Simple Tomato and herb salad

 

Today’s recipe is going to be a simple Tomato and herb salad.

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As the summer approaches we start gravitating towards the summery stuff

I have to say in the salad domain cucumbers have always dominated my life!!

They are cooling and are a total treat when chilled on a hot summer day!!

I am not arguing the gloriousness of cucumbers here

What I want to bring to light is another vegetable which always seem to take an optional place in salads

TOMATOES!!

Something just screamed lets go with all tomatoes today!

All i had was a bunch regular tomatoes and some cute little cherry tomatoes and some parsley! For me the idea is simple toss in chopped ingredients, play flavor with go to favs and than enjoy with bread!

minmal chopping minimal mess minimal time consumed and maximum flavours.

With thsi tomaot and herb salad i wanted to go bold and big with flavours. Nothing to hinder teh juicy tomatoes. No green chillies to ace it up.  or cucumbers or onions to pair. Just simple.gorgeous.tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil adn lemon,

If you dont knwo what i mean you have got to get the best qualtiy tomatoes at the peak of its season! The falvor is just goooorrrgeous!! They are robust and juicy and full of this bit tart flavor! I tell you summer is the perfect time to dig into these natural beauties!!

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INGREDIENTS

Tomatoes                         4-5

cherry tomatoes            4-5

parsley                            handfull chopped

lemonjuice                    1/2 tsp

olive oil                           1 tsp

a dash of salt

Method:

  1. Dice the tomatoes and parsley.
  2. squeeze the lemon juice adn olive oil
  3. Toss with a dash of salt.
  4. Sit back and enjoy!!

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And how cute it is in this tin!! Just pop it in and you are good to go for a road trip or an outdoor snack!

Not only this Simple Tomato and Herb salad is super easy its also big no flavor!!! Have fun making it!!!

Have a gorgeous Wednesday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut butter toast

This post is for tea lovers!

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I am obsessed with tea! My mornings are usually I am sitting here at my desk with a hot steamy cup of tea and a gorgeous toast with peanut butter and banana on the table with me! The temperature is mildly chilly the most amazing feeling when you have like just barely there cold and you take your cup of tea and wrap your fingers around it and than slowly take a sip and it hits at all the right places! Makes me smile both inside and outside!!

And than I reach out for my crunchy crispy toast slathered with peanut butter and topped with banana! It has been like good 15 minutes I made this and got sucked in to facebook! The flavors had the perfect chance to blend in and they did!!!!! the toast is still crunchy and the slathered part has almost melted sweet banana and a slightly salty peanut butter perfectly rhyming with it and balancing all the flavors!

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My love for these toasts has grown tremendously over the past 6 months!

Why the past six months you say

For the longest time ever I have been hunting for a perfect pairing with my cup of tea! Which is healthy (I used to opt for biscuits) and low cal (a call from oat muffins)

This came as the answer to all my prayers!! First off I fell in love with this killer combo! This toast is my absolute favorite!!! my go to! I think I have consumed about three jars of peanut butter using solely to create this toast! (miind you it takes 1 tsp) !!! So probably 100s.

The second…

It takes mins to prepare!! As you can see no preparation at all! For a work day or for my own self I am not looking for wasting my time cooking!

After this tea and toast and a stroll around the web with my favorite bloggers! My mornings feel juuuust right and the world seems a better place!

peanut butter toast 8Although I always stick to the very basic version for me which is the peanut butter banana version. But I have often experimented with other toppings as well. Sometimes when I was looking for variation. Sometimes when I ran out of stuff. And at times when something just sounded right in my head 🙂

They all have same things in common. They are structured to satisfy the sweet tooth in me. There is a bit of fruit and some healthy carbs and a creaminess to gel it all together. You can also drizzle bit of honey on top to boost the sweetness or to intensify the flavor.

The craziest combo that I have experimented with is peanut on peanut combo!!!! Yup that can work too. I won’t say I have converted yet! It definitely steps into more varied taste zones. I won’t say I completely discard it. It just needs better pairing with another tea kind perhaps.

So lets talk about them..

Peanut butter strawberry:

This is a combo which works. Its one of those foolproof gorgeous snacks that you can satisfy your sweet tooth with at all times!

Peanut butter Peanut Toast:

Nutty is the first thing that popped in my head as I sank my teeth into it. Its totaaaaallly nutty!! Bordering savouriness. Esp coz I choose toasted salted peanuts. I felt it could use the help of trusted honey drizzle. I would blame my tea in this combo. It would go perfectly with a sweet apple tea or some other fruity tea. I usually go for plain black tea with milk (and shhhh..sugar ;D ). With that I usu need something tad bit more sweeter than my tea. So loved the combo but would definitely pair it with some other drink.

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Peanut butter almond Toast:

This is another nut on nut experiment. I looooove almonds to the extent of biasness!! 😀 I looove them on almost anything. In stir fries salads you name it. if I am out of ideas for snacks I usually rely on a handful of almonds or cashew nuts. So in this version again not tooo salty not at all sweet. It was like a neutral flavor (if there is any such thing 😀 ) but with my slightly sweet black tea it worked beautifully!! Do try this one and let me know what you think!

Peanut butter banana:

My absolute go to my most favorite reliable breakfast of all times. I am sure we all know what we are talking about here! We all have our own reasons to love it! It just goes without saying your childhood sandwich combo can seep into your adult life as well!!



Do give them a shot and let me know what you think about them. Which one was your favorite. Which combos worked for you and which ones uuuuuuuummmm… not so much.

I seem to have this thing with toasts. Here is some more delish hassle free toast ideas to make your mornings (or evenings!) easier!!

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Grilled Halloumi sandwich

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Red bean breakfast bruschetta

Enjoy!!!!

Room Makeover roundup

The biggest project I handled this year has to be the girls bedroom makeover on a budget that I designed for my daughter!

It was huuuuuuuuge!!

It took me ages!!! It was mostly DIY and on a budget!

It was super fuuuuun!!! I got over some insane amount of design fears!!!

I mean its no small feat to take a place from this

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To this

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Here is how I did it!!!

Inspirtaion:

Here is the list of inspirtions that I went through!! I went through about a bazillion images (mostly on pinterest coz we love binging on that;) ) But I mean bazilllllllion!!!!!

Moodboard:

Ofcourse I was overwhelmed!!! Surrounding yourself with information does that to you. So you need to fine those skills by designing a moodboard.

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This is the mood board that I designed for the room!!! You can read more about it here!

 

Feature wall:

The first step of the transformation process was the feature wall!!!!

 

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I chose a simple but gorgeous color block wall. I went from the fear of paint to the height of numbness to mastering the mixing and spinning the rollers in a matter of four months!!!!!! I took me a while! But I am proud to say I did it!!!! I got over my fear of paint and I nailed a gorgeous wall for my daughter!!!

You can read about the whole process here!

DIYs:

It was a budget makeover so It was fuuuuuuulllllll of DIYs. From the simple transformations such as covering the toy boxes with chevron boxes or painting a simple tv trolly to act as a side table to the more advanced Ikea furniture hacks.

The entire lsit of DIYs would be:

The tutu wall hanging

The DIY canvas light art

The cloud Decal

The toy swing

The ikea marbled dresser

The DIY ikea chandelier

The DIY headboard

The DIY mint star pillows with pom poms

The DIY ikea ribbon table

The DIY tassel throw

The DIY dream catcher

 

Whewwww!!!

It was allllot of DIYs

Favourite DIYs:

My favourite DIY has to be the Ikea marbled dresser!!! It tuned out gorgeous!!! Was super easy and is still intact and gorgeous!

Least favourite DIY:

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That would be the toy swing!!! It was uneven! Took insane amount of time and most of the time it would look like clutter hagning than cute!

Well executed DIY:

Well the most well executed award goes to The Light art canvas!!! I got allllot of compliments for that and allot of requests for it as well. I have to say the first time I attempted it was a total flop!!! Wasted the entire canvas. And I am so glad to say I went for it again!! And what a beauty it turned out to be!!

Shopping:

Lets skip the running around town for the perfect nitty gritty things I collected over time! But when you are budget designing its always a good idea to survey the market and zero down on the perfect items than something youd compromise on and regret later!

So alllllllot of surveying went into the perfect collection attempts.

Shoot:

It took me two whole days to put everything together!!!! And in its place!!!!

Reveal:

I am sooooo glad to announce the ROOM REVEAL!!!!!!! FINALLLYYY!!!!!

Here is the room reveal day 1

And room reveal day 2

You can read the entire post here and here!!!

The amount of time and effort to work on this makeover is nothing when I heard my daughter screeeeeeaaaaam and squeeeeeel with excitement when she saw the complete look!!!!!!

I think that day my feet didn’t touch the ground! 🙂

All that hardwork paid off!!

I hope you enjoyed this post of my room décor adventure!! And inspired too!!!! Maybe a little!!! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions about them! And of course would love to hear about your adventures with décor!  Feel free to add in comments below!!!

Have a fantastic day and a gorgeous year!!!