Poppy seed paste – DIY Recipe

by Helene Dsouza on December 16, 2014

Poppy seed paste - DIY Recipe, white poppy seeds www.masalaherb.com

As a child I would be excited to find a sugary sweet poppy seed yeast snail in my school lunch bag. It was one of those treats, made with poppy seed paste, which one could barely resist and I would always finish mine with gusto. Every single time I would have a poppy seed piece […]


Extrawurst, Mushroom sausage, Champignonwurst, Paprikawurst, Paprika sausage, cold cuts, Cold Sliced Meat Varieties from Central Europe, Austria sausage www.masalaherb.com

I randomly mentioned in my previous posts my love for cold cuts from central Europe. We grew up with this food and cold cuts in a sandwich for school lunch break was common in our childhoods. So when we, my husband and myself, visited my family in Austria during July and August, I was asked […]


Mysore trip and Mysore Zoo | Karnataka | South India

by Helene Dsouza on November 29, 2014

white tiger, Mysore trip and Mysore zoo Karnataka South India trip www.masalaherb.com

After a long day on the road, across the Western Ghats into new South Indian territories, we reached the imperial city Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka. On our way down from Goa to Mysore by car, we ended up traveling 606 kilometers which took us about 14 incredible hours and we were quite […]


Peach Jam Recipe {without Pectin}

by Helene Dsouza on November 21, 2014

Peach Jam Recipe without Pectin all natural and with my garden's organic peach fruits www.masalaherb.com

Another jam, because I am a great homemade jam lover and today it shall be my mum’s peach jam recipe, which is of course without pectin. In order to get up in the morning and to receive my daily dose of inspiration, I prepare something what we in french call a tartine. It’s basically a […]


Surimi Salad with Curry Mayo Dressing

by Helene Dsouza on November 17, 2014

Surimi Salad with Curry Mayo Dressing - my favorite fresh Crab sticks salad recipe www.masalaherb.com

Surimi is one of my favorite snacks and for a very long time I wasn’t able to get hold of surimi in India. This changed when a brand here started to sell these delicious crab sticks in the grocery shops in Goa.  The day I discovered surimi in my favorite store, I bought it, and […]


Traveling South India goa mysore ooty kodaikanal munnar www.masalaherb.com an elephant and his owner, Tamil Nadu India

Finally I get to share the first part of our ultimate trip to South India. Traveling South India is such a huge topic that I needed my own time to compile the first part, others will follow soon with all our beautiful impressions, useful tips and stunning stories. Just to summarize it, the five of […]


Quick Mayo Recipe from France

by Helene Dsouza on October 31, 2014

Quick Mayo Recipe, french family mayo recipe from scratch prepared in less then 5 minutes, step by step and easy =)

Back in July, when we visited our relatives in France, we frequently enjoyed typical summer dishes prepared with fresh ingredients from my grandfathers garden. We were literally eating only salads for days and a homemade mayo sauce at the side. Mayonnaise is omnipresent in Europe! I remember those kids in Switzerland living on a tube […]


Blueberry Tart with Custard Recipe

by Helene Dsouza on October 24, 2014

Blueberry Tart with Custard Recipe www.masalaherb.com french food diy fruit tart recipe

Fruity creamy dessert, as dark as the night, come to me I will treat you well and savor each slice, each layer and every single bite. Oh so blue and scrumptious, still fresh and hot, we ate you completely, so that there was nothing left. This is what happened with the blueberry tart with custard […]