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20 March, 2016

Gongura chutney: Roselle chutney

Gongura chutney: Roselle chutney
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    It’s  been  snowing  steady  for  the  last  couple  of  days.  The  Spruce  branches  bent  under  the  weight  of  fresh  snow,  the  snow  covering  the  road  signs,  drive  ways  and  roof  shingles.  It  doesn’t  matter  if  its  spring  on  calendar  soon,  this  is  the  Prairies.  We  don’t  part  with  the  parkas,  boots  or  shovels
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28 February, 2016

Bhaja Muger Dal: Roasted Yellow Mung bean soup

Bhaja Muger Dal: Roasted Yellow Mung bean soup
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It  is  middle  of  the  week,  the  grocery  shopping  didn’t  go  the  way  you  wanted  over  the  weekend. The  deadline  at  work  is  looming.  Just  a  few  extras  like  the  kid’s  activities  or  taking  your  elderly  parent  for  their  doctor’s  appointment.  If  this  sounds  familiar  then  read  on.   I  look  for  a  one  pot
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21 January, 2016

Horchata de Chufa. Modified . DF, GF

Horchata de Chufa. Modified . DF, GF
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    If  you’ve  read  my  last  post  you  know  I  am  still  trying  to  adjust  from  a  beautiful  plus  21  C  to  an  awe  fully  cold  minus  21  C. I  am  living  in  memories. Horchata  is  a  very  Spanish  drink  that  we  enjoyed  in  my  recent  trip  there.  It  was  sweet  with  a  nutty
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9 January, 2016

Valencia, Espana.

Valencia, Espana.
Comments : 8 Posted in : Travel on by : Ratna

  I  am  just  back  from  Spain ,  from  a  balmy  plus  21  degrees  C  to  a  freezing  minus  21  C,  less  one  suitcase  and  severe  jet  lagged.  Waking  up  at  weird  hours  has  its  advantages  too,  wouldn’t  you  agree?  How  else  could  I  sort  out  the  hundreds  of  pictures  that  I  took,  or  draft
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21 December, 2015

Til Chikki: Sesame seed brittle

Til Chikki: Sesame seed brittle
Comments : 10 Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks on by : Ratna

    Like  every  year  the  ‘Cookie  exchange’  sign  went  up  on  our  office  notice  board.  Like  every  year  I  started  contemplating  should  I  sign  up  or  not.  I  counted  the  names  already  on,  a  total  of  twelve.  One  dozen.  I  needed  to  bake  one  hundred  and  forty  four  pieces  of  treats  at  least.. I
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23 November, 2015

Gobi Roast: Roasted Cauliflower, GF

Gobi Roast: Roasted Cauliflower, GF
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    I  always  struggle  with  the  side  dish.  The  main  dish  is  easy  to  pick,  the  carb  follows  the  main  dish,  dessert  is  good  with  whatever  you  choose.  That  leaves  us  with  a  side.  What  is  that  going  to  be. While  growing  up  it  would  be  easy,  whatever  was  available  in  the  season.  Eggplant,
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16 November, 2015

Kaju Katli: Cashew fudge, GF, DF

Kaju Katli: Cashew fudge, GF, DF
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  I  just  read  this  article  in  Saveur  “15  Indian  desserts  that  give  you  a  tour  of  the  country “.  Indian  sweets  are  anything  but  boring.  I  totally  agree  with  the  editors.  The  sweets  can  be  dry  or  dripping  with  syrup,  milk  or  flour  based,  a  vegetable  or  fruit  can  be  the  star  ingredient,  most
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23 October, 2015

Sabudana kheer: Tapioca pearls and coconut milk pudding with Raspberry syrup. DF

Sabudana  kheer:  Tapioca pearls and coconut milk pudding with Raspberry syrup.  DF
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    We  had  snow  twice  already.  It  didn’t  stay  though.  The  garden  is  now  full  of  yellow  leaves  some  naked  branches,  an  errant  flower  in  a  corner  in  between  a  bunch  of  dead  stems.  The  raspberry  patch  is  a  different  story  altogether.  These  autumn  raspberries  are  flourishing  everyday  like  rebels. The  fruit  heavy  branches
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15 October, 2015

Subzi wale makki roti: Vegetables and cornflour flatbread. GF

Subzi wale makki roti:  Vegetables and cornflour flatbread. GF
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  October  12th  was   Pitri  Paksha,  which  translates  to  The  fortnight  of  the  Ancestors.  This  new  moon  day  we  show  gratitude  to  our  ancestors.  Not  only  do  we  owe  our  existence  to  them,  it  is  due  to  their  contribution  that  we  enjoy  everything  else  in  this  world.  We  are  ourselves  because  of  the  gifts
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