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I am a professional and a cook,rather a cook by choice and passion.Cooking is something I fantasise about.When I first thought of starting a blog,a thousand ideas coursed through my mind,albeit,none stood the sands of time.Except for the thought of a food blog accompanied by subtle nuances from daily life and from the world around me!



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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Black and White Wednesday with a cup of Ginger tea

Photography has never been my forte.Period.

But a year or so back, when the Husband spent a fortune over a Canon SLR, I spent no time in gingerly whisking away the docile Fujifilm digital camera, which had been giving us loyal company so far. Given the Husband's acute, sometime painstaking, interest in mastering his newly-acquired toy, I did not intend to be left behind and started dabbling in fits of photography here and there. I quickly realised that my naive Fuji could in no way compete with the thoroughly well-equipped Canon but did not lose hope - I knew I had to master any one of the fast mushrooming photo editing softwares. Picasa was handy enough - something that my thick brain could easily decipher and so I started delving into the tenets of photo editing. Soon enough, I could present a decent photograph.

So now, why all this history?When I bumped into Susan's lovely event titled 'Black and White Wednesday' and browsed through some of the most enticing Black and White photos, my hearted longed to give it a try. I was lazily sipping a cup of thick,sugary and very much boiled cup of Ginger tea one evening (pardon me, but that's how I like it!)  when I thought of clicking a photo of my cuppa.With the Jaipuri bedsheet providing the perfect backdrop to my black and white China, I found it the perfect guinea pig for my experiments!
And so you have it here!My cup of Ginger tea in Black and White and this is my very coveted and very first entry to 'Black and White Wednesday' a lovely and innovative event at Susan's place 'The Well-Seasoned Cook'.I have titled my photo 'Sugar and spice'.
Do let me know if my efforts have been worthwhile - I couldn't ask for a better way for narcissistic self-encouragement!:) Till then, have a lovely rest-of-the-week!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Of forgetful minds and lazy bones - Egg and veggie Noodles

Morning 7 O’ Clock:
My alarm clock gives a piercing shriek and my peaceful slumber is rudely shaken. A distant part of my brain suddenly comes up with the word ‘Saturday!’ So it is a Saturday today, the day I’ve been waiting the whole week for! There’s so much work to be done. The newpaper needs a good leafing through, as if to do justice to the other days where a fleeting glimpse through the pages is all I can manage, the wardrobe needs to be tidied up, a new recipe waits for me to give it a try, a call to a friend who has tried to get hold of me the whole week through and has ultimately threatened to severe all ties lest I call her back at least once…so on and so forth and a long long list of tasks I need to do before the day ends. Worries pile atop my head…my mind ticks fast and tries to plan what to do after what…phew, sure will be a busy day!

Same day Night 10 O’ Clock:
I sit down to think….a busy day, it was supposed to be…the wardrobe will be the first thing to be dealt with next Saturday, of course that will be only after the new recipe is given a try…and not to forget my friend…ohh she’s a darling, when the ties have been so strong so long, hope just a week’s wait will never matter!! 
90% of the people in this big world must be procrastinators - I deliberately embed this thought in my mind to cover up the fact that I too am prey to this deadly human disease. Disease?? Or shall I say practice? Well, practice if it does not cross the limit of human endurance and not cause you much harm, but definitely a disease, if putting away tasks, even important ones for that matter, hinders the daily functioning of your life.

All said and done, the big question now is – was I actually cured?? Not quite!After all we are stubborn humans, aren't we!! But yes, I have tried and I’m still trying. The result: last weekend my wardrobe ultimately got tidied up and my friend is still there for me (God has been extremely generous in making her so kind!). The recipe got switched for a nice movie on TV……but some things after all have to be kept for the next weekend!:D And not to forget, happiness in my heart and peace in my mind. 
Well,the recipe that so waited to be tried was Noodles with egg and veggies - a simple dish but an absolute favorite!So here goes my recipe for today.Do let me know if you liked it - and yes, do not procrastinate in doing so!;)

Sending this post to 'Hearth and Soul Blog Hop # 62' , 'Let's Do Brunch' at April's and 'Full Plate Thursday' at Miz Helen's!!Also posting this to 'Workshop Wednesday' at 'Goodbye city, Hello suburbs!'

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Reasons to be happy - Kadai Mutton Curry!

I know I should have written this post much earlier. On Monday, the 15th of August, to be precise.For the uninitiated, the 15th happened to be the 65th Birthday of our country and a moment of pride for every Indian.

I remember, as kids, this day would start off with the hoisting of the Indian national Flag at school. The ubiquitous notice would be put up on the school Notice Board, without fail, the day before - announcing the time of commencement of the ceremony. An unsaid but stern premonition would stare out of the notice - no delay, no breach of rules! On D-Day, televisions would be put on from the wee hours and the National anthem would unmistakably float out of every house on the street. We would struggle to reach school on time, all dapper and done!The memories still ring out loud and clear even after all these years and every Independence Day, I keep on reliving those days in my mind. It felt so good to be part of it in some way! 
Fast forward a couple of years, and this very day had another very special reason for me to be happy about.It happens to be the Husband's birthday as well!! The Husband has always gloated about the fact that his birthday happens to be a holiday throughout the country - and I just couldn't agree more...in an indulging way,that is(ha ha)!
So this Monday, I had double reasons to celebrate. However, since the Husband is far from home, we had to celebrate the occasion across oceans, and what pathetically dismal that was!I so wish I could be there with him on his special day - hope the next year gives us that chance. I keep my fingers crossed! 
For today's post, I will share a very Indian recipe that I made at home couple of months back.I plan to cook this dish specially for the Husband when I get to meet him again (and I hope that be as soon as possible!). Hope you enjoy this dish and have a fun time cooking it!Stay well and stay happy!

Sending this recipe as an entry to 'Fresh Food Friday' at Roz's beautiful place, 'Hearth and Soul Blog Hop # 64' at Swathi's place,Miz Helen's 'Full Plate Thursdayand 'Midweek Fiesta # 5'!

Also sending this curry recipe to the lovely event 'Hot n spicy treats' being hosted by Amy at her lovely blog 'Food Corner'. Do take a peek and join in to enjoy the spicy party!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Around the corner - Chicken and Potato sandwich

A good number of years ago, I was whiling away my time surfing the Net one day, when suddenly I came across a beautiful piece of  poem that touched my heart. I read it for the first time and then for the second and when I was reading it for the third time, I could feel this lump in my throat.All I managed to do at that point of time was copy it and save it in one of the innumerable folders labelled 'Personal' on my computer(laptops were quite few and far between in those days!)

I had been carrying my folders with me as I shifted computers and inherited new ones and finally owned my very own laptop! And one such evening,when I was rummaging through my antique folders, I managed to chance upon those very lines, kept safe inside a neatly folded piece of paper.I found meaning in them then,and I found meaning in them still now.

For today's post, I would love to share those few lines with all of my friends -I never knew who wrote them,neither do I now.All I can ask you to do is read and feel the difference it makes!

"Around the corner I have a friend,in this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,and before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face,for life is a swift and terrible race.

He knows I like him just as well,as in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,

And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.

"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim, just to show that I'm thinking of him."

But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,and distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,"Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend."
Without further ado,I will move to my recipe for today. Its a very simple chicken and potato sandwich that my Ma used to pack in our boxes as kids.I still have that fondness for this sandwich and love having it as an evening snack.So here you go with my recipe and this is also the entry to my event 'Let's Break Bread Together' that I'm hosting at my place! This goes to 'Fresh Food Friday' at Roz's beautiful place!Also linking this up to 'Potato Blog Hop' the amazing blog hop at Katherine's place!Have a lovely weekend ahead!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Simple Pasta salad with garlic shavings and mushrooms

It was Christmas day and was snowing heavily outside. We were in New York, sitting snugly inside a coffee shop just around a  street corner. Cupping my hands around the hot coffee cup, I was trying hard to take my mind off the chill. We should have taken the train from Grand Central by now, but the sudden snowing had held us back. But then, it felt good to laze around on Christmas day with friends we were meeting up with after ages!

Between bites of butter cream frosted doughnuts, we caught up with what each of us had been doing in the years we had lost touch. Merry people walked by with a spring in their steps and mirthful chatter lit up the cafe.In between all of this, my eyes flitted over to a small girl sitting a couple of tables away with her Dad.She had been prancing around the place but as her eyes fell on us, she seemed to look a bit dazed. The little one kept on looking at us with big almond-shaped eyes and I felt like I sensed a flicker of amusement in those eyes.

The chatter at our table had almost reached a crescendo, now that everyone was pitching in excitedly.We were bantering in our own language and it felt so good to be able to do so in an alien land.Sounded so sweet to the ears!The little girl's Dad left the table to get their order and through the corner of my eyes, I spied her coming towards our table on nimble feet. I turned around now to look directly at her and she stopped in her tracks, letting out an angelic smile.I beckoned for her to come but she would not - seemed like she just loved being near us!
It was time for them to leave the cafe and Daddy called out to his little girl but the little one would not budge.He tried coaxing her gently but when nothing worked, Daddy raised his voice a bit and out came a stern premonition 'Ki holo,esho!!' (What's the matter?Come along!) So that was it!That was what the little girl had sensed - language familiar to her ears!We were speaking the same language that probably people at her home also spoke and that was what was drawing her towards us.A warmth filled up my heart as I realized that language does bridge distances, does bring unfamiliar people closer, does make one realize that bonds do remain strong wherever you be, in whichever corner of the earth. And what more to feel happy about than to relish that this dainty little girl had made me feel it all!
I had been away from blogging for quite some time again and had been missing out on posting. But that did not stop me from checking out the lovely recipes being posted to the ongoing event at my place!Thanks to all who cared to join in and I'm eagerly waiting for more to come by!:) I had rustled up a Pasta salad a couple of days back which featured mushrooms and garlic shavings - two of my favorite ingredients to go with Pasta.For today's post I'll share this recipe with you and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!Bon Appetit!

Sending this recipe to 'Full Plate Thursday' at Miz Helen's lovely place and to 'Presto Pasta Nights # 226' started by Ruth and hosted by Simona from 'Briciole' this week!Way to go ladies!