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Life is nature’s blessing

While walking down the canal street lost in my own thought, I was struck by a river side beautifully stoned house, cosy and comfortable, surrounded by colourful wildflowers and a ray of light peeping through the clouds.
I cherished the sunshine so bright
and the sky so high!
I cherished the wind blowing softly
and the flower blooming slowly!
I cherished the chirping of birds
and before I could cherish the nature some more, a sudden horn from behind brought me back to my senses.

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Visit Mallorca, Balearic Island Spain

To escape from the daily routine and chilly weather, we decided to visit Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In no time we came up with the itinerary. The mere thought of visiting such a beautiful place was delightful.

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Hola!!

We started our day with the visit to one of the most ornamental village ‘Valldemossa’ situated in the hills of Tramuntana range. On our way we met some localites, despite the language barrier we established an unsaid connection. They were very kind and welcoming.
Blonde stone streets,  beautifully decorated houses, traditional cafes, galleries, gift shops, rich vegetation and Royal Carthusian monastery makes Valldemossa prettiest village of Mallorca.

Before heading to Port de Soller, we were caught by striking Sa Foradada. The view was so spectacular that we couldn’t take our eyes off. Blue water, blue sky and a steady rock with a hole.

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Sa Foradada

But this was not enough for Archduke Ludwig Salvador, so he bought the entire estate and built rotunda ‘Son Marroig’ offering breathtaking view of Foradada and coastline

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Son Moraig

Journey to Port de soller was relaxing; before heading to the port, we stopped by in a spanish restaurant and had delicious fish and spinach croquettes and seafood Paella. Vintage tram trip to port brought back childhood memories. Calm and shallow beach and peaceful harbor was the perfect way to end the day.

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Port de Soller

Trip to Mallorca is incomplete without visiting cala (cove) and among so many beautiful calas to decide which one to visit is always a challenge. Finally we settled to Cala Anguila. For beach lovers this is heaven. Crystal clear turquoise water, bright sunny day, pleasant breeze; what more we could have asked for.

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Cala Anguila

After a relaxing day at cala, it was time to explore Palma city, capital of Mallorca which is at its best at night. Historical buildings, cafes, shopping complexes, theatres, local markets, narrow pathways were so much fun. Magnificent Palma gothic cathedral (La Seu) at the sea front is truly the spotlight of the city.

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Palma Gothic Cathedral (La Seu)

With this, a wonderful trip came to an end; leaving behind memories to cherish forever 🙂

Adiós Palma de Mallorca!!

Oats with berries and yogurt for the healthy start

Start your day with this quick, easy and healthy breakfast.

This recipe will serve one.

Ingredients – Must:

  • Oats 25-30 gms
  • Chia Seeds 1 spoon
  • Flax seeds 1 spoon
  • Milk half cup (optional)
  • Yogurt 2 spoons

Ingredients – Mix and Match:

  • Walnuts (nuts of your choice)
  • Maple syrup/Honey one spoon
  • Frozen berries (use different fruits for variations)

Preparation Time: 2 mins

Cooking Time: Nil 💃🏻💃🏻

Just mix them all, set aside for 5-10 mins and enjoy your breakfast.

Note: if using frozen berries; instead of microwaving, soak in water for some time.

Tips: For better taste and hassle free morning, prepare your breakfast the previous night and refrigerate it. This allows Oats to get well soaked in milk and yogurt for better taste.

Happy eating!!

Indian style chicken 🍗curry 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳

This recipe will serve 2.

Ingredients:

  • Diced Chicken 300 gms
  • 2 Medium size onion
  • 2 Medium size tomatoes
  • 3 Scoop yogurt (alternatively add desiccated coconut 🥥 2 spoon for yet another delicious curry)
  • 2-3 Green chillies
  • 6-7 Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 5-6 spoon of Vegetable oil
  • 3-4 teaspoon chicken curry masala
  • 1 spoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 spoon chilli powder (optional if adding green chilli)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Whole indian spices including green cardamom 2-3, black pepper whole 2-3, bat leaves 2-3 and a small cinnamon stick. Cloves are optional

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 40-50 mins

Method:

In a pan, add half a cup of oil. Once moderate hot, add whole spices, chopped garlic, ginger, green chilli, sauté and next add chopped onion. Cook in high-medium flame unless onion starts leaving oil. Hint: adding little salt helps onion to cook fast. Keep mixing once a while to avoid burning.

Next, add cut tomatoes, turmeric, salt, chicken curry masala and red chilli powder (optional). Mix well and again cover with lid and cook until tomatoes are almost mashed. As shown below.

Now add diced chicken and yogurt. Once again mix well and lower the flame to medium heat and let it cook. Note, water content in yogurt is sufficient for chicken to cook. Mix once a while and cook unless chicken is done. (If using desiccated coconut add just half a cup water for chicken to cook)

If too much water is left even after chicken is done, increase the flame and cook unless you get desired consistency.

1. Make dry chicken masala with no gravy best to serve with Indian bread (chapati)

2. Chicken curry to serve with Rice (add one cup hot water, mix well and cook for another 2-3 mins and turn off the gas).

Happy eating!!

Instant Lemon 🍋 Ginger Iced Tea 🍹

This Summer try homemade iced tea. Healthy, yummy and super easy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tea bag/tea leaves
  • Lemon 🍋 juice 1 table spoon
  • Ginger slices
  • Sugar (optional) as per taste

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 2-3 mins

Method:

In a pan, add half a cup water. Bring it to boil. Add tea bags, ginger slices and sugar (optional).

In 2-3 mins time turn off the flame and allow tea extract to cool down a little.

In a cup add chilled water, lemon juice, 1-2 spoon tea extract depending on how strong you want. Mix well and serve with ice cubes.

Happy drinking 🍹!