Blueberry Mousse

Donning the chef’s cap being a somewhat rare affair, I fall for recipes that promise ease & joy to the eater!

So when my dear cousin Preeti gave me a recipe which promised both I decided to give it a shot.

It was well worth it as all those who partook of the dessert confessed it was awesome.

So get cracking with these –

Blueberries – 2 cups
Sugar – 1 cup
Gelatin – 2 tbsp
Whipping Cream – 2 cups

1.Soak gelatin in cold water
2.Blend berries in mixer
3.Add sugar to the purée & heat in a saucepan until sugar dissolves
4.Add gelatin to the mixture & heat till it completely dissolves without lumps
5.Whip the cream to soft peaks & keep aside
6.Once the berry mixture has cooled down, fold into the whipped cream
7.Refrigerate for 2-4 hrs
8.Garnish & serve!!!

So go ahead & give this a shot!

I was told that one can also try variations with other fruits – strawberries, peaches, mangoes

Banana Paradise

So while in Kerala recently during the Onam festival, it was a visual delight to see the abundance of bananas on display everywhere I looked.

Shops were decorated for the festival.

Bananas outside. Banana chips inside.

Bananas everywhere.

Here a chip, there a chip, everywhere a chip, chip (just had to add this line owing to its lyrical quality)

Is it any wonder we Malayalees have mastered the art of making banana chips & it is such a massive industry in Kerala?

Photos below were of just one shop.

Sunday Salad

Okay so we all wade through several blog posts. This time I decided to also act upon it.  I follow the blog of Mrs.Buena Vida in which I came across this very interesting white balsamic caprese salad. It looked delicious yet easy enough to put together. So I gave it a shot. I made some slight variation to her original recipe by adding capers, figs & goat cheese (in place of  mozzarella) which may have contributed to the squishy effect!

Mrs.Buena Vida – I really enjoy your blog & thanks for sharing your recipes. Hope you are  happy knowing that someone from a different continent entirely  is trying it out. God Bless 🙂

Namaste India.

The things we may ask & do when you visit our beloved country – India.

I have taken the liberty of using ‘we’, though no generalisation is intended!

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We will ask where your from.

We will ask about your country.

We will ask if you like our country.

We will ask if you like spicy food.

We will ask if you are married.

We will ask your age.

We will ask your spouse’s age.

We will ask how many children you have & won’t be embarrassed when you tell us you are not married to begin with.

We will ask if your home is your own or if it’s rented.

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We will ask if you like our Bollywood.

We will get you hooked onto Kolaveri Di. (Holy Cow-u)

We will tell you we are an emerging superpower.

We will make sure you are enlightened that English words like mantra, avatar, guru, mulligatawny, juggernaut & catamaran have their roots in India.

We will show you how to calmly cross the road during mad traffic.

We will teach you to enjoy it as an adventure sport, which is free at that.

We will teach you to play kabaddi…the art of pulling leg.

We will ask you to take the auto rickshaw for local travel.

We will take you to Fabindia for shopping & hope you make your mind up in one shop.

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We will teach you to say Namaste.

We will ask if you had tiffin.

We will ask if you prefer milk chai or filter kaapi & hope you will confirm you enjoy both.

We will take you home, give you idli & red chilli chutney & hope you can understand our fiery spirit of hospitality.

We will give you samosa to eat & forget to mention it has sharp green chillies within.

We will offer you cold water when you jump 5 feet in the air.

We will offer you ladoo or jalebi to cool the tongue.

We will recommend you try betel nut & paan.

We will not warn you not to smile after that.

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We will tell you (without your asking) about our relatives – immediate, distant, in-between, mother’s side, father’s side …& watch you pass out.

We will discuss wines like there is a vineyard in our backyard.

We will tell you about our religious diversity.

We will patiently explain the meaning of Karma & Maya to you. Including the right pronunciation.

We will get you to join Yoga classes.

We will recommend a bout of Ayurveda.

We will not meet you during rahu kaal.

We will ask that you don’t meet us during rahu kaal.

We will insist on visiting you in hospital – does not matter that you have a headache & would prefer not to meet anyone – we have to show you we care.

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We will take a photo with you to ensure we remember your visit.

We will ask that you do not gift us aromatic candles to express your appreciation of our hospitality.

We will show you the number of candles we have been gifted so far. Infact a candle shop is in plan.

If you insist on giving us a gift, a villa or two in the South of France or Hawaii (or both) should be fine.

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We will do all this & more when you visit India.

Please do visit our country.

Else we may miss an opportunity to ask, tell & do all of the above.

Finally…it is a fact that you would be richer at the end of your visit with a taste of India’s openness, warmth & hospitality!

And…we would have taught you the true meaning of living. Indian style!