NUTTER BUTTER NICE-CREAM (SUMMER DESSERT)

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Hello, lovely people.

Ramadan Kareem to everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well, even in this heat (The Summers in Dubai are on another level altogether)

With Ramadan going on, it is going to be really hard to maintain the weight (I hear ya!) Delicious and scrumptious iftar dinners and parties, inclusive of succulent biryanis and divine baklava cheesecakes and puddings and more, much more. Then there is Eid coming up- Need I say more 😀

So making a few small changes here and there could really  make a huge difference to our health and well-being and not put us in the negative spiral of food guilt.

This brings us to our RECIPE OF THE WEEK. NUTTER BUTTER NICE-CREAM. This quick and extremely easy dessert, satisfies the sweet tooth as well as the heart and you can eat it everyday without any guilt! Awesome or awesome? 🙂

So let’s  begin.

TOTAL TIME TO PREPARE: 1 1/2 hr.

Makes 1 box.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Frozen Banana

1 Frozen Pear-chopped

2 tbsp Organic Peanut Butter( You can make them at home, before hand, like the way I did in the images above, or you can also use the organic store bought variety, still tastes great)

2tbsp Organic Almond Butter

1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Handful of Golden raisins

2 tsp Yoghurt

A medium sized rectangle box to store in.

HOW TO PREPARE:

Add in all the ingredients in a blender, except the raisins. Add only a handful of chocolate chips not all.

Blend really well, it would take some time. When you see a good creamy texture, that’s when its ready.

Pour the nice-cream in the box, add in the chocolate chips and raisins. Put it in the freezer.

Just before serving, remove it out for a few minutes for it to soften a bit. Enjoy with family and friends.

You can add in some creamy wafer biscuits or chocolate biscuit rolls for some crunch or even some nuts like walnuts or almonds.

Share this recipe with loved ones. Share your love, share your kindness.

🙂 ❤

 

 

 

PINK SORBET (SUMMER DESSERT)

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Bonjour! Wonderful people.

How are you? Vous allez bien?

Well summer has arrived in Dubai. The super hot days are longer than the quiet peaceful nights. That time of the year has arrived when you just happen to stand out for a few minutes and the weather is trying its very best to make a  grilled hot kabab or tikka out of you. Its that kind of heat, where you just feel like your soul is melting away and you are left looking like a scarecrow. Damn, I painted some picture in your mind didn’t I ? 😀

On a more positive note, it is the time for ICE CREAM!  Repeat after me: I  scream, You scream, We all scream for…for …ICE CREAM! Yes  Bravo 🙂 No one is too old to say that!

So inspired from the colors of summer, our Recipe of the Day is PINK SORBET. A delicious fruity sorbet. The sorbet sold commercially has lots of sugar in it. The one we are making today is refined-sugar free, it has only pure, natural fruit sugar in it to sweeten it.

It’s a great treat for this boiling heat to cool down. It is great for those days when you just want to eat ice cream all day along, also a great accompaniment to your breakfasts/desserts. Yummy! So here we go.

TIME TO PREPARE: Half a day

Makes 1 box

INGREDIENTS:

Fresh Raspberries-15 Frozen for a few hours

Pear-2 small ones, chopped and frozen

Almonds-chopped

Water- 1 cup-per requirement

HOW TO PREPARE:

In a blender, blend together pear and raspberries until smooth. As shown in the images above. Keep in mind, you do have to blend well, so that would take some time. Add some water in to get a smoother texture.

But don’t add too much, you have to check continuously. Once you get a sorbet like texture, you can add in a few almonds, to give the sorbet a little crunch. Add in the sorbet in  a box, sprinkle in the almonds, cover the lid and freeze for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, remove it out and enjoy with family, friends or even just your own awesome self. Maybe you can try adding it on some hot pancakes, like below.

These are the famous and delicious 2 ingredient pancakes- just mashed bananas and eggs and some coconut oil and VOILA!

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Enjoy my sugar-free sorbet. You can add your own toppings too if you like. I particularly think chocolate chips would go well too. Enjoy your summers and don’t forget to share your love. ❤ 🙂

Merci beaucoup et Salut! (thank you and bye 🙂 )

PRINT AD-IMPERIAL JEWELERS

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Bonjour Mes Amis! Tu vas bien? Hello folks, how are you?

As you can see, I am trying my hands on learning French. So far so good eh? Or should I say jusqu’ici tout va bien. I know it has been some time since I shared my ideas and thoughts with you guys, I havent exactly been feeling really well, mentally, emotionally and physically. Changing weather allergies, keeping the positivity and motivation up and running everyday especially when you are surrounded with the opposite of that.

Honestly, with all things that money can buy, I would really like to buy a life manual or a troubleshooting manual for life. I’m sure it would sell faster than hot cakes or croissants whatever you fancy 😛 Moving on.

Our AD POST of this week, is a Print Advertisement by Imperial Jewelers. The double page spread was in Cosmopolitan India magazine. It was printed for the May 2016 issue of the magazine.

The reason the advert has made it to our blog is because it’s so beautiful, everything is so beautiful about it.Firstly you have Diya Mirza, the Bollywood Actress as the model for the AD. Her look for this particular AD speaks of elegance, beauty, grace, feminity, simplicity and royalty.

On the second page you have the text ‘I am Dhairya-The patience to hold on’.Dhairya means patience in Hindi. It is also written in Hindi in the background. The imagery and text come together as a whole story rather than sub-parts of a story.

You think of a woman who is beautiful and strong, inside & out to choose this brand of jewelry. Someone who is calm yet determined to be victorious through the struggles of life. Someone who has a delicate face but she has this powerful strength in her eyes, which would make anybody think twice before they try to mess with her.

This collection of the brand is for the simple yet fierce woman of today. She has a mind of her own and is sort of like a rebel, doesn’t sacrifice her trueself for how society/media would like to see her as (flamboyant, pretentious, vain etc.).

The color scheme used compliment with the brand messages as well as the product (i.e the extremely beautiful choker necklace and earrings). Artistic paintings, vintage mirrors speak of regal elegance.

I also love the piece of jewelry that has been selected for this AD.It enhances Diya Mirza’s beauty with this simplistic design, it is not overly flamboyant in the way that it hides the woman’s natural beauty.

She is wearing white and the colour signifies peace and positivity and purity.  I absolutely love how the AD communicates modesty, strength, beauty and confidence so effortlessly. I am sure, many women like me would connect to the brand as we share similar values.

The name of the company itself, Imperial-Since 9 generations, conveys credibility and trust to the customers as it is an established successful business with family values at its core. They have got the ‘Call To Action’ and the mandatory information on point too. The phone numbers, website and social media pages are mentioned to not miss out on the instant connection with the customer.

So here you go guys, this is why I love this AD. Any creative ideas and thoughts are always welcome, you know that 😀

Share your ideas. Share your love.  ❤ 🙂

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P.S. Credit for 2nd image-https://fr.fotolia.com/tag/%22%C3%A0%20bient%C3%B4t%22

OATS POHA(SNACK/LUNCH)

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Hello everyone!

How is everyone doing. It is the end of the first month of this new year.

How has it been for you guys? Any new changes or back to old comfortable me.

Me? Im hanging in between. There are days of positivity and energy and action.There are also days of serious procrastination, laziness and crankiness. Well sue me, I’m human. I got 50 shades of every emotion! 😀

Republic Day of India just happened. One of the days to be really proud and amazed at my country and roots and what it has to offer. Different states have different varieties of food. We have all experienced Indian Moghlai and Indian Punjabi cuisines, through dishes such as Chicken Tikka , Biryani , Samosas etc.

So I bring to you today a specialty from the Maharashtrian region, it is called OATS POHA.It is very  light, completely satisfying and might I add extremely delicious. Back in India, people eat it as a savoury breakfast.

So here we go.

TIME: 30 mins.

Serves 2-3 ppl.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cup Quaker Oats

Coconut Oil for cooking

1 tsp Mustard Seeds

1 Red Onion-chopped

1/4 cup Red Onion-chopped to use as toppings(Optional)

2 Green Chilies-chopped

1/2 cup Fresh Curry Leaves

A pinch of Asafoetida

1 big tsp of Dried Mango Powder(Amchur Powder)

1/2 tsp Dried Coriander Powder

1/4 cup Unsalted Peanuts-crushed

Juice of 1 lemon-to add before serving

Salt (optional)

Fresh chopped coriander for garnish (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a non-stick pan. Add in the oil and on medium heat add in the mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add in the asafoetida and mix.

Add in the onions and cook them until light pink in color.

Next add in the chilies and curry leaves.

Add in the oats and the mango powder and coriander powder and salt. Mix well.

Add in the crushed peanuts and give it a mix. Take the pan off the heat, let it cool.

Just before serving, add in the lemon juice and chopped coriander. Mix and Enjoy.

Tip- you can roast the oats if you like, before adding them to the pan.

Take the Oats Poha for a light lunch or even as tiffin treats for the little one. It is a great pick for travel, as it is delicious and without the mess. Add it to your quirky adult lunch boxes and you are ready to go.

Share your love 🙂 ❤

P.S.-Credit for second image-https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/quaker-oats.html

 

 

CHUNKY LEMONADE (Beverage)

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Hello folks.

Hope you are enjoying your holidays and the last few days of 2016. When I look back at this year, its been crazy for me. Mentally, emotionally,financially, physically challenging to say the least. It has been the end of a lot of things for me, that’s for sure i.e end of giving way too much love to people who don’t deserve it or value it.

2017 will be the start of many new things, such as directing the love towards myself, valuing myself, learning to respect myself in every form. I know it doesn’t happen in just a day, but its a promise, lifelong promise to yourself.To keep working at yourself, for yourself.

All in all, I would say it has been a sweet and sour year for everybody.

Inspired from that sweet & sour feeling, is our last post of 2016, CHUNKY LEMONADE Yay!

It is this amazing refreshing drink, it first hits you on the sweet spots of your taste buds, then Bam! hits you with its zingy sourness. It is like eating candy only healthy and doesn’t give you a sugar high 😀

So let’s get started.

TIME TO PREPARE:

10 to 15 mins.

Makes 1 Jug.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fresh berries (strawberries,blueberries,blackberries)

2 big tbsp Honey

2 big yellow Lemons

1/2 tsp Dried Mint

4 cups of Water

Jug

HOW TO PREPARE:

Wash and squeeze out the juice of the lemons. Be careful about the seeds.

Roughly chop/mash the berries with a fork.

In a jug, add in the lemon juice, the mint and the water. Mix well.

Add in the honey and ice cubes. Adjust taste according to preference. Add more water if needed.

Keep chilled in the fridge. Just before serving, throw in the berries.Smoothly mix and serve.

It is a great party pleaser, great for a morning routine drink or just to give you a wake-up buzz during those lethargic afternoons. Take it with you in those pretty to-go bottles with the attached straw.You can discreetly show-off your awesome new drink 😉

Enjoy.

P.S:

HAPPY NEW YEAR. HAPPY 2017 RESIDENTS OF PLANET EARTH.May this year be filled with positive thoughts and awesome experiences 🙂 😀

Share your love ❤ 🙂

 

VOLKSWAGEN AUTO AD

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They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Well for our AD post of the week, it does seem to be the case.

Hello Mi Compadres! I am talking about the advertisement by Volkswagen that I came across online. It could be a print advertisement, not sure about it, but I was amazed by it therefore it has made its appearance here on our blog 🙂

This AD according to me is one of those few simple but beautiful ads. This is truly that big ‘AHA’ idea that just magically appears after the brainstorming sessions are over. Simple but powerful and hard-hitting.

When the reader sees it, the eyes immediately go on the image. Power-packed and strong to say the least. A young couple/friends/siblings or even colleagues in the car dead or severely injured. Then you see the hand of the man as though holding a camera/selfie stick. You can see a car upside down in the background.  So automatically, a visual of the car crash is created in your mind and you can almost see/experience what must have happened. It gives the viewer jitters as suddenly it feels real and relatable. The copy below the image,’ Don’t selfie and drive.’ Just seals the deal.

The whole concept of a selfie has taken the world up by storm. At first it was a fun and cute concept, enjoyed by the self-lovers (as I call them), photography enthusiasts and people wanting to take entertaining pictures with friends and family.

As all things quirky and fun, there are users and there are abusers. Soon this almost narcissistic technique of taking innocent images was getting abused. People started taking selfies with and at the most inhumane and preposterous of situations.

Humans have started to risk their lives and lives of others, for a selfie, i.e. falling from buildings, doing adventurous stunts, sitting next to cheetahs and tigers, in between plane and car crashes, next to dead bodies of loved ones, it’s insane and ridiculous, you get it 😛

Keeping that in mind Volkswagen’s AD does full justice to the, (I can’t believe we are at that point in life) Anti-selfie campaign. It is amazing to see how it has moved from a quirky harmless concept to a dangerous and threatening one. I love how VW has elegantly addressed the problem through their AD messages.

I haven’t seen many brands talk about or campaign about anti-selfie or shall I say selfie-safety, so this AD seemed to be spot-on. Hard-hitting imagery, simple precise copy and brand logo, is all that is needed for a compelling AD from das brand (Das Auto, Das brand-get it 😀 )

If you guys know about other selfie campaigns and how have brands leveraged in on it, share thy ideas. Would love to know more about them or if you have any other ideas then, share thy creativity 🙂

P.S.- Lets not take a selfie and drive 😉

TITAN RAGA WATCHES

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Here is the link for the TVC AD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS1A5rBAvjg&index=1&list=LLJttaLl7mptifAMDY6fmgGA

Hey everyone. Top of the afternoon to you!

It has been some time since I shared my favorite Ads with you guys on this blog. I was searching for an AD truly beautiful and strong in its message. Then I had my big ‘AHA’ moment 🙂

So our AD post of the week is about TITAN RAGA WATCHES. This is a Television (TVC)advertisement that was aired last year but on Indian Hindi channels.It aired during prime time shows on popular Indian TV channels. It featured the then brand ambassador for the brand, Katrina Kaif, Bollywood film heroine/actress, apparently it is another Bollywood actress now as the brand ambassador.

There have been many Ads before this by Titan Raga, though this one really caught my eyes and ears. This particular Raga brand is called the Garden of Eden Collection.

The story line of the TVC goes like this, Katrina Kaif is getting ready for a special event. There is a lot of hustle and bustle going on around her, as her friends and family(could be sisters) are around her, helping her get ready. Everyone looks beautiful in their Indian traditional clothes. Guests/relatives are coming around Katrina to talk to her, greet/congratulate her as it is her engagement party or wedding reception.

In the midst of all of this, she thinks to her self (but is indirectly talking to the target audience) the reasons why a person shouldn’t get married. I wouldn’t just limit these reasons to only being typically Indian, I think they apply to every single woman on planet earth.

The reasons to not get married she says are: just because your friends are getting married, or because you are tired of aunties’ questions(relatives/XYZ people questioning you or putting pressure on you to get married), or because you feel alone on Valentines Day, because your younger sister is also waiting in line to get married, or you would just get some company when you are old, or just because when will it be a good time to be a mother then , or because your ex-boyfriend is getting married.

The climax of the TVC is when she says,’When is the right time to get married? When you find someone who deserves your time. Titan Raga, a new relationship with yourself.’ In this scene, she applies the traditional bridal bindi on her forehead with a certain surety and confidence, suggesting she is empowered and happy in her choice.

This according to me is a beautiful, awe-inspiring, truly empowering ending to a really meaningful AD. To me this is beautiful story-telling. All your doubts, fears, anxieties answered and leaving you with a confident smile on your face and a brand new thinking of SELF-LOVE.

Love and respect yourself and your time by not Settling for Less than what you Deserve. For every woman out there seeking love and companionship, this AD is for you. Let go of whoever does not deserve a single minute of your precious time.

Titan Raga, an established brand of watches across India, conveys their beautiful messages  I.e-‘Beauty is precious so is time‘, ‘you are one of a kind‘, ‘Build a long-term relationship with yourself first‘, ‘one size does not fit all‘, through their product as well. The watch at the end of the AD is very unique, beautiful and elegant in its design. Butterflies,flowers with precious stones.

If you think about it, butterflies are generally associated with strength, change, hope and beauty. So you are looking at single, strong, independent educated women wearing Titan Raga to regain back their confidence in their choices in life and love. As a member of the target audience, this AD makes me believe in myself and my choices again. So when I would like to buy something for myself, that would make me happy, I would love to buy a Titan Raga as it makes me feel empowered and beautiful (Call to action).

So these are my thoughts, I wish more products and services have thought-provoking messages in their marketing material that really connects with the target audience and makes us brand loyal to them, rather than limit it to occasional buys only.

Do share your thoughts about such kinds of Advertisements or you have something different, I would love to know. Share your creativity.

Share your ideas.

🙂