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Day 181 – Kingfish in Okra Gravy

Day 181 - Kingfish in Okra Gravy

Yay, all geared up for long weekend! For dinner, I fried King fish and served it on Okra gravy.

Day 180 – Chicken Watermelon Salad

Day 180 - Chicken Watermelon Salad

Had a great evening! One of the best things about summer is that I can have a lot of watermelons, I just love them. They are such refreshing fruits and perfect thirst quenchers. We were really hungry this evening and so had an early dinner. Hubby baked the chicken and I made the salad. I even added some cut watermelons to my salad. After a couple of bites of chicken and veggies, biting through the watermelon was so refreshing to the taste buds.


  • Bake the chicken after marinating it with barbecue sauce.
  • Served over salad and add watermelon to it.

Day 179 – Green Chilly Shrimp and Veggies

Day 179 - Green Chilly Shrimp and Veggies

It was such a beautiful day today! Today I biked to work for the first time, going to work was so easy as it was mostly downhill ride, well coming back riding uphill was little exhausting. Anyway, I had so much fun and had my work out done. In the evening it was so windy and sunny, I had a lot of gardening work to do, beautified the yard some more. Gardening is a never ending process, you can just keep on doing. For dinner, I made green chilly shrimp along with veggies. I used green chilly sauce as the seasoning and drizzled sesame oil at the end. It was easy to make and very delicious at the same time. Note: the flower in the picture is from my garden, it’s begonia, one of my favorite flowers.



  • Shrimp, deveined- 1/2 pound
  • Carrot cut long- 1
  • Red pepper, cut long- 1
  • Celery, cut long- 1 stalk
  • Broccoli, florets- 1/2 broccoli
  • Thai Kitchen Green curry paste- 3 tbsp
  • Water or coconut milk- 1/2 cup


  1. In a wok or pan, cook veggies and shrimp till tender.
  2. Add Thai green curry paste to it, saute for a minute.
  3. Add water or coconut milk, cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

Day 178 – Yogurt Veggie

Day 178 - Yogurt Veggie

I wish I could say I love Mondays. On every Monday I have a few hours of wrestling with the Monday blues and slowly my brain will come to its senses. Even though today my work started off a little crazy, everything went well by the end of the day. In the evening we had nachos, so we felt pretty full. For dinner, I made a quick yogurt veggie.


  • Cook veggies till tender, add your favorite seasonings. I added cumin powder, ground pepper, fennel powder and salt.
  • Add yogurt- 1 cup, cook for sometime and serve.

Day 177 – Mango Chicken

Day 177 - Mango Chicken

Had a busy shopping day. I am obsessed with plant shopping now, I had bought a bunch of plants a few weeks ago and I made up my mind to not to buy any more. Well, today I went and bought a few more plants, sigh! I feel so good and relaxed when I am with plants and flowers, I have build a really good garden on the front and back yards. Am I turning into a garden-holic? After long hours of gardening in the evening, followed by snacking and a good nap, I was too lazy to even think of dinner. I was almost on the verge of making a quick salad for dinner. Seeing the ripe mangoes in my refrigerator, I had a sudden urge and craving for mango chicken. When I get the craving I have to succumb to it. Mango chicken became my delicious dinner!

Mango Chicken Recipe

Day 176 – International Food Festival @ Victoria Park

Day 176 - International Food Festival

Had an awesome Saturday! It was all about friends, food and fun. We went to an International food festival with our friends, tasted lots of food, and had lots of fun.

Funnel cake, Rogan Josh, Chana Masala and Rice, Milk Caramel Churro, Enchiladas, Empanadas, Fried plantain, stuffed plantain.

Day 175 – Tandoori Chicken and Aromatic Buttermilk Chicken Legs

Day 175 - Tandoori Chicken and Aromatic Buttermilk Chicken Legs

Whenever we dine in Indian restaurants, one dish we order without looking at the menu or much pondering is tandoori chicken. For dinner, I grilled tandoori chicken and aromatic buttermilk chicken legs.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Day 174 – Chicken Satay

Day 174 - Chicken Satay

More gardening and enjoyed the rain. For dinner, I made our favorite chicken satay. Usually it is served with peanut sauce, didn’t have peanut butter so I served it with sauteed veggies.


  • Chicken breasts, cut half and long- 2
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
  • soy sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Fish sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Brown sugar- 2 tsp
  • Honey- 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Marinate  the chicken for 30 minutes.
  • Cook on a skillet or grill it till chicken has cooked well and turns golden brown.

Ketchup Veggie:

  • Red pepper, cut long- 1
  • Carrot, cut long-1
  • Celery, cut long- 2 stalks
  • Soy sauce- 2 tbsp
  • tomato ketchup- 2 tbsp
  • ground pepper- 1/4 tsp

  1. Cook veggies till tender.
  2. Add soy sauce, tomato ketchup and ground pepper.
  3. Combine well and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Serve along with Chicken Satay.

Day 173 – Dried Anchovy Curry and Rice

Day 173 - Dried Anchovy Curry and Rice

We are having calm hot days and totally crazy nights with thunderstorms and heavy rain. I’ve been waiting for summer to make this curry with dried anchovies, as I don’t want to have the fish smell lingered to my house during winter. I had to open all the windows and doors along with the exhaust to ward off all the fish smell. Dried fish curries are very common in my hometown and it has been a delicacy and comfort food for many people. Believe me, it’s been ages since I had this dish. This time when I saw dried anchovies at the Asian superstore, I couldn’t resist buying it and finally it was today that I made dried anchovies in coconut gravy and served it with white rice. My hubby doesn’t like anchovies let alone dried ones, so he had grilled steak. While having this, I kept saying to my hubby “You are missing something very delicious”. And he kept staring at me when I kept licking my fingers and making the Hmm sound, this dish is in deed a true delicacy!


Adopted from this Original Recipe


  • Dry Anchovies- 1 cup
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger, minced - 2 tsp
  • Onion, chopped - 1
  • Tomato, chopped-1
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Water- 1/4 cup

To grind:

  • Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt- 3 tbsp
  • Dried anchovies- 4 no’s
  1. Shallow fry the dry anchovies in little oil and keep aside.
  2. Heat a pan, add oil, chilly powder, turmeric powder, saute for a second without burning it.
  3. Add minced ginger, chopped onion and tomato, saute till tomato gets mashed up.
  4. In a blender, grind above mentioned ingredients to grind to a smooth paste.
  5. Add this coconut paste to onion mixture, cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add fried anchovies, curry leaves and water.
  7. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with white or red rice.

Day 172 – Basil Shrimp

Day 172 - Basil Shrimp

Wohooo, had my first ever basil harvest from my veggie garden this evening. It was so rewarding and I felt like I am on cloud nine. Without any doubt, the best thing I have done this spring was building my veggie garden. To me gardening is relaxing and now it’s turning to be therapeutic. Watering the plants, taking care of it and finally harvesting the fruits and veggies: gardening couldn’t get any better than this. I am not sure how many times I would have dreamt of plucking veggies from my own garden and cooking with it, finally my dream is coming to reality. After harvesting the basil, what’s next? Of course, preparing dinner with it, made basil shrimp with homegrown organic basil; had the most satisfying dinner ever!


  • Shrimp- 15 no’s
  • Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Cumin powder-1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Oil- 3 tbsp
  • Coconut milk- 3/4 cup
  • Corn flour- 1/2 tbsp (dissolved in 1 tsp cold water)
  • Worcestershire sauce- 1 tsp
  • Oil- 1 tbsp,
  • Ginger minced- 1 tsp
  • Garlic minced- 1 tsp
  • Green chilly chopped- 1
  • Onion chopped-1
  • Basil leaves chopped- 6-7 leaves
  1. Marinate the shrimp with chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and lemon juice.
  2. Fry in 3 tbsp oil till golden in color.
  3. After you remove the shrimp, in to the same pan add add coconut milk, corn flour- 1/2 tbsp dissolved in 1 tsp cold water, worcestershire sauce and cook for 2 minutes and remove from the heat, keep aside.
  4. In another pan, add oil, ginger minced, garlic minced, green chilly chopped, onion chopped, saute till onion turns tender.
  5. Add fried shrimp, previously prepared coconut milk mixture, basil leaves chopped, cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Serve with Jasmine rice.

Day 171 – BroCauli Chicken Noodles

Day 171 - BroCauli Chicken Noodles

Tiring Monday and a lazy evening. For dinner, I made chicken noodles along with broccoli and cauliflower.


Day 170 – Ground Beef Couscous

Day 170 - Ground Beef Couscous

Feels like I am back from a vacation, had a terrific weekend! Though I am too lazy to cook during weekends, by Sunday evening I’ll be reactivated and will be seen indulged in cooking and baking. Today I had a sudden craving for biryani, if not biryani I made ground beef couscous for dinner. It didn’t taste like biryani but it was close to that taste and unlike biryani this one was quite easy to make. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Ground Beef Couscous Recipe

Day 169 – Grilled Shrimp, Chicken and Strawberries

Day 169 - Grilled Shrimp, Chicken and Strawberries

Riding, riding and lots of riding! My ear drums are still vibrating, today we rode Harley-Davidson Fat boy 1600 cc 2011 model motorcycle, it was incredibly fun riding that fat boy. After all the riding fun, I was too exhausted to make anything fancy for dinner. Grilling was the only mode of cooking I could think of, hence grilled Chicken, shrimp skewers and strawberries.


  • Marinated Chicken and Shrimp in Korean Barbecue Sauce and grilled it.

Day 168 – Grilled Cilantro Chicken and Grilled Steak

Day 168 - Grilled Cilantro Chicken and Grilled Steak

Hands down, the best homemade grilled chicken I ever had. While grilling I usually depend on store bought marinade just to make my job easier. Honestly, I got tired of it and so this evening I decided to create my own marinade for grilling chicken. I made a simple marinade using cilantro, curry leaves, ginger and onion, coated over the chicken drumsticks and allowed it to rest for sometime. Grilled it to perfection, the aroma from the chicken while grilling itself gave the feeling that it’s going to taste great. It tasted absolutely delicious that we gobbled up with so much vigor. For my hubby, I even grilled steak and potatoes. Friday night couldn’t get any better!


Grilled Cilantro Chicken 

Day 167 – Baked Beef Beans

Day 167 - Baked Beef Beans

Today we had a plant sale in my campus, so I bought more plants and planted in my garden. My hubby was in charge of making dinner and so I felt so relaxed. He made baked beef beans, it tasted delicious.



  • Ground beef- 1/2 pound
  • onion, chopped- 1
  • Black beans, canned- 1
  • Red Kidney beans- 1
To combine:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until meat is done and onion is tender.
  2. Combine all the above mentioned ingredients and add this to meat mixture; mix well.
  3. Stir in black beans and red kidney beans to the ground beef mixture.
  4. Spread the mixture in a greased 2-1/2-qt. casserole.
  5. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 1 hour or until heated through.

Day 166 – Chilli Baby Corn and Bamboo Shoots

Day 166 - Chilli Baby Corn and Bamboo Shoots

This is the second time this week I am making baby corn. I’ve always loved baby corns and used to add it to stir fries. We both loved the fried baby corn dish that I had made a couple of days ago and so for tonight’s dinner I wanted to try a different dish with it and made chilli baby corn. I also added bamboo shoots along with baby corns. This is one of the most delicious vegetarian dishes I had in a while and I am sure even the hard core non-vegetarians will find it hard to resist. it.



To make batter

  • Corn flour- 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour- 1 tbsp
  • Water- 1/4 +1/8 cup
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
Other ingredients:
  • Baby corn, canned- 1 can
  • Bamboo shoots, canned- 1 can
  • Oil- enough to deep fry
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Ginger minced- 2 tsp
  • Garlic minced- 1 tsp
  • Red dry chilly- 2 no’s
  • Onions, chopped- 2
  • Salt- little
  • Green pepper, diced-1
  • Soy sauce- 3 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup – 4 tbsp
  • Rice vinegar- 1 tbsp
  • Chili paste- 1 tsp
  • Spring onion, chopped- 2 stalks
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  1. Combine corn flour, rice flour, water, ginger-garlic paste, ground pepper and salt into a thick batter.
  2. Dip baby corn(drained and rinsed) and bamboo shoots in this batter and deep fry in oil.
  3. Heat a pan, add oil, ginger minced, garlic minced, red dry chilly, onions, saute for a few minutes.
  4. Add little salt, give it a stir.
  5. Add green pepper and cook covered
  6. Add soy sauce, tomato ketchup, rice vinegar, chili paste, combine well and saute.
  7. Add the fried baby corn, bamboo shoots, spring onion chopped- 2 stalks, cilantro- 1 handful and combine well.
  8. Serve on a plate.

Day 165 – Angry Shrimp and The Jerk Pizza @ Palasad

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We just wrapped up a great evening, went to Palasad and played pool. We had dinner at the restaurant there, the food was really delicious. We had Angry shrimp as appetizer and The jerk gluten free pizza. Honestly, gluten free pizza crusts are not that great as the regular ones, they are thinner and crispier, topping for this pizza was delicious which helped me to forget that I was actually eating gluten free crust.

Day 164 – Fried Baby Corns, Fennel Chicken and Wheat Crepes

Day 164 - Fried baby corn and Fennel chicken with wheat crepes

Ok, I am confused now! Yes the cold weather. We only had a couple of days of sunshine last week, since then it’s been chilly day and night. This morning, I literally had to dig in my wardrobe to find a fleece as I had already buried it somewhere deep :( I’ve been whining all day long about the weather and other things, I think I need to stop it and just enjoy the ride. This evening I couldn’t do any outdoor activities, hence I started cooking as soon as I reached home. As an evening snack, I first made fried baby corns and after a while for dinner I made fennel chicken and wheat crepes. Fried baby corns tasted really delicious.


Fried Baby Corn Recipe

Fennel Chicken:

  • Heat a pan, add oil- 2 tbsp,  cardamom-2, cloves-2, cinnamon- 2 inch, saute for a second.
  • Add onion chopped- 1, saute and add salt.
  • Add chicken boneless- 1/2 pound, cover and cook till half done.
  • Add potatoes diced-2, cook covered.
  • Add fennel powder- 3 tsp , ground pepper- 1/2 tsp , garam masala- 1/2 tsp , combine well and cook for some time.
  • Add 2 cups coconut milk, mix well and let heat for 3 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.


Day 163 – Salami Noodles

Day 163 - Salami Noodles

A very lazy cold Sunday! For dinner made salami chow mein for me and salami vermicelli for my hubby. It was delicious.


  • I followed the recipe for making shrimp chow mein, for making salami chow mein I added salami after slicing into round shape and slightly pan frying it without adding any oil.
  • You could add your favorite veggies to this.



Day 162 – Stuffed Chicken with Swiss Chard and Plantain

Day 162 - Stuffed Chicken with Swiss Chard and Plantain

Had a wonderful Saturday. In the evening we went on a motorcycle ride and when we came home we gotta know from our neighbor that he found his lost pet snake. I finally had a chance to meet the snake and even patted it, it was such a beautiful snake with a nice golden/brown pattern on its skin. After all the excitement, for dinner I baked stuffed chicken breast, stuffed it with swiss chard and parmesan cheese, served it on sauteed swiss chard and topped with ghee roasted plantain. It was Yumm!


Stuffed Chicken with Swiss Chard and Plantain

Day 161 – Middle Eastern Dinner @ Babas Shawarma

Day 161 - Middle Eastern Dinner

Day 160 – Baked Honey Chicken

Day 160 - Baked Honey Chicken

While I was out in my backyard watering my veggie garden, I heard from my neighbor that he lost his 5 foot pet snake and he is pretty sure that it’s hiding somewhere in my backyard. Well, I was out of breath for a while and was terrified. But seeing my frustrated neighbor I felt so sad and I assured him that he’ll find his lily back soon. Well, it took a few hours for me to calm down and to get back to cooking dinner. I couldn’t think of anything other than baking, hence baked honey chicken and veggies.The chicken was very moist and flavorful.


  • Chicken breasts- 3 no’s (cut each chicken breast into halves)
  • Garlic, minced- 4 cloves
  • Ginger, minced- 3 inch
  • Soy sauce- 1/4 cup
  • Honey- 1/4 cup
  • Chili paste or Sambal Oelek- 1 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1tsp
  • Green onions, chopped- 2 stalks
  • Salt- little
  •  Marinate the chicken breasts with the above mentioned ingredients for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Flip over and bake for another 20 more minutes.
  • You could even use the same sauce to spread over veggies- carrot and beans and saute it in a skillet till it turns light brown.

Day 159 – Potato and Cauliflower in Yogurt

Day 159 - Potato and Cauliflower in Yogurt

After work, came home, watered the plants, spent some time in the backyard, listened to music, cooked dinner, wandered through the internet and watched TV.  For dinner, we had potato and cauliflower cooked in yogurt served with pita bread. It was more like Indian style mashed potatoes.



  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole red dry chillies-2 no’s’
  • Garlic minced- 3 cloves
  • Onion, chopped-1
  • Potatoes, diced-2
  • Cauliflower florets- 1 small
  • Chilly powder- 1tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1tsp
  • Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Water- 1/4 cup
  • Yogurt- 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  1. Heat a pan, add oil, add cumin seeds, whole red dry chillies, garlic minced, saute for a minute.
  2. Add onion chopped and salt, saute till tender.
  3. Add diced potatoes, cauliflower florets, add water and cook covered till the veggies have cooked well.
  4. Add chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, combine and cook for a few more minutes.
  5. Add yogurt, mix well and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Finally add chopped cilantro.
  7. If you want you could mash the potatoes and cauliflower.

Day 158 – Broiled Cumin Chicken and Peppers

Day 158 - Broiled Cumin Chicken and Peppers

Well, summer is kicking in, it’s getting super hot. For dinner, I made broiled cumin chicken and peppers, it was quick and came out delicious.

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