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Monday, June 23, 2014

Indo-Italian Bruschetta

Before I go any further, I'd like to draw your attention to the following:

1. Kreative Korner is not a food blog, though I enjoy my food till the last bite.
2. I do not enjoy writing recipes, as much as I love cooking.
3. My love for cooking is a recently discovered passion.
4. This discovery has led to inventions in the kitchen.
5. Successful inventions tempt me to forget everything else and share the recipes, making Kreative Korner a food blog for that post.


Since I have been on a cooking spree in the last few weeks, a recipe-post became a little unavoidable. I might also just go on and add more recipes here on the blog. I have done it in the past and you saw it here, here and here. Looks like the food-blogging days are back and the first recipe for the season is gonna be 'Indo-Italian Bruschetta'!







Here's what you'll need (Makes: 8 pieces):

4 slices of Bread (white or brown, you choose!)
3 tbsp Sweet Corn Kernels
3 tbsp diced Tomatoes
3 tbsp chopped Onions
3 tbsp chopped Cilantro
2 tsp Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Oregano 
1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste



1. In a mixing bowl, mix the corn kernels, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, pepper powder and salt. Keep aside.





2. Cut the bread slices in half.





3. Lightly spread the Green Chutney on one side of the bread slices.
NOTE:  Green Chutney (Cilantro Chutney) is easily available in Indian grocery stores, as well.





4. Spread the onion-corn-tomato mix on the bread.





5. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and Oregano.





6. Place the dressed bread slices on a baking dish and keep it in the oven for 10 mins at 350 F
NOTE: I used the lower rack of a 4-slice toaster for this recipe, preheated to 350 F. Keep an eye on the oven if the one you are using is smaller or bigger.





7. Once done, garnish with some chopped cilantro and serve.






Now that we have talked about Green Chutney, I'll let out a little secret. I suck at Chutney-making. Between Sanket and me, it's always him who prepares the Green Chutney. He is just so good at it. Even with missing ingredients he can do wonders. Thank God for pairing us up :D


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While blog-reading earlier today, I landed on Aqua Seventy6's page and learned about the latest project up her sleeves - #100HappyDays on Instagram. Now that I am loving Instagram so much these days, I thought why not take it up myself!

So, for the love of Instagramming and Happy Days, you'll see me posting pictures with the hashtag #100HappyDays on IG for the next 100 days. I'll try to keep my blogger friends posted here, but just in case I miss it, you can always track me on IG. User ID @tanya_anurag 


Do let me know if you are appreciating the little happy things in life too :) 

I start with this picture here:




Oh yes, a successful kitchen experiment makes a girl happy :D :D 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Match-It


When the itch to post goes beyond control..
When you have a lot to share but are unable to blog about it for some or the other reason..
When your time is divided between things besides blogging..
What you do is... Pull out some pictures from archive that do not require you to do a lot of babbling and share it with your readers for some Sunday afternoon fun!

And this is exactly what I am gonna do today! I am taking y'all back to Sanket's b'day (which was 5 months back!)
And what I have here to share is the tissue papers that I made to match the gift bags used for return gifts.




(Thanks to post-Christmas deals) I bought a roll of plain-white tissue papers really cheap, while out for routine grocery shopping. Not only was it cheap but also BORING!
A little acrylic paint gave the colorless-and-lifeless tissue papers an awesome face-lift. I painted the tissues to match the paper bags. Matching is my thing ;)












Since I was not seeking perfection here, it hardly took me any time to paint these.

If you intend to do this too, please do remember to put some old newspapers or a waste card board piece under the tissue papers. They color usually passes through the thin tissue paper sheets. 






Oh! and I finally used the paper towel roll :D The multi-color rings you see, are painted with it!





Like it?? Well, I was pretty happy with the end product, more for the price, time and efforts- which is almost NOTHING!!)

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How did the weekend go for y'all. I had a pleasant one- Hosting dinners. 


USA vs Portugal is running live right now and I better rush to watch it. 
Ahh! I thought Soccer was not my game but there is something about these World Cup matches that you just cannot keep yourself away!


Go USA!!





Partying at :
Show and Share Party
Link Party DIY Inspired
Made By You Monday
Block Party
Frugal Friday
Anti Procrastination Tuesday
Wicked Awesome Wednesday



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Time's Pace


Where have I been lately? I was in India for my sister's wedding in mid-April.
How did it go? Terrific :) The bride and groom were excited. Their families happy. Guests had a good time. Things went off as planned.


Isn't it amazing how time varies it's pace through the course of life!! January through March, I could barely see dates changing on the calendar. The weeks became loooong. Count-downs din't seem to come to an end. The entire family spent hours discussing the how's and what's for the wedding over Facetime. Email exchanges and phone calls were our only resort. We could just not wait to be together. We could not wait for the wedding ceremonies to start.



Finally, the much awaited days arrived. The family got together for the wedding. Numerous visits to the market began. Face-to-face discussions replaced the online ones. Guests started coming in from all parts of the globe. There were only happy hearts around and cheerful chirping was heard from all corners. Smiles and laughter flooded the house. We were all happily together for my sister's wedding.



My sister's wedding!! My little sister's wedding. The one, who inspite of being the youngest in the house was everyone's granny. The one who taught us to laugh and take pleasure in all that life has to offer. The one who is the most forgiving and cheerful. The one, who until a few days back was just a little girl, was to get married! 






It sure was a special moment for all of us. Mom and Dad were the happiest or may be the bride and groom - difficult to say!  



But much before we could realize that the 'wedding days' (Indian weddings span across a few days) had finally arrived, it was time to bid good-byes - to the bride & groom, to the guests, and to each other. The days just went by in a flash. Time suddenly picked up pace and rushed through, while we were busy enjoying.



The days that we had been waiting for, together, as a family, came to an end. It was time for me to carry my bags back to Charlotte! 


The good part-  I am back with beautiful memories and thousands of pictures!! So much so that I have been unable to keep up with the demands for wedding snaps. Hope to be able to compile, sort and share the pictures soon.

Those of you, who have been reminding me for the pictures, trust me, I am working on it!! It's a mammoth task!


And before I end this post, I pray for a very happy, healthy, love-filled life for Ritu & Shobhit! You guys are deeply loved and cared for. Hope to see you both soon. Cheers!