Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jicama Carrot Purple Cabbage Slaw and a Stunning Sunrise

Pic Courtesy: Uttara Banererjee, who had taken mobile photography to another dimension. Thanks a ton for your kindness.


The only thing I like about these long nights and short days is that I get to see a sunrise every day! It's a sheer marvel of nature how a pitch dark night gets transformed in a glorious sunny day in a matter of minutes. The various shades of blue, the pinks and the orange... the day break... It mesmerizes me every single time. Today was one such day. It was a golden sunrise. It felt as if the sky was on fire. It was ethereal. 

Isn't this a perfect way to start your day? Witnessing a nature's magic first hand. As I bathed in the first rays of the golden orange sun, the morning glory filled me up with its its positive rays. I felt a surge of energy that I haven't felt for a long time. 

However not all my morning as as poetic or magical. 7:15 to 8:30 is not a very peaceful time in our house. I have breakfasts to make and lunches to pack. Today Sam has a team lunch and has also volunteered to drop off Sid. A relatively low pressure morning and a stunning sunrise to boot. Maybe it was God way of compensating of all the hurried sunrises, that I could not enjoy as I would have liked to. Or so I would like to assume.
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Super Moist Banana Muffins with Pecan-Brown Sugar Crumble

A lot of people, when they come to know that I am a diabetic and a food blogger, ask for diabetic friendly dessert recipe. More often than not, this is my standard reply: "Instead of using sugar substitute and compromising on taste and getting depressed, enjoy a proper dessert once in a while, with all its sinful glory by incorporating it in your meal plan." My profound wisdom comes from bucketful  tears I have shed, after repeated botched attempts at diabetic friendly desserts. I-will-eat-a-proper-dessert-when-I-want-to has been my mantra ever since. But when a 'healthy' Banana Muffins with Pecan Crumble tastes like this, you swallow your words, make puppy eyes and wolf down a couple with just a teeny bit of guilt!




Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pinto Bean Chili with Chicken and Kale

The red-green-gold or the blue-silver decoration has given way to the orange-black in the supermarket aisles in and around Cincinnati. The Roaring Tiger graces every cap, jersey , sweatshirts, mugs and watches.

Yup! The Superbowl fever is here and its raging. The Cincinnati Bengals are on every conceivable merchandise.

Trivia: The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football franchise based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are currently members of the North division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Their home stadium is Paul Brown Stadium in Downtown Cincinnati. Their current head coach is Marvin Lewis. Their primary colors are orange and black. The team's official mascot is a Royal Bengal Tiger named Who Dey.


While I still don't understand the nuances of the game, I kinda like the frenzy associated with it. It reminds me of home. It reminds me of cricket. It reminds me of the mass hysteria that comes with cricket. In short, I love madness! Of any kind....




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sid's Latest Gastronomical Crush: Tofu Bhurji - Scrambled Tofu with Assorted Veggies



How can a five and half year old be so in love with Tofu? I mean I am also very fond this amazingly bland soybean curd, but Sid had taken it to the point of obsession. 
(When I say "amazingly bland", I mean it in a good way. It absorbs any flavors very well and hence I find it very versatile and utterly delicious.)

Packed with protein, iron and calcium and extremely low in calorie, tofu is a weight-watcher's dream super food. I should feel blessed that my son is making healthy choices so early in life. But try eating it every other day and you'll understand what I mean. I am running low on ideas. Ideas to make tofu a little more interesting to ME.... My freaking fussy palate! Any suggestion?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Warm and Cozy Curried Sweet Potatoes and Carrot Soup to welcome the New Year

We are 12 days into a brand new year and it seems a little silly to with greet with a broad Happy New Year grin! But then again this is my first post this year. So here is a little prayer for all of you out there.

Happiness deep down within
Hope with each sunrise
Success in each facet of life
Family by your side and close friends too
Health all the way and Love that never ends
Precious memories of Yesterday be with you always
A Today to be Thankful for...
With a Promise for Better Tomorrow!
Have a wonderful year ahead!!!

For us, 1st Jan 2015 was like any other Thursday. Ever since we came to the US, Sam works on New Year's Day. Its his financial year end. He works like a maniac. So no cakes and champagne and no crazy New Year's Eve Party for us. At the stoke of midnight we raised a toast. Drank some limited edition Scotch to good health. I went to bed and Sam to his reports. That's how the year arrived for us. But he made up. Took us for a late night ice-cream treat over the weekend. Late night ice-cream always does the trick!