Bengali Food Recipes, dairy, Dessert, gluten free

Organic ‘Chhena’ or Fresh Indian Cheese Recipe

indian food recipe organic

This is freshly made paneer or ‘chhena’  ( a.k.a. ‘chhana’) or fresh Indian cheese. The texture of this cheese is slightly firmer than ricotta cheese, the latter being very creamy.  However, if you knead it well, this ‘chhena’ becomes very smooth and creamy, too. Also, the process of making ricotta cheese and ‘chhena’ are the same. Even though an internet-search shows paneer is ‘cottage cheese’, the texture of the two are very different. Cottage cheese is loose with curds while paneer or ‘chhena’ is not loose.  

‘Chhena’  can be easily made at home and stored in an airtight container, mixed with sugar and other flavors to prepare sweets or desserts during the Indian festive season!   Continue reading “Organic ‘Chhena’ or Fresh Indian Cheese Recipe”

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art

The Turquoise Buddha

The Turquoise Buddha was one of our purchases from this stand alone, expansive, pottery store (where I spent 4 whole hours) and I have not seen anything even remotely similar to this anywhere else, so far. Read on if you want to know more about it.  Continue reading “The Turquoise Buddha”

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Hakkasan New York ~ a Michelin Star Restaurant Review

Hakkasan New York Michelin Star Restaurant ReviewGoing by what a Chinese food fanatic I am and then when I went to a Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant with family and friends during my recent visit to New York, I could not help but share the experience here. I am, by no means, a professional restaurant reviewer. This is my experience and thoughts on Hakkasan, New York. 
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Potstop ~ Your one-stop shop for home and garden decor

Potstop Pottery Shop Talavera Home Garden Interior decoration store
Just a snippet of what’s yet to come…

This is treasure island for all those you love your decorating your garden, patio, front yard, backyard and interiors! 
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Travel and Food, Uncategorized

Chicago and Jazz

Chicago travel and live jazz music, Andy's Jazz Club and Restaurant
“Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz.” ~ Sonny Rollins

The holiday season has begun and here I am catching up on my blogging! I have been away from blogging for 3 weeks and I finally got the time this weekend to post about my live jazz music experience!
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Chicken, Uncategorized

Thai Basil Chicken ~ Pad Kra Pao Gai

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe, pad kra pao gai Recipe
Delicious, simple-to-cook and so comforting..

It’s Thanksgiving Week and I love Asian food. With these two facts established, this is an easy dish for your Thanksgiving table, or when you want a quick yummy something after all that shopping on Black Friday!  Continue reading “Thai Basil Chicken ~ Pad Kra Pao Gai”

art, home decor

The Little Tea Set

Littl eDanish tea set from Solvang, CA, photography nikon lens

The temperature has dropped all of a sudden with rainfall to accompany it. The result is super chilly weather. And all I can think of is hot tea to comfort me in this cold!  Continue reading “The Little Tea Set”

Canvas and Acrylic, Uncategorized

‘Black Horse’ by Jamini Roy ~ recreated canvas painting

Black Horse by Jamini Ray ~ recreated canvas painting
‘Black Horse’ recreated by me. Orginal painting by Jamini Roy, a painter whose work reflects the folk tradition and culture of Bengal

On the occasion of the Bengali festival of Durga Puja, I want to share my rendition of an Indian artwork by a famous Bengali painter. This is ‘Black Horse’ – an acrylic painting on canvas, originally painted by Jamini Roy.  Continue reading “‘Black Horse’ by Jamini Roy ~ recreated canvas painting”

Baked Goods, Dessert, Uncategorized

Dark Caramel Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Dark Caramel Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Makes for a perfect dessert. Relish it with some whipped cream if you may 🙂

Fall is here now but till a few days back, at the tail end of summer, I could still spot some pineapples at my local grocery store. I got one home. Soon after that it so happened that we were to have dinner with some close friends and I decided to take dessert. I had my tropical fruit sitting right there so I thought, “How about baking the Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert?!’ A perfect dessert for Fall-Winter too, have it warm with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. 
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Canvas and Acrylic, Etsy Shop, Uncategorized

Colorful Baby Giraffe Acrylic Canvas Painting

Colorful Baby Giraffe Canvas Acrylic Painting ~ Childrens' room/ Baby Nursery decor
Colorful Baby Giraffe Canvas Art ~ Childrens’ room/ Baby Nursery decor

I recently announced my Etsy art shop with my Peacock Feathers Acrylic Painting.
Hearing that I was thinking of my own Etsy shop, my friend was very excited. She encouraged me to go ahead with it. She has a baby boy and she wanted a customized wall art for her baby’s nursery. And I was more than happy to do it for her. 

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