Organising tools for the bathroom and kitchen

In my previous post, I talked about how I designed storage in my house. In this post, I want to talk about the storage organizers that I used around the house. I bought almost all of them on Amazon. Browsing Amazon was my favorite activity in those days. :) I have included links (affiliate links) to the products on Amazon, in case some of you might want to buy them.

You might have noticed that I did not mention anything about bathroom storage in my previous post. The bathrooms were given to us ready with all the fittings. As per our carpenter, in one of the bathrooms (guest bathroom), it was not possible to make an under-sink storage due to the sink shape. I needed something there to store cleaning supplies and a space for guest toothbrushes etc. There was a perfect narrow space between the sink and the bathroom wall where I could fit in a four-level sliding trolley.

The only other thing we bought for the guest bathroom was an expandable tension shower rod and a shower curtain to p…

Designing storage for a new home

We bought an apartment a few years ago while the project was in nascent stage. Towards the end of last year, we moved into this completed apartment. The apartment, being newly constructed, was a blank slate. We did not hire an interior designer and decided to design the built-ins, closets, and the rest ourselves. Our apartment, being in Mumbai, had to make the best use of the space available to us. The apartment was still a great size for Mumbai because it was in a somewhat remote location.

We took things very slowly and took nearly 6 months to complete the interiors to a livable state. We started with the known -
We knew what stuff we owned and wanted to fit into the apartment.
We knew how much space we have to fit all our stuff.

So, even before there was a single thing in the house, I was organizing stuff in the house in my brain. What should go where and what kind of storage would need to be built in that place for the stuff that would go there? This was the starting point for our…

A rich vanilla honey cake - celebrating birthdays

June sees the most birthdays in our family. The first week brings my husband's birthday; the second week brings my brother-in-law's birthday and the third week brings my mother's birthday. Unfortunately, I cannot bake a cake for my mother since we do not live close by, but I always bake a cake for my husband. This year I also baked a cake for my cousin brother-in-law when I got the chance. I made a honey cake for my husband's birthday based on a recipe I had bookmarked long ago. Everyone absolutely loved it, especially my daughter. She requested that I repeat the same cake the following week. That is a rare occurrence because I have so many bookmarked recipes and repeating a recipe so close to the previous attempt is not what I like to do. But the cake certainly has that comforting taste and texture that leaves you wanting more. And more we had, the following week.

My daughter doctored up leftover cake slices after my husband's birthday with buttercream frosting a…

Recreating Turtle Empanadas : Empanadas filled with chocolate, caramel and walnuts

I have been wanting to recreate Turtle empanadas ever since I tasted them at a popular Mexican eatery called "On the Border", back in Charlotte. That was over 3 years ago. They had, apparently, discontinued the dessert when we went there again. That made us pretty sad.

It was just last month, for our 10th wedding anniversary, that I finally made up my mind to try it out. It was pretty close tastewise, as far as our memory serves. Mine were just somewhat smaller than the ones at On the Border.

I made all the components before hand, then assembled and baked the empanadas the day of our anniversary. Instead of regular caramel, I made dulche de leche one day. I really wanted to try making it for its unique preparation method. I made chocolate sauce the next day and the dough on the third day. Finally every thing came together to make a beautiful dessert.

Dulche de leche recipe source :
I really loved the taste. It reminded me a little bit of brown pedha. Quite …

Food for life

In this short article, I present my take on what "Food for life" means to me.

You might have heard that there are two types of people in this world : those who live to eat and those who eat to live. These two types are not as mutually exclusive as they seem. Infact, I consider myself as both of those types. I love to eat and food is a big part of my life but at the same time, I believe it is important to eat food which supports life; food that helps the body to function at its best. I look at it as thanking the body for all it does for me. We and our children see food all around us. The children are bombarded with cola blasts and soupy noodles everytime they turn on their favourite cartoon, which usually is Chota Bheem :) This constant food imagery makes it hard, even for adults, to cue in on their hunger. If we can learn to listen to your body, it can really tell us what, when and how much food it wants. Yesterday, my body was ravenous. I needed bits of food all through the…

My 2 cents on the topic of weight-loss

I am trying my hand at writing articles on specific topics. These posts are going to be a little different from my earlier posts which are recipe or craft based. Feel free to skip if they do not interest you.

It seems like the whole world is looking for that “perfect” weight loss formula. If you were to ask any random person on the street whether they would like to lose weight, odds are that almost everyone would be willing to change their weight. Although for some people it is in their mind, a greater percentage of people really are overweight.
There is a whole weight loss industry, valued at around $60 million, built around this need for losing weight. People, eager for weight loss, are faced with a wide variety of choices : from pills, supplements, shakes, powders, belts to small machines which work on vibration. Most of these products have little to no evidence supporting their claim to weight loss, leave alone their potential side effects. Surgeons have also done their bit to he…

Recipes tried

I am currently in pantry cleaning mode. So, I have tried out a lot of recipes this past two weeks. I had bookmarked some of them for maybe a year now and I finally tried them out.

Gingerbread Cookies
The daughter saw an episode of Care Bears making gingerbread cookies and since that day, she had been insisting I make them. She even told me the recipe : ground cloves, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and flour. Thats a good enough recipe for a 3 year old. I followed the King Arthur flour recipe This recipe makes real tasty cookies! A great balance of spice and sweet and a good crisp to soft ratio. The dough needs to be kept cold at all times otherwise it will turn into a sticky mess real fast. I made the dough the previous night and stuck it in the fridge in a covered container and pulled it out of the fridge about half an hour before rolling to make it manageable to roll. The dough still has to be cold to touch. I rolled it out on parchment paper with a piece of plastic wrap on top.
The d…