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31 December, 2016

Aantur : Caring for a new mum: Part 1.

Aantur : Caring for a new mum: Part 1.
Posted in : Care for New Mum, Drinks & Desserts, Lifestyle, Recipes on by : Ratna
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  Rooted  deep  in  the  ancient  Indian  tradition  of  Ayurveda  is  the  need  to  care  for  the  new  mum.  This  phase  is  termed  as  “Aantur”  in my  culture.  This  is  as  important  a  part  as  is  the  prenatal  care  and  childbirth.  In  fact  we  say  “Aantur  tola”,  or ‘ lifting  postpartum’  as  opposed  to  helping
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30 November, 2016

How to cook a no-fail, fluffy bowl of rice in a pan.

How to cook a no-fail, fluffy bowl of rice in a pan.
Comments : 4 Posted in : How To, Lentils, Rice & Grains on by : Ratna
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  In  my  world  rice  can  be  synonymous  with  life. The  grains  of  rice  are  so  intertwined  with  the  thread  of  life  that  by  pulling  on  one,  you  may  fray  the  other.  Rice  occupies  a  sacred  place  in  my  culture. No  important  milestone  can  be  complete  without  rice.  The  first  solid  food  given  to  a
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15 November, 2016

Kumror Chhakka ; Pumpkin sixer

Kumror Chhakka ; Pumpkin sixer
Comments : 6 Posted in : Main Courses & Sides on by : Ratna
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  Pumpkin what? I  know  I  have  some  explanation  to  do  here.  You  see  the  word  Chhakka  in  Bengali  means  a  sixer. A  sixer?  What  is  that  supposed  mean? Well  for  those  of  you  who  are  familiar  with  the  game  of  cricket,  sixer  is  a  score.  When  the  ball  is   hit  to  cross  the
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7 November, 2016

Tomato and cottage cheese salad

Tomato and cottage  cheese  salad
Comments : 4 Posted in : Soups, Salads & Sandwiches on by : Ratna
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  The  garden  outside  is  covered  with  a  thick  blanket  of  snow.  Staring  out  from  my  kitchen  window,  my  mind  skips  the  white  stuff  and  races  to  the  next  summer.   A  time  when  we  can  feel  the  dirt  again,  which  here  in  the  Prairies  could  be  well into  late  April. It  feels  I  have
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29 October, 2016

Sandesh: Cheese fudge

Sandesh: Cheese fudge
Comments : 6 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna
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  Wish  you  all  a  very  happy  Diwali.  Raise  your  hands  if  you  agree  festivals  and  sweets  are  inseparable.  More  the  merrier,  may  I  add. Sweets  made  from  home  made  cheese  or  Chhena,  is  popular  in  Bengal.  Chhena  mixed  with  sugar  results  in  Sandesh.  Throw  in  different  flavours  like  Rose  water,  Kewra  essence,  mango  or
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21 October, 2016

Rajasthani Kadhi: Chickpea flour soup from Rajasthan: GF

Rajasthani  Kadhi:  Chickpea  flour  soup  from  Rajasthan: GF
Comments : 2 Posted in : Soups, Salads & Sandwiches on by : Ratna
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  The  snow  has  been  coming  down  continuously  for  three  days  now.  It  is  powdery  once  and  flaky  at  other  times.  The  lakes  are  frozen,  the  Geese  have  left  us  for  warmer  pastures.  With  food  being  scarce  the  lonely  fox  sometimes  is  seen  trotting  over  the  thin  ice  foraging  for  leftovers.   Cold  weather  calls  for
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13 October, 2016

4 days in Jabardasht ( Incredible ) Jaipur

4 days in Jabardasht ( Incredible ) Jaipur
Comments : 2 Posted in : Travel on by : Ratna
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  ( Recipe in the next post )   Jaipur  in  Rajasthan  is  a  city  of  Kings  and  Queens,  of  camels  and  elephants,  of Palaces  and  marble  quarries.   It  is  a  city  of  pink  walls  and  pink  sandstone  buildings. It  is  a  city  of  men  with  brightly  coloured  turbans  and  women  with  equally  bright
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9 September, 2016

Apple and Raspberry lattice mini pies

Apple and Raspberry lattice mini pies
Comments : 8 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

    I  have  been  away  for  a  bit.  Not  that  I  flew  to  a  fancy  destination  or  drove  around  the  country,  but  a  staycation,  as  they  say.  I  had  family  visiting.  Days  were  busy  eating  and  cooking,  cooking  and  eating,  catching  up  with  each  other. Then  when  I  finally  got  my  house  back  and
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28 July, 2016

Caramel ice cream cheesecake

Caramel ice cream cheesecake
Comments : 11 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts, Recipes on by : Ratna
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    As  you  know  I  stay  away  from  traditional  baking.  There  is  one  exception  though.  If  the  header  starts  with  phrases  like  No  bake  Cake,  Easy  to  assemble  Tart  and  such,  well   that  is  a  different  story.  You  have  my  undivided  attention. I  am  very  excited  to  share  with  you  that  our  family
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