Butternut Squash "Rice"


Thursday, November 19, 2015

I've changed a lot in the last ten months or so, for the better. I've worked out in some form my entire life but I never took it so seriously as I did this past year. It's funny because I started out with the goal of "lose weight, get skinny, look good at my wedding". That slowly morphed into "get fit, be healthy, be comfortable in my own skin at my wedding". And I still surprise myself that I managed to reach that goal for the most part, especially that third and most important one. 

I started off with having smoothies with some greens in them, which shifted to green juices as much as I could handle, which then finally evolved into simply eating more salads and healthier foods. Let's just say, I don't miss the green juices and although they're good when you really haven't had a chance to eat healthy that day, it's just not the same as digesting actual food.

Tricolor Cake


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hi, friends, it's been a while. Every time I've wanted to update here, I've had writer's block on what to say. Also, a lot has happened since my last post! 
I got hitched to Joe, and we had an amazing wedding with our closest family and friends all there. I know it was good because I still get messages from guests telling me how great the food was or how fun their night was.

Ice Cream swirled with crushed Macarons


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I had sworn off ice cream for the year and kept pretty good on my promise until I was invited to a sneak peek of the new Jeni's ice cream shop that opened about a mile away from us. So, I loaded up on my lactaid and headed over. I got to meet Jeni and it was amazing! 

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Seriously, what is with the red velvet craze? And I say this while fully under the spell of it too.
There are two camps of people: those who get it and those who get irritated by it. Joe and I used to be those people until we tried the Sprinkles red velvet cupcake. I've had many bad cupcakes at Sprinkles, but the red velvet has never disappointed me. 

I know many people think it is just a red-dyed chocolate cake but it actually has just a little bit of cocoa, putting it in between a vanilla and a chocolate cake (but leaning more towards chocolate, of course). Ultimately it's the combination with tangy cream cheese frosting that sets it apart from the other flavors. 
Most places ruin it by making the frosting so sweet that you can't even taste the tang, which I think is quite important in terms of enjoying a red velvet cupcake. IDK, I just love it, you guys.

Green Tea Nun's Puffs


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The moment I read about Nun’s Puffs, I knew I had to make them. Also known as Pets de Nonne or Nun’s Farts (yes, really), they practically melt in your mouth and look like individual Dutch babies: soft, fluffy and egg-y.

Typically these are served as a savory breakfast treat with jams or honey. I wanted to try them as a dessert, though, so I added some sugar to the dough. Since these were served after an Asian-inspired meal, I carried that influence to dessert by adding matcha powder and sprinkling it with black sesame seeds. A final flourish of pearl sugar added the best crunch.

Cold Sesame Noodles


Saturday, May 30, 2015

In our household, Joe always wants Indian food whereas I'm constantly craving Asian food.
I grew up eating the Indian version of Chinese food in India, which was deliciously spicy but not very authentic (Joe is very tickled by the Indian concept of Chinese food, he loves it). Then I moved to the US and embraced the American version of Chinese food. I haven't had it in ages but I still ache for some classic chicken fried rice or some lo mein, every now and then. 

Seriously Strawberry Cupcakes


Sunday, March 29, 2015

I'm one of those people who can't stand to see a messy email inbox, desktop, or online bookmarks. It's strange because I'm not that organized in real life, but remarkably so online. I love grouping everything in folders and I've just about died when I've caught a glimpse of friends' inboxes that have something like 200 unread emails. Ack!

I've got so many recipes bookmarked everywhere that, as well organized as they may be, keep falling to the wayside when I look to make something new. There are just too many great recipes and ideas out there. 
Recently as part of my spring cleaning I've been trying to go through and finally try/adapt the recipes I've saved for years. This is one I've been coveting for two years now. It makes me feel so good to remove the bookmarks, slowly but surely! 

Matcha Coconut Oatmeal


Monday, March 16, 2015

It's St Patrick's Day tomorrow, so in honor of all things green, I thought I'd post a recipe for one of my favorite breakfasts--a naturally green matcha oatmeal.

Matcha has been all over the food blogs for the last month or so. Everyone is sipping on their matcha lattes and posting pretty photos of them. I've had matcha powder for years now for green tea desserts, but it never occurred to me to make a latte out of it. Well, I also don't drink milk so there's that.

Red Velvet Oreo Butter


Thursday, March 5, 2015

So, I'm sure most of you have heard about cookie butter. Trader Joe's makes a damn delicious speculoos cookie butter and also a cookies n cream butter. I've had my eye on these limited edition Red Velvet oreos for a while and I've made oreo butter before, so why not a red velvet oreo butter?

Chai Snickerdoodle Berry Pot Pie


Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's another snowy day in St Louis, yet life goes on. I've come a long way from Atlanta, where any suspicion of snow (whether or not it actually snowed was another matter) would shut everything down. Here, it continues and I'm getting used to just dusting off my car and going about my business, which is a strange adjustment. Especially since a part of me still gets super excited to see snow! And of course, another part of me just want to hunker down at home and snack on this berry pot pie.

Very Vanilla Pudding


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lately I've been reading a lot about feminism and being judged/put in a box. I always felt guilty for loving Real Housewives of Atlanta and enjoying singing along to cheesy boy band songs while simultaneously keeping up with current politics/news, listening to NPR and enjoying shows like 'Cosmos'. I can rap along to most hip-hop and appreciate Iron & Wine just as much. And there's no way I'm the only one out there...right?!
I used to just hide one side or the other depending on the company I was in, but the older I get, the less I care what anyone thinks. I used to think I could only be one type of person, but I can be all of those things! These are little perks of growing up, I guess.

Beer & Pretzel Caramels


Friday, November 14, 2014

Hello, friends! 
It's the polar vortex over here and I'm writing this with cold hands and warm feet. I've been setting up our new home--so many things are yet to be done but it's coming along nicely. I'm rather proud of ourselves, especially since I was never that good at decorating/knowing what colors go with what. But after poring over endless articles on Houzz and looking at photos on Pinterest, arguing over duvet covers and wall art, I needed to take a break for a bit. 

Giant Macaron Cake


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This could be a cake decorated with macarons. It could be a layer of macarons inside a cake (definitely something I want to try sometime), but it’s not. It’s a giant macaron. A giant, delicious cake-sized macaron. When my friend requested this for his birthday, I was excited to try it, but didn’t expect it to be as tasty as it actually turned out. I ended up making it twice in two days because we couldn’t get enough.

Red Wine Chocolate Cake w/Cherry Lavender Compote


Saturday, October 4, 2014


Well, it's been a while! In the interim, we have moved to a larger home and I've been dealing with all the responsibilities of being an adult. I guess it had to happen sometime. Figuring out loans, getting through a ton of paperwork to close on our place (as Joe said by the 20th page of signing, we could be signing over our first child at this point, we wouldn't even know it), dealing with movers, transferring all our services, changing addresses with all our accounts, I've felt exhausted every day and in bed by 10pm like an old lady.

Orange Black Sesame Biscotti


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's finally about to be fall again, which makes me giddily happy.
And this particular fall, we get to move into our first real home, which makes it even better!

But mostly, I think I'm done with summer.
I used to love summers in India because of my birthday being in the middle of July and the monsoon (few things are better than summer rain), but in the US it just means most people are out of town and it's grossly hot. Oh, and the bugs. I say this as both legs burn fiercely from about eight mosquito bites I acquired from a warm summer night last week.

Heirloom Tomato Galette


Thursday, August 21, 2014

I love this so much. So much. I made this for pie month at Sauce Mag, and I've been eagerly waiting for them to post it so I can re-post it here. 
Pie’s not just for dessert; the flaky buttery crust goes perfectly with your entrée, too. This is a savory explosion in your mouth, and you will likely be fighting off others for the last bite, if you even decide to share.

Use aaalllll them fresh tomatoes, and if you can't get heirlooms, grape or cherry will do just fine.
It’s got corn to add a crunch, softened/browned onions to add another dimension of flavor, and two kinds of cheese. It's also easily adaptable with whatever you have on hand. Got mushrooms or zucchini? Toss 'em in! Got a favorite cheese? You can't go wrong.

Black Tea Pops (swirled with Blackberry Jam)


Sunday, July 13, 2014

A couple of months have gone by but I still can't get over the crazy wonderful adventure Joe and I had in India. One of my favorite places there that I didn't even know existed until the planning stages was Bir. If you guys ever visit India, I highly recommend making a trip to Bir while it's still fairly undiscovered. The experience left us refreshed and enlightened and I think of our three days there fondly.

Sloppy Joe's


Saturday, June 14, 2014

I used to love sloppy joes when I was in school. I still remember the tangy taste and the soft burger buns it was slapped between. I didn't eat much meat in India but damn did I made up for it when I moved to the US.

I've been making this sloppy joe recipe for a few months now. It's ridiculously fast for a weeknight and it lasts a while, unless of course my not-as-sloppy-Joe is the one sharing it with me. We particularly love it on a pretzel bun but literally any bread will do. 
And it actually tastes better than the school version (as if that's so surprising). I find it looks more appetizing than the original too. 
You can adjust flavors as necessary but it's got just the right hint of tangy and seasoning that I love. We've also eaten this on pasta and it's delicious.
And believe me when I say the leftovers are even tastier. I love putting a fried egg on top and eating it with a slice of toast in the morning.

Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding


Sunday, May 25, 2014

I feel like most of my posts this year are going to start with 'I haven't written in so long...' or some variation of that, so I'll skip it this time.
If you haven't been following me on Instragram, then boy, do I have updates for you.
Since my last post, Joe and I drove to Atlanta, where he had set up a romantic and unbelievably sweet proposal, and now we're engaged! Yes, that's right--Joe is about to become MR. THE SWEET ART, teehee.

The next day, we hopped on a plane to London for a day, and then on another plane to India to see my family. We had an unbelievably memorable trip, and a lot of credit for that has to go to my aunt who has her own travel company called India Adventure Curry--they arranged a wonderful itinerary for us. We went to the beaches of Goa, stayed on top of a mountain in Kashmir, walked through the Taj Mahal and ancient forts, visited the home of the Dalai Lama, slept among tea plantations, and traversed the streets of Cochin. We didn't get to go east, but we managed to do about ten cities in a month. Yup. TEN!

Profiteroles and Ice cream


Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Only cook and eat food with people you like - life's too short for bad food and bad company."-Rocco Dispirito

I love a good dinner party. And I especially love throwing dinner parties--in fact, I think I would like to be remembered for them. I'm a total introvert so it's no surprise that I would shy away from large gatherings, but small, intimate ones? Totally my jam. It combines two of my favorite things--hanging out in the comfort of my own home, and treating my friends to delicious food and drink--plus, I think it's the best way to get to know people, in a relaxed and warm setting. I rather enjoy gathering ingredients, putting together a themed meal, arranging my space, setting up a playlist, and, yes, even the clean up. 

This past weekend we had a few of our friends over for a meal. It was probably one of our most successful parties. We were much smarter this time than before. We cleaned a good bit the night before so that we could focus on cooking on the day of the dinner. We also started cooking earlier and took turns making our dishes, helping each other only when one of us needed it.

Jasmine Tea White Chocolate Ice Cream


Saturday, March 15, 2014

I haven't written in a while but that's because many things have been happening!
Last weekend, I was in New Orleans for my friend HLi's bachelor party. I'm honored to be his groomswoman and the 8 of us had a blast celebrating in a city we'd never been in. We ate and drank everything that represented NOLA and it was fattening and rich and awesome. 

Rum Punch Cake


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I returned last week from a weeklong trip to Turks and Caicos with my family. Turks and Caicos is a set of islands in the Caribbean where the water is literally turquoise and gorgeous. The sand in some parts feels like stepping in powdered sugar, and the skies are the bluest of blues. It's a haven for taking photos--we actually came across many photo shoots on the beach.

Vegan Beet Muffins


Monday, February 10, 2014

I haven't been very good about keeping up with my blogging. Every time I sit down to write, there seems to be something or the other to distract me. And yet, it's not even like I'm that busy. We did have friends visit back-to-back but that was great, and more like a fun culinary trip through StL with good conversations. 
The days have been chilling to the bone, and I'm so not used to this weather. I miss my long walks in Forest Park, but Mila gets muscle cramps being outside for too long. And then there was that whole debacle in Atlanta over two inches of snowMy niece was almost stranded at her elementary school and 150 students there spent the night! And baby was born on the highway, so...'nuff said. I love my hometown but, yeesh.

Shrikhand (Shree-kund) Indian Dessert


Friday, January 24, 2014

The best part of not living close to home is getting the chance to miss and appreciate your family when you do come home. And a close second is getting to eat all my favorite childhood meals that I know my mom will make for me since I've returned. I'm so lucky to have a mom who immediately asks "what would you like me to make?" as soon as I get home :D

Earl Grey Cake Balls, and a Recap


Sunday, December 29, 2013

My last post of the year! 

I made these cake balls out of scraps from my kitchen--it seemed fitting to have it as my last post, since this was the year I discovered the awesomeness of Earl Grey. For years, I wondered what the big hype was but now I totally get it and I'm so sorry it took me this long.

Additionally, I've become a total tea addict like never before...Luckily, I live in a city that has some of the best choices in tea, like The London Tea Room and Smalls.

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