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Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Grains, Storybook | 0 comments

Caribbean Rice

Caribbean Rice

Kids and I had a easy read ..I checked out a book called  ‘Caribbean Dream’  by Rachel Isadora.Short read with simple words where  beautiful painted pictures adored the pages giving the glimpse of warm Caribbean lifestyle and prompted the kids to ask questions…. ..so it inspired me to make Caribbean rice.This is what i have learnt about this dish .Most commonly,it has  coconut milk instead of water or in addition to water /broth whole pigeon peas or red kidney beans  Thyme is a herb of choice Green onions whole and scotch bonnet pepper,one of the hottest spiciest pepper are used.I didn’t use pepper at all. Keeping above pointers in mind,I set out to make it with what I had in hand.I had split pigeon peas(“toor’ lentil in hindi),I avoided it as people in our house don’t like the texture split pigeon peas gives to rice 🙂 and i have yet to find whole pigeon peas.I used black beans instead.I served it with Chicken Satay.Needless to say it was hit and we ate leftovers...

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Breakfast, Storybook | 0 comments

Toby’s Pancakes

Toby’s Pancakes

We read a book called ‘Pancakes for Supper!” by Anne Issacs, illustrated by Mark Teague.I think food tastes better when you have tales to go with it,more so if kids are the diners.So the title seemed appropriate enough for us to check it out. Story is about a little girl named Toby who is on her way to Whisker Creek,once upon a morning in March wood with her parents… As the story takes scary turns and Toby lands in jungle where she encounters wolf, cougar, skunk, porcupine and bear one after another.She outwitted each one of them and saved herself from getting devoured.She enjoyed  one hundred and sixty nine pancakes with fresh maple syrup for being as tired as she had been and the brave girl that she was. It just so happened that on past Saturday evening,as weekends kicked in,i was not much in a mood to cook.Pancakes are always in our house.Toby’s pancakes sounded perfect.It is little more work then my regular pancakes but it was worth...

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in NonVeg, Storybook | 1 comment

Wok Roasted Chicken

Wok Roasted Chicken

Today we prepared ‘Wok Roasted Chicken’.I buy whole chicken regularly because its cheap and i usually get 2-3 different meals out of it.Most of the time,i just do regular oven roasting but i wanted to change it up a bit.We read ‘Daisy Comes Home’ today.It is  a story of little girl named ‘Mei Mei’ who lives with her six happy chickens in a farming village of China.We thought,it would be cool to eat something which has Chinese flare to it. Besides,it is one of my favorite form of roasted chicken.My husband does not favor regular roasted chicken much but he likes this one.On the top of that,when my daughter says,this is her favorite chicken after taking a bite to it,you know it is a winner. We looked into the globe to know where China is.My daughter was trying to see if it is bigger then US or not.We prayed about the people of China that they get to exercise the religious freedom as we do in our country.That,more and more Chinese people get the opportunity to hear...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in International, NonVeg, Storybook | 1 comment

Yassa Poulet

Yassa Poulet

We read the story of ‘Rapunzel’,classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale,retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora in the lush backdrop of African village using collages of painted,textured paper. Keeping up with our African meal night,we made Yassa Poulet to go with Jollof rice.’Poulet’ is French for Chicken.It is very popular dish of Senegal.This is what i learnt about this dish. Lemon juice and onion is star of the dish.Lots of it. It is spicy dish but i kept the heat very minimal because of kids. I also made the dish using only chicken breast,though we would prefer the dark meat for future. I had to improvise the dish with chopped cabbage,since i didn’t had tons of onions. We talked about where in the map Senegal is,West coast Africa.We prayed that Gospel will reach to this  nation and will lift up the people to see the light,Christ is. PrintYassa Poulet Ingredients2 chicken breasts,cut in cubes 1 chopped onion 1 cup chopped cabbage 1 chicken boullian cube Salt to taste Marinade 2...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in NonVeg, Storybook | 0 comments

Shrimp Potstickers

Shrimp Potstickers

Recently we read a story of identical “The Five Chinese Brothers’.It is one of the most popular folk tale of China.As you may have read,each Chinese brothers had unique gifts.First one can swallow the sea,second one had iron neck,third one can not be burn,fourth one can stretch and stretch and fifth one can hold his breath indefinitely.Now you can guess that the first one was fisherman… Story above may have just inspired me to make potstickers or the fact that my husband and i both LOVE it so much and so are our kiddos now..or my friend’s Ethel’s Jiaozi were so tempting to look at it,i decided to give a try taking her lead..I followed the recipe for filling here. I didn’t had chives,so i used scallions. I pan crisped and froze half of it. I didn’t fold the edges like traditional pot stickers,i crimped it up close with forks. We didn’t care for water chestnuts,as i had the feeling.So next time,it is not making it to the potstickers or it...

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2012 in Breakfast, Storybook | 0 comments

Tumbleweed’s Sticky Rolls

Tumbleweed’s Sticky Rolls

Since i am too lazy in the morning and turning the oven on is certainly not the part of my daily breakfast routine.I made an effort to put this sticky rolls together..yup “really big effort”.It was not sticky but it was sweet goodness which my kids and i enjoyed for breakfast.Coffee is bonus. Continuing on the culinary adventure of Mrs Marmalade…this is what happened at one point (The Potluck Adventures of Mrs Marmalade” by Patsy Swendon and Debbie Little) Before long she saw a squirrel carrying too many nuts.”It would be easier if you carry less nuts nuts,”advised Mrs Marmalade.As the squirrel turned to see who is speaking,the nuts he was carrying fell on the ground. “Now look what you made me do,”mumbled Tumbleweed. Well,Tumbleweed sped away in hurry without saying ‘Thank You’ to Mrs Marmalade,in helping him pick up the nuts.But we are thankful that we tried her sticky rolls.I also like how the ingredients are in 2s,makes the measuring easy. PrintTumbleweed’s Sticky Rolls Yield: 12 rolls Ingredients2 Tablespoons...

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