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Au Revoir 2014 – À tout de suite 2015

As I bid 2014 goodbye, I reflect to see how the year was. Sum total, I would say my year was bitter sweet. While some aspects were negative, I look to the positive aspects…one of which being, I finally started my blog! Also, I finished my script for my first children’s book (a task that was on my to-do list for a long time). Now I look forward to 2015 with vigor and new hopes.

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Simple Italian pizza by an Indian, you say!

There a couple of reasons I started making my own pizzas. Well, I love pizza…but who doesn’t! But what I found difficult was to find an Italian pizzeria near Milpitas, CA that really does Italian pizza well. I mean, seriously…how hard is it to make a tasty pizza with a thin crust? After having multiple failed attempts at finding a decent place, I decided to make my own. Once I made it, there was no going back. Actually, it is quite easy to make this especially if you make enough and freeze the dough. I hope you have same success making thin crust Italian pizza like I did.

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Fast and easy, Veg Dumplings.

If you are like me, then you will always have an abundance of Dosa batter ready at home. But what can you do when you have a new batch and you have still have to finish the old batch. One easy and tongue tested way to finish the batter is to make shallow fried dumplings. These are also called “Kunipaniharam” in Tamil. But in the interest of able to identify with my readers (for whom the above might not be easy to pronounce), I just call these dumplings. These are super easy to make and are a sure hit with my family. Continue reading

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First post in the season of holly and jolly

Christmas 2014, I finally made my way into the world of blogging. Not that I didn’t have the intention to start earlier, but there wasn’t enough motivation. But finally I made it. Christmas is the ultimate time of fun and frolic each year. I love that all the malls, parks and homes are decked with lights and wreaths and Christmas trees.

Although we are Hindu’s and Christmas has absolutely no relevance to our religion and way of life, I still love the holiday and its festivities. So in the same spirit we also have a tree (actually, we have a 9ft tree!) and decorate it with all the beautiful tinsels and ornaments. Each year we buy atleast one ornament to add to our collection. This year, we bought an ornament from the Happy Hollow park and Zoo which we visited on the day after Christmas. Continue reading