Life Instagram-ed #13

First things first, I got honored with the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ by Jen @ The Haute Mommy Handbook. So very happy that she thought of me for awarding this. πŸ™‚

Now I don’t think anyone missed having Life Instagram-ed posts around, but I missed writing these. πŸ˜€ The reason you are seeing less of these and Street Style posts is that my phone has broken down and I used to use my phone camera. Today, I really wanted to do this, so I used my mom’s phone, used Insta through laptop, basically went at great lengths to get my Instagram feed here. Finally, here you go from what you last saw in Life Instagram-ed #12:

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1. What do you think this is? No guessing game, I can’t wait to tell you. It’s a fabric piece from Shanker Market, Connaught Place when I was roaming there with one of my best friends while she selected some fabricΒ for her sister’s marriage and I drowned in the gorgeousness. If you are even a tiny bit into getting your clothes stitched, this market is a must visit place. Though let me warn you it’s not exactly cheap. Still, must visit!

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2. This is from the Gurpurab celebrations in the area where I live. It’s a Sikh festival for the birth of the first Guru. Notice how coordinated everyone looks cleaning the road ahead for their Holy Book to arrive. It’s funny how faith can bind or break us. πŸ™‚

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3. From the same procession, you see the ‘Panj Pyare’. Honestly, I never knew about what they signify even though I have seen them/heard about them since childhood. Having used Google, here’s what they are: While I did know the literal translation ‘The 5 beloved ones’ (I know this much Punjabi), they represent the first five men who were initiated into the Khalsa (the emodiment of the Guru) in the Sikh ceremony of initiation by their 10th Guru.

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3. The Holy Book of the Sikhs – Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji.

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4. Aah, this. :’) This is that side head-gear that you usually see Muslim women wearing commonly known as ‘Passa’ or ‘Jhoomar’. I really wanted to have own since a long time. I think this one is so very pretty and is as not pricey either. I got this for INR 800. The only problem is that it is very heavy, so doesn’t stay put in my thin hair. I imagined myself looking beautiful when I wore this to a friend’s wedding recently, but it was coming off every 5 seconds due to my thin hair!!

If you live in Delhi and want to buy this, let me know and I’ll be happy to share the shop details.

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5. When you have Nachos but no dip and no inclination to make any, you gather whichever vegetables are there in the kitchen and preferably chopped already. πŸ™‚

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6. This one is special. One of my good friends from the blogging world, Krupa from Ishtyle Awhile, sent these earrings as a gift when I won a fun quiz on her blog. This is the first time I have ever won in a contest like this, you know, and the personal note was a cherry on the cake!

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7. This one is really, really important. If you are into baking at all, you should definitely try this recipe of Garlic Pull-Apart Rolls. Trust me, if I can do this, anyone can because I always face issues while baking in our microwave. I cannot stress on how badly I want you to try this recipe for it’s easy, tasty and satiates the craving for baking breads to some extent. Please do make this! I have made this thrice, the first time following the exact recipe, the second time replacing all-purpose flour (maida) with wheat flour and the third time adding paneer bhurji (cottage cheese dish) as a filling. So if you have anything to ask when you try the original recipe, feel free to ask. πŸ™‚ Only thing to keep in mind is that you must have a convection mode in your microwave for any baking and if you use gas cook-top for baking, then I won’t be able to suggest the tweaks for this recipe as I don’t know about that. [Bhakti, this is the recipe we talked about].

Pheww! I typed this post twice as I lost the draft. πŸ˜€ That’s pretty much it. πŸ™‚

Take care & keep smiling πŸ™‚

Easy White Sauce Pasta Recipe!

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I read a recipe of white sauce pasta onΒ Diary of a Cusp, (which by the way is a very good blog if you are looking for recipes πŸ™‚ ) and instantly remembered that we also made something similar once at home. So, we decided to give that a go again and the result was yummy. πŸ˜€ Oh, did I mention that Diary of a CuspΒ just awarded me with a Liebster? Well, now you know. πŸ˜€ I am loving the support. πŸ™‚

Coming back to the recipe, this is special because we did not have a lot of ingredients, that I consider important for this like cheese and garlic, at home at that time and it still tasted delicious. Read on to know further:

Ingredients:

  • Pasta of any shape (Around 100 – 150 grams)
  • Milk (One-fourth of a cup probably :P)
  • Cream
  • All Purpose Flour/Maida (Around two tablespoons)
  • Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Vegetables of your choice (We used onions and capsicum, but adding any or all of mushrooms, beans and carrots would be a good idea).

Let’s start now, shall we?

  1. Boil the pasta as per the instructions given on the back of the packet. Mostly, you have to put the pasta with thrice the water in a wide-mouthed vessel and bring it to a boil. Keep the vessel on the flame till you are sure that the pasta is properlyΒ cookedΒ . Once done, shift it to a sieve so that the water drains out and put just a tiny bit of oil in the pasta so that it doesn’t get sticky.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add a little bit of oregano and chilli flakes and toss the vegetables and cook till they are well-cooked. πŸ˜› (Really now, nobody would make fun of my recipe explaining skills. Do you want the recipe or not?) Add a little bit of salt and pepper and toss the veggies. You can always add more salt, pepper at a later stage.
  3. Add pasta to the veggies and toss again.
  4. In a separate pan, add little bit of oil and put two-three small pieces of garlic for flavour. When it starts giving aroma, add around two big spoons of all-purpose flour and toss till it looks kind of cooked and cream-ish. Add milk slowly and keep stirring so that there are no knots formed. You can do this step with either one-fourth cup of milk or one-fourth cup of cream or using both equally, i.e. one-eighth of each. πŸ˜› In that case, first add milk, then cream slowly. Once it starts cooking, add salt and pepper to taste. (Update: Princess Butter suggested in the comments that she doesn’t use all-purpose flour at all. I tried doing that and yes, it tastes the same. You can totally skip adding all-purpose flour and go straight to adding milk. Adding all-purpose flour just makes the sauce get cooked and become creamier faster).
  5. Once the sauce is almost completely cooked, add the sauce to the veggies + pasta mixture and cook a little bit more till everything is mixed properly. Once this is done, you can add some herbs like Oregano and chilli flakes. πŸ™‚
  6. Go, hog now. πŸ˜€

Now coming to the more important things about this recipe:Β 

  1. This is NOT the proper way of making a white sauce pasta and there are many recipes available for that. This is a simple way around (Jugaad πŸ˜› ) and does the job of being tasty, so.. πŸ™‚
  2. I couldn’t believe that it tasted good enough without adding cheese, considering how unhealthy processed cheese is (at least the ones available in India) and considering how much I love them, I am glad that it worked without them. πŸ™‚ If you wish to add cheese, just put some after performing point 5, that is, once you have added the white sauce to and tossed everything together, add grated Mozzarella cheese to the mixture and toss and cook a bit again.
  3. I know this is probably the worst way of sharing a recipe, but I really wanted to share the recipe because it is simple and tasty. Maybe, it sounds complicated but ask me in the comments section if anything is unclear. It really isn’t complicated. πŸ™‚

That’s it! Thanks for reading. Β I hope you like it. πŸ˜€