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4 March, 2017

Kiwi, peas almond smoothie. DF option

Kiwi, peas almond smoothie. DF option
Comments : 4 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts, Recipes on by : Ratna
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There  is  no  denying  that  in  today’s  busy  world  smoothies  have  become  an  ideal  snack  or  meal-on-the-go.  With  the  daily  time-crunch  we  need  more food  that  is  nutritious,  easy  to  carry,  faster  to  inhale   consume.  Smoothies  are  here  to  stay. The  flavour  permutations  and  combinations  are  endless:   fruit,  nuts  or  nut  butter,  yoghurt  or
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24 February, 2017

Dahi chura : Yoghurt and flattened rice bowl; Gluten free.

Dahi chura : Yoghurt and flattened rice bowl; Gluten free.
Comments : 6 Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks, Recipes on by : Ratna
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The  world  of  Instagram  is  full  of  delicious  pictures.  I  am  being  drawn  towards  food  in  a  bowl.  The  varieties  are  mind  boggling.  Be  it  salad  or  smoothie   bowls,  the  choices  frankly  are  too  many.  It  almost  feels  like  an  artist’s  palette.   The  combination  of  colours,  the  selection  of  ingredients  are  done  keeping
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18 February, 2017

Maple taffy ; Snow day activity with kids

Maple taffy ; Snow day activity with kids
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When  the  winter  is  so  long  and  harsh,  there  is  no  way  but  to  adapt  to  the  surroundings.  Staying  indoors  only  leads  to  cabin  fever. If  you  are  like  me,  brought  up  in  a  no  snow  place,  it  doesn’t  come  easy.  I  always  prefer  the  spot  by  the  window  of  a  warm  room  to  gaze
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13 February, 2017

Cashew Pista roll; Gluten free, Dairy free

Cashew Pista roll; Gluten free, Dairy free
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  February  is  such  a  dreary  month  here.  Buried  under  deep  snow  with  temperatures  plummeting  to  about  twenty  below celsius  and  daylight  is  still  rationed.  It  is  dark  both  going  to  as  well  as  coming  back  from  work.  The  lack  of  sunlight  actually  gives  rise  to  ‘winter  blues’  also  known  as  ”  Seasonal  affective  disorder’,
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7 February, 2017

Huri chutney : Green chutney : Gluten free dip

Huri chutney : Green chutney : Gluten free dip
Comments : 4 Posted in : Chutneys & Relishes on by : Ratna
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If  you  have  had  any  Indian  snacks,  you  know  it  always  comes  with  a  couple  of  dips.  The  two  most  common  ones  are  the  green  chutney  and  the  sweet  chutney. The  green  chutney  as  the  colour  suggests,  has  Cilantro  and  mint  leaves  as  the  two main  ingredient.  As  for  the  other  ingredients  it  varies  from
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1 February, 2017

Kamal kakri : Lotus root fries

Kamal kakri : Lotus root fries
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Raise   your  hand  if  you  do  not  like  fries.  It  is  one  of  those  snacks  that  truly  is  hard  to  resist. Fries  can  be  of  potatoes,  sweet  potatoes,  yams  etc,  but  have  you  tried  Lotus  root  fries?  Not  available  year  round  ,  I  recently  found  them  in  the  Canadian  Superstore. This  sausage  shaped  vegetable
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14 January, 2017

Grapefruit gazpacho with GF option.

Grapefruit gazpacho with GF option.
Comments : 8 Posted in : Recipes, Soups, Salads & Sandwiches on by : Ratna
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A  Gazpacho  in  winter? I  know.   An  arctic  front  is  keeping  us  company  that  makes  us  the  lucky  benefeciaries  of   minus  thirty  celsius  weather  here  in  the  prairies. Gazpacho  tastes  best  when  it  is  screaming  summer  outside.  Look  at  the  ingredients –  it  is  a  powerhouse  of  antioxidants,  heart  healthy  oils,  fibers,  immune-boosting
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12 January, 2017

Chandrapuli with patali gur : moon cake using date palm jaggery

Chandrapuli with patali gur : moon cake using date palm jaggery
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  The  first  harvest  has  a  special  place  in  all  cultures.  Paddy  is  the  most  important  crop  in  most  part  of  India.  Bringing  the  first  crop  home  is  celebrated  with  a  lot  of  fanfare.  Among  other  seasonal  speciality  that  become  available  are  a  jaggery  that  is  made  from   the  sap  of  the  Date  Palm
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9 January, 2017

Narkel kuruni: Coconut scraper

Narkel kuruni: Coconut scraper
Comments : 4 Posted in : Gadgets, Kitchen on by : Ratna
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‘Haath  Banchiye”,  Careful  with  your  hand,  my  mum’s  cautionary  voice  still  rings  in  my  ear.  Grated  coconut  in  packets  with  sweetened  and  unsweetened  options  were  not  available  back  in  the  day.   It  was  customary  to  use  freshly  grated  coconut  be  it   in  curries  or  desserts. We  have  since  moved  forward.  Brightly  coloured  high
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