The Do Nothing Cake — February 26, 2018

The Do Nothing Cake

You will end up searching for titles like such for recipes when you are tired of work hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

After the block buster cake recipe of ‘Better Than Anything Cake’ I was hoping to make ‘Better Than Nothing Cake’ but instead I landed up on another more appropriate recipe called ‘Do Nothing Cake’. I mean what else you could ask for on a working day ๐Ÿ˜Š

It’s a homey cake you can enjoy with your evening tea. Contains 2 of my most favorite ingredients: pineapple and coconut – Piรฑa Colada drink and dessert as many of my friends have enjoyed at my home most of the times ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s look at the ingredients.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 of a cup soft brown sugar
  • Vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cans pineapple slices with juice (crushed)
  • Butter 150 grams


  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cups soft brown sugar
  • Vanilla essence
  • 4-5 Tbs Desiccated coconut
  • Chopped pecans and walnuts


Make the batter using the first set of ingredients including crushed pineapple and bake for 40 mins at 170 degrees.

Soften the butter over medium heat and add evaporated milk, add vanilla essence and sugar and mix well and allow to cook until bubbly.

Take off of the heat and add coconut and chopped nuts.

Once the cake is ready, poke the cake surface using a wooden spoon and layer up the frosting over hot cake and let soak for 3-4 hours.

Serve the moistest cake ever ๐Ÿฐ

Do try!

x x x

Pizza Roll – A Quick Dinner Fix — February 20, 2018

Pizza Roll – A Quick Dinner Fix

Every other week, I have those days where I need a quick fix for dinner because I often reach back home late for variable reasons ๐Ÿ˜‘

For those frequent occasions, during weekly grocery I stock up my pantry/fridge with items like pizza base, ready-rolled pastry, olives, cheese, fresh Italian herbs, etc.

Today was one such day when I reached home late and we were all starving (as usual). Checked the fridge and came up with the idea of Pizza Roll – took hardly 25 minutes to prepare, bake and serve.

I chose the following ingredients, based on what was available to me, in my fridge at that time. You can add what you like.

  • Bell pepper
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Mushrooms
  • Ketchup
  • Cheese mix
  • Green chili (1, chopped)
  • Fresh basil and coriander leaves
  • Black pepper, garlic powder and red chili flakes to taste
  • Beaten egg


Unroll the pizza base and spread some ketchup. Layer up with some rotisserie chicken, chopped mushrooms, peppers and green chilies.

Put some coriander and basil leaves, sprinkle a little black pepper, garlic powder and chili flakes. Throw some cheese on top and roll the base like a Swiss roll. Brush some egg wash onto the surface of the roll.

Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 170 degrees.

Enjoy hot ๐Ÿ˜Š

P.s. deliberately did not add any salt, since most of the food items are ready salted so practicing no sodium/salt food these days.

Have a good night!

x x x

Burgers for dinner — February 6, 2018

Burgers for dinner

I am in love with the idea of simple cooking trending these days. Numerous cooking pages on Facebook have millions of simple recipes that are healthy as well as quick and easy to make. I also have to share one such recipe.

Burgers using the rotisserie kind of chicken. I tried it tonight, let’s get the ingredients:


  • Burger buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek style yogurt
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Fresh dill
  • Parmesan cheese flakes
  • Sliced olives
  • Chopped jalapeรฑos
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Rotisserie/broiled/cooked chicken
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Cheddar slices


The sauce!

Put together mayonnaise, Greek style yogurt, cheese flakes, olives, jalapeรฑos, dill, coriander leaves and garlic and black pepper powder into a thick saucy consistency.

Burger up!

Cook 2 chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken and slice wafer thin (or try to cut as thin as possible).

On bottom half of the buns put a thin layer of mayonnaise.

Put the chicken wafers on the buns.

And add a layer of sundried tomatoes and cheddar slices on each of them.

Put in hot oven for 6-7 mins or until cheese slightly melts down.

In the meanwhile, brush some melted butter on the top halves of the buns and oven at the same time.

Take out of the oven and add a dollop of the sauce on each.

Serve with coke and fries.

Do try!

Have a good evening

x x x

Vegetable Packed Fruit Juices – A Health Regime — January 30, 2018

Vegetable Packed Fruit Juices – A Health Regime

We all say that we have a busy life but if I review my lifestyle carefully, sure I have a busy day life i.e. 9am to 5pm work routine but I am extremely indolent as well during the evenings. In my busy/lethargic schedule, I have very little time to plan balanced meals; so I try to make simple lifestyle changes that I can follow effortlessly.

Recently, I was worried that being big meat-eaters we hardly use any vegetables in our meals. I still am not using many but found out a way to overcome this deficiency.

Just make a glass of veggie packed fruit juice at dinner times. Very Easy!

The idea is to invest in some easy to maintain – easy to clean – juicer. Best is a cold press or slow juicer.

The way I do is, make sure that my refrigerator is always stocked with plenty of fruits and vegetables so that I don’t make excuses for not making the juice because the they were not available.

Every week in the grocery store there are offers on fruits and vegetables. You can get good quality fruits and veggies for even .49 cents, I grab them all.

My juices have more veggies than the fruit. But if you are concerned that it will not taste nice you can have it the other way around. You can try these for a start:

oranges + carrots + sweet potatoes

Cauliflower + apples + grapes

Pineapples + kale

Sometimes I just add kale, cucumber and a few grapes and it tastes delicious.

Make sure you don’t add anything extra for taste like salt, pepper, sugar, honey, etc ๐Ÿ˜Just appreciate the natural flavors. If you want to add a kick (lol), add half a green chili or a small piece of ginger.

You can juice just about any fruit or vegetable. I love this idea because now I am drinking vegetables that I hardly used to buy, cut and cook, like, kale, parsnips, spinach, celery, swedes, beets, sweet potatoes and what not.

Even if you just mix up 3 random vegetables, add an apple, few pineapples or grapes and you are sorted. No need to cut and shape the veggies, just wash them properly and cut roughly so they fit in the juicer.

Here are some combinations that I have tried. They are not the best ones that I would have liked to share but the only ones that I remembered to take photos of. If later on I take some new photos, I will make sure to add them here.

I love making these juices everyday and trust me, this routine is very easy to follow. Once you are in that motion, you will love doing it!

Do you have any easy to follow tips for healthy lifestyle? Would love to know them ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading, bye for now!

x x x

More than a Month of Celebration – A Beautiful End — January 24, 2018

More than a Month of Celebration – A Beautiful End

Christmas, New Year, shopping and gatherings are not the only reasons for the holiday season to be special for our family; husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary also fall in these months. Making it extra special.

The birthday was a little family business, as always, where we cut this pretty red chocolate lava cake.

The anniversary night was spent in the city center with dinner at our favorite restaurant. It is our yearly ritual to go and enjoy the most delicious Lebanese food in The Cedar Tree.

If you like kafta, kebabs, hummus and other Levantine food items like mezze, I totally recommend this restaurant in Dublin.

This was followed by the traditional baklava. However, I must add, the baklava is not freshly made anymore and therefore we did not like it much – but I think the photo is still beautiful ๐Ÿ˜‰

We had a little cake cutting ceremony as we came back home – which was a beautiful berry and meringue cake. See some of the photos below (don’t mind me being super obsessed with the cake, taking numerous photos). It was as delish as it looks.

With this, our happening holiday season came to an end.

Hope you are enjoying year 2018.

Bye for now!

x x x

More Than a Month of Celebration – Happy New Year — January 15, 2018

More Than a Month of Celebration – Happy New Year

Every year one of our dear friends organizes a grand party to celebrate New Year but this year it was not possible because of our lives becoming ever so busy. ‘But’ something needed to be done ‘even’ if on a smaller scale; so suddenly on the day of New Year’s Eve, a couple of friends decided to meet at our place. I wish I could invite more if I had more time to prepare.

I decided to make it a bit special for the guests ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks to the ongoing Christmas sales and to my collection of hacks for quick and simple recipes that I could make little new year presents and a humble dinner for all of us to relish together.

I love giving (and receiving โ˜บ๏ธ) makeup and beauty related presents so I knew what to buy. I am happy that I could get little something for everyone.

Look how pretty they turned out:

With this, out-of-the-way, I still had cooking to tackle. I kept the menu pretty simple: Haleem (I mean using instant recipe), kebabs, Bihari kebab bake, Sandwiches, Fries, Samosas. For dessert I made my signature Pinรฃ Colada dessert – for which I will certainly write a post some time soon [super easy + instant hit].

Here are some photos from the Eve:

Although a little late but here’s wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2018 ๐Ÿ˜€

Bye for now!

x x x

More Than a Month of Celebration – Shopping & Food Spree — January 12, 2018

More Than a Month of Celebration – Shopping & Food Spree

Our family enjoys an extended holiday season since we have more to celebrate than just the Christmas and New Year!

My husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary also fall in these months. Another thing is the sales that begin on the Boxing Day and run through December and January; which is a celebration in itself ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, this blog is not about shopping but the shopping experience, the infinite trips to shopping centers and all the meals in between.

This year I made numerous trips to various shopping centers in and around Dublin, but that’s just one thing; we also tried some of the most fantastic places to eat out in Dublin. The company that I had almost quadrupled the fun.

One sunny Winter morning I grouped up with a close friend and her daughter to make a bus trip to Dublin City Center. We decided to take a quick breakfast before indulging in shopping. By chance it was also her wedding anniversary that day and so the treat was on her ๐Ÿ˜‰

We grabbed a doughnut each from Boston Donuts and went into a nearby Butler’s Chocolate Cafรฉ.

I tell you, those doughnuts were luscious. I chose caramel with salted peanut and Butler’s hot chocolate to uplift our shopping enthusiasm even more on that cold winter morning.

Here are some photos from that day!

Holidays are nothing without the traditional Halwa Poori breakfast. One such place called Darbar has recently opened in the vicinity of our house where enjoy Halwa Poori every now and then since the quality and price are very good. We made a couple of trips to Darbar to grab our dose of halwa poori during the holidays. Even kids loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

Another lovely place we discovered to eat-out was a Mexican restaurant located in Dublin City Center. The food was delicious and portions were huge. I chose the daintiest looking item – Tacos.

You could obviously customize them with condiments of your choice.

The highlight of all the food experiences was the Bubble Waffle Factory, the cutest, most colorful place to enjoy customizable bubble waffles. To my surprise, these waffles look gigantic but not heavy at all. I went for bananatella – bubble waffle + strawberry ice cream + chocolate sauce. Although later on I thought I could have chosen vanilla ice cream and caramel to make it taste like banofee pie, but no regrets it, as you can see it’s still worth it ๐Ÿ˜‹

So if, you are around Dublin, give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

Among all these special tours, there were regular jaunts to McDonald’s for kids.

I really enjoyed this aspect of holidays at home.

How did you spend your vacation? Do you have special go to places that you like to go with your family and friends?

Will share more of my experiences from our little break, till then, Bye!

x x x