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Recipe of the Month: Baingan Bhartha (Indian-Style Fire Roasted Eggplants)

11/23/2015 23:15:00 PM

Eggplant also known as brinjal, aubergine or baingan in hindi is the gorgeous shiny purple-skinned vegetable that is familiar to most of us. Eggplants are used commonly in Indian cooking. As far back as I can remember, I have always nurtured a fondne > read more

Product review: StickerKid - Personalized Name Labels & Stickers For Kids

11/16/2015 22:45:00 PM

Something interesting arrived in the mail a few weeks ago!?I was fortunate to receive a Swiss-made customised gift package from StickerKid, a company dealing with unique and premium quality stickers to identify your child's belongings.Spearhead > read more

A Letter To My Daughters On Their First Birthday

11/09/2015 20:45:00 PM

My little girls turn ONE today! On this special day, I am sharing with you some photos from their birthday party and my thoughts on the year gone by.There are few occasions more monumental in a child’s life than his/her first birthday. It is not on > read more

Baker's Corner: Easy Bread Pizza Pockets

11/02/2015 18:39:00 PM

As you read this post, I will be rushing around my home like a headless chicken trying to get everything packed and sorted in time for my trip to India. This is going to be a longer-than-usual visit and I'll be back in Singapore only in January n > read more

Restaurant review: Caruso Italian Restaurant and Bar, Singapore

10/26/2015 23:02:00 PM

Invited ReviewLast week, the good folks at Caruso Italian Restaurant and Bar extended a kind invitation to sample their lunch menu. Italian cuisine is my most favourite International cuisine (aside from my own native cuisine) so it didn't take mu > read more

My All-Time Most and Least Favourite Television Characters

10/14/2015 21:00:00 PM

The medium of television has given us some gems in the form of tv shows over the years. Many of the modern dramas can easily rival Hollywood's best releases in terms of their immersive and cinematic style. Unlike a movie which is only a few hours > read more

Baker's Corner: Coffee Fudge Cake

10/07/2015 22:05:00 PM

I'm an aunt! Whoop!I mean, my cousins have kids and all so technically I was already an aunt but it is the first time I have become an aunt from a birth in my immediate family. My little sister delivered a bouncing baby boy yesterday. I am now a > read more

Recipe of the month: Bread Pakoda

09/30/2015 19:19:00 PM

My in-laws were in town for about 3 weeks last month. They had a wonderful time with the kids while I caught a much needed break. We couldn't venture out as much as we would have liked to (courtesy the 'haze') save for another trip to Mad > read more

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

09/18/2015 23:07:00 PM

This post has been on the cards for ages. Garden's by the Bay is a nature park located in central Singapore adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The sprawling garden is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapor > read more

Baker's Corner: Mixed Vegetable Frittata

09/07/2015 21:36:00 PM

I had been to Jason's - The Gourmet Grocer at Ion Orchard recently. I love going to speciality grocery stores to ogle at what they have to offer (especially in the fruit and veg section). The produce is so vibrant, diverse and irresistible that i > read more

Recipe of the month: Methi Dosa

08/31/2015 11:08:00 AM

From where I come from, we have what we call a 'uppu-huli-khara' dosa which literally translates to salt-sour-spicy dosa that is a breakfast staple. It is made by grinding raw rice along with a range of spices, tamarind, jaggery and grated fr > read more

A Visit to Madame Tussauds Singapore

08/21/2015 11:11:00 AM

One of the first travel posts I published on the blog detailed the various tourist attractions within Singapore. However, after that post was published, several more tourist attractions sprung up on our sunny shores which I neglected to update. But I > read more

Baker's Corner: Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

08/14/2015 11:35:00 AM

My baking ventures have been going rather well lately (if I do say so myself!). Last month, I baked bread bowls for a soup (featured previously) which unexpectedly turned out to be a winner. The weekend after that, I was looking to bake something els > read more

My Photo Gallery: Home Sweet Home

08/08/2015 02:14:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I was getting a little weary of the same routine I go through every day and picked up my camera and started shooting random things around my home. There are a few corners of my home that I kinda like (and a few that I don't....bu > read more

Recipe of the Month: Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

07/31/2015 11:06:00 AM

I said I would be back with the Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat recipe and here it is! See....I keep my word, don't I? If you read my previous recipe post on Quick and Easy Bread Bowls, you will know what I am talking about. If not, th > read more

Restaurant review: Table by Rang Mahal, Singapore

07/24/2015 11:21:00 AM

Its been ages since I posted a restaurant review. The restaurant reviews on my blog garner a decent number of hits so it is something I need to feature more often! Unfortunately, we have drastically cut down on going out to restaurants choosing take- > read more

A Few Of My Favourite Things (1)

07/17/2015 11:13:00 AM

I have been contemplating the inclusion of a new segment called 'A Few of My Favourite Things' on the blog for over a year now. I kept procrastinating all this while but finally decided it was time to set things in motion. So, what I do in t > read more

Baker's Corner: Quick and Easy Bread Bowls

07/10/2015 11:05:00 AM

I am all fired up about this recipe because it was one of those kitchen experiments that I thought would end in disaster but then unexpectedly turned out fabulous! I just love when that happens, don't you?  ?I never thought I would make bread > read more

Recipe of the month: Lasooni Methi Paneer

07/04/2015 05:09:00 AM

I have a million errands to run today so I'm not going to ramble. Instead, I'm going to cut to the chase and tell you how I came about making this curry.Me and a few of my cousins are part of a WhatsApp group called 'Masterchefs'. Pom > read more

Movie Recommendation: Rahasya (Hindi)

06/20/2015 01:42:00 AM

The time is 5pm on a weekday. My cell phone rings at work....tring....tring....Me: Hello?Hubby: Hi!Me: What's up?Hubby: Movie this evening?Me: Sounds good. Which one?Hubby: There are a few good ones that are out. We can go to the multiplex and de > read more

Recipe of the month: Dill Pulao (Sabbasige Soppu Pulao)

06/13/2015 09:47:00 AM

This Dill Pulao is one among the simplest rice dishes I know. Judging by what I've seen, I'd say that dill (sabbasige soppu in kannada) is a herb that is not to everyone's taste. The green wispy, fern-like leaves of fresh dill have a stro > read more

Baker's Corner: Vegetarian Baked Rice

06/05/2015 22:01:00 PM

It's time for another guest post by You-Know-Who. Okay....that just made him sound a little evil! hahaha ? But jokes apart, after having the twins, blogging has gotten about ten thousand times more difficult than it used to be. I have had no > read more

10 things I love about my hometown

05/06/2015 09:45:00 AM

This post has been in the pipeline for a while now. I can't believe it has taken me such a long time to express my thoughts on my beloved hometown Mysore. My hometown is where my heart is. Even after being away for more than a decade, I still hav > read more

Recipe of the Month: Spinach Masala Pongal

04/18/2015 00:32:00 AM

Pongal is one of my all-time favourite comfort foods. It is the South-Indian version of the well-known Khichri/Khichdi which is popular throughout North India and Pakistan. This amazingly simple dish of pressure cooked lentils and rice with subtle sp > read more

Baker's Corner: Mini Jammy Cakes

04/08/2015 10:45:00 AM

After what seems like eternity, I am in India! Hooray! I'm introducing my little ones to my hometown, to the house I grew up in, to my friends and family, to our culture and traditions and to everything that makes me look forward to going back ho > read more

A tale of two babies!

03/31/2015 23:15:00 PM

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.- Jessica LangeI wanted to do a post on motherhood and my fraternal twin girl > read more

Remembering a legend - RIP Lee Kuan Yew

03/24/2015 00:11:00 AM

Image Source: Painting by Mai Huy Dung“You begin your journey not knowing where it will take you > read more

My Photo Gallery: Travel Memoirs

03/15/2015 08:43:00 AM

I kick-started my photo gallery series way back in Feb 2014 but after that one post, I didn't do squat to keep the series alive (my bad!). Lack of time was a major factor that led to the stagnation of the series combined with a lack of interestin > read more

Recipe of the month: Potato Cheese Balls

03/08/2015 05:34:00 AM

One of the most universally loved things on this planet has to be fried food. Don't you agree?  Keep a plate of fried goodies anywhere in the line of my vision and the hidden ninja in me emerges to polish off everything within seconds! My appall > read more

Baker's Corner: American Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake

03/01/2015 01:59:00 AM

I'm back on the blog! Didn't expect to be back so soon but turns out that my girls are not as difficult to manage as I initially thought they would be and they probably want mummy to continue blogging! ? Of course I probably won't be > read more

Embracing motherhood....

11/14/2014 08:37:00 AM

Double the trouble, double the fun,Our life with twins, has just begun!So, the title and picture says it all doesn't it?! It gives me so much joy to finally announce to the world that I am mom to two beautiful fraternal twin girls! We were graced wit > read more

Product Review: Instant Mixes from "Oota Tindi"

11/07/2014 22:25:00 PM

This is a post that I take great pride in writing. Right off the bat, let me make it plainly known that nobody requested me to write this post so I'm not going to brand it as an advertorial. This is just me voluntarily spreading the word about a grou > read more

Recipe of the month: Chitranna Shavige

11/02/2014 20:19:00 PM

Yes I know....I haven't been blogging as frequently as I usually do *sighs* but sometimes it is simply inevitable and I just brush aside the guilt and get on with my life! This is a post I had been saving for a rainy day. Sometimes, due to time c > read more

Recipe of the month: Vegetable Pulao

10/13/2014 09:37:00 AM

It's time for a recipe that is very close to my heart. This is a recipe for Vegetable Pulao that I have been making for the past 6-7 years. Every single time I make Pulao at home, it is this recipe that I turn to, so in a way, it is my go-to reci > read more

Restaurant review: Dinner Buffet at Cafe Mosaic @ The Carlton, Singapore

10/06/2014 05:52:00 AM

Cafe Mosaic is a contemporary cafe located at level 1 of the elegant Carlton Hotel in Singapore. This restaurant is touted as a place where Asian and Western culinary favourites are brought together to give diners a taste of what the best of Singapor > read more

Baker's Corner: Mixed Vegetable Pizza with Roasted Garlic White Sauce

09/27/2014 11:07:00 AM

Today was a really nice day. Apart from being a weekend, it was one of those days that me and hubby decided to make pizza from scratch at home. We don't cook together very often (either I take over completely or he does) so its kinda fun when we > read more

Recipe of the month: Quesadillas with homemade Salsa and Guacamole

09/13/2014 23:49:00 PM

I haven't been cooking much lately (yeah that statement sounds strange to me even as I type!). I've kind of somewhat lost my cooking mojo! But it is just a passing phase so I'm not too flustered by it. I still do find the interest to bake > read more

Restaurant review: Mai Thai @ Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore

09/06/2014 11:52:00 AM

Me and my girlie gang spasmodically go out for dinner on birthday celebrations but since the past few months we've all been so preoccupied that our outings kept getting postponed until we realized that there were not one but THREE birthdays that > read more

Baker's Corner: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

08/31/2014 04:47:00 AM

So, I'll try not to get into an elaborate introduction to this post. All I'm going to say is that these are possibly the best cupcakes I have ever made (like seriously). I've baked vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes in the past bu > read more

TV Series Review: Breaking Bad

08/23/2014 05:52:00 AM

Image Source: a long time, me and hubby have been singling out an American TV series and watching all seasons of it. This binge watching not only makes for entertaining tv viewing but is also a great conversation > read more

Recipe of the month: Masala Vada

08/16/2014 10:28:00 AM

Wishing all my readers a very happy Krishna Janmashtami 2014!So, my parents were in town last month for a fleeting visit and I was preoccupied with them the whole time. As might be expected, I haven't had much time to devote to my blog. I didn > read more

Staycation at Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore

08/12/2014 11:04:00 AM

What do you do when you are desperate for a getaway but owing to some reason or the other, your plans don't materialize? Well, you do the next best plan a staycation! A staycation, simply put, is a vacation in the place where you sta > read more

Baker's Corner: Cheesy Garlic Herb Whole Wheat Loaf

07/14/2014 02:59:00 AM

So I'm currently in a healthy eating phase (I go through these phases a few times a year!). For me that means eating a lot more whole grains, low-fat dairy, greens, nuts, fresh vegetables and fruits. Normally, I shun the brown stuff in favour of > read more

Recipe of the month: Mixed Vegetable Stew

07/01/2014 19:59:00 PM

There are recipes and then there are recipes that stick with you for life. My policy has always been to feature only those recipes on my blog that I deem worthy enough for sharing. There are of course dishes on my blog that I've made only once de > read more

Baker's Corner: Hasselback Potatoes

06/23/2014 17:26:00 PM

Okay spud lovers....listen up coz boy do I have a treat for you! Tired of the same old french fries, wedges, mashed potatoes or foil-baked potatoes? Fear not, for the Swedish have come up with this unique and impressive way of turning the humble spud > read more

Book review: The Palace of Illusions

06/16/2014 09:09:00 AM

The Palace of Illusions is a novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni which tells the story of the Mahabharata from Draupadi's perspective. It is an insightful and enthralling account of the events that occurred during the end of the Dvapar Yug or Thi > read more

Women's fashion - Tops for Women from Zalora

06/10/2014 09:35:00 AM

AdvertorialOkay ladies....this should perk up your attention for sure! Let's face it....whether you are a shopaholic or fashionista or not, you have to admit that it is bloody hard to resist the allure of a good deal when it comes to clothes. I know > read more

Recipe of the month: Dabeli

05/31/2014 20:37:00 PM

Dabeli is a very popular street food snack which originated in the Kutch region of Gujarat. It is also called as Kutchi Dabeli or Kachchhi Dabeli. It is popular throughout Gujarat, Maharashtra, parts of Rajasthan and several metropolitan cities acros > read more

Baker's Corner: Chocolate Raspberry Marshmallow Bars. A guest post for The Big Sweet Tooth

05/17/2014 00:19:00 AM

I am super stoked (and a tad nervous) about this post. I can proudly say that on my blog, it is the first of its kind. Presenting to you my first guest post on The Big Sweet Tooth ?I've always wanted to do a guest post on another blog but I wasn't > read more

Restaurant review: Jamie's Italian, Singapore

05/10/2014 01:51:00 AM

Jamie Oliver is one of my favorite celebrity chefs. He is unquestionably one of the most famous and recognized British chefs in the world. I've watched his shows on the box for years. I like how he cooks simple, unpretentious and wholesome food, > read more

Recipe of the month: Methi Pulao (Fenugreek Leaves Pilaf)

04/30/2014 22:48:00 PM

Usually whenever I'm on holiday in India, I don't venture into the kitchen very often. I take full advantage of my mum and MIL indulging me by preparing all the kinds of food that I like *grins* As a result, I end up overeating ridiculously a > read more

Restaurant review: Bar Bar Black Sheep, Cluny Court @ Bukit Timah

04/13/2014 09:18:00 AM

This was my third visit to Bar Bar Black Sheep. All three times, I've been to the outlet at Cluny Court in Bukit Timah. The other three outlets are at Robertson Quay, Tanjong Katong and Cherry avenue. This cafe/bar/restaurant (I don't really > read more

Recipe of the month: Rava Idli

04/03/2014 21:16:00 PM

I dedicate this post to my beloved paternal grandmother who passed away last month. She was the warmest, kindest, liveliest and most hospitable woman I have ever known and I consider it a privilege to be her granddaughter. When I was born, she flew a > read more

Book Review: The Hunger Games

03/28/2014 00:21:00 AM

Winning will make you famous.Losing means certain death.May the odds ever be in your favour -The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games is a 2008 science fiction novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. The novel is the first in The Hunger Games trilogy, > read more

Baker's Corner: Vegetable Pot Pie

03/22/2014 03:03:00 AM

So I've been MIA for a few days now haven't I? It wasn't intentional really. I have so many recipe drafts ready which can keep my blog going for many months. But I discovered that it was time to feature my Baker's Corner segment and n > read more

Recipe of the month: Karnataka Speciality - Avarekalu Usli

03/08/2014 01:32:00 AM

This is a follow-up to the Ukkarisida Akki Rotti/Bili Rotti (rice-based pancake) post that you saw on my blog last month. Both the dishes you see in this post and earlier one are specialities from my home state of Karnataka in India. These are dishes > read more

Restaurant review: Medzs@Orchard Central, Singapore

03/02/2014 19:30:00 PM

During the first week of Feb, it was time to celebrate a close friend's birthday so me and seven other friends (including the birthday girl), began discussing the venue for our next gathering. We girls have this never-ending list of restaurants t > read more

A Visit to Shirdi wale Sai Baba - A Guest Post

02/23/2014 06:02:00 AM

While I was holidaying in India, I received an e-mail from the folks at to contribute a short article to my blog. was launched by online entrepreneurs and is all about booking bus tickets through mobile and online > read more

Baker's Corner: Valentine's Day Special - Japanese Cheesecake

02/14/2014 22:45:00 PM

 Wishing all my readers a very Happy Valentine's Day!I'm a day late in publishing this post but that's because even though I crafted this post yesterday, I was able to complete the troublesome photography part only this morning. Oh well. > read more

Recipe of the month: Ukkarisida Akki Rotti

02/11/2014 19:30:00 PM

I'm back in Singapore! After three weeks of doing no physical work, shopping galore, eating like a polar bear before it goes into hibernation and being pampered silly by my family, I feel a tad glum to get back to my usual routine. But that being > read more

My Photo Gallery: The Language of Flowers

02/04/2014 20:21:00 PM

I am on a mission. A mission to hone my photography skills. Truth be told, aside from the occasional food photography that I do for my blog, I don't really use my Canon 40D SLR camera for much else. My husband is the one who takes almost all of o > read more

Restaurant review: Woodstok, Bangalore, India

01/29/2014 00:43:00 AM

It is the first time I'm reviewing a restaurant outside Singapore so it feels a bit odd!  Like I said in one of my previous posts, I'm currently in Bangalore and having quite a marvellous time :) That being said, I can't help but feel s > read more

Recipe of the month: Rice Shavige/Semige

01/21/2014 12:33:00 PM

The vibrant hues that greet your eyes on the streets, the accustomed sights and smells that bombard your every sense, loud blaring music that seems to come from nowhere, the incessant honking of bikes, cars and vividly decorated trucks, the happy-go- > read more

Baker's Corner: Cheesy Mushroom Quiche

01/14/2014 20:01:00 PM

Guess what I've been doing the past few days? I've been running around like a headless chicken trying to make sure I get everything I'm supposed to do, done before we leave for our three week holiday to India tomorrow! Usually I get start > read more

Restaurant review: Lunch buffet @CafeBiz (Trader's Hotel), Singapore

01/07/2014 19:18:00 PM

I miss December already! For me, December is the month that all other months aspire to be ? It is probably the only month where even going to work feels like fun! Me and my colleagues (aka BFFs) usually plan a special outing in December but this ye > read more

Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014!

12/31/2013 12:55:00 PM

I'd like to wish all my wonderful readers a very Happy New Year!After an extremely eventful holiday season, I've finally found myself in a place where I don't have a whole lot of things to do or a hundred thoughts racing through my mind. > read more

Baker's Corner: Christmas Fruit Cake and Season's Greetings!

12/25/2013 04:26:00 AM

You know what is better than the holiday season? It is when you have family around to spread the cheer :) Right now, my sister and her husband are visiting us in Singapore and we sisters are busy painting the town red! In the past few days, we've > read more

Recipe of the month: Vegetable Momos

12/19/2013 18:32:00 PM

I've been meaning to make momos at home for quite a while now but I had put my plans on the back burner. When my parents were here two weeks ago, we happened to go shopping one evening and I got my hands on a $10 bamboo steamer that reignited the > read more

Restaurant review: Wild Honey@Mandarin Gallery, Singapore

12/12/2013 19:04:00 PM

Those who know me well, know that I am a sucker for having Breakfast For Dinner (or Brinner as it is known!). Give me perfectly poached eggs topped with a delicious creamy sauce, fresh bread, rustic potatoes and grilled vegetables and I can make do w > read more

Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth

12/06/2013 22:31:00 PM

Before I dive head-first into my book review, please allow me to ramble for a bit. I'm going to be relying on my drafts folder to keep my blog afloat for the next few weeks. We've had a sudden surge of guests recently. We had family visiting > read more

An award for my blog

12/05/2013 19:18:00 PM

A friend I've made recently in the blogging community, Eli, who blogs at Expatliv recently awarded me the Liebster award (Liebster is a German term for endearment). This award is presented from one blogger to another as a mark of appreciation. Eli > read more

Recipe of the month: Mexican Fried Rice

11/28/2013 19:44:00 PM

Put on a sombrero and grab a's Mexican on the menu today!Mexican cuisine is one among my favourite International cuisines. My first introduction to Mexican food was during my first visit to the US several years ago and that was wh > read more

Baker's Corner: Chocolate Brownies

11/22/2013 11:46:00 AM

This is my first tryst at baking brownies. That surprises me because baking these American squidgy cake squares had always been hovering at the back of my mind. When it comes to brownies, I prefer the fudgy or chewy kind to the the cake-like brownies > read more

Snack Attack: Best Fries Forever, Singapore

11/15/2013 17:21:00 PM

Fries just have to be the most loved food on the planet, don't you think? I personally don't know anyone who doesn't like these golden strips of goodness. As for me, fries are something that I could eat every single day without getting fe > read more

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