|A cup of Joy, A plate of peace, Glasses of Health, Bowls of Wisdom.|
28 September 2012
23 September 2012
The world has not lost its glory
22 September 2012
The fridge was almost empty. Still the remnants of the weeks left overs screamed loudly.
The stove was switched of.The finely diced parsley was added and the pot was covered.
28 August 2012
Boiled urad Dal
An egg plant
Some String beans
A sweet potato
If you have a pot with a copper base, things speed up . But if you cook the vegetables in a clay pot it adds the extra flavor.
Since time was my master, the copper base pot took over and the vegetables was cooked with some salt. In the meantime - the garlic, green chillies and curry leaves( the herb mix) were pounded in a mortar and pestle.. Asafoetida, Cumin and fennel were roasted and powdered to add to the already sizzling herb mix on the stove. The boiled chickpeas - urad dal and the cooked vegetables joined the herb mix.
A tablespoon of dry coconut and curd went in. Turmeric went in last. They were stirred thoroughly for the flavors to mingle. The aroma announced that it was a joyful dance.
The pot was removed from heat and allowed to rest . A quiet Sunday brunch was celebrated .
26 August 2012
25 August 2012
09 August 2012
29 July 2012
The trim, fit, slim body is yet to be seen, but I am getting there. I do not have the aches and the pains,feels very energetic and I am fitting into my clothes better. That is a bucket load of peace for me because shopping does not come easily.
28 June 2012
03 June 2012
12 May 2012
06 April 2012
04 April 2012
When the cast iron gets piping hot and the oil sizzles, the squash starts cooking evenly. A dash of salt releases the moisture of the squash and two dashes of freshly ground black pepper feels its rightful place.
Another pinch of kasuri methi joins the party in the hot pan. The feta cheese adds more flavor. The left over couscous gets folded in thoroughly. The lid is placed over the pan and the cook relaxes.
Company always makes a meal extra special.
A glass of wine makes it fine dining. So it was on a cool spring day of the 4th of April 2012.
Good Intentions, Great thoughts , high spirits creates and exudes life.
24 March 2012
Front Cover Design R. Jobling.
28 February 2012
A spice blend of fenugreek, fresh black pepper, fennel, cumin and salt was folded into the contents of the cooker. A fresh turmeric tube added an extra burst of flavor and long string beans was the green companion to the medley.
The pressure cooker steamed for 5 minutes. As the lid was pulled away after the pressure cooker was well rested and the steam cooled off, the flavor gave away to a beautiful bed of cooked yellow whole rice decorated by spots of black barley and brown daikon radish seeds.
fine cilantro garnish gave it the final touch
Always grateful for a hearty meal,
22 February 2012
Chai,the elixir to relax ? Perhaps, that is one of the reason it is one of the highest selling beverage. Boiling Tea leaves is the most easiest drink to make and the most common part of making tea irrespective of the culture.
How long water is boiled, When should the tea leaf be put,in what kind of pot is the tea boiled, How is it presented, what else the tea is mixed with -(sugar, milk, cream), At what time of the day or night should it be taken, How many cups of tea can one drink is what makes it different from Turkey to India and from China to Canada.Nevertheless Tea is a unifier to bring oneself to relax and and enjoy the comfort and company of friends.
I was pleasantly surprised when a Turkish friend invited me to Turkish Tea, since I was naive of its existence. People from different countries were present - Americans, Egyptians, Cubans, Chinese, Polish , French, Indians and the large population of Turkish origin or Natives, because it was held at the Turkish Center. It was considered only polite to drink at least 3 cups of tea.
Tea was passed around in chai barads. It was black and I had mine without Sugar. Two cups were good enough for me, after a sumptuous serving of Turkish snacks, all made at home by Native Turkish women. But the best of all was the company of our friends for 3 hours. The discussion moved from Tea Party politics, to paintings (one of them was a painter who was currently working on an exhibition ) to food of the ancient culture of our countries.
There were many things in common among everybody - a love for true earthy things , without being polluted by the cosmopolitanism of the fusion foods that we see around everywhere these days and our roots. Each of our roots had similarities,yet different,especially in the value and concept of time. That is what has bought us together - something we did not get in our countries and the curiosity to explore and experience new things. I will be back with a cup of tea again !
30 January 2012
So,throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
- Only Mark Twain could have said the above.
And if anybody calls you crazy, just know that you are doing it right ! I just added this one.
Talk to your self to believe in oneself -because only you know yourself better than anybody else.
And if you don't know yourself,it is a job to be taken seriously to do.
Take a book a pencil and write and talk to your self - You need company for chai ? Invite yourself
28 January 2012
I pour warm tomato broth (rich with a spice blend of salt, fennel seeds, garlic, fenugreek, urad dal\masoordal\green moong dal)into a bowl of couscous and let it steam.
Finely diced cilantro and baked beetroot, carrot, also goes into the bowl. Let the couscous mingle and get friendly with all of them. OR shall I say, bask in the glory of all the flavors ?
The more it rests - at least 2 hours or so,the flavors will settle in well. When it is time to serve, crumbled feta goes in.Pumpkin seeds will complete the picture.
Eat brunch like a king my dear.
Relish With Gratitude
23 January 2012
22 January 2012
To break the cold snap,we had to eat something right off the stove.Brown rice is a staple.
A small drizzle of lemony-garlicky-cilantro vinaigrette dressed the hot fluffy brown rice.
Cooked and drained black beans was added to caramelized onions,tomatoes, salt,cumin and turmeric.
Long thin strips of green bell pepper and left overs of a roasted chicken was sauteed together on high heat for a minute or two with a dash of salt and pepper.
Can you see a pretty plate ? A brunch perfect for company !
09 January 2012
At a filipino grocery store we found banana flowers,a vegetable that was commonly found in the backyards of our ancestors .
With Google as my guide,I followed a few instructions.
First, oiled the flower so that it would oxidize slower.
Second,tried to make a fine dice .
As the hot iron pan sizzled the finely diced flower took its honorable place.
After a few minutes curry leaves were added. Diced garlic, cumin and fennel seeds also went in .
(roasted seeds release greater amount of flavor ) In 5 minutes when I thought the vegetable was about to burn, we added some water, placed the lid and the vegetable now steamed quietly. In another 10 minutes it was the turn of grated dry khopra( coconut ) and we switched off the gas.
A good first attempt I thought , after I had a taste of the vegetable with rice and curd. Next time, the slender stems will not be going in because that's what makes the vegetable bitter.
It is said that banana flower is a great source of iron and that's exactly why it oxidizes in seconds when it is being diced.
The designer in me says that the banana flower will make a great table arrangement, but that's a picture for another post.
08 January 2012
2 cups of black beans soaked in the morning. Cooked and drained in the evening.
Roasted carrots with some thyme.
pureed roasted carrots with a mexican chilli pepper, which was first soaked so that it could be softened ( fails me what type of chilli it was but it gives a kick to the otherwise sweet carrot soup.)
The black beans looked like shiny black pebbles inside the carrot soup. It made a delicious picture in a white bowl. crumbled feta is optional.
06 January 2012
I was home to eat macaroni and cheese, an excuse to switch on the oven. But found an empty box of macaroni languishing on the shelf. The heat could break the icy wind that just blew over me.
Instead I had to pick -
a can of diced tomatoes(411g)
green tea soba noodles(200g)
a handful of dried sea weeds
From the refrigerator-
5 pods of garlic
a table spoon of miso soup.
The can of tomatoes and 5 pods of garlic boiled together. It was then pureed.
A tablespoon of miso was mixed thoroughly.
In a cup of water, a small handful of sea weeds was boiled in the microwave which was added to the pureed tomato.
Cooked and drained green tea soba noodles dropped into a bowl of tomato miso soup, which was relished.
Good food can act as a balm. It can help one to forget the sub zero temperatures we have been experiencing for a few days now.
Always with gratitude,
02 January 2012
I understood the word "believe" better.We are closer to an answer that we have been searching for the past 11 years. We need great health and healing. We need miracles.
Wishing all of you another year of miracles everyday.
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