Friday, July 25, 2008
For those who haven't already done so, please do watch this video. If after watching you feel that your views on life and death has changed, even a tiny bit, you have honored his great spirits!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup dry white wine
8 overly ripe tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
Water 1/4 teaspoon
Chipotle pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grated White Cheddar Cheese
Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over high heat.
Add onions and cook until soft, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. Add the tomatoes and enough water to cover the tomatoes by 1-inch.
Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and simmer until tomatoes are very soft and start to break down, approximately 30 minutes.
Blend the mixture in a food processor and process until smooth.
Return to the saucepan, season with chipotle pepper and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with diced avocados, cheese, cilantro and a few fried tortillas.
4-5 Poblano Chile peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups thinly sliced onions
2 -15 to16 ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup grated reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese or reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1 cup mild salsa
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
Arrange chilies on baking sheet.
Broil until charred on all sides, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes. Enclose in paper bag; let stand 10 minutes. Here's a how-to video on this.
Peel chilies. Cut 1 lengthwise slit in each chili; carefully remove seeds.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
Add onions; sauté until golden, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spread onions evenly in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash half of beans with cayenne in medium bowl.
Mix in remaining beans. Spoon mixture into chilies. Arrange chilies seam side down on top of the onions. Sprinkle cheese over chilies. Cover with foil. (Can be made and refrigerated 4 hours ahead of time)
Bake chilies 15 minutes. Uncover; bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes longer. Serve with 2 tablespoons salsa and sour cream, alongside steamed rice.
There's a recipe for a dessert Alicia gave me, but somehow I lost the picture of that and so I am not posting the recipe here. I'll do it sometime later. These are my entries for DK's A.W.E.D (Mexican) event.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Well, meet TJ, my favorite artist!
I'm not an expert in rangolis, I occasionally come up with acceptable ones but compared to my grandma's masterpieces they just won't make the cut.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
She is the best of all languages
Her beauty lies not in lacy words or rhymes; not in metaphor or simile-
it lies in her strength!
One can never wage a 'war' of words with her
for her vantage ground is unshakable
She could be affirmative and negative - both at the same time
she most certainly is one-of-a kind!
She always renders people speechless
and yet there's no one to shush her.
She is 'silence', the best language of all!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Also, I have been viewing these features about animal life in the wild in NatGeo and Animal Planet recently and I should say I am hooked to those series. In one of the episodes featuring the life of beavers, I learned that the moms take off (they do come back later!) after weaning, within weeks of giving birth and dads and older siblings share the responsibility of raising the newborns and teaching them the survival skills. In another episode featuring the lion's pride, I was surprised to learn that older cousins are in charge of protecting the lion cubs.
I've been led to ponder much upon our lifestyle these days and I wish mankind never attained so called 'cultural development' only to become lesser social beings, as this website rightly quotes -
Then came modern man, an anticlimax, about 120,000 years ago. From this point on his inventive mind would devise method after method to ease his lot. He would remove his enemies without compassion. He would learn to enslave other animals and even other men. He would greedily take from the world around him and from those who were weaker. He would make his life easier, and evolution would degrade him to match.
I have thought about these things so much that I have been imagining myself as Nala's mom in the Lion King movie where she casually asks,"hmm..what do you think Sarabhi?" when Simba and Nala want to go out and play and like Kala and her ape friends relaxing and grooming in the movie Tarzan. I find that kind of life irresistible - living in groups, always having someone to watch your babies, sharing food and shelter, (my son wants to add 'no school to attend' here!) defending ourselves from the enemies in groups, no job-related worries, lay-offs or recession, no tiring commutes, dowry deaths and domestic violence! There won't be jealousy and hatred, no problems such as unpaid bills, loans, mortgage payments, sub-prime mess, no need for accumulating wealth and that too at par with every wealthy acquaintance and yet never feeling contented; guns and bombs would be non-existent and so would be wars and global warming. Well, you get the idea. Seriously, I wish 'modern man' never became too modern.
I can't finish without writing about one more incident. Many years back I had a chance to live in a small town where live cattle roamed everywhere. One evening as the skies were turning black and brewing a storm, I opened my back door to see a mountain of weeds right in front of the doorstep. I started putting them away cursing 'whoever' had done that, out came a female hog, heavily pregnant and ready to give birth. Her partner was dragging even more weeds clinched in his teeth to secure her in the instant shelter, my jaw dropped in amazement! I have been telling my husband since then, that if there's another life and if I have a choice I'm choosing to be 'Mrs. Hog'!
I have been thinking for a while why do some people compare humans with animals in degrading manner, shouldn't it be the other way around? I am sure we did way better as apes than how we are as humans.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I asked her what it was and she said it's a story. When asked whether she made it up she said it's real and the characters are herself (in the middle), her 6 year old sis TL and her new friend Nick. Nick wants TL to go to his home and TL said, "well, ok!". TJ doesn't like that idea one bit. She is clearly caught in a stressful situation, how can her best buddy leave her for someone new, who will she play with now! Flabbergasted, she screams "no....!". The question mark within the thought balloon,as explained by her, indicates a problem and look at her sad face, the tear drops and the splash!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunshine or rain life goes on!
This sapling has some serious growing up to do, but once it does, it's amazing in its quality to give, no wonder this tree is hailed the tree of life!
Friday, April 4, 2008
My son lawjarp (I know it sounds weird, but this is the name he's given to himself, not without reason though!) when he was 2! His favorite foods then were, 'acha' (rasam) and fried okra!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
raw rice - 1 cup (soak in water for atleast 3 hours)
powdered jaggery - 1 - 1 1/2 cup
powdered cardomom - a pinch
coconut milk (extracted from fresh coconut or in the can) - 1 cup
grated coconut (fresh or packed) - 1 cup
ghee - 1/4 cup
1. Make a smooth paste of soaked rice in a blender adding the extracted coconut milk, little by little until you get the consistency of the appam batter or that of the regular crepe batter,add a pinch of salt,mix well and set aside.
2. In a pan, combine coconut gratings, jaggery and cardamom powder and cook it in 1 tsp of ghee in medium heat until you get a sticky lump, allow this to cool.
3. In a tava, spread the batter into a thin crepe and add a few drops of ghee around it. When done(takes about 20-30 seconds and looks slightly brown), flip it and cook the other side in the same manner.
4. Take 1 tbsp of the coconut-jaggery mixture and spread it thinly covering the entire crepe.
5. Fold in half, garnish with chopped nuts (optional) and enjoy!
Note: I used fresh coconut to extract coconut milk and I saved the gratings to prepare the filling. If you are using the canned coconut milk dilute it well.
This is my first food related post and it goes to Srivalli's Dosa Mela!
Monday, March 17, 2008
The sender of the letter, rolled it nicely put a beautiful seal on it, delivered it to me and said, "look mommy, I've got you an email!". This is my 3 year old girl TJ! I thanked her and opened it to find this!
My happiness multiplied instantly because, this is the first sentence my little girl ever wrote and she did it all by herself! And do I need to tell you that these are the nicest few words a mom can get from her child whether the child is just 3 or 33?! And she had drawn some pictures too! Her inspiration to draw and write comes from her big sister TL who's 6 years old, also a great artist (at least for me) and this one has now graduated to creating comic strips and incredible-looking crafts, she's capable of converting even junk into masterpieces! I always find her creating artwork for someone - one doesn't have to do anything big to receive one of her masterpieces, a few nice words or a kind gesture would do the trick!
Here's another picture drawn by TJ, she says it's her daddy and he's an explorer - needless to mention, she got that from her favorite TV show!
My little girl TJ these days, is in her attempts to hone her skills in drawing pictures of 3D objects of her favorite little toys. I adore their creativity and the little things they do to keep their loved ones smiling!