Apr 10, 2014

Crave/Save : Anthropologie Veranda Sandals

Anthropologie's Veranda sandal is the little black dress equivalent of shoes. Classic, clean and fun! Love them. They retail for $110.

For essentially the same shoe but with a fully synthetic upper, checkout the "Must Have Buckled Sandal" from Forever 21. The same design but at only $32.80!

Apr 8, 2014

Mushroom Manchurian

Today's dish is a favorite of yesteryears! I haven't had this dish in so so long and the incessant rain kept reminding me of this dish, lol. Anyway, it has a few extra steps but the end result was so yummy that the effort is absolutely worth it.

First step is dipping the mushrooms in a batter and deep frying them.  Second step is to stir fry them with onions and peppers in a sweet and hot sauce.

Ingredients : 

For batter - 

Flour - 5 tablespoons
Cornflour - 3 tablespoons
Water - 3/4 cup
Ginger paste + Garlic paste - 1 teaspoons
Cayenne powder - a pinch
Salt - a pinch

Mushrooms - 225 grams -  quartered.

For Manchurian - 

Oil - 2 teaspoons
Onion - 1 sliced finely
Sugar - 0.5 tablespoon
Peppers - I used yellow - 1 small cubed
Soya sauce - I used Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce - about a tablespoon. Adjust to taste.
Sriracha - a dash
Ginger + garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Tomato paste - 2 teaspoons
Green onion - a teaspoon

Method : 

1. Mix the batter and adjust the water such that the batter covers the mushrooms evenly.

2.  Dip the mushrooms in the batter and drop them in hot oil with a spoon. Deep fry them for about 30 seconds. Overcooking them will cause water to seep out of the mushroom and cause the oil to splutter.

3. After cooking them (they don't get brown), let them rest on a paper towel.

4. Now heat the oil and fry the onions with a bit of sugar. Add the peppers and continue frying them and add the rest of the ingredients of the manchurian.. 

5. Lastly add in the fried mushrooms and toss till coated evenly with sauce. 

6. Serve hot with a garnishing of green onion slivers.

This goes excellently with fried rice. If you make a little more gravy, you can also eat it with rotis. You can just enjoy them as-is as an evening snack! 

Apr 6, 2014

Haircut and Mini Haul!

I got my hair cut at Ulta for the first time today. I hear that the money you spend at the Salon adds to your Ulta points and that's awesome. I had the 20% coupon, so I bought a few things and a haircut, all at 20% off.

First I got this beautiful beautiful blush that I've been eyeing for the longest time. It's the Toofaced Sweetheart blush in Something about Berry. It's a blush and highlighter combo, so it gives this beautiful glow on the cheeks. Ulta has 21 days of beauty where there are deep discounts on some products and a few days ago, this blush was at 50% off. It was only $15. And then I had to redeem some points, so I ended up getting this beautiful blush for less than $10. Super score, right? The offer is over now but you can buy it here for full price if you love it a lot!

Next , I was on the lookout for a crease color in a nice brown. My Naked 3 has a deep mauve which works great but I was looking for a brown that would be a fit with any lid color. After much swatching, I found this - Nyx Dance the Tides. This is the most perfect crease color for us tan-skinned ladies out there. You need to get this and I'm sure it would be very similar to MAC Swiss Chocolate. And it's a steal at $4.99. Buy it here!

Showgirl, Dance the tides, Mademoiselle

I also got a purple-shimmer eye shadow to co-ordiante with my N3 palette. The palette is lacking a rich vibrant purple which would have complimented all that pink beautifully! This one is the Mademoiselle baked shadow by Nyx.

The last eyeshadow purchase was a risk but I got home and put it on immediately and I love it. It's this shimmery coral-copper shade called Showgirl. It just gives this vibrant pop of color on the lids without being too out there. I love it! Buy it here.

Mademoiselle, Showgirl, Dance the tides.
Bottom row - Fizzies lipstick.

I've heard excellent things about the Nyx butter lipsticks, so I got a fun pink-coral color for spring. Very moisturising. I got the shade Fizzies.

Lastly I got the Urban Decay de-slick setting spray. My forehead is SO oily and I'm hoping this would help my makeup last a bit longer. I will report back once I use it a few times.

So I guess I have spring-ready makeup and clothes. Now if only the sun came out soon! LOL!

Apr 3, 2014

March Favorites

March flew by, didn't it? How can we already be on the fourth month of this year without a teeny but of sunshine in sight? UGH. Anyway, here are some stuff that made the month of March very enjoyable!

Beauty -

I still love the MUFE Pro finish powder foundation and NARS Creamy concealer. You can read about them here. Two other things that I love are the Maybelline Color Vivids Fuchsia flash lipstick and the Maybelline Chiffon Chic nail polish. Both are pink with a blue undertone. This pink was something I shunned because I felt it was too cold but with this year's color theme being radiant orchid, my eyes have been opened to how beautiful they can look. Speaking of radiant orchid, the Maybelline Fuchsia flash is an exact dupe for the Sephora Radiant Rush Matte lipstick (which is not matte at all, lol)
The Organix Kukui oil was a random purchase in my quest for a lighter oil to use everyday after shower. I only wash my hair twice a week and the rest of the days, I don't like using a heavy oil weighing my hair down. This oil is light and easily absorbed and works perfectly in taming my frizz.

Home Decor -

I've been loving this little salt cellar I got from World Market to hold my jewelry. It's SO cute! I'm on a decor overhaul, so hopefully I'll have more favorites to share next month!

Scents and Candles  -

I've been using a new body polish from Sonia Kashuk which I've been enjoying a lot. It's heavily fragranced but I love the scent. The granules are really minute, so the scrub isn't harsh on the skin. Great product overall.

And this Lilac Blossom candle from BBW is SO beautiful!

I also LOVED the Cherry Blossom candle.

I've been using this lavender and chamomile pillow mist from BBW for the last month or so and whether it puts me to sleep or not, I find it really relaxing and light.

Fashion -

I recently got two striped button downs and I love both of them. One is the Old Navy striped white shirt and the other is the Gap striped chambray shirt. The ON shirt is SOOOO soft too.

Kitchen and Food -

Caramalized onion dip from Trader Joe's. I love this stuff. I typically refrain from snacking but recently I've been having a couple of multigrain crackers with this dip and I'm not hungry till dinner time.

Cuisinart 3.5 quart slow cooker - this is the perfect size cooker for two people plus a little leftovers. I'm making oatmeal in it every week coupled with a few weeknight meals. Great purchase.

TV -

Doctor Who

Ok. This is more of an obsession than a favorite, lol. I steer away from shows that are revamped from their 1960s versions because I'm afraid I've missed the story. BUT - Doctor Who is something you just can't avoid if you are a nerd. I finally decided to watch it to see what the fuss was about. I started with the ninth doctor and I liked the story but was meh about it. (I KNOW). And then the tenth doctor came in. Davind Tennant, OMG. He is such an amazing actor and Moffat and Russel Davies are SUCH amazing writers. There were so many fantastic episodes. I'm done with the fourth season and have said a very tearful goodbye to Ten. I'm now watching Season 5 with Matt Smith who is super cute. I'm yet to see if I will love him as much as I love DT. I cannot believe there is a show in this world that can replace Sherlock as my all time favotrite TV. Amazon prime has the show in HD if anyone is interested. You will not regret it, I promise.