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Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, Hawaii!

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Yay! Finally back from our second trip to the Hawaiian Islands. This time we picked a more distant island with its own charm – Oahu. Oahu is a perfect blend of scenic beauty and the hustle bustle. We had a wonderful time in Honolulu and the surrounding areas on this… Read more »

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Chicken Keema Curry or Minced Chicken Curry

Hello Everyone, This is my spin on the chicken keema curry or minced chicken curry. I have found keema to be a very versatile ingredient. A lot of chicken on the bones dishes can be substituted with chicken keema/mince such as pulaos, biryanis, pakoras, some curries etc. While I am… Read more »

My Favorite Kitchen Herbs and Roots

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Fresh coriander, garlic, ginger, turmeric, mint and curry leaves, and green Chillies – writing about my favorite kitchen herbs and root has been on my mind for a while now. I also tried my hand at “food photography” :). The above picture was one of my earlier shots with the… Read more »

Branzino Cajun Style

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  A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to make fish for dinner but wished to try out something that was filling, no fuss and spicy. My culinary experiment with the Branzino fish was long overdue and finally decided to go ahead with it. I came up with a finger-licking,… Read more »

Jhinge Posto (Jhinga Posto)

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Yum! Yet another one of my childhood favorites. This vegetarian dish from bengal has the perfect crunch and is a flavorful medley of ridge gourd and potatoes. Simple to make yet so delicious! Great with either rice or rotis. Ingredients: 1) Jhinge or Ridge Gourd (3 nos. tender and big ones)…. Read more »

Kheerer Malpua (Sweet Indian Pancake)

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A few days ago, I was having sweet cravings. I then decided to make one of my favorite childhood deserts – the “Kheerer Malpua” or Sweet Indian Pancake. The thought of refreshing fennel and sugar activated my taste buds instantly. These pancakes are made of milk solids and the syrupy… Read more »

Our Swtizerland trip and travel tips

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We chose Switzerland as our honeymoon destination when we got married more than 5 years ago. The fact that Zurich can be an expensive destination, did not stop two doctoral students living off of a measly stipend. We chose Zurich for its scenic beauty and Yash Chopra movies had sort… Read more »

Moral values to achieve good scientific conduct

Our attributes and moral values shape who we are and what we become. While there are no unique moral values that are associated with conduct in scientific research, there are certainly value systems that are inherently required to a greater degree in order to achieve success in this field. Listed… Read more »

Kefir anyone?

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I have a two-fold issue with dairy: I am lactose intolerant and generally do not like the smell or taste of dairy. Thus, I cannot do lactaid milk either. One can have all the healthy foods possible but we can all agree that milk is an extremely nourishing beverage that… Read more »

Masaharu Morimoto

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Awe, wonder, disbelief, “food god” are some of the words I associate Masaharu Morimoto with. He is a Japanese cuisine genius. He is known to make art out of food. Whenever I watch a rerun of the “iron chef”, I am amazed at how creative a person can be –… Read more »

In my “organic” opinion……

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Of late I have had an awakening for all things organic – more so with beauty products. I love organic and natural beauty products. While they can be very expensive, you can start small with the number and size of products. Trial sizes are a good option for a patch test… Read more »