Travel Tales

 Came across this website A boy who travels which I enjoyed very much and so of course had to share here. Do check it out. It has nice tips , stories of traveling without any plan and how things fall in place. It has very nice pictures too. 

Other thing  I came across is kheer Ganga trek which looks so good. 

Kheer Ganga Trek

Now in India also, lot of places to go hike , trek over the weekend and I see people doing it. I even saw girls only trek. It was nice to see all girls actually going on treks. So many opportunities now a days and so many options .If you still haven’t started venturing out , time to start looking . 

I don’t know abt you all, but I do get inspired. 

Enjoy ! (Come back and share your story)

Flavored Water For Summer

Don’t we go Gaga over when we see herbed water , flavored water outside at hotels , restaurants or may be your company provides like mine? And you hardly taste any flavor in that water. If you do like them, it’s so easy to make it at home. In summer , it will be soo good and if you are having ppl over , they would love it too. You may get some vitamins also from it too. Do you really need recipe?

  • Take filtered water in a glass jar.
  • Throw some mint leaves. You can also add some citrus rings of lemon, orange , grapefruit whatever you have. Wash it well though and use organic if possible.
  • I used mint leaves and Lemon grass both growing at home in pot. 
  • Let it sit for 30 mins and you can start drinking .
  • Simple , calorie free and mint gave a good , refreshing flavor.
  • You can also take some leaves at work and throw in water bottle or you can make tea by adding hot water at work.
  • Mint is cooling and so good in summer . 
  • Enjoy !

Coloring For Adults

At my work, today our group got some crayons in mail from company and email with some pictures that we can print and color. It was called coloring for adults and it helps with depression, improves concentration. I totally agree.

It helps you to focus and when you are coloring you forget everything else including food , if you are going through challenges in life or too much going into your head, then it will help clear your head. If you are so much of a logic person, then it will help to activate artistic side. 

So if you looked at the picture, you might be wondering why am I coloring  giraffe blue? Think of it this way: I am given a picture and set of creyons to color. Now it’s upto me how I color it. Who said I have to color it brown only? Think of life the same way. You have a picture and set of colors . These are the only things you are given but you can play with them any way you like.Color your life the way you like. Open your mind . It doesn’t need to be like anyone else ‘s. Your life , your colors, your picture. 

If you have your kids’ color book , try it. Or get one for yourself . There are some yantra books to color too. 

Enjoy!

Make Your Own Burrito For Gatherings.

Unless you are really a good experienced cook, to cook for a group is a concern. I can cook for few ppl but too many ppl and I will need help or if it’s sudden then I will be lost. This weekend it was with a 1 day notice so I decided to go Mexican which is easy.

So what did I do? Set up a table for make your own burrito. Made black beans home. Rest is all salad ingredients so just chop.Here’s my list:

  • Cooked blacked beans .
  • Home made mashed avocado with lime juice , cilantro and salt.
  • Sautéed mushrooms and spinach in olive oil for healthy eaters.
  • Chopped tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce.
  • Cheese and sour cream.
  • 2 types of Salsa.
  • Tortilla.
  • Sliced mango and strawberries for dessert.
  • After cooking and draining black beans , had this nutritional water left so I made simple soup with it.
  • Sautéed chopped garlic in olive oil. Add chopped carrots and tomatoes and cook some. Add black beans water with few beans too. Throw some corn. Boil. Season with cumin powder and chili powder and salt.Garnish with cilantro.Thats it and it was a hit. We have some soup lovers so they finished it. Starting a meal with soup is a good idea.
  • Someone  brought Mexican pie.
  • It was fun Mexican theamed food , was easy breezy and we all had lot of fun and laughter.
  • Laughter is a best medicine .
  • Enjoy !

Potato Curry

Who doesn’t love potatoes ? And still we all try to avoid potatoes. If your diet is heavy on potatoes and rice … hmm you know it all. Once in a while it’s ok to have your favorite potatoe curry. I don’t add potatoes to okra, tindora or any subji. We all grew up eating potatoes in every subji but remember it was because cooks tried to save money on vegetables and so buy little vegetables and add potatoes so you can feed more mouths. But now that’s not the case and plenty of vegetables are available and most of the ppl can afford . If you have to save money, save somewhere else not on eating fresh vegetables and fruits. Remember health is wealth. Here’s how I made this curry.

  • Heat oil and crack mustard seeds and cumin seeds
  • Add fresh chopped tomatoes and cook.
  • Add ginger , garlic and all dry spices. 
  • Add chopped boiled potatoes , salt and mix well.
  • Add some water and let it boil.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Have it with roti and of course side of a salad .
  • Enjoy!