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Chili and Garlic Spaghetti with Prawns

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Spaghetti is my favorite kind of pasta; I’ve said it too many times already. I can always be happy with a messy plate of spaghetti and meat sauce. I also love to make a super quick pasta dishes that can be served in a hurry. Simplicity and the freshness of the ingredients is the key.

I love the pungent flavor of fresh chili, and the comforting aroma of fresh garlic. I usually cook this dish in 15 minutes. The trick is to schedule your cooking steps to get things done on time. While cooking pasta, you can deal with

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Thai Green Prawn Curry with Eggplants

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When you crave a home food in a foreign country, it’s not easy to find one exactly like what your mom makes. In India, most of the time when I order Thai food in the restaurants, I always find a little extra something undesirable in the dish. For example, the curries here are way thicker than what in Thailand. Sometime I detect corn flour flavor used to thicken the curry. It’s not needed. Thai curry is supposed to be light and fresh. Thai Green Curry, in Thai we called it Gaeng Keaw Wan, means green and sweet curry. Well, it’s

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Kokum Ice Tea

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When I posted a recipe of Kokum tea yesterday, a reader wrote me an email asking where to find kokum in the United States. To be honest, I really have no idea, but the grocery stores that sell Indian products are my best bet.

Anyway, because of that I just want to show you an up close picture of semi-dried kokum.

Here it is. It’s slightly sour and very pungent.

And here is another recipe of my new found favorite ingredient.

Kokum Ice Tea is very refreshing. I can see this drink become something very popular in

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Kokum Tea

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I feel like have been in a weight loss battle my whole life. I am always on the verge of getting fat. Yes, it’s true. It’s easy for me to binge on food and sweet sodas. I try to be healthy, and it’s easy to motivate myself, but to stick to it is another story.

For the last couple of months, I have gained a couple of kilos. I know it’s time for me to take care of my health better.

I started a little 30 minutes workout routine 3 times a week. I incline to keep it up

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Steak with Mushroom Sauce

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The weather is crazy here in Pune. It’s been cold, warm, and out of the blue, today it’s raining. All these feel very cozy, and I’m loving it. I have more time to spend in my kitchen. The boys love that I cook abundantly every day. We make a heavy feast for supper, and in the morning I pamper them with waffles and pancakes.

Okay, now I realizethat with all these cookings, I have been gaining weight. I need to start working out again to be able to get rid of the extra calories I’ve been indulged all day.

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Chocolate Chips Waffle

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I think the best way to say “I love you” In the morning is making some waffles. With chocolate chips, it’s kind of like “I love you very much!” What else would I call some fluffy soft delights with chocolate melted inside them?

Waffle Maker is one of the best investments I made in my kitchen. The boys love every kind of waffle I made. They are warm and comforting. And there’s no way to stop eating them until you’re stuffed and get sugar high.

So here is how I say… I love you.

Chocolate Chips Waffle Ingredients


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5 Spices Beef Sandwich

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Yesterday I marinated flank strips with garlic, white peppercorns, Chinese 5 Spice, salt, egg, soy sauce and a very generous amount of sugar. Today when these strips lick the greasy hot pan, they instantly turn crisp and dark brown. The strips are tender and packed with aroma of the spices. As I fry them in the pan, I think … they’re perfect for a quick sandwich fix.

Making a sandwich is like picking out a dress. It depends on your mood and want. And right now, I think I need some spicy Asian flavor on my plate.


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Stir Fried Mushroom with Bok Choy and Egg

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A few days ago, I saw someone write something very ridiculous online. They say curry paste is extremely essential to most dishes in Thai cooking. This is so not true because cooking with curry pastes is merely a fraction of Thai cooking. When I grew up in my hometown, we rarely used curry pastes. Curry pastes are used to make curries, but Thai food is more than that; we grill, stir fry, poach, bake, steam, and oh so many other ways.

Stir fry is one of the most popular ways in Thai cooking to deliver a quick meal. You

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Lazy Cheesy Spaghetti

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This week I’ve been hanging out with Yaseen all days because he’s on a mini vacation before exam. We had lots of fun after I help him with his study. We watch cartoons and cook comfort food. In a way, this feels like a vacation to me, too.

During this cozy lazy week, we’ve been cooking all kind of food we love to indulge. One dish we have been cooking 3 times already is this Lazy Cheesy Spaghetti. It’s my little boy’s favorite. Only 5 ingredients are used in this recipe. It’s ridiculously easy, and you will find it

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Chicken Red Curry with Bamboo Shoot

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Lately, I’ve been day dreaming about my childhood, when the world was simple and full of adventure. I love every part of this memory, but most especially, I adore anything that involves going to the forest. Like wild mushroom picking, finding bamboo shoots on the mountains was so much fun. On the weekend, my mom and dad used to take me to a bamboo shoot hunt. It’s something most villagers do in the flourishing season. We plucked tons of fresh bamboo shoots from the forest, and they ‘re processed and preserved. In one bamboo shoot hunting trip, we could have

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