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[15 Dec 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
Recipes | Three Eggless Wholegrain Cookies and being Thankful for the Choices I Have Made in Life

There is nothing more admirable than when you see your work getting recognized in your own homeland, all the more so, when you are staying away from it. But as they say, we may leave a house or a town, but that does not mean those places leave us.

Whenever I miss my hometown in Udaipur, I would sneak into this online News portal ‘Udaipur Times’ for hourly updates and latest happenings in my town. But never thought that some day I will make ‘News’ in the same.

And just when I was sitting back and reminiscing about what all good the year 2013 has brought in for me, I got yet another pleasant surprise. I found my name in the list of “Top 30 Indian Food Bloggers of 2013, first on Awesome Cuisine and then on Rediff.com, a very trendy online web portal.

I couldn’t have asked for anything better. These are times when I take pride in what ever I have achieved and feel thankful for the choices I have made in life.

Baking bites, cookies »

[15 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Recipes | Three Healthy Wholegrain Cookies – Baking is Pure Magic

My kitchen is warm from the heat of oven and the smell of baked cookies is driving me crazy. Baking is pure magic. I know, I have repeated the statement over and again in many of my posts…can’t help.

Flour, butter and a few add-on and you have one of the crunchiest of goodies to munch upon. Baking cookies is such a cinch and I often involve my children in the process of rolling and cutting out cookies.
But I don’t wish to keep posting recipes alone which will dilute the purpose of my blogging. I blog to share memories and the nostalgia associated with the food alongside the recipes I cook in all my blog posts.

That hand-written small piece of paper struck with a magnet on my fridge ‘There is a life beyond your blog, Sanjeeta, go easy’ keeps me grounded.

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[18 Nov 2013 | 9 Comments | ]
Recipes | Baking 5 Easy Muffins to Realize that Joy Multiplies When Shared Among Friends

When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, making my evening tea, humming and swaying to the music of yesteryear’s on FM radio.

We have an invite for ‘R’ s 20th marriage anniversary tomorrow. It will be a small gathering of about six families, please decide upon some useful gift for the couple.” Said hubby and disconnected the phone.

Hmm….time to catch up with some old friends after a long gap….good that I always have a few sets of useful kitchenware, books and similar stuffs in store for such unexpected invites, when I don’t have time to go out and shop.

I picked up a beautiful light brown ceramic set of 6 coffee mugs I bought last year from Pondicherry and wrapped in a purple cover laced with small flowers and dots.

Festive bites, nutri bombs »

[17 Oct 2013 | 8 Comments | ]
Recipes | Two Healthy Festive Treats – Cherishing all the Happy Moments

Here is your copy from editors’ desk” said the delivery man and handed over the parcel to me. My heart started pounding faster and my fingers flipped the pages recklessly. “Relax mom, your articles will be there in it” son understood my eagerness and took the magazine from my hand.

Whoosh…a small booklet slipped from inside the magazine and fell on the ground. My eyes popped out to see my picture there.

Hmm…the thrill of seeing yourself in print ….the best adrenaline rush you could ever get I suppose.

Well, adrenaline rush or not, this assignment did make my diet graph plunge into a nose-dive. Yes, I am struggling to ward off those calories I gained after each recipe was done with 🙂

Baking bites, granolas »

[1 Oct 2013 | 8 Comments | ]
Recipes | Sesame & Banana Flapjacks or Granola Bars – Traditions Are Priceless

But Tatha, what about those who are left hander, how can you ask them to perform rituals with right hand?” I heard my son arguing with his grandfather who insisted that he use right hand to offer flowers during a Puja at home.

After the Puja rituals were over their grandmother took a little bit of all the food offered to God and went backdoor. She then placed the food on boundary wall and started calling the crows..Caa..Caa…

Why do you always offer food to crows granny, why not a sparrow or a parrot?” questioned my daughter.

Tatha, I read it somewhere that tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking, is it so?”  And the argument between grandparent and grandchildren continued.

Baking bites, breakfast medley, granolas »

[20 Jul 2013 | 8 Comments | ]
Baking | Oatmeal & Almond Slices – Of Friends, Food and A Memorable Travel Trail

Remember the tiny kiosk where we had kulhar (mud pots) tea near Jhulaghat, that small village we stopped by for breakfast alongside river Kali, and the green house we barged in for lunch….everything is washed away in flood.” She told in one breath.

My heart feels heavy every time I watch the happenings in Uttarakhand, India on television.  The early heavy rains, flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal last month have devastated this beautiful hill station of India.

I called ‘M’ my childhood friend from Uttarakhand the other day to inquire about her family. She could not stop cribbing about the mindless construction of illegal hotels and resorts by outsiders on river beds all around the valley leading to deforestation. “Hazards are inevitable, but such human activities convert hazards into catastrophe…and that’s what we are facing right now” I could feel the despair and vulnerability in her voice.

Baking bites, cookies »

[19 Dec 2012 | 13 Comments | ]
Baking | Two Shortbread cookies to Celebrate A Life Full of Surprises

Life is full of surprises. Just say ‘never’ and you’ll see.’ I did say ‘never’ to this Samsung Notebook after posting my entry for a recipe contest by Del Monte. And today when I open the parcel marked with ‘Winner – 1st Prize’ I understand that it takes more than just magic to make any dream a reality. These are the moments when all those unseen tiny efforts you put in to keep your passion alive seems worthwhile.  Thanks Del Monte and IndiBlogger for making it happen! The winning recipe a  No-Bake Chocolate Brownie is an easy treat you can make well ahead of time during festive season.

Some news travel faster than lightening. I found myself standing near my oven, baking goodies for friends way before the feeling of winning this pretty Notebook could sink in 🙂

Baking bites, Pies »

[30 Nov 2012 | 11 Comments | ]
Recipe | Easy & Healthy Pumpkin Pie with Oats Crust and A Perfectly Wonderful Evening..

Sports do not build characters. They reveal it.’  I would never have known this side of my son but for the sports day celebrations in their school. He along with other friends helped their teachers organize the props, dresses and other essential accessories for the shows on Sports day. Some of the students (including him) who stay near school premises took extra food, water and goodies daily to share with others during long hours of practice sessions in school. Proud moments for any parent.

And I promised him to make a dessert on their sports day which resembled the color of their dress code, Yellow.

Think of yellow and Pumpkin pops up in mind. This extremely light, delicate and scrumptious Pumpkin Pie was what I baked and shared with my son’s friends.

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[22 Sep 2012 | 22 Comments | ]
Baking | No- Bake Fruit & Nuts Chocolate Brownie – Quick, Easy and Healthy Treat

So much chocolate. So little time‘! Yes, that’s what my children say whenever there is a chocolate dessert on their menu. Wish they said the same for studies also. I often take advantage of their chocolate love by sneaking in healthy foods which in its normal form are non acceptable. Oats, peanuts, almonds, dates, prunes and the list is endless. Most of the recipes on Lite Bite revolve around my endeavor to find out ways to make the food kids friendly, more healthy and also taste scrumptious at the same time.

Baking bites, granolas »

[28 May 2012 | 30 Comments | ]
Baking | Wholesome Fruit & Nuts Granola Bars and a Memorable Trip to the Blue Mountain Range

Never knew that an unplanned and totally unorganized trip could become one of the most memorable vacations for us, acknowledging the golden words  “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu. Just back from a rejuvenating five day trip to the unpolluted & off beat travel trails in the natural surroundings of Blue mountain range- Nilgiri. The breathless pristine beauty of nature, the majestic mountain peaks, innocent mountain people and the fresh air…my lungs worked at full capacity…Aahh, I could spend a lifetime there!
Baked a few granola …

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