Kitchen Diary: November 2013

Written by Meena Agarwal on December 1st, 2013 | 1 Comment


I recently stopped by Nupur’s blog and was inspired by her monthly ‘The List’ series, where she jots down memorable tidbits of life for the month that just passed by. I think it’s a wonderful way to journal all the meaningful things that happened to you and your family. Imagine looking back at the end of the year, or even a couple of months later, and refreshing your memory with the things that really mattered. Most often than not, it’s the little things that make the most impact and its nice to get reminded of that once in a while. Here’s my list for this past November – a fun-filled month indeed!

COOKING: The month began with a bang with the onset of Diwali. We had an impromptu dinner party, which made me realize that with a few tricks up my sleeve, I could pull off a fantastic evening for over 15 people with Baby Dear  in tow. I wanted to break free from the standard Indian dinner party menu, and decided to host a chaat/street food buffet. We had Ragda Tikkis, Kachori Chole and Corn Chaat, with accompanying chutneys and toppings, all made from scratch. I also served fresh baked frozen Samosas and Pakodas, and an assortment of Namkeen. The night was a blast (literally speaking, since we even had fireworks outside), and the food was both – fun to cook and delicious of eat! I’ll definitely be hosting more Chaat Nights in the coming future.

LOVING: The weather! I’m a big fan of winter – even with all the snow we get. There’s absolutely no better feeling that walking into a warm home from the chilling cold outside, and cuddling under soft fleece blankets on the couch infront of a fireplace. Add to that a mug of decadent Hot Chocolate, and I’m in my happy place.

EATING: Home made baked goods! I’ve never been a baker, but this month, I suddenly had this strong urge to shower my family with delicious, warm goodies straight out of my oven. I’ve baked a Choco-Chip Banana Bread twice, a Pumpkin Loaf and a batch of Almond cookies. I also decided to make care packages of home-baked goodies for some of our close friends as well as Hubby Dear’s colleagues during the Holiday season. I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes I’ve bookmarked.

DOING: A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from The Dr. Oz Show, asking me if I’d be interested in sharing a recipe video for their Soups of the World’ series. They wanted me to cook Rajma and send them a clip of myself cooking it. It was such a fun learning experience for me! From figuring out the lighting, to how to adjust the angles on the tripod – I did it all by myself. You can catch a glimpse of me on the January 10th episode.

FAMILY TIME: The 3 of us took an impromptu getaway across the border to Buffalo for a weekend to just shop, eat and enjoy some quality time. We also visited the newly opened Trader Joe’s and came home with a bunch of treats that we’ve been rationing carefully!