Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.


Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.


Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas cake recipe

Here's an amazing recipe for Christmas cake. You can call in the 500 gram mixture as most of the ingredients are in equal proportions. Merry Christmas!

  • 8 eggs 500 gr.
  • Flour 500 gr.
  • 1 tsp Baking powder.
  • Butter 500 gr.
  • Sugar 500 gr.
  • 1 cup rum.
Fruit mixture
  • White plums 100 gr.
  • Black currants 100 gr.
  • Dates 250 gr.
  • Dried ginger 50 gr.
  • Candied fruit peel 50 gr.
  • 1 cup flour 200 gr.
  • Sugar 200 gr.
  • Water 200 ml.

  • First prepare the caramel. Melt sugar in a frying pan till it turns brown. Add the water and stir well and then switch off the heat and let it cool.
  • Next prepare the fruit mixture. Mix the dried fruit with a cup of flour.
  • Mix the remaining flour with 1 tsp baking powder
  • Whisk egg whites in a seperate pan to a thick snowy consistency
  • Whisk  the butter together with the sugar and egg yolks.
  • Add the cooled Caramel to the butter egg yolk mixture.
  • Stir in the flour and egg whites into this mixture
  • Add the candied fruits and the rum to this mixture and stir gently
  • Set it to bake

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A traditional method of eating a Tamil Nadu meal '' Saapad ''

A traditional method of eating a meal in Tamil Nadu also called '' Saapad '', where your food is served on a cut banana leaf! 

You're expected to sprinkle water on the leaf and wipe it clean.

Once the leaf is sprinkled and wiped clean, you wait for a spoon of payasam which is followed by vadai,  two kinds of dry vegetable, a cooling pachadi, one koottu or stew like dish with coconut, a pickle, banana chips, paruppu, rice and ghee.

Only when the first bowl of sambar is poured on your rice can you start eating.

Do not touch any of your food with your left hand.

You are also not supposed to bite your vadai or sweet but breaks pieces off with your fingers. Drink from the top pouring water into your mouth rather than touching your lips to the vessel.

A traditional method of eating a Tamil Nadu meal 'Saapad'

Evidently eating from a banana leaf is considered hygienic and healthy. Not too sure about that but It's definitely a wonderful experience eating on banana leaves!

Mehndi, Mehendi, Mehandi, Heena, those many names for a hand tattoo

Getting ready for those parties and weddings in India around christmas! I'm seriously thinking about Mehndi for my bald head! :)

Mehndi is applied in a matter of minutes by these experts!