Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Chena Mezhukkupuratti - Yam Stir Fry

Hello Every one, How are you all doing? Winter has started here, Sun is setting earlier and earlier these days. Its becoming dark here at 4 pm now. Used to go for walks with my friends in the evenings during Summer. Now that has been put on hold due to the cold weather. Its difficult to enjoy a good walk when its dark and cold!! Initially when my outdoor activities reduced, I thought I was getting more time for blogging. But then realized that though I can cook more, I cant post any of them due to lack of proper lighting for photos. I tried enhancing photos, but may be I am not using a good software for that perhaps. But I like the photos taken in proper sunlight rather than the enhanced ones. So now, I can post mostly what ever food I cook during the morning and afternoon. But some how my mornings are so hectic, in the hurry to call home before every one sleeps in India and preparing break fast and then lunch before hubby comes home at noon, I hardly find time to take pics. And when lunch is over, nothing is left to take pics. 

A preview of today's recipe before we go further :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Oats Upma with vegetables for World Diabetes day

Hello friends, Today's a very special post dedicated towards Diabetes. Yes, November 14 is commonly known among us as Children's day(India) celebrated on the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime minister of Independent India. But did you know that Nov 14 is also the World Diabetes day ? Most of you may be aware of Diabetes disease. If not, in simple terms, Diabetes is the inability of the body to transfer sugar(glucose) from the blood to the body's cells which acts as the energy for the cells. This action is performed by a hormone in the pancreas called insulin. Diabetes is caused when either the body does not produce sufficient insulin or it does not use insulin correctly. High sugar levels in the blood can result in serious heart problems such as heart attacks, strokes or blindness over a period of time.

Many of my uncles and aunts have diabetes and somehow they are managing through medication, healthy and conscious eating and regular physical activity. After marriage, I came to know that my father in law has had diabetes for a couple of years and have to take daily insulin injections. Also he has problems with his foot due to diabetes. I admire my mother in law who has managed to keep my father in law's diabetes under control through healthy food choices. I am aware of the fact that my inlaws have gone through much tension involving my father in law's diabetics. Its always in my mind and not just for diabetics, simply to be healthy, I have always tried to make my cooking healthier. So when Swathi of Zesty Indian Kitchen messaged me asking whether I was interested in doing a diabetic friendly post, immediately I agreed to it. Plan is simple. A couple of bloggers are going to spread awareness about World Diabetics day ( something which I was not aware of before Swathi messaged me) by posting a diabetic friendly post on Nov 14. Thank you Swathi for planning this initiative to make people more aware. I am glad to be part of it.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Caramel Pannacotta with Strawberry Coulis - A Guest Post by Vineetha of Malabar Ruchi

Hello every one, I am back with another guest post for the blog. Today's guest post is from an amazing blogger whose food recipes and pics are both mind boggling - Vineetha from the blog RuchiVineetha's blog was one of the few blogs that I started following in the beginning.  Being a novice in cake making and decorating, the way Vineetha presents and decorates her cakes caught my attention very soon and I became a big fan :) You can check out some of her wonderful cakes here, here and here. Her blog Ruchi has not just cakes and other delectable desserts, but includes a variety of Kerala and other regional and international dishes as well. When I requested Vineetha to do a guest post for me, she readily agreed and came back to me with a wonderful dessert.