Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy tea time and thoughts


As the summer in Oman is revealing itself with warmer temperatures, bright scorching sun and bright blue skies… I’m increasingly lured inside my home! And I have started completing a lot of unfinished tasks like clearing up store and finishing up an art piece that I have been working on… clearing my inbox (apologies to my readers for my late reply)  and reading other people’s creative journey. And what intrigues me in their stories is what drove them to their journey… it might be just a simple curiosity that has led them to what they are today… that changed their life around… I am on a quest to search for more stories and people who just turned around their lives based on their curiosity and ideas…. There is nothing more nourishing to learn more from each one's journey don’t you think? Wish I could have a cup of tea with you and just converse away and hear your story....

If you are one of them do write to me and I would love hear more about your journey…  you can email me at tbinspirations@gmail.com

Happy Tea time!





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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Photography Love

Photography is therapeutic to me… I shut myself off and just dive into the details trying to capture the beauty and love in one frame, experimenting with colours and textures. I have always loved going through old and new pictures ever since I was a child… because every picture has a story to tell…. And being able to capture memories and details is sheer joy. Through photography I try to capture beauty around me through mundane things… I just have to look closely… I see beauty in textiles, in intricate designs, in nature and in vibrant colours. I love photographing interiors, travels and still life…. Having said this let me confirm I am no professional photographer… To me photography is all about chasing beauty in our daily lives and the camera goes wherever I go. Each one of us has a medium to chase beauty and love… it can be art, dance, theatre,  … what is your medium? I would love to hear your journey.

 







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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Style your space with Bougainvillea

My bougainvillea flowers is the only thing that will survive the heat in summer and easy to grow as well. And it’s the next best thing to use it for landscapes as it comes in beautiful vibrant colours. This plant is one of the few that is surviving in my garden. So I decided to bring some indoors to bring some charm and drama to my space. I love the delicate and fragile look it gives and it is simple and elegant to use…  I am a huge fan of using flowers as décor and there is more joy when using your own flowers from your garden rather than splurging on flowers bought from store.








Tip: If you have any summer plant with flower, just nip it with long branches with flowers and decorate your space.

If you wish to share some unique flower arrangement, please email the pictures to tbinspirations@gmail.com  ... I will be happy to showcase it and fill "Tickled by Inspirations" wall with colours . Have a wonderful day!


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Decor and Styling

Happy and fabulous Sunday to you all!!


The Indian Weave had surprised me with some fabulous hot pink and white kantha stitch cushion covers and I had to incorporate in my décor because I wanted a different pop of colour for the new month in my space.… So I layered my recliner with these hot pink cushions and it completely changed the mood around by giving a different texture. The décor tip is to accent your couch with cushions that brings not just colour but texture and design as well. It gives you that instant makeover.

 
 
 My love affair with this chair continues … I have my tea and coffee here… I read here and snooze off … so I basically love styling my favorite comfort corner to just set the right mood. Thank you Indian Weave for these fabulous cushion covers!! Readers click here to head to The Indian Weave website if you wish to get hold of these gorgeous covers and do browse through their handpicked lifestyle products. They are worth drooling and buying! And for those readers who missed my feature on The Indian Weave please click here to read. Have a fabulous week ahead everyone!

 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It is a beautiful day today… it’s getting cloudy, dark and breezy and we are getting ready for some rain as per the weather prediction, even though we know what is to come soon is a rather unwelcome summer. But I am enjoying the moment…. Blogging, sitting close to my window…. Having a cup of coffee with a slice of chocolate chip banana bread smeared with butter… hmmm… comfort for my morning…. This bread was easy to make… moist, not too sweet and has all the goodness in it.

Past few weeks has been daunting for me with ups and downs… added with stress and being unwell… but I have to hang on as the show must go on…  the world will go on and will not stop no matter what… and my coping mechanism has always been baking, painting, blogging and reading… So baking banana bread kind of calmed the storm within me … and gave me comfort. And when I receive emails when I don’t blog much, asking if everything is okay or just stating that they miss my posts… it just gives me that dash of enthusiasm once again… so thank you readers for keeping me on my feet. So without further rambling, here is my first ever chocolate chip banana bread recipe!
Enjoy the comforts of flavors of coffee, cinnamon and walnuts in this recipe! Keep scrolling down for the recipe at the bottom of the post. Have fun baking and I can assure you your home is going smell divine as you bake!!










Recipe is adapted from here

Ingredients

·         1 1/2 sticks Softened butter (150gm)

·         1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar

·         3 Ripe Bananas

·         2 Eggs

·         1 tsp Vanilla extract

·         2 1/2 cups Flour

·         1 tsp. Baking soda

·         1 tsp Baking Powder

·         1/2 tsp Salt

·         1 cup Brewed coffee

·         1 tsp Cinammon

·         1/2 cup Chopped walnuts mixed with Chocolate Chips

 
Method

1.       Make 1 cup of strong coffee and set aside till it cools to room temperature.
2.       Heat oven to 176 degrees.

3.       Cream together butter and dark brown sugar in a mixing bowl.
4.       Mash bananas until soft.

5.       Add mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla essence to creamed butter and sugar and mix until combined.
6.       In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until combined.

7.       Alternately add flour mixture and cooled coffee to the banana mixture and mix well.
8.       Fold in cinnamon powder, walnuts and chocolate chips into the creamed mixture.
9.       Add the batter to a greased loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour or more till the bread is done. Test the bread by poking a toothpick into the middle of the bread to see if it’s done. If the toothpick comes out clean then it’s done.

 
Tips:

·         Add 1 tblsp of rum or bourbon to spike it.

·         Use bananas that are ripe or over ripe.
·         You can serve with whipped cream or ice cream for indulgence.

 
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Indigo Blue Inspiration from my home

Good morning everyone! Happy Tuesday! Trust you all are holding up fine and happy! As the summer is slowly creeping in, I am trying to ignore the fact that we are all going to be baked soon as the heat goes up. So to cool off my place with freshness, I would like to welcome you all to my comfort zone as I style away my coffee table with Indigo blue. The idea was to bring freshness to my living room and the best way to start is from my coffee table...  I could feel my table screaming for some love! So I put some of my favorite elements together and voila! I must admit I am so pleased with how all the elements have come together.

         
                                                                                                                   
                                
In this vignette you will find books, books are always a part of my decor…. There are tealight holders… my favorite treasure, a Wedgwood box that I acquired 5 years back…. a matching table runner from Athens… and bougainvillea flowers!






Let me know what you think of my indigo blue styling! Suggestions are welcome!! Have a fabulous week ahead!



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Monday, February 20, 2017

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

The weather continues to be gorgeous in our part of the world… cool…windy… cloudy and sunny in between….

But today’s recipe is a perfect summer dessert. The chilled sweet creamy cheese and the freshness of lime is a beautiful combo and this drove me to make a Lemon Cheesecake. Last weekend my gorgeous friend decided to make a traditional Kerala meal (comfort food!!) and brought it home to treat us!! There was Chicken fry marinated in traditional Kerala spices… and steamy hot Puttu (rice steamed cake) with spicy chicken curry… It’s so wonderful to feel pampered once in a while…. And we did justice to the yummy meal and ended with my No Bake Lemon Cheesecake… it was my way of showing gratitude to her thoughtful gesture (Thank you Zanam!)… Cheesecake is pretty much my life! I am the kind of gal who ends up having a snack related day dream that is to bake and eat cheesecake all day long… undisturbed…. No harm in day dreaming right?
Like all my recipes… this cheesecake is easy to make, high in flavor and all you need to do is mix… so enjoy the no-bake situation! It can’t get any easier than this and it’s delicious and light!

Ready for some no-bake cheesecake?  









Serves 6

 
Ingredients

Base:
Digestive Biscuits crushed 150gm
Unsalted Butter 75gm
Sugar 3tblsp

 
Filling:
Philadelphia Cream Cheese 250 gm
Lemon juice and zest of 2 lemons
Castor Sugar – ½ cup (add more if needed)
Whipped cream – ½ cup
Gelatin – mix 2 tsp powder mixed with 1 tblsp warm water and set it aside

 
Loose bottomed cake tin

 
Method:

1.       In bowl mix together the crushed biscuits and butter till all the crumbs are coated with butter. Spoon the crumbs in to the cake tin and press down and refrigerate it while you make the filling.

2.       In a large bowl beat the cream cheese till creamy. Then add sugar and whipped cream and beat again until its combined well.

3.       Then add Lemon juice and zest and beat again just for a few seconds. Do not mix too much else the cream mixture will split. If needed add more sugar depending on your sweet tooth! Then add gelatin and mix to combine. Please make sure the gelatin is cool before combining.

4.       Pour this cream mixture into the refrigerated biscuit base and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set before serving.

5.       Garnish with whipped cream or mixed berries or lemon wedges and sprigs of fresh mint.

 
Tips:

·         Cream cheese must always be in room temperature

·         You can skip Gelatin if you wish… the cream cheese will be firm but not as firm as a baked cheesecake.

·         This is a dessert you can bake way ahead.

·         You can substitute sugar and whipped cream with condensed milk.





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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Indian Weave

A shared love for travel, a need to explore and eye for art led Jean and Puneet create a label called The Indian Weave which is popular among all décor lover and collectors. Their passion for great craftsmanship has led them to handpick products straight from the craftspeople to bring dignity of ethnic and vintage craft to the world through their online store. As I browsed their online store I could sense Jean and Puneet’s commitment to discover timeless classic pieces. Each piece that are collected reflects the legacy of the craftspeople and the charm of their work.



This is what Jean and Puneet had to share about their journey with Indian Weave in their own words

“With a passion for textures and great craftsmanship, our vision is to bring lesser known Indian crafts to the forefront by curating a collection of well crafted, beautifully designed lifestyle and home accessories that stand out and capture the heart, color and life of our country.

Each piece is personally chosen by us personally. We travel across India from time to time visiting artisans and finding authentic sources for our products that you see in our store. 

All products are handmade; hand crafted and is sourced most often from the artisans themselves who are making them as per age old traditions / practices.

In this New Year, we shall be featuring a festive collection which shall include art and décor items, handicrafts, a selection of batik and handblock printed stoles and scarves plus bed linen not forgetting exquisite brass vintage collectibles.

No matter which state we visit, we find local handicraft which is unique to the state / tradition. We try and identify what will be appreciated by our customers especially Indians living abroad which will make them feel closer home - India. And not forgetting foreigners who love everything Indian. We understand the process and the history behind each item, meet with them one to one and since it is not possible to travel back each time, we correspond via WhatsApp which is the most preferred form of communication with them to get updates on new products / ordering / etc.

We ship through India International speed post which is most reliable and economical and delivers practically all over the world India post normally take 12 to 14 days for delivery to anyplace across the globe. One can track the shipment through India post site.”

So let’s browse through some of my handpicked products from their gorgeous store and get ready to just sigh away…

 
Kum Kum Box 9 compartment

 
Brass Peacock for Arti
 

12" Red Kavaad Wooden Story Book... isn't this interesting?
 

Brass Incense Holder


Tribal Men Door Handles


Jaipur Quilt with Elephants and Floral print


Kutch purple Stole with mirror work and Block printed cotton silk red scarf


Framed wooden printing blocks



Telegana Blue Yellow handmade rug


Indigo bedcover and pair of black & white cushions





Vintage Iron with emedded stones


There is good news for my readers …The Indian Weave has offered 10% discount for all your purchase from their store!!! All you need to do is enter the code TBI10 at the time of checkout. And this is limited to one time use, so readers please make the most of it.... Excited??? … yes so am I !!! This offer is valid from today – 15th February to 28th February. So hurry up and grab your favorite before they run out of stock!! Have fun shopping!!!

Click here to stay tuned to their updates on Instagram and here on Facebook. And click here to browse and shop through their website.

Thank you Puneet and Jean for this wonderful offer to my readers!!! Wishing you both a fabulous journey with The Indian Weave.





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Monday, February 6, 2017

Penne Pasta with spicy, creamy tomato sauce

I love Middle East winter and I totally love this change of weather… its sunny at the same time chilly and windy, where you need to wear some winter clothes. And this cool weather has a tendency of bringing friends together for barbecue… camping… impromptu café hoping… sheesha time….

And in my kitchen I find myself making masala chai, soup or warm bread pudding … and other comfort food… so here I am soaking up this gorgeous weather and sharing the joy through the beauty of food…
Today’s recipe is a simple, no fuss pasta recipe which is spicy… perfect for this weather… and easy to whip up for your family, friends or for yourself!

 
 

Ingredients

1 onion finely chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped

¾ cup any bottled pasta sauce
2 cups of dried penne pasta - this needs to be cooked as per the instructions and while cooking please reserve a cup of cooking water.

Grated mozzarella
Grated parmesan

Salt and Black pepper
Chillie flakes – to your taste

4 tblsp finely chopped capsicum
Cooking cream

3 tsp Olive oil

 
Method

Heat Olive oil and sauté chopped onion until softened. Then add garlic and continue to fry for 2 minutes.

Pour in the pasta sauce, chopped parsley, reserved pasta cooking water and season with chillie flakes, salt and pepper.

Bring the sauce to a simmer till its thickened and a little cream to it.

Add cooked pasta to the simmering sauce and sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top and garnish with parsley leaves.

Serve it hot!

 
 
 
Tips

  • You can add mushrooms or chicken to this recipe.
  • Instead of parsley, try using basil.
  • You can replace the penne pasta with any other pasta.
 
 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

How I keep my creative flame alive?


 
I am blessed to have set aside some time to keep my creative flame alive and people often ask me how do you do it? It’s not easy especially when you have to allocate time for yourself in your busy schedule…  I am a firm believer that there is inspiration everywhere…. It comes and goes and it exists everywhere you seek… And creativity happens only when there is some form of inspiration.
 
Here are some of my ways of keeping myself inspired…
 
1.       Nature espresso shot: Nature provides me instant inspiration like an espresso shot!  … Plants, flowers, birds make me appreciate the beauty around. We, me and my family, are blessed to have a small beautiful garden and every day, especially when the weather is good, it is mandatory that we sit out for some time and embrace nature’s beauty. It also helps us to achieve some family time.

2.        Journal: I keep a small journal where I write mundane things and draw and doodle…it’s my way of documenting my life… And it’s fun to look back at these pictures and notes…. It also helps me be grounded and grateful for everything.

3.       Books: Reading is another way of keeping my inspiration and creativity alive… I have books everywhere in my home, from my living room, kitchen and my night stand…. Even though I don’t get time always to read, just flipping through it makes me feel rejuvenated!

4.       Photography: Capturing memories through my camera lens is another way of journaling everything I do and I tend to lose myself in this art. And thank God for Instagram where you can share your daily journal and connect with people all over the world who share your love for creative art and other passions and thereby inspiring each other.

5.       Painting: To me blending and splashing colors on a blank canvas is therapeutic… it gives me a wave of stimulation and emotional energy.

6.       My blog: Through my blog I am so fortunate to have met virtually many artists who have inspired me and allowed me to soak up their creativity. Their journey has given me strength especially when I felt disconnected from everything around me. I guess the key is to allow yourself to open to inspiration and influences around you and have the courage to be creative.

7.       Digital Detox: To make myself a better me, I try to digitally detox from everything once in a while (which is rare!) even though I find it so hard especially when you are  digitally dependent!! The key is to set boundaries so that you strike a balance somewhere between your family, art and work.

 



 
I would love to hear from my readers on how you stay inspired to keep your creative flame alive…. It is a beautiful day here and I wish I could share this beautiful weather with you all… Nevertheless I wish each one of you a Happy and Blessed day!!!


 

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