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1 July, 2017

Grilled corn with 3 different dressings.

Grilled corn with 3 different dressings.
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There  is  something  about  the  monsoon  and  grilled  corn.  The  gentle  crackle  of  the  open  fire  on  which  the  road  side  vendor  constantly  rotates  the  cobs,  the  popping  of  the  corn,  the  ears  from  the  corn  piled  high  in  the  rickety  garbage  bag  set  on  a  corner  is  a  telltale  sign  of  monsoon  in  India.
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23 June, 2017

Dabeli masala : Dabeli spice mix : Gluten free

Dabeli masala : Dabeli spice mix : Gluten free
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Summer  is  here.   Days  are  long,  flowers  are  in  bloom,  the  green  grass  feels  like  a  cushion  under  the  feet.  The  school  holiday  starts  in  one  week.  Imagine  the  excitement!  Things  to  do,  places  to  visit.  Above  all  the  food  to  eat.  Picnics,  Barbecues,  Ice  cream  and  so  much  more. I  have  shared  a
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17 June, 2017

Linzer cookies for Canada day

Linzer cookies for Canada day
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Oh,  you  have  no  idea  how  excited  I  am.   Linzer  cookies  and  I  go  a  long,  long  way.  It  feels  like  yesterday  though.  ‘Will  you  lick  the  jam  first  or  bite  into  it?’  Us  sisters  as  young  girls,  carefree,  innocent,  bubbly  gathered  around  this  beautiful  biscuit  box  with  cherub  faces  painted  on  the  outside
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11 June, 2017

Skinned black beans and almond milk popsicles. GF. VG option

Skinned black beans and almond milk popsicles.  GF. VG option
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Picnics  and  popsicles  can’t  stay   far apart.  With  a  short  summer  as  is  in  the  prairies,  picnics  and  barbecues  are  quite  common. Badam  Doodh  or  milk  with  nuts  and   spices  are  quite  common  in  India,  both  as  a  hot  beverage  as  well  as  cold.  Flavoured  with  saffron,  cardamom,  rose  petals,  textured   with
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24 May, 2017

Shawtomuli shorshey: Asparagus in mustard sauce

Shawtomuli shorshey:  Asparagus in mustard sauce
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Asparagus  is  not  a  frequent  visitor  to  my  kitchen.  Not  that  it  is  unavailable  in  this  part  of  the  globe  or  that  there  has  been  a  known  case  of  food  intolerance  in  the  family.  I  must  admit  I  did  not  have  an  Indian  recipe  to  cook  the  asparagus  with. Bengalis  have  a  love  love  relationship
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19 May, 2017

Prickly pear and raspberry smoothie. VG

Prickly pear and raspberry smoothie. VG
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Prickly  pear  smoothie?  I  mean  weren’t  anything  else  available  or  was  I  stuck  in  the  hinterland  of  Arizona?  Nope,  Neither. I  like  trying  out  new  fruits,  unknown  vegetables  in  the  grocery  store.  These  curious  fruits  with  bright  spiny  exterior  caught  my  attention  for  a  while.  It  was  only  after  I  watched  several  you  tube  videos
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5 May, 2017

Sabudana khichri, Paneer bites for mother’s day brunch: Vegetarian, GF

Sabudana khichri, Paneer bites for mother’s day brunch: Vegetarian, GF
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There  was  a  time  when  ‘my  mother  knew  everything’.  Then  came  the  time  when  I  locked  horns  with  her.  As  time  passed  and  I  had  my  family,  she  happily  gave  me  a  hand  with  babysitting   my  children,  answering  long  distance  calls  with  a  recipe  that  I  was  struggling  with,  home  remedies  or  guided  me
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28 April, 2017

Eggless macarons with sriracha flavour : VG option

Eggless macarons with sriracha flavour : VG option
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I  am  still  on  aquafaba  high.  Remember  those  Meringues  that  I  used  for  the  bird’s  nest  from  a  couple  posts  back?  I  wanted  to  try  macarons  this  time.  Their  pastel  colour,  innumerable  flavours  and  of  course  the  store  Laduree  in  the  city  of  lights  always  drew  me  to  these  delicate  beauties. Now  if  there  can
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25 April, 2017

Chia seed pudding with plum compote. VG

Chia seed pudding with plum compote. VG
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Remember  the  saying  ” Don’t  judge  a  book  by  its  cover?”  It  can’t  be  more  true  than  in  case  of  Chia  seeds.  Who  knew  that  these  innocuous  looking  seeds   were  a  powerhouse  of  nutrients ?  No  wonder  they  are  being  called   “Superfood”. Native  to  Mexico  and  Guatemala,  these  seeds  are  from  the  plant
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