HOA QUA DAM - FROM THE STREETS OF HANOI ,VIETNAM

I would like to dedicate this post to our Vietnamese friends.The simple recipe in this post is called Hoa Qua Dam (Mixed Fruits) (pronounced like Hua Kua Zum).  Hoa Qua = Fruit and Dam = Mix. This is a colourful fruit dessert, not just unique to Hanoi, but popular all over Vietnam.  

Hanoi,  once known as 'Vijayapura', has a special place in my heart. This is one tourist spot in the South East Asian belt that I would like to visit again and again. Amazingly, the city is very green and   large trees everywhere draw our attention.  The city also has many lakes within itself making the environment very water-rich. The busy city and its shopping streets resemble Chennai's "Pondy Bazaar". 

BLACK RICE PONGAL

Navaratri / Dussera has begun and the festive mood has set in already. Everyone in India and Indians across the globe will be busy planning for  the auspicious occasion. Elaborate Pooja, Doll decoration, versatile Neivedhyam preparation, inviting and visiting womenfolk for Tamboolam and Manjal/ Kumkumam  form an integral part of this important festival.  

I always look forward to Navaratri owing to tremendous interest in Doll decoration that I have been involving myself as a child. My Grandmother, Mother and Aunts always organize grand Theme Golus and the same tradition continues in my in laws place too. We have quite a good collection of dolls back in India and love to add unique pieces to our collection. My husband hunts for dolls and always ends up hooking on to rare pieces. Below are a few pictures of Navaratri from my side.


A SCENE FROM PANCHAVATI - OUR SINGAPORE GOLU


STICK JAW - A SPECIAL TREAT FOR THE "CHOCOHOLICS" @ HEART - WITHIN 15 MINS

Who would not want a Chocolate for treat? There can only be a handful of Chocolate haters as compared to Lovers in this world, I guess. I consider Chocolate to be one of the most popular food type and flavour of the world that is incorporated into numerous recipes.
These classic Stick Jaws @ Chocolate Fudge is my childhood favourite.  

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