Wednesday, August 19, 2015

World Photography Day

  ~ World Photography Day 2015 ~

A good photograph is knowing 
where to stand !!
                                            - Ansal Adams 

Photography is not just a hobby for me, its 
way of life and my window to the world. 
Every time I pick up my camera,the magical
 gadget is all ready to cast a spell on me, and for
 hours and hours I stay glued to it ,changing my
 angles, adjusting the props, waiting for that
 perfect light and clicking  innumerable pics
 till I get a best shot  to choose from.On the
 occasion of World Photography Day nothing 
could  have been better than combing my 
passions in one.

Camera on my plate 

Edible camera for World Photography Day

Whole wheat bread cut into a rectangle and  topped
 with a bread circle, cheese, yellow squash and kiwi .

The pleasure of capturing moods of the people, 
the joy of shooting colourful food on plates 
or the happiness that a perfectly timed nature/
wildlife pic gives is too difficult to put in words.

Nature ...Trails near and far .....


Over all these years the camera has been my best 
buddy, with thousands of shots and gradual 
understanding and  improvement via each,
the journey has been a long and happy one. 

Lifestyle .....outdoors n indoors.........

pic feed the eyes  .....


Portraits ....full of joys ...


Photography that started as a passion took 
a different route after I started working on
 several commercial projects. Right from 
shooting food pics for Child magazine to
 mocktails for Barista and a recent Quaker
 cookbook , the passion surely came a long 
way. Many projects needed working for long 
hours but luckily the passion for photography 
food and styling always kept my spirits high. 

Truly someone has aptly said "Let your
 words be few and your exposures many"
and then let the joy begin.......

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Minion Baked yogurt

~Happy Friendship Day~ 
(and the Minions mania) 

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have 
and one of the best things you can be. 

Friendship is one of the most beautiful relations in
 the world n friends are one of those special people
 that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little
 bigger help live life just a little better. Researches
 show that people with strong social ties are 50% 
less prone to depression and other psychological
 disorders. Although the official day to celebrate
 Friendship Day varies from country to country but
 most of the countries in the Indian subcontinent
 celebrate it on the first Sunday of August. 

 Baked Minion Yogurt 

Minions baked yogurt

The festival has surely caught a great impetus 
with easy accessibility of social networking , with 
thousands of messages circulating all over the web, 
from quotes to flowers to poems to Minions ,the 
celebrations are in full swing. The charisma of the 
yellow color or the color of friendship has
 spread its hue everywhere. Looks like nature is 
also in hand in glove for the celebrations.

The charisma of yellow !!

Oh did I say Minions???

Yes those tiny cuties - Minions and Friends are
 surely ruling the mind and the message domain 
since their release. These cuties are everywhere,
on friendship  cards, bands, accessories, candies 
apparels and all over my daughters stationery too...
A few of my daughters friends were coming over to 
wish her friendship day today thus instead of just 
tying colourful friendship bands around their wrists
 she wanted to treat them on something too !!

Minions yogurt

 Since daughter is very fond of mangoes I suggested

 to make some mango popsicles but the suggestion 
had to be turned down because those were 
something that the young buddies had already 
tasted on a previous trip :( The brains were running 
almost an idea marathon ....the treat had to be 
simple,quick n kiddo friendly too ,after all daughter 
wanted to make it all by her own !!! Few days back 
while working in a test kitchen and developing
 recipes for a client we were brainstorming about
 a similar idea with a few different ingredients.

Minions Baked yogurt

We zeroed on a super simple dessert where
 momma was just needed for supervision - 
Baked Minion Yogurts... Jus a few ingredients and 
less than an hour in hand ( inclusive of some baking  
 n chilling time) our cuties were all decked up as
 Friendship Day icons !! And after a couple of hours 
the house had turned into a mad party arena ....... 
the girls were all gaga over the dessert ....the 
peals of laughter n all the exclamations of cuteness
 redefined had made the friendship day eve
 so memorable !! Celebration, love joy after all 
this is life all about :)   

Baked Minion Yogurt

Prep Time: 8 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients (3-4 medium sized ramekins)
    For Baked Mango Yogurt
    • 150 ml yogurt
    • 150 gm cream ( I used Amul 25%milk fat)
    • 150 gms condensed milk (Milkmaid)
    • 2 tbsp mango puree (homemade)
    • Few drops of mango flavouring (opt)
    For Minion decoration
    • 1 Banana sliced
    • Few black grapes (halved)
    • A strip of mango aamras or fruit leather
    • Some chocolate Vermicelli
    1.Whisk together yogurt , mango puree and flavouring till well blended.
    2.Mix in cream and condensed milk . Pour in small ramekins or bowls.
    3.Preheat oven to 160 C.
    4. Pour a cup of water in an oven safe dish and place the ramekins on the tray (this method of baking called bain-marie or water bath prevents the top from cracking or forming a hard crust)
    5.Bake for 14-15 mins or till the yogurt mixture is set .
    6. Cool. Refrigerate for 30-35 mins .
    For making Minions
    Just before serving , place 2 slices of banana and grapes for eyes,a strip of aamras/fruit leather for spectacles & some chocolate vermicelli for hair.
    Tip- you may add a few drops of yellow food color for a brighter minion yellow. 

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    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    Country life

     ~ A journey through Indian countryside ~
    (Relishing peace, harmony and loads of 
    organic food)

     Indian countrysides are perfect retreats to 
    decipher the simple joys  of life. Away 
              from the hustle bustle of city, countryside          
     amidst its lush greenery, gorgeous landscapes
     and farm to table foods is truly a visual and
     culinary heaven for an urban dweller.Before 
    bidding adieu to summertime(and daughter's 
    summer vacations) I desperately wanted some 
    days of peace, tranquility and a boost up for 
     upcoming projects ahead. The calmness 
    is perfect for brainstorming new ideas too..


    My better half traces his roots to a beautiful 
    countryside in the Northern plains but having spent
     his growing up years in a chic  boarding schools 
    and college, his  acquaintance to the earthy smell
     of land and winds is as limited as mine. 
    So finally after all these years we decided to visit
     his farm. My father in law, a septuagenarian,
     has  beautifully managed the farmlands, thrice
     a week he drives from home to the farms to look
     after the crops.

    Farm life

    His entire team ( the farmhands) were so happy 
    to see us around and like a young enthusiastic
     teenager they were  eager to show us every 
    corner - the corn, millet and veggie fields, 
    stretches of vegetable patches,the goat shed,
     the barn and of course the mango grove.The 
    entire walk was filled with anecdotes  of
     yesteryears and  how FIL would climb the 
     trees and  pick raw mangoes and  jamuns that 
    he can't even dare to taste now.           

    Mango grove

    Over the  conversation I came to know that 
    he had been suffering with severe sensitivity of
     teeth since several months !! I had the perfect 
    solution to it - Sensodyne, that could not only 
    relieve  sensitivity but could also relieve the 
    associated tooth pain.Luckily I had one along 
    with a spare toothbrush in my vanity kit and 
    surely I wanted him to use  it immediately 
                             and feel the difference.                               


    Capturing  natural surroundings is nothing 
    less than a charm for me. The best part about
     this photowalk was that I could pick up all the 
    booties that I liked. FIL showed me the
     melon vines and the phalsa shrubs that had 
    popped up at many places here and there. We 
    picked up a few,  gladly he too was able to relish 
    some - thanks to the Sensodyne effect. I handed the 
    basket full of Phalsas to the farm help who was all 
    eager to make phalsa sherbat for us. Mother in law 
    was so happy, dad would be sipping his favorite 
    sherbat after ages today. I was sure that regular 
    brushing with Sensodyne would turn this sip into 
    a big glassful soon. 

    I was so glad to pick up loads of mangoes and 
     jamuns,we relished some farm fresh and rest were
       wrapped in newpaper for being transported to our
     city dwelling. My brain had started running crazy
     for all the icy delicacies that i could  make with
     the fruits. Before the day ended the farm helps
     made a hearty lunch of the freshest produce- hot
     chappatis with jackfruit curry, sauteed okra and 
    freshly sourced gur (jaggery). The fresh mango juice
     flavored ice gola (crushed ice)dessert truly won my
     heart.I am glad that Sensodyne helped FIL in trying 
    some gola too !! The sun was setting in and loads of 
    fresh produce was ready in the boot space to be
     driven  off to the city. Truly a day well spent 
    with wonderful memories to cherish for lifetime. 

    Fresh !!

    Isn't it lovely how sometimes life unfolds itself,with
    so much fresh produce in hand,  I am still thinking 
    about the farm life and recipes to incorporate
     fresh produce.

    If you have some Sensodyne story , do share with us 
     we would love to hear from you. 

    Whats more you can know the sensitivity of
     your teeth  by just clicking this link. 


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