Women’s Day 2018

Waves hit, I breathe.Wind howls, I breathe.Sharks circle, I breathe.Lightning strikes, I breathe. No wave can shake me.No wind can move me.No shark can scare me.No lightning can shock me. For I have my breath. Poem @ https://ascerblog.xyz/2018/03/08/anchor/Image from Whatsapp Forward

Breakfast · Food · Tiffins

No Frills Uthappam

Idli ? Dosai ? or Uthappam ?? My South Indian mind ( or should I say gut ? ) can't wrap around choosing just one of these. How could one choose?? I love all of them equally. I grew up eating them every morning for breakfast everyday. You might ask - Weren't you bored? he… Continue reading No Frills Uthappam

Gardening · Veggies

To-ma-to – Third and a half time lucky !!!

Tomatoes, Beautiful Big Red Ripe Tomatoes   - This is what I had in mind when I bought my first tomato plant. Tomatoes are native to South America but are now grown all over the world with thousands of cultivars. They belong to the same family as bell peppers and eggplants. It can be eaten raw… Continue reading To-ma-to – Third and a half time lucky !!!

Desserts · Food

Gajar Halwa

HAPPY DIWALI !! What better way to start the food page than with a dessert during a festive month 😉 For the uninitiated, Diwali ( Deepavali ) is an Indian festival when lit earthen lamps adorn houses symbolizing victory over darkness - victory of good over evil, celebrating Rama's return to Ayodhya after his exile.… Continue reading Gajar Halwa


Emerald Bay @ Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe - formed during the Ice Ages is a picturesque little place near San Francisco ( about a 3 hr car ride through hilly terrain ). It will hold your heart with its blue clear waters. It's only next to the Great Lakes in volume and second in depth after Crater Lake. A winter/weekend ski… Continue reading Emerald Bay @ Lake Tahoe, CA