Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy And Prosperous Diwali!

October… November… December…… my favorite time of the year, the festive season begins with Diwali, festival of lights, love, joy, colour and constant crackle of fireworks…






 I say it’s also the festival of sweets. It’s one of the best times to be in India to actually feel and absorb the vibe of this beautiful festival. You will find each home decorated with lights, Diyas, t-lights, candles, colourful rangolis and flowers.
 
 
 

 To all those who are celebrating this wonderful festival, Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous Diwali!!! And please remember me when you indulge in Diwali Mitai! Enjoy!

 

All images are clicked by me



 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recipe for the month: Vegetable Pie

This is one my favorite comfort food during winter. Pie season begins as soon as the winter sets in. Vegetable pie is a dish where you can incorporate your choice of vegetables (or even leftovers) and cheese which will sway even the pickiest of eaters.




Here is one of my version of vegetable pie… hope you like it!
 
 

Ingredients

Potato - 1/2 cup boiled and cubed

Broccoli (boiled cut into pieces) - 1/2 cup

Chopped Mushrooms - 1/2 cup
 
Corn (cooked)  - 3 to 4 tblsp

Chillie flakes - to your taste

chopped onion - 3 tblsp

chopped garlic - 2 tsp

chopped ginger - 2 tsp

salt to taste

Pepper

Shredded Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese - 1 tblsp

Butter - 3 tblsp

Flour - 4 tblsp

Milk -  1 1/2 cup

 

Preheat oven at 180 degrees

 
Method

Sauté chopped onion, garlic and ginger for a few minutes and add mushrooms with chillie flakes, salt and stir fry till done. Set it aside.

Prepare white sauce: Melt butter, add flour and stir continuously for 1 minute on low heat. Add milk, stirring continuously until there are no lumps and becomes thick. Add salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. If the sauce is too thick add a little more milk.
 
 


Mix the potato, broccoli, corn and mushrooms and place in your baking dish. Pour the white sauce over it.


 
Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on it and bake for 15 to 20 minutes till the top layer is golden brown.
 


 
Tips:
  • Incorporate your choice of vegetables like bell pepper, sliced tomato, chopped celery or sliced and grilled egg plant.
  • Broccoli, mushrooms and other vegetables can be prepared one day in advance. All you need to make is the white sauce on the day you bake.
 
 
Images are clicked by me
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday Inspiration

Image via HomeLife, Photographer Mark Roper, Styling Annabelle Kerslake

This beautiful countryside porch serves as an inspiration for my own little space for my backyard… a great place to have a chilled glass of rosé… what a beautiful way to arrange beautiful roses, fig leaves and artichokes from your own garden…. It just takes you back to nature… the weather is slowly changing here in Oman and I hope the winter finds its way here soon… a great way to start my Tuesday by just visualizing…

Hope you are off to a great start too.... Enjoy your day!


Image via HomeLife



 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Morning Rays

I love how my morning rays plays around in my home…. Am in a sunshine state of mind and was clicking away, taking advantage of the light filtering in… trying to capture the morning beauty….


Happy Sunday Everyone!



 










Images are clicked by me


 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fun with Florals

No matter what the season, there are endless ways to bring flowers as inspiration to your home without going overboard. It’s the most beautiful and fun way to bring freshness to your home. You can achieve this by using floral wallpaper, furniture and other home accessories like cushions, textiles, rug, tableware and even paintings.
 

So here is my floral mood board for the ladies out there to set you in the mood and for some inspiration.

Image via Shelterness
 
Image via Urban Outfitters and Southshore decorating blog


Image via Shelterness


Image via Shelterness

Image via Houzz, photo credit - Albert Vecerka


Image via Trusper.com
 

Image via Curtains made simple
 


Image via Shelterness and decorationtrendy.com

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A late night post....

This is a late night post…… I was reflecting on the weekend that just passed by…. It was my husband’s birthday and he wanted a quite one and I willingly decided to grant his wish. But our loved ones and friends wanted to share that quietness, surprisingly came home and injected a good dose of laughter, joy, conversations, some good music and delicious cakes to celebrate his birthday… and the highlight was our toddler’s decoration on her cake for her Papa!

Someone rightly said “ If you have a family that loves you, a few good friends, food on the table, and a roof over your head, You are richer than you think!!”
 
our toddler's cake decorated with M&Ms!

a delicious caramel cake!


another delicious caramel chocolate cake!

I managed to whip up some last minute starters for our guests
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amsterdam: definitely a Happy Place

After a fantastic holiday in Paris, our trip to Amsterdam started on an adventurous note by taking the Thalys train ride, which we nearly missed had we not reached on time! Amsterdam is another beautiful walking city with art, architecture and a rich history, cycling culture, interesting choice of pubs, restaurants and shops and beautiful buildings and streets.  I experienced the nightlife, the canal cruise, red light district tour, countryside tour during our short stay there and saved the rest for our next trip in the near future….. And I completely fell in love with the Dutch! They are so inviting and warm to all the tourists and I call them “the happy people”.

Here are some pictures to browse through to feel this happy place.

Heart of Dam Square
 
 
 

the constant buzz at the square was fanastic

interesting t-shirt... had to capture this :)





Dutch delicacies... smoked eel, raw herring, waffles, poffertjes(mini pancakes), Dutch bitterballen (a popular dutch meat based snack..... loved everything

Countryside tour


 
Volendam Museum

 
one of the main attraction of Volendam Museum is the mosaic pictures made from 11 million cigar papers



a picturesque garden

Cheese factory

excellent variety of cheeses


Clog Factory

Beautiful wooden shoes

the canal cruise is supposed to be one of the best way to view Amsterdam but I prefer walking... the cruise was too slow for me




the hotel that I stayed in had a traditional interior especially the lobby area


Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, right at the heart of Dam Square


Loved this work on the staircase wooden rail in the lobby area



 
Images are clicked by me