Muted Monday Morning


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Vegan chili and ice cream cake

I have a dream.

Not to change the world, but cook in utter silence.
By silence I mean: complete absence of sound, quietness, quiet, quietude, still, stillness, hush, tranquillity, noiselessness, soundlessness, peace, peacefulness, peace and quiet.

I don’t want to hear Maa in every 5 seconds.

But, dreams do not necessarily come true. So, for now, have to put up with the noise.

Still, I have the dream…. May be…somedays….

Well, along all the commotions, yesternight I cooked vegan chili sans chili and lots of vegetables.


Sweet potato 1/2 cup
Potato 1/4 cup
Zucchini 1/2 cup
Carrots 1/2 cup
Onions 1/4 cup
Red beans 1 cup
Canned diced tomato
Soya yogurt
Curry powder 1 tbsp
Cumin powder 1 tbsp
Fresh ginger paste 1 tsp
Cilantro for garnishing

Chop the veggies finely. Heat oil in skillet. Sauté the vegetables till tender. Add the beans. Sauté more. Add the spices. Here add a little bit of water so that the spices get incorporated with the veggies.


When the spices are cooked and the ginger no longer emit raw smell, add canned tomato. Cook in high heat. Tomatoes should always be cooked in high heat, or they will smell raw.

Wait till tomatoes are cooked. Then put on simmer. Whisk the soya yogurt and add slowly. Cook for another 5 minutes in low heat.
Garnish with cilantro and yogurt.


Now, the second dish. I read quite a few times about ice cream cake. The principle is to add equal parts of ice cream and self raising flour. I had an unfinished box of icecream, which none was interested to finish. I still had 1/2 cup of ice cream remaining.


I mixed 1/2 cup of all purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Into the oven, 170 degree celcius for around 30 minutes. I knew it won’t rise and the amount of the batter is too less to bake a proper cake. I would call it a sheet cake 😉

Surprisingly, the cake came out very moist and it tasted exactly like the ice cream. I cut it into bite sized pieces.


I think, I should explore more with the ice creams :)… Stay tuned for more 🙂

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Turmeric Milk – the natural stress buster

Dear Stress,

Lets break up!

…and trust me, it will be a fairy tale break up 🙂
No matter whatever we try, we rarely can set ourselves free from this beast – stress that is 🙂

Growing up in India has its own benifits: introduction to natural and herbal home remedies, is one of them. I remember, I used to drink turmeric milk whenever I was down with fever, cold, sore throat and in I-am-feeling-low days. Turmeric has enormous value in Ayurveda (the age old system of natural healing with herbs) and it has been used as antiseptic, anti depressant et al.

I am showing how to prepare turmeric milk.

You will need:

1 cup milk
1/2 tsp turmeric
2/3 slices of fresh ginger
3/4 pepper corns
3 cardamom pods
And optional saffron with very finely chopped almonds

Bring the milk to boil, add all the ingredients except sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the milk. Add sugar and saffron if you wish.


Now go and beat the heck out of the stress 🙂

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DIY manly phone pouch :)

I tell you – society is changing! Men are changing! They no longer hunt for the family, now they sit relaxed and order whatever they need! May it be food or anything else! And I am pretty concerned with this changing fabric of society 😉

I am sure, I am not the only one who think this..

The latest demand was a phone sleeve.

Well, I did make a phone sleeve but with MINIMAL effort 🙂 with felt and leather.

I cut down the felt piece in envelope shape. I didn’t trace the phone, rather I wrapped the phone in the piece to get the measurement. Remember..minimal effort!


A strip of leather will form the closure. I first attached the strip to the case and then stitched the sides. Here, have a look.


Then added a leather pocket at the back which can hold cards or the earphone.


Tra and la! It’s done 🙂


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Shoe makeover

I have a weird problem. My daughter almost every time uses her feet to stop the bicycle instead of using brake.
And as a result? do you want to see?

Here it is..


Every time I ask her to pull the brake, she literally puts her feet down.. Sighs!!!!!!
And this pink flats are her favourite though I am certain, she will grow out of it in 2 or 3 months.

So, no fancy refashioning, just a strip of fabric and glue to cover the damage.

That’s all!

Though its not perfect, but functional 🙂


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An one-and-half minute mug cake

Life is short, too short, to –

bother about petty things…
crying over spilled milk….
to be unhappy about what cannot be undone…..

…the list goes on and on….

and…sometimes life is too short for baking a cake for 40 minutes 😉

thus, the mug cakes cooked in microwave in micro time came into existence! Necessity is the mother of invention 🙂 tell ya!!

An one and a half minute microwave mug cake will require:

2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp sugar
1tsp cocoa
A pinch of baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp yogurt in any flavour.

Stirr the ingredients together and microwave for 1.5 minutes at high.

You are done!!!



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Pearl-in-the-shell pendant


It shineth so bright, it is so round of shape,
Without fault or stain, if it be truly a pearl.
It becometh never the worse for wear,
Be it ne’er so old, if it remain but whole.

If by chance ’tis uncared for and becometh dim,
Left neglected in some lady’s bower,
Wash it worthily in wine, as its nature requireth :
It becometh e’en clearer than ever before.

This is an excerpt of a poem written by an hitherto unknown poet. Right! You read it right! We do not know the poet. Presumably he is from 14th Century Middle England, and he is known as ‘The Pearl Poet’ among the scholars. And, surely, the ‘pearl’ of a poet he was!

Now, moving on from the poem… Pearl has fascinated me since childhood, whenever I think pearl, I think of oceans – vast calm oceans. In eastern astrology too, pearl denotes calmness and purity. In these hurried busy days, we do need some calmness, to take a breath, to relax and to unwind ourselves.

Today’s DIY pendant is to include a symbol of calmness in our lives 🙂 – a pearl pendant.

You will need :
1. A sea shell
2. A pearl
3. Jewelry wire


First, I needed to make a small slit in the sea shell. I tried different methods, but most of the times, the shell snapped. Lastly used a pen knife. I repeatedly scratched the part of the shell, where I wanted to make the slit. After 15 minutes of scratching, I was able to make a small slit. But do it real gently and carefully. Now, I passed wire through the pearl and then passed the wire+pearl through the slit. Here is the photo.


You are almost done! I wear it with a silver chain.



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A paper bag + a jean pocket + a journal = sheer happiness

A beautiful paper bag, a mundane journal and a jean pocket… Are you seeing what I am seeing?


Sometimes I wonder, how the small things add up to something so joyous!
I cut the paper bag to make a cover for the journal, glued the pocket, and cut out the word ‘scribble’ from a magazine page.
Together they end up like this….


Pour out your heart to scribble!!!!!!!

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Muted Monday Morning


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Sunday brunch and an one minute necklace….

Another Sunday descended on earth with the dawn and….the dawn burned into day…the day brought with it cool breeze and sun…. and I sat there…. watching…. watching intently…. how the hues turn different from dawn to day!

Well, it pretty much sums up my state, feeling intensely lethargic….

For this extremely lethargic Sunday, a brunch and an one minute necklace. Hope it will give me the boost to wake up and to smell the (evening) coffee!!!!!


The dish was very easy to whip up. Layers of thinly sliced potato, zucchini, onions, ricotta and finally frozen mozzarella bites – halved and spread as top layer for crispness. Bake at 180 degree Celcius for 20 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered.

Now, the necklace – a suede cord, one wooden bead, one blue african bead. Pass the cord through the beads and knot. that’s all!



Hope you had a more productive Sunday than mine!

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