Blast from the past

This is an old picture captured by a friend, yet one of my favorites till date as it perfectly captures who I am-carefree and comfortable in my own skin.

I simply love breaking rules and I hate following fashion trends. My wardrobe is full of color. When I choose clothes, I pick the 2 most contradicting items and then find a neutral element to bind them together. As in this case, I chose to wear a green jacket with hot pink pants to office. To avoid making it look hippie, I paired it with a white top, tan colored belt, sandals and bag. This outfit might have looked trashy had I added even one more color to it. The trick lies in balancing and being able to carry off almost anything with confidence…;)

Baked Orzo

I have always been tempted to buy Leek, but didn’t know how to cook it. But this time at farmer’s market I could not resist the temptation, so I went ahead and bought a bunch. I browsed some recipes online but finally went ahead with my own. Here it goes:

You need:

1 1/4 cup orzo
2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for the pan
1 pound leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 pound (4 ounces) turkey, thinly sliced
3/4 cup fresh or frozen carrot & peas
1/2 cup mozzarella
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
salt as per taste
Few grinds fresh black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Fill a medium pan with salted water and bring to a boil. Cook the orzo until al dente, about 5-7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil until shimmering. Add sliced leeks and cook until translucent, about 7-9 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Fold in the turkey, carrot, peas and orzo, stir well, and cook until all the ingredients are warmed through. Fold in the cheese and set aside off the heat to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, milk, fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Fold the orzo mixture into the milk mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Scrape the creamy orzo into the prepared baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly browned along the edges and the center is set completely. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve hot with freshly toasted Ciabatta. ENJOY!

A Knotty Tale!!

IMG_2504Got an opportunity to attend another wedding, this time a Chinese affair. The bride and the groom had been dating for 8 years and tied the knot in a traditional Chinese wedding. It started with a gift exchange ceremony between the bride and the groom where they were not allowed to see each other but exchange gifts through friends. This was followed by quick and fun door games where the groom had to perform some tasks before he could see the bride. He was challenged by the bridesmaid to get wishes for his wedding from a stranger in a card and while he did this, the best men had to do pushups. Then came the bridesmaid’s final and wicked plan, where the best men had to pass the hurdle of blind tasting.

Further on, there was the tea ceremony, in which the bride and the groom had to serve tea to relatives and they in turn presented them with gifts. Finally the bride changed into her wedding dress for the most awaited moment of her life. The wedding took place at the magnificent Casa Real vinery with the exchange of vows.

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