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Chicken Chuanr

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in International, NonVeg | 1 comment

I think every region of the world have their own version of skewered meat,cooked over charcoal pit,modern grill or whatever method of fire cooking is used. I love the ease of cooking skewered meat,more so in summer months.So I keep looking for way to keep it from going old and boring. This time I experimented with Chinese style Skwered meat.”Chuanr’ or ‘Chuan’ in Chinese means ‘roasted Skewered meat’ .It is one of the popular street food in China. Since I am too lazy to fire up the grill and I am madly in love with my cast iron skillet these days,I use it as my grill pan.Cast iron is perfect...

Cheesy Chicken and rice

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in NonVeg | 1 comment

I was having friend over for playdate,so i knew we will chat up the entire day.At the end of the fun day,I don’t wanted to stand and cook the dinner.So I faithfully remembered my slow cooker for dinner rescue.My family likes chicken and rice based  casserole and  decided to give a slow cooker spin to casserole.My dish is based on this Cheesy Chicken Recipe . I tweaked couple of things. Used Basmati Rice instead but I have to say,i would prefer  plumpy medium-long grain rice instead of long-pointed Basmati for texture sake. I also added a tablespoon of Green Thai Curry powder. I had 1 chicken breast and 2 bone-in skinless...

Cajun Tilapia with Tomato Artichoke sauce

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in NonVeg | 0 comments

I grew up eating fish more than I did chicken.Cheaper and healthier alternative to meat.Though,when you buy the fish in India,you buy them live and kicking and fishmongers cleans it out for you unless you want to do it yourself.Also the fish I grew up on were sweetwater fish,from river and ponds. However ,tales of live and kicking fish are things of past for me.I buy frozen or thawed but they are all dead with expiration date slapped on them.Doesn’t that sound ironic?I miss Indian fish I had growing up,the freshness of it.But one thing I do not miss is the ‘bones’.Fish I buy here are cleaned,fillet for me,so...

Wine Braised Chicken

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in NonVeg | 0 comments

I think of braising when I am lazy or busy or it is a cold night.In this case it  was first.We had leftover just enough for kids.I don’t wanted to do detail cooking,keeping it simple yet flavorful was my plan..So I thought it would be a good opportunity to use ‘wine’.I am nowhere near to be wine connoisseur.I do like to take a sip of wine time to time with my sweet husband while watching TV. Usually if I use wine in a dish,I use it in conjunction with water.Very little wine with lots of water or broth.In this case though,I wanted ‘wine’ to be the star of the show.So i...

Spice Overview

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Spices | 0 comments

Spices are the heart of Indian cuisine.Every part of India has the distinctive list of spices which is used in the cooking.I grew up in North Indian household.For higher studies and work thereafter  i moved around to South India.Food could not have been any different.I had lots of adapting to do.It took me a while to adjust to the taste of curry leaves and Tamarind.And i am so glad i did. There are different category of spices used in Indian cooking.Each has different purpose and different use .I will keep adding to this list.For now,let me focus on the following. Seasoning Spices:Indian cooking involves seasoning the oil,you are going to cook...

Happy Resurrection Day

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in musing, Storytelling | 0 comments

“25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die”. John 11:25 I am celebrating Easter since I got married.Even then I didn’t do anything out of ordinary to mark this day.Couple of years later,kids added,kids growing,I wanted to incorporate more to the day.I want our kids to grasp what this day is all about.Hopping through the blogs,I decided to add a tradition to make cards.So I asked my daughter,who loves to color and draw,”Lets make some ‘Easter’ cards”.She got very excited..’Yes,I will draw some eggs,it will be cute Mom’..Hmmmm..I thought.So I asked,” Think about...

‘Empty Tomb’ Rolls

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Bread | 0 comments

“18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:18-19  We had Resurrection rolls for breakfast and i was thinking what I can do to  make rolls which symbolizes the empty tomb and fit for dinner.Since I couldn’t find  what I was looking for,I had to get creative here.I resorted the time tasted Golden Rolls Recipe.These are not the ‘Empty’ Tomb rolls.So I thought...

Resurrection Tomb cake

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Dessert | 0 comments

 “5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. ” Matthew 28:5-6 Yesterday,we looked around  our house and found a trunk sitting in our front yard,screaming to be ‘repurposed’.So we did.It was the hollow tree trunk,perfect for tomb.We covered it with big rock.Did you notice the dirt on the top of the trunk?My kids tried to ensure the natural setting by adding more dirt and grass to it. I wanted to bring this set up to our dinner...

Resurrection Rolls

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Bread | 0 comments

“3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 I recently came to know about the ‘Resurrection Rolls’,popular around Easter here.I like the simplicity of the rolls and the dobility factor with kids.Very simple ingredients.I don’t want to repeat the recipe one  more time,so take a look at Resurrection Rolls here. We started off by reading John 19 and we talked about John 20.We asked question as kids were wrapping the marshmallow inside the Roll,to keep them...

Good Friday

Posted by on Apr 7, 2012 in Bread, Grains, NonVeg | 0 comments

 “But he was pierced for our transgressions,     he was crushed for our iniquities;  the punishment that brought us peace was on him,     and by his wounds we are healed.”   Isaiah 53:5   Even when I wasn’t  being raised in Christian faith,I was familiar with the story of crucifixion.But what I did not understand during those times is if ‘Jesus was crucified that day so brutally,then why that day is ‘prefixed’ with ‘Good’?It puzzled me during those times.Now as I am growing in my faith,I think I understand.Simply put,Jesus died,brutal,most humiliating,excruciatingly painful death on cross when He committed NO sin.But He did it for our ‘Good’,for us,the ever sinful human beings.So...