31 January 2013

Strawberry Panna Cotta- Valentine Tribute

Serve it in a wine glass
Two more weeks everyone :D A lot of people out there believe that Valentines Day is a day of love, for those in love. I beg to differ. It's a day, with no significant meaning, but gives us an excuse to celebrate love.

This type of love is, of course, determined by who so ever opts to celebrate it. I'm not single this year, but I remember a few turbulent ears when I resisted the temptation of all those 'hand holding' couples in shopping malls looking oogly googly at each other.

Or ice cream cups
I decided then that my corniness had to be shelved, I would never openly engage in public display of affection, and cause un-necessary harm onto the singles who gaze on, remembering the past failures and silently wishing for a better future.

Instead my corniness sought and found newer pastures. Last year it was couples taboo, and gooey cob loaf.  Another favorite that could be considered is the world's easiest Chocolate Fudge Brownie or for those who are looking for a simple heart, the shortbread biscuit recipe! This year, is the year of the Panna Cotta. Strangely enough, my tryst with this dessert began with the Nokia Indiblogger meet at ITC Gardenia.
Attracted by the sinful view of blueberries, I scooped a bit of the white milky custard and fell in love. I, since then, found Stephanie Jaworski's trustworthy recipe for Panna Cotta. I've made it twice, and am convinced that it is fool proof.

Once with a peach topping, and this time with strawberries. Unfortunately, they are just coming into season, so the fruit was a bit tart. But this balanced well with the milky goodness dumbed down my  senses to give way to absolute delight. Click to go over to the Joy of Baking website for the recipe.

Grocery List: 
  • 1. 1 pack of Strawberries
  • 2. Sugar (as desired)
  • 3. 4 table spoons of water
  • 4. 2 drops of vanilla essence
  • Almost done!!
  • 5. 1 tea spoon corn flour, dissolved in two tablespoons of water

To Prepare:

  • Remove the lead and stub off the strawberries. Then proceed to cut to evenly sized quarters
  • To a pan add the tablespoons of water, and sugar with vanilla essence
  • Allow to boil, adding water as desired to maintain consistency
  • When the strawberries are mashed together, add corn flour
  • Once boiled, cooled, use to top panna cotta or ice cream or pankcakes :)

Vishwaroopam- Kamal Threatens to Leave India

Why so serious?

2013- The year so far. We started the first two/three with the death of the Delhi rape victim. This news was eclipsed by the trading of bullets across the border with Pakistan, some cricket matches with England- was it? And now, Vishwaroopam and the potential migration of Kamal Hassan with an impending increase in the price of staples.

This is what my month of news looks like, so excuse me if there was some other big thing that you thought I should have in there. I have exposed myself indeed, I don't get the newspaper at home or at work. Left to the mercy of the new Windows 8 news platform and my mum, to catch on the latest news.

Kamal wants to leave. I'm not a fan of Kamals' so I'm not sure that it's a great loss for us as a nation if we have him move. We'd still get the movies here, and it's not like I join him for coffee in the morning after my jog. So what's the big deal?

28 January 2013

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto- Pasta and Crumbed Fish Fillet

Summer Projects: Sun Dried Tomatoes at Home

If you live in Bangalore, like me, then you've been subjected to crazy weather so far this year.  14 C mornings and 30 C afternoons, with cool evening breezes and romping dust clouds. Of course, that's not as crazy as crazy weather can get, but I dare say that this is as crazy as Bangalore weather can get.

Not including the random rain of hail we had last year. Either ways, while I name this post Summer Projects, it's not really summer here yet. But don't let that stop you, we have enough sun this year to capitalize early.

I made some sun dried tomatoes two weeks ago, then, tomatoes were retailing at Rs 6 per kg at the local market in Banaswadi and I was trying to re-create this meal I had in the Philippines, that was delicious.

21 January 2013

Where to get Rosemary, Sage, Basil, Thyme in Bangalore?



There was a time in Bangalore when finding exotic herbs involved a trip to some remote farm in Ooty and finding out their supply route to Bangalore.

Thankfully, much has changed.

Look what I found at Namdharis..namely the one on M.M road, off Mosque Road, Fraser Town.

I felt like a kid in a candy store! Recipes to what I've used them for, to follow!! 

I recall seeing a collection of the same, in 1 MG Road, opposite Taj Vivanta as well, in case that is closer to you.

PS. I also found thyme, but I forgot to photograph it. Got all the herbs + salad leaves for Rs. 105

HP Original VS Couterfeit

The Original IndiBlogger Meet with HP

Just got back from a very fun blog meet! More on that later, first up I wanted to pen some thoughts on today's discussion, which was done by a representative from HP .

The discussion was centered around creating awareness around copying and imitation. Ofcourse, the minute he said this I quickly flitted my eyes over to my imitation Christian Dior bag. It was a AA imitation bag that I got from a recent trip to the Philippines. I knew which side of the fence I was at, as he continued to explore the reasons why people opt for the copy.

18 January 2013

Sharifah Zohra Jabeen and India

The past few days on Facebook, I'd had a lot of my Malaysian friends post comments/ pictures about the educational system and it's state.

A few days later I saw this add from Nandos all over my notifications page. It said Nandos and I love Nandos, so I clicked on it, and no, didn't get it.

Photo: All animals got problem? Say what?? Let Nando's speak!

And then, I had a friend post onto my timeline on Facebook, this video. It's in a mixture of Malay and English. And I painstakingly deciphered what they were talking about (My Malay was rusty to start of with, and having moved away a few years ago- it's only gotten worse).

12 January 2013

The Hardest Part of Being an Indian

I'm hopping mad today... Just read the comments of the lawyer representing the criminals and OMG.. how freaking daft is this idiot! These men that walk around talking about women, making excuses for themselves.. and now slandering a VICTIM? Forget raping a woman, stop raping our reputation you idiot!
In an interview with Bloomberg, Mr Sharma was quoted as saying the male companion of the murdered 23-year-old was "wholly responsible" for the incident because the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.

09 January 2013

Could Be, Would You Be?

You could have been an engineers wife,
Or an engineers wife,

Or a musicians wife,
Or a business man's wife,

Or a loved man's wife,
You could have spent your life,

Being someone's wife,
You spend your life,

Or make a life,
With a lot of strife,

Kiss a knife,
Hug a dream,

Break the rules,
Have a life,

And doing so wait,
For the man that'll spend your life,

Like it's his own.

02 January 2013

How to deal with a break up- My guide!

Relationships come in all shapes and sizes, and while Happily Ever After is a concept that we like to chase, it can't be for everyone. For some of us, it's involved having our hearts crushed time and time again because we've given ourselves away to someone who wasn't meant to happen.

We can't all up and die, else, every second person would be killing themselves. But if it meant enough, death becomes an option. So does self destructive behavior. So I thought long and hard on some things that I would do, or have done, that helped me overcome relationship disasters. And trust me when I say, I've had plenty of experience in disasters of the kind.

Tip 1: Some times 'moving on' needs to be taken literally. Like you have to get up and just move. Given the emotional state that you are in, it is not recommended that you drive or ride. Get into a vehicle during your favorite time of the day. I prefer mornings, because it is those that I dred after a break up. 6 am on the public bus, buy a ticket to the last stop, get a seat by the window, look at the sky brighten and listen to Adele- Someone Like you. That's the most up to date song I can think of, though what has worked for me in the past is vile but helpful- Eamon : Fuck It (Don't want you back)

Tip 2: This one is a no brainer. Hang out with your friends. You're allowed one whine session and the rest of it HAS to be try and have fun sessions. Though be warned, friends are friends, and they want you to be happy, as soon as possible. This means, that they may will try and prove to you that the many other fish in the ocean thing is true and that everyone is substitutable. Don't jump from the frying pan, into the fire... resist the urge for a quick fix. And don't mope around them as well, remember the rule, one whine session and then it's forget and have fun..at least while you're with company!

Tip 3: Learn to hang out with yourself. How? Do the things you like, if it's shopping then so be it (set yourself a budget, stick to it! Or window shop- studies have shown repeatedly that window shopping is almost as therapeutic as the real deal). Else leave your phone at home, go to a coffee shop and read, write about your feelings. Too girlie? Then pick up a hobby, pick up two! Learn how to play the guitar, go to the gym, get into a martial arts training program, cook up some new recipes, gardening, anything. Just be sure that this anything isn't something that you and your ex had planned to do together

Tip 4: Reinvent yourself. Break ups often accompany this feeling that you're not good enough and though most of it is mental, a physical change can often inspire an internal revolution. Think about it first, do not be impulsive and consult with a few and get it done. Once it's done, own it! A new hair cut, a wardrobe change, a new car, a new phone.. what ever it is that makes your jingle peppy and poppy, whack it. Buy yourself the hope that things can and will get better, they have to!!

Tip 5: Get out there. Someone said, the time it should take for you to get over your respective other should be half the time you were with them. So if it was 4 years, then get over time is 2 years. Make your own rule.. just remember opening the door to happiness means you need to open the door, to let it come through. At the same time, it means you don't let just anyone come through! The best thing to do, I find, is to be happy inside and outside. Take care of yourself, again, in appearances. Mourning is good, for a week, but after that, it's lame.

And trust me, when you're content with yourself, you'll find that this new found confidence exudes itself, and suddenly you'll find that somewhere in all of this mess, there's a silver lining :)

This is what I've learnt, feel free to add your comments in the comment section... maybe we'll end up with an encyclopedia of information that will help someone someday.