Thursday, January 31, 2013

Winter warmer– Carrot and Broccoli Soup

Life is getting tougher and tougher for me. Especially with a toddler hanging on to my shoulder all the time, I am left with almost no time for blogging. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining at all, I just love spending time with my toddler and the little things he does. Few days ago he produced his first piece of artwork which I am immensely proud of. It always the little things that makes our lives so colourful.


Anyway, I am always looking for ideas to feed my little one, which I can make it as quick as possible at the same time full of flavour, taste and got to be healthy. One such dish is my carrot and broccoli soup. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make this dish and its ready under 30 minutes and not all that time spent in kitchen making the dish. The other bonus of this dish is grown-ups can have it too. This is how I made the soup.



2 carrots (pealed and roughly cut into chunks)

4 florets of broccoli

1 tsp of cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1tbsp oil

salt to taste

jug full of boiling water


Fry the carrots and broccoli in the oil with the spices for five minutes or so then add enough boiling water to cover the veg and boil it for 15-20 minutes. Add salt to taste and a bit of freshly crushed black pepper. Once the veg are almost done blend it . Serve warm with a knob of butter on top and bread. Enjoy!

*Sending this to A Homemaker’s Diary’s giveaway event  and to Fabulicious Food’s Simple and in Season

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pure Vanilla–Book Review


First of all a very Happy New Year to all my readers.


I am not been very regular here lately but trust me I have good reasons for that. Having said that I feel I need to organize myself bit better so that I can give a fair amount of attention to my this baby as well. Hence one of my new year resolution is to be more regular here and share more mouth watering, easy and quick recipes, book reviews, food photography and many more.


I decide to begin my year with a book review. I received to book when I was away so couldn't review the book earlier but finally when I had a good look at the book, I thought Oh! My Lord. What a book!



The name “Pure Vanilla” sounds to me something divine..and the cover picture of the book gave me the same heavenly feeling. From start to end the book has a divine feeling about it. The pages, the structure of the book the recipes, the photos every thing has a mellow sweetness about it, just like vanilla itself.



Some 80+ recipes including Vanilla cloud cake, Vanilla spread, jams, marshmallow etc..etc.. I am not giving you the full need to buy the book to see it. Its almost like a one-stop reference and recipe book for vanilla you have in your store cupboard. I will be trying out some recipes soon from the book and will make post on that soon. 


The book is written by California based fellow food blogger Shauna Sever. Beautiful, talented the next door baker’s blog can be found here. If you wish to buy the book from Amazon then the link is right here. The beautiful photos of the book is taken by Leigh Beisch and the book itself is published by Quirk Books.


P.S. All the pictures in this post are clicked from the book Pure Vanilla.