My family originates from Assam, the North Eastern state of India. You might have heard of Assam if you’re a serious tea drinker. Or perhaps you’ve heard of our one-horned rhinos or the world’s hottest chili, the ‘Bhoot Jolokia’. Assam also boasts of having Asia’s oldest oil refinery. Like every state of India, Assam is seeped in its own unique set of cultures and traditions.

Bhogali Bihu festivities are in the air. This is the festival of feasting and marks the end of the harvest season. Assamese households get busy preparing traditional Bihu treats and socializing with friends and family.bihu recipes

I am a total novice when it comes to Assamese cooking. Meet Sharmin Pasha. Sharmin created the very popular Assamese Cuisine & Recipes page on Facebook and has over forty-thousand fans worldwide. Needless to say, she is an authority in Assamese cooking. She also happens to be my sister-in-law (my hubby’s only sibling)!

Cantina Laredo is a gourmet Mexican restaurant chain hailing from Chicago, Illinois. In the UAE, they have a branch in Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi.

Cantina Laredo has earned a reputation serving authentic, high-quality Mexican dishes. Their secret lies in using the freshest of ingredients which they believe makes all the difference.

Today, I am sharing their famed Chicken Fajita Salad recipe with you.Cantina Laredo recipe Chicken Fajita Salad

Malavika, the effervescent RJ on City 101.6 started a revolution with her ‘100 Healthy Days’ Facebook page.

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I interviewed her here in November, and she gave us insights into her ultra busy schedule, and how she still found time to give herself 100 days to transform into a healthier version of herself while making each step of this transition public.

Hello darlings! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and had your fill of all the festive delights.

At Christmas time, I usually feel quite home-sick. I miss a good old Kiwi Christmas and all its trimmings.

However, I got lucky this year! My good friend Hema and I go back a long time. She used to live in New Zealand too, and unlike me, has a major passion for cooking. When she heard of my yearning for a Kiwi Christmas, she made it her mission to recreate one right here in the UAE. How blessed am I with a friend like Hema!

And lucky you… Hema has agreed to share some of her prized recipes here. Read on!

hema's christmas recipes