Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bibi's Xmas Xtravaganza Recipes

Hi, I'm Bibi and I'm honored to do a recipe guest post on Alex's blog today. If you'd like to learn more about me please check out my interview with Alex here or visit my blog Keep Calm & Curry On.

Ready to spread some Christmas cheer? Melt hearts and warm tummies with these delicious Christmas goodies! All of these treats are eggless and therefore 'pure veg' so you can share them with everyone. Get started making holiday sweets and treats with this festive collection of super easy recipes from around the world:


Tender, buttery, and rich with the traditional flavors of walnuts and cardamom these eggless Kashmiri Cardamom Cookies are so easy to make and a family favorite at our house year 'round.


American snowball cookies get a Desi makeover with the flavors of delicate rose, warm cardamom, and rich pistachios. These eggless Pistachio, Rose, and Cardamom Snowballs could be easily made pink as well as the festive green I've chosen. Certainly a gorgeous addition to any holiday platter.


Date and Crispy Rice Laddoos are a no bake sweet and eggless treat full of healthy dates. So simple to make they travel well, look fabulous, and are a hit with old and young alike.


Hawaiian Coconut Cookies are another eggless holiday favorite at our house. Deliciously crisp and chewy with coconut you could make them absolutely Desi-licious with the addition of cashews and cardamom if you so desire. Throw in some white chocolate chips too if you really wish to be posh.


Feliz Navidad! Mexican Polvorones are a delightfully different eggless holiday cookie rich with the authentic flavors of warm cinnamon and sweet anise.


Good old American Oatmeal Cookies get an eggless makeover! Delightfully crisp edges and chewy centers combined with the traditional Fall and Winter flavors of oats, spice, and dried fruits of your choice make these a seasonal classic.


And last but not least banana bread goes Bollywood! This recipe for Bollywood Banana Bread makes a richly spiced, moist, dense loaf that can be made eggless. Perfect for gift giving or serving at your next holiday get together!

So I hope you'll stop by my blog Keep Calm & Curry On and try some of my recipes for all of your holiday festivities. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Our Podcast Interview (Part Two)


I'm so happy to share with you PART TWO of our podcast interview on the Indian Interracial Marriages podcast!

If you didn't get a chance to tune in to Part One, listen to it HERE!

In Part Two, we delve deeper by talking about the moment my daughter announced that she was vegetarian, the cultural identity of mixed kids, husband-ji's well-known picky eating habits, differences in parenting styles, gender roles, compatibility & respect in marriage, and allowing desi parents the time & space to get used to your intercultural relationship.

Click HERE to listen to our interview.
Click HERE to subscribe to this wonderful podcast on iTunes.

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Dear readers, can you relate to any of the topics discussed?

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Our Family Vacation to Disneyland


Last month, we decided to do something really special. Being conscious of the fact that our baby will be arriving early next year, we wanted to do a special trip with Maya - her last "hurrah" as an only child! We decided to take off of work/school during a random weekday and head down to Disneyland - in California. It was only a 2 hour flight from Vancouver so it was really easy. We thought about bringing my in-law's too (who currently live with us) but we thought it would be better to go as just the 3 of us, and take my in-law's with us next time.


It was a very, very special trip. It gave us time to really bond with our daughter one-on-one. We made so many unforgettable memories. The whole trip was completely dedicated to her and she was just over the moon! We had so much fun as a family and we both rode on all the rides with her.


Maya was really the perfect age to go, as she is so active now that she was not easily tired. This Summer, when it was too hot to venture out of the house, Maya and I watched all the classic Disney films - Snow WhiteSleeping BeautyCinderellaBambi  - so she was able to recognize all the characters and princesses and was really excited about meeting them.



It was also the perfect time to go during my pregnancy. I had a lot of energy in my second trimester, and we wanted to go before I entered the third trimester no-fly zone.


I remember my parents taking me to Disneyland when I was younger, so it was so amazing to see my own daughter experience it for the first time and see it through her eyes. Husband-ji had also never been to Disneyland before, and although he usually hates doing kid stuff, he also had a great time. Disneyland - as compared to when I visited in the 90's - is even better now and well-thought out. It is so family friendly and it's just the most fun place for kids.


I would love to return back in a few years when Maya is older - it is really a place that kids can keep experiencing as they get older. Maya was so happy about the trip and she said that next time, she will take "her baby" (her sibling) on all the rides!


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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Now Featured On: Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast!


I'm so excited to share with you that we are featured on the latest episode of Indian Interracial Marriages podcast! This podcast is a wonderful resource for those of us in masala partnerships and it's about time that we have a station like this which directly reflects our growing community.

This podcast was a bit unique because husband-ji joined me in the discussion! Most of my readers have heard so much about him, yet have never heard his side of the story, so I think it will be interesting for you guys to listen in to his perspective. I sure found it interesting to hear his thoughts...and OMG he has a sexy voice when I listen to it!

On this podcast, we discussed the randomness of how we first met, how we dealt with naysayers over the years, the shocking moment husband-ji told his mom about me, the importance of grandparents, and our current joint-family household.

Part two of our interview will be released next Friday, so stay tuned!!!

Click HERE to listen to our interview.
Click HERE to subscribe to this wonderful podcast on iTunes.

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