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16 August, 2017

Grilled nectarines with maple syrup, mint and chaat masala

Grilled nectarines with maple syrup, mint and chaat masala
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August  is  such  a  bittersweet  month.  All  the  beautiful  fruits  are  ready  to  be  enjoyed,  the  veggies  are  ready  to  harvest,  children  are  still  on  summer  holidays,  days  are  long…. It  is  also  a  time  when  the  leaves  start  to  change  colour.  The  single  digit  temperatures  reminding  us  of  times  to  come. Coming  back  to
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12 August, 2017

Food photography workshop and Yoga retreat in Kerala, India

Food photography workshop and Yoga retreat in Kerala, India
Comments : 6 Posted in : Travel on by : Ratna
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Imagine  rain  outside,  a  hot  cup  of  filter  coffee  and  a  bunch  of  foodies  together.  Now  add  an  idyllic  setting  with  traditional  architecture,  excellent  service  and  oh-so  delicious  food.  I  recently  spent  a  few  days  at  the  Kumarakom   luxury  resort  in  god’s  own  country,  Kerala,  India. I  have  always  loved  light  airy  photographs,  until
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30 July, 2017

Sil Patta: Indian grinding stone. A step backward?

Sil Patta: Indian grinding stone. A step backward?
Comments : 3 Posted in : Gadgets, Kitchen on by : Ratna

Moving  forward  has  always  been  the  trend,  and  now  is  no different,  but  does  that  mean  we  forget  the  past? Our  lives  are  always  on  ” full  speed  ahead ”  mode.  We  need equipment  that  help  us  to  do  more  things  in  less  time.  Bulk production  with  multi  tasking  has  become  the  norm  and  I
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1 July, 2017

Grilled corn with 3 different dressings.

Grilled corn with 3 different dressings.
Comments : 2 Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks on by : Ratna
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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
Comments : 2 Posted in : How To, Ingredients on by : Ratna
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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
Comments : 2 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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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
Comments : 4 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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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
Comments : 2 Posted in : Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna
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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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