Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tea / Coffee and Breakfast Station


Freshly brewed coffee or tea, quick handy breakfast, snacks, treats, in the serenity of your own home, creating a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for both you and near and dears is indeed the best space you will love in your house. Trust me on that.. 😊 I have been loving mine! 😊




How do you go about setting up one at home? Here are few Ideas and Tips you might want to consider as a guideline.


1.      Choose a suitable Space and Theme : 

Choose a space that's convenient and functional. Make sure you have easy access to water with a water dispenser or a sink nearby. Go by a colour theme of your choice. Do a little research for inspirations and ideas from magazines or Pinterest. Stroll through your favourite stores and do a little planning before you eventually make any major investments. Outline a design and make a list of things you may already have in hand and another list of things you might consider buying. Also make sure you find place for your waste that's well kept.



 2.      Start with a Sturdy Base : 

Choose a sturdy and strong Base. You could either have a mini kitchen cabinet with an overhead as well, set exclusively for your counter or any sturdy table would serve your purpose well.


 3.      Containers and Jars : 

Containers and Jars would serve as storage, as well as enhance the overall look of your bar. So make sure you go by a uniform colour / material theme.

4.      Organizers : 

Organizing is the key to having a functional and easy to access breakfast bar. Make sure it's simple and neat and everything contained is visible. Group like items together and store in an appealing manner. Use storage bins and baskets to store and neatly organize miscellaneous snack packets and items together. You could even label the baskets if required.    


5.      Mugs and Canisters : 
Mugs / cups / jars / travel mugs / cereal bowls / spoons etc are the must haves of your breakfast bar. Make sure you choose it aesthetically. 

6.      Tea and Coffee : 
Stock your favourite tea / coffee collections. Stock your regular brands and buy occasionally used brands only when a batch finishes. Be aware of what you stock up. You don't want to clutter your space with things you end up never using. You could also add Cocoa powder, Cinnamon / Cardamom powder, honey or sweeteners of your choice etc. to your collection. 


7.      Fruits / Cereals / Nuts / Seeds : 
What completes the Breakfast bar, is having a one stop access to everything you might require for a quick breakfast / snacking  or refreshment. That includes fruits, your family's favourite cereals, Nuts and Dried fruits, snack bars, oats, healthy seeds, spices, etc. It's all up to you to personalize the choices according to the eating habits of your family and you.

 8.      Appliances : 

You know best of what you require. Keep it minimal though. If you are a coffee lover, a basic drip maker or a pump espresso machine would be something you would fancy. Or, you could keep it simple with either a coffee machine or a simple kettle would do great too.


9.      Utility Decor : 
Adding a few mood awakening fresh or artificial flowers, mugs with cute / fulfilled quotes, a frame with inspiring quotes, Or even a chalk board painted wall etc. could enhance your space with an alluring and heart-warming feel. Make it the inspiring, and relaxing space in your home, which will instantly boost you with zest and energy. A recharging spot.. :)  


Take a chance to express your taste & style. Put a little thought into it, making it one of the most beautiful spots in your home, where both your health and mental tranquility is taken good care of..  



Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pineapple Pudding

Simple pineapple and cream pudding
Shared version


As I just sat down to write this recipe, I have a stream of nostalgia gushing down. There are some people who come by in your life as total strangers, but turn out to be an inevitable part of your life. So did I meet this little one year old charm and her young and cheerful mom more than 2 decades ago.. :) Today they are one of the closest to my heart! Shajeena and her daughter Shadin. Shadin has always had a place of a sibling in my house and seen her grow from the little one year old toddler to a doctor now.. :) Her name deserves a mention on this blog, 'coz she was the first to whom I revealed my idea of starting a blog to. No doubt, she was the right person! The step-by-step pictorials, was her suggestion. She had great faith in me and was and is always there to give me the right boost and push I need! :) Love you Sha! :)

Shajeena, her mom, is a dentist by profession, a homemaker, a mom of two! Oops! four! ;) her darling cats included! :) and a woman whom I have never seen sit idle! Utterly enthusiastic and always on her toes.. She's either at work, or cooking, or shopping, or cleaning and trust me, the list would never end! Yes, a superwoman in the literal sense! A humble human being I truly adore. We could go on and on talking to one another for hours without the scarcity of topics and we ought to catch up atleast over the phone once in a while to share all of each other's life's happenings :) That's something very contrary to the me most people know of, who is impatient and restless when it comes to talking over the phone! Well, that might explain the comfort I find in her company.

Not even she would have realized the influence she has been and a part she has played in molding me into the person I am today. Someone who has encouraged the creative side in me with lots of motivation and I have indeed picked a few things down the lane from her. This Pineapple pudding being one!! :) Yes, I learnt this from her. With a couple of innovations here and there, the basic recipe sticks to its origin. This dessert was known for being a show-stopper at her place for get-togethers! Fancy, but extremely simple dessert with no cooking required!! Yes! NO COOKING required! :)   

Ingredients :









Plain Vanilla cake
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2 medium loafs sliced

Canned Pineapple with the syrup
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Large can

Water
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1 cup






For the whipped cream :




(Method of preparation and ingredients required could vary with brand, so please follow  instructions on sachet or pack)

Whipping cream mix
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2 sachets

Milk (full cream)
-

As mentioned on pack

Vanilla essence
-

As mentioned on pack






Almond flakes (if available)
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A large handful

Pistachio
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1/3 cup







Preparation Method :

Give the pineapples a quick chop into chewable chunks.


Add the syrup from the can and pour in the water.


Whip up the cream.




You could make this pudding in a single layer like how the original recipe is, or make it in 2 layers like how I do sometimes. This two layer one is more rich! Try it! In a shallow bottom dish lay the cake slices. We need plain vanilla sponge cake. You could also use a homemade one. In that case, that would be the only cooking required.


Then  crumb some cake slices to fill in the gaps.     


Spoon out half of the pineapple mixture onto the cake.  Make sure the cake drinks the juice well and it moistens the cake throughout. Then garnish with some almond flakes. That's one of my innovations and it's good to add a crunch to the pudding.


Then scoop out half the whipped cream and spread evenly.


Layer the rest of the cakes again above the cream and repeat the steps again.
ü Crumb the cake and fill.
ü Spoon out the rest of the pineapple mixture.
ü garnish with almond flakes.
ü Scoop out the remaining cream and spread evenly.



Crush the pistachios.



Sprinkle over the cream.



Wrap with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours minimum. The more you cool, the better! 


A fancy pudding in minutes. 


Happy weekend folks! :)


Make the Perfect Bed at Your Home


Making your bed every time you wake up, is correlated with positivity and  productivity! There’s absolutely  nothing more satisfying than snuggling into a neat and cozy bed each and every night, and it’s truly the best way to finish a day.

A comfortable and beautifully made bed always starts with good quality basics :

1. Mattress

2. Mattress protector

3. Fitted sheet

4. Flat sheet

5. Comforter

6. Duvet cover

7. Pillows

8. Pillow covers

9. Accessories (If preferred only!)



The foundation to a comfortable and beautiful bed is the Base and the Mattress. Therefore, choosing the right type of mattress that suites each body type, the quality, and then the care and maintenance are very important.




While shopping for your bed linen, look for high quality 100% cotton fabric. The thread counts do not really have much to do with being the best, especially when it is for domestic use. As long as it's pure cotton, it will be soft and cool for your skin, and even better, cotton gets smoother over time.


Well, investing in quantity compromising on quality is unwise. At the most, all you will really require are two sets for each bed in your house, one that goes for washing and the other ready to be laid. It also saves storage space. Well, if you have little ones or pets at home, and the bed is used for purposes other than for sleep, then of course, you might want to stock up some more sheets. Well, it's all personal choice.











The right style is a matter of Personal choice, Comfort and Functionality. So have fun in choosing your own personalized style.  :) Have a great day! :)