B’s Grilled Potatoes – as a simple and tasty side!

I’ve been having grilled potatoes as a side for two days.  I finally have some spare time today so thought I’d leave a recipe.  It’s just so simple and yummy to not share! 🙂

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Yes, yet another angle!

B’s Easy Grilled Potatoes

Makes: As much as your heart desires!
Ingredients:
350 g baby potatoes
Oil
Salt, Pepper, Dried Basil
Method:
Steam potatoes for 15-20 mins.  Poke with a fork to test if its cooked.  Leave to cool.

Cut potatoes into halves.  Put oil on a grill pan and grill potatoes on both sides till well done.  Sprinkle salt, pepper and dried basil to taste.  Keep grilling.  The crispier the better!

This is one of the easiest sides I make, and one of the yummiest!

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WHAT COLOUR IS THAT DRESS THAT BROKE THE INTERNET? – By Bandhna Kaur

Hello guys!

The past two days have been crazy.  Everyone’s sick of hearing about the dress.  But yet, it is possibly one of the most interesting things I have come across in quite awhile.  I was baffled when my husband and I saw the same photo on the same phone DIFFERENTLY.  I saw it as gold & white and he saw it as blue and black. LIKE SERIOUSLY?!

Here’s my article on it, for you to check out:

 

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Click here to view the full article. 

 

What colours did you all see?

 

xx

B

 

A shout-out to say I am alive.

Hi guys!  Thanks for everyone who stops by my website.  I haven’t put up new posts in quite some time.  However, to my delight my stats are rising and daily I get hits from various countries around the globe.  This is encouraging me to make time to write on my space here.

A bit of an update with my life explaining my disappearance is essential!

  • Busy planning the final stages of Envylope (this year the entire app will be done, and we will hopefully be moving on to another project.  We haven’t decided what yet though!)  I am open to suggestions.  You can email me.
  • Been writing for a few sites and papers.  I will be putting up some of my articles here as well.
  • Had the pleasure of travelling in December, attended two family weddings.

I have not lost my passion to try out new healthy recipes or my thrill in exploring the world.  I will be posting about them very soon!

xx

B

bandhna.com has hit over 10,000 hits!

I’ve been busy with just so many things that I haven’t written anything here in ages.  Yes – I do miss it, and I miss connecting with all of you too 🙂  Hope everyone has been well.  I’ll be blogging really soon!

I just had to shoutout that I’ve reached over 10,000 hits for this site.  Was so happy to see that, thanks to everyone who has stopped by! 🙂

Cheers!

xx

B

Diwali Special – Book Review of “RIA & RAJ: The Gigantic Diwali Surprise” By Kiran Lyall And Venisha Sudra

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In a nutshell:
An excellent read for Asian children and parents. A book that is fun and has culture in it.
In my opinion, it is imperial that children’s books have a hidden message in them, where they take something from it. In addition, this message should be presented in an interesting and fun manner.

Ria & Raj And the Gigantic Diwali Surprise do just that.

It starts off with Ria & Raj helping their mum in the kitchen for Diwali preparations. Their mum is making ladoos to give the temple and guests for Diwali. Personally, I like the authors’ choice of making ladoos as opposed to other Indian sweets. This is predominantly due to the fact that ladoos are traditional yet fun for kids to make. Kids in western countries can draw similarities between baking cookies and making ladoos. This similarity is depicted when Raj and Ria ask if they can make a spaceship shaped ladoo and a princess one respectively. This illustrates that ladoo making can be a fun activity that keeps the children entertained whilst keeping the culture alive.

Also, the concept of sharing is highlighted with the intention for the ladoos to be given to people. Like any mischievous child, Raj has an idea to make one big ladoo instead of 200 small ones. While making it, there is a lot of emphasis on the sounds. For instance, reading squish and squash aloud repetitively would be a fun read for children.

I like the fact that Ria & Raj are both Asian names that are easy to pronounce. This makes it easier for children to read with confidence. Moreover, I simply  love the idea of the surprise being an enormous ladoo. The imagery is akin to a big snowball. It sounds like a lot of fun, even for an adult!

There’s a further emphasis on sharing when Raj points out that they can cut the big ladoo into different pieces to still give the temple and guests. So they go along with their idea. And the surprise of the big ladoo is for their parents to unveil.

In conclusion, this book would make an excellent festive and educational gift for children on Diwali. But don’t forget to give them a box of ladoo with the book to ‘squish and squash’ and form a gigantic surprise of their own!

You can purchase the book online here.  Be sure to get it before Diwali!

 

Extremely Easy Baked Banana & Nutella

As you get busier you tend to cut some corners where food is concerned.  This is especially true when snacking.  So to make sure I don’t jump on the full-fatty-wagon,  I keep nuts and seeds nearby my computer.  For a dessert craving that is relatively healthy (as opposed to eating a banana split LOL) is this!  I’d love to take credit for this idea, but its not mine.  I came across it months ago on the internet (I’m not sure where, but the person put chocolate chips in the banana).  I put Nutella.  Not a big diff.  But just to be clear.  It’s a Nutella banana boat!  I’ve just bought Raw Peruvian Cacao Nibs that I will try putting instead.

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Easy Baked Banana & Nutella

Makes: One Banana Boat

Ingredients:

  • One banana
  • 2 tbsp of Nutella

Method:

  • Slit the banana length wise in the middle.
  • Stuff with Nutella
  • Wrap with foil
  • Bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 15 mins.

YES that’s it.  It’s truly decadent.  Feast in.  I’d recommend one each if you are two people LOL.  My husband and I couldn’t share one. Just FYI!

 

xx

B

Creamy Avocado and Corn Jacket Potato

I tried a healthy version of Jacket Potato – just because I absolutely love it but can’t afford to look like a big fat potato as a result.  This recipe is vegan and vegetarian friendly.  Easy to make and delish to eat!

I’ve been writing for Almonds and Raisins, a well-being site based in Thailand.  My recipe can be found there. Here’s a screen shot of the page!

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Review: VonShef Stone Raclette Grill

I’ve recently bought the VonShef Stone Raclette Grill.  I was missing some grilled cheese from Switzerland.  I was there 2 years ago, the cheese is to die for.  I bought this grill to have an indoor BBQ as the weather in London is so unpredictable.  So just in case. I absolutely loved it (thought I’d give you my verdict first) 🙂

Here are pictures that prove that Vegetarians can have a great grill too!

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 So vibrant and beautiful

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The layered grill.. Such an awesome feature!

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Loved the Kebabs!

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You can’t go wrong with Quorn Sausages. You seriously can’t.

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Cheese from heaven.  It just couldn’t get any better.

 

Here’s a breakdown of the VonShef Grill.  What I liked/disliked etc!

What we had for dinner from the grill:

  • Quorn Sausages with bread
  • Halloumi-Cherry Tomato Kebabs
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Grilled Peppers
  • Grilled Gruyere Cheese *to die for*

How to Use the Grill:

  • Pre-heat it for 20-25 mins
  • Brush oil on it lightly
  • Rub a bit of salt on the stone

What I liked about it:

  • Fun & Interactive Dinner
  • Easy to assemble
  • Healthy cooking option (minimal oil)
  • Grilled food is always yummy!

What I disliked about it:

  • You have to wait to wash up (I left it overnight, but some people say 3-4 hours is plenty)
  • Washing up by hand as opposed to a dishwasher
  • The wire for the cord is not long enough to use on the table – I got an external long adapter

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY:  TO BUY.