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Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins | Playful Cooking #muffins #quinoa #breakfastlink to Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins – Guest Post for Vijitha @ Spices and Aroma

Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins – Guest Post for Vijitha @ Spices and Aroma

When I moved from Bangalore to California, the one thing I knew I would miss were my friends. I have a bunch of those. Bubbly, cheerful and happy, always there for me, always make me smile and even scolds me when I am wrong. They rocked my life. I feel lucky, really lucky that even though we stay miles apart and we don’t get to talk often, things didn’t change even a bit. We easily start off from where we left, effortlessly.

Curried Sweet Potato Saucelink to Curried Sweet Potato Sauce – Guest Post by Leanne Vogel @ Healthful Pursuit

Curried Sweet Potato Sauce – Guest Post by Leanne Vogel @ Healthful Pursuit

I cannot imagine a day without milk. My morning starts with a masala milk tea and on some days, it ends with a cup of hot chocolate. But there are people who suffer from bloated stomach, headaches and pain after consuming any dairy product. Honestly speaking, I didn't know about all these different kind of diets like gluten free, vegan or dairy free until I started blogging and until I started reading about it. Their blogs are inspirational. They teach you to enjoy food without feeling restricted. One such blogger, who is also a very good friend of mine, is Leanne Vogel,…

Soba Noodles with Scallops in Wine Sauce | Playful Cookinglink to Soba Noodles with Scallops in Wine Sauce

Soba Noodles with Scallops in Wine Sauce

Every time I enter the noodle aisle in ranch market, I get blown away with the different varieties that are available. It’s a Chinese market. That should explain it all and yet, it leaves me gawking and wondering if I dedicate a whole month to just noodles, will I be able to cover it all? Truth is, I seriously doubt it! From thick to thin, from flat to round, from straight to curly, you name it and it might just be there, sitting silently to be relished.

fruit and nut coffee cake @ Playful Cookinglink to Fruit and Nut Coffee Cake

Fruit and Nut Coffee Cake

Did you guys have a great Easter? We didn't celebrate but certainly enjoyed spotting several cute little bunnies running around with a colorful egg basket in their tiny hands. There were some joyful cheers and lots of laughter. The sky was bright blue and beautiful spring air carried several families to the park. It was pretty clear that people were relishing the Easter weekend. And while you guys were busy boiling, painting, hiding and hunting eggs, I cracked a few and baked a cake!

Vodka Mac and Cheese @ Playful Cookinglink to Vodka Mac and Cheese

Vodka Mac and Cheese

What makes Macaroni and Cheese everyone’s favorite? Is it the tiny elbow pasta that sits effortlessly on a spoon or the velvety sauce that binds it all? Is it the quick-to-cook procedure or the comfort that comes along with it? Whatever the reason is, this pasta preparation has always managed to cheer up all of us, irrespective of the age group.

bengali rituals @ Playful Cookinglink to Glimpses Of Bengali Marriage Rituals

Glimpses Of Bengali Marriage Rituals

My day would start with a cup of hot tea that I didn’t make, followed by a savory breakfast. Lunch and dinner was always lavish with multiple courses and in between all these, there were various kinds on sweets, both syrupy and dried. We Bengalis love to eat and in my house, whenever there is any celebration, food-talk happen before anything else. For folks who are not aware, my brother just got married which is why I was out of action for past few weeks. He stepped into a new stage of life with a broad smile on his face,…

Lemon Pudding @Playful Cookinglink to Lemon Pudding

Lemon Pudding

People say my little brother and I look alike. We are not twins, just one year apart. He is taller than me, has a smart brain, doesn’t talk much and at times, he is very shy. Just like other siblings, we had our moments of cheerfulness, enjoyment, roughness and fights. I still remember the time when our youngest uncle was getting married. We cousins were playing around, making noises, dancing to loud music while my brother was helping dad and my other uncles arranging things for the wedding. He was always the more responsible one and now, in less than a…

hibiscus syrup @ Playful Cookinglink to Hibiscus Syrup

Hibiscus Syrup

There are different categories of people when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day. Some love it, some hate it and some make fun of it. I fall in a different group, the one with folks who like to celebrate any day that calls for yummy food, good drinks and quality time with your loved ones! And irrespective of the occasion falling on a weekend or a busy weekday, our kind figures out some way to make it special. I cherish this day, which is celebrated all across the globe where every one is speaking one single language - Love! The…

Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous by Playful Cookinglink to Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

Growing up, mutton was my preferred choice of meat. Most Sundays, Dad would rush to the market early morning so he didn’t miss the chance to buy the best quality of meat and later, mom would prepare a rich mutton curry for lunch. We would always be extra hungry on that day. It was only after moving to US that I learnt the difference between lamb and mutton. It surprised me when I realized how rare and hard it is to find mutton in any store over here. After missing my special Sunday lunch for a while, I finally decided to…

Split Bengal Gram with Indian five-spice : Playful Cookinglink to Cholar Dal – Split Bengal Gram with Indian Five-Spice

Cholar Dal – Split Bengal Gram with Indian Five-Spice

Every now and then, when I am chitchatting with my friends, the very first question is always about food. They like to discuss what I made for dinner, which recipe would I be sharing next and if it would be sweet or savory. Some even desire to be in my shoes and wish they could appreciate cooking as much I do. They share stories about how I encouraged them to bake a cake or make a simple soup. They always motivate me and I feel blessed!

Fennel and Rosemary Butter Biscuits : Playful Cookinglink to Rosemary and Fennel Butter Biscuits

Rosemary and Fennel Butter Biscuits

On certain lousy days, there are two very specific things I like to do. Make a huge mug of coffee and laugh with FRIENDS back to back or put on an apron and surrender myself to flour. As I sift, mix and blend flavors, I build up this expectation that when the hot oven starts spreading the fresh baking aroma, it would change the crappy-me to happy-me. The kitchen is definitely a mess by then, but the effort works most of the time, unless of course what comes out of the oven looks worse than my state of mind. In that case,…

Spaghetti Fritters : Playful Cookinglink to Frittelle di Spaghetti (Spaghetti Fritters)

Frittelle di Spaghetti (Spaghetti Fritters)

It was a beautiful bright day with tiny fluffy clouds floating around in the blue sky. I sat by the window with a book, covered the feet with my purple throw and enjoyed the sunlight as it warmed my cheeks. I was reading Jamie’s Italy and was lost in his words. He spoke about his experiences in Italy and how he adored the Italian’s love for food. I scribbled notes as I flipped the pages and regretted a little for not trying out certain dishes during our short stay in Rome. But thanks to all these amazing books, which always help home cooks…