29 juin 2009

L'air de provence à Achères (Yvelines)

Lavender Harvest at Achères Every year in June, SIAAP conducts lavender harvest & some outdoor activities for kids. Parisiens came in with their families to collect the lavender stalks. Rows of Lavender  were breathtakingly beautiful with  bumble bees  all around .Lavender is a mediterranean flower. Provence region of France is the world's largest producer of Lavender .The word "Lavender"  derived from the latin word "Lavare" which means to wash. Romans & Greeks used these flowers to scent their bath.... [Lire la suite]
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23 juin 2009

Fondant aux Chocolat Avec Cerises

Chocolate Fondant with Fresh Cherries Ingredients50g flour150g sugar150g butter3 eggs200g black chocolate 2 tbsp water1/2 tsp cinnamon powder200 g CherriesMethod Remove the stalks & stones of the cherries.Half them & keep aside.Break the chocolate bar & add 2 tbsp water.Melt in microwave oven 2 mn.Add butter & mix well.In another bowl beat eggs & sugar.Sieve the flour&  fold into the cake mixture.Add chocolate butter mixture & mix well.Add the cherries & just mix them. Pour the batter... [Lire la suite]
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19 juin 2009

Lalbagh Garden - Bangalore, India

Lalbagh Garden Lalbagh is one of the most famous botanical garden in the Bangalore City. This 240 acres park was created by Hyder Ali & completed by his son Tipu Sultan. After Tipu's regime it was handed over to East India Company.  Benjamin Heyne was in charge of this Botanical Garden upto 1812. He collected some rare species from the Western Ghats. At present it's a living conservatory of rare tropical  plants & centuary old trees. There is a majestic statue of  Chama Raja Wodeyar  - Maharaja of... [Lire la suite]
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16 juin 2009

Moroccan Fish Bastilla - Flaky Pie stuffed with Fish

Moroccan Fish Bastilla Ingredients4 Tunisien brick pastry (feuilles de brick)Filling 250 g minced fish (canned tuna/salmon)2 potatoes (cooked & mashed)1 cup cooked angel hair pasta (optional)2 onions(chopped)2 cloves of garlic + a piece of ginger (make a paste)1 green chilli1 tbsp masala powder1/2 tsp red chilli powder1/4 tsp turmeric powderCurry leaves / coriander leavesSalt to tasteAn egg yolk & melted butterMethodBoil the quartered potatoes in salted water until tender (20 mn).Drain & let it cool. Peel , mash it &... [Lire la suite]
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10 juin 2009

Chakka Appam/Jack fruit Appam - Kerala Special

Chakka Appam Ingredients1 cup pureed jack fruit2 cups flour1/2 cup rice powderA pinch of salt1 egg (optional)1 cup sugar/5 cubes of jaggery1/2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp cardomom powderOil for frying   MethodMix all the five ingredients & set aside for a 15 min.If you are using jaggery, gently heat it with a little water to make a thick syrup.Strain it & add to the mixture.I'm adding an egg so that the appam doesn't absorb oil.Add cardomom powder & mix well. Heat plenty of oil  & pour 1 tbsp of the... [Lire la suite]
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07 juin 2009

"Wish Granting Tree" in my Mom's Garden.

Parijatha Tree Parijat are highly fragrant white flowers with six/eight petals arranged above a deep orange tube. These flowers open at dusk spreading their fragrance & fell down when the dawn breaks. Botanical name is  Nycatanthes Arbortristis -  Nycatanthes means "night flowering" & arbortristis means "sad". It's called Night Jasmine/ Coral Jasmine in English, Parijat in Sanskrit , Parijatham in Malayalam , Pavizhamalli in Tamil , Harsinghar in Hindi & Shefali in Bengali. Yves Rocher's perfume "Shafali" is... [Lire la suite]
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03 juin 2009

Aloo Bonda / Potato Bonda

Potato Bonda Ingredients for the batter1 cup gram flour 1 tbsp rice powder1/2 tsp red chilli powder1/2 tsp saltAn egg (optional)1/2 tsp cumin powderChopped coriander leaves/ Curry leaves Luke warm waterOil for fryingMethod Prepare potato baajii & keep aside.Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.Add sufficient amount of water to get a thick batter.Cover the bowl & keep aside for 20mn. Make lemon sized balls using potato baajji. Dip each ball in the preapred batter & deep fry them in a pan or in deep fryer. Serve hot with a... [Lire la suite]
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02 juin 2009

Bollywood - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Movie: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) Song: Tujhe dekha to yeh jaana sanam Vocal: Lata Mangeshkar and Kumar Sanu Artist: Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Music: Jatin-Lalit Lyricis: Anand Bakshi
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