“ITS NEVER TO LATE TO MAKE A COMEBACK’ – Christina Katz
I don’t know how to start or where to start! Why i stopped blogging, stopped doing something that kind of defined my life for the last 5 yrs? I don’t have a definite answer , but there was a lot going on and in the process i simply got complacent not doing enough of what i love to do most!
I am getting all stuck with words, thoughts jumbled up in my head but i will try. I don’t want this to be a crib post coz we all make choices in life , some work, some don’t and as a very dear friend told me the other day , its ok to take a break, try and do things differently and if things dont work out the way u want it to be , theres always a comeback!Its all about how you gather yourself up and move forward. And with a wonderful wonderful bunch of people surrounding me this doesnt seem difficult anymore. The last 2 months was a mix of good and bad. Good as i got to spend some quality time with my precious ones, my parents, my dearest friend P who came all the way to see me, my soundingboard/sis in law A and my little sister with her two little munchkins. Bad because i fell ill and my body and mind just gave up. It was just a flu alright but it just drained me, thousands of negative thoughts took over my mind and i wasnt able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Everything seemed blurry and I felt like i will not be able to overcome it. But i am trying now and I have set myself some deadlines. Deadlines to push me to get back to all those things that make me happy – cooking,creating creative content, fitness, wearing sarees and hoarding somemore lipsticks!! So when after months I logged in to my blog page, I was pleasantly surprised to see 21 comments from people who followed the blog, people who tried a few recipes and had nice things to say and these were all people none of whom I know personally! That was it for me.
Like they say every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. So be it. Let this be a good comeback.
Leaving you all with a beautiful photograph that my 10 year old clicked of me on a recent break to Phuket.
Making Khaoswey – a Burmese noodle curry dish has been on my mind for the longest time. So this weekend I took it upon me to make it. The weather played the perfect role and Khaoswey it was for lunch on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Its pretty easy rustling up this dish , just needs a bit of preparation. The addition of an array of condiments like fried garlic, fried onions and crushed peanuts adds a lovely texture to the dish. I made a chicken version but a veg version tastes just as great. This one is a must try dish for everyone!
This recipe has been lying in my drafts from last, so you know how lazy I have been. The summer vacations are over and we are settling down in our everyday routines.The monsoons are also here,so are the mangoes! What better time than this to make this easy dessert at home. It requires just 3 ingredients!
When I moved to the City Of Joy 12 yrs ago ( unbeliveable) the one thing I craved the most was a plate of decent Butter Chicken – quite a staple after having spent almost 7 yrs in saadi dilli! Unfortunately, Kolkata, back then did not have too many , rather hardly had any place that made proper butter chicken ( the one that gives you the feel kinds!). Hence started my quest to try various versions of the Buttter Chicken recipes at home. Over the years many trials happened in my kitchen but none could make the cut honestly. Lot of trials and errors later, I am somewhat satisfied with this precious recipe that I am going to share with you today. My 9 yr old has also turned into a BC (Butter Chicken) fan so this is one dish I make often. It is also my party staple simply coz its too easy to make with ingredients just thrown in. A few of my readers have also requested me for my version of the dish, so here goes.
This Noodle bowl with Chicken Broth is just perfect for a quick meal. The heat is already killing us , so we all need easy recipes that can be tossed with very little preps. Once in a while when we need a break from our usual dishes, this is good to go.I used whatever veggies along with chicken were available at home but you could add anything that you wish to. The vegetarians can replace chicken with tofu, turns out extremely well. The noodles i used is the thick – egg noodle variety that I picked from my last trip to new market. Maybe i should write a post on my absolute love for New Market. Have been going there ever since I was a kid and still find is as charming! Unfortunately its the other end of town for me, but then thats no detterent.
So I have been cooking up from this amazing cookbook – The Food of Oman – by Felicia Campbell and it has been such a delight. You can read all about it here. I tried an unique flatbrad recipe that uses date puree in its dough lending the bread mild and delicious sweetness. It pairs beautifully with Kuku Paaka – Omani chicken stew and is very easy to make.
Much like our favourite parathas but still a bit different. The use of dates lends a lovely texture and flavour to the flat bread, The cuisine of Oman has been a revelation to me, the use of ingredients so similar to ours yet being treated in a manner not quite known to us.I guess thats the beauty of food and that is how its connects us all.
Summer calls for easy clean meals that can be prepared without slogging it out in the kitchen. This Tomato Mint Pulao is a one pot meal to be rustled up in a jiffy, served with a side of raita and salad is perfect for a weekday meal.Easy clean flavours is sure to please your tastebuds!I like making pulaos in handis or a pan as i am more confident that way but you could easily use a pressure cooker or even a rice cooker. Just the amount of water need to adjusted accordingly. Also i have used chopped tomatoes for texture but even puree would work well. Feel free to use your own discretions as that what makes it even better!
What do you do with loads of plain cashewnuts lying around in the pantry ( that you received as diwali gifts!), make some oven roasted Chili Honey Cashews. They would go perfect as the munchies with a drink or even my 9yr olds mini snack box. The idea of course has been borrowed from my dear friend Sarani, who now lives in Mason, USA and authors the lovely blog Cocoawind.
I kept the flavours very simple, honey for sweetness, pepper and chili flakes for the punch and loads of himalayan pink salt ( yes, my current obsession). In the oven for 15 mins and the outcome, simply gorgeous!
This time of the year is perfect to savour the varied winter greens available in the market. My absolutely favourite being fresh Methi saag( fenugreek leaves) and Sarson Saag ( mustard greens). I dont leave an opportunity to use fresh methi leaves as often as I can. While i would always make Aloo methi or simple methi parathas , Theplas , essentially a Gujrati flatbread is something I made for the first time. Perfect as a breakfast dish, I absolutely loved eating them.
The addition of a variety of spices and some gram flour to the dough gives the parathas if we may call them, even thogh they are to be rolled thinner than a paratha, a lovely soft texture. My boys are not much into parathas and would stick to their usual English breakfast, I love my desi breakfast and more so on weekends. Served with some homemade green chili pickle and yogurt, it made for a delicious treat.
The new year did not start on a very smooth note but it is on us to make it better. My resolution, rather effort from the start of the year has been to adopt a more healthy approach towards food habits and making a form of exercise a part of life. However once a while, little indulgences are allowed and hence this beautiful Banana Caramel Cake. Also needed a push to get back to blogging, hence the cake!
Also a great way to use up left over bananas or use them a bit differently. Served warm with some icecream or whipped cream, this could turn into a gourmet dessert.