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

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

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.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Gingerbread cookies


Gingerbread cookies
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, 125 ml;
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, 175 ml;
  • 1/3 cup molasses, 70 ml;
  • 1 large egg;
  • 2 tablespoons water;
  • 2 2/3 cup flour, 600 ml;
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda;
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt;
  • 2 teaspoon ground dried ginger;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves;

Icing:
  • Icing sugar;
  • lemon juice;

Approach:
  • Mix the butter in a bowl with the sugar. Stir in molasses, egg and water. 
  • Beat up the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. 
  • Add in the butter mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 180 ° C (350 ° F). 
  • Roll the dough into thin slices, use a cookie cutter to mold into various shapes and place on a baking sheet and in a tray.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool. 
  • Decorate with a thick mixture of icing sugar and lemon juice,
  • Let it dry.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas week in New York City

The Christmas decor in New York is fantastic and definitely worth checking out! Here are a few pictures taken during the Christmas week in New York City which hardly do it justice




 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Penang Char Kway Teow

Malaysian food is becoming one of my favorites of late. I decided to try making Penang Char Kway Teow


Ingredients (1 serving):-
  • 3 tablespoons oil, 30 ml;
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, 5 ml;
  • 1 small onion or spring onion, 10 g;
  • 1 tablespoon sambal chili paste;
  • 1 egg;
  • shrimp, 60 g;
  • rice noodles,150g;
  • a handful of soy sprouts, 30 g;
  • 1 tablespoon chives, 10 g;
  • 1/3 red chili peppers;
For the sauce:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 15 ml;
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 10ml;


Procedure:
  1. Cook the pasta in salted water. Then we put them in cold water to  prevent sticking.
  2. Fry in hot oil, the garlic, onion and chili paste (sambal). Add egg and keep stirring. 
  3. Add the shrimp and cook gently. 
  4. Add in the pasta, pour in the sauce and sprinkle with sprouts and chives. Garnish with finely chopped red chilli peppers.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Autumn colors

Spent some time outdoors over the thanksgiving weekend enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Cameron Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Spent a lovely weekend with family and friends at a Cottage up at Cameron Lake in Kawartha Lakes.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore and Lake Louise, Alberta

Spent a weekend discovering Calgary. This beautiful country has so many pristine places. The Canadian Rockies are breathtaking and bring you inner peace as you spend time in this beautiful landscape. Here are few pictures from my weekend.

Sunset at Bow falls

Passed a black bear on the hike

The picturesque Bow river

Caribou at Banff

Canmore

Lake Louise


Sunrise at Sulphur Mountain

The Bow at downtown Calgary

Calgary skyline

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Growing fruit at home

This is year two of our experiment growing fruit at home. Click here to read the previous post on our fruit garden. Despite the harsh winter most of our plants survived and have actually grown bigger. Doesn't look like we're going to get any pears this year. Had a bumper crop of red currents and blackberries. Our blueberries are recovering from too much acidity in the soil which we added.
Harvested our grapes

 Awaiting our blackberries

Red currents, Blackberries, Blueberries

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Flower Garden

This year we lost our Don Juan climbing rose despite trying to cover it over winter. So time for some new climbers. We got some Clematis which seem to be climbing well so far


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Unionville Exotic Car Show

Here are some pictures taken at the Unionville Exotic Car Show, a great way to spend a bright Sunday afternoon  

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Batata Vadas

Batata Vadas recipe

Ingredients:-
  • 4 medium size boiled potatoes  
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 green chilies minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil

For Batter
  • 3/4 cup gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1//4 teaspoon red chili powder

Preparation:-

For the Batter
  • Mix gram flour, salt and cilantro. Add water slowly to make a thick but smooth batter.

Make the Potato balls Vada
  • Boil potatoes till 80% cooked. They should be firm yet cooked
  • Peel and coarsely mash the boiled potatoes.
  • Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Add mustard seeds and as the seeds crackle, add mashed potatoes, ginger paste, minced green chili, turmeric, and salt.
  • Stir fry on medium heat for 2 minutes and then add cilantro and mix well. Turn of the heat.
  • After this mixture cools off, start making small balls the size that will easily fit in your fist.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Make sure there is about 1 ½ inch of oil.
  • Dip the potato patties into the batter one at a time, making sure the patties are completely covered by the batter. Then, slowly drop them into the frying pan.
  • Turn them occasionally until both sides are just done and light brown.
  • Serve in bread with a chili and some garlic chutney or even tamarind sauce

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Prawn Koliwada

I absolutely love Koliwada prawns! Here's a quick and easy way to make them and it tastes as good!

Prawn Koliwada



Ingredients:-
  • 16 large prawns/shrimp,
  • 3 Tbsp Sambal ground fresh chilli paste,
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce,
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch,
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour,
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper,
  • 1 tsp chat masala
  • salt.
Preparation:-

Marinade:-
  • Mix the soy sauce, ground black pepper and salt. Marinate the shrimp for at least 20 minutes in this marinade.
Making the batter:-
  • Mix the Sambal  red chilli paste, corn starch, all-purpose flour and add water to get a nice thick consistency
Deep fry the shrimp:-
  • Heat up olive oil in a deep pot.
  • Coat each shrimp with the batter and fry for about 3 mins