Valentine`s day special
There is often a long ‘to-be‘ list. No I don`t mean to-do. It`s a to-be. A list of professions you want to take up when you ‘grow up’. A list of things you would want to do. From a teacher to sports champ, a scientist or an actor. The ‘list’ is now a crumpled piece of paper, lying in a place where it would probably never be found…
“Train your mind to see the good in everything…”
The pressures of modern living takes over and rules our lives, rules the world. Countless times we ponder on the path we have chosen – jobs for their comfort but not for the fascination. Nothing wrong in it. But what`s unfitting is we let it take over us and let ourselves bypass all our core interests. The list keeps popping up every now and then and we are quick to chase it away into hiding. And then our lives are once again drenched with workload, deadlines, the traffic and all other negative elements that weigh us down.
Think Italy and you are your mind is instantly flooded with images of well dressed Italians, the Collosseum, the gondola and of course great food! Pastas and pizzas topped with layers of melting cheese, fresh out of the oven are a sheer delight to indulge in!
What are the reasons that make Italian cuisine so popular and acceptable worldwide? The liberal use of olive oil?; the freshly plucked tomatoes?; the aromatic herbs used in cooking?. Probably all of them and many more reasons make up the highly addictive Italian cuisine!
Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Come rains and people start to grumble that there is water everywhere!! That it is very inconvenient to travel etc etc.. Not that the rains make everyday life a bliss. It does bring havoc in certain regions. But it is the same people who would complain of the summer heat! For some it is the time to cozy up indoors during evenings, sipping hot tea. Its during this season that some local vegetables & fruits are available and some foodies like yours truly make the best of this season.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Summer brings with it picnics, fun at the beach, barbeques and so tikkas!
And so here is a quick & easy tandoori dish with an option for Vegan Version
A refreshing drink with a blend of fresh mint leaves and zingy lime..!
As we are immersed in the midst of peak summer, we try to find cooler
waters options to dive into and escape from the scorching heat. And a glass of chilled and refreshing drink gets the highest vote!
In my hometown guests are always welcomed with a refreshing drink that suits the season. The most common and popular drink has to be the nimbu sherbet (lime juice). A big jar of chilled sherbet is always greeted with warm smiles in hot summer months. And this drink finds its way during winter months too! All you have to do is just squeeze in some fresh lime juice to a jar of warm/ tepid water! This has been practiced for a long time now for the wide array of benefits lime offers. Freshly squeezed lime juice is an ideal remedy for cold and coughs besides improving digestion along with host of other benefits.
Here is a slight twist to this traditional drink with the addition of fresh, green mint leaves! The quantity of lime is less than the regular version but is enough to come through the minty flavor of the herbs. This herb is no far behind when it comes to health benefits. Mint leaves can aid digestion, stimulate senses, treat colds etc.
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 small limes – squeeze out the juice
- Sugar or honey – to taste
- 1 tsp of chopped ginger (optional)
- 2 ½ cups cold water
- Fancy glasses, wine glass etc
- Crushed ice (optional)
- Lime slices (optional)
- In a blender blend the fresh mint leaves, chopped ginger, lime juice till almost a paste.
- Then add in the water, sugar or honey to taste and blend for half a minute or till well combined.
- Serve chilled with some crushed ice.
- For a special touch, you may dip the rim of the serving glass in very little water and then immediately dip lightly in some salt. Then insert a lime slice in each glass, pour in the cooler and serve!
- You can make the same with only lime juice too. Just squeeze in more lime juice and sugar into a jar of chilled or even warm water. You may or may not add ginger juice, For a royal touch, also sprinkle few strands of saffron.