3 June 2017

'Little Chefs Workshop' with Amrita Kaur at Godrej Nature's Basket!!!

I have been associated with Godrej group for quite sometime. And Godrej Nature's Basket has been one of my favorite Food stores, for their variety and quality of food offered. Recently I was invited  to cover their Kids Workshop by Amrita Kaur at their Koregaon Park Store here in Pune. Being on her summer vacation kiddo didn't wanted to miss the workshop and were we both at their store last weekend. 
The recipes included Rainbow noodles Salad with Peanut butter dressing, Rainbow Nice Cream topped with nutty sprinkles and delicious Mango No-Bake Cheesecake Tart, easy, no flame colourful recipes which the kids really enjoyed whipping. Amrita wore Rainbow shades as well to go with the theme, and she made the workshop more interactive and interesting by giving kids nutrition, health and food vocab gyan.

No Bake Cheese Cake

  • 1 Packet digestive biscuits, crushed coarsely.
  • Toasted nuts of your choice(almonds/pistachio/walnuts)
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder
  • Pinch of Salt
For the cheesecake
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • Fresh mango pulp + sliced for garnish
  • 2 table spoos caster sugar
  • Juice/zest of half a lemon
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • Combine the crushed biscuits with the nuts, melted butter, cardamom powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Take a spoonful and press tightly on bottom tightly on bottom of a tart shell.
  • Blend cream cheese, whipped cream mango puree, lemon juice & zest and cardamom powder and sugar using an electrical mix or a whisk until well combined. Top this cheesecake filling over the prepared tart crust and refrigerate.

Rainbow Noodles Salad(with peanut butter dressing)

  • 50g soba noodles, boiled as per package instruction.
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies, julienned(carrot, purple cabbage, spring onions, red & yellow bell peppers, raw mango)
  • Few springs of fresh coriander.
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame tp sprinkle on top.
For Peanut Dressing
  • 1 table spoon peanut butter
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 inch ginger grated
  • Few tablespoons water(to thin the dressing)
  • Toss all the Salad elements together veggies and noodles. Pour the prepared dressing over it and give it a good mix. Serve in a salad bowl with sesame and coriander on top.
Peanut Butter Dressing
Whisk all the ingredient together(Peanut butter, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, soy, honey, garlic, ginger and water as required)

Chef's Gyan: prepare dressing in glass jar, if excess can be stored and refrigerated for next use.

Rainbow Nice Cream

  • 2 Bananas, sliced and frozen
For Variations
  • 1 tablespoon fresh strawberries/raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mango slices
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • Toasted nuts to top(almonds, pistachio & cranberries) finely chopped
  • Make sure that banana are ripe. Slice and freeze. When the bananas are fully frozen, toss them into a food processor or high speed blender and blend until you achieve a consistency that resembles soft serve ice cream
  • Divide into 5 portions. Set one aside
  • Add strawberries/raspberries to one & blend
  • Add cocoa powder + vanilla to second & blend
  • Add blueberries to the third & blend
  • Finally mango slice & cardamom powder to the fourth and blend
  • Transfer all the blended flavours in one big bowl. Cream swirl using a spoon. Make sure to not mix completely.
Note: If your blender is having trouble processing, you can add 1-2 tablespoons milk/nut milk/soy milk to make it easier.
All smiles with their Rainbow Nice cream

Armita's Veggie, Fruit Vocab Gyan

Avacado in Hindi - Makhan Phal
Jamun in English - Black Plum
Fruit with 1000 seeds - Strawberry

These are only ones I could recall ;)

The store also had a photo booth where kids got their framed photographs in chef look. All in all the day was well spent whipping some yummy colorful dishes with lovely chef.

29 May 2017

Havells New Range of Personal Grooming Products!!!

The brand Havells reminds most of us with the switches, cables and ceiling fans, the ads of which we have been watching on TV. But Havells brand has entered most of the electrical consumer products today, including Havells Future Smart Kitchen appliance range.

The brand recently launched personal grooming range, which includes male grooming range, female grooming range and pretty baby hair clipper. I got to experience few of their female grooming ranges few days back and here is something about their products and my views,

The female range includes,
Silent Hair dryer
Compact Hair dryer
Hair Straightener
Bikini Trimmer(wet/dry use) Price Rs. 2,195/-

Silent Hair Dryer:

This 1500W dryer comes with double protection against over heating, other features are

  • Ionic care for frizz free hair
  • Concentrator with fixed nozzle
  • 3 temperature settings
  • Foldable handle

Price: Rs. 1,795/-

My view: With my wavy hairs the ionic care would be really helpful, to get a frizz free soft hair. I always wonder why can't we get the salon blow-dry effect with our regular hair dryers, the concentrator would help this a bit, in getting the blow-dry effect to my hair. Foldable handle makes it more handy and less space consuming. And the most important pro of this is its silent feature.

Compact Hair Dryer

This 1200W powerful dryer comes with,

  • Detachable concentrator for focused airflow
  • Honeycomb inlet
  • 3 temperature setting
  • Foldable handle

Price: Rs. 1,195/-

My view: This is more compact when compared to the Silent Hair Dryer and has almost same features with concentrator and foldable handle. Since it is compact model, the concentrator also can be detached, which makes it more handy. 

Hair Straightener

This comes with,

  • Titanium Coated floating plates for superior performance
  • Instant Heating in 30 seconds
  • LED Digital display with temperature control

Price: Rs. 2,695/-

My view: I have been using straighteners with ceramic coated plates, but this Titanium coated plates felt more easy and smooth on my hair. Though most of the hair straightener come with temperature control, this comes with the digital display which displays exact temperature, which helps you decide on the heat requirement better. I got my hair straightened at their promotional event, the hair stayed straightened for almost an hour, and the smoothness of the hair stayed till next hair wash. I rather prefer the smooth settled hair after straightening rather than its immediate effect.

Baby Hair Clipper

One of the prettiest grooming accessory I found in their range was baby hair clipper. This comes with,

  • Super silent feature
  • IPX5 Washable system
  • Skin Friendly hypoallergenic blades
  • LED Indicator

Price: Rs. 2,695/-

My review: I feel its silent feature is what makes it unique, especially when it comes to baby's comfort. To add to its silent feature, hypoallergenic blades and IPX5 washable system adds to the safety of the baby's soft and tender skin. IPX5 is the water resistant property of the blade metal, which prevents it from rusting. The look of the clipper is also pretty, white body with toon print and a small blue LED indicator at the bottom.

The Male Grooming range includes,
Electric Shaver - 4D Floating blades with active contour
Electric Shaver - Floating Dual Track 3 Blade Shave
Beard Trimmers
Go Styler(4-in-1 Grooming kit)
Teen Shaver
Nose and ear Trimmer

If you have tried any of their products, do share with us your experience. 

15 April 2017

Skywatch - Emirates Group Building!!!

Hubby was placed at Emirates Airlines Dubai from 2005 to 2010 and was lucky enough to work at the Emirates Airlines Headquarters, one of the best corporate buildings of the world and got to be part of many air shows and witness them so close.
Emirates Airlines Head Quarter Building opened in 2007 is just in front of Dubai Airport and the building in itself is worth a visit. The Airline has its own dedicated terminal in Dubai International Airport and has a tunnel connecting the terminal and Head quarter Building for its staff. They have their Metro station too, which connects the station directly to building.
Headquarter building and Metro station connected by pass way

The Metro train in between Airport Station and Emirates Headquarter station.
Yet another advantage of working at this building for hubby was the view of aircraft's during air shows at office comfort. Below is the pic of Airbus A380 the world's largest passenger aircraft at one of the airshows. Behind it is Emirates airship hangar, the place to park and service the aircraft.
Yet another view of the mega flight clicked at one of the airshows.
Happy Skywatching!!!