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Blissful Bangkok Moments

Black forest cake (Masterchef Australia)

Black Forest Cake (photo by Masterchef Australia)

I was watching Masterchef Australia earlier today, the episode with the Black Forest Cake challenge. I’m a big fan of the show, I think it’s fun and very inspiring :) For me, the biggest inspiration and influence when it comes to my own cooking style is undoubtedly my travels; especially the extended time I’ve spent in South-East Asia and India.

There’s nothing that I associate more strongly with this sort of cake than a series of wonderful moments spent at the Mr Bean café in MBK (Mahboonkrong shopping centre) in Bangkok…

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The Flirty Side of Turkey

Side, Turkey

Solo seaside breakfast in Side, Turkey

Here’s some pictures and a few stories from my recent holiday in Side, Turkey. Enjoy!

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Travel Writings Reincarnated

Monkey at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Sabai dee! I’ve added a bunch of previously unpublished travel writings & photos from a few of my journeys round South-East Asia in 2007 and 2008. These were originally emails sent out to my friends at home, and I was thinking it might be fun to share them here as well. Follow the links below for some delicious, jasmine scented posts..!

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In Shiva’s Tumble-Drier

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I am out of words to describe the beauty, intensity and essence of my recent three months stay in India. It was a truly magical journey, and the spirit of the experience as a whole still lingers very close to my heart… Had I written a postcard from Tiruvannamalai, this is what it would have said:

I’m at a loss for words… sitting on rooftops, sipping chai and keeping quiet…

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Meeting Vivek

Vivek Oberoi ~ Prince

Vivek Oberoi

This is sort of a follow-up to an earlier post – Not Meeting Vivek – in which a very upset little me tells the true story about the day I didn’t meet Vivek Oberoi in Chennai, India.

After missing Vivek that day, I sent him a message telling him how amazed I was by what happened. He wrote me back, saying »aww sorry i missed u magdalena! next time :)« Although his sweet words instantly put a wide smile across my heart, I wouldn’t ever have imagined that there would actually be a next time. It just seemed to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime chances, and that I had sadly missed mine. But life is truly wonderful, and I would soon once again be reminded that everything indeed is possible…

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Rangoli – Loveful Street Art

Rangoli in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India

Rangoli in Tiruvannamalai

The vibrant colours and elaborate patterns never cease to amaze me… Rangoli – also known as kollam in Tamil – is such a wonderful art form! It is popular among women, and is commonly done in temples, at doorways and outside homes all over India.

»God,« aunty says and smiles affectionately, touching her hand to her heart. I smile too. I don’t speak her language and she doesn’t speak mine, but with that one word she manages to express the essence of the intricate piece of art that is quickly taking form on the ground in front of us.

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Not Meeting Vivek

Karpagambal Mess, Mylapore

Karpagambal Mess, Mylapore

Omigod, I was so inspired to write some notes from the road… what I’ve been up to here in India so far. And then… and then I read back on the Twitter updates since last time I came online. AARRRGGGHHHH!!! I can’t belive this!!! Life is so bloody cruel, teasing and tempting… withholding.

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Early Morning in Bombay

VT Station, Mumbai

VT Station, Mumbai

I’m in a yellow and black taxi just outside Mumbai airport, on my way to a hotel in the Fort Area. The full moon is shining between rooftops, appearing between hoardings boasting Hrithik Roshan’s gorgeous Provogue ads and curious pictures of 67 year old Amitabh Bachchan in his role as Auro, a 12 year old child suffering from progeria in the upcoming Hindi film Paa.

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Between Istanbul & Bombay

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

The full moon’s reflection is dancing in the sea thousands of metres below us, playing hide-and-seek… revealing itself only in sparkling glimpses between scattered islands as we move swiftly across the sky, wings spread widely. Beautiful cities between sleep and awake, resting in a blur of light and darkness… trains silently wriggling across the land as if they were glow worms… A quick stop and change of flights in Istanbul… and on the other side of midnight Mumbai is waiting for us, with arms wide open. (3 dec)

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I Miss You, India!

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

There’s a million and one reasons why I love India. Now and then I get completely overwhelmed with a deep and urgent longing for all things Indian. When that happens I usually light a couple of incense sticks and hug my mug of masala chai for comfort, silently counting the days until I’ll return… India is my Guru, and although it’s true that geographical distance doesn’t mean a thing as long as there’s a heart connection… I’m still yearning to be close to India again.

Today is one of those days, and here are some of the things that are on my mind right now.

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