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Spicy Honey Chicken Thighs

Another one of those recipes which are for those fuss free weekday dinners. A few ingredients and your in for a true delight.


  • 8 Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  • 6 tablespoons Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Steps to grill the chicken:

Combine salt, garlic, paprika, cumin, chilly powder into a bowl. Toss the chicken into the marinade and keep aside for about 30 minutes. Place the chicken onto a oiled tray and grill in a preheated oven of 200 C. Grill the chicken for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile combine the apple vinegar and honey. Take out the chicken from the oven and brush with the vinegar honey mixture onto both sides and put back into the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes till well cooked.

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Breton Biscuits


These cookies are stamped “Pur beurre” meaning pure butter, these are classic French Round Cookies with the fluted edge. A bite of Paris in your own home.


  • 140 grams Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 egg

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Water

Steps to make the cookie:

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy for 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat just until incorporated. Careful not to over mix the dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, knead the dough for a few times to bring it together, and then divide the dough in two. Wrap each half in plastic wrap or cling wrap and refrigerate until firm which is about an hour. Preheat oven to 170 C and place rack in the centre of the oven. Line two baking sheets with wax paper and set aside. Remove one portion of the dough from the fridge and place on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Using a lightly floured 2 inch round fluted cookie cutter, cut out the cookies, placing them on the prepared sheet. Place the baking sheet of cut out cookies in the refrigerator for about 15 -20 minutes to chill the dough. Remove the cookies from the refrigerator and brush the tops with the egg wash. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 – 14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

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Chocolate Banana Loaf

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I get an sms from Prerna, the following day after my birthday asking me – “Are you at home tomorrow @5:30pm?” I sms back saying “Yes I am, wassup?”. Prerna’s sms reads “V are all coming tomorrow”

Surely enough, I knew the ‘v’ (we) meant much more than just her and her little son. The ‘we’ meant, Asma and her two daughters Rafa and Sidra, Sunehra with adorable Dhruv (my son calls him Dhrufee), Soumya with her little Princess Avni (my son is her Prince), Megha with her lil one Anya, Priyanka with adorable baby Hridaan. And of course, the sms sender Prerna, sadly her son Veer was asleep

So with cups of coffee and slices of cakes, there was singing and chatting and lots more merry making. The good thing from it all for me was that I was in the company of women who understand, women who are humbly grounded and women who are there to give you a shoulder hug when you need one.


  • 1/2 cup of Butter, softened
  • 1 cup of Soft Brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of Coconut Sugar
  • 3 Ripe Bananas (almost blackened)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups of All purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 tablespoon of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of All spice powder
  • 1/3 cup of Yogurt
  • 85 grams of Chocolate chips

**Note: I have used brown sugar and coconut sugar, the original recipe calls in for 1 and 1/3 cup of soft brown sugar.

Steps to make the Cake:

Grease a 9 x 5 x 3inch loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 180C. Put the butter, sugars and eggs into a bowl and beat well. Peel and mash the bananas, then add to the mixture. Stir it well. Sift the flour, soda, all spice, cocoa powder into a separate bowl. Add the flours then to the the banana mixture. Stir in the yogurt and chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and level the surface. Bake for an hour until done. Cut into thick slices and serve warm.

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A Mom's Life

Ways to FIT in the ‘ME Time’



We all need the small breaks just to be able to prevent ourselves from a burnout. In  my previous post (Your Me Time is important) I had promised certain secret tips. Here are my tips to help you fit in your ‘Me Time’ in your schedule:

  1. Wake up early or Stay up Late: Get a head start before the kids get up or get your breather once your kids are tucked down in bed. It is not recommended we sacrifice sleep over activities we want to do. I usually sit in the night and keep a cut off which is 11:30 pm because I know I have to be up early next morning.
  2. Collaborate with your Husband: Get the husband to assist you when you want to get your things done. For example, I have my Friday Bible Study for which I don’t take the kids so my husband takes care of them right from giving them a bath to helping them with dinner and putting them to bed.
  3. Make use of the Nap Time: As soon as you put the child down to nap, we are in a race to finish chores and get dinner started or even finish replying to a mail. Resist that urge, take 10 minutes to lie down with your child and then get moving.
  4. Work around your Kid’s Activity Schedule: Another way to get your downtime is to schedule some activities in between their football coaching or tuitions. I go to pick up produce and provisions and even collect my dry-cleaning during these to and fro drives.
  5. As soon as Everyone is out of the house: I get the usual chores around the house done in under 45 minutes and then catch up with people I can during the morning half because by noon I have my kids come home.
  6. Get Help or Ask for it: During the days I have to catch up with people or have a beauty parlour visit, I get my domestic help to pitch in for the meals so that I don’t have to worry about it too much. If my parents are visiting then I ask them to help. The day my husband works from home in the week is an actual boon for me. I get him to do the picking and dropping of the kids so that I can go about with my  errands and sneak some time to do stuff for myself without the kids. Some of you stay with in-laws, they would be more than happy to help provided you ask them to do so for an hour or two.
  7. Schedule it: We honour our appointments with the doctor or an invite to a event or party. So honour the commitment you have made to do the thing you wanted to. It could be prayer time, your workout time or even just time to paint, read and doodle.
  8. ModerationI know off mothers who can go overboard with their ‘Me time’. The kids are kept with the nannies or are kept in daycare just so that they can have lunch with their girlfriends, get their pedicure and hair highlighted. Now, that’s when it becomes self indulgence. All things must be in moderation.

Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

DO write in and let me know too how do you fit in your little window of ‘Me Time’.

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Your “Me time is Important”


Dedicating some time for oneself is indeed not selfish. Everyone in the family depend so much on us including elderly parents to get things done. There are days when we long for a peaceful and quiet time for ourselves just to help us have a clear head. A study has found that the average mother ends up with a mere 17 minutes to herself a day. Self care sporadic stuff are invigorating and are wonderful but I find them very momentary and not enough for us.

So what are the benefits of scheduling a “me time” for yourself ~

  • Gives us a clear perspective of things overall: When we get some idle time for ourselves – we are able to prioritize, schedule and organise our various activities for the day, week and even for the month. The little breather we get also helps us just process everything that’s happening around us. It helps us to just ‘be’!
  • Renews us spiritually, emotionally and physically: “Me time” enables us to touch base with ourselves and just connect with GOD. We are so engrossed with the daily tasks at hand that we sometimes hit the wall. It’s a slow and steady buildup of emotions, frustrations and sometimes even a sense of being overwhelmed. We get so irritated on every level possible. We end up being angry, irritant and even become unhappy with the people we love and at what we have become physically emotionally and spiritually.

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

  • Helps us to be balanced: We must find ways to engage ourselves in  activities that are therapeutic. For me blogging, photographing food, baking and of course my weekly studying of the bible are just therapeutic. It helps us to prioritize our little time of being productive and helps us to be sane in the head. We become a much better person overall.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  • You are Human:  A battery requires recharging for the power to be up and full, as human as we are we need refuelling of our energies too. Give yourself permission to be able to do the things you love because we are in our happy zone when we engage in them. We deserve our little time off!

So don’t feel guilty about taking some time off – or going on a mommy strike (which will I post about soon). Getting some “me time” helps you to be a better and balanced mother.

Stay tuned because in my next post I will share with you some tips on some secret “me” moments.


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Lemon Curd Mascarpone with Walnut Oat Tart

This time around while wanting to make a tart, I just had to use Deeba Rajpal’s recipe version for the base. It has oats, walnuts which is of course a healthier option over refined flour. I tweaked it a bit by adding coconut sugar over brown sugar. The mascarpone filling is from Cooking with Nonna.  Overall a nice slightly tangy creamy tart.

I used the Mackay’s Jar of Lemon Curd which is available in all leading hyper stores here in Bangalore. Nature’s basket also stocks this brand.




Walnut and Oat Base:

  • 100 grams Cooking oats
  • 85 grams Walnuts
  • 85 grams Coconut sugar
  • 40 grams Cold butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Baking soda
  • 1 Egg

 For the Lemon Curd:

  • 1 cup of Mackay’s Lemon Curd
  • 1 cup of Whipped Cream
  • 8 ounces of Mascarpone
  • 4 tablespoons of Caster sugar (you could add more if want a little more sweetness)
  • Strawberries, sliced for decoration

Steps to make the walnut and oats base:

Preheat the oven to 180C. Place the oats, walnut halves, coconut sugar and baking soda into a food processor. Blend in short bursts until you get a uniform brown sugar like consistency, just until it feels like moist breadcrumbs. Don’t overwork or the walnuts will release their oil. Add the butter, egg and vanilla extract and mix until it comes together like cookie dough. Line the base of the 9 inch tart tin with parchment paper. Work up to the edges, and then flatten the base. Bake for 20 minutes. Take out from the tin after 10 minutes and leave to cool completely.

Steps to make the lemon curd filling:

Into a stand mixer bowl, add in the mascarpone and lemon curd and mix until well combined. Add the cream and sugar, beat till everything is mixed well and transfer into the cooled tart base. Decorate with the sliced strawberries and leave to chill for two hours before slicing.



Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Family

The much awaited Valentine’s day is today. You look everywhere from newspapers to billboards to restaurants and social media everything looks so contrived.  The hype associated with this day is just so overrated in my opinion. I’m particularly not a fan of V-day because there is a certain pressure associated which is highly unsettling for me.

We can do things for each other or together with the family without the hype, without making a “big deal” about the whole thing. How can you be intentional about your acts of love on this day? Get the gifting out of the equation and get into creating realistic-everlasting and memorable experiences. (Here’s a washington post on that)

Here are  some of my recommendations ~

Family Cookout: Have the entire family cook together. Put together a menu which can be cooked together like a paneer tikka and corn pizza or butter chicken/ roti or  bake a nice chocolate cake or even put a simple dessert together. (refer to whats cooking today for ideas)

Making Cards: Get the kids to make cards for everyone in the house. From the grandparents to all the family members in the house. Make them feel that they are important and special in your household.


Call that person: There would be friends/ siblings/ cousins/ elderlies in your phone contact list whom you haven’t connected in a while. So pick up the phone and dial their number and let them know you haven’t forgotten about them.

Game Night: Get those board games down, stored away on the high shelves and get everyone to play. If your staying in a joint family, then make teams and play a game of monopoly, scrabble, uno, carroms or jenga.

Sing together:  One thing we Indians love to do is to sing. It doesn’t matter whether we sing good, we just love to sing a tune or two to the best of our abilities. Select songs that are family favourites which includes songs from the past. You can see how the much the elderlies love to sing old Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Yesudas numbers.


Laugh: Talk about old childhood – school and college memories, bring out the photo albums and discuss them in the family to have some fun.

Bed Boost and Movie Night: Pick up a nice family movie that can be watched and get a thermos full of hot boost (any chocolate drink the family likes) and cuddle up with some pillows and blankets.

Pray together:  A family that prays together stays together. Thank God for the family you have and the people in it to make your life a meaningful one.

Acts 10:2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.


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Molten Lava Cake

The joyous moment is called for, when the spoon is dug right through, to release the warm delicious chocolatey centre. Just perfect for dessert for any occasion.


  • 4 ounces Semi – sweet baking chocolate (113g)
  • 4 ounces Butter (113g)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Sugar (75 g)
  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour (40g)
  • Butter – for greasing ramekins

Step for the lava cake:

In a double boiler, melt chocolate. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Once chocolate is melted, remove pan from heat and add in butter. Mix until the butter melts fully. Add chocolate/butter mixture into the eggs, add all-purpose flour and mix until well incorporated. Butter bottom and sides of ramekins (small glass/porcelain bowls) and pour in mixture about 3/4 way full. Place ramekins on a baking tray and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 C) for 10 – 13 minutes. Shorter for gooey (molten) inside, longer for stiff inside. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream


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Truffle Cupcakes

These were made for my lovelies at my Friday Prayer Group three years ago to celebrate the day of love. Not only did we have the serious sharing of the Word and have fantastic Worship, we ended it all with a Sweetheart Bible Quiz and a game called Sword in Hand. My group is is enthusiastic and a bunch that is earnest and ever friendly. So after all the bible discussion we tucked into these little sweet things for a sweet ending to our meeting.


For the Cake:

  • 85 grams Plain flour
  • 100 grams Caster sugar
  • 50 grams Unsalted butter
  • 25 grams Cocoa powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking powder

For the Ganache:

  • 100 grams Dark chocolate
  • 100 grams Cream

Steps to make the cupcakes:

Into a small bowl pour 100 ml of boiling water to the cocoa powder and whisk into a smooth paste and cool to room temperature. Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric whisk or food processor. Add in the egg and then the flour, baking powder and soda together and then add in the cooled cocoa mixture. Put spoonfuls into 14 paper cases and bake for about 18-20 mins in a preheated oven of 180 C. Remove once baked and allow to cool. In the mean time prepare the ganache by bringing the cream to a boil in a saucepan and pour over the chopped up chocolate and stir to dissolve. You should end up with a thick glossy creamy mixture. Drop a teaspoonful of the mixture onto each cupcake and sprinkle on chocolate sprinkles or shavings, dust icing sugar (optional) and serve.

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Loco Moco

This is our dinner for V-day!!! Its a meal from the Hawaiian cuisine which should consist of a bowl of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and some brown gravy. But the one I made is Asian inspired adapted from Love and Olive Oil using the same concept taking rice/meat/egg/gravy to a different level.


For the Rice:

  • 1 cup White Rice 
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 3/4 cup Water

For Soy Reduction:

  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce 
  • 2 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar 

For Pork:

  • 500 grams Ground Pork 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste 
  • 1 Onion, medium finely chopped

For the Topping:

  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil 
  • 3 Eggs 
  • 3 tablespoon Spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Coriander leaves, roughly chopped

Steps to make the meal:

Soak the rice for about half hour. Then cook the rice in 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Simmer for 10 minutes, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; keep covered and let stand for at least 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add finely chopped onion and saute till browned and then add in the ginger garlic paste; saute for a further of 3 minutes till the raw smell goes away. Toss in the pork and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until it begins to brown, about 7 to 9 min.

Carefully wipe out skillet (it may be hot) and return to medium heat; brush with vegetable oil. Crack eggs into opposite sides of the pan to keep them from running together. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. If you prefer firmer yolks, cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Divide rice between 3 serving bowls. Top with ground pork and a fried egg. Drizzle with soy reduction, sprinkle spring onion and cilantro on top, and serve.