My True Love – Cooking and Food

2014 was a rock star year for me. I did things that I loved –  Food, Family, Friends, Travel and Work. But my true love has been cooking because it taught me how to love myself even more. I use it as my muse, my stress buster, my get away, my alone time, my time with friends and family, my hobby. It keeps me happy. It let’s me be. It gives me freedom from everything that can shackle me down. It helps me to be carefree and enjoy life to the fullest. It has made my relationship with family, my mom, friends, colleagues much stronger, and it has also given me my new job. Its my thing, you know.

And that’s why I haven’t been truly blogging for the past 10 months on my website, because I have been really busy doing all of this. Today, it will be only appropriate to share all of this love, with you. Some highlights because I had a lot of best things in this last one year

1) Cooking and Baking for Friends and Family. Surprising Rosh with some ginger cookies, Zena with a Lemon Cake on their birthdays and random cookouts for Friends. The best joy is to share what you cook. This also gave me the confidence and the germ of the idea of doing my pop up restaurant

Lemon cake with candied lemon and sour cream

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Cookies didn't crumble.. my foot did #cookies #baking

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This is what is cooking at Baker's Street #Chocolatecookies #dontgiveafork #baking #christmas #bakersstreet

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Rogan Josh

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2) Climbing up to the Everest Base Camp with my college bestie Rajalakshmy: A 12 days treacherous trek, 4750 mts, beautiful trails, rains and snow, mountains and river, shared bathrooms and tiny rooms, fellow travelers, no technology – just two good friends discovering a new world and finding peace.

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first yak sighting at the highest monastry  dingbouche my favourite picture..before the ascent to tyanbouche

3) Cooking with Mom and  for her. Everything I know, or aspire to become, comes from her. She is the best cook in the world and I am just her shadow. I will continue to be her shadow all my life and reach the greatness of her culinary skills and ofcourse the other awesome things that she is. It was a highlight when she said that she loved my lamb dish that I cooked especially for her. She ate quietly, her eyes sparkled with joy and I could tell she was loving every bite. I felt proud.

Roasted lamb for mom. Nervous. #dontgiveafork

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thai vermicilli and chilly chicken breast

4) Mom and Daughter Holiday on my 30th – Slovenia, Italy and Austria : Two women, taking on Eastern Europe. Staying with the best hosts Nina and Alen,  driving down the entire country and then to Venice and Graz, seeing the most beautiful sights, experiences the most beautiful things, spending quality time with mom, meeting the most loving and the purest human beings in the world,  learning how to cook a rabbit, celebrating my birthday in a vineyard and then getting asked out on the same day by the cute owner’s son, having a perfect date by riding bicycle through the woods and lakes, coming back home with loads of memories and smiles, and making a family of all the people we met.

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The last night with laughter and sadness #eurotrip #slovenia #europe

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5) And the highlight –  my first Sunday Pop Up Restaurant on 17th August 2014:  I served a 3 course fining dining menu for both vegeterians and non vegeterians.  This was only possible because my  friends moved mountains for me to make it happen. Thank you to Poulo, Nev, Sushil, Shibani, and to all my lovely friends who came in, who even flew down, to encourage me 🙂 Yes they paid for my food too. I was a happy person that day. Of course some of you already know  because of my vulgar use of Facebook to publicize the event.

Halloumi Steak with a Zucchini, Mint and Lemon Salad
Halloumi Steak with a Zucchini, Mint and Lemon Salad
Baked Chicken Schnitzel with a Fennel Slaw and Parsley Salad
Baked Chicken Schnitzel with a Fennel Slaw and Parsley Salad
Wild Mushrooms Galette with chives and micro herbs and a cherry tomato salad
Wild Mushrooms Galette with chives and micro herbs and a cherry tomato salad

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Recipes for lot of these coming soon 🙂 Let me know what did you think of my year 🙂

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