Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy Chinese new year to all! We celebrated
the long 4 day weekend with lots food and moviesJ
With Valentine’s day
around the corner let me share a skinny version of the all time favorite Red
velvet cupcake with a hint of chocolate flavour You can always cheat a bit and
add the classic cream cheese frosting which is the classic combo. The reci
It’s a pretty long weekend for us here as the Chinese new year is around the corner. As always I have a big to-do list..and the item on top was to update my discarded blog..!
So here is a Coconut cake from my all time favourite Chef Donna Hay. Now when I follow cook book recipes many a times I end up with a totally different stuff from the lovely picture they put up
Let me warn you..you are going to see a lot more of Pecan and walnut recipes in coming days!
What can I say..I am surrounded by a bunch of generous people,
I mean literally very generous ! My parents recently went to US to spend the holidays
with my sis and I asked them to get me some Pecans and walnuts back as they r
pretty expensive in Singapore.[Please note the word someJ]An
No sneaking around for low fat .. no guilt this time
around.. its poppy seed cake for the weekend! Was planning to treat myself with
a rich cake with succulent cream cheese icing before I get back to my routine.
Unfortunately it raining cats and dogs here in Singapore for last two days . So
the laziness got the best of me and I chose to keep it simple. Nevertheless it’s
Its 12 days into 2013..Better later than never !!.Let me
wish all my dear readers a very happy new year.
December of 2012 was mad..Sleepless nights , a trip to US followed
by 5 days neck deep work and to close it all a 2 week vacation in my hometown!
I got back to Singapore few days back and still struggling
hard to get back to routine.I missed hell lot of p
Phewwwwww..I am back, after a month loonng break.
I am soo sorry to have left this place without a wordL in fact I didn’t even
intent to take a break from blogging you know…just that there were soo many things
happening in life that I just had to put this off to later, later and ended up
with this loonng break …
Now the last few months has been a roller coaster ride..Ups
Lately blogging and even cooking have become an weekend affair
for me.After my last post, I don’t think I have visited this space more than
That too not more than few minutes..
I am caught up in the midst of a whirlpool at work and I can
say that I am virtually living in my
office and coming home just for sleeping. Needless to say my kitchen and oven
have been i
Weekend is here..Oo lalalala.Let’s start it with something sweet.
Homemade salted Caramels!
I have been wanting to make some homemade caramels recipe
ever since I have the most yummiest cheesecake ever..Salted Caramel Cheesecake.Also I badly needed to use the candy thermometer which I have
used only twice in last 3 years, if not I may not even remember that ever
Happy Diwali /Deepavali to all my lovely readers!!Hope you are enjoying this festival of lights with your dear
ones and with lots and lots of diwali sweets and snacksJ
For this Deepavali I made a simple savory snack which
reminds me of a very very special person who is very close to my heart.
Back in my hometown in Kerala, it’s a very closely knit
society and our
I am in a total hibernation mode…After a very long and nerve-racking
week at work, I took a day off and am enjoying my 4 day weekendJ Now who can beat that!
Cant believed that two days of my precious 4 day weekend end is already over
and all I did was go moo-moo and eat. Both
of which I hardly did in last one week.
Sigh sigh..Diwali is round the corner and I have
Oo my..I have been ignoring my bloggy for more than 10
days.Its almost dead..let me quickly give it some CPR!
DH was sick..This time it was big-time !May b the virus was
visiting him after 3 long years, it stuck him ,world class this time.DH as a rule is a
hyperactive adult who absolutely hates sleeping and when he is down and asked
by doctor to sleep until cows co
Jalebi..Jangri..Jilebi..Or even JilaybeeeJ I honestly don’t know
the right name.In my place we call is Jilaybee .After all what’s in a name.
It’s basically a yummy Indian sweet. As like most Indian
sweet its superb sweet and not for light hearted folks. Its deep fried , doesn’t
stop there and then we go ahead and soak it in a sugar syrup.
Now don’t count calories during this
Match or Green tea is an acquired taste. At least that was
the case for me! I absolutely hated it about 5 yrs back ,used to wonder how
people can eat this weird green colour tea, that too flavor your cakes and
bakes with that!! My liking started with Green tea ice creams and mochi, slowly
moved on to cakes, cheese cakes, chocolates and now I am absolutely addicted!
am soo g
Traditionally the yummy rice krispie treats are made from
Rice cereal , Marshmallows and oodles of butter. But this one is not your regular rice Krispy treats with Marshmallows.
It’s a lighter and healthier version with Dates Puree and peanut butter. Isn’t it
great to hear that your favorite snack can be made so healthy and wholesome.. now
you can munch on this non-stop
I guess my quest for the perfect breakfast bakes has come to an
end with this perfect Dark chocolate Banana Muffins. There are awfully chocolatey ,fruity and nutty
and not too sweet to drag you to a sugar comma in the morning! I made a batch
of this on Sunday and am enjoying this Muffins for breakfast. You have to trust
me blindly here when I say that you have a bite of this Dark
If you have been to Hong Kong Airport, I bet you never missed the
famous Kee Wah bakery. If you haven’t visited the place yet, please please do
go there. Their best seller Pineapple shortcake is fabulously awesome. I tasted
some of the best candies I ever had from here as well..Dates Candy , Pumpkin candy.
I bought back a big pack of Pumpkin seed candy and my friends loved it.
Honestly I have no clue what the hell is seasonal cooking. How
will I get a chance when I am in Singapore where there is only one
season..Summer.. we get most veggies and fruits round the year. We get mangoes,
berries, apples, oranges, plums, melon round
the year. The only way I am in sync with the seasonal fruits is via the
blogs and food porn sites J When I
see a fl
I am falling in love with ginger, especially after reading Ayurveda Bible.Great book to know your body constitution or Prakruthi,how to balance your energy , the right food for your body type , the best way of
making it and more.Ginger is universal medicine used
soo widely in Ayurveda and that is the magic wand to my body type .You can check your body type here . I
It’s a rain soaked weekend for us here so no special plans
for Sunday evening other than making this souperlicious soupJ.What better way to
enjoy your cozy weekend than this..the sound of rain outside your window, cool
breeze, your favourite book in hand, hot coffee by the table and the smell of
this hearty soups simmering in the stove.
This warm soup is pack
My notion about Ice creams was that its best to get from
store. I have tried my luck at making homemade ice creams with the perfect
creamy texture..didn’t have much luck there. Few years back I even lugged an ice cream maker from US, to tell the
truth that is happily sitting in the top
cupboards, hardly ever used it. Luckily I recently moved my Kitchen Aid up as well.
Remember the emotional coma episode I went through after spotting my first grey hairL.I almost went into a panic mode for next few days doing treasure hunt in my head every morning! Ooopphh
Anyways I have decided to give that a stop for the time being coz I am pretty sure that I am gone find more if I am getting soo worked out by that one silver strand!
So basically I have deci
Tuesdays..Pilates class .. rigorous hour long exercise(or
should I call tortureJ?)..and
I am almost dying..
So nothing to write..no stories to share..my brain has
shutdown and soon my hands will stop working too.Lemme quickly share the recipe
before my body shutdown completely
Wait wait I told you here that I am keeping the best for
So ladies and gentle
Corn Juice does that sound weird to you?
Then you have to trust me on this recipe! This drink is just awesome, a healthy ,power packed
I had it during my last visit to China. During one of the
dinners we noticed that the corn juice is among their specials.
Although the menu said it is a Corn juice, it tasted more
like a Corn milk.Whatever the name may be, it t
Yesterday morning I received a message from a friend that a
photo from my blog is being shared by another guy in facebook.
It’s not soo simple. Firstly this guy have copied my photo,
secondly he have taken the time and effort to come to my blog, copy my recipe,
translate it in Malayalam and post it in his facebook and happily share it and
not even a single mention of the sourc
Every time I talk to my mom
she keeps reminding me that I was such a super picky eater when I was a
kid, there was no way she could make me eat vegetable unless it is all mashed
I am soo tempted to say that the grown up me is not at all
like that but sadly I am still a picky
eater. But of course the pickiness has changed to a different direction. I love
Back in Kerala we always look forward to the trip to Moms
home during school holidays. The best part of the trip was the drive from my
hometown to moms place which is in Thiruvalla. Typically it would take 6-7
hours , but we always end up taking 12 hrs or more.We stop almost every 1 hr or
so and enjoy each and every local delights or specialties on the way. It was on
one of thos
Howz the week coming along?For me not soo good so far…I was
expecting a slow week at work, turned out to be exactly the opposite.
On positive note, I joined a pilates class in office clubhouse during the lunch hours, having a fun time stretching and
moving and a very hot teacher to inspire us all!Only down side, after 1 hr intense stretches to each and
After the hit of the Fig and Date balls I am on a steady hunt
for no bake, no cook easy yet healthy snack.
Why waste time on whipping, mixing and baking when I can
make a super easy dessert in less than 30 min which is healthy ,hearty and guilt
I have been trying different combinations of dried fruit,
nuts, seeds and flavorings and there is always a box of this su
“Vegetarian is an old Indian word for bad hunter”..Yes,that
is my DH’s favorite quote, who also happens to be a hard core carnivore. So you
can imagine how our 6 years of marital life would have been. The omnivore me trying to convince the meat lover about the
hazards of being a red meat eater and he in turn persuading me to try all “delicious” stuff.
The other day we
Happy Onam !!Hope you all had a wonderful Onam Sadya and said hai to Maveli!
I decided to skip making sadya this year, spend my day in
office and had a grant sadya in evening at a Kerala restaurant.
Now coming to Amla and why I have developed a liking for
It was few weeks back,
I woke up ,had tea , chit
chatting with DH and
A girl can never have enough shoes!! Never ever! Proved that
again this weekendJ
DH needed a new pair of sports shoe and we went down for the
Royal sports ware house sale! Sadly , he didn’t find any for his taste , but I found a cute pair of lactose shoes. With
this black shoe, I think my shoe collection is just perfect, almost have a matching shoe for most of my
Lord grant me the serenity to accept the
things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom
to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off!
I am pissed off!!Let me tell you why! Remember I joined Pilates class in our
office clubhouse during lunch time? I am
happily doing Pilates , partly because I like do
Had a fun weekend?For me the highlight was a lovely nostalgic movie, Manjadikuru.
Kudos to Anjali menon for taking us for a ride through the colourful childhood. I
am sure many Keralites can absolutely relate to this, the summer vacations in
the late 80’s and 90’s, appuppan and ammuma waiting eagerly for you in front of
the big ancestral house ,the pond, mango trees,lot
Its Friday and the life has suddenly become all brightJ
I took a day off work, just to get some amble rest [read it as sleep , sleep and more sleep]
As it is an off day and a day for myself, I made this simple
and effortless breakfast for today.
This is a great energy booster for breakfast or a pre
workout drink, with all benefits of Soy and fruits
The banana a
Enjoying the weekend pals?
I am having a rather quiet weekend, home alone…but having
some fun time with my Brand new CameraJ
Yes, I got a new Cam for as a birthday gift,a Nikon D5100J.
Can you believe that I couldn’t play around it for 1 whole
I am swamped in neck deep work and crazy meetings. When I say
crazy, I mean literally crazy..I had to yell at them to give
What a great evening, start of a 4 day loooong break! Doing
the happy dance nowJ
Done with a milestone at work, finally got some breathing
space and yes I managed do some baking
after 3 long weeks.
I have made plans to catch up with my two best friends, a list of to-do items including baking.And I got to catch up
on those scrumptious updates from you all w
This is one of my favorite juice, which is absolutely refreshing.
An amazing combination of crunchy , sweet n sour green apple
and super food, alkaline Celery. They both compliment soo well and make the
most energizing drink.
As I still very much
trapped in my laziness cocoon plus my work is keeping me busy, I am hardly doing any baking and very minimal
This time I took a pretty long break from blogosphere.
Something unexpected happened untimely, I was in India for about 10 days.
Took about another week to get back to routine and move on.
I made these cuppies long back after the hit of the
Buckwheat flour has a nutty flavor and is one of the best
plan based protein. Combine it with some prunes and
I have been keeping the Matcha powder I got from Japan like
a little piece of jewel for the past few months.
Every time I see it in the cupboard, I just open it ,smell
it ,close it tightly and dare not to use
it .. I paid quite a hefty price for the small can of Matcha powder.
In the past 3 months I just used 1 tspn of it for making a
batch of cupcakes.
So this w
This is the best vegan
alternative to egg scramble..
The best thing about tofu is that it is mostly like a sponge,
it absorbs the flavors soo well.
You can throw in the spices and veggies of your choice and
prepare this easy recipe in few minutes
Here I added some Chili powder and Garam Masala to give the scramble
a hint of spiciness
I served the Spicy Tof
Back to blogosphere after another long breakJ
After settling my work related stuff in Shenzhen, we
travelled around Guangzhou a bit.I have to admit I had a tough time finding
vegetarian Chinese foodL
12 days in China, I could eat Chinese food for only 1 meal.
Rest of the days I ate all cuisines Italian, western, Japanese,
Mexican..basically everything except Authentic Chine
After much effort…By effort I mean my colleagues effort, I
am finally able to connect to my blogJ
I am in Shenzhen and enjoying the novelty of being a novelty
In the past , most places , may be exception of Cambodia,
there was always a long queue in immigration for foreigners. But to my
surprise, in Shenzhen immigration, I am the only foreigner in the queue.
Eureka! I have found the perfect guilt free snack! And what more ,its eggless, no bake and not even any cooking involved.
And with the added goodness of dates, figs , almonds and Oats!
Me being a sneak, I didn’t tell about the hidden Oats and nuts and gave the Sweet balls to DH who absolutely hates anything with a healthy tag on it!
He thought its some laddu and gorged o
I scratched my head quite a bit thinking what to name this lip-smacking
It looks very similar to the Laddu but the texture is very
chewy and fudgy so nailed down on this name!
It’s a simple ,3 ingredients recipe but tastes just yummm!
Mango Oats Fudge
1/2 Cup Mango Purée
1/4 Cup condensed milk
1/3 Cup Instant oats
Back in my home-town, we usually get dates which are ultra dried , really hard and are super sweet and push you into a Sugar comma!You have to chew those forever and you would get a jaw ache after eating few of those!Later once I got the real taste of the fresh ripe dates and the semi dried ones, there was no looking back. I became a buff.I always have a box of dried dates in my pan
Are you guys having a good weekend? We are having a long weekend yeyyyy! I had a great start, pampered myself at a local spa and later had a blast at Russell Peter show here!Man, I have seen his youtube videos but the live show is no match! I actually got a tummy ache after laughing non-stop for 2 hrs!
It’s been some time since I have posted something here! Let me put the blame on my da