Thursday, 30 August 2018

Kesar Gulab Jamun

How to make Kesar Gulab Jamun | Kesar Gulab Jamun is an enticing and delicious all-time dessert recipe of Indian desserts flavoured with aromatic saffron.

Kesar Gulab Jamun is an enticing and delicious all-time dessert recipe of Indian desserts flavoured with aromatic saffron. It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.


It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Maddur Vada

How to make Maddur Vada | Maddur Vada are crispy and irresistibly delicious deep fried fritters which hail from the state of Karnataka, India.

Maddur Vada are crispy and irresistibly delicious deep fried fritters which hail from the state of Karnataka, India. These crunchy and tantalizing Maddur Vada are also known as Madhur Vada too and are prepared with mixed flour such as rice flour, plain flour, semolina and flavoured with onion, green chillies and curry leaves. Ideal for an afternoon tea, trips and picnic when cooked perfectly and stored in an airtight container.


These crunchy and tantalizing Maddur Vada are also known as Madhur Vada too and are prepared with mixed flour such as rice flour, plain flour, semolina and flavoured with onion, green chillies and curry leaves. Ideal for an afternoon tea, trips and picnic when cooked perfectly and stored in an airtight container.

Monday, 27 August 2018

3-day French Riviera Itinerary

3-day French Riviera Itinerary - The best place to visit on the Cote d'azur

The French Riviera, or the Cote d'azur, is famously known for its glitz and glamour. Stunning coastlines, magnificent yachts and picturesque towns are just some of the things you will find in this part of the world.

Now I LOVE holidays. If I had the chance, I'd be off somewhere new every weekend. Sadly commitments mean that this isn't always possible and you have to make the most of the 3/4 days that you get off. The only way to fit in so much is a hell of a lot of pre planning! We did surprise ourselves with just how much we fitted in!

Day 1

Nice - Antibes



Early morning on day 1, we landed at Nice Airport. we took the nice airport express bus which took us to nice main station. We left our luggage at Nice central station and made our way to the waterfront. We decided the easiest way to see the sights was to get the mini tourist train that cost us 10 euros. Within 45 minutes, we saw the most important sights of Nice. It took us to the Colline du Chateau where we had the picture perfect view of the Bay of Angels. It stopped here for 10 minutes. The train also took us past Massena Square, the Old Town, the Promenade des Anglais and Albert I gardens.

Antibes



We then got the train from Nice to Antibes - roughly a 10-15 min journey. The main train station was an easy walking distance to the harbour.



We took a stroll along the waterfront until we reached the town. We were really lucky to get the chance to see Dilbar - the world's biggest yacht. We visited the Musee Picasso and took a lazy stroll around town.

Cannes



We finally made our way on the train to Cannes where we would be staying for the next 2 nights. We had dinner and got ready to get much needed r&r. Our home for our trip was at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes. The highlight was walking along the Cannes waterfront in the dark with the glittering hotels and shops with the supercars revving.


Day 2

Monaco - Eze


This day I was really looking forward to. It has been on my bucket list for a few years now and the yearning to go increased once I watched Riviera on tv which was set in Monaco.

A fairly short train ride took us from Cannes into Monte Carlo station where buses were waiting to take tourists around the sites. Monaco can be done on foot but to save time, we mostly used the buses. Our first stop was to the Prince's Palace of Monaco to beat the crowds where we had a clear unspoilt view. There is a stunning view looking over onto Fontvieille with the luxurious mansions, yachts and red Ferraris. We had sometime before the changing of the guard at 11:55am so we decided to have a wander around the Old Town with its winding paths.


Following the road around, a short walk brought us to the Monaco Cathedral and the Musee Oceanographique. It was time then to make our way back to see the changing of the guard by walking through Saint-Martin gardens.


Our next stop was Monte Carlo Casino. We even had a peak inside!



We had a little time before our bus to Eze so ducked into the Metropole shopping centre.

Eze



We knew we'd have some free time as we had dedicated the whole day to Monaco, so why not take a small detour to a neighbouring village. We took the Lignes d'Azur 112 bus up to the mediaval Eze village which is perched on a narrow rocky peak.



You must pay a visit if you are visiting Nice, Cannes and Monaco for a sublime experience.  Link to the timetable here: https://www.departement06.fr/documents/A-votre-service/Deplacements/transports-en-commun/112.pdf

Day 3

Cannes-Grasse



We started our morning eating breakfast on the terrace of our hotel. Cannes is small and very easy to fit in one day. 





We walked along the stretch of the Croisette, first to Port Pierre-Canto, then back towards Palais des Festivals and Le Vieux Port. Keep an eye on the ground for the stars!!



Marche Forville is well worth a visit for those unique souvenirs and food gifts for back home. I stocked up on the most fragrant Herbs de Provence and use it in as much cooking as I can!


Grasse

The 600 line bus took us to Grasse - the centre of the perfume industry. Of course, there were some truly stunning views! There was plenty to do in Grasse such as visit the perfume factory.



After a couple of hours in Grasse, we made our way back to Cannes. Taking a walk up to the Musee de la Castre rewarded us with beautiful views of the croisette.



Finally made our way back to Nice Airport by bus from Cannes (bus no 200) And that for only 1.50 euros with the most spectacular view of the coastline!

Already wishing I was back! Until next time …

Au Revior!


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Rajkot Na Peda

How to make Rajkot Na Peda | Rajkot Na Peda/Penda, are hugely popular and a favourite sweet Indian delicacy from the city of Rajkot, Gujarat.

Rajkot Na Peda/Penda, are hugely popular and a favourite sweet Indian delicacy from the city of Rajkot, Gujarat. Ideal for any happy occasion or festive season.


These gorgeous looking and melt in your mouth Rajkot Na Peda are only prepared with 3 ingredients - milk, milk powder and sugar. Ideal for any happy occasion or festive season. This easy version of Rajkot na Peda is prepared with milk powder, for a quick and easy but delectable treat.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Baked Sesame Vegetable Spring Rolls

How to make Baked Sesame Spring Rolls | Baked Sesame Spring Rolls are a scrumptious and tasty Indo-Chinese appetiser or anytime snack that are homemade too. They are packed with freshness and flavours.  These are baked, so of course, you can indulge in more. Just don't forget to enjoy while they are HOT and dip in a sweet and spicy sauce!

Baked Sesame Spring Rolls are a scrumptious and tasty Indo-Chinese appetiser or anytime snack that are homemade too. They are packed with freshness and flavours.  These are baked, so of course, you can indulge in more. Just don't forget to enjoy while they are HOT and dip in a sweet and spicy sauce!


These super tasty crispy and flaky spring rolls are prepared with delicious stir-fried vegetables that are cooked in Indo-Chinese sauces and stuffed in filo or spring roll pastry and made into rolls, sprinkled with sesame seeds and baked in the oven till golden brown. Definitely, my vegan baked sesame spring rolls are a healthier alternative to deep-fried ones!

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Palak, Paneer and Matar Paratha

How to make Palak, Paneer and Matar Paratha | Palak, Paneer and Matar Paratha (shallow-fried Indian-style spinach, Indian cottage cheese and green peas flat bread)  are perfect breakfast or brunch consisting of a spinach dough and stuffed with mildly spiced paneer and green peas stuffing. Each and every morsel is bursting with delicious flavours that you won't forget in a hurry!

Palak, Paneer and Matar Paratha (shallow-fried Indian-style spinach, Indian cottage cheese and green peas flat bread)  are perfect breakfast or brunch consisting of a spinach dough and stuffed with mildly spiced paneer and green peas stuffing. Each and every morsel is bursting with delicious flavours that you won't forget in a hurry!


Indian breakfasts and paratha are synonymous, it is comfort food for many. In most of the North Indian homes, breakfast or brunch is incomplete without paratha, it could be plain paratha or stuffed paratha smeared with ghee or butter and what can be better with than these scrumptious and moreish Palak, Paneer and Green Peas paratha.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Waffle Idli Delight

How to make Waffle Idli Delight | Waffle Idli Delight is a savoury, fluffy and crispy waffle prepared with traditional Idli batter and served with mildly spiced potato filling and green chutney.

Waffle Idli Delight is a savoury, fluffy and crispy waffle prepared with traditional Idli batter and served with mildly spiced potato filling and green chutney.

Serve traditional Idli in a new avatar and see friends and family come to you for second helpings. This vegan crispy waffle idli can be made with ease as long as you own a waffle maker. It can be served as breakfast, brunch or prepare for kids parties rather than deep-fried foods, low in fat and still tastes delicious!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Tandoori Cauliflower & Chickpea Taco

How to make Tandoori Cauliflower and Chickpea Taco | Tandoori Cauliflower and Chickpea Taco in a plain tortilla wrap with fresh avocado chutney. In this recipe, cauliflower florets and chickpeas are coated tangy tandoori marinated and baked until golden. Delicious and healthy! All Dairy-free, plant-based and vegan.

Tandoori Cauliflower and Chickpea Taco in a plain tortilla wrap with fresh avocado chutney. In this recipe, cauliflower florets and chickpeas are coated tangy tandoori marinated and baked until golden. Delicious and healthy! All Dairy-free, plant-based and vegan.


Tandoori Cauliflower and Chickpea Taco are a perfect meal to spice up your lunch or dinner. They bring the flair of fusion cooking to your house. Think of a clear sunny sky, breezy back garden and a plate full of these tandoori cauliflower and chickpea taco, an ultimate summer dining experience. These easy fusion, spicy and vegan tacos are your new favourite way to enjoy cauliflower and tandoori dishes and that too perfect for a vegetarian main meal and students who are living on a budget.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Jhunka - A guest post

How to make Jhunka | Jhunka/Zunka or Pitla is a traditional and popular dish of the state of Maharashtra, India. This vegan and gluten-free dish is prepared with besan (gram flour) and so easy and simple to prepare.


After so many years, on JCO we are having a guest here, that means we have a new recipe for you guys.  A very good friend of mine and fellow food blogger Jayashree of Evergreen Dishes is with us. A humble, but an enthusiastic friend whom I virtually met through one of the food group on Facebook and straightaway I knew that we both share the same passion and that is food, food and only food. We became friends when we decided to create our own group 'Desi Bloggers Connect' where we like-minded people blog hop and leave a comment on fellow bloggers blog. According to SEO experts, the more comments you receive and more engagement on your blog, your blog is more visible on Google search.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Best things to do in Bath


Things to do in Bath, UK | Travel to Bath | Visit Bath in a weekend |


Desirable postcode Royal Crescent in Bath United Kingdon


Holidaying in the UK is the perfect staycation for when you want to squeeze in a day or two away. Recently, I visited Bath during a short break from university.

Bath is a small city known for its natural hot springs and honey-coloured Georgian architecture. It is rich in history and a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the past. Bath is in the valley of the River Avon - a mere 100 miles away from London. The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987. As a result - it is extremely instagrammable!

Here is my list of top things to do in Bath, Somerset - whatever the season!


Bath Abbey - Bath, BA1 1LT


Beautiful vaulted ceilings in Bath Abbey, Bath United Kingdom


You won't know where to look first once you step inside Bath Abbey. A perfect chance to rest your feet as you gaze up at the magnificent ceiling and beautiful windows. Entry purely to the Abbey is by donation. To visit the tower, you can get a ticket from the Abbey shop on the day for £8 for an adult. From the tower, you get a different perspective of the abbey with views of Bath and you can stand on top of the Abbey's fan vaulted ceiling.

Royal Crescent and The Circus - Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR


Famous arched street The Circus in Bath United Kingdom
view of bath and royal crescent from alexandra park

Just a 10-min walk uphill from Bath Abbey, you can reach the iconic Royal Crescent and The Circus - the most prestigious addresses in Bath. Bath is famed for its arched streets, which can be seen from various viewing points surrounding the city - and these Georgian masterpieces do not disappoint when up close. The Circus was designed by John Wood, the Elder and the Royal Crescent designed by his son, John Wood, the Younger.

The Roman Baths - Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ


ancient roman baths in bath united kingdom

A visit to Bath would be incomplete without visiting the Roman Baths! It is a site of extensive ruins and is a well preserved Roman site for public bathing. Audio guides provide commentary in various languages - all that can be controlled by you. The water is not safe for the public, however the same thermal water but treated is used in the Thermae Bath Spa.

Thermae Bath Spa - The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, BA1 1SJ


famous spa in bath united kingdom


This state of the art spa complex opened in 2006 and would be the perfect way to round off your trip! A perfect fusion of glass, stone, light and water, the spa allows the public to experience bathing in thermal waters the way the romans did. A Thermae Welcome ticket (£36-40) allows you 2 hours to experience 2 thermal pools - one of which is in the open air and a wellness suite. At time of writing, a ticket to the Roman Baths, in the weekdays, gives you an extra 3rd hour in Thermae Spa.

Prior Park - Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH


One of four palladian bridges in prior park bath united kingdon


Just south of Bath, roughly a 15 minute drive away is the spectacular landscaped garden Prior Park. It houses one of the only 4 Palladian bridges in the world with 3 in the UK and 1 in Russia. You can easily spend a few hours here taking the park and the beautiful view of Bath in the distance. You can either walk the shorter route or the longer route with the map given to you.

There is no parking onsite, unless you have a disabled badge, but there is enough parking near the residential roads a 2 minute walk away.

Alexandra Park - Main gate at: Shakespeare Avenue, Bath, BA2 4RQ


View of bath city from Alexandra park united kingdom

For alternative, uninterrupted views of Bath,  the short trip up to Alexandra Park is well worth it. Perfect for when the sun is setting, all of Bath's highlights can be seen clearly. You can either walk up to Alexandra Park or take the car. Parking and entry is free.

Lacock Village and Lacock Abbey - Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2LG


film location for harry potter movies in lacock abbey near bath


If you are driving to Bath, then a quick visit to Lacock Abbey is a must. If you are a Harry Potter fan, then a visit is mandatory! Roughly 10/15 miles from Bath, Lacock is the quintessential picture perfect English village. It almost becomes a game to stroll through the village and see how many filming locations you can spot, examples include the Sign of the Angel and Chapel Hill (used in Harry Potter 6 when Dumbledore and Harry meet Horace Slughorn). Lacock is also the birthplace of photography and there is a display within the Fox Talbot Museum which is next to Lacock Abbey.

There is a free carpark in the village, a 5 minute walk to the Abbey.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Lavender Scones Eggless

How to make Lavender Scones | Lavender Scones with an excellent floral aroma and taste would look great for any summer afternoon or cream tea. There is nothing like a plate of lavender scones smothered with clotted cream and strawberry preserve!

Lavender Scones with an excellent floral aroma and taste would look great for any summer afternoon or cream tea. There is nothing like a plate of lavender scones smothered with clotted cream and strawberry preserve!

These delightful and most delicious lavender scones were baked in our kitchen just a few days ago. The kitchen filled with the freshly baked aroma of lavender and took us back to Mayfield lavender fields where we enjoyed them first. Although there are no eggs include here, this recipe makes light and well-risen scones. Scones turned out crumbly and feather light, how they should be.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Dal Methi Paratha

How to make Dal/Daal Methi Paratha | Dal Methi Paratha or lentil and fresh fenugreek pan-fried Indian flatbread are delicious and flavourful yet so easy and quick to make.

Dal Methi Paratha or lentil and fresh fenugreek pan-fried Indian flatbread is delicious and flavourful Indian bread that is so easy and quick to make. Dal methi Paratha prepared with leftover dal, fresh feungreek leaves and some basic spices.

This recipe is prepared with wholewheat flour, cooked lentils and fresh fenugreek. It is a  healthy and wholesome and is perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch box that can be served with plain yogurt, raita or pickle. If you are preparing during winter or monsoon season then must try these with Indian Masala Chai.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Aloo Lauki Stew

How to make Aloo Lauki Stew | Aloo Lauki Stew (Potato and bottle gourd stew) is an easy and simple curry recipe that is most popular and regular during the summer season in Jharkhand, India. This amazingly delicious vegan curry is prepared with humble potato, bottle gourd and minimal spices.

Aloo Lauki Stew (Potato and bottle gourd stew) is an easy and simple curry recipe that is most popular and regular during the summer season in Jharkhand, India. This amazingly delicious vegan curry is prepared with humble potato, bottle gourd and minimal spices.


This dish is the answer for those who want to enjoy a simple and nutritious meal without compromising on taste. Serve either roti, paratha or plain boiled rice, you are definitely going for a second helping.