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5 October, 2015

Masala Chai: Spiced tea, for a fall day

Masala Chai: Spiced tea, for a fall day
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  ‘Did  you  notice  the  leaves  turning  yellow?”  commented  J,  my  colleague  at  work.  That  was  middle  of  August.  “You  are  not  saying  what  you  are  saying,  are  you?’  I  retorted.  I  strengthened  my  argument  by  putting  forward  the  other  causes  of  leaves  turning  yellow,  for  example  drought.  Who  was  I  kidding  though.  I  knew
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19 September, 2015

Chickoo ( Manilkara Zapota ) and almond shake. GF with DF option

Chickoo ( Manilkara  Zapota ) and almond shake. GF with DF option
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  What  shake?  I  know  your  thoughts,  exactly.  Chickoo,  Sapota.  Nope,  never  heard  that  before.  Well,  I  don’t  blame  you.  It  grows  only  in  tropical  climates  like  India,  Thailand,  Vietnam,  Southern  Mexico,  Central  America.  It  has  been  cultivated  in  Florida  in  the  US. I  was  in  the  city  recently.  The  food  blogger  inside  me  always
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11 September, 2015

Sour Cherry Jam

Sour Cherry Jam
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  It  popped.  It  really  did. Canning,  preserving,  or  making  jams  is  something  I  stayed  away  from,  for  the  longest  time.  I  always  thought  it  was  a  very  unforgiving  procedure.  The  faliure  would  manifest  not  right  away  but  much  later,  the  day  when  you  open  the  jar  to  taste  the  jam. This  year  my  sour
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27 August, 2015

How to make natural food colours using vegetables and an eggless chocolate cupcake.

How to make natural food colours using vegetables and an eggless chocolate cupcake.
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  Imagine  a  world  without colour.  Just  close  your  eyes  and  try.  It  is  hard,  isn’t  it  ? We  live  in  a  world  of  colours.  The  beautiful  flowers,  sweet  fruits,  birds,  attract  us  with  their  myriad  and  brilliant  colours. Research  has  shown   that  we  prefer  coloured  things  over  white,  even  as  a  child.  Taking
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6 August, 2015

Jaam Kashundi: Spicy tangy Indian black plum

Jaam Kashundi: Spicy tangy Indian black plum
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  “Poof”,  the  long  stem  struggled  out  from  my  right  ear,  the  two  leaves  with  it,  the  folded  leaves  straightened  after  exit.  This  was  followed  by  another  stem  with  leaves  from  my  left ear.  I  could  feel  a  rumble  inside  my  tummy  as  if  something  was  becoming  bigger  and  getting  ready  to  come  out  from
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21 July, 2015

Persimmon, Cherry and Pistachio Tart

Persimmon, Cherry and Pistachio Tart
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  I  am  a  sucker  when  it  comes  to  tag  lines  like  ‘Fresh,  Easy,  No-cook  meals’,  ‘No  bake  summer  fruit  tarts’  or,  ‘Machine  not  needed  ice cream’.  Baking  is  not  exactly  my  forte. I  have  been  looking  for  a  tart  recipe  without  eggs,  fit  for  a  beginner  ‘tart  maker’  like  me.  The  August  cover  of
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11 July, 2015

Honey and mint soaked Watermelon pops for Canada Day

Honey and mint soaked Watermelon pops for Canada Day
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  We  left  England  on  a  rainy  day  in  January.  It  was  a  mixed  bag  of  emotions.  Leaving  the  known,  venturing  out  in  the  uncertain.  All  our  earthly  possessions    packed  in  ten  suitcases.  The  memories  attached  with  them,  the  emotions  tied  with  them  were  a  mere  function  of  weight  now.  What  was  the  accepted
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29 June, 2015

Strawberry in balsamic vinegar

Strawberry in balsamic vinegar
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  A  short  drive  from  the  busy  city  of  Rome, felt  like  a  long  step  back  in  time.  The  beautiful  medieval  village  of  Mazzano  Romano  is  home  to  Chef  Fabio  Bongianni.  Halfway  in  Law  school,  he  realized  his  true  calling  in  life  was  food,  not  felons.  A  change  of  course  and  training  in  Paris  later,
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15 June, 2015

Roman holiday

Roman holiday
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  Our  tiny  silver  Peugot  zipped  past  the  tree  lined  boulevards,  leaving  the  Leonardo  da  Vinci  airport  behind,  heading  towards  Via  del  Tritone  near  the  city  centre.  We  crossed  Piazzas  and  Basilicas.  “Roma  is  like  a  big  Lasagne”,  commented  Toni  our  cabi  as  he  noticed  us  appreciating  the  architecture  at  every  corner  of  the  city.
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