A simple and easy prawns (shrimp) dish made with garlic and curry leaves.

Prawns in Garlic and Curry leaves | The Novice Housewife

In my last post (which was two weeks back- I know, sorry! my bad!) I talked to you about the food we had in Goa. Once back to the cold of the north, and missing all the good sea food that we feasted on in Goa, I decided to try my hands at making some prawns.

I wanted something garlicky and spicy and I wanted curry leaves. If you know me, you know my love for curry leaves. Seriously, its my favorite indian ingredient. That and cumin seeds. Freshly roasted cumin powder, to be precise. And garlic. I love garlic. And this dish has two of those ingredients. A winner in my opinion.

Though I made this dish on the drier side, a little coconut milk in it would make this the perfect prawn gravy dish. Yup. I love coconut milk too. But that’s an experiment for another day.

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The Veg Burger at Thalassa, Goa  | The Novice Housewife

The Veg Burger at Thalassa, Goa

Kingfisher beer at Thalassa, Goa | The Novice Housewife

Staple diet in Goa

The View at Marriot, Goa | The Novice Housewife

The View at Marriot, Goa

 

Last month my family and I went on a short vacation to Goa. My brother stays there with his wife and my three your old niece and with the crazy cold here in northern India, Goa seemed like a great place to get some sun and warmth.

Goa is a tourist destination with its beaches, cheap alcohol and awesome sea food. You will always see people with a smile here. Fact.

So while I wont be posting a recipe today (I do have one for next GMT though- I know! I am improving), I thought I will post about the food we ate in Goa in this trip. And we ate a lot. This is going to be a heavy photo centric post, so be prepared.

My sister-in-law is an avid foodie and she has a friend who works for Planet Goa and keeps recommending her new places to try. She had made a list of things we had to go to. One of the first places was Thalassa.

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Stuffed Mushroom and Spinach Pizza Bread | The Novice Housewife

Wishing all the readers of The Novice Housewife a very happy New Year and lots and lots of good food like this stuffed mushroom and spinach braided bread.

2014 was not too great blogging wise. I did not post as often as I would have liked to. I wasn’t  even able to visit my favorite blogs and see what my favorite bloggers were up to. I got 52 posts up which if you aggregate means one post per week, but in reality it was only the first half where I was active and the past few months hardly saw this space getting much action- maybe one post a month. In 2015, I want to change that.

A lot of new exciting things happened in 2014. It was a period of a lot of stress as well. A lot of decisions were taken, changed, re-taken and then stuck to, with a lot of apprehension. One of the biggest change was The Pink Cakebox (only after coming up with the name did I realize there was already a pretty famous pink cake box in US, which is pretty stupid on my part since being obsessed with cakes I should have known. But I went ahead with it nonetheless, since I couldn’t turn back- mine has THE and its in India so I am hoping nobody gets confused. Yikes!) More about TPC (The Pink Cakebox) in another post because I think it deserves a lot of of explaining to do. But yes 2014 was the year it came to existence (a dream five year in the making). You can keep up to date with that chapter by liking its facebook page or following me on TPC’s instagram.

That’s essentially was (and still is) what kept me busy most of 2014.

This new venture also introduced me to new people- and I realized complete strangers can be so helpful. The experience made me wiser, at the same time made me doubt myself on multiple occasions. But slowly I am gaining confidence and growing and learning with each order. The whole ordeal of the past few months has made me a much stronger individual. And I am very grateful to the people I have in my life- my family and friends who made me stick through it and picked me up when I was ready to give up. And I have needed to be picked up a lot of times.

I moved back to India also last year. Temporary for now. While V was busy with his MBA I needed to sort out my life and pursue my passions more seriously. 2015 will see how it all unfolds.

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