The cake, a book and some hot tea; joy in simple pleasures! I grew up eating a lot of home-baked vanilla flavored cake with no frosting. We didn't have a cookie jar to dig in after school but we had a cake box that would hardly be empty. Ma didn't need any special occasion, she just needed some free time in hand and our lunch box would definitely have a piece of cake in it.
My favorite season is finally here with longer daylight, beautiful sunshine and pretty flowers! Now, all I ask from the weatherman is not to predict anymore frequent showers, storm or anything that takes away the Spring. Last week was pretty dull and boring with non-stop rain and cold winds, but what kept me excited was seeing Arvind finalizing the new design for blog. In between all the crazy workload, my sweetheart somehow managed to find time for planning, writing, fixing bugs and creating this new look. I feel SO proud and yes, I know :) I am one lucky girl!
It's amazing how I like to challenge myself in the kitchen these days. It's like a fun workout for me. Sometime the exercises ends in a fabulous result which makes my day a whole lot brighter and sometime, there are those bad times when I cry...almost like a kid! The unsuccessful experiment creates a disaster and mess in the kitchen that makes me really mad! But thankfully it makes me more curious and stubborn. Call it attitude if you may, but it helps me to finally nail the dish!
After participating in the last month's DHSPC, I was looking forward to see what challenge would Simon get for us this month. The idea of recreating someone's work is not easy specially when that person is best at what they do. It is intimidating and definitely challenging but there is always a lot of learning involved in the process.
Few weeks back, I tried making truffles and failed miserably. I hear people saying it's easy, probably the best dessert you can make in advance and "wow" your friends at the party. Well, for some reason it's not working in my kitchen.. yet! When my very close friend Grishma told me she was making truffles for me, you can only imagine my happiness. And my excitement doubled when I saw the flavor combination that she used to make these truffles. I just can't wait to try it in my kitchen. Now, I might be able to make truffles successfully.
No one needs a special day to celebrate love but when there is a day dedicated for love, why not enjoy it! We never go big on Valentine's Day but it's a special day in our calendar and we like to celebrate it in our own little way. Eating out is always an option but the thought of waiting for a seat and sitting in a crowded restaurant somehow kills the celebration mood for us. We like it quiet, cozy and what's a better place for that than your own home.
These past few weeks have been really crazy. I missed my camera, missed visiting my favorite blogs and there is so much to catch up. In between all the packing and unpacking, I was hardly getting any time to breathe. Yes, we moved to a new apt and we are still settling down. Today, I found some time in hand to share one of our all-time favorite sauce for pasta, favorite spread for bread and favorite dip for the chips - Pesto!
Snuggle up on the couch, cover the feet with your favorite pair of socks and hold the bowl of soup as it warms you up. Nothing is more comforting than a creamy soup on a winter night. It might be raining or snowing in some parts of the world but we are facing a confusing winter in California. Some days make us reach for something cool and refreshing and the very next day, we prefer to spend the whole day in bed with a book and hot coffee or soup.
“Jam on a winter took away the blue devils. It was like tasting summer.” - Sandra Dallas Most people make multiple batches of jam in summer and preserve it to enjoy in winter. And here I am, posting a recipe of mixed berry jam on a cold winter evening. Anybody in my club on this? I doubt! All jams begin with delicious fruits and my plan was to wait for summer to make a fresh batch until my eyes fell on these gorgeous looking berries. I know it's not the right season but they were so pretty, juicy and very…
After a long holiday, it's tough to get back in the routine. Jet lag was one thing that really had me worried. Every time I traveled back from India, I used to sleep the whole day like a log and it used to go on for at least a week! This time, my body adjusted with the time zone so quickly that it shocked me. I had no jet lag!
Another year flew by giving way to a fresh and sparkling 2012, packed with new dreams and new memories. I wish you all a very Happy New Year and may you live every moment with joy, love and lots of laughter. 2011 was a very special year for me. It not only gave me new friends and new dreams but it also gave me two new passions - food and photography! The year gave me so many things to treasure that words can hardly express my feelings.
The vacation is coming to an end and soon, we'll be back home. These two months just flew by and we enjoyed every minute of it. We ate, we shopped and we relaxed. I have a lot of stories and photos to share with you. Until then, let's see what my friend Radhika made for us. Radhika @ Food for 7 Stages of Life is one of my very close blogger friend and she lives in the Garden State of America with her loving husband. She is very passionate about cooking, writing and she shares them beautifully along with some picture perfect photographs in her blog.