Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day - Hip or Hype?

February 14th - Valentine's Day....a day where couples profess their undying love for each other, take out time to do something thoughtful for that special someone and exchange flowers, gifts, chocolates and heaven knows what else. Doesn't it make u think "why couldn't everyday be Valentine's Day?!"

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My favorite movie of all time - The Shawshank Redemption

Source: Wikipedia

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 movie directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. I clearly remember the day I watched this movie. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and all I wanted to do was sit back and enjoy a good movie while devouring a gooey slice of pizza! It was my husband who recommended this one after pointing out that it was number one on the IMDb top 250 movies of all time. When I asked him what it was about, he told me that it was a story set in prison. I frowned and shook my head in disapproval. I thought to myself, "here we go again - another Hollywood drama portraying the gruesome prison scene". He then told me that it was based on a Stephen King novel which actually made me protest out loud! Don’t get me wrong, I think King is an extraordinary writer but horror is a genre in any form of print and media that I absolutely detest. I had already made up my mind that this movie would be cringe-worthy and repulsive…..a premature and unfair assumption I have to admit.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Recipe of the month: Pesto Walnut Pasta

This particular recipe I got while watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s show Khana Khazana one weekend. Although I had never made a pesto sauce before, I decided to give it a go since it looked healthy, simple to make and required only a handful of ingredients. What a winner it turned out to be! You can hardly ever go wrong with it. You get the fresh sweet flavor of basil, aroma of the olive oil, earthy pungency of garlic, the heat from dry red chillies, creaminess from the parmesan cheese, a sweet tartness from the cherry tomatoes and the crunchiness from the walnuts. It has become one of my favorite dishes in recent times and has a special place in my treasured recipe book. This is one recipe for which my hubby will venture out even at the most unearthly hours, to  buy the required ingredients if he craves for it for breakfast the next morning 

This pasta features as a staple item on our weekly menu. I hope you try it out and love it as much as we do!