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November 28, 2006

Thanksgiving Cooking!

Few of the things I cooked up during the long weekend, Moroccon Soup & Creme Brulee. Both were an instant hit! I was chatting with K, and she said she was planning to make Moroccan soup, I did not have the time to ask her how she made it, so browsed around and got this recipe.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moroccan-lentil-soup/detail.aspx. I changed the quantity of garlic and ginger, added a lot more cayenne and very little cardamom. I did a rough puree of the entire soup and sqeezed a little bit of lime, oh yeah, I also added finely chopped celery for extra crunch.

Moroccan Soup

1 onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
4 cups water
1 cup Masoor Dhal
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (19 ounce) can cannellini beans
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil

In large pot saute; the onions, garlic, and ginger in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes.

Add the water, lentils, chick peas, white kidney beans, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, garam masala, cardamom, cayenne pepper and cumin.

Bring to a boil for a few minutes then simmer for an hour or longer, until the lentils are soft.

Puree half the soup in a food processor or blender. Return the pureed soup to the pot, stir and enjoy!

November 19, 2006

Its raining in Chennai

Its been continously raining in Chennai, and I wonder about these people living on the footpath.

Count your blessings, help some one who can use a helping hand. What goes around comes around.

Pic was taken from a pallavan transport bus, 1c when I was on my way to central station to join Shankari who was in Salem. (picture was taken when we were in India in September 06)

November 07, 2006

Love these One Liners

I found these somewhere and loved it and sharing it with you....

In the interest of time, Let's just assume I'm right (All husbands out there, read this a hundred times)

Gone crazy...Will be back soon

This is not Burger King, You will have it my way!

I am only a beautician, not a MAGICIAN

I am not spoiled, just well taken care of

I dont look for choclate, it finds me (fitness centers dont find me tho)

A great fisherman lives here with the catch of his life

Born to golf, forced to work

I'm blonde, what's your excuse?

In my next life, I am having more memory installed

November 02, 2006

One post and Two Tags!

What can I say, I dont want to cry like our friend Syam here about tags, it is fun.Patty and http://mitrideas.blogspot.com/ had tagged me , since there was a lot going on at home, did not get a chance to do them, but here it goes....

1. Psycho in me: Hmmmm..that is me! (or that is what R calls me) When the house is not cleaned...the other avatar of me comes to light

2. Thinni pandaram: My blog is an example by itself...love all foods and am always looking to try new cuisines and food. I tried lobster yesterday and liked it..

3. Kids: Love them, but definitely dont like the kids who liein the middle of a shopping mall throwing tantrums

4. Dreams: Have the most wierdest dreams and I remember vividly the once I have had in my chilhood too (some of them)

5. No weird: ??????

6. Bore factor: Cleaning dishes and folding clothes

This one is from Patty

Smells I love
Smell of citrus flavors
Fresh coffee brewing

Smells I hate
Sometimes the smell of chicken cooking,
Bad body odor

Jobs that I have had in my life
Admin manager
Bank teller
Relationship Associate in a bank.

Movies that I could watch over and over
Roman Holiday
My Fair Lady

Fond memories
My childhood
Living by myself for the 1st time
holidays with RajeshH

Jobs I would love to have - I take up jobs that I love, so .....

Places that I have lived

Things I like to do
spend time with Rajesh (not necessarily in that order)

3 Of my favorite foods
Rasam & potato,
Indian style chicken

3 Places I would like to be right now
My home
My mom's place

3 Websites that I visit daily
Immigrant in Canada's blog
My office website

3 Things that make me cry
When I am blamed for things I did not do.
When I miss my parents