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The carom pakoras are kept in a bowl alongside some ketchup
Gluten-free, Indian, Recipes, Snack, Vegan

Indian Borage Leaf Pakoras / Carom Leaf Pakora / Ajwain Patta Pakoda / ओव्याच्या पानांची भजी

Indian borage leaf, also commonly called carom leaf or ‘ajwain ke patte’ is no novelty to Indians. Like many, I grew up watching my Mum tend this herb in her garden and when the Monsoons hit Indian shores, she’d make these pakoras as our evening snack. I decided to have a go at growing this […]

A bottle gourd peel thecha is shown in a shallow pan laid on a dark brown wooden board with bottle gourds seen in the background
Gluten-free, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Pickles & chutney, Recipes, Vegan

Bottle gourd peel thecha / Bhoplyachya salancha thecha / भोपळ्याच्या सालांचा ठेचा 

Bottle gourd, also known as dudhi in India, is a very versatile vegetable. Although it’s classed as exotic produce in the UK, it has become a common find in Indian grocery stores across the UK. A long pale green bottle gourd with delicate white flesh inside dotted with soft edible seeds is rather delicious (and […]

Christmas Tree
Home Decor, Sustainability

DIY Eco-friendly Christmas Tree

We’re looking forward to a green Christmas and we are aiming to reuse and repurpose what we already have to decorate our house this year. Aarya, my daughter, and I made this Christmas tree from sustainably sourced silver birch logs and jute rope. Here are my notes about how we made it: I used 7 […]

Home Decor, Sustainability

Paper bag snowflake decorations

They say every snowflake is different, well my hand-made ones certainly are.⁣⁣If you are looking to add a bit of festive cheer to your home and, like me, you want to avoid all the plastic baubles and tinsel this year these are just the thing. All you need is some paper bags, glue and scissors.⁣⁣I […]

Gardening, Sustainability

Zanzaneet Kitchen Garden 2021

The sun has shone brightly this week and the garden is starting to produce some lovely veggies. We’ve tried to do things a little different this year with our veg garden. Here’s the beautiful produce I harvested this afternoon. Firstly we got a bit better organised, last spring’s lockdown (in 2020) meant that it was […]