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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!!

Bread omelette with besan

Simply delicious breakfast or snacks with cup of ☕️

This dish will serve 1

Ingredients:

  • White/brown bread slices 2-3
  • Gram flour (besan) 2-3 tablespoons
  • Eggs 2
  • Green chillies
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Edible Oil
  • Onion 1
  • Coriander  leaves

Preparation Time: 1-2 mins

Cooking Time: 2-3 mins

Method:

In a bowl take 2-3 spoon ful of gram flour add little water to make a smooth batter. Now add all ingredients listed above including sliced onion, eggs and mix well.

In a hot pan, add one tablespoon of oil and once it is hot, take a bread slice dip in batter and cook on both side for 2-3 mins or unless the bread turns golden.

Serve Hot with cup of tea or coffee.

Great for breakfast or snacks.

–– Happy Eating!!

Life is to fear less and live more

‘Mumma please come home’ this was the last statement I got from my little one before my phone switched off. A sudden tornado ran through me. I immediately packed my stuff and rushed to the train station. All sort of negative thoughts clouded me. Is she not well? Did care taker said something to her? Did she fell down? Oh god with so many bad news we hear every now and then, a mere message an unexpected phone call or delay in arrival can create havoc in our mind.

 I boarded the train and chose the corner seat and sat down quitely. There was a time when I was optimistic. My heart was filled with joy and gladness. I used to love life and believe in Karma ‘Do good and good will come to you’ but seems this doesn’t hold true anymore. With so many accidents, terrifying attacks and gruesome acts happening in neighbourhood there is always a fear.  

As the train reached my destination, without wasting a moment I ran through the gates, crossed the shops and parks without a glance. While approaching, suddenly I couldn’t walk fast enough probably as I was not prepared for this. I somehow grabbed the courage to open the door just to see her playing with the doll and after looking at me she said ‘Mumma I missed you, come let’s play together’. This gave me a sigh of relief which sneaked out of my eyes and rolled down to my cheeks. With a big smile I went and hugged her and wished to fear less and live more! 

Life is to expect the unexpected 

This room needs renovation. But why? This 200 year old building is so pretty and picturesque. Stone walls with highly decorative lacy openings in Gothic window is magnificent. Light coming straight from the sun above and the hanging lamp is adding charm and character to this room.

Wish I could stay here little long, but it is getting dark and I don’t see anyone around. I should leave now. Wait.. where is the exit? There has to be a way out right? I am so stupid, of course there is. But where?

I want to scream, scream out loud. Loud enough to be heard by someone. But why these walls are so thick and why the window doesn’t open. Is there a way to break out? Why this lamp isn’t working. Lot of questions but no one to answer. I shall try once again. HELLO… HELLLOO…

It’s almost midnight, all I can hear is the wind blow. I could have reached home by now but I am here in middle of nowhere. There is nothing I can do right now, let me sleep instead.

This room needs renovation. But why? This 200 year old building is so pretty and picturesque… AND THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…

Soured Cream Cottage Cheese/Paneer

Low carb main course Indian dish suggested by a friend. Quick, easy and yummy.

The dish will serve 4.

Ingredients:

  • Cottage Cheese (Paneer) – 200 gm
  • Sour Cream – 150 ml
  • Milk (1 cup)
  • Garlic cloves
  • Green chillies
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Edible Oil
  • Onion
  • Coriander  leaves
  • Indian garam masala (optional)

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Refrigeration Time: 1 hour (optional – suggested for best results)

Cooking Time: 10-15 mins

Method:

Put Paneer cubes in a bowl, add salt, pepper, green chillies (finely cut) as per the taste, add 150 ml of sour cream, finely chopped 4-5 garlic cloves. Mix well and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a pan, add oil (2-3) spoons, add chopped onions and fry them in a medium to high heat until it turns golden. Lower the heat to medium, add the mixture prepared above mix it well. Add milk for consistency of the gravy. Keep mixing once a while and allow it to cook for 10 mins. At the end, add pinch of garam masala believe me this is the secret to flavourful sour cream paneer but it is optional. Garnish with Coriander.

Serve Hot!

Tips: 

Serving sour cream paneer with veggies makes a whole meal.

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–– Happy Eating!!

Additional Information:

For this dish, I have used Tesco products.

  • Tesco British Soured Cream 150 ml
  • Everest Paneer 226g

Chickpeas Cutlets & Ragda Patties

This is an easy to make low carb snacks, an alternative of Potato (alu) cutlets yet utterly delicious.

Ingredients for cutlets:

  • Boiled Chickpeas
  • Spices
  • Sauces of your choice
  • Olive oil
  • Coriander  leaves

Ingredients for Ragda Patties: 

  • Yogurt
  • Tamarind chutney/sauce
  • Green chutney/sauce (made of mint, coriander, chilly)
  • Onion

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Method:

Out of say 1 cup of boiled chickpeas, keep one forth aside and grind rest of the boiled chickpeas to make coarse paste. Add some spices like salt, turmeric, red chilly powder or green chilly finely chopped, Indian chole masala (optional), chopped coriander, add 2 table spoon of oil and mix them well to make thick batter. Heat the pan and add 3-4 tablespoon of olive oil.
Once hot, take one large spoon of the batter, place it on the pan and press gently to form round shaped cutlets (see the pics for approx size). In a pan, based on its size we can make 4-5 cutlets in one go. Cover the pan with the lid and cook on each side until golden and crispy. If required, add 1-2 table spoon of oil while flipping the cutlet.

Either serve cutlets as is with sauces or make ragda patties.

For Ragda patties, in a bowl place 2-3 cutlets, add left over boiled chickpeas, to this add 2-3 tablespoon of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of tamarind chutney, 1 tablespoon of green chutney, sauces, sliced onions.

Serve hot!

–– Happy Eating!!