Today I have to share a dilemma that many online bloggers go through. Actually, virtually anyone can experience this problem. It's called losing your pictures. There are many ways to go through this - losing your camera, some sort of bug in your camera, or in my case, having your crappy laptop wipe out all the pics on your SD card. Yup, I just went through that today. My laptop erased a couple hundred of my photos on my SD card, including two new blogposts and pics from my recent trips to CA and IL. I'm sure I entered major depression today at least a couple times.
I have a dear friend who is getting married soon. I've known this friend for as long as I can remember.
We were silly girls when we were younger. A hilarious childhood memory I share with her is when I went to her place for dinner and us girls shared the weirdest foods we liked to enjoy - noodles with ketchup, cheetos with ice cream, and lays with biryani (a rice dish). Of course, we had to try eating ice cream and cheetos after that. I don't remember what it tasted like any more (and frankly, I don't think I want to) but I remember that I had a blast.
Presentation is a huge part of serving food and dessert and everyone knows it. Foods that look appealing to the eye can really make your mouth water. And these fun parfaits take the cake for presentation.
So, I know this post is supposed to be about tandoori chicken burgers, but let me just take a second to bring your attention to something special - the lovely red and green picnic blanket I used in this photo.
Meet my mother: self-proclaimed health nut and proclaimed-by-me graduate level nutritionist. She's the one who introduced me to oats. Oats- nutritious, full of fiber, and probably the hardest thing for her to get me to eat. I mean, come on, how can anyone enjoy the slimy breakfast porridge made from oats... Or maybe that's just how it was for me, but let me just say, the breakfast table might have been a war zone for a while.
I decided to try to find a way to actually enjoy eating oats that would please both me and my mother. A recipe on the lid of the box of oats looked tempting enough - oatmeal and raisin cookies. Replace the raisins with chocolate chips and you have a recipe for "healthy" cookies that wholly satisfied me. Warm these cookies for a couple seconds so the chocolate is all melty and the insides of the cookies are all soft and chewy, grab a cup of milk to dunk it in, and you have a fool proof method to get anyone to eat oats. The best part is that my mom enjoyed the cookies too!
Chinese fried rice is such a crowd favorite, I don't even need to
give it an introduction. It is probably the most popular item to order at Chinese restaurants. I know I can't resist ordering fried rice at a
What people don't know about it is
how easy - and convenient - it is to make yourself. Chinese
fried rice is like the Mexican frittata - a delicious way to use up day
old leftovers from vegetables and meats to rice. All you have to do is
use a couple ingredients and you've got a delicious meal in 20 minutes.
Happy (belated) Chinese New Year's everyone! Gong Hey Fat Choy!
Ever since I was really young, I've been fascinated with all aspects of Asian culture. Growing up in a neighborhood that was 90% Asian only helped in fueling that interest. Listening to conversations in Mandarin, watching the Korean moms haggle in the stores, and hanging out with the elderly ladies who practiced tai chi in the park was the norm for me. It was also inevitable that I started to love Chinese food.
If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I paint ostrich eggs as a hobby. Ostrich eggs are my unique take on a canvas. Most of the eggs I painted in the past have geometric patterns on them, like this one and this one. For this egg, I decided to take a different approach and paint the Chicago skyline.
Today, I want to share a recipe for an Indian dessert called kheer. You may know from reading my previous blog posts that I come from a Paki-Indo background. Recently, I have started exploring the Indian cuisine and learning how to cook using the many colorful and flavorful spices commonly used in India and Pakistan. One of the most popular desserts of India is kheer.
I'm back after a two-month long hiatus with a recipe for the lovely chicken sandwiches pictured above. These past two months have been a roller coaster of life changing events and surprises. Don't worry - I'll blog about these events soon, but for now, lets talk about these sandwiches.