MAC N’ CHEESE or is it…MAC N’ SPICE??

Mac N Spice
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Mac N Spice and the classic Mac n Cheese are like the movies Slum Dog Millionaire and City of God. There are few who shall draw comparisons between the two movies while there are a few who shall take offense that you dare to compare the two since they are as different as chalk from cheese! And I am among those few who sit awkwardly in between taking no side! 😀 I love playing around with Pasta in my kitchen. Now this particular dish features macaroni in a loud Bollywood masaaledaar street food style! I like the pasta for this,… Continue reading

BEER BATTERED ASPARAGUS WITH CILANTRO DIP

Beer Battered Asparagus
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St Patrick’s day is coming up and I wanted to make something green, something with booze and something different that I haven’t tried before. My solution, beer battered asparagus! With a cilantro dip. Perfect! Few festivities that I enjoy in the US include St. Patrick’s day, Halloween & Black Friday. A True Indian, ain’t I? 😀 Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter is good but everyone celebrates these with their families. Cozy dinners at home. While that is quite nice, I miss the colors, crowd and festive celebratory environments of Indian festivals. I love watching people with their families, mothers, fathers, kids, their… Continue reading

MUSHROOM NOODLES WITH CHIMICHURRI

Mushroom Noodles
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This Mushroom Noodles recipe is not your usual noodle recipe. It has no soy-sauce, uses caramelized mushrooms and is mixed in with this awesome chimichurri sauce. Oh! I almost forgot. It tastes like a ton better than any mushroom noodles that you have ever tasted! With the number of recipes I use, mushroom in, you would think I would love mushrooms of any kind. But I have not explored the world of mushrooms at all. Apart from the easily available, white button mushrooms, I have tried three other varieties and all I can say is Uh oh! I was unable… Continue reading

AVOCADO-CHEESE CRACKER BRUSCHETTA

Cracker Bruschetta
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Cracker bruschetta is just what the name says. A no-cook easy to make appetizer/snack with toppings that are refreshing on a summer afternoon and whose flavors blend together in a classic, timeless fashion. Today, let’s discuss people. People who are “know-it-all”. A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. Were you just reminded of that friend of your’s? Well, I have been lucky (read not lucky!!) enough to meet quite a few such specimens in my life. People who have to… Continue reading

SPICY CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Spicy Chimichurri Sauce
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Spicy Chimichurri sauce made me believe in love at first sight (or should I say first taste?). Full of green goodness and the earthy smell of herbs, you can use spicy chimichurri sauce as a marinade for your grilling recipes or to jazz up any weekday meal as dip or side. You know how most women walk into clothing stores and never realize how they ended up with 3 new dresses even though they had no intention of shopping? You know how most men enter an electronic giant store and walk out with 3…. whatever it is they buy? Me?… Continue reading

CAULIFLOWER WINGS |VEGAN BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS

Buffalo cauliflower wings
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Cauliflower wings, a dish that looks and tastes exactly like the Buffalo wild wings or hot Chicken wings. These cauliflower wings even have crispy skin like with chicken and can make an amazing appetizer for your parties or just something to munch on, while you catch up on some television with your family. I always knew that the world is made up of two kinds of people. Those who like books and those who like the movies that were made based on the books. Those, who play board games over the weekend and those, who go clubbing. And so on… Continue reading

SMOKED PLUM LEMONADE | SUMMER COOLERS

Smoked Plum Lemonade
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Plum lemonade. No, wait, it is a Smoked plum lemonade, the smokiness being lent by the grilled lemons. The flavors were just jaw dropping-ly awesome! A fruity summer cooler that required only 10 minutes to put together is a blessing, guys. I had not tasted a plum until the recent past. Peaches, plums and berries were a rare sight in India back then. One never missed them either considering the abundance of other varieties of fruits, nevertheless. So, I always assumed that plum was some kind of a small thing-y like a cherry. 😛 Hold your guns, guys. Don’t jump to… Continue reading

HUMMUS SOUP WITH RICE – 20 MINUTE DINNER

Hummus soup with rice
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Hummus soup that has rice in it and served with some bread to mop up the leftover soup, what a sumptuous dinner! And, if that dinner can be put on the table in a matter of 20 minutes? Yes, please! Life is full of surprises. I came to US for the very first time in April (not April of this year! Duh! Another year, another April from the past). That particular year I came in, there was no extended winter or extremely wet springs. An era before all the effects of global warming (ok, ok, I tend to exaggerate. Not an… Continue reading

CHILLED PINEAPPLE SOUP SHOTS

Chilled Pineapple soup shots
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A chilled creamy Pineapple soup that will transport you from spending a hot summer day on your couch right over to Hawaii or any other exotic tropical destination that you have always dreamed of. Of course, wearing a flower tiara or garland goes a long way in the whole “Hawaii” feeling but you can start with this amazing pineapple soup! “Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien. A wanderer, that’s definitely something every one of us must feel in a lifetime. Feeling like a wanderer and being consumed by the lust of finding your niche is just… Continue reading

BOMBAY SANDWICH | MOM’S CHUTNEY SANDWICH

Bombay Sandwich for teatime
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Bombay sandwich from the good ol’ days before grilled cheese-s, Paninis and subs; just how mom made it with a generous application of creamy homemade butter, minty green chutney and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. Did your face just break into a smile? Yes! Mine did as I was typing it too! 🙂 Have you ever made up ridiculous stories about true facts? Like this one; long, long ago, when my dad was driving our reliable Maruti Omni (popularly known as the Maruti van), my brother and I were proudly occupying the rear seat.  Proud? But, of course!  We were in… Continue reading