Gardening · Herbs

Pirandai – My gift to myself this birthday :)

One can find it growing in the backyards of many Tamil households. Growing up, we didn't have one in our backyard but thousands of them sprawling on the hills nearby. Our school was in a small valley surrounded by these hills and Amma was the one to notice them.Thus entered tasty Pirandai chutneys into our… Continue reading Pirandai – My gift to myself this birthday 🙂

Women

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