Ravioli Night

I promised in my beet pancake post that I will be sharing more beet recipes. Here you go.

Though I made this for my baby girl and filing under “Baby Friendly” this is a delicious recipe and great for adult taste buds too. You may have to adjust the seasoning a bit if you are preparing this for the whole family.

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A Treat

Banana pancake 5

Everyone deserves a treat once in a while. We, 99% of the time, do not give anything sugary to our one year old daughter, yet, for obvious reasons. She gets all her sugar from fruits, vegetables and other natural ingredients used to make her meals. We haven’t decided when we are going to start adding sugar to her food. I suppose, as she becomes more and more interested with table food, it will eventually happen. Until then, no sugar for her.

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Happy Peace Day with Kunafeh and John Lennon’s “Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
– John Lenon

Do you know September 21, is observed as The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. “Peace Day”.  It is not a public holiday but is observed globally. The United Nation established this day to coincide the opening of the general assembly in 1981. The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982. Until 2002, Peace day was observed on the third Tuesday of September. In 2002, September 21 became the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. Nations around the world are invited to observe this day of global ceasefire and non-violence – personal and political.

 

Anyone anywhere can celebrate this Day. Though various events and organized events take place on this day, it can also be observed as simply as with a toast for peace, lighting a candle, silent meditation, or just a picnic for peace. The impact of everyone, everywhere in the world coming together for peace is enormous. Let’s take this opportunity to attempt to make peace in our personal life and in our relationships, and in the conflicts we see around us. Can you imagine what a whole day would mean without anger, hostility and ceasefire.

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A lesson in physics and chemistry

Delicate, classy, airy. Those are the words come to my mind when I think of soufflé.  Every time, I hear the word “soufflé”, I feel I am floating in light air. However, as much as I enjoy this classic treat, be it savory or sweet, the thought of making one always intimidated me. I was terrified due to its “complex and easy to ruin”, “hardest thing in the culinary world” reputation. In reality, they were pretty easy to make.

Spinach Souffle 4

Simple physics behind the puffiness. Bubbles of hot air get trapped in soufflés’ delicate structure. The bubbles deflate when cooled because the hot air contracts once out of the oven. The fluffiness of soufflé’s will go down within 5-10 minutes out of the oven, so you are better off serving them on the table right from the oven. Know the reason now why it takes forever for your soufflé to arrive at the table when you order one. You got that right, the chef prepares a soufflé after you order.

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Heart captivating, luxurious, authentic

I have long been contemplating what the opening recipe should be for the “from scratch” section of the blog.  Should it be rice or fish dish since that’s the staple for many in the Indian sub continent or should it be a sweet dish. At the end, as you can see the winner is a dessert item.

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