December 24, 2014

Double Chocolate Chunk Peanut Cookies

It is the night before. 

There is a spirit of magic and holiday all around the world.

And in all the feeling of excitement, I am home alone, enjoying a few days of vacation from work, while soaking up the beauty and magic in the air, and catching up on a few lovely things.

One of my very favorite things during the holiday season—besides the cozy late mornings under the blanket, sleeping ins, and the romance of late night movies with many cups of coffee—is baking up a storm in the kitchen.

December 10, 2014

Orange Almond and Yogurt Loaf—light, moist, and deliciously moreish

It’s that time of the year again.

Christmas is around the corner, and the clock is ticking down hurriedly to a whole new exciting year.

The festive season is always a special and memorable time. It brings family and friends together with rituals and traditions, sparkle and magic, gifts and fun and food.

September 7, 2014

Sambar Using Store Bought Sambar Powder — Happy Onam!

Happy Onam.

Onam brings fond memories.  

Memories of draping in traditional gold-bordered settu mundu, wearing jimikki earrings with strings of fresh jasmine flower adorning the hair, creating pookkalam—the colorful and intricate arrangement of fresh flowers on the floor—with friends, clapping and moving around in a group to the tune of thiruvathira song, and, enjoying the elaborate and most exquisite vegetarian feast, sadya.

The harvest festival of Onam—the most important festival in Kerala—celebrates the mythical homecoming of King Mahabali, the legendary king who reigned the state in the golden era. Per legend, he visits his subjects every year, and Keralites celebrate it with pomp and great frevor. Onam also signals the end of monsoon seaon.

July 18, 2014

Mango Nectarine Smoothie

I'm in a serious relationship with drinks. The life bonding kind. 

Nah, not with alcoholic beverages. But the non alcoholic variety. Like juices, ice cold spritzers and mocktails, shakes and smoothies. 

Ah, smoothies.

June 27, 2014

Orange Rose – Fun twist on the classic OJ

Oh hai! It’s June and I’m back!

Temperatures are soaring; mercury is climbing; and the heat is searing.  

Summertime is here and I’m celebrating this sunshiny season with cool drinks ideal for sipping inside or poolside.

A sublime drink and a cool breeze is all you need to make a lazy hot day just about perfect. Don’t you agree?

June 22, 2014

4 Delicious Lemonade Variations for Summer

The world is gripped by the football fever. 

And, Middle East? Summer fever!

No kidding.

We are sizziling with temperatures hitting record levels as early as June. Haven’t seen this much heat and humidity so far in the beginning of summer. The peak season is usually July-August.

It’s simply hot, humid and hazy.  With temperatures soaring to the 50s, staying hydrated is vital.

October 19, 2013

Strawberry Soft Serve — three ingredient, less than 5-minute ice cream!

This is one of those long, long pending posts. It has been in my drafts since the beginning of summer. And finally sees light in fall.

Feel like some ice cream to embrace fall?

I scream. Ice scream. Nah, nah, it's, i c e  c r e a m …lol