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Spicy Grilled Chicken with Flavored Rice

Aand we are back dear friends! Happy Thursday to you all. Hope all of you are enjoying this lovely winter. This year fortunately we haven’t seen much of snow and it has been a winter we midwestern people look forward to. This week we bring to you Spicy Grilled Chicken with Flavored Rice – when i think of eating Indian food at a food truck this is what I like to see. Some grilled meats/veggies accompanied with flavored aromatic Indian basmati rice and loads of condiments on side. Hmmm..Yummy! Two years ago, I visited New York and I had this amazing halal meal at indian/middle eastern food truck. This meal is inspired by my food adventures from my New York visit. The versatility of Indian food is that it can be easily substituted with ingredients based on dietary restrictions. And so my vegetarian friends, you can use the same marinade and use Paneer, red onions, green bell peppers instead of meats. Well, I hope I have tempted you enough. Without further ado, lets jump into the …

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Spiced Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe on desert. I know, sorry you guys… I  prefer savory food and love anything that is hot and spicy. So, I dont make deserts that often. Every once in a while, I do develop a sweet tooth for chocolate and soft sugary fruits which I typically enjoy with vanilla ice cream. I just loveeeeeeeeee vanilla ummmmm sooooo goood!!!!!!!!! It’s flavor is like blank canvas that you can paint with the toppings of your choice. So I decided to use my favorite Indian whole spices in this dessert….. Spices and peaches who does that? Well that’s what I thought before I poached my beautiful succulent pears in it. The fragrance of whole spices adds such sweet mild flavor to the peaches you can smell the aroma from each bite. After poaching my pears in the spices I just fell in love with the idea… and took it up a notch and added spice rum to my chocolate sauce. Who’d say no to that??? So without further adieu here you go…. For …

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Art Prize – My top 3 favorites

Happy Thursday my friends! How are you all doing? Are you eagerly waiting for the Art Prize results too? These past couple of weeks, hubby and I have been enjoying the varied art pieces displayed all over Grand Rapids. In my opinion, Art Prize is the most awaited event after summer seizes to be your muse. Not only people who live in and around GR but also people from nearby cities come to see the extravagant display of art. Artprize, is a radical and open art exhibition spread over 3 square miles in GR over 19 days. It is an NGO investing in promoting art and artists. Two $200,000 grand prizes and eight category awards are awarded at the end. More than $500,000 is awarded in total. The final decision is half decided by public vote, and half decided by a jury of art experts. This year there were about 1550 art entries in total and exhibited at 162 centers. The final voting ended last night and like many of you art lovers I can’t wait to …

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House Tour: Exterior

Hello dear friends and welcome to the new category on our blog! As many of you know we moved into our new house recently. Hubby and I are excited about all our mini plans and projects that we have in mind. So this part of our blog is dedicated to all our musings about our dream projects that we plan to do. To give you a basic lay of the land – Our house is 2600 Sft and has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. On the main floor we have the foyer, a living room with a beautiful antic two way fireplace, powder room, a nice size pantry and a kitchen+ nook that leads to the best part of our house – the deck that looks over our lovely backyard. Upstairs, we have a master bedroom and two additional bedrooms. Our plan is to use one of the extra bedrooms as a guest bedroom and the other one as an office space.  The house is located in a pretty little cul de sac but fairly close to …

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New Beginnings

Happy Thursday friends! To all those celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi today, hope you all enjoyed the festivities and the yummy food :). Hubby & I had a busy yet a very exciting week. We moved into our new house this past weekend!! We spent the whole summer looking at many many houses and at-last found one that hub, me and gizmo loved. Though I should confess that I did not get my dream kitchen, it met most of our criteria..and well gotta compromise somewhere right! However, I am super happy about all the extra space so I can store my props and boards for future photo-shoots. So here’s a glimpse of utter chaos at our rental place before we left…. Oh man I’m so looking forward to collecting more footwear; now that my ban on buying footwear has been rescinded by hubs as there is lot more storage space 🙂 With the new move I have some great plans for the blog and will keep you posted as and when I am ready. Meanwhile, we have …

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Bandit Queen – A Ramen Noodle Bar

Thursday it is! How are you all doing?  This week we are going to do something different. Instead of sharing one of our recipes I am going introduce you to a food joint I absolutely loved. This place is called ‘Bandit Queen’ and is located in the heart of Grand Rapids on South Division Avenue. This place is unique in the food it offers… primarily a Ramen noodle place that serves Asian dishes too. It is a first of its kind in the south west Michigan area. I had a chance to interview the owner and chef of Bandit Queen and learnt more about what motivated him to open this place. Chef Les Fleming, has been in the world of food making for 7 years and he worked as an executive chef at Rockwell Republic before he decided to open Bandit Queen. Chef Fleming eloquently talked about his experiences previously that motivated him to opening his own place and serve healthy, economical and quick meals to his customers. He said, a lot of his learning comes from his experience …

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Cinnamon – The secret healer

Cinnamon has been one of my favorite spices that I love to use in my recipes. I absolutely love the aroma it brings in and the flavor it adds to the recipes. Recently, I came across another use of this very unassumingly brilliant piece of bark. I was suffering with mild throat irritation and cough and I wasn’t too keen on taking medicines and was looking for some home remedies to soothe my condition. My mom recommended me a great one! She suggested I made a powder of dry roasted cinnamon and cloves with a spoon of honey twice every day. I tried it for 2 days and voila! It worked like magic. The ingredients are something you will find in your kitchen and this can be used for kids and adults alike. It intrigued me to read and learn more about cinnamon and I found this great article listing all the health benefits. Blood Sugar Control – Several studies have found that Cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin resistance. It is therefore …