Friday, October 02, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
12th Sept 2009:- This was the day I got a surprise baby shower celebration from my dear friends...organized by a very dear friend Gayathri.
So this is how it all started. A week before that is on the 7th Sept G asked me to attend a baby shower for one of her friends, I readily agreed to it, she also mentioned that it was a traditional party and so I had to wear something ethical, well nothing did fit me really now but I had a blue saree got from India and not worn till now, i thought I could make some use of it.
So on 12th morning I got up and made the blouse loose and then got ready by 7 pm to go to G's place, the plan was that G would drive to her friends place. By 7:30 I reached G's place and we sat chatting, actually she was stalling for time since here i.e at our apt complex hubby and frnds had to get the party hall arranged and also wait for all the guests to come.
All this time she kept telling me how her frnd was going to dress and all other details, playing the part to perfection I would say.
At 8:30 pm finally she made some xcuse about getting the car from our apt complex and so we had to drive back there and then we went to the party hall, while we were in the lift I sort of got an idea of what was happening :)
As we entered the hall I saw the decorations and also all my friends standing with smiles on their faces. Was definitely surprised and thrilled.
Attendes were Aadya,Ajira,Soniya,Vikash,Thomas,Soumya,Johan,Jai,Jiya,Mili,Vid&Kamlesh,Mohit&Shrada,
and of course my hubby.
Well after the inital surprsie subsided then I cut the nice blue cake. Once that was done attention was moved to games. The first game was 'Guess the Gerber'. We were blindfolded and had to taste 3 gerber brands and guess the fruit/vegetable. I failed miserable, couldnt guess a single one. It was only the 2 mommies who got all the 3 correct, full marks to them.
Next was gues sthe tummy where in each person was given a string and had to cut it guessing my tummy size. Darshan was the closest.
By this time Usha had to leave and everyone were hungry so food was attacked with full force. It was a yummy potluck dinner with idli dhokla, pasta,lemon rice, rice, chole, bhoondi and delicious kheer.
Time for the 3rd gmae in which each person was given a chit and had to write something about themselves, then all chits were collected and each was read out and remaining had to guess the person who it related to. Everyone knew each other very well it looked like.
Finally was the Dirty diaper game. Hot choclolates were melted in 3 diapers and passed around and we had to guess the chocolates used. Well again not an easy one. Tony cheated on the game with Natu's help and thus emerged the winner. All in all it was fun and exciting and everyone had a great time. It was 11:30 and time for present xchange and photo session. Finally after cleaning up we went home for a good night's sleep after a great evening.
once again thanks to Gayathri for organizing the party and the wonderful games.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
There we picked Thomas,Soumya,Johan,Mohit,Shrada and Prashant.
We had booked a 15 seater vehicle, all girls with little Johan sat in the back seat, the other guys rotated among the other 2 seats, Kamlesh and Gopi interchanged in the driver seat and I was given the navigator seat. We left at 6pm from Eden Prairie with an estimate to reach at 11:30 pm.
On the way we stopped for dinner at Pizza hut. We reached the cottage at 11:30. The cottage was beautiful having all the latest amenities, we also had our own jacuzzi :), sleeping rooms were booked by all and then we started the game of cards which went on till 2:30 am.
Even though the game was not over we went to sleep as the next day we had to get up early.
29th Aug'09 ; Gopi and me were the first ones to wake up at 7:30 am, got ready and went upstairs to wake the others, also had to help in break-fast preparation, poha and tea, after all got ready we left at 10:00 am. First stop was at Delton WaterSports to inquire about Parasailing, but as the weather was bad they did not have Parasailing that day and asked us to come the next day. From there we went to White- House (Top secret), well it wa not much of a secret except that all things were upside down. After a lot of photo sessions there we went to Go-Karting and Bungee Jumping area.
Go karting - Darshan, rakesh,Mohit,Thomas
Bungee Jumping- kamlesh,Gopi,Darshan, rakesh
Guys who did Bungee Jumping said they had a thrill while we waited in the cold taking their video :)
From there we went to the roller Coaster ride where Mohit- Shrada,Kamlesh and Vidula and Venky went for the rides.
By this time it was 1:30 and hunger pangs lead us to Denny's.
After a huge lunch we went to Dells Boats to do the jet Boats but their 3:00 one laready started and next one was at 4:30, hence it was cancelled as there was the Tommy Barlett Aquatic Show to be watched at 4:30 pm, so from there we took the tickets for the show and left the rest of the gang at ripley's Believe it or Not @Downtown, myself, Soumya, Johan and Tony went back to the cottage to rest. After a 2 hr sleep at 6:30 pm when I woke up evening tea was ready and the whole gang returned.
Some guys did corn grilling while ladies started dinner preparations. Menu was chole- batura and rice. By 9 pm all had thier dinner and again started a round of cards, this time by 11:30 everyone went to bed as next day we had to vacate by 10:00 am.
30th Aug'Sunday: Gopi and I were the last to wake up at 7:30 , everyone else got up at 6, I guess, could hear their voices, after gettign ready went upstairs and made and omlette for breakfast with toasted bread. At 8:30 - D,R,G,K and myself went to the nearby river for kayaking. That was a fun experience. By 10:00 am we vacated the cottage and left to do the remaining adventures.
One gang went for parasailing, while the others went for jet Ski, while we were left as audience.
Finally by 12:00 pm all were back and we left from WI back to MN. On the way the usual game of mafia was played and by 5 pm was back at home -resting :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
But I watched tv a lot and loved all the sports they showed on Tv, whether it was tennis,pool,baseball (this is never played in India),polo(I loved horses). I always dreamt that in some life I was a cool kid like in the movies playing the guitar and no not singing or dancing as I was not interested in either of this as a kid.
Something I should mention about dancing: we always had this Onam functions for which the traditional kaikotiikali dance was oraganized. My mom always took part in it and later on mom started organizing the dance and they always needed 10 girls. Once I was 12-13 years and had enough height I was always dragged into this very very reluctantly.
I was so bad that after the dance practise at home my mom and sis would tease me with the song"Khambe jaise khadi hain, ladki hain ya chadi hain", yeah- you got it right I had no grace.
But later years I really started njoying dancing and looked forward to take part in dance functions.
Coming back to my hobbies, years later when I started working and I do not why but my passion for horse-riding kept increasing I searched on the web and found a horse riding school --Japalouppe Equesterian Center.
It is situated at Talegaon. I enrolled for it sometime in Jan 2002 for a 1 year membership and a weekly class on every Saturday. Every Saturday after work at noon, I caught the local train to go to Talegaon station, walked from there to the Center in the hot sun, after class walked back to catch the local train. It was at this time I got my first Nike shoes(for the grip). The whole experience was great. You had to brush the horses, saddle them, mount them, walk them and 1st thing was to trot on them. The one hour for the class passed by very fast and I loved every moment of it. I class I remember quite distinctly when my instructor me and another lady decided to take a walk(on the horse ofcorse) through the farm. As we were nearing the end my horse for some reason decided to canter (i.e run forwards fast), I being new did not know how to handle him and everyone kept shouting to pull the reins that I was holding too, thankfully the horse decided to stop with me still on it's back. :) .I went for 4 months and then the rains came in July which made me lazy and then I skipped some classes adn then I got into TCS mumbai which put a complete stop to my 1st passion.
In the year 2007 in TCS(Mumbai) I was very restless and I felt I needed to keep myself occupied. It was then that maitree had started these guitar classes, so after a litte coaxing from my friend I bought a guitar and joined in. Initially it was a 3 months basic course which would then get to an advanced course. I went for 3 months and did not extend it after that because the classes were at Andheri on Saturdays, I had to travel with the guitar from Bvli to Andheri and most of the times from there to Pune which was getting tiring, hence decided to Stop, but i do know to strum on a guitar.
Now you do remember me telling about my dancing skills as a kid but as I grew up I loved to dance. I could be very natural on the stage and I did take part in various functions. The best was at Stamford where me and my friends had to do a dance for TCS function. We had loads of fun practising and so much so that we would literally dance on roads. Back in mumbai with a little coaxing from Sachin we together joined Bharat sir's dancing class. 2 days in a week 1 hr session. I stuck to this from Nov-2007 to May 2008. After that sir took a leave and then with my preparations to come to US it stopped.
Now that i was in US, I had to try out something different, so I joined for my next hobby
I tried ice skating once abt 3 yrs back and I could not move one step ahead with my feet in that shoe which balanced on ice with a thin blade. Later when i was in Wisconsin we went for a State Park and there they had an Ice skating ring. There was an old man teaching a few students and he guided us on how to walk on the ice. He said I was doing good for a beginner and i should join his classes, but me being there only for a month i did not pursue that option much.
While here in MN, i got some ice hockey shoes from one of my friends and i thought I should try it out. A search at the Eden Community center showed that they ahd a 3 months beginner course from jan2009- mar 2009. 1 day a week. I promptly joined and went for all the classes (missed 2). We were taught how to fall on the ice, walk on the ice and then glide. I can very confidently say that I can glide very well on the ice now.
Red Hot Salsa
Nov-2010 - Joined this new class at Eden Prairie with hubby. Attended only 1 class but enjoyed it thoroughly.
July-2011 - Yes, yes, actually got Fishing license and bought fishing rods with reels, bobs,plastic worm baits and went fishing.
Managed to catch couple of fishes but threw them back immediately as they are the smaller version(not good to eat). had real fun
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I got mushrooms home one of these days and I did not want to make the normal mushroom sabji that I usually make, hence while browsing the website I came across this simple and delicious receipe at Monsoon Spice blog. The photos in this blog are really drooling, I have no idea how she manages to get such lovely pictures.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The other day I saw this receipe on teh VahreVah site and I had to try this as I had 3 different colored bell peppers staring at me from the fridge.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
March9th 2009 was to be a whole year since our wedding. I was not expecting to celebrate in any way, would be just a normal day for me. I think waiting for this day for 3 years had taken away all its significance for me. i am happy everyday and that is what matters more to me than celebrating just one day. Now that my cullinery specializing is at it's peak eating out is a big No- No.
To have the things we do,
Companionship and friendship,
And loving feelings, too
Sunday, March 01, 2009
This week-end we got mutton and let me tell you that it is here in US that I have learnt a very easy, fast and delicious way of cooking mutton.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
We got CatFish fillets this week-end as I had my eyes on 1 of the receipes that I saw on LiveToEat Blog. The link for that can be found here
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
It was a Friday nite and that meant no tiffin for the next day. I had a little dosa batter left and so I quickly made 3 dosas for hubby. I had to eat something too and as we had just got some spinach from Rainbows I decided to try a Spinach soup receipe that I had seen on the net.
Here is what I did:-
Ingredients - 1/2 plate spinach leaves (well washed)
3 pods garlic
1/4th cup milk.
Heat oil in a kadai, once hot add garlic pods. Once garlic gets a little brown add the onions, salt and sautee. Now fill this with 3/4 cup water and add the spinach leaves. Heat till spinach and onion leaves are tender(about 7 mins). Blend this to liquid in a blender. No need to add extra water while blending.
Remove the water from the kadai. Add this spinach puree and 1/4th cup milk, salt and pepper to your taste and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Server this healthy and tasty appetizer in a bowl.
I had my nutritious soup today, you can try it too, very simple and tasty.
I submit this to the Weekend Herb Blogging.Link to the site is here. Link to Susan's website is here
Saturday, February 14, 2009
This Fri evening after we returned home from office I wanted to fix up a quick snack for hubby and the snack had to be something of bread as we got that lots now. Also the shelf life of bread not all that long I had to fix up something.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
It was Friday evening and after lazing till 9 Gopi tells me we have to go to the casino in an hour. We needed to eat and I needed to cook something real fast.
I am sending this Crispy Capsicum Cauliflower dish to the Receipe for the Rest of Us- Dinner Theme. ALso linking to the One Page CookBook"
Now that I have also started blogging along with the cooking, it gives me great pleasure to make things on my own rather than use ready made shop material. I would love to bake my own cakes, pastries, pav, naan, bread ........the list is endless and sooner than later it will all be in my blogging site. Oh Yes!!
Feb 1st 2009 was the Super Bowl Sunday and as I wanted to watch the match I thought of making pasta. Ah ha not ready made boil pasta and add the sauce, but actually make the pasta.(inspired by one I got on the net) So here is how my version went:-Ingredients:-
All purpose Flour - 1 cup
Eggs - 3
First I took 1 cup of flour and made a well. In that I added 3 eggs and salt. Then with a fork I mixed the egg first, then slowly mixed the flour with the egg. Then I kneaded the dough well for about 5 minutes. It was a little dry and so I added some olive oil, mixed for some time and then kept it for an hour covered with a wet cloth.
After 1 hour I rolled it into thin sheets and then cut with a knife. That's all, my fresh pasta was ready.
All I had to do was put it in boiling water for a few minutes with salt and it was ready to eat!
For the sauce I took some butter and melted it, added some cheese and pepper to this.Took this in a bowl and added th cooked pasta , tossed with some more pepper.
My pasta was not very spicy, you can try the pizza sauce I made and use it here or ready made pasta sauce.
However you do it , it would be a great eat :)
Saturday, January 31, 2009
I do not like karela a lot and I never eat it much as a kid. Now that I know it's nutricious value I try to add it in my meal. So this Friday when we went to the Indian store and I saw some really fresh karela, I bought it and Saturday nite for dinner we had some tasty pavakhya kozhambhu.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This receipe goes for the My Legume Love affair.
Also linked to Susan's Event Page
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This weekend was Pizza time. I had seen this receipe on the net and it looked so easy, I decided to try it out. Saturday I went to Cub Foods and got some Capsicum, Jalapenos,Mozzarella Cheese, Oregano, Marjoram and Basil herbs.
Sun evening 25th Jan, I decided to try it out. Here is what I did:-
Oregano, Marjoram and Basil herbs
For the base:-
I took half cup of water and heated in microwave, to this I added some yeast powder. kept this aside for 10 mins. Took 1 cup atta in a vessel. For the base you can use atta or maida. To this flour I added the yeast mix (after 10 minutes), mix and keep aside. Now in a separate bowl take 2 cups of atta, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil,half spoon sugar and 1 spoon salt, then add the yeast mixture and mix like for chapatis till it is soft. Once it is soft put few olive oil drops on top and keep aside for 30-45 minutes covered by a wet cloth.
After 30-45 minutes again knead the flour one more time, this is for proper aeration and keep it aside for another 20 minutes.
For the pizza sauce:- I tool 4 ripe red tomatoes, Put them in boling hot water for 30 seconds and then immediately transfer them to cold water. Now the tomatoes are blanched and you can easily remove the skin. 2 of the tomatoes I used to make a paste and other 2 I finely chopped. Also chopped some capiscum.
Take a kadai, heat oil, add garlic, saute, add capsicum and chopped tomatoes. After few minutes add the tomato paste. Cover with lid and let it ccok 15-20 minutes till all tomatoes are well cooked. Add salt, a little sugar, add some fennel powder, the herbs(oregano,marjoram and basil), a little pepper if required. Once it gets done to a proper consistency(not to water)switch the gas off.
To make the pizza:- Take the base which by now is grown in size in a frying pan. Spread it over the pan evenly. Over this spread the pizza sauce. Place the toppings, I put some onions,capsicum,jalapenos, spread cheese evenly, pour a few drops of olive oil. Also batter the sides of the pizza with olive oil.
Now heat it on the stove for 10 minutes, then transfer it to the oven at 450F for another 15 minutes. Once the cheese on top has become a golden brown color you know the pizza is done.
Happy Eating :)
Submitting this to the Yeastspotting event
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Later in life while I was working at TCS Borivali, the canteen celebrates food mela where once in a month they would cook the cuisine of a state. One day it was Hyderabad and as I stood in the line for desert, my eyes gleamed as I saw the same dish that I had eaten when I was young. My eyes darted to the name plate and there it was written in bold- Double Ka Meetha.
It is named so because the dish is made from bread and in olden days bread was called double so Double ka meetha.
Anyway now that we are in US one day I decided to try this receipe.
Here is how it went:-
Bread slice- cut in 2 halves(abt 8 half slices)
In a vessel heat some oil/ghee/butter(I did not use ghee as I was health conscious)
Fry thebread pieces in them till brown. Take it out in another bowl. In the same vessel fry the nuts, once fried place them over the bread slices. In the same vessel add 2 cups of milk. Keep boiling this till it is reduces to half. Once reduced to half put some cardamon and simmer on low flame for 5 mins. In another vessel take 2 cups of water and boil. To this add 5 tbls of sugar and heat. After a time this becomes a thick browny mixture. Stop at this point. Pour the sugar syrup over the bread pieces. Pour the milk over the bread pieces. After it cools refrigerate. You can eat it warm or cold.
Right now I have no pics but will upload when I make them again. Me and Gopi eat some the same nite after dinner as I couldnt wait till the next day and remaining we kept in the fridge which got over the next day.
Truly a lip smacking dessert.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Jan 18th 2009 - (Sunday)- Tomorrow is Paarth baby's 1st birthday. How time flies . It seems like it was yesterday when he was brought out by the pretty lady nurse.
I am sending this for the Just for you event.