DIY, DIY SKIN Products

5 minute Easy and the BEST TINTED LIP BALM EVER

5 minute Easy and the BEST Tinted LIP BALM EVER with Creamsicle, Cocoa, Peppermint and Cinnamon flavors |foodfashionparty| #lipbalm #chapstick

So random right?!!

I do love to make DIY products. I’ve wanted to share these for so long.  My stash got over, and it was the perfect time to make, shoot and share.  They are so simple, and so much better than the commercial ones.  The best part is that it’s customizable. Makes great gifts.

A funny story I wanted to share though…..

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Appetizer, chickpea, Dinner, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, International Cuisine, Party Ideas, Spicy, Starter, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan)

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Spicy Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan) |foodfashionparty|

The love of food the four of us shares is quite intense.

We all love to try different things, quite tough critics, and we might enjoy one more than the other.  We enjoy a good hearty Lamb chop meal as much as we enjoy a loaded salad with some dressing.

Trying to balance out the carnivore loving boys with a lighter fare which suits our taste is a challenge I take on happily and love.  I try not to fall into the routine of recipes and when variety is there, it makes it so much more fun.

This was one such thing.

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Dinner, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Salad, Side, VEGETARIAN

3 Insanely Delicious-EASY Raita (Yogurt based)

BEET RAITA with mango ginger tempering. 3 incredibly delicious and easy Raita. |foodfashionparty|I don’t know how to grow plants. I can’t grow plants.

We never know what we get into, until we are handed a tiny little bundle with just the face peaking, eyes stuck together with some liquid, flushed pink face, and a blue striped or pink striped cap.  We feel an overwhelming sense of joy, a chilling and warm feeling.  Tears swell up and the first smile you give your tiny baby is filled with so much joy and love (and oxytocin, as my teen adds).  It’s a feeling that has never crept up until then, and will never go away.

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Bake with Kids, Baking, Banana, Bread, Cake, Coconut, Dessert, Entertaining

5 Deliciously EASY CAKES for Mother’s Day

5 BEAUTIFUL and Easy Cakes for Mother's Day |foodfashionparty|

Hi my friends,

Some parts of the world celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend.

“What do you want for Mother’s Day?” asked my little one.  To that I thought for a few minutes, and responded, “Nothing, I just want to sit at home, on my couch, in my pajamas, all day, watching movies, eating junk, and most of all, no one asking me anything. Lastly, I don’t want a messy kitchen!” I added quite sternly.

He looked at me like, I just wanted to know what to make for you.  Oh, well.

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Appetizer, Dinner, EGG, Entertaining, Entree, Fusion, Indian, Party Ideas, Spicy, Starter

Garlicky Spicy Egg Fry – Egg Masala Bruschetta

Garlicky Spicy Egg Fry - Bruschetta with egg

There are some dishes we make when there’s nothing in the refrigerator. There are some dishes we make when you have no time at all.  There are some dishes we make that are purely comfort food and remind you of home.  This  dish is all of those things for me………

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Almonds, Baking, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining

Pineapple-Almond-Coconut Honey Syrup Cake

Pineapple-Coconut Honey Syrup Cake |foodfashionparty|

Happy April!!

I can’t believe we’re in mid April already!

Four years!  It’s been four years and two days since I published my first post.

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CURRY, Dinner, Entree, Gravy, Indian, Non Vegetarian, Seafood, Spicy

Shrimp Curry with Potatoes and Peas – 30 Minute Curry

Shrimp Curry with Potatoes and Peas - 30 Minute Curry

Low and slow, is the mantra for a good Curry.

Curry comes in a variety of colors.  Cooking is an art, curries are the colors.

Indian Curries are pretty time consuming, especially with the ones that involve meat. The pan or pot that a curry is made in also adds to its complexity.  Everything must be slow cooked and sauteed without burning, and the meat almost always is cooked for long periods of time left unattended.  For example, a good fish curry would always take a while to make.  If it sat overnight before serving, the dish became exquisite the next day. A lamb/goat meat dish prep would start a few hours before lunch time and it was almost on Sundays.  Cookers or slow cookers were never used.  It cooked long hours leading to a ‘fall of the bone’ tender, flavorful and juicy meat.  All these different curries really required a lot of time and love, but were so worth the wait.

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Appetizer, Banana, Breakfast, Dessert, Eggless, Entertaining, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Sweets

Red Rice Sweet Paniyaarm/fritters stuffed with Coconut and Palm Sugar

Red Rice Sweet Fritter/Paniyaaram stuffed with Coconut and Palm Sugar |foodfashionparty| #foodphotography #holirecipes

It’s that time again for Indians to slap colors on each other.  A festival which brings people together, a festival of camaraderie and jollity. Holi – the festival of COLORS.

India does have a lot of festivals, and the whole country turns into a colorful atmosphere.  Among these festivals, some are religious, some are based on seasons, and some are of national importance.  I consider this festival in particular to be a more free spirited, joyous occasion for the young and old and everyone in between.  It’s a festival where people forget anger, sadness and join in for a day of fun, food and become kids at heart.

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Appetizer, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Lentils, Salad, Salad Bowl, Spicy, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing (Guest Post)

Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing |foodfashionparty|Guest post by @boxofspice
 
With the rain and winds, the Bay Area is filled with pollen too.  The only way I can communicate now, without messing my vocal chords completely, is to whisper.  For some reason the husky and sexy voice(as someone called it) doesn’t seem to suit me and I’ve had a few people feel bad, laugh and make fun of me all at the same time :). It’s one of the worst sore throats I have ever had, and I refuse to go to the doctor.  Trying to have green tea with honey, fresh turmeric and everything to soothe my poor little throat.  I am so very thankful and grateful to Rakhee from boxofspice to fill my space today with one of her impressive salads.
 
As Rakhee puts it, we’ve known each other for the longest.  I fell in love with her gorgeous photography and this post in particular Chaat Salad, and now we are great friends and I am in love with her personality too.  She’s all ears when I want to and makes me feel like a million bucks (what more can anyone ask).  Her artistic eye for dreamy and moody photography requires a standing ovation and her salads all belong in a magazine.  Without further ado… Here’s Rakhee.  Take it away my dear…..

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CURRY, Dinner, Entertaining, Entree, Seafood, Spicy

Green Masala Fish Curry

Green Masala Fish Curry. A deliciously easy cilantro-mint Curry with soft flaky fish. |foodfashionparty|

Uncles, Mom and Dad have left for work.  It’s just my Amma (grandmom) and I.  It’s the peace after the storm.

With no one to order me around, tease me, or make me bring things, I very quietly walk to the balcony and hold the railings with my two tiny little hands and start my favorite pastime. Watching people. A variety of people with a myriad of emotions: preoccupied looks, busy smiles, the nervous laughter, all for different reasons. They all were in a rush to get somewhere. I was plain amazed by that. I looked at their clothes, their make up and everything. I remember one day asking my grandmom, pointing to a lovely looking girl: “She looks so pretty ma, will I ever be as beautiful as her?”  To that she responded, “You, my dear, are much prettier than her and without all that makeup!”  That made me feel good then.  My ego booster, my Grandmom.

 We sit chatting for a bit…..Until we hear the sounds of the guy we were waiting for….

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