Happy Valentine’s Day !!!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my new friends here on WordPress. It has been a wonderful experience so far (more like saving my sanity experience) .In last year, there were  two things missing from my life. Some friends and creativity.  So on my 30th birthday I did something which I have never done before. I got drunk real hard(yup……real bad) and blurted out my light bulb idea. and that’s how Cookplayneat born. Continue reading

My Mom’s Tomato soup !!!

This soup is more like a Tomato broth than soup. But all the aromas from cumin and clove makes it so irresistible in winter. Well it took me few years to figure out that why my soup didn’t had any color when I made it in winter in USA. Because in India tomatoes are winter vegetable (or fruit) and in USA they are in season in summer. Continue reading

Palak Pulav (Spinach Pilaf) !!!

                                              Green Rice …. Palak Pulav ….. Spinach Pilaf !!!

Whatever you call it, It’s a fancy rice dish with a healthy kick. And just one spoonful of this rice takes me all those years back to my parents’ home.All four of us enjoying our dinner on those cozy winter nights,watching some cartoon (yup…my addiction to cartoon is hereditary), talking about our busy days.This is not a quick or easy everyday rice recipe but it’s totally worth all the efforts. Continue reading

Hot And Sour Soup !!!

                                       A perfect Hot and Sour soup to get little warm in this cold cold weather !!! 

And speaking of cold cold weather reminds me that for two weeks I haven’t been able to do any real post on the blog (and nothing in real life too) thanks to the extended visit form Mr.fever and Miss Cold. And this is what I eat almost everyday for last 5-6 days. This is very simple soup with only few ingredients.The best thing about this soup is Aarav prepared almost everything for me to put the soup together. And there is nothing better than a 5 year old trying to do anything he can to make you feel better. Continue reading

Midnight Spaghetti !!!

                                                               Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic !!!

It is called “Midnight Spaghetti” because Chefs make this dish for themselves after returning home at midnight (at least that’s what Ina Garten said). I saw this recipe in a show which was showing what chefs cook for themselves. After being surrounded by complex flavors and ingredients for the whole day all they want is something simple to make and simple to eat. But simple doesn’t mean no favors or bland food. With only few (but packed with flavors) ingredients this is the dish  you will want to make after a busy day. Continue reading

From My Heart to Yours ………

I have started this blog for you my little monsters.So this post is for both of you ,Aarav(5 years) and Avik(18 months). I wanted to share our happiness with all our friends and family around the world ans save them for you when you grow up. Well right now it’s only Aarav who is cooking with me, but I am sure soon Avik will join the team soon (right now he is just-messing-up-the-kitchen stage). So things I am writing mostly applies to Aarav  But I am sure if I don’t mention Avik’s name here He will make me say sorry for that. Continue reading