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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Food-lens, Indian | 1 comment

Mangoes

Mangoes

Do you have  a favorite seasonal fruit ? May be peaches in summer and pumpkin in fall ! Mangoes are synonymous with summer in India.My most favorite fruit. Indian ‘Malda’ is likely to be the sweetest,silkiest  fruit God created in my opinion.No other varieties of mangoes that i have tasted comes close to it.Wish they imported it here 🙂 Place where i grew up at is popular for mangoes orchards like in this picture.To this day,in the beginning of  summer,i ask my parents if they have seen ‘manjhar’ (blooming mango flowers)! Usually during summer we  get storms in India,which damages the ‘manjhar’  and destroys mango crops. I remember when we were little,we will go walking and looking for small fallen mangoes under the tree after the storm.We gathered them.Some we sliced and ate it just like that,teetering tart.Markets are usually full with small raw mangoes after the storm. Mango leaves and mango woods are used in many Hindu worship. How do you use  mangoes? It is more then Mango Lassi which is popular here in Indian...

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Grains | 3 comments

Spaghetti with baked Cajun shrimp

Spaghetti with baked Cajun shrimp

Couple of days back,i was once again in the kitchen standing clueless about what i want to eat or cook for  my family?All i knew was it has to be quick and simple to put together and of course likable. That’s when i noticed  the container full of basil growing.From a month back we had couple of big tomato cans left out.We decided to recycle it.What would be easier then turning them into little planter?So we drilled the holes.Kids painted it with chalk paint.Filled it with dirt and planted the seeds.They were responsible for making sure that it is watered regularly.So now we have parsley and basil thriving.Coriander and mint barely coming up. Our menu : Baked Cajun shrimp,spaghetti tossed with sun dried tomatoes,basil and generous amount of olive oil. Ingredients  1 lb medium size cleaned up shrimp,Cajun seasoning(it has salt),oil to drizzle ,lemon slices Method  Spread the shrimp in single layer in a baking dish. Sprinkle it with Cajun seasoning. Drizzle it with olive oil. Add thin slices of lemon on top....

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Celebration | 0 comments

How did we celebrate our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 2 – Experience

How did we celebrate our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 2 – Experience

If you have followed along on Part 1,then you may  understand that next thing we asked ourselves was, how do we make our kids tangibly experience what a life must have been for the birthday girl,we are sponsoring in India? Easy answer is,take a trip to India to visit Apeksha. (Read Part 1)We are praying that this will happen one day for us. Until then, there are couples of ways that I can think of, to bring the experience closer to home. Compassion experience It is an excellent initiative by compassion. They set up a ‘mock trailer house’, similar  looking and feeling like what some of these sponsored children might be living in different locations throughout the country. Compassion Experience Video I was pleasantly surprised that it was happening close to where we live in birthday weekend. Could God have planned any better? What can you expect at compassion experience? We arrived at the location and waited for our turn. We got our headphone gears with mobile devices. We had a choice...

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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Celebration | 1 comment

How did we celebrate  our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 1-Wishes and Food

How did we celebrate our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 1-Wishes and Food

Couple of years ago, we decided to sponsor a child through compassion international. A little girl from India, the country that I am from. Preferably sharing the birthday and age as our daughter so  our kids can co-relate as we carry out the conversations about her. Our sponsored Child, Apeksha, which means “expectation”  in Hindi, lives in poverty and not in safe community, as has been the case of many of these children. Growing up in India think I have vivid idea about what her home and surrounding might be. But our children don’t. We celebrated her birthday, a day before our daughter’s .She is an year younger than our daughter. So I asked our children what we should do for her birthday. Unfortunately we can not get the cake delivered to her even though it is logistically possible but not allowed for many good reasons. We tried few things such as Asked our kids to color happy birthday poster. We sent the actual poster through snail mail. We also took...

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Celebration, International | 1 comment

Pasca

Pasca

Happy Resurrection Day my friends! We celebrated the risen messiah at the downtown square, out and open in our community with sprinkle of rain here and there. It is great that we can hold the meetings like that, so openly in our community without any fear. I have been thinking of the events in Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea a lot lately. Persecution of Christ follower is very real at this point of time in that part of the world .I wondered if the resurrection day was marred with fear this year for them.Can you imagine the fear that your Bible may get confiscated or you may be arrested or fined for reading the word of God? Would you pray for the leaders, for people and especially for the children who are often most neglected and end up orphan in the crisis like this? What is Pasca? ‘Pasca’  is sweet bread, popular at the time of Easter in East European countries.I  baked the Romanian version because  I just happen to...

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