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I’m not a vegetable kinda girl.

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I’ll choose meat over greens every single time.

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I think it has something to do with the food I grew up eating.

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Our breakfasts were either sausages and fried eggs, or dosas with tamarind fish curry.

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Lunch consisted of dal, some veggies, and a meat or fish curry. Sometimes both.

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Tea time was usually elaborate with snacks like chicken sandwiches or mutton rolls.

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And dinner was always special. With more fish/meat/prawns etc and a vegetable side that my brother and I would be forced to eat before we could dig into the “real” stuff.

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Well-cooked veggies are very satisfying, but also quite rare.

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One dish that was always well appreciated at home was Baked vegetables.

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Maybe because it was covered in melted cheese, or maybe because of the non-traditional Indian veggies, this was one veggie dish that I was always happy to dig into.

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This is really easy to do, and you could use any vegetables you like.

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Give me my veggies like this (smothered in garlic and cheese) and I’ll never refuse :)

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Baked vegetables
Inspired by: Mum’s recipe

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Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Serves: 6

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Ingredients:

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2 tbsp oil
5-6 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
200 g baby corn, chopped
200 g mushrooms, chopped
1 medium head of broccoli, cut into small florets and blanched
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp butter, plus a bit extra for greasing
1 tbsp flour
50 ml milk or light cream
150 g cheese, grated (divided)

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Method:

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1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Put a non-stick pan on the heat and add the oil. Turn the heat to low. Add the garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Follow with the onion. Stir well and brown slightly.
2. Next add the baby corn and mix well. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and season to taste. Keep stirring.
3. Toss in the broccoli and mix everything together. Cover for a few minutes, and then take off the heat and keep aside.
4. In a fresh pan, melt the butter over a low heat and add the flour. Stir well and then add the milk or cream a little at time stirring continuously to incorporate and avoid lumps. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to season (not too much). Add about 50 g of the grated cheese and stir until it melts into the white sauce.
5. Take of the heat and add to the veggies. Mix well.
6. Grease a loaf tin or flat dish with butter, and put the mixed veggies in. Top with the remaining grated cheese and pop in the oven for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling.
7. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy :)

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The Yum Yum Tree is a sushi paradise.

If you love sushi, this is THE place for you.
It’s also the place for you if you like long, chatty meals with friends, awesome service, and unlimited drinks.

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Below are some of their offerings on a Tuesday night.

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Eat your way through unlimited sushi from the conveyer belt, unlimited cocktails and beer, and one bowl and one dessert.

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The Yum Yum Tree
New Friend’s Colony, Community Centre
Table on Tuesdays (7-11pm) @ 777 INR plus taxes per person
Phone: 011 42602020

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In other news I’ve been given this award by a fellow blogger!

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Thank you Panu from Presented by P for the honour! :)
This award has some rules:

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Copy and paste the award on your blog. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.

Pick your five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers who deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

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So spreading the love, here are five of my fav blogs I’d love to pass the award on to.
Thank you for giving me fun stuff to read everyday you guys! :)

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Woody @ Woodn’t Ya Know it…

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Chowder Singh @ Chowder Singh

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Robin @ Rob.in.the.blog

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Pratiksha @ Honeyed Pandemonium

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Holly @ The Adventures of Holly

Pass on the love :)

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Don’t:

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1. Be grumpy and scowl at all your dating/married friends. (also don’t sarcastically ask them their plans for the day.)
2. Listen to the Glee version of We found love on repeat and get depressed. (Best proposal ever, or what?!)
3. Eat a whole bag of peanuts. Trust me on this one.
4. Watch a rom-com and get teary-eyed. (It’s been done to death! Why not try a horror movie?)
5. Pretend like you hate everything about this day. (seriously- not cool.)

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Do:

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1. Control your gag reflex everytime you see a furry, pink heart.
2. Log onto Pinterest and see something funny like this, something inspirational like this, or something amazing like this. (but try not to spend your WHOLE day there. It’s harder than you might think.)
3. Have a glass of wine with your girlfriends. (Or French fries. French fries are good.)
4. Remind yourself how amazing you are. (and how many people love you!)
5. Bake this cake. This dark chocolate cake. Eat a piece. Maybe two. (Heck, even a third! Who’s watching?)
And know that love will find you, if you want it to.

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Hugs to all my ladies! Happy Valentine’s Day :)

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Dark chocolate flourless cake
Recipe adapted from: Baking Bites

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Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 22 mins
Serves: 12

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Ingredients:

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125 g good-quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces

125 g butter (salted is fine), plus a little extra for greasing

150 g castor sugar

3 eggs

50 g cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla powder

1 tsp coffee powder

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Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190º C. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double-boiler, and mix until glossy and smooth.
2. Add the sugar and mix well. Crack in the eggs one at a time, and incorporate the first before cracking the next. Mix well.
3. Sift in the cocoa, vanilla, and coffee. Mix until everything is incorporated. Line an 8-inch square tin with baking parchment and grease slightly. Pour in the batter and bake in the preheated oven for 22 minutes. Remove and let it cool completely. It will be a bit wobbly when you take it out, but will harden as it cools. Eat plain or with vanilla ice-cream. Tastes even better the next day!

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I’d heard about yogurt in cake.

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Never tried it until now. It works.

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Really, really works.

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The cake I made turned out so unbelievably soft and creamy.

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A beautiful shade of milky white, and fluffy as though the egg whites were beaten like crazy, which they weren’t! I didn’t even use a mixer.

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To get these results with such little effort is pretty darn awesome.

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I used Ina Garten’s recipe from this site: The Kitchen Site recipes (Beautiful blog with some stunning photography!)

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Give it a whirl! You will be pleased :)

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In other news, I stumbled upon a foodie exchange site (which sadly isn’t functional anymore), but I thought it was such a cool idea.

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Basically you connect with another foodie/food blogger and send each other a parcel with local food stuff, small treats, and a handwritten note.

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If anyone is game, write to me and we’ll exchange stuff! Will be fun! :)

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You guys know what a TV-show junkie I am, right?

Remember my Top 8 TV show food moments post?

If you enjoyed it, I’m back with part 2!

It was only appropriate, considering the huge number of new shows out there now that have me glued to my laptop almost every night.

This time around the characters involved include earls, lawyers, doctors, stewardesses, vampires, hunters and scientists!

Three cheers for diversity! ;)

# 8 Terra Nova
Season 1/episode 1 (Genesis)
The orange scene

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The year is 2147. The Earth is exhausted, taking its last few breaths. In these dark times, a father brings home a surprise for his children. It’s an orange.
Can you imagine fruit being hard to come by? I can’t.
The back-in-time space the characters move to inhabit, is portrayed as a fertile land full of strange and colourful fruit.
Also: Dinosaurs rock. (Sorry I just had to say that.)

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# 7 Pan Am
Season 1/episode 9 (Kiss kiss bang bang)
The coffee scene

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Pilots and stewardesses are supposed to be on their best behaviour in the sky.
Except this one time.
The usually gentle-mannered Laura drops hot coffee on a creepy old pilot when he tries to stare down her shirt.
Way.to.go.

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# 6 Grey’s Anatomy
Season 2/episode 14 (Tell me sweet little lies)
The hot dog scene

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The one time on the show where Christina isn’t dull, ill tempered, obnoxious and generally disagreeable.
A super fun hot dog eating competition, in the middle of the work day?! Who says docs don’t have fun?
Also, those hot dogs made me mighty hungry. Like seriously.

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# 5 The Vampire Diaries
Season 2/episode 5 (Kill or be killed)
The spiked lemonade scene

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Okay to be honest I had to think long and hard for this one.
This show has been a guilty pleasure for a long time and I really wanted to include it!
At an innocent town picnic (or so we think) a werewolf spikes lemonade with vervain, to hurt and expose two vampires.
This stuff is right up my alley by the way.

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# 4 Downton Abbey
Season 1/episode 5
The salty pudding scene

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In this period drama, Mrs Patmore the cook makes a stunning raspberry meringue pudding and then mistakenly tops it with salt instead of sugar.
All the lords and ladies at the dinner table choke and splutter quite appropriately, and although it’s the cook’s worst nightmare, it’s such a funny scene!
This is the hottest new thing in TV-show land, and if you’re not watching it yet- start NOW.
If nothing else, I can bet a million bucks you’ll adore Maggie Smith’s badass character.

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# 3 The Good Wife
Season 1/episode 23 (Running)
The pizza scene

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Taking a break from the legal madness that is their lives, Alicia and Will share a casual pizza and beer in office, reminiscing about their days together in college.
The simple food and the completely complex relationship makes for a fantastic moment.
Plus Julianna Margulies has such an intriguing face. Don’t you agree?

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# 2 Supernatural
Season 2/episode 21 (All hell breaks loose-Part 1)
The pie scene

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The swoon-worthy (equal parts masculine and sensitive) Dean Winchester loves pie. (one of the MANY reasons why I love him)
The problem is there’s always something that gets in the way- demons, pagan Gods, and his brother Sam’s habit of showing up with cake instead of pie. (It’s not the same thing, Sam!)
My fav Dean lines in the show: “Hey, see if they’ve got any pie. Bring me some pie. I love me some pie.” :)
There’s even a site dedicated to the Dean and pie love story. Check it out here.
This is some serious stuff.

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# 1 The Big bang theory
Season 1/episode 7 (The dumpling paradox)
The dumpling scene

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Food comes up very often on this show, but this scene in their regular Chinese restaurant has to be the funniest one ever.
(Also- dumplings! I want one please. Now.)
Read below and revel in the greatness that is Sheldon.

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Scene: A Chinese restaurant.

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Sheldon: I’m sorry, we cannot do this without Wolowitz.
Leonard: We can’t order Chinese food without Wolowitz?
Sheldon: Let me walk you through it. Our standard is, the steamed dumpling appetizer, General Tso’s chicken, beef with broccoli, shrimp with lobster sauce and vegetable lo-main. Do you see the problem?
Leonard: I see a problem.
Sheldon: Our entire order is predicated on four dumplings and four entrees divided among four people.
Leonard: So, we’ll just order three entrees.
Sheldon: Fine. What do you want to eliminate? And who gets the extra dumpling?
Raj: We could cut it into thirds.
Sheldon: Then it is no longer a dumpling. Once you cut it open it is at best a very small open faced sandwich.

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For more on Sheldon’s food quirks, go here.

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Hope you enjoyed that!
Have a fun weekend :)

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Images courtesy:

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Terra Nova
Pan Am
Grey’s Anatomy
The Vampire Diaries
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
Supernatural
The Big Bang Theory

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