Sunday, May 20, 2018

TUSAL - May 2018

A very short and sweet post to show you my ORTS jar as of May - year to date

and a picture of where I stand with Coffee

As promised, this is a very short post friends. More very soon. Till then.. take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. Au Revoir!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recipe Stash

I realized that over the course of the years I have accumulated soooo many recipes - some saved in my email as drafts, some as links, some as magazine clippings, some in the form of facebook posts and still more in the form of the numerous sites and blogs I have subscribed to and do not have the heart to unsubscribe!! So, this year I decided that it's high time we get into action and at least scratch the surface of the recipe stash and try some of the stuff

The first is a healthy fruity semolina bread that I tried

I got this recipe from a facebook group called Homebaker's Guild. This is a heavy bread with the goodness of fruit and nuts, semolina, coconut flour. 

Here's the recipe:
Ingredients: All Purpose Flour - 1 cup; Semolina (Sooji)- 1 cup; Coconut Flour - 1/2 cup; Whole Wheat Flour - 1-1/2 cups; Baking Soda - 1-1/2 tsp; Salt - 1 tsp; Goji Berries - 1/4 cup; Dried Cranberries - 1/4 cup; Crushed Almonds - 1/4 cup; Honey - 1/4 cup; Eggs - 2 (I used buttermilk instead); Melted Butter - 1/4 cup (I used olive oil); Yogurt (Dahi) - 2-1/2 cups; Beetroot Pulp - 1/4 cup 

1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients and fruits. (1-9)
2. In another bowl mix together all the wet ingredients. (10-14)
3. Mix the two together into a nice ball of dough.
4. Form a rough ball of dough and place in a Dutch oven/ Ceramic pot / Earthern Pot (mitti). 
5. Optional step - Put a cross on it with a knife. 
6. Bake covered with aluminum foil in a pre heated oven at 220 degrees C for 20 mins. Then uncover it and bake for another 

20-25 mins. Check your loaf and bake accroding to your oven.
7. Cool it and dig in!

1. If you don't have coconut flour, use dessicated coconut or whole wheat flour
2. Replace eggs with 1 banana for a sweet version or 3/4 cup of buttermilk (milk + vinegar)
3. Replace beetroot with spinach or carrot

Being summer in this part of the globe, next is a summer cooler. I have been wanting to try my hand at veggie juices/coolers
Here's a cucumber-lemon-mint cooler with no sugar. Just blend all the ingredients with a tsp of honey and serve chilled.. as simple as that!! 

Do try these and hope you like them. That's all today folks.. will be back soon with more recipes and stitchy updates.
Till then.. take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. Au Revoir!!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

TUSAL - April & A New Start

After finishing Sweet Summer, my next project is one of my favorites and very close to my heart!! I cannot function without this and cannot live without.. this is what I look forward to first thing in the morning - you must have guessed what it is by now.. of course I am talking about COFFEE!!!

This is a free pattern that I got from Pinterest 

Here's the progress till date on this new project. I initially started out on 30ct linen that was left over from my LHN projects. But this thread did not show prominently and almost merged with the fabric. So I switched to Aida that I had in my stash. My aim this year is to use as much from the stash as possible and not to accumulate any more stash

This is my ORTS jar till date after finish of Sweet Summer and start of Coffee

That's the update from me today dear friends. Till next time.. Take Care.. Be Happy.. Keep Stitching.. Au Revoir!!

Monday, April 9, 2018

First Finish of the Year

I can't believe I already have a finish to share with you all!!

Sweet Summer is completed!! I loved stitching this up - lovely colors and a real quick finish

I am deciding what my next project is going to be. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Keep Stitching.. AuRevoir!!

Monday, March 19, 2018

TUSAL - March

A quick post to show my ORTS for the month

And that's where Sweet Summer stands - no progress from my previous post!

Talk to you very soon.. till then Au Revoir!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Souk - Dubai 3, Sweet Summer

Last and Final part of our Dubai vacation!! A trip to Dubai cannot be complete without a visit to the Market aka Souk, as it's called. The spice and gold souks are located in old Dubai alongside the creek

When you are here, we feel as though we are at home. The are gives out a very Indian feeling, unlike the city, which is only high rise buildings and fancy cars. We get to see the original city here in old Dubai here

We took the metro to reach here. The metro station where we have to get off is also decorated in such a way as to reflect the traditional look of Dubai.. what were the original professions, trade etc are all reflected in the metro station here. Unfortunately I missed to take a picture of the station

We then walked to the gold souk first. I had no intention of buying any jewelry, yet wanted to see what it is like. As we were there during the DSF (Dubai Shopping Festival), the whole place was decorated and there were heavy discounts everywhere. A bright flash of yellow hit us as we entered the street

We got to see the world's largest ring here, as awarded by the Guinness records

I cannot dream of wearing any of these!!

From here we walked on to the spice souk, which is my calling!!

Nobody could miss the street, the smell itself would lead us there!! It was so divine for those who love spices
We got to see so many spices, many that we have not even heard of!!

Also there were these amazing cut glass work lanterns and other gift articles. I could only stare, take a picture and sigh over these as I was too scared of accumulating baggage and also because I was scared of breaking it in transit
From here we took a short boat ride on an old fashioned open boat

This model boat was outside the Dubai museum to indicate their traditional trade
That brings us to the end of our Dubai vacation dear friends.

On the stitchy front, I started on my next project - Sweet Summer by Lizzie Kate

That's about it from me today friends. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Craft about.. Au Revoir

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Top of the World - Dubai 2

Hello dear friends. Continuing from my previous post 

Our next stop was, but of course, The majestic Burj Khalifa!! We had got a late night slot (the 10pm one) and wow we totally enjoyed it. Entrance to the Burj is through the Dubai Mall, which is also the largest mall in the world from the area perspective. As it was late night, there was no crowd in the mall and was quite peaceful. We enjoyed 'window shopping' through the closed stores, without having to meet the eyes of the sales people (wink wink)

This brief introduction of the Burj welcomed us. 

True to its words, wherever we go, this massive gigantic beauty catches our attention and makes us look at it in awe. We just cannot take our eyes away till it fades away from our view
This miniature caught our attention before taking the elevator

There are 2 decks - the top one is a closed one and the lower one an open deck. We loved the open deck with the cool night breeze and lovely sounds of the night
This picture was taken from the open deck with my daughter and cousin

It was midnight when we finally, halfheartedly, came back down to go home. See how quiet the dubai mall was 
These simple white paper snowflakes caught my eye. They were so beautifully done yet so simple

Last day of our trip was devoted to the most looked forward shopping!! My favorite destination is always the supermarket. I simply love walking down each and every aisle, looking at the various products. But when I reach the baking supplies, spices or frozen section my heart starts racing 

One such section is the Cheese Aisle!!

Just look at the different types of cheese available

Unfortunately, cheese is not something that we can carry back home :( I missed taking a picture of the spices section here. The whole area smelt heavenly with all the spices. I brought back some of the most common spices like Zatar, Sumac and Baharat

I just realized that I did not cover my trip to the Gold and spice souk. My next post will be dedicated to that

That's about it today from me friends. Till next time with more stories about Dubai.. take care.. be happy.. keep crafting about.. Au Revoir!!