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Sri Lanka: Sight’s & Flavour’s Around Galle:

Our  holiday earlier last year to Galle, turned out to be an unplanned and delightful Culinary trail as it were to be. The dear hubs was travelling to Bentota, Sri Lanka and messaged me if I’d like to  join him in Colombo for a couple of days. Perhaps a quick getaway from there on was what was so needed.

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Diwali: A Festival Of Lights And Sweet Treats

    Diwali: The Festival of Lights is a five day celebration amongst Indians and also marks the onset of a New year in accordance with the Hindu calender. It is celebrated with much gaiety and grandeur.It is aptly called so,as celebrations are marked with fireworks and lighting of lamps called “Diyas”, signifying the triumph of good over evil and ushering prosperity, success and good cheer into one’s homes. Worship ceremonies include that of praying to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, making of sweets and savories, visiting family and friends with gifts and partaking in indulgent feasts.These can be quite extravagant, with the table filled with special dishes and  desserts.A true celebration of fun, frolic and sweet treats! This year however ,our  Diwali celebrations in Toronto have been quite subdued due to the challenging times we are living in.Our family had a quite celebration at home with a few sweet treats that I managed to make up, and wished our family and friends virtually.   “Gratitude Is The Healthiest Of All Human Emotions. The More …

Easy Cornbread & Chili

  A good hot and spicy chili and cornbread pair really well and is such a hearty and comforting meal right? Perfect for fall when the weather seems colder, and all one wants is some comfort food to warm up the soul and fire up the taste buds. It’s the kind of meal one can cozy upto on a cold evening perhaps even cozier than one’s blanket! I have attempted baking cornbread earlier and not quite satisfied with the results ,choose to research some recipes for awhile, when I came across this one on Serious Eats. I quite liked the fact that it’s unsweetened and it called for  pantry staple ingredients to work with.While traditionally cornbread is made in a greased cast iron skillet with a lid, I choose to bake mine in a pyrex dish and it worked just fine.   Having Baked Cornbread For A Few Times Now Here Are Some Baking Tips: Use a good quality cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cornmeal works great in this recipe) Try not using a hand …

Kale Chips

    Imagine eating a packet of crisps without the guilt? Now I’m not talking about the potato ones,all though I must admit I’m insanely crazy about potato chips. Of course a healthier option is always welcome with everyone on a diet of sorts. I’ve been cooking with Kale for awhile in my kitchen.Well the family has been served a Kale soup on various occasions,sautéed Kale and yes even Kale juice. However the crisps are something I’d been shying away from,primarily from the fact that I just didn’t imagine they would turn out crisp enough. Every year, November 1st is celebrated as World Vegan Day.Well that’s what I did yesterday,finally braved the idea of experimenting with baking up some Kale crisps. I woke to a gorgeous bunch of curly Kale that I had picked up at the last of the farmer’s markets around our neighbourhood here in Toronto. Not soup please, hollered my son,who has been pottering around the kitchen wondering what I’m planning to rustle up for him.Why not try out some Kale crisps …

Potato Gnocchi

  There’s a good reason when I say that the Gnocchi gods must be smiling upon me, as there have been relentless attempts  at making a Potato Gnocchi  in my kitchen. The compulsive behavior stemmed from a love for a good Gnocchi and numerous rounds of disasters ranging from a magnitude of 7.5 to 9 on the Gnocchi Richter scale. The first time around the potatoes were over cooked. The next time I just decided to mash them with a fork ,didn’t bother with  potato ricer  (despite having bought  one just for the Gnocchi making event) and had a lumpy mess. Then there were the eggless recipes which fell apart and went straight into the trash can and the list went on,too dense, undercooked, hard and so and so forth.

Pea & Potato Soup

  Happiness Is: Hot Soup On A Cold Day   It’s a rainy and cold afternoon here in Toronto and that means it’s perfect to stay indoors and make some soup.It’s the middle of the week and almost closing on the end of this year! A challenging one too! We as a family are all working from home and each one is nestled in their favorite corner of the home and busy with their work! I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the fact that the weekend just whizzed past with endless food trial’s in my kitchen, shooting and creating content for my social media posts and working on several food assignments all at once, leaving my kitchen with endless flavours and aromas. My Wednesday’s are perhaps the busiest in the week.It’s the start of my weekly planning of menu’s for home cooked meals or perhaps listing down recipes that I may need to shoot for my Instagram profile or even prepping up for an exciting new blog post.That’s pretty much been my morning today.I …

Moong Dal Chilla- (Savory Yellow Lentil Pancakes)

      Indian breakfast’s tend be an elaborate affair that include a staggering variety of preparations. Quite honestly there really isn’t one standard fare, given the fact that there are several regional fares with each contributing to an array of hearty and scrumptious breakfast ideas. Each of these portray an incredible cultural diversity seen via food habits followed by different regions. For instance Northern Indian breakfast would have a variety of Parathas,Aloo puri, Poha,Chole bhature,Paneer toast etc where as Dosa’s, Idli, Wadas and Upma’s form an integral part of mainstay breakfast options in the southern parts of India. Having lived a large part of my childhood in Mumbai and raised by parents of Hindu- Catholic decent, our food habits seem to have nuances that have a bit of both sides incorporated into our lifestyles. Having now lived away from India for over two and a half decades, my palette often craves for flavours that I grew up with and my Canadian kitchen here in Toronto recreates several recipes that are deeply rooted in our …

Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Salad

    Thankful & Grateful Today And Everyday! Happy Thanksgiving!   Fall is the perfect time to embrace versatile flavours of Pumpkins, and weather these are cooked, roasted or baked, they makeup for numerous experiments in our kitchens. With the temperatures now cooler, cozy and warm meals tend to be on top of our meal prep.Last week this wonderful Roasted Pumpkin salad was the highlight in my kitchen. Now wouldn’t you agree that roasting vegetables, elevates flavours to another level? It is one of my favorite ways of cooking vegetables.I love using flavoured oils like Avocado Oil, sesame oil and Olive oil ofcourse, to flavour the vegetables. As a matter of fact October saw a lot of roasted vegetables on our plates right from Asparagus,Cauliflowers,Sweet potatoes and Broccoli.I love the fact that one can lay out the vegetables on a tray with oil and seasoning and put them into an oven and land up with delicious flavors soon enough! Well that’s exactly how this warm salad turned out! The roasting enhanced the earthy and sweet …

Albion Orchards: Apple Picking & A Crumble

    Fall in Ontario is glorious and this means it’s time for fall walks,hikes to see the foliage and the splendour of leaves changing colour and apple picking of course! It is a annual  ritual with the family and a great way to get out of the city for a breath of crisp fresh farm air. This year  we choose to visit the Albion Orchards located in Caledon, north of Brampton.They have several varieties of apples ranging from the Red delicious, Royal gala,Cortland, Empire amongst the reds and some crisp golden and yellow ones too like the Crispin, golden russet and golden delicious.They have a wonderful Pick Your Own Apples on weekends between 10am-4pm. We however wanted to beat the crowded weekends and decided to drive off during the week.The orchards were closed for the Pick Your own produce  and we were quite happy to browse through their country store for various varieties of apples and pears, fresh pasta sauces, honey and maple syrup. The store also carries a range of homemade pies, fresh …

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” — Winnie the Pooh   The weather here in Toronto is much cooler and the leaves have hues of yellow and orange already, nudging us that fall is around the corner. Nature’s gentle reminder perhaps, that it’s time to bid goodbye to summer. One knows that the warm and sunny days will eventually end, but it still does not make saying adieu any easier. I feel this summer just flew past really quickly. It was almost just yesterday that one was counting down to summer walks in the parks and long drives to the cottage country,berry picking and packing picnic sandwiches. This summer has had bitter sweet memories of course with the current pandemic and various cautions in place.I for one, am still holding onto the last bits of glorious sunshine and perhaps one last summer recipe here on my blog. I had been craving for flavours of lemon,blueberries and almond for ever so long! My birthday soon …

Chocolate Cake: Birthday Love

  A homemade, homebaked and handcrafted cake makes any occasion feel joyful- Martha Stewart   Any special occasion is just not complete without cake, and if you are a chocolate lover, then a a good dense chocolate cake hits all the sweet spots. Our son recently moved in with us from Montreal. His birthday in the beginning of September,marks a spate of celebrations in the family.Birthday celebrations are meant for candles to be blown and cakes to be sliced of course! Well he announced that he wanted a good steak and a decadent cake for his birthday! We thought about celebrating at his favorite restaurant here in Toronto, but then with the current situation, decided to have a quiet time at home. It is just  incredible how a moist and tender chocolate cake,doused with spoonfuls of Grand Marnier, a luscious ganache, garnished with raspberries and slivered almonds can turn into something quite spectacular and indulgent. I choose to go along with a Classic Devil’s Food Cake. The recipe calls for baking this in an eight …

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