Monday, October 7, 2013

New website and all new food blog :)

After 4 months of craziness I am back to our new headquarters, Mumbai, India. From blogging about life generally with occasional food posts, I am taking on a new step as A Spiced Nut to blog solely about food. I have also become a full-time photographer mainly focusing on Weddings and Portraits. The weekend assignments and part-time wedding photography shoots between my full-time job at DPReview, Amazon are over! In the Shades of Yellow of my life there is now a brighter yellow pool of light waiting for me with its brilliance; to shine and take on the world! (ok I am going a bit overboard at this point :D)

You can check my new blog here. I have imported food related posts from this blog to my new blog. You can also check my weddings and portraits website here. Shades of Yellow will be a wonderful memory to remember my six years of life abroad.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Decisions Decisions

I have been away for a while as we had a lot of thinking to do. And for the world that reads my blog I have news. We are heading back home for good :)

Decisions like these are not easy. Especially when it means giving both our careers a brief stopover, leaving a beautiful home, wonderful friends and a gorgeous city. Leo will miss our yard, but he will be fine in Mumbai.

I am looking forward to be closer to family and friends we grew up with. I will be back to blogging soon from Mumbai!!  Life has been a journey and now we are going back to our roots...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Shailu is live on local television!

So proud of him. For his first time on live television he has done a neat job!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

For the love of Kitsch

I am a big fan of Kitsch and converting photos to pop-art is my fav pass-time. I do this mainly to entertain myself. So last evening while waiting for the husband to come home, I sat with my project and made it ready to be printed.  I basically converted Sharmila Tagore's famous Bikini shot from a 1966 Filmfare cover to a pop-art print for our living room. It is pretty cool right? What do you think?

My recent artwork is ready to be printed!

This one already adorns our living room. :) I converted it from a regular Mumbai rickshaw shot to this baby!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Merry Berry Cobbler

A new friend we met via Leo (Yes dogs can be a reason to make new friends) from one of his  off-leash parks date was visiting me over the weekend for coffee. I wanted to bake something simple with three things in my mind.
  • Bake under one hour
  • Cool off just enough so that it is still warm and gooey
  • Eggless as my friend doesn't consume eggs.
Food Network is basically food porn for me. I generally don't note any recipes. Just look at all saliva-inducing food and wish I was eating that instead of a bowl of leftover dinner. But there are times when a recipe hits the spot and you remember every single ingredient, such as this cobbler recipe. This easy version of a fruit cobbler was something I have been meaning to try for a while. So this was the perfect occasion.

As the rules with baking go measurements are the most important aspect. Just remember equal portions of everything. Since it was just for the two of us and a slice for the husband for later, I used 1/2 a cup of all ingredients. I started off melting 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, in a mixing bowl, then put in 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of self-raising flour and 1/2 cup of milk. Whisked it well and poured it into a greased baking tray.

I then topped it with the frozen berries we had in the freezer. Before topping them, I rinsed and patted the berries dry. After that, I sprinkled on some more granulated sugar before putting it into a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes.

Bake for longer if you are using more than 1/2 cup measurements. And sprinkle more sugar if you want a nice top crust. Don't overcrowd the berries.

This is a perfect sweet fix to chat over coffee. A dollop of whipped cream would have added more yumminess but also the calories which we both didn't need. It is one of those easy breezy recipes that can go in the oven while you quickly hide the scattered books, tea cups from last night and random wires before your friend pops over.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Slow start to a very fast moving year

Time is flying this year. With a new profile at my workplace I have had no time to breathe. And that has taken a toll on my blog. All I want to do in the weekend is shut off and unwind. Why has life become so fast-paced?

A poem by William Henry Davies called Leisure keeps popping up in my head these days. 'What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare'. It made no sense back then. But now it soo soo does! But then Mr. Davies would not have been working in a similar work environment right? He wrote poems. How could HE be so busy?

Waking up tired is not my idea of a weekday. So in an attempt to resolve it I have been trying a  routine of deep breathing followed by drinking a glass of fresh veg+fruit juice. It does give me that wake-up kick which caffeine doesn't. 

If you read my blog you already know that my 21-day cleanse died in two days. But I haven't given up on that. Planning to give it another go. So yeah, juicing wise I have been pretty consistent with morning juicing. My favorite concoction is a Green Smoothie with Fruit consisting of Kale, Spinach, Apple and Pineapple. Just dump in handful of baby spinach, kale leaves, de-seeded oranges and diced apples into a blender or juicer. No sugar, salt or masala. The result is a glass or two of pure energy. It is super yum and super healthy. It has to be strained. If you have a juicer great. But I use my faithful desi blender to make my favorite concoctions and use a muslin cloth or a large wire strainer to strain off the liquid. It does the job and plus I don't have all that fiber wastage.

Give juicing a shot. Replace one meal for an amazing dose of fresh nutrients.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mafalda pasta with Mussels

Mafalda pasta with Mussels by Parinita

Mafalda pasta with Mussels, a photo by Parinita on Flickr.
Mafalda pasta are long wide, flat versions of the spaghetti family with fancy rippled edges. I shot this as one of my earlier assignments of food photography using daylight. The final image included props but this photo is very close to my heart and it was one of the first few setups with the Chef stylist hubby and me :)

I have used this image to as the background of my Bio page. Go and make one of these free pages for yourself. It is a bio and links page for self-promotion :)
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