try to come up with some new ideas. I avoid deep fried stuff these days because i’m trying to get back in shape… you know, time to get back in summer clothes. No more jackets or sweaters to cover those guilt calories πŸ˜€ continue reading »