One of the healthiest ways to Gamble is with a Spade and a pack of Garden Seeds ! ๐ŸŒพย 

I like growing my own vegetables & herbs. ๐ŸŒพ I like being able to tell people that the food I’m serving started out as a seed in my yard. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And you know what guys, it really doesn’t require a lot of space. You can grow these beautiful plants in pots, on your terrace, balcony, or a windowsill even ! 

I’ve been growing Lemon grass, curry leaves, chillies, basil, lemon, mulberries, coriander, tomato, capsicum, garlic chives, mint, etc besides a lot of flowering plants & climbers on my small terrace (and 1 pot is dedicated to the small wild birds that love to feast on the fresh Millet that I plant for them ๐Ÿ˜Š)

I haven’t used a single drop of chemical fertilizer or pesticides till date. Just a good mix of soil, coco-peat, vermicompost, & kitchen waste like crushed egg shells, vegetable trimmings, tea leaves, etc. Its such a joy to be able to just go to the balcony & pluck a handful of mint & coriander leaves to make green chutney or for a garnish. Some fresh fragrant Curry Leaves & spicy chillies for a nice Tadka to a simple dal. The evening tea or a nice piping hot bowl of Pho on a rainy evening is made with the freshest most fragrant lemon grass ! Salad made with freshly plucked tomatoes & capsicum. Simple pleasures !

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Pasta House – Bibvewadi, Pune.

PASTA HOUSE,  Bibvewadi. Pune

A chance meeting with Ekta, the owner of Pasta House, and an invitation to drop in at her place to sample some of her creations, led me to Bibvewadi, on a cold rainy evening.
The drive from my place to her’s was anything but pleasant. Stuck in traffic, with power cuts and massive rain, was how I spent 2 hours, before I reached her place.
But as soon as I stepped into her home, I forgot about that ordeal in a second. Her warm smile, and the delicious aroma of pasta wafting through her kitchen was so welcoming ! Just what you need on a cold, rainy evening.

I was famished after the long ‘journey’ and tucked into the yummy pasta right away.
Ekta makes a variety of Pastas, Sandwiches and a few desserts as well. My personal favourite was the Pesto.
Wonderfully flavoured and cooked just right.
Now I cant say these are absolutely ‘authentic’ recipes, and nor does she claim they are.
She has given her recipes some twists and tweaks just the way we all do, as per our preferences. And it works !
The best part about the whole experience was the freshness of ingredients. Nothing is made in advance and stored for long.
As of now, Pasta House accepts orders for Take Aways only. So you need to order few hours in advance. Once you place an order, Ekta starts making everything from scratch, the pasta sauces, sandwich fillings everything is made fresh.
Loved the way she serves and coaxes you to have more, with a warm smile.
Ekta also conducts workshops, if you wish to learn the tips and tricks of making great pasta.
Do call her, and place your orders, or book a cooking workshop with her soon.
Wishing this budding entrepreneur great success in all her ventures!

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