New Year – New Look

Hello !!! (from a very excited me!)

Excited not only because it’s the start of the new year, but also because I have changed the look and feel of my blog with a new domain name.

I hope the new look makes the blog easier to navigate for all readers with a quick snapshot of my feeds from social media.

I am deeply grateful to all my followers and readers of sleeplessinsingapore who made me feel encouraged to keep posting over the last 6 months. Each one of you is fabulous! I hope you will all follow me on my journey with RheaWrites.

Wish everyone a very Happy and Successful New Year.

xx

p.s.: Here’s a screenshot of the new blog:

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p.p.s.: Here’s the link again to the new blog: http://rheawrites.com. Please do visit and provide your valuable feedback.

Egg Roll – Kolkata’s favourite food

Nostalgia has few names for me, and one of them is Kolkata Street Food. The spicy, tangy, sweet and sometimes slightly questionable, road-side snacks screams my childhood to me. It takes me back to those care-free young days of my life when I could just walk out of the door in the late afternoon for some phuchka (pani-puri) indulgence, or those Durga Puja days when counting the number of those ‘spicy crispy balls dipped in tamarind water‘ was absolutely forbidden! The rule was-the more the better! Haha!

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Today I am going to make a famous Kolkata Style Egg Roll…which is super easy to make and is a great tummy filler when those hunger pangs strike.

As I am writing this, I am recollecting all those early evenings when my mother would effortlessly make this recipe for me and my sister, hungry from school, and the whole house would smell of such yumminess and comfort….Oh ok I should start with the recipe already…

Egg Roll is basically is a flaky, crispy rolled flour paratha, filled with a layer of egg, with some chopped cucumber, onion and chili dressed with tomato ketchup or lemon juice.

Serves – 2 hungry stomachs

Ingredients I needed:

Wholemeal wraps/tortillas (store bought, but very easy to make at home also with flour, pinch of salt, little vegetable oil) – keeps the dish healthy too compared to the fried parathas in Kolkata

Eggs – I used one for each roll

1 cucumber – cut into very small dices

1 small onion – cut into small dices

chopped green chilli – as per choice

salt, pepper – as per taste

lemon juice – 1 lemon

Tomato Chilli Sauce/ketchup – as per choice

Canola Oil – 1 tablespoon

How to make:

Heat up a pan with canola (any vegetable) oil. Break the egg into it and put a wrap on top and let the egg cook over medium heat. Once the side is done, flip it over and cook the other side of the wrap.

Take the wrap off the heat, add the cucumber, onion, green chilli, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Tomato chilli sauce / ketchup can be added too.

That’s it and let me tell you, it tastes amazing! Ridiculously simple recipe (more so if the wrap is from the store) for people like me who wants an effortless great meal prepared in less than 10 minutes.

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Options for a great roll are endless – stuff it with chicken pieces (grilled or tandoori just makes it divine – I am salivating already), lamb pieces, minced meat for something more filling. A small tip is to soak the onion slices in vinegar to lend the right amount of tartness.

Hope you guys have a great weekend and let me get back to enjoying my nostalgia with a piping hot cup of Darjeeling tea.

Till then,

xx

 

 

 

The Body Shop- Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream

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The Body Shop (TBS) recently came out with a new line of skin care – The Oils of Life range. The range has 4 items; 2 moisturisers (one for oily/combo, one for normal/dry), an essence lotion and a facial oil. All the products contain three main oils: black cumin seed, camellia oil and rosehip oil.

TBS has really stepped up in their skin care game and The Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream really deserves a mention  and a pat on the back.

As the name suggests the consistency is somewhere between a gel and a light cream. The texture is simply beautiful -smooth and extremely light weight.

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Looking at this amber coloured gel-cream at the store, I was not quite sure how my sometime-normal-sometime-oily skin would take it since it had oils in it, but surprisingly after a little slather on my wrist, my skin absorbed within seconds and it plumped up, looking hydrated (thanks to the aircons). The store lady said that it was meant for oily/combination skin types and the oils in the product will not make the skin oil-slick but would make it supple and bright.

And she was right!

I have been using the gel-cream everyday in the morning and before going to bed since my purchase and I like it a lot. It has a very slight pearly sheen to it which makes the skin glowy. If I have to wear makeup, its goes on smoothly on top of the moisturiser. For me it is perfect for an everyday moisturiser.

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The product comes in a luxurious glass jar and the smell of it is just amazing, I wouldn’t even try to explain how calming it is!

Although the whole range is slightly on the spendy side than the other TBS ranges, but the gel-cream is well worth the price tag.

So next time do pop by TBS store and ask for sample to try.

Shop this product here.

My wishlist: The Body Shop Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Oil

 

 

Jo Malone

Those who know me know my love for perfumes. The scents I love are always the Fresh, Floral and Feminine ones! Few months ago, I was gifted the Jo Malone-Wood Sage and Sea Salt and since then I am hopelessly addicted to it.

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Let me tell more about this gem of a perfume – the first spritz of this luxurious perfume, transported me to the beach! Not the typical coconut-y tropical beach, but some British seashore with sea shells-and-cool-salty-breeze-in-my-hair kind of  place. The scent is very fresh and kind of cool outdoorsy; it is musky and salty at the same time. Just perfect for someone who spends 95% of her time of the year in the sunshine! A little teleporting happens every time I spray it on!

As the name suggests, it has hints of herby (sage) fragrance which makes it very different from the ones that I have been using all my life! It is very dramatic yet not suffocating.

Although it took me a good couple of wears to get used to the fragrance, now it is my go-to perfume for special occasions or if I just have to lounge at home with my pjs on.

It has a very unique fragrance in a way that its not that feminine. It is good mix of everything: fresh, musky, citrusy, wee bit herby!

My hubby just loves it when I put it on and it’s an easy way to fish some compliments from him too 😉

The packaging is beyond gorgeous. It comes in a box beautifully packed with a black ribbon and I just didn’t feel like throwing it away. I can never dispose such pretty packaging – can any of you relate with me on that?

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Jo Malone is a quintessentially British Fragrance line which is now available all over the world. The fragrances can be combined and layered with other complementary Jo Malone fragrances and I somehow find this idea rather artistic. So by playing with the huge selection of perfumes Jo Malone offers, one can find a fragrance which will be absolutely unique to the person!

Only regret: I would have loved it insanely more if the fragrance wore on me for a little longer.

They come in a 30ml and 100 ml sized bottles.

So, the next time, you come across the Jo Malone boutique store, drop in and take a sniff at the amazing collection it carries.

Do you have any Jo Malone scent on your wishlist?  Or are you hopelessly in love with a fragrance like me? Let me know in the comments below.

Till then, xx

My wishlist: Peony & Blush Suede CologneCan’t stop me from loving some florals!

Shop my perfume here.