Photo Diaries: Fresh from the Market

I recently lived  in Rajasthan, India for a month (a whole month!). It was a long holiday. I really enjoyed exploring the place - a desert with so much life. One of the best things about living in a place is eating fresh food with the infusion of culture. The market place in Rajasthan is teeming with  fresh and very natural (no artificial and chemical stuff) food products. On a sunny ...
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Tequila Streets, Mexico

Okay, I may have been posting a few pictures of Mexico lately. And I'm not quite done with the subject, because I have tons of pictures all about it! Sorry, not sorry. That's half the fun of going to a new place with your camera, isn't it? So here are some pictures that capture Tequila's streets and the whole Mexican exotic vibe. Absolutely love this cheerful little cafe. This one's a bit ...
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Savoury Pancakes with Spicy Seasoned Yoghurt

When it comes to a meal, I generally prefer savoury dishes. Today was no different. We had these savoury pancakes for lunch, along with some spicy seasoned yoghurt. The whole meal is quite easy to make; and it's also nutritious and yummy all at the same time. Double win! These savoury pancakes can also be eaten mixed with the yoghurt; by breaking the pancakes into tiny pieces and adding them ...
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A Drawing Workshop this Weekend

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been busy with a lot of art projects, classes..and I took a drawing workshop this weekend! It was all about the art of a human face - and titled the same. It was a fun weekend, with drawing plenty of eyes and noses and the full face - and teaching is always a learning experience for me too. Here's a sneak ...
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Styling on Instagram

When it comes to Instagram, I'm still thinking about ways to make my feed more fun and interesting. So, lately, I've just been trying out some basic styling with everyday objects around the home. Here are some I did earlier on this week and the previous week. Hope you like them! Check out more of these upcoming on my Instagram feed! Find me on Instagram here: @surelysimpleblog Find my art ...
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Land of Tequila

Hello! If you have been reading along, you would have seen my travels in Mexico- and I'm excited to share part 2 with you today! It can be summed up in pretty much one word: Tequila. I'll take you along the pictures and experience and add tidbits of discussion here and there! Let's do this.. Starting with the roads. So many people forget to photograph the roads while travelling, and ...
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Chocolate Banana Walnut Square Cakes

These chocolate covered banana walnut mini cake squares are just really, really yum. This was a weekend treat, made on a lazy Sunday none other than my sister! She has caught the baking bug and she keeps baking every weekend..and we all eat the amazing food she makes. These little mini squares are a perfect tea time snack..or an anytime snack, really.
Surely Simple Chocolate Banana Walnut Mini Squares


  • 4 Bananas
  • Chopped Walnuts (Around 10-15 walnuts will do)
  • 1 Bar Grated Milk Chocolate
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Cooking Oil/ Butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Bar Melted Chocolate
  • Almonds for Garnish


  1. Preheat oven to180 degrees celcius/365 F.
  2. Chop bananas into small pieces and add sugar.
  3. Mash the bananas and sugar (or even chop them and put them in a blender!)
  4. Add oil and whisk well.
  5. Add the lemon juice. Mix well. Keep this mix aside for now.
  6. Now we start with the flour mix-add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and then sieve them to get a fine dry mixture.
  7. Mix this dry mixture with the wet mixture prepared earlier.
  8. Add the chopped walnuts and give it all a good mix.
  9. The banana walnut batter is now ready.
  10. Pour into square cake mould.
  11. Bake for 35-40 minutes, checking with a toothpick ever 15 minutes or so. The batter should be dry and not sticky for it to be totally cooked.
  12. Take out of oven and after it has cooled down, coat it with white chocolate ganache.
  13. The ganache is made by vigorously mixing the melted white chocolate and heavy cream together until it resembles a creamy mixture.
  14. Cut into squares. My cake mould was big enough to accommodate 9 medium sized squares.
  15. Add a fine sprinkling of the grated milk chocolate.
  16. Set atop some almonds (whole/chopped in half).
  17. Enjoy these chocolate banana walnut cake squares as a tea time snack or as dessert!
Weekends are great for baking (and ...
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Quick Restyle: Gold Accented Tote Bag

Hello everyone! Sorry about the lack of posts for the past few days, but if you read this, you know I'm cleaning and organising like I've (probably) never done before..ever. And when I was cleaning up a storm in my room, I just happened to find this tote bag that I hadn't used for more than ..say, five years? I think I've only ever used it once or twice..back when ...
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A 30 Day Cleaning Journey (Starting Now!)

This is just always on the top of my to-do list, but I never actually find time to do it. Or even start. What am I talking about? Cleaning up my workplace(s). To be fair, there's been quite a bit of renovation going on for the past year..painting the walls, some major DIY-worthy projects, customised furniture..the works. And I'm going to talk about all that in a home studio post ...
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Fruit Rubiks Cube

I don't know about you, but I have never ever solved a Rubiks cube. They are just too darn difficult! I know how to make a 'doughnut' shape from the cube (look that up here) but I still have a long way to go for solving the whole puzzle. Those algorithms. Anyways, they don't stop me from admiring rubiks cubes..i love the possibility and the colours in those things! (I ...
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