My Picture Book is live now on KickStarter

My Picture Book is live now on KickStarter

Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues, I’m excited to invite you to the launch of the Kickstarter for my children’s picture book, Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas! Please check out the amazing video shot by film director Michael Duni, read an exclusive excerpt of the book with a special picture glossary, and preorder your copy at this link today: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/24665272/princesses-only-wear-putta-puttas This, my first book, is going to be published in November. Kickstarter is a platform that has raised over $1Bn for creative projects just like mine. Since early momentum is so important on Kickstarter (I would love for Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas to get picked up as a Staff Pick and featured on the site!), please consider doing one of the following: Preordering your copy of the book today! I have an Early Bird Special – you could get an Advanced Reading Copy of the book before it’s published in November for only $9. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/24665272/princesses-only-wear-putta-puttas Liking, commenting, and sharing the post I’ll be putting on my Facebook page Forwarding this email to your friends who have little princesses in their own lives! Many thanks for checking out my Kickstarter for Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/24665272/princesses-only-wear-putta-puttas Best,...
Thiratipal -conventional and unconventional methods

Thiratipal -conventional and unconventional methods

Milk Fudge Bonbons/ Toffees Traditional Thiratipal I kickstart to the festival of Gokulashtami, also names, Janmashtami, or Krishna Jayanti, a day to celebrate that bratty yet most adored blue boy, born to Devaki and raised by Yashoda with Thiratipal. Thiratipal is a sweet dish which has been a favorite of many south Indian families and in our home especially. I can still taste the deliciousness of my mom’s preparation of this dish. While I have always taken the effort to celebrate all the Indian, Hindu festivals, I had scaled down the celebration for a while because year after year it us just us who enjoy the fruits of my hard labor – nothing wrong with that whatsoever. I have gone through waves of celebration when my older kids were younger and I dressed them up as Krishna. But then 4 years ago, a little girl with the naughty disposition of Krishna entered my life in the form of my baby girl and she regales anyone who wants to hear them with stories of krishna, having memorized the story CDs by heart. I am most always awe-struck at how much she understand and how perfect her intonation is when she tells the story! And she is just a 3 year old! She wakes up each morning and assumes different roles and confers upon me a role to play to – So I wake up each day as Krishna, Ganesha, Muruga or who ever the character du jour may be. And she always is the the lady of the story, be it Parvati, Radha or Yashoda OR Rapunzel, Peaches of Ice...
Sweet and Beet Samosa

Sweet and Beet Samosa

Rather than make the usual potato based samosas, I decided to get to of my most favorite veggies, sweet potatoes and beetroots together to make this universally favorite and known Indian appetizer. You know you’ve created a winner recipe when you kids cannot keep their hands of the food – It took a lot to keep them away from the samosas at least until I got a chance to photograph it – I feel like this cruel mom when i do this, the kids understand the long-term value of this short but excruciating wait, I hope Tomorrow is Varalakshmi pooja day – when Goddess Lakshmi who epitomizes wellness and prosperity is welcomed into our home and propitiated with sweet and salty offerings by way of food; flowers and a garland of mantras. I am so happy this festival comes in the summer when my daughters are not in school and it can be treated as a very special occasion, often more than even Deepavali when it is business as usual unless it falls on a weekend. With no garlic or onion, this is a good recipe to consider making for festive occasions. Trust me you will be hooked on these samosas if you get a chance to make it or have it made by your help. I have a picture gallery of the recipe – pretty self explanatory – at least for the stuffing. NOTE: MAKE YOU STUFFING FIRST Ingredients for the Dough 1 cup AP Flour 2 tbsp Sooji or cream of wheat (slightly coarse) 1/2 cup of warm water 1/2 tsp salt 2tbsp olive oil Mix the...
Stuffed Squash Blossom in Braided Bread

Stuffed Squash Blossom in Braided Bread

Since I am on a bread roll,  (lol) I thought I’d follow up my french bread post with my stuffed and braided bread – the one many of you good friends have given me the wonderful like sign for on FB:)Keep the same bread recipe as my french bread – except after it rises the first time aroundroll it out like a pizza crust. The rest of the recipe follows – this was another of my off the cuff ideas since It is that time of the year again when my veggie garden is profuse with squash blossoms – You may recall my zucchini bajjis from last year. I did not want to use the blossoms in the usual ways that have been recorded on the web. It is really easy and I would love for you to try it – Like all other works of art, this requires patience and that is no biggy for most of my creative friends, right? Here we go!Identify the male flowers and pick about 10-15.  Wash in gentle water and pat dry with paper towel – allow them to sit in a sunny part of your kitchen until you are ready to work with them Prepare your bread dough. Let it rise for 2 hours Ingredients for stuffing the blossoms 1/3 less Fat Philedelphia cream cheese – I used about 6 ounces of the 8 ounce boxPesto (Mine was homemade and the recipe will be posted soon) about 4 ounces Mix the two nicely and keep ready Pick up the dry blossom, cut the back ends off with the stem leaving a...
Blue Ridge Cherry Pie

Blue Ridge Cherry Pie

Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy boy Billy boy,Can she bake a cherry pie, Charming BillyShe can bake a cherry pieQuick as a cat can blink her eye….. HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!!! Have you, composer of this song, ever made a pie crust from scratch??? You would not make such flippant claims, even in jest, if you have. A blink of a cat’s eye eh? Yes if it is blinking in slow-mo for about 24 hours -lol! The biggest challenge of making a pie is without doubt the crust – if you nail that, then the rest is a breeze – And to master my pie-making skills, I once again turn to my lovely patient Canadian friend Stephanie of Joys of Baking. I followed her like the Lamb did Mary (ah- there is another rhyme I’ve inadvertently alluded to) you cannot but make a perfect pie crust. So my advice – follow this link for pie crust lessons. What I claim to be mine is the filling – In my Cherry kachal post, I told you about our wonderful cherry picking adventure, right? This was the first recipe I made with them – I have another very informative post on how to freeze cherries properly coming up soon. What sets a pie apart from any other, other than a deliciously flaky crust? The filling, of course.What a turn on it is to pick your own fruits, clean them, pit them and use them in a recipe – I made it my own by adding two ingredients that all my Indian friends would approve of and applaud Ginger and...