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If only you could smell these .... ❤️ Mountains of fresh roses at the flower markets in India were my favourite. These local roses had an incredibly heady aroma and fell apart at the gentlest of touches. People in India use these roses and the fallen petals for pujas (prayer ceremonies). • • • • #cookrepublic #vzcomood #rosesofinstagram #floral_perfection #flatlaystyle #theartofslowliving #postitfortheaesthetics #travelrealindia #rosegarden

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Local girls trying to spot monkeys. Monkeys are everywhere in this part of India. They hang out in parks, come up to your balconies and sit on your cars or scooters. And if you ever make the mistake of giving food to one, you will suddenly find yourselves surrounded by a herd (which is quite scary as they become aggressive very quickly! I know because I have had the misfortune of being pulled up off my dad’s scooter by my pigtails when I was about 4 by a monkey🙀🙀) Can you spot the monkey in this picture???? • • • • • #cookrepublic #travelstories #travelindia #incredibleindiaofficial #photoessay #wahhindia #lifeandthyme at Ahmedabad, India

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When I was growing up in India, I remember going to the vegetable market every afternoon. This is what it looked like. Mountains and mountains of freshly harvested veggies from local farms. Cleaned of dirt, meticulously arranged and sold by the kilo along the streets. No cold storage or packaging in sight. We bought vegetables and cooked them the same day, heading back to the markets the following day or the day after for more fresh veggies to cook with. Yesterday after almost 25 years, I walked through these bustling markets in the soft morning light before the sun came up and I got really nostalgic. Part of my love of food came from exploring markets like these when I was younger and I was reminded of how much joy there is in a simpler life. I can’t wait to get back to Australia with all these thoughts, these emotions, this energy and this outlook and bring it in to my kitchen (which I miss dearly!) 🙏🏻🌿🥬🥕 • • • • • #cookrepublic #travelindia #farmersmarket #incredibleindiaofficial #travelstories #photoessay #lifeandthyme #streetphotos #foodphotographer #livefolk #whpinspiredby at Ahmedabad, India

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The magnificent 1000 year old SUN TEMPLE of Modhera!! Absolutely awe-inspiring, like stumbling upon an ancient civilization. This is the entrance hall to the main Sun Temple (which is directly behind this building). This architecturally stunning temple was built so that on every equinox, the sun’s first rays would travel through the buildings and fall on a diamond placed on the Sun God’s head which would make the entire temple glow!!! It has 52 pillars, a breathtaking step well ensconced by 108 mini shrines and thousands of intricate carvings. The squirrels, monkeys and pigeons add to the whole lost civilization feel. We were there for over three hours and I must have taken a thousand pictures. So let’s start with this one when the pigeons decided to circle around the top in a long gracious swoop creating an absolutely gorgeous photo! 🙏🏻🌟 • • • • • #cookrepublic #suntemple #incredibleindiaofficial #travelrealindia #travelstories #travelstory #travelindia #morningslikethese #livefolk #wanderfolk at Sun Temple, Modhera

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Walking around a village square with my camera, I was amazed by how basic and simple life was and how many vendors gestured or signaled to have their photographs taken. They even posed with the fruits and veggies they were selling, with smiles that got bigger when they realized I spoke their local language. I was born and brought up in India and lived here for the first 23 years of my life, but this is the first time ever that I am seeing it through my lens, scratching below the surface of the constant push towards Western influences and exploring the deep seated culture of the country underneath. And I find it beautiful .. imperfections and all. Plus, the locals can pull off some pretty colorful attire!! 💛🙏🏻 • • • • • #cookrepublic #travelrealindia #lifeandthyme #incredibleindiaofficial #farmersmarket #livefolk #wanderfolk #portraitfeed at Adalaj

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A million fresh tiny idlis (steamed rice cakes) for breakfast in mum’s kitchen!! After nearly two decades, I get to hang out with my mum in her kitchen and just like that, I am 6 years old again 🤗🙏🏻 • • • • • #cookrepublic #theartofslowliving #childhoodmemories #mumskitchen #travelrealindia #idli #vegetarianrecipes #veganbreakfast #veganindianfood #morningscenes #nourishingtraditions #feelgoodfood #eatbetter at Ahmedabad, India

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Gates of heaven?? .... I took this picture on my phone from a moving car. This is a common sight in this part of India - magnificent, intricate buildings/temples standing like an oasis in the middle of the chaos and smog. They are usually white or this insanely beautiful blush pink. A real treat for the eyes. For the locals, it is just another place to hang out and kill time. ✨ • • • • • #cookrepublic #travelrealindia #theartofslowliving #pinkbuilding #blushpink #incredible_india #morningscenes #temples #postitfortheaesthetic #inspiremyinstagram #livefolk #wanderfolk #travelphotography #millennialpink at Ahmedabad, India

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Hello from Incredible India!! Back after 14 long years and getting truly nostalgic - the sights, the smells, the food, the culture. Captivating, chaotic and amazing! Yesterday we visited this breathtaking Jain Derasar Temple handbuilt and carved out of tonnes and tonnes of Makrasan Marble (the same marble used to build the Taj Mahal). In the main prayer hall, standing bare feet on the cool marble under a carved cathedral ceiling with a soft breeze billowing around me, I felt an incredible calm that I haven’t felt in ages. I didn’t want to leave!!! And the evening sun hitting the soft creamy white marble might be my favourite thing ever!! 💛🙏🏻 • • • • #cookrepublic #incredible_india #whiteonwhite #momentslikethese #theartofslowliving #travelrealindia #wanderfolk #livefolk #temples at Ahmedabad, India

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2018 was truly DELICIOUS!! Thank you for hanging out with me here on Instagram and for your love, support and camaraderie!! This #topnine grid proves that you LOVE cauliflower and you love eggs and food in trays. Well me too!! I can’t wait to share more deliciousness with you in 2019. HAPPY NEW YEAR guys!! Hope it is amazing ✨🥂 #cookrepublic

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Whipping up a quick batch of scones before the family wakes up. Last breakfast at home before our long trip tomorrow. First stop - India!! So excited!! ✈️ 🕌 • • • • • #cookrepublic #makeitdelicious #scones #flatlaystyle #morningslikethese #theartofslowliving #thebakefeed

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It finally happened! A Christmas Day that got lazier and more relaxing by the minute. I don’t know how or why, but it happened! A bloody miracle! I had planned nothing (because I had cooked sooooo much this year, that I was over it!), I didn’t make any dessert, I didn’t even shop for Christmas lunch (we are going overseas in a couple of days and fridge needs to be emptied). Nick and I chopped and tossed and mixed for roughly an hour and THIS was our very simple and very delicious Christmas lunch - 12 Minute Oven Baked Asian Salmon, Nick’s 10 Minute Charred Veggie Noodles and a No-Cook Cold Vietnamese Mango & Prawn Salad. Appletiser & Bubbly on the side. We even managed a short nap after. Now coffees and shortbread and board games and movies knowing there is plenty of food leftover for dinner. Best Christmas Ever - now to just remember this for next year!! 🤗🎄⭐️ #cookrepublic #christmaslunch #simplechristmas #livesimply #theartofslowliving #feelfreefeed #eattogether #simpleliving #salads #mangolover #salmonlover #makeitdelicious #christmasfood

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Wish you and your loved ones a very Merry, very Bright Christmas !!!! Hanging out in the warm Aussie sun with my boys and can’t help but think how magical light is - life giving, soul uplifting and a source of constant warmth and inspiration (especially as a photographer!). Sending some of that glorious light your way today, hope your day is filled with light and magic!!✨🌟⭐️ • • • • #cookrepublic #lifeandthyme #christmasfeeling #inspiremyinstagram #feelfreefeed #lifeisgreat #chasinglight #magicalwinterlights #postitfortheaesthetic #letterboard

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