Beetroot Noodle

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I love good food, and moreover, I appreciate good ingredients. I think cooking takes your relationship with food to another level. We normally eat out twice a week, and we order take away about three times a week. But lately, I have been cooking at home more, and I promise it has nothing to do with me recently watching “Earthlings.” I think I just want the best for my family so most food we eat are made at home. I’m kind of good at it anyway… I think. We still enjoy street food time to time, and we go to

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Pumpkin Muffins

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Sadik and I plated pumpkin seeds in the pots 3 weeks ago. They sprouted very quickly and now the tiny plants have thick luscious green leaves. Our obsession with growing stuff seems to increase every day since we worked on our small balcony. Now we have dill, basil, red spinach, and even a small kumquat tree. We watched our plants grow. It’s very motivating. I began to look forward to the morning when we would find what else sprouted in the garden.

The pumpkin plants are growing rapidly, and we enriched the soil with organic compose from our kitchen.

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2016: I Don’t Have Plans

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Every year, in the beginning of January, I come up with an amazing resolution, a big list of awesome things I plan to do to make my life better throughout the year. In the past, these fantastic lists motivated me a lot, and they did sort of direct me to the goals I wanted to attain. But honestly, these lists seemed too much to handle, and sometimes, when I looked closely, they were kind of superficial. At the end of every year, I feel disappointed because I didn’t really achieve the things on the list.

Last year for example, I

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Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai National Park

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This is a next chapter of our recent road trip. We visited Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai National Park. It was inspiring and relaxing. We spent a night at a small resort in Masinagudi, a quiet town that turns into a complete solitude at night. Okay, let’s not write much about it, I think you should watch the video

Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai National Park

Watch Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai National Park on youtube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aanoqjA_-DU

Love, Tes

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Fried Tilapia with Garlic and Basil

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So, often people ask me “where is the best place for Thai food in this city?” My answer always remains the same— we don’t usually buy Thai food outside because we cook that at home. When we go out, we usually look for other stuff. The truth is it’s really a big point of the restaurants to cater food according to the local preferences, and this important rule comes with a price. The authenticity of the food is compromised, but as long as the majority of people love it and ready to pay for it, I have to admit that

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Stir Fried Mushroom and Egg with Glass Noodle

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Some people find it weird to eat noodle with rice. For me, glass noodle really gives wonderful texture to rice. You might think it’s weirder to know that I even like to mix Glass Noodle Chicken Soup with Congee. It’s one of my favorite wholesome winter breakfast. Clay pot crab with grass noodle is very delicious with seafood fried rice. Grass noodle is not only good for soup and salad, but it can be made into fantastic big dishes to serve with rice as well.

To cook grass noodle, first soak it in the water for 15 minutes to

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Homeschool Art Class for Yaseen

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The other day Sadik told me that I should get an award for someone who watched the most number of horror movies ever. I don’t know if I truly deserve it, but I can say I watched all horror movies I could possibly find to the point that English horror movies were out of stock for me, and I have to start watching horror movies in other languages with subtitles. Does my movie taste consider an obsession? I don’t prefer watching other types of movies. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I can still lightly enjoy Sci-fi movies sparingly. But horror

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Mysore Zoo (Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden)

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Mysore Zoo or Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India. The zoo is located in the heart of the City of Mysore, in Karnataka State of India. This city is our second stop in our recent road trip series.

Here is our video. I hope you enjoy it.

Mysore Zoo

Watch Mysore Zoo on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXv8Tmea6qc

Mysore Zoo is very spacious, spreading over 157 acres of fresh and fertile park. It’s very clean and well-maintained. The most important thing is the animals in the zoo are very healthy and

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Garlic and Chili Prawns

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There are 3 simple rules in cooking this Garlic and Chili Prawns. The first one is using the freshest ingredients you can find. The second rule is using super high heat in cooking. And the last important point is to finish cooking in 5 minutes. Seafood is one of my favorite ingredients because it cooks very easily. I can make a seemingly delicate meal in minutes. So I really love buying fresh seafood on the weekend, and then clean and freeze them to use later throughout the week.

Last weekend, we bought some giant tiger prawns. I usually peel

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Ankali Mutt

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Ankali Mutt or Chadravalli Cave Temple is an archeological site in the district of Chitradurga, Karnataka State of India. The cave existed since prehistoric period, and it was later developed by the rulers of this region. It is semilunar in shape with many chambers and passages slithered underground. Ankali Mutt was used for meditation for the saints, and it was an important secret meeting location for the King and his advisers.

The cave is located underground with the depth goes up to 80 feet. It was dark so it’s impossible for us to take pictures so we decided to make

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