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Yoghurty Mango

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      Food blogging….always eluded it to the extent possible….I salivate and drool reading all those lovely food blogs..but am paralysed when it comes to writing a recipe….firstly I cannot create anything on my own…I cook well ( compliment courtesy : S, my husband) but can never dish out recipes one after the other which food bloggers do with great elan…so I take the easier route…I visit them routinely and recreate the effect….and always faired reasonably well…..I love cooking and am quite enthusiastic about it….so it helps 🙂
   Ok, now why am I bothering you guys with all this…..how does it matter….well, today I am tweaking a bit from this route and posting my first ever food related post…its so very simple that I can’t bring myself to call it a recipe….though I feel strange and nervous typing this….I couldn’t let it go …after all its about Mango madness and hosted by dear Anu of Escapades whose recipes always exude warmth….visiting her blog always makes me comfortable and soothes me…and I always won brownie points when I recreated them…..
   And anyone who’d known me fairly well will vouch for my mango mania….to say I love them is an understatement….I missed mom and mangoes the most while I lived away from India….for a mango zealot like me who devours them more than three times a day during the season (they are a part of breakfast,lunch, dinner and also form my snacks)…living in Europe appalled me…non-availabilty of this luscious fruit depressed me…
   I would visit a pakistani store to pick my regular supply of canned mango pulp during summers…for one whole year I did this religiously….so much so that the moment I stepped into the store, the owner would bring a couple of cans without even me asking for them…he knew I could never leave without them…
  But it improved during the last year that I lived there…maybe export rules were relaxed…or god heared my mango prayers….we got fresh fruit from pakistan once a week….imagine my cheerfulness when I first saw them at the store…from then on, during summers I had a special budget allowance for mangoes….and the shopkeeper would call me whenever the produce arrived 🙂 ….special customer you see……and since they were of export quality they tasted very very good…reminded me of my childhood days in my ancestral village….where we had mango orchards….and ate the best fruit….
  While the supply lasted, I had mangoes in copenhagen regularly for breakfast and dinner….I usually had fruit yoghurt for breakfast….so during summers instead of eating strawberry yoghurt or orange yoghurt…I made this mango yogurt and relished it daily….Here is how I dished it and it goes to Anu for WBB#22- May Mango Madness


  
  
Mango Yoghurt

2 cups mango puree ( fresh or canned)

2 cups natural plain low-fat yoghurt
  
Optional:

1   tbsp powdered sugar (adjust according to the mango sweetness)

1/2 tbsp vanilla essence

 
     Mix the mango puree and yoghurt using a blender…..for additional sweetness and flavor add the powdered sugar and vanilla essence….and voila, its ready 🙂
    In fact I never followed a set procedure in making this yoghurt…sometimes I used less pulp and more yoghurt…or vice-versa….whichever way it always tasted yum….

                                               

 

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A Delectable Dinner

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As a child I loathed food….my mom experienced harrowing times since I would be laid up annoyingly often…because of this unreasonable hatred towards food. I still do not understand what put me off it and why I despised it so much ……till one day  when I was pathetically ill, painstakingly thin….and horribly anaemic…..It continued till I passed my teens…this frequent malady took its toll …it bloody sucked my life..and after frequent doctor visits…. I realised (thank god and thank mom)that the only secret to general well-being is to eat and to eat healthy ..:)

Slowly and reluctantly I then started trying out different foods ….and over a period of time I actually started relishing food…..and this phase just grew…..and I ventured into tasting new and fancy stuff and I today feel contended that I did it. I now try every veggie dish of each and every cuisine atleast once and food has been growing on me ever since. Today I relish both Daal and Ravioli or even  a salad and dessert with equal gusto.

This esculent fondness paved the way to many restaurant excursions. Now I eagerly look forward for my meals and am pink in health too. And eating out has a whole new meaning now….

During one of these trips with friends I dined at Fusion 9, Hyderabad and since then I propound it extensively to every body who is on the look out for wine and dine . It is a very trendy eating place which serves top-notch food. I just love it..and  always chaperone my guests to this tempting eatery which I avouch as a must try for all…It is one of those very few places in Hyderabad which  pampers you with truly international  varieties and also lives up to its reputation. It serves 9 different cuisines…..and I love them all…and eating there is quite an experience..makes me feel real good…and they also have a live band playing jazz on friday’s …

We had been there last weekend and this time too I left the place longing for more…I and S went all mexican this time and the food was out of the world…I relished my mushroom quesadilla’s till the last bite. S’s uncle said that this is one of his best meals…and I gleamed. S tried a chocholate sampler for dessert and quite liked it… and I chose coffee to round it off, which I always do..they ground really really great coffee here..Do try it when you are there next time…and trust me….it is  a phenomenal way to end the marvelous meal.

I am yet to savor their sunday brunch which claims to the best in town….and going by their culinary repertoire I harmonize it and am eagerly looking forward for it…