Once Around The Sun…


She doesn’t read my blog. But she will. I know she will. When she reads she will know how important she is behind my writing this blog – documenting recipes, reasons, and tales from the heart. Someday she will make a special trip to the grocery store to buy ingredients for her mother’s soup, or stew, or pudding or maybe even khichuri. Someday the very reason for writing this blog will ultimately bear fruit. She is only a wee little two and a half and it’s a long way until then.

For now, I have you:  those who read and those who talk to me, encourage me, and inspire me. It has been a full circuit around the sun since I started writing this, not knowing where it would lead me, nor knowing if I would even continue. In all sincerity I could not have come this far along without you. Without you the anticipation would be much subdued.

Thank you for reading my blog and redirecting me to yours. I have been inspired and encouraged by you … most importantly I found a voice I didn’t think I had. I hope I am here for much much longer than just another year.

I have realized that writing this blog is not an easy thing to do. It has me stumped at times. Cooking is not the hard part.  Taking a picture can be difficult but for me writing is the most demanding part of this blog. No matter how hard or easy it may have been at times, the feeling that preceeds publishing a blog post for the first time – or the 60th time – has not changed.

So “Thank You!” from the bottom of my heart.  Let’s journey on together for a while more.


Here’s a granita made from two of my favourite things, plum and moscato, to celebrate a small milestone and show my gratitude. This granita was made with a half bottle of moscato that had been sitting in the fridge – half consumed and half fizzy .  The plums were sitting in the fruit bowl waiting to ripen until they were soft and mushy enough for my taste. One had waited long enough, the other needed more time (just the way I am sometimes about my blog posts:  half bubbling with excitement and half unsure). But this granita, I love! This granita will hopefully leave me tipsy on occasion this summer. Enjoy!


Plum Moscato Granita


  • Moscato wine: 2 cups
  • Plums: 4 medium ripened
  • Lime juice: 1 tbsp
  • Lime: sliced for garnish(optional)
  • Sugar: 1/4 cup
  • Water: 2 and 1/2 cups


  • Roughly chop plums, discarding the pits.
  • In a large saucepan, over medium heat bring the chopped plum, sugar and water to a boil, stiring occasionally. Once boiled, lower heat to minimum, cover saucepan and let simmer for at least 20-30 mins or until the plums are completely softened.
  • Once the plums are cooked and cooled, strain through a sieve and discard any skin that is left.
  • Stir in the 2 cups of moscato and the half tbsp of lime juice and set it to chill in the freezer.
  • After chilling for about 1 hour or 1 and a half hour, remove from freezer and scrape with a fork from the sides. Return to the freezer for half hour or so.
  • Repeat the process until you get the entire mixture scraped and resembling like shaved ice. this can take up to 2 hours or more.
  • When ready to serve, chill the serving glasses in the fridge for 15-20 mins.
  • Spoon the granita into the serving glass, garnish with lime slices and serve.



20 thoughts on “Once Around The Sun…

  1. What a beautifully written post, Debjani. Yes, I’m sure she’ll read it and be so very proud of her mummy. It IS the real reason for doing this isn’t it? Congratulations for the year gone 🙂 xx

  2. ¡¡ Congratulations !! The first time I met you blog I thought it was a great finding (I still do it 😉 ) and I must say that I love your writing, One can find warmth and closeness in your words, the same thing happens with your recipes and your photos…Go after the next year then 😉

  3. Lovely, lovely post! Writing is such a personal thing, we’re sharing big parts of ourselves with others and for me, at least, it makes me feel very vulnerable. I believe it’s a courageous thing, to write, and you do it well 🙂 Congratulations on your milestone. I look forward to many more to come!

  4. Congratulations on your blogging milestone. Yes, let’s continue this journey please. I so enjoy your writing and the serene voice you bring. I look forward to every post. Such a treasure this will be for your child someday.

  5. Gorgeous – and congratulations!
    Please oh PLEASE tell me where you got those elegant champagne glasses with the long stem.
    I would be indebted to you!!!

    • Thank you so very much for the kind words!
      That champagne glass is a thrift store find for .45c, and that is the only one piece I have! 😦 I have been looking for them for a while for my own use but they are hard to find! So sorry! But if i ever do find them I’ll message you here. 🙂

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