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Left Over, make over. Cake, berries and cream, Voila! summer dessert!

Left Over, make over. Cake, berries and cream, Voila! summer dessert!

The 'sand' was made with crumbled graham cookies. Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to make cakes for my friends and their children
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Semi-Homemade Samosas

Semi-Homemade Samosas

Uncooked Flour Tortillas. A Bollywood Masala movie, involving drama (Nirupa Roy with tears cascading down her cheeks and sobs echoing between heart rending dialogues), to action ( Amitabh or Dharmendra transforming into super humans and single handedly fighting off hordes of villains, who fall unconscious after one punch, but our valiant heroes just bounce back after repeated blows to the head), romance (and I mean the old type romance, you know, the two flowers colliding against each other, conveying the meaning and leaving the actual to imagination, unlike today, when the on screen romance that makes you wonder, really
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Helloooo!

Helloooo!

I have been missing from the blogging scene for a very long time. But so many things have been happening
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A little outing and 2 restaurant reviews

A little outing and 2 restaurant reviews

Let me explain, traveling with little S meant cooking food, I was not too happy about restaurant cooked food for him and preferred making a simple khichadi for him, this ensures no unpleasant shocks with sickness
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A Bake Sale Adventure

A Bake Sale Adventure

Parents were visiting, I wanted to spend time with them and cooking for them. As the new year rolled in, I promised myself, I will blog
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Sweet things and hoping for a better new year!

Sweet things and hoping for a better new year!

I'm taking it slow on the baking front, I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, which never fail and this time, they did
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Ulundu Sadham ( Black gram daal rice)  : A quick lunch box option

Ulundu Sadham ( Black gram daal rice) : A quick lunch box option

I have been cooking a good deal, jut not posting. And now we move on the topic of cooking ( which is the reason, this blog exists) I must add, we have cut down on white rice, significantly
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Khandeshi Pithla

Khandeshi Pithla

Our cooking styles are pretty similar too and that makes us very comfortable and confident of what is being served
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Quick Pulav and giving Thanks.

Quick Pulav and giving Thanks.

I was thrilled to get this cookbook. Things dear to my heart ( read, anything that is used in the kitchen, like my beloved cast iron pan, my pizza stone and assorted stuff passed on to friends) and one afternoon, just like that, we boarded the flight to start a new adventure in sunny Florida
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Rava Oats Dosa

Rava Oats Dosa

After spending a good amount of time walking thru the aisles and then at the cook book shelf (more on that later), I wandered to the kids section and after looking (and reading) the books on the table nearby, I found, to my delight, some of my childhood favorites
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Sol Kadhi

Sol Kadhi

When our hostess and my ajji were cooking, I'd stroll around the garden which had many trees, full of sweet smelling flowers or fruit, I remember plucking chikoo / sapota, washing it under the tap near the garden and eating it, so sweet
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Arusuvai!!

Arusuvai!!

I made M take some hearty sniffs at it and he concluded it was Goda Masala. ShilpaArusuvaiThe Arusuvai Friendship chain was started by Latha Mami and in her own words
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Bunchi Moong Daal  Khichari

Bunchi Moong Daal Khichari

While I was coughing and checking my temperature at regular intervals, I was also reading a book, 'The art of Indian vegetarian cooking' by Yamuna Devi
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A Halloween Party, in a jiffy!

A Halloween Party, in a jiffy!

For the snacks I made cupcake 'ghosts', a giant cookie and broomsticks. The giant cookie was a chocolate chunk, baked in a rectangular 9 x 13 pan ( next time I'll use a bigger pan) and decorated quickly, with the same butter cream
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Fall in my backyard

Fall in my backyard

I made these simple sugar cookies and decorated them with royal icing and made small hampers for my son's teachers ( cookies, 'stress relief' hand sanitizer, body mist and thank you card)
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Pure comfort, Spinach in a yogurt curry ( ताकातली पालकाची भाजी )

Pure comfort, Spinach in a yogurt curry ( ताकातली पालकाची भाजी )

of oil in a saucepan and once it is hot, add the green chili and then Spinach, mix well, cover and cook it till wilts