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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…

Visit to Rome : Playful Cookinglink to Four Days in Rome

Four Days in Rome

When we landed in Rome after spending 4 days in Paris, it felt like home! We are not Italians and never been to Italy before but there was this warmth, an unexplainable weird feeling going on inside us. We both said (almost at the same time) ‘we will so love it here’ and then he nodded when I said, ‘it feels like home’.

Hot Chocolate Mix : Playful Cookinglink to Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

It’s funny how I don’t enjoy the cold winter and yet some of my favorite dishes taste best when they are relished while snuggling in the couch, under a cozy throw. Like, a bowl of warm soup while dunking grilled cheese sandwich in it or a super spicy Indian chaat, Indian khichdi with fried eggplant, piping hot ginger milk tea or a cup of hot chocolate with toasted marshmallow on top.

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Asian Chicken Fried Rice with Brown Rice

There was a period when I couldn’t consider rice in any different shade other than white. Small grain white rice would be prepared on a daily basis, long grain basmati white rice for biryani on special occasions and aromatic short grain white rice for (payesh) Bengali rice pudding. Of course, later I learned about Kerala rice, par boiled rice but no matter how many different kinds were available back then, they were all white. Or at least that's all I knew. These days, markets are brimming with such a special range that one can hardly get bored of eating rice.…

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Celebrating 2nd Birthday with Cocoa Coffee Mini Bundt Cake

Wish you all an extremely delightful 2013! I hope you get to smile more, love more and achieve more. Make the best of each day and live a little more!   As I step in to a brand New Year, Sunshine and Smile steps in to its third year, celebrating its 2nd Birthday today with 220 posts including 197 recipes. That’s a lot of cooking in two years, my friend! Seriously, who knew surrendering life to a gastronomic journey could turn out to be so much fun and so exciting?

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Orange Curd

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season! Thanks to the social media, I got to peek at your Christmas trees, the beautiful decorations near the fire place, your grand feasts and of course, the pretty colorful sugar cookies you baked. It made me smile every single time and wished life would remain the same everyday. But then again, that would probably make living more dull and less amusing. So, while life moves on and we get ready to welcome the New Year, make resolutions and update our to-do list, I have this extremely easy condiment to share with you…

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A Short Trip To Paris – Part Two

I am once again going to overload you with tons of pictures. Before I go straight to the photos, I thought of sharing some quick notes, which would be helpful when you plan your trip, if you haven't been there already. We were there for 4 days and commuting from one place to another was pretty convenient by metro. It took us a while to figure the different colors and zones but once we got that part, it became fun to hop in and hop out! I am sure there are lots of travel books available in the market but I…

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A Short Trip To Paris – Part One

As a kid, I had dreamt of visiting the world, seeing new places and understanding their way of living, creating memories and making new friends as I go along. Never knew it would actually come true at some point of my life. I feel extremely blessed when I think of the different places I have visited so far and I hope the journey continues life long, cause I am always hungry for more!

carrot ginger cake 3link to Carrot Ginger Mini Bundt Cake

Carrot Ginger Mini Bundt Cake

I always feel that after a vacation, I will be reluctant to enter the kitchen but it somehow turns out to be just the opposite. I only get more excited! It’s been a couple of days since we came back from our dream-came-true trip and I have loads to share with you. Hopefully, I will soon be done editing the gazillion photos that we captured. Yes, gazillion! What can I say, we visited Paris and Rome, and it was our first time to these beautiful places. We just couldn’t get enough of its beauty. I will share the travel post…

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Growing up, I ate a lot of pumpkin curry - sometimes non-vegetarian and sometimes pure vegetarian. Mom would always keep a little extra curry for me knowing that it’s my favorite vegetable and she still does the same. There is something about that dark orange shade; the sweetness and the creamy texture that makes me go for it as soon as my eyes fall on it. Whether you make something savory or sweet, blend it to make a soup or roast it, pumpkin is always very comforting and perfect to warm you up when the weather gets chilly outside.

brown buttered vermicelli 4link to Brown Buttered Vermicelli with Sausage and Spinach

Brown Buttered Vermicelli with Sausage and Spinach

As part of my daily schedule, I try dedicating some time to blog hopping, reading books, learning, socializing and getting inspired. In between all this, cooking techniques and recipes get pinned and bookmarked, to be prepared later in my kitchen. While some of these get implemented almost right away, others sit quietly in some corner of my tiny brain until they get remembered and relished!