Tuesday, 8 December 2009



The Ten Honest Things about myself:

1) - I am addicted to coconut water, I simply love it!!

2) - I got high and tipsy with champagne once,
       and ended up dancing on the table, in Amsterdam ;-)

3) - I shouted at a waiter at my college canteen,
       because I found a tooth in my Samosa,
       and he replied, "Madam, it is yours"....
       I burst into tears, and everyone else burst out laughing!

4) - I've been going thru a "simplicity" phase for the past 1 year,
      thus  I only have - 1 lipstick, 1 bag, 1 pair of shoes etc etc....
      I learned a lot about my real needs, about what is essential,
      and the time to move on and end the phase is coming soon!
5) - I can spend an entire day in my pyjamas, doing nothing else
       except reading a book or even two!!

6) - I met Trevor through the internet :-)
      Thank you God, for all this new technology,
      for internet chatting, blogging, facebook etc!!!

7) - All thru my teenage years, I had a huge crush
       on the Pakistani cricketer - Imran Khan

8) - I've been an interior designer, a holistic therapist,
       a leadership trainer and executive coach,
       an astrologer and a tarot card reader.......

9) - Saatchi, my daughter, is the only person
      with whom I behave as madly, as nutty as I want!

10) - I can't listen to a Hindi song,
        without singing along with it........

Clafoutis aux cerises - French cherry pudding

One of my favorite blogs -The Gypsy Chef
nominated me for The Honest Scrap Award.
Thank you Pam, it is an honor to receive this from you :-)

There are rules to receiving this award:

1. Post the award on your blog.
    Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant
    in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.
2. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP,
    inform them of these guidelines, and ask that they link back to you.
3. Share "Ten Honest things" about yourself.

Tarte aux epinards - French spinach pie

I would love to give this award to another favorite blog of mine,
Autour de la Table d'Hote - written by Lynn,
but Pam has already bestowed this award on her too :-)

So, here are the 7 fabulous blogs that I am nominating for this award:

The Raw Journal

Solar Oven

Sunita's World

Tasty palettes

The Cinnamon Quill

Elana's Pantry

Karina's Kitchen

I have learned a lot from these blogs,
about healthy foods and flavors,
gluten free, vegan, and raw foods,
and about food photography too.
Thank you all for the inspiration......

French mustard, cheese and fresh baguette tray

Sunday, 6 December 2009



One week in Paris,
back home in London,
sunshine on winter Sunday.
One month vegan,
the experiment is over,
we are content and smiling.
One Irish fry for Trevor,
pancakes for the rest of us,
Saatchi, her friend Gaby and me.
One flow of words today,
but no rhyme or melody,
the pancakes were simply delish.

Spiced Banana and Coconut Buckwheat Pancakes


1 and 1/4 cup Buckwheat flour
1/4 cup finely dessicated coconut
1 teaspoon soda bicarbonate
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger powder
a pinch of sea salt

1 egg (you can use 1 tablespoon flax seed powder instead)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ripe mashed bananas
1 tablespoon coconut oil (or any other vegetable oil of choice)
1 cup unsweetened Soya milk (or any other milk of choice)

Coconut oil to grease


Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Whisk all the wet ingredients together,
Pour into dry ingredients and whisk
till batter is well combined.
Add more milk if needed.

Heat a non stick pan and lightly grease with oil.
Drop a large dollop of batter to make 4" pancakes.
Flip when the bottom is golden brown,
and cook till the second side is golden brown too.

I served the Pancakes warm with honey,
blackberry/raspberry coulis, fresh goats cheese cream, and chopped pistachios..........



These are my all time favorite gluten-free pancakes,
and we usually make them for Sunday breakfast.
I don't like them too thick,
so these have a thickness that is somewhere
between crepes and pancakes.
I love the taste of bananas and coconut,
mixed with all the spices, felt like Christmas already!!
I had some frozen blackberries and raspberries,
so I heated them with some honey and strained
to make a very tasty coulis.
There was some fresh soft goats cheese in the fridge,
I whisked it up with a little milk and viola,
it went very well with the honey and coulis.
The chopped pistachios added a great crunch.

There are days when the writing just does not flow as well,
it is better then to not insist, do what one can and let it go......

Hope you enjoy the pancakes though :-)


Keep it Simple. Be Creative.
Taste and Play. Find your Own Way.