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Triple Berry Oatmeal Cups and Complex Migraines

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Puzzled by the title . Found it too complex ;-) This bake and migraine has a connection indeed and will be revealed as you read further down the blog. I do admit that the connection is very "attention seeking " but in my defense will say that it was done in all honesty. What happened was that last week I woke up with severe vertigo ..unable to even stand let alone walk. The best way I can describe it is  like rolling in a barrel down a hill. The constant nausea didn't help things one bit . Hubby rushed me to ER ( second visit in two months due to somewhat similar symptoms) where thankfully after an unremarkable MRI was diagnosed with complex migraine. Since stress is one of the triggering factors , he doctor suggested a visit to the beach. So , that's how we found ourselves on the outer banks of North Carolina the following weekend. Surrounded by family and beautiful view of the coast , needless to say that I felt relaxed and recharged, We spent a merry day at the bea…

Strawberry Bundt Cake for it is Spring !

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It's officially strawberry picking season . We are fortunate to have couple of farms nearby where we can indulge in this favorable activity . Alas, some health issues are preventing us from doing so . Allergies are not entirely to be blamed but it is just that unfortunate time when every member of the Roy household seems to be afflicted by something. Your sending us some healthy vibes will be truly appreciated. Meanwhile , I am doing the next best thing ..baking a strawberry cake ..make that a strawberry yogurt bundt cake because they are definitely more cuter and prettier . Did I mention that I simply love bundt cakes..good now you know why this cake is getting the special treatment.
I am in love with strawberries too. With my tender loving care , I have baked them in  Crumble  and healthy bread form in the past with excellent results. Imagine my excitement turning it into spring flavored cake. The original recipe comes from here but as is always the case, have taken the liberty t…

Date Pistachio Swirl Bread and the Naming Vacillation !

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I am still vacillating as to what I should name this bread.Swirl bread is the first to come to mind but in all fairness date pistachio swirl bread seems more apt. Highly tempted to call this a fruit and nut bread but somehow I feel that the name does not do it justice ..sounds too vague. If you are reading this blog, then you do know my final choice but right now my vacillation continues. How about eggless fruit swirl bread ? Doesn't sound very enthusiastic ! Might just have to ask my daughter to do "eeny meeny miney moe" to choose since I can't make up my mind. That is what she does whenever she is vacillating..we are permitted to copy our kids sometimes.
Enough with the naming choices. Let's talk about the bread. For this one, I really wish there was a way technologically , that you could taste this bread . It is an utter delight and the pistachio and date filling just tastes divine. Had been meaning to make a swirl bread for quite sometime now and when I came a…

Black Bean Brownies to keep it simple !

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Every few months , a bug bites me . Let's not take the expression literally . Yes, I am bitten but not by a real life tangible one. The "bug" in my case is an invisible force which attacks my neurons in such a way that the end result is lack of enthusiasm. Lucky me , it only lasts temporarily ( well atleast till now) but during that time frame, everything seems a chore ..even baking which is like my spiritual spa. That's when I crave real simple and easy to make recipes for my weekly challenge. Nothing like a new baking recipe to break you out of this rut especially one which requires minimal effort but doesn't compromise on taste. The original recipe comes from here and quite unlike what i normally do, have made absolutely no change to the recipe. Blame it on my lack of enthusiasm bug..after all it affects my creativity as well. Don't tell me you guys were unaware of the link between the two ! Coming back, did I mention that these brownies are an eggless bake…

Coconut flan and the Weekend Labor of love !

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The sinfully delicious coconut flan.Yes, another Mexican treat which also happens to be my weekend labor of love. It's Cinco De Mayo time after all and I am doing my wee bit to contribute to the culinary fiesta. It's not that I haven't dabbled in Mexican cuisine before . A memory trip to the start of 2015 will confirm that I was mildly obsessed with all culinary things Mexican . Be it the Mexican Brownies or savory corn bread, I was giving it my full attention . Both of them also happen to be excellent choice for your fiesta party by the way . Now , you have the dessert covered with this out if the world delicious recipe for coconut flan . You have to give this one a try and please don't forget to leave a thank you later :-) When we talk of coconut flan, there are plenty of recipes available  but finding one that didn't require ridiculous amount of condensed milk/sugar and was at the same time relatively easy was an impossible task. As usual ,  I decided to take m…