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Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

This is  my kind of  cake – no  need  for  frosting, glazing or  any other kind of  adornment. The  bright  colors of  the  fruit  says  it  all.  Peach is a  summer  fruit – the  colors  are  bright as  the  fall leaves  and  sunny as a  summer  day.  And  let  me in you on a  secretRead more
Badusha

You Say Glazed Doughnuts , I Say Badusha

Diwali is  around  the   corner  and  it is  time  for   treats  – sweet  and  cute !!   Painted  diyas  and  boxes of  dried  fruit  are   favorites of the  season,   so are  sweets.  When it  comes  to  sweets,  nothing  surpasses  the   taste of  homemade sweets like   burfi,  shankarpali or  badusha.   Badusha or  balushahi as it is known Read more
Varutharacha Sambar

Varutharacha Sambar – Made With Fresh Roasted Coconut Spice Mix

If you know  your  South Indian food, they you  are definitely familiar with sambar. Loosely speaking, it is  a  spicy and tangy  curry made  with vegetables and  lentils .  This is one description  that is  not  gong  to   sit  well  with Sambar  aficionados, and  I wont  argue  with them.  So I am  not  going  to Read more
Curry Leaf Chicken

Curry Leaf Chicken – Finger licking Good

As  I was  taking  this picture DH  walked in. “You know  what is missing  here here, don’t  you? ”  there  was a  faraway look on his  face.   I knew  where  he  was –  reliving the  “pub  days ” of  Bangalore. Buddies, beer  and  banter – the ritualistic Bs of good old bachelor  days.  Finger  foods  were anRead more
 

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Travel Stories

Point Arena Lighthouse

Enchanted Yet ? – Point Arena Lighthouse

Waves  crashing  constantly on the  rocks,  as if  to keep time  eternally, this  is Point  Arena.  Just pure  nature, and  a  man made  lighthouse. The lighthouse  stands at  the tip of a narrow  peninsula  jutting  about  half a mile into the pacific Ocean – serene and  ethereal.   In the sparsely populated  cost  of  Northern  California Read more
Cinder Cone - Lassen

Cinder Cone At Lassen – On The Hiking Trail

  We were at  the  visitor  center  at Lassen  National  Park poring over  the map.  For  a  nature  lover there  are many interesting  things  to  do here.   I knew  what  I   must to do  the  minute i saw  the  picture of  the  Cinder Cone  Trail.  Lassen  has  no  dearth of volcanic  domes –Read more
Ode To Road Trips

Are We There Yet! – 5 Incredible Things to Do In Summer

 A  few  rocks to  climb , big and  small Fellow wandering souls,  to  meet and greet Swap a few tales, old and  new Smell the  mountain air,  feel the  salt in your hair All that  happens  here,  while someone  pipes in from behind “Are  we  there yet !!” Now  that is a family road tripRead more

Jaisalmer – Sonar Quila And The Havelis

Jaisalmer is the state of  Rajasthan, India. This city is  in the middle  of  the Thar desert  and  still retains a lot of  the old  world  charm. Yes  there  are  signs of  modern  times , but  there is  also a  sense of  time standing still. The arid climate of  Thar is  not  very  kind towardsRead more

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Kerala Recipes

Varutharacha Sambar

Varutharacha Sambar – Made With Fresh Roasted Coconut Spice Mix

If you know  your  South Indian food, they you  are definitely familiar with sambar. Loosely speaking, it is  a  spicy and tangy  curry made  with vegetables and  lentils .  This is one description  that is  not  gong  to   sit  well  with Sambar  aficionados, and  I wont  argue  with them.  So I am  not  going  to Read more
Avial

Kerala Avial – A Vegetarin’s Delight

How do I describe Avial? A mix of vegetables in a  tangy coconut sauce ?  This  could  describe a  number of  things.  This is a  dish popular in  Kerala and neighboring  regions.   Different variations  of this  recipe  exist in other parts of  south India  – those  I would  refer  to as “vegetables with inRead more
Pulisseri

Puliseeri – Yogurt Curry With Coconut

Pulisseri or Pulissery  is  yogurt based  curry that  is  flavored  with  ground  coconut  and  a few  spices.  This  traditional Kerala dish is  made very often in  Kerala homes it  takes  very little  cooking  time and  umpteen  variations  are  possible. Unlike  many  other  curries, you don’t  need  to  rely on a  spice paste or  elaborate  cookingRead more

Parippu Pradhaman – Mung Dal Payasam For OnaSadya

Happy Onam !!!  So today is  the first  day of  Onam – Onnam Onam  or  Utradam  –  the  start  day of  4  days of  festivities.  Clean up  and  get  ready  for  the  main festivities the next  day  – the  Thiruvonam.  No major  sadya  today,  just a   couple  traditional dishes  and  of  course  the  desertRead more

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Bread

No Knead Dinner Rolls

Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls

No Knead  breads  are  easy to make.  Just a  few  ingredients,  a bowl  and may be a  good  spatula  are all that you need. Now if you are ok with sticky fingers, then don’t even worry about the spatula, if  you don’t   mind  the  sticky fingers! Usually no knead  breads   take  long  hours, even  days, fromRead more
Parsley Garlic Wreath

Parsley Garlic Pull-Apart Wreath Bread – A Celebration In Green

Warm aromas of  fresh baked  garlic bread is indeed  amazing ! It  makes  you want  to  reach out  and  take  a bite, even when you are  not  hungry.   Parsley Garlic Pull Apart  Wreath Bread  is a  tricked  out  version of  the everyday garlic bread.  Vibrant  green  color  and  garlicky  flavors  go together   handRead more
Healthy Hot Cross Buns

Whole Wheat Loaded HotCross Buns

It  is  that  time  again  when you  start to  wake up  to  birds  singing outside  the   window. It is  definitely spring , whether  officially acknowledged or not.  Mind you, this is  also the  season  when   the  eyes are  watery and  nose  is  itchy , but  that is not  what this post is about.

Easy Pav Buns

Pav bread  is  very  much in demand  in the   Indian  fastfood  scene. These  are  very similar  to  soft  dinner  rolls. There are  many  different ways to  make  these  buns but   usually it  is  made   with  white  flour, with or   without  diary.   This  recipe  uses  milk  and makes  a  very spongyRead more
 

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