Europe Road Trip: Lucerne, Switzerland

Food for PR Dishes - so we decided to fly out of zurich instead of milan so we could add on switzerland to this wonderful holiday. though h and i had been to some of the cities before, we hadn't seen the countryside. driving from lake como in northern italy through the alps to lucerne in switzerland turned out to be the perfect opportunity to experience first hand the picture perfect swiss countryside with its unbelievably lush green panoramic views. the most exciting part of the drive was going through a 17 km tunnel through the mountains. just getting in and out of the tunnel was a two hour ordeal given the traffic and that two lanes were merging into one. that was a bit of a drag but an incredibly unique experience. i have to admit being clausterphobic though and after the first five kms, i couldn't wait for the tunnel to end. can you imagine getting stuck in there in a traffic jam or something?!

we spent a night at lucerne which seems to be a favourite city with indians - we were everywhere! we did not get much time to do any sightseeing (other than a brisk walk by the lake) as we arrived late in the evening but we did manage a fondue dinner which r1 and r2 totally loved. it was a very new experience for them. r1 particularly loved dipping cubes of bread in the simmering fondue. r2 didn't care much for the cheese fondue but chomped down banana bits dunked in milk chocolate fondue. h and i enjoyed champagne fondue and mushrooms. we were all a bit sad that night as it was our last day of the trip. we were to drive to zurich bright and early the next morning to catch a swiss air flight back to bombay.

so that's it. hope you enjoyed the europe road trip travel diaries as much as we enjoyed the adventure. i'm sorry i didn't keep the promise of blogging every day! also, we got back two weeks ago - just clarifying since some of you think i am still on vacation. back to blogging on bombay now.

Penne with Roasted Pumpkin and Dill

I usually don't like repeating content on my blog but i made this penne pasta last week and i couldn't get enough of it so i just had to post the recipe again. especially since this time i remembered to take a photo and didn't have to substitute with a random picture of one of the ingredients!
Penne with Roasted Pumpkin and Dill
Peel and cut your pumpkin into half inch squares. toss with olive oil, sea salt and pepper and roast in the oven. meanwhile boil a cupful of shucked corn. once your pasta is cooked, add some olive oil to a saute pan. drop in a few broken dried chillis or some chilli flakes. add the pumpkin, corn and penne. mix well together and saute for a few minutes and then top with some chopped fresh dill. you could add grated cheese and stick in the oven to turn into a baked pasta dish. i love the sweet notes of the pumpkin and corn paired with the heat of the red chilli flakes. bon apetit!

Chicken And Noodle Mommy Recipe

One 2- to a few-pound chicken fryer, split
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
half medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/four teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon floor thyme
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
16 oz. frozen domestic-fashion egg noodles(inclusive of Reame(TM)s)
3 tablespoons all-reason flour
Splash of half of-and-half of, non-obligatory
2 teaspoons finely minced sparkling parsley

Start by means of placing the chook in a pot and masking it with water. Deliver the water to a boil, and then lessen the heat to low. Simmer for forty five minutes. Remove the hen from the pot. Set the chicken apart to chill in brief.

Shred the chook with 2 forks, reserving the bones. Go back the bones to the pot and boil for 20 mins. Cast off the bones from the pot and discard.

Add the shredded fowl, carrots, celery and onions to the pot. Then add the salt, pepper, thyme and turmeric. Bring the aggregate to a mild boil, after which lessen the heat and simmer for 10 mins. Stir within the noodles; no want to thaw them first!

Last,, blend the flour with half cup water till smooth. Stir the flour aggregate, the splash of half of and 1/2 (if you're into that type of factor) and the minced parsley into the pot. Simmer till the noodles are smooth, approximately 15 mins, tasting and including more salt if wished on the cease. The soup need to be thick and stew-like and your kitchen need to odor like home.

Recipes for lemon bird


FOR THE fowl:
three 8-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves
2 eggs
1 ½ cups potato flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 half of- 2 cups peanut oil

½ cup clean lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch


Butterfly the bird breasts, then slice them lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips. reduce the strips in half of, region in a bowl and refrigerate.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs till clean. regularly beat in half of cup of the potato flour. mix inside the baking soda and 1 teaspoon of the salt. cover and refrigerate for half-hour. region the closing potato flour in a bowl, season with the closing 1/2 teaspoon salt and set apart.
prepare the sauce: combine the lemon juice and zest, sugar, vinegar, salt and three/4 cup water in a saucepan and place over medium heat. In a bowl, stir collectively 1/2 cup of the sauce and the cornstarch. transfer this combination again to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes.
place a wok over medium-high warmness and upload the oil. running in batches, cook dinner the chook: dredge a small portion of hen in the egg combination. Shake off excess egg from the chook and coat it in the seasoned potato flour. Shake again. lower the bird into the hot oil one piece at a time. prepare dinner till crisp, about 2 mins in keeping with aspect. Drain on paper towels. set up hen in a shallow bowl. Reheat the sauce and pour it over the hen.

A Quake and Current Happenings

I felt an earthquake at 5am this morning! My first time in a long time and I jumped to cover Tessa but she was sound asleep. It lasted about three second and was an aftershock after the first one I slept through. All is good and thank God we're safe.I do older posts lined up but I tend to give you the current happenings when we are going on a road trip. Again? Yes, for a special time with my family at the beach. Also, to squeeze in more of the summer. We have another long trip after this before we go back to Thailand. As much as I like taking road trips, I just want to go home. I know I know. Really I'm almost all pack to go!

Despite all the busyness I'll enjoy whatever time I have left here. Like walking outside to the backyard in the cool crisp air. I'm going to really miss the autumn air. It's my favorite time of the year.  Picking up a plumeria bloom and put it behind Tessa's ear for a 'no smile' picture. I do prefer these captured moments more as I do get frustrated at trying to get the '1-2-3 smile' ones.

That I can still cook something like Korean-Japanese fried brown rice. Tessa inhaled it for days.

My version of healthy instant noodles with white chicken meat, an egg, herbs and crispy romain lettuce. 
Being able to join the ladies every Tuesday morning for bible study here in our home church. Currently studying the book of Colossians. How can I not love Colossians? And the special touch of purple.

While I Have The Energy To Cook

Sardines in tomatoe sauce and beef stew

Tonight I cook two dishes play, one is a tomatoe sauce canned sardines in Southeast Asia which is a version of canned tuna. One day I was craving for a sardine I made this dish as spicy and lots of spices like I wanted. So while making dinner for beef stew I just go ahead and make it for lunch tomorrow. Yes, to save time! How to Thursday you'll have so far?