Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hyderabad, Telangana - India

I’m excited to join up again this month with fellow blogger Fiona Ryan's  A-Z Guidebook Travel Linkup over at Tiffin Bite Sized Food Adventures. This travel tale link-up goes from January 15th - January 22th, this time travels with the letter "H".

"H" is for Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Hyderabad known as the "City of Pearls" is the combined capital city of the Southern Indian States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and is the 4th most populated city in India.

It was established in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, before the Mughals captured the region a century later. In 1724, Asif Jah I created his own dynasty, known  famously as the Nizams of Hyderabad. The Qutb Shahis and Nizams established Hyderabad as a multicultural and intellectual hub and that tradition continues to be the case in the present day, attracting major Indian and International manufacturing, research and financial institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and especially IT earning it the nickname "Cyberabad." Hyderabad is also home to Tollywood, the Telugu film industry, and it's base - Ramoji Film City, the country's second-largest producer of movies.

This is the place where my dear husband is from, he grew up in this city. It is a beautiful city mixing cultures, religions, and traditions; some old and new. We visited these old and new places making new memories in them together. The Charminar was commissioned by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591-2 at the center of the city, to commemorate the eradication of plague and is made of granite, limestone, mortar and pulverised marble.
As we walked through the crowded Choodi Bazzaar, the towers started to appear and grow at the end of the street, past the bangle sellers and food stalls... closer and closer. Just a few steps and we would be there... crossing the street dodging honking auto rickshaws, taxis, and darting past pedestrians and we were there. Standing at the base taking in the size of this monument, the decoration and how it  incorporates both Muslim and Hindu architectural styles, it's truly amazing. We go past a small fountain and start up one of the minarets hand laid spiral stone staircases to the balcony for the view. But it's not the view that first catches my eye but the intricate detailed floral work throughout the structure, then the view.

Hyderabad, Telangana - India




For more Letter "H" travel stories, visit A-Z Guidebook LinkupStay tuned next month for more travel, centering around the Letter "I"!

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Ham & Biscuit Sandwich w/ Spicy Mustard

Food 'n Film "Return to Oz" - Ham & Biscuit Sandwich w/ Spicy Mustard



There are certain movies that have become tradition to watch over the holidays when we are together as a family. They tend to be somewhat obscure, found treasures of the discount VHS bin… and when we discuss them in public people often give a quizzical look and ask if we made them up. Such is the reaction we are usually met with when we mention watching “Return to Oz”. Now, I’m sure most of you have seen the 1939 Technicolor marvel that is “The Wizard of Oz” but the story didn’t stop there, what most people don’t know is that there was a series of 14 Oz stories. “Return to Oz” combines The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz with a slightly darker, deeper storyline that captures the imagination and

Monday, January 11, 2016

Food 'n Film - January 2016

Happy New Year & Welcome to Food 'n Film for January!


There is no set theme for January, it is Blogger's choice. You can choose any movie you'd like, just please keep it clean! 

Looking forward to your movie picks, and the recipes that come out out of them! :)


How to take part in the Food 'n Film link-up

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Spicy Veggie Soup with Handmade Wontons



It's been a crazy roller coaster start to winter... 
                                                                      Christmas Day was 70F and two days later it's 30F! 

The start of the New Year has been pretty much the same, we finally got the blast of cold weather we were waiting for, but we weren't prepared for it physically or mentally.

 Last Monday after going to sleep on a relatively warm night, we woke up to a freezing cold 9F! 

Now let me be honest Monday is not my favorite day of the week, but add that low temperature and you really have to pry me out of bed and away from my warm flannel sheets.

I was cold all day and when I spoke to Kishore we both agreed dinner had to be something that would be warm and comforting. To me that meant a nice hot bowl of soup, and not just any soup but Spicy Veggie Soup with Wontons. That deliciously hot and spicy broth with loads of veggies, with juicy handmade wontons bobbing among them, I'm hungry just writing about it. This is a very hearty vegetable soup that can stand on its own if you don't have the time or ingredients for the wontons. There have been days that I've had to forfeit the wontons, and the soup was still delicious and satisfying. So without further ado...
Here is my recipe for Handmade Wontons in Spicy Veggie Soup:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I’m a new Yummly Publisher!


Hi All! I hope 2016 is off to a great start. 

I’m excited to announce that Cooking for Kishore is now a publisher on Yummly — a recipe directory that makes it easier for bloggers, and foodies to share and review their favorite recipes.

You may have noticed the shiny new button on my blog's left sidebar – that’s the Yum button. 
Clicking on it will automatically save your favorite recipes to a personal recipe box.
If you don’t use Yummly yet, you can sign up here.

The nice thing about Yummly, is that their site allows you to search what you are specifically interested in... be it specific dietary needs or what to make with a specific ingredient...you name it they have it! 

So start scrolling through our  recipe box on our Publisher Page — remember to“Yum” your favorites to save them for later!


                                                         – More recipes coming soon!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!


Hi Everyone, Happy New Year!
We hope you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016.

It was our turn again to host the family New Year's Eve party! Our New Year's had a wide selection of both hot and cold appetizers inspired by both cocktail parties of days gone by and fusion cuisine.
The Menu had plenty of variety: 

Hors d'oeuvres- Bacon Wrapped Dates, Salmon Dill Tartlets, Egg and Cheese Mini Quiches, Deviled Quail Eggs, Potato and Pea Samosas, Ham Croquettes, Pineapple Teriyaki Meatball, Hummus, Mini Lamb Kofta Kebabs with Cilantro Chutney, Black Bean Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips, Marinated Kielbasa and Pineapple Bites

Mains - Pear Salad, Basmati Rice, Lentil Salad, Veggie Pasta Salad, Mesquite Seasoned Pork Tenderloin with Veggies, Shrimp and Green Bean Paella, and Zucchini Patties

Desserts - Fresh Fruit Salad, Cranberry Cake, Macaroons, Rainbow Cookies

Here are a few shots from the table, recipes to follow at later dates.

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