Colourful Couscous

This one is for my friend D (hmm, there are a lot of Ds in my life) who is an expert on mustard. You know who you are 🙂 Four years back, if you’d asked me what ‘Couscous’ was, I’d have only had a vague idea, but now it is a kitchen staple in my…

Cinderella Cookies

It’s disconcerting to lose a whole day in one’s life. And when that day disappears, not because you were caught in a time warp and taken back in history, but because of mundane travel between continents, it somehow seems worse. Anyway more on that later, right now I need to get this written and posted…

A Summery Berry Tiramisu

Coffee is a no no in my book. I don’t like the taste, don’t like the smell, and can’t understand the drama behind how saplings were smuggled out of Yemen and the French Guiana in very James Bond like circumstances! So desserts like Tiramisu and Mud pies, leave me cold. But I love summer Tiramisus,…

Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Soup

My spice of choice is the chilli. Red or green, the spicier the better! When you think of chillies, they seem to be inextricably linked to the east- to India, to Thailand, to Sri Lanka. Where the food is as fiery as the temperature is high. So it came as a complete shock to me,…

In a Man’s World- Women in Statecraft

Study Group Wednesdays are starting again! We begin on 30th January, with a group of 16 enthusiastic ladies, who’ve been reading up on their favourite historical woman- famous and infamous! Here is what we wrote for the ‘Passage’: History is defined by powerful men. Conquerors and conquistadors, explorers and emperors, pioneers and philosophers. Biographies have…

To children starting their journey in life…..

And to my child in particular…. Fly! ************************************************************************ Children And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, ‘Speak to us of Children.’ And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though…

A Super Sweet Blogging Award!

A warm “Thank You” to Fae of Fae’s Twist and Tango for nominating my blog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Fae is a lovely lady with a fascinating background. Visit her blog to enjoy her stories and recipes! I take this opportunity to pass on the award to blogs I love- some brand new,…

Enchanting Malacca and Port Dickson

Malacca! ; Once the busiest entrepĂ´t in Southeast Asia. A melting pot of cultures….Chinese, Indian, Arab, African, European- all jostling for trade and power. ; Godowns and bazaars, cheek by jowl with bordellos and opium dens. A babel of different tongues- Tamil, Arabic, Gujarati, Hokkien, Bengali, Teochew. Shrines to Mazu and the Guanyin, elaborately carved…