Kitchen Gadgets make life easier and I love trying out new gadgets(kitchen or otherwise). And each time I decide to go ahead and buy one I am reminded of how we used to do it back home, before we had the luxury of grinders. All of our batters, chutneys, garam masalas used to be ground in stone by hand!
The ladies in the home spent time(and I always wonder how 24 hours a day were enough) to get everything done and ready for the family. And this is why I think many many times before I invest in a new gadget - I weigh all the factors that are important to me - Price/Multi-purpose/Usage.
About 4 months back I got a lovely present from Tracy. I opened it up and found this beautifully aromatic almond paste by Mandelin. Did you know that California is known for its Almonds? Also almonds are not as fattening as Cashews and so I can get away with using it in anything I please.
A long long time ago or rather what feels like a really long time ago, I was juicing regularly and loving it. Although I havent done it in a while, my palms have been twitching to get the Juicer out.
Waffles needn’t be just a breakfast thing you know. It could be but it could also make for a filling lunch, especially when you’ve found a way to make it flavourful and filling.
The language used in the label is ‘Telugu’, the main language spoken in the south Indian state I was born in which was recently cut up into two states thanks to greed, conflict and war. I was taught to write in this language since I was 10 and I was a reluctant learner. I don’t do justice to the language when I speak it but I understand it very well. I consider the state my birth place and it saddens me terribly to see it torn up.
My Mother is a strong supporter of fresh food - fresh ingredients, freshly made and consumed asap. At home although we cook for unexpected guests it is rare that we have left overs because she makes lip smackingly tasty food. Breakfasts are made and served hot, lunches packed and dinner made an hour before everyone is ready to eat. While all of this sounds like a dream, it isn’t always practical to expect. Which is why it helps to make a few ingredients ahead of time.
Travel makes me happy. Returning to the nest makes me happy as well. I need to find a fine balance between the two or else I get home sick. Home is a continually changing destination these days. It’s more about where my favourite peepal are.
I think I’ve mentioned earlier how Oats flour plays a significant role in our home. After having been introduced to it more than a year ago by my Mom, we’ve been using up boxes of Quaker Oats like nobody’s business. Warming up a glass of Lactaid and adding two tablespoons of the Oats flour and some honey and fruits makes for a pretty quick and delectable breakfast. If time permits, Oats dosa is an all time favourite and can be whipped up in no time.
Indian weddings are known for its flamboyance - the colors, jewellery, dance, music and the richness of it all. Additionally another important aspect to Indian weddings is the food. A wedding down south is judged by the number of desserts it serves it’s guests. The food is spoken about months and in some rare cases years later even after the bride and bridegroom are long forgotten.
I was inspired to make this dessert thanks to a going away gift i got from a coworker ~ a huge jar of mandeline almond paste. I looked up recipes of cookies, cakes and then wondered if I could use it in traditional Indian gravies and finally decided on making a different version of the famed Kaju Katli » behold the infamous Badam/Almond Katli!