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Love is….

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It always baffles me that the English Language has only word to express the word Love yet the Greeks and Indians each have over 5 words each.

We each experience different kinds of love in life…. For me personally, Love manifests itself in my life like this :

  1. Love of my  Family – your first experience of relationships.
  2. Love of my beloved puppy Zara.
  3. Love of my country.
  4. Love of my friends who have become family.
  5. Love of my Religion and culture.

All 5 are so different yet have the common thread of Love binding them together. Love is a verb and is definately more than a feeling. Go out there into the world and Try to be LOVE ! Love does make the world a better place.

This song is so beautiful, have a listen let me know your thoughts… http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qeNRQgzJqt4.

Ciao xxx

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My gran…

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Having ever known only 1 set of grandparents my whole life, both my grandparents are my world. When I was 13 my grandad passed away. My gran always doted on my brother and I cooking our favourite meals and basically spoiling us rotten.

Since Dad , who was her only child died gran hasn’t been in the best of health often landing in hospital. This April, gran turns 80.

On Thursday we had to admit her into hospital again. She is very frail and has an enlargened heart. I have phobias about hospitals ever since dad passed on 😦 Gran has been through so much in her life wish I could wave my magic wand and make her better.

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Get well soon Ma we love and miss you loads.

ciao xxx

Weddings

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In June my amazing friend M married her beloved M is a beautiful ceremony that was so touching. I even caught the bouquet so guess that means I am next.

So this got me thinking about weddings, marriage , traditions and culture.In an Indian wedding its always a large event that occurs over a period of 2 weeks, lots of feasting, songs, dancing and colourfulclothing.Ithinks this takes away the signifance. Every wedding that occurs now is bigger and better than the last with wedding co ordinators and programme directors all these things cost a large amount of money and is over so quickly.

Some marriages are based on love while others are arranged . This process of arranged marriage is not often done these days but there is a history of this especially in the Indian culture.They say you can learn to love someone …. not sure about this but on the flipside of the coin your family find you a suitable partner .

A wedding is the joining of two people who have decided to walk down the same path together , it is also a joining of their families and friends. Every culture has their own traditions which is always interesting to see how different people celebrate weddings.As much as it is a joyous celebration it is also sad for the to be leaving her family and starting a new life.

My take on marriage ……. Marriage is when two souls unite and become one to share their life journeys together through rocky roads and rainbows. Every religion of the world holds marriage as a very important aspect of life, I do believe in marriage but I dont beleive in the vast amounts of money spent on this day as the true meaning of this celebration gets lost. Though my heart has been broken and is almost like a patchwork quilt I still believe in love and marriage and yes I do want to get married someday not an arranged marriage tho but with someone I love and someone who does complete me …..

ciao
xxx

5 Favourite cooking ingredients

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Every culinary person has a handful of ingredients they must have at all times in the fridge. I inherited my love of cooking from my grandmother and hence I have a very fancy palate.

These are my 5 must have/ favourite ingredients :

1) Onions, the smell of frying onions is so tempting. Its also the base for cooking most dishes. Carmelised onions give a dish such a finished taste.

2) Butter, hmm usalted or salted give any meal such a moorish taste.The thought of warm toast with melting butter.

3) Garlic, this small ingredient punches big flavour and is the basics of most Indian, Italian and Greek cookery.

4) Chicken, my favourite meat to cook can be used in so many different dishes and cooks so quickly.Not forgetting a healthy option.

5) Freshly crushed Black pepper, ohh the aroma, the slight bite and the gorgeous visible black specks transform any dish hot or cold.

What are your must haves/ favourite ingredients to cook with?

Bon Appetite
xxx

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There is no function that occurs in an Indian home where Tea is not served.Each family have their own way of preparing this hot drink and their own offical Teamaker. Some like boiled milk, while others prefer cold and some will always add loads of sugar to the teapot so everyone is given a sickly sweet cup of tea.

In my family and extended family this is my task regardless of how hot it is or how many people I have to make tea. This got me thinking as the British too love their tea and any problem or good news is solved with a switching on of the kettle. I am definately thinking the British spending time in India made them a tea drinking nation.

Nothing is more comforting than a hot cup of brew in your favourite mug, to make you take a deep breathe and then exhale.

The market has now been flooded with all sorts of teas from fruit flavoured, to green and yes even powdered chai tea.Each offering its own flavour and healing property.I must admit I have a weakness for any vanilla or chai tea variants and will buy them regardless of price.

A few years ago I read a very funny book by an Indian author called Kavita Daswani, the book was called the purpose of marriage. This book was very interesting on the Indian community and how they viewed skin colour. If a guy or girl was tea coloured (thats tea with milk), he/she would be much more suitable for marriage and have many suitors. So as you can see the obession of tea is not only about drinking it lol.

My recipe for tea :

In a teapot add half milk and half boilingwater.To this add the number of teabags you need, once the liquid mix has started to boil. Into this add sticks of cinnamon and whole pods of Elachi. let this boil, then drain off and serve.Enjoy

Have a fabulous tea drinking day, time of a cup of chai me thinks
Ciao
X

Food glorious food !

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With the onset of winter greeting us we automatically crave comfort food. Its so amazing what a vital part food plays in our lives.All occasions both happy and sad are commemorated with food.

Being Indian , means literally having food offered to you every moment of the day, My fondest food memories come from watching mum and gran in the kitchen making the most divine meals. Growing up Dad introduced us at a very young age to different culinary delights though he never knew how to cook. These memories fanned my interest in food and definately left an impression in my life and my palate.

Moving to the UK just opened up a whole new world of ingredients and food I never knew existed . A funny UK food memory was on a school camping trip been asked by staff to cook my famous Lamb Breyani over a gas stove in a forest now that was a challenge and a half but the end result was superb.

The kitchen traditionally was a woman’s domain but times have changed with more men taking an interest in cooking! Thanks to Masterchef , Jamie Oliver and Come Dine with me , this has all changed and men are taking more interest in the culinary world and not just eating it.Nothing is sexy like a man in the kitchen whipping up a culinary explosion long as he cleans up too.SO yes I am a modern woman yet i love cooking and am very seduced by the smells and colours of all spices.BON APPETITE

 

Take a peak into my world…….

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So today , I decided to start my blogging journey . Tons seems to have happend in the life of me in the last 2 weeks so be prepared for a few more rather interesting blogs.

Well a little about me ……. I am a 30 something female , have returned back to SA after a very memorable stint in the UK for over a decade of my life . Settling into life as we know it here has had its ups and downs. Things have changed dramatically since I lived here.  Finding  my feet slowly but surely currently lecturing Hospitality at a local College, once again a student currently working on my Masters.

Am  totally in love with books and reading. Walking into a bookshop is my kind of Heaven, nothing beats the smell of opening the pages of a new book (ok well maybe the smell of bread baking and onions sauteing).Currently reading Shantaram(a birthday gift which is worthy of its own blog post), purchased my Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy need to check out the hype of these books and got a good classic Breakfast at Tiffanys included in my Holiday reading box.

Love travelling the world meeting new people, dicovering cultures, languages and the culinary delights each place has to offer. A domestic goddess and a huge fan of the colour Pink.

Aurevoir till we meet again…. have an awesome week ahead …..look out for blog post 2