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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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Farm to Table Brunner, JW Marriott Pune

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What comes to your mind when you think of a perfect brunch? I imagine a lavish spread of food, wooden tables in an outdoor area with warm kisses of the sun, the smell of ripe fruits and exotic spices, the music, the laughers, and maybe flowers on the side. So when I walked into “Farmer to Table” Sunday Brunner at JW Marriott, I walked into my dream brunch.

 

The brunch area was set up in the alfresco area of the property covered by thick canopy of trees. There were live-cooking counters, fresh ingredients from the farms, fresh juice

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New Menu at Krustys, Koregaon Park, Pune

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One of my favorite restaurants, Krustys in Koregaon Park Pune, now introduces new menu on the table. The new additional dishes are colorful, vibrant and full of flavor. Here are some dishes you shouldn’t miss.

Potato Boats are perfectly baked potato stuffed with corn salsa and rucola. The potato was cooked beautifully, soft and crumbly with crispy skin on the outside. The salsa had a bright and fresh flavor. It was a wonderful combination.

Fried Chicken with Spiced Tomato Jam was a plate full of buttermilk battered fried chicken and tangy spicy sauce on the side. The chicken

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Anonymous Café and Bar

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I was very excited to check out a place called “Anonymous Café and Bar” in Kalyani Nagar just because the name of this place sounded very interesting. Anonymous. Shhh! So secretive and alluring. It is located on the rooftop of Cerebrum in Kumar IT Park. The lounge is very spacious. There’re a cozy area to dine in and an opened space filled with dim light and surrounded by beautiful city views.

In the evening, the air is perfect up there, so breezy and cool. Anonymous Café and Bar definitely gives Pune City another option as a place to chill

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Stir Fried Chicken with Pea Eggplants and Kaffir Lime Leaves

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When I was a kid, my parents always asked me to pick some pea eggplants from our garden for them. I hated it dreary because not only the shrubs of pea eggplants are covered with sharp spines, but the taste of these green berries is awful, bitter and unpleasant. I never understood why my mom and dad added them into the beautiful curry or bruised them in the spicy shrimp paste dip. When I was a kid, I never fancied these tiny eggplants and often discarded them from my plate.

Strangely, these days staying far away from my hometown,

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My Big Fat Greek Kitchen at Olive Bistro, Pune

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Olive Bistro Pune is one of the restaurants in the city that execute the food festivals really well. I still remember the vibrant and smoky flavor of Mexican BBQ Fest here in last July, and now the restaurant has transformed an entire menu to showcase the luscious fresh flavor of Greek Cuisine for a whole month.

I always adore the ambience at Olive Bistro. It’s warm and cozy with the lovely rustic details. At night especially, when the light is dimmed and the candles are lit, the place becomes very romantic and pretty.

My Big Fat Greek Kitchen Menu

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Fig and Lime Cheesecake

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I’m gonna be out for another food tasting tonight so I’m leaving this cheesecake in the fridge for the boys. I love the light and subtle sweetness of fig against the zesty lively taste of lime. I used buttered cracker crumb as a base. The cake is now napping in the fridge, and I’m writing this post eating the leftover sweet cheese filling off my fingers with a bowl of it next to my laptop.

Fig and Lime Cheesecake Ingredients:

1 cup Crackers

2 tbsp butter (room temperature)

1/3 cup granulated sugar (for the filling) + ¼ cup sugar

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Stir Fried Chicken with Soy Sauce (15 Minute Meal)

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I just got back from a trip in Kerala. It’s good to be back in my kitchen, listening to my own country songs and cooking my kind of food, comfort food. 15 minutes. Quick and flavorful, just how I like it, just how I always cook.

I put rice in the rice cooker, this will take about 10 minutes or so to be hot, fluffy and soft. And while the rice is being cooked, I just stir fried some minced chicken with garlic, onion, dried chili, and the result is this comforting chicken on top of hot rice.

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A Day of Food Adventure in Kerala

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If you are following me on twitter (@Testerfly), you’ve already seen my fun food adventure in Kerala yesterday. The boys and I went on our little food trip, finding some of the best local food and savor every bit of it on the way. So here’s a glimpse of our journey if you missed it yesterday. The whole story will be on November issue of The Foodiez Magazine which will be out next week.

So let’s ride!

Before we left our house in Kerala, we actually had some black tea while getting in the car and starting this food

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