7 Easy Picnic Food Ideas
Appreciating Agri Tourism with Courtyard by Marriott, Chakan
The Super Seed - Quinoa
Amazing Health Benefits of Walnuts
Diwali Special - Step by Step Mohanthal Mithai Recipe
Introduction to Korean Cuisine

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The New Culinary Superfood - Black Rice

Forbidden things always taste better. And if they come loaded with health benefits, it helps erase all the guilt that gorging on them causes. We are talking about "Forbidden Rice" also known as "Black Rice" that is climbing the popularity charts across gourmet stores, restaurants and food sites.

Monday, 5 December 2016

7 Easy Picnic Food Ideas

As beautiful weather sets in, the outdoors beckon us. A great way to enjoy the vibrant outdoors in this weather is to craft a picnic with family, friends or a loved one. Whether you plan a romantic beach side picnic or a fun filled family picnic in the park, food plays an important role in the overall enjoyment. Packing a picnic basket may seem a fairly easy task, till you start putting one together. The challenge is to find foods that don't spoil easily as you spend a relaxed day outdoors. Wicked spoon confessions tells you about some easy picnic food ideas that are fuss-free and taste like flavors of spring on your taste buds.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Appreciating Agri Tourism with Courtyard by Marriott, Chakan

Living in a bustling city at a fast pace often leaves us disconnected with many things, especially the food we eat. We often stalk glossy supermarket aisles in search of healthy, organic or specialty food but how many of us are interested in knowing how the food that gives us sustenance is actually produced? Do we ever think of making a trip to a nearby farm to meet farmers, who toil endlessly to bring nature's bounty in our homes or take our kids to a cattle shed when they ask, "Where does milk come from?"

Agri Tourism, may hold different meaning across the globe, primarily involves indulging in farm related activities and/or a stay on the farm. A beautiful & innovative way to experience the shades of rural life and learn about the source of our food, Agri Tourism has gained slow but steady popularity among travelers. When Courtyard by Marriott, Chakan invited us to experience their Agri Tourism package, that offered us an irresistible way to get in touch with our roots,we were hooked!!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Super Seed - Quinoa

Quinoa, as most may think, is not a grain but an edible seed from the quinoa crop. Native to South America, it is known as the “mother grain” by the Bolivians. It is related to amaranth, spinach, and beetroots. Quinoa has been domesticated around 3000 to 4000 ago in Andean regions. It was cultivated by the Incas and was considered sacred by them. A staple food of the South Americans, quinoa which is gluten free and high on protein is becoming popular all over the world now for its various health benefits.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Review: Luna Nudo Gusta,The St. Regis Mumbai's Newest Bar & Restaurant

The first thing you notice as you step into the latest bar and restaurant of The St. Regis, Mumbai is classic opulent European luxury- beautifully set tables, polished silverware, gold chandeliers, luxuriant wallpaper and deep, comfortable chairs. The newly opened, modern European restaurant and lounge bar. located at a dreamy sky-high level 37 of The St. Regis serves European cuisine enveloped in modern flavors. Named to represent the alluring energy of the moon that controls the movement of tides, Luna Nudo Gusta changes its mood, ambience and energy between a fine dine restaurant and a pulsating bar and lounge as the day changes into night. The menu crafted by Chef Martin Kindleside brings European flavours to the fore while the ambience soothes your craving for a high-energy escapade or a more relaxing atmosphere depending on your mood!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Recreating Magic with Tata Sampann Masale

Recently I got a pleasant surprise. My naanima called to say that she would be visiting us for a few days. I was excited as naanima is affectionate, warm & insists of feeding me with magical dishes as she feels I need nutrients while I am growing up :) There is nothing more satisfying than relishing her lovingly made Sunday lunch over stories of forgotten days.

Naanima made masalas from scratch in her kitchen & served hearty meals round the clock. In her world, rotis were perfectly puffed, dals were bubbling with flavor & Chhole puri was legendary. The whole house waited in anticipation for her Sunday special- Punjabi Chhole & Dal Tadka served with rotis & white fluffy rice, a quintessential Indian thali. She always stressed on eating food full of natural goodness, leading a healthy & balanced life. 

During her visit, I wanted to surprise her by making something special & decided to re- create her magic with dishes she loved. Naanima loved simplicity but always gave importance to authentic taste & aroma in her day to day cooking. I wanted the meal I made for her to be homely & wholesome but without any compromise on taste. 

After frantically searching the aisles of supermarket & online options, I decided to try Tata Sampann Masalas as an insightful video by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor spoke about how the source of origin of our masalas directly affect the quality & flavor.....interesting, had never thought of such fine nuances!!! The range consists of chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala for daily cooking & special blends like Dal tadka. Punjabi Chhole (Naanima’s favorite), Paneer Masala & more. That is when I decided the special lunch menu- Punjabi Chhole, Dal Tadka, hot paranthas served with some homemade pickle & lots of curds. It was easy to make the dishes as recipes by none other than Master chef Sanjeev Kapoor were printed on the masala packets :) . 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Amazing Health Benefits of Walnuts

Considered calorie-rich, walnuts are actually a powerhouse of nutrients with innumerable benefits. Walnuts are a good source of Vitamin E, Folate, Omega 3 fats, antioxidants and minerals like manganese and copper. Adding them to salads, soups and desserts are a great way to enjoy their benefits.

Walnuts are commonly known as "Akhrot" across India and possess a crunch with a slightly bitter taste. Apart from health benefits, walnuts are immensely beneficial in maintaining the beauty of our hair and skin too. Lets look at a few benefits of including walnuts in our diets. Though the effects may vary from person to person, including walnuts in our diet will definitely prove beneficial.