Spring Blooms ~ Lilacs

  Is there anything more beautiful than a Lilac bush in Spring ? Lilac (Syringa) plants are mainly grown for their beautiful blooms and their intense fragrance. With its sweet scent, pastel blooms, and heart-shape leaves, lilac stands out as a welcome harbinger of spring. The spring-blooming lilac comes in a variety of shapes and sizes—including…

Spring Blooms ~ Bleeding Heart Flowers

One of my favorite things I enjoy the most during warmer weather is to go walking in the neighborhood, the trails or in the woods.The few times I enrolled myself in a gym, I hardly kept up the routine, I think some of us are just born that way, “free spirits” that can’t be tamed…

Cilantro/Coriander Poha/Kothumali Aval Upma

  Spring has sprung in our parts , a glorious warm weather is what we have been having for the past few days. When the weather starts getting warm, a need for light breakfast arises. Gone are the winter days of dark and gloom, when all you wanted was to fill yourself with some comfort…

Spring Blooms ~ Narcissus Ice Follies

DAFFODILS ~ William Wordsworth “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way,…

Spring Blooms – Crocus

In the language of flowers, crocus means cheerfulness. And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring, And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar, And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. –Oscar Wilde “Crocus (English plural: crocuses or croci) is…

Curry Leaf Chicken Curry ( Andhra Style)/Karivepaku Kodi Kura

The weather outdoors is warming up a bit,  the tulips are abundant in the flower stands, Spring break for kids just begun. Time to get innovative and creative both in crafts and cooking, the sunshine outdoors is motivation enough. The grass in the lawn is slowly beginning to turn green, the birds have returned home,…

Japan Travels : Sagano Bamboo Grove at Arashiyama

Located in the gorgeous Arashiyama district of western Kyoto,Japan, is the beautiful Sagano Bamboo Grove. The beauty of the bamboo’s and the gentle rustling of the leaves has  it listed  among the “100 Soundscapes of Japan” by the Ministry of Environment. In Japan,  the Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are often situated near bamboo groves,…

Withered Roses in Winter

The weather has been brutal with winter storms all weekend.Snowed- in ! The roses I bought last week are all withered, can’t step out to get fresh ones coz the Winter Storm warning is still in effect. This is exactly how my spirit feels this morning – tired  and sick of winter !

Black Eyed Peas Curry

We are under a Winter Storm warning and the snow has been falling non stop like it would go out of fashion. What better way then bring Hygge home with some warm spicy aromatic curry, cooking in your kitchen, with ingredients available in your pantry, since driving out to do your grocery in this weather…

Crispy Ragi Dosa / Finger Millet Crepe

This weekend has been miserable to say the least, we are snowed -in since Friday and are stuck indoors, in what seems like a longest winter of all. Keeping myself creative is the only way I could think of to chase the winter blues away.  A small portion of the idli batter I had made…

Karahi Chicken ( Bangladeshi style)

The winter days seems so long, the need to cook something spicy snd comforting seems to be the need of the hour every weekend.The only way I have discovered to keep the winter blue at bay is to cook up a storm in the kitchen.The desire to try something new settled like a comfortable ache…