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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