Bottle Gourd Kheer/Lauki Halwa/Dudhi Halwa

Do you feel homesick? A friend asked soon after I came back from India. The ever beautiful weather, the good food and more importantly all the friends and family gathered in a single city. All feels so heartwarming. I call America home and I call India home. And maybe that’s ok that I have more than one home. More than one place where I feel … Continue reading Bottle Gourd Kheer/Lauki Halwa/Dudhi Halwa

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Cardamom and Nutmeg Pavlova

 

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Buddha

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This quote touches something in all our hearts in one way or another. It is especially true for all fellow bloggers in the social media world. To me, blogging is like running. there is no winning, there is only marking a personal best, day after day, post after post. Let us all uplift each other and help overcome our battles. Then one day we all will know the true meaning of Art of slow living.

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Chocolate covered Sugar Cookies

A cup of tea upon arrival at a country house is a thing which I, as a rule, in particularly enjoy. I like crawling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere or leisured coziness P. G. Wodehouse My feelings exactly for the Winter. As temperatures have cooled down, the warmth in the house is cracked up, fireplace roaring and something … Continue reading Chocolate covered Sugar Cookies

Marshmallow Mousse

Marshmallow Mousse

Easy Marshmallow Mousse recipe.

Marshmallow Mousse

And another birthday around our household. It’s crazy how fast these kids are growing up. They change so fast too. I see Annika to be such a mature child now and so hungry for knowledge and always curious. This birthday she didn’t want a cake. I think we have too much cake in the house, almost one every weekend. So I made this super fast Marshmallow mousse. It is sooo easy to make. It’s ready in about 30 minutes. It has this sweet chocolaty taste and you can literally go crazy with colors. Annika’s favorite is blue so I used blue.

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Three layer cake and a recipe for Meringues

 

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Early this morning I woke up to a dense fog, intermingling of hot and cold. As I walked through my usual forest preserve , there was a stillness in the air.  The air heavy with anticipation, waiting for the adventure ahead, the hustle and bustle of the coming week. As I stood there just for a second gazing at the stream almost disappearing in the fog, I remembered something I had read somewhere, “If you want something that you never had, you must be prepared to do something you have never done before”. I will leave you with that thought and the recipe for the Meringues.

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Baklava Cake

There are few treats as satisfying as a cup of Espresso and a piece of Baklava. Although I have shared a another easier version on the blog Baklava Bites Baklava Cake is just different take on traditional Baklava. It is certainly not as messy to eat. If you prefer a piece of cake with your afternoon Coffee, you should certainly try this. This Baklava Cake is not too sweet either so makes a perfect after lunch dessert. You just need a small piece to feel satisfied.

Baklava Cake

 

Baklava came from Assyrians in 8th Century B.C. The original recipe only had a Flatbread and a layer of nuts drizzled with Honey. Later on, different types of nuts were used. Arabian influence added Rose water. Some infuse flavors of Cinnamon and cloves to this amazingly chewy and crunchy and sweet with Honey piece of heaven. I have head about splashes of Rum in it but haven’t tried it yet. Soon..

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End of Summer Peach and Nectarine Galatte

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With the two back to back natural disasters hitting US, the last thing on anyone’s mind is reading a food blog and much less writing it. I was reading the news reports and heard about a Pizza restaurant opening its doors to the displaced Floridians where they can pay what they can or eat on the house. The owner is a National guard member who explained that “when disasters hit, most people want is to sit down in a safe place and a warm meal”. A warm meal can give you the strength and hope to deal with the eventualities. 

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Peachy Strawberry cake for a girly Tea-Party

I have few girlfriends who like to get together once a month  We meet in a very casual atmosphere and just chat and catch up on what others are doing. No kids or hubbies are allowed so its just our quiet time. Obviously a lot of bite size snacks go very well along with chatting. Everyone brings a dish that want to share. Its a quiet … Continue reading Peachy Strawberry cake for a girly Tea-Party

Mango Tapioca Pudding

This is one of the easiest desserts I have ever made. This is perfect dessert for any last minute guests or if you are planning a party for a large crowd. Ingredients: Mango Pulp 3/4 cup – preferably Alphonso mango. Can be found in Indian grocery stores. Kiwi Fruit – peeled and cut up in small squares Strawberries cleaned and cut in small squares Kraft … Continue reading Mango Tapioca Pudding