Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

SORRY !!!!

My apologies to those who are checking in to see my Blog........some of the images from my blog "Viji's Odds & Ends" have disappeared......I do not know how that happened!  I am trying to remove the image which is blocked and will upload new images for the recipes and other posts in due time. I had to upload the header also with a new image as the old one disappeared.



Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Viji's Kitchen

  •  I have started a take-away food business from home, (Chennai, India) on the 10th of November 2013
  • Orders can be take-away or home delivered on request.
  • Orders should be given 48 hours in advance.
  • Orders must be for a minimum of 4 persons upto 30.
  • Cutlets will be charged per piece, and the curry items will be charged per dish.
  • Prices will be given on request (as I have not worked out the costing).  I will do so as the orders come in.
  • Payment method : Cash only.........on delivery.
  •  Given below are the items I will be catering.

Chicken curry

Beef steak

Beef curry

Mutton Curry

Pork Vindaloo

Duck Vindaloo
Chicken Kurma
Beef vindaloo
Mutton kurma

Pork Vadavam curry
Duck roast
Chicken Masala
Beef roast
Mutton Cutlets

Pork roast (two ways)
Duck vadavam curry (Pondicherry)
Chicken Roast (3 ways)
Beef Cutlets
Mutton Chops

Pork Pepper Chops

Chicken chettinad
Beef Kurma
Mutton chilli fry
Pork ribs

Chicken Vindaloo

Beef pepper fry

Mutton pepper fry

Chicken pepper fry

Beef Chill fry

Chicken cutlets

Beef Devil fry

Turkey roast

Fish Tamarind curry
Prawn pickle
Chicken sandwiches
Fried Rice

Turkey vadavam curry (Pondicherry)
Fish Molee
Fish Pickle
Cheese sandwiches
Jeera Rice

Fish fry
Brinjal pickle
Egg sandwiches
Coconut rice

Fish cutlets

Mushroom rice

Crab chilli fry (two ways)

Ghee Rice

Prawn Masala

Shark fish puttu


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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


2 packets of button mushrooms
2 cups of fine rice (basmati)
4 cloves, a small stick of cinnamon
2 onions
2 slit green chillies (Optional)
a little pepper
a little oil (I used olive oil)

Fry the chopped mushrooms (should not get completely dry) in a little oil sprinkle a little salt and pepper
In a little heated oil put the spices and then add the green chillies and onions.  Fry until the onions are slight brown.
Wash the rice and add the fried ingredients to it.  Pour 1 to one and a half cups of water ( depending on the quality of rice) and put everything into a rice cooker.  When cooked remove into a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves.

Saturday, June 08, 2013


Do you know anyone traveling to India, Thailand or Vietnam this summer that wants an authentic, home-dining experience? If so, please share this post with any fellow food and travel loving friends or email me at: to get started. You can also view our launch page and signup for our newsletter here:

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We are passionate about food and travel and hope you can join us on our journey as we build this company. We are grateful for your support.

Love and happy eating,
Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence, co-founders
 — with Stephanie Lawrence.


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Friday, April 26, 2013


1.    Urad Dhal (Black gram without the black skin it will be white)…1 cup
2.    Kadalai Dhal (Bengal gram…..yellow)….half cup
3.    Dry red chillies………………10 to 15 depends how spicy you want it.
4.    Asafoetida..(the hard variety not pwder) …a small piece
5.    Sesame seeds………….2 tsp
6.    A few curry leave
7.    Rock Salt to taste
       Broil in all the ingredients one by one separately in a frying pan until it is golden brown            
     Then broil the asafoetida, sesame seeds and the curry leaves together. 
     POWDER EVERYTHING IN A MIXEE…………….should be a little coarse.
     Use with idli or dosai, by adding oil or ghee in it.
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Friday, April 19, 2013


  1. 4 tomatoes
  2. 2 tablespoons of Rasam powder (if you do not have Rasam powder then alternately grind coarserly 1tsp of cummin seeds, 1 tablespoon of whole pepper, 10 cloves of garlic……but this should be added at the end and with one boil must be removed from the gas)
  3. A small lime size ball of tamarind (if you do not have tamarind 1 tbs of tamarind paste can be used)
  4. 1 cup of chopped coriander leaves

For Seasoning
  1. 10 cloves of crushed garlic if you are using Rasam powder (5 cloves if you are not using rasam powder)
  2. 1tsp mustard
  3. 1 tsp urad dhal (is black gram with the skin removed and broken in half)
  4. 1 tsp cummin seeds
  5. 2 dried red chillies (optional)
  6. 4 tbs of oil
  7. 1tsp of whole peper

Boil the the 4 tomatoes in one and a half litres of water with the rasam powder until the tomatoes are soft and split. (if you need less rasam  then use  1 litre of water, 3 tomatoes, 1 tbs of Rasam Powder and a little less garlic….everything else is the same)
Lower the heat of the of the water, and on another gas keep a frying pan (kadai) and put in the oil.  When it is fairly hot, pujt in the mustard, dhal, cummin seeds and peper.  After a few seconds when the mustards splutter add the crushed garlic when it is lightly brown, add the tomatoes from the rasam water and smash it up into the seasoning and fry it a little while.  Then add the rasam water and 3/4 of the coriander leaves and let it boil for a minute or two.
 (If you are using the alternate method when you are adding the water add the ground mixture and coriander leaves.  Stand close by and as soon as it starts boiling take it down.  In this method if it boils the rasam will turn bitter)
Garnish on top with the remaining coriander leaver before serving.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012


I stitched this tutu for a party which my daughter is organising for a client.  She has an event management company and does customised decor for parties.  You can follow "The Party Studio" on facebook.

This Tutu I learned how to make it from You Tube...from the link given below.  It is very simple though it does take time.  Thank you to Sarah.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Please check out my daughter's Event Planning business.......she designs the decorations to custom orders...

Sunday, September 02, 2012



2 bunches of spinach
2 ears of corn
1 packet of mushroom 
Chop the spinach into very small pieces.  Remove the corn from the cob.  Chop the mushroom into small pieces. 
Cook the corn with a little water until there is no water in the pan and the corn is dry. 
Put the spinach into a pan and put it on the gas for a few minutes until it sweats and is dry and there is no water in it.
In a pan put a tablespoon of butter and put the mushroom saute till the water in it evaporates.
Add the corn and the spinach to the mushroom and mix the three together.

White sauce
3 tbsp of butter
6 tbs of   flour
2 cups of milk
3 cubes of grated cheese
topping 1 cube of grated cheese  and 1 egg 
Method :
In a pan put the butter and before it melts complete (the butter should not burn)  alternate the flour and a tablespoon of  milk  and stir on a very slow flame.  When it is pasty add the rest of the milk and and the grated cheese. Add pepper and very little salt to taste. Stir till it is thick and coats the wooden spoon.   At the beginning stir with an egg beater and then use a wooden spoon.
Add the white sauce to the corn, spinach and mushroom mix.  Mix everything well and transfer to a glass baking dish.  Add the beaten egg on the top and spread the grated cheese.  Bake in  a preheated oven untill golden brown.  (I baked in my microwave cum oven at 250 degrees for 20 mins.  It is a 1000 watts oven.  Depends on the power of the oven) 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Beetroot potato boiled egg Salad

Boil 2 beetroots, 2 potatoes, and 4 eggs.  Chop into large pieces. Slice 2 onions, 2 or 3 green chillies to taste.  Mix all together.  Make a salad dressing with lime juice and olive oil and salt.  Pour over the salad and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012


"Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you. " 
― Christian D. Larson -- 

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Storage boxes on the wall made with cartons

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Friday, April 13, 2012

EASTER "egg salad" idea from Pinterest

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Friday, April 06, 2012

The Stations of the Cross with Father Reed

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cushion cover and Pillow Case I made

Cushion cover made with 3 table napkins

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