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Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Shrimp Gumbo

Shrimp Gumbo

It has been dripping wet cold around here lately.In fact, dare i say we even saw a snow-flurry.The kind that if you blink,you will miss it.Believe me it happened.So what do you like to eat and feed your family in the weather like this?Soup comes in mind.How about Gumbo?It is my husband’s favorite cold-weather dish to eat and i must add,we all,enjoy it too.I was pleasantly surprised when my 3 year old asked for second serving. I have got the chance to taste various cuisine over the years.America is such a melting pot of culture.I have also been introduced to different food genre.Some were obvious to me like Italian,Chinese,Japanese etc…But some were surprising.After getting married,i was introduced to one such genre “Cajun” .I never knew before that and even after tasting it first time,i didn’t quite understand what to decipher. Cajun cooking is synonymous with Louisiana cooking.Spicy food is what i think of with Cajun. But quite different from spicy Indian food.My husband’s favorite thing to order has been Shrimp  Etouffee.If it is cold evening,it will be Gumbo.So i...

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in NonVeg | 3 comments

Kuku Paka

Kuku Paka

Its fun name to say,isn’t it? Reminds me of Lion King’s song ‘Hakuna Matata”.Its African 🙂 I have noticed something interesting researching African cuisine.It sounds all too familiar.It has immense Indian influence.May be that’s why i am so drawn to it.Usage of curry is very common there.So is Ghee.Coastal African region use tropical fruits and fish heavily in cooking,just like Indian coastal region do. Coconut is very popular in South Indian cuisine,particularly the coastal Kerala,Tamilnadu, Andhra region.I however didn’t grew up with coconut in North.May be thats why,cooking with coconut does not come to me naturally.I am not very fond of coconut smell in savory dishes.Same goes with my husband too.So i was taking big chance with this dish.I used the coconut milk,just enough that we can eat it without smelling it. “Kuku” means chicken in Swahili.“Paka” i am not sure.What i can tell though this is chicken curry cooked in coconut milk.Kenyan Coconut Chicken Curry.It is cooked in Ghee as well as oil.I have noticed the addition of potatoes to the dish too.I...

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in missions, NonVeg | 0 comments

Doro Wat

Doro Wat

As the each day of anticipation pass by and we get closer to celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.I see some stark differences in how i am approaching this Christmas.I want to say,i have matured a little,gained bit of new insight about the reason for the season ,learnt a little.As a result,we have started few things and hoping that it sticks with us long enough to become tradition.   One of the great idea,i came across from Jessalyn,who blogs at desiringvirtue,one of my Favorite blog.She wraps each book ,carefully chosen,Christ centered Christmas book meticulously and let her kids open one book every day,leading to Christmas.I instantly fell in love with this idea.However,i know i am not as meticulous as Jessalyn,though i did entertained the idea of two little hands tearing wrapping paper and opening book each day excitedly in my imagination. We don’t have 25 distinct Christ centered Christmas books.So i am supplementing from the library.I decided us to read two kinds of book.One,must read Christ centered  book.Second,a book about Christmas around...

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Peachy Chicken Salad

Peachy Chicken Salad

Day before thanksgiving was busy very day for me in the kitchen.I wanted to do as much prep ahead as possible and whatever that i can cook in advance i wanted to do.So it is odd to think that i don’t wanted to cook meal for us that day. Previously we have ordered pizza.Now we live bit far to order pizza and i didn’t had anything  that i can just throw in the oven.I think i had some idea what my mood will be like that day,so i had picked up Croissants. I thought,chicken salad sandwich would be easy.It doesn’t take active standing by the stove time.I have a go to chicken salad recipe,which i have made number of times.So that would have been the obvious choice.However i noticed,i had peaches and that changed my plan.I had watched chicken salad with peach chutney in one of  FN show and ever since i wanted to make it.So it started.I ended up making peach chutney and boiling chicken and the result was one yummy chicken salad sandwich....

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Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in NonVeg | 1 comment

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving …hmmmm..where do i start?It is an American tradition which i have grown to LOVE.For the lack of growing up with thanksgiving,i have advantage of making my own thanksgiving tradition,from what i hear, see and perceive unhinged !When i hear my American friend saying that my mom always made this dish for us on thanksgiving or this was my grandmother’s fav dish or i remember how fun it was growing up with thanksgiving or we did this or that..i think of Holi, Diwali ,Dusherra,some of the indian festivals that i grew up with. So this year,we started a “thankful” tree.I will admit that we were not able to keep up with adding leaves on daily basis but nonetheless we “Thanked”  everyday for the bountiful of blessing that God,our Father, has blessed us with.We talked to our children and i would want to say that our children understood it. Our pastor said,”Thankfulness comes after humility“.So our goal is to inculcate that in our children.We may or may not have more fuller ‘thankful’ tree in...

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Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde

Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde

This dinner almost didn’t happen.We were doomed to have another take out dinner or other not so great home cooked meal yesterday.I had left home at 11 in the morning and didn’t get back until evening between book fair,gymnastics and must do grocery run.My family has been very sweet and forgiving to me when i cook another blah..meal.It is ‘me’ who has trouble adjusting with that.I really wanted to change that for ‘my sake’.I looked around my kitchen,pantry and fridge and this is what i had Roasted chicken i had made in weekend Pinto Beans i had cooked and frozen Tomatillos i had in refrigerator Spanish rice waiting  for its purpose. So few hours which i had in morning,while my son watched another episode of ‘busytown mysteries'(I know) ,i quickly put Spanish rice to work,roasted tomatillos for salsa and threw in some spices in beans.Voila! I had dinner ready to feed the kids,who i knew will ask  as they walk in the door,”Mom,i am hungry,i want to eat.”..As if mom was sweating...

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