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Kale – 3 ways

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Veggies | 0 comments

Are you a Kale fan? Well, we are not .Not without a makeover. I keep hearing how good these green leaves are and wished we start liking it for that reason alone. It doesn’t work that way for us unfortunately.My theory is, healthy  food is healthy only if you are going to eat it, not just talk about it.So I decided to give kale a try in different ways, with prejudice, i must admit. Kale chips I have seen them at grocery store and almost bought a bag. Then I thought, I will roast a batch.It was a clear failure in our home. It left unappetizing bitter taste lingering in my mouth.I wasn’t...

Boerenkool Stamppot

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in International, Side Dish, Veggies | 0 comments

What’s in the name? Well,if you are Dutch,you will know it immediately.If you are not, like me, then here is an explanation. Boerenkool is ‘Kale’ ; Stamppot simply means “mashed up’, potatoes being the consistent ingredient. Just like Irish has colcannon (cabbage with mashed potatoes),Dutch has Boerenkool Stamppot.If  carrots or parsnips are added instead of kale,name changes accordingly.Concept remains same.Pretty cool ha ! What inspired  ? My theory is when we are trying a vegetable or fruit, which is known for its failed record in our taste department, I go global.I research how the particular produce is enjoyed across different culture. Though there are some produce which are  grown only in set regions of the world, there...

chilaquiles

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Breakfast, Entree, NonVeg | 0 comments

What do you do with leftover roasted chicken? Tacos, enchilada, Chalupas, Taco bowl, Casserole, burritos are some of my go to routine with leftover chicken. I remembered the taste of Chilaquilles  at my friend’s home.  I had tried making it once before in short cut way. So I tried to do it again, this time going all out way. Chilaquilles (Chila-Kee-les).It’s a mouthful to say, Isn’t it?   What I know about ‘Chilaquiles’ It is  very popular breakfast in Mexico, using day old  leftover tortilla. Fried tortilla chips are smothered in freshly made salsa. Served with Fried eggs, crumbly queso fresco and Mexican Crema on top. My husband is not a...

Spaghetti with baked Cajun shrimp

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Grains | 2 comments

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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....

Pasca

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

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...

How do you cook for large crowd ? – Part 3 – Preparation

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Service | 0 comments

So how did our day of preparation and serving looked like? We had prayed and planned for big day. The day  finally arrived  and  we were  ready to get on with. But wait…. It is easy to get so occupied in the details of the day. However I would say, it is even more important that you set some time apart to spend the time with the Lord, especially on the busy day like the one we had.Trust in Him to work out the details of last minute.Do not be anxious. I felt the Holy Spirit at work in me at every step.I can not believe i am saying...

How do you cook for large crowd? Part 2 – Planning

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Service | 1 comment

How do you plan the meal for the large crowd? If you have followed along our first part,you may have guessed that prayerful planning is the next logical step .We went through couple of  meal ideas from spaghetti and meatballs, soup and salad, pulled pork sandwiches,BBQ chicken plate,tacos to name a few. Our first grandiose plan was to make chicken enchilada with rice and beans, sopapilla cheesecake for dessert. We quickly realized that enchilada casserole is far easier to make then rolling tortillas for 100s of enchiladas.You would agree right? Great thinking Emily and Camille! We also changed sopapilla cheesecake to cookies at that point. Wise step I would say....

How do you cook for large crowd? Part1-Prayer

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Service | 1 comment

How do you cook for  large crowd of people? Couple  of weeks back,we  had an opportunity to serve the homeless people downtown.We prepared the meal for around 250 people. I will be  first to admit, it is daunting task. I will also admit, it is  very much doable. Don’t get me wrong,the most I have ever cooked  is for our family thanksgiving and I thought that was overwhelming ha !So how do get past the number? Prayer Our motivation for the task we felt unequipped for “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my...

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