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!

 

B’s Multi-seeded Cranberry Salad Recipe

Hello everyone.  This recipe has become a staple salad at home as my husband loves all the flavours that it brings!  It’s a light and refreshing salad with an easy home-made dressing. It’s VEGAN/VEGETARIAN/DAIRY FREE/GLUTEN FREE – which means it will suit most diets! 🙂  It was published on Almonds & Raisins and here’s a screenshot of it:

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Ok hope guys try this salad out!  If you have any suggestions for me to add to it, give me a shout! 🙂

Envylope App by Amit & Bandhna Bajaj – Featured in Asian World Newspaper – September 2014

Hello all!  September brought in a pleasant surprise for us.  We were so happy to see our app being featured in almost a full page on a newspaper.  It was featured in Asian World Newspaper – September 2014, page 25! 🙂

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Just so you don’t have to strain your eyes, here’s just the text:

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