Monday, January 31, 2011

Week 5/Day 31 - Pancakes

I love pancakes and I love making them a wee bit healthi-er before I dunk them into honey or maple syrup ;-).

I made these dense and delicious buckwheat pancakes the other day for dinner and breakfast. Yumm-O!

Recipe here.


Week 5 - Breakfast

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Week 5/Day 30 - It is Yogurt time!

The theme for Week 5 is - *Breakfast*.

there is a reason for that.

I almost, always skip by breakfast in the morning and am meaning to change this habit for a loooong time. Call it lack of time or my sheer laziness, I have failed to keep up with that habit. Hence the theme, so that I am forced to have my BF in the mornings, atleast for the sake of a picture. :0).

We were in Whole Foods last Sunday and that is when I saw my favorite brand of yogurt, here in California. I jumped with joy and my husband thought, I was a bit crazy. This has been my all-time favorite brand and a quickie breakfast-on-the-go.

It was Day 51 of Project 365, last year and that when I was working in DC.


Week 5 - Breakfast

Week 4/Day 29 - The Earth ...

   ..laughs in flowers..

   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Week 4 until now - in pictures

Friday, January 28, 2011

Week 4/Day 28 - Blast from the Past

"I think I am a pleased woman since I blush so much
I am so soft and shiny to your delicate touch
But look what I have for relatives, so different with no common string
one used for smoking, one for hotness, one used to refer idler and one referred as veggie's King
I am not what you refer to me most often
I am 'fruit' of labour but never called one
so I am neither a wolf nor a peach in the scale of one to ten
but then why do you think I am called one as so?
I can go green with envy, or completely red with anger
A little crown on my head makes my walk look like a swagger
You cant do without me in your day to day cooking
Tell me what veggie I am without too much thinking"

 ~ DK

You all know the answer and to get the chutney recipe (pictured on the side) , click here.

It was the year 2008, when two best friends started a fun contest called "Open Sesame", where the participants have to choose a box where each one of them has a hidden riddle. Solve the puzzle, uncover the ingredient (which can be a veggies, a fruit, a grain or a spice) and by the end of the month cook something yummy out of it. The creative mind behind this was my dear friend DK and I was mostly taking care of other aspects. It lasted for couple of months and have to say, we had a blast. I am sure the participants had fun solving those riddles. The poem above was one of them and here are the others.


Week 4 until now - in pictures

Week 4/Day 27 - Motto

Wherever I have worked until now, the first thing I do on my first day - is take a print out of the above quote and stick it out on the wall. A motto, I truly believe in. :-)


Week 4 until now - in pictures

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Week 4/Day 26 - Spicy Cha Cha

taken from iPhone 3G

Spicy Cha Cha at Lovinghut, Milipitas - Organic, Vegan GMO Free Cuisine

They look exactly like *shrimp*. I am not kidding. They even have the light pink streaks on them. But these mini-crunchy-beauties are actually - Yam flour (yam flour?? are you kiddin'?) crescents crumbled and seasoned with spices, red bell pepper, garlic, onion and chili.

If you are in the area, I highly recommend this Vegan Restaurant. Me and my colleague are already planning for our next lunch out here. :0)

Address -

516 Barber Lane
Milipitas, CA 95035
Tel: (408) 943 0250

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Week 4/Day 25 - Thai-Take-Out

Both of us are working late these days and I was too exhausted to fix our dinner.
Hence, a take-out of Thai Fried Rice [from Shana Restaurant, for me it is like my backyard-restaurant as it is at a stone's throw :-) ]- *Thai* being one of my favorites cuisines, closely followed by *Mexican*.

Details -

Shana Thai Restaurant
311 Moffett Boulevard Mountain View,
California 94043
Tel: (650) 940-9990

Week 4 until now - in pictures


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Week 4/Day 23 - A Streak of Red

Seems like these tiny little beauties are omni-present in our neck of the woods. the entire sidewalk near my apartment is filled with these, whole bunches of them. the leaves have thorny sides and it appears as if they are protecting the red ones from being plucked. :-)

Not sure if they are edible though.


Week 4 pics

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Week 4/Day 22 - Yoga Mat

"The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. "

~ Rodney Yee

..and my Yoga mat. I <3 it - with right amount of sticky-ness & very comfortable. :-)

P.S - there is no theme for Week 4. I will post pics as I click them.


Week 4 pics

Week 3/Day 21 - Bike Friendly

I have not seen any other state in US which is as bike-friendly as the sunny California. The first time, I saw rows of bikes & bikers in their short trousers, ready to go work in the train station -  I was so surprised. Hey, I came from Washington DC, where people wear formal suits day-in & day-out, 5 days a week. But slowly & steadily California grows on you and you become a part of it. :-).

I had some big plans to get a bike myself but Mr.S, my husband was so worried that I would hurt myself, that I thought *walking* to the station is a better option. ;-)


Week 3 with Theme: On the sidewalk

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Week 3/Day 19 - Pedestrian Crossing

If you are walking to station, everyday like me then you must have pressed this little walk button, a thousand times. :-). It is my habit to usually talk with my mum on the phone, on mornings while walking and every time it beeps, she will be like - wish we had such a thing back home too. So many fewer accidents would happen and I think she is right.


Week 3 with Theme: On the sidewalk

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Week 3/Day 18 - Feeling a li'l blue

In short - "this light blue min-van is fascinating to me".

From past couple of weeks, I see that it is parked in the exact same spot and I walk on the same side of the sidewalk, my eyes fixated on it, until it is out of view. There is something antique about it, I guess. And how many times have you seen a vehicle around painted in this light blue shade ? ;-)


Week 3 theme - On the Side-walk

Monday, January 17, 2011

Week 3/Day 17 - A Mural

A very large image, such as a painting or enlarged photograph, applied directly to a wall or ceiling.

I see this mural every day as I walk to & from the train station.A huge fence is between me and the mural & this is the best I could get a close-up. :-)

Any thoughts on what it  actually depicts?


Week 3 theme - On the Side-walk

Week 3/Day 16 - Farmer's Market

I always get excited & look forward for my visit(s) to near by Farmer's Market. All the fresh seasonal produce is right there at reasonable prices & I love love the samples that I get, from almost every stall.

Tip: Go there without having your breakfast & you will be full by the time you are out of it. ;-)

More photos of Mountain View Farmer's Market - here.

This is literally on the sidewalk of the Mountatin View train station, adhering to  my weekly theme.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week 3/Day 15 - Sidewalk

Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway.

~ Unknown

It has been almost been 3 months that we moved from Foster City to Mountain View and it has been a fun time since then.
This is the side-walk, almost a mile long from our apartment to near by train station which I take every day.

...and the theme for Week 3, yes you guessed it right - "On the Side-walk". :-)


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Week 2/Day 14 - On my Kindle

It has been more than 2 years now that I am a part of this amazing virtual book club. Every month, one of us would suggest a bunch of reads and we all vote on our favorites. By the end of the month we cook, inspired by the book. Hence the name - This Book makes me Cook. ;-).

For the month of January, we chose Molly's (the Orangette fame) - A Homemade Life, a collection of short essays about her, her childhood, her family etc with a recipe at the end of each one. I am still half way done and so far, I loved them all.


Week 2 - T.E.A theme

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Week 2/Day 13 - Discarded

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Week 2 Theme: T.E.A

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Week 2/Day 12 - Soothing Tea

Tea does our fancy aid,
Repress those vapours which the head invade
And keeps that palace of the soul serene.

~Edmund Waller, "Of Tea"

An extremely hectic day at work has finally come to an end and there is nothing soothing & inviting to these tiring bones than a hot cup of tea. Love it. :-)


Week 2 Theme - T.E.A

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Week 2/Day 11 - The Gem Stone Painting

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

~ George MacDonald

For lunch today - I met one of my lovely blogger friends - Sreelu of Sreelus Tasty Travels. You know sometimes, one might not know the other person for long - but they just instantly hit off with a non-stop conversation - as if you they know each other for ages. That is exactly what happened with me & Sri. It was just pure fun. Thanks Sri for being so warm & wonderful & it was a pleasure to meet you in-person.

She also gave me this gem stone painting (on a box) as a gift. How beautiful. Now you know where my little pieces of jewelery would go :-)

Happy 1.11.11 everybody.


P.S - Week 2 with T.E.A theme will resume from tomorrow onwards.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Week 2/Day 10 - On the Mat

It is Day 1 of my 21-day YJ challenge and I have to say - it went good. The biggest feat for me was to wake up and get out of my bed by 6:30 am. I have been trying to do that since couple of months, but always my inner-lazy-siri won the battle of whether I should (wake up) or shouldn't.

I did a 10 min meditation with Om chanting on my Iphone followed by this 15 minute Morning Sequence by Kate Holcombe. I have been subscribed to Yoga Journal for about 2 months now and among all of them, I love Kate Holcombe's postures. They are gentle on the body by 'linking breath to the movement'.

I am planning to follow the same sequence for the rest of the week. :-)

On a side note, I don't like the way light is spread all over the place in this picture. Didn't notice when I was taking it. blame it on my super-tight morning schedule(have to be out of the house by 8:15 am sharp). Well, there is always a next time. Isn't it. :-)


Week 2 theme - T.E.A

Week 2/Day 9 - Yogi Green Tea

"Don't try to offer me anything
What it comes right down to baby
Don't tempt me; I'm where I wanna be
Cause on the eighth day, God made sweet tea
Certain things in life I like to savor
Watchin' clouds and waitin' on the rain
If you ever question my behavior
Just a taste will make you feel the same now."

~ lyrics from Cravin' Melon (Red Clay Harvest) "Sweet Tea"

I have always been a tea-lover. Never, ever liked the taste of coffee. And it comes with no surprise that my day starts (and sometimes ends) with a cup of hot tea. 

So, Here I am on a Sunday morning - savoring my Yogi Green Tea made with lemon grass + hot water & a touch of honey.


My Yoga Journal - Day 0

"Yoga is a way of life". A good way of life. It gives you mental balance, the stamina to face the day-to-day challenges of life, with ease. I always wanted to do Yoga but couldn't for many reasons. Now, I want to, I am ready to. through this 21-day YJ challenge. To be honest, I have never done yoga myself except for some basic meditation here & there but now I ready to take small, baby steps towards its learning.
So, I am sure this experience will be interesting for me to go through and I thought why not share my daily insights with you all, here. Wish me luck and I will keep you posted. :-)

Week 2 theme - T.E.A

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Week 2/Day 8 - Thru the Window

I love Saturdays. Just for the fact that I am allowed to wake up late, laze around & do nothing. Atleast till afternoon, it is ME time. I also love sitting near the tiny window in our bedroom with a cup of hot tea in one hand while I leisurely check my email. The greenery around makes it even more enjoyable. Sometimes, such simple things in life feel like a blessing. Isn't it.


Location: Home@ Mountain View, CA
Camera: Sony A230

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Week 1/Day 7 - F.U.N

"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning."

~ Maya Angelou

It has been fun 7 days posting about 'W.O.R.D.S'.

What's up next? I am not sure either. Until I figure out, take care & Have a good weekend ahead.


Week 1 Theme is: W.O.R.D.S

Friday, January 7, 2011

Week 1/Day 6 - Preparation

..There I am preparing for my Oracle Certification Exam. Yes, I do make short notes in my notebook, the old way. :-).

It is already past 10 pm and I...feel.... sllleeepppy! Yawn.


Week 1 Theme is: W.O.R.D.S

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Week 1/Day 5 - Compassion

(from the archives) - this is my last one. I promise.

Words are also the thoughts of deeds and a form of the expression. Be it - Love, Anger, Hatred, Sorrow, Joy or any other emotion, we as human beings have this boon (or bane) to express ourselves through words. I have a theory that We, as women are much more expressive than our male counterparts. Atleast I am and my family and The.Husband can vouch for that :-).

In these sad days of suicides due to bullying, I urge you to Use words with caution & care and of course there is a Zero limit for kind words.


Week 1 Theme is: W.O.R.D.S

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week 1/Day 4 - Reflection

(from the archives)

“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”

 ~ Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

I owe a lot to my food-blogging experience. I mean it, when I say *owe*, as I have a foodie-clan filled with many familialwarm-spirited, loving, thoughtful, resolute, cheerful, bubbly, affable, witty, joyful, charming, generous, amusing, sweet, friendly and heartfelt people. We cook, We talk, We giggle, We have fun and We care. All without even physically being there for one-another. How else could I even dream about such experiences, if it was not my food-blogging.

Thank. you.


Week 1 Theme is: W.O.R.D.S

Monday, January 3, 2011

Week 1/Day 3 - Remembrance

(from the archives)

Well, right from my childhood, I knew Words were very important. Words can heal you and Words can also hurt you.
I think it was in the month of April 2008 when Bri, an unknown blogger until then (to me, atleast) was talking about her struggle with breast cancer, her chemos and her PET scans. Then a month later, the jugalbandits announced the CLICK:Yellow & a fund raising event for Bri.
I wanted to do something for her, to say something - that would make her hale & healthy again, though I never met Bri in person. That is when I wrote these 5 words on post-it pads and took a picture, hoping & praying that these few words of mine will miraculously heal Bri.

4 months later, Bri passed away.

It was Brianna's 34th birthday last December. May her soul rest in peace.


Week 1 Theme is: W.O.R.D.S

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Week 1/Day 2 - Reminiscence

(from the archives)

"Words are the voice of the heart"

~ Confucius

In these fast-computer-laden days, where we no longer pick up a pen & paper to write-in our thoughts, a small notebook with lovely Ganesha in its frontal page & a hand-written note definitely would make a very very thoughtful gift. I received it as a wedding gift from these two lovely ladies.


Week 1 Theme is : W.O.R.D.S

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Week 1/Day 1 - Nostalgia

(from the archives) as I have chosen my first week's theme as W.O.R.D.S.

Another fresh year is here..
Another year to live..
To banish worry, doubt and fear..
To love, laugh and give.
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs!

~ Original quote by William Arthur Ward

Inspired by my dear blogging gal-pals, I have mustered all my courage to give Project 365, give another good shot. And I wanted to begin on a loving note.

Cheers to new beginnings, good health and lots of joy in the coming year to all of you.