Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flowers in Pink : Photographic Post

After a long time,  I am back to wrtie something here. I have loads and loads of post to share but I take time to do the same. My full time job sucks all my time and energy these days that I go directly to bed when home from office. Since this weekend is a long weekend, I am back.

I clicked few beautiful pink flowers in my aunt's garden. Flowers are always pleasant to eyes.





Friday, April 20, 2012

Tamil New Year Lunch



This is yet another late post. This is to showcase what all I cooked for Tamil New year. The Lunch was yummy and delicious.



I made more than 12 dishes. All traditional Tamil dishes which turned out to be tastiest lunch.









We dumped ourselves with these exotic dishes and celebrated the day.

Post on these recipes soon


The pictures turned out to be great.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Project 365 : Chennai Road

This is a daily scene in the mornings.

Chennai Roads are calmer and free only late in the nights.

Shot with Android Instragram App

Monday, April 16, 2012

Project 365 : Steps



Steps..
This picture talks to me much more things about life.
Hope you can guess!

Shot with Android + Instagram App

Friday, April 13, 2012

Project 365 : Welcoming Tamil New Year


Iniya Tamizh Nal Valzhthukal!

Welcoming this new year with Mango leaves (Maa ilai).

Happy Tamil New Year. Today happened to be my hubby's star bday. I cooked almost 13 food items today. Food posts coming soon..



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Quaked by Earth Quake


For the first time in my life, I felt the earth quake. I always wondered how an earthquake would be like. It was a scary, thrilling feel. Really. Whole of the software industry was on OMR rushing home. Myself and my brother struggled to get home. We had struggled to ride home from our office which took 3.5 hours to cover just 34kms. My brother who picked me from my office literally walked all way home sitting on his motorbike due to the very slow moving traffic. We could see the fear of death on everyone's face on the road. Tsunami alert was given which made everyone even more panic.

My dad stayed back in Chennai cancelling his trip to TNJ just to pick us up from our office and to make sure we are safe. His anxiety level is very very high when it comes to me or my brother. My mom kept ringing us from TNJ to make sure we were home as soon as possible.

We love you Dad and MOM! We are gifted. My parents love for us is immeasurable. We adore and celebrate you Mom and Dad!

Psssshhh: Dont tell anyone! I really enjoyed the earth quake. First time in my life time. Feeling thrilled and smiles all over.

Praying to God to minimize or nullify natural calamities! =)

Project 365 : Collector 's Office



I love the court road in my hometown, where one can see old, beautiful buildings. This is the Collector's Office which was painted blue all over. It was lovely to capture this building when I was out for a jolly car ride.

Shot with Fit Android + Instagram App
Loving this app

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Weekend Outing



Last weekend, we went to a couple of places to relax. My hubby booked tickets for the movie "3". You know what, we went for morning show after a  long time since Endhiran. That morning, we had huge mug of milo and went to watch the movie.

The movie was fine. The first half was lovey dovey and comedy was in track and entertaining. During interval, we both were more disciplined and didnt go out  to the snacks bar.

Second half of the movie was horrible. We were very hungry and hurried to nearby resturant "Vasantha Bhavan" After having meals and a cup of hot coffee, I clicked few fantastic clicks there. The reception area had vibrant colours.

My hubby loved each of the pictures I took. Rest of the day went on with organising and shopping.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

African Peanut Soup

Recently, I subscribed to a food magazine called BBC's Good Food India. I found exotic, simple, tasty and easy recipes from the magazine. One such recipe is African Peanut Soup. I decided to make this easy and colurful soup for my hubby this weekend and shopped Keya various seasonings for the same.

I tried my hands in making a dish of this kind this morning. The soup turned out to be the best soup I ever made. Let me post a step by step tutorial for this yummy soup and my husband's comment here.

African Peanut Soup Recipe:

Ingredients are shown below

  • 2 onion , roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves , roughly chopped ( I used Ginger garlic paste -- 1 tbsp)
  • a 3cm chunk ginger , roughly chopped
  • 2 red chilli , seeded and chopped
  • oil , for frying
  • 4 chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups of beans stock
  • 2 level tbsp smooth organic peanut butter

                               
 In the processor, I ground onion, red chilli and ginger garlic paste into a chunky paste.
Tomatoes should be finely chopped. I used both 2 medium size tomatoes along with 2 berry tomatoes
Cook the chunky paste for 3 to 4 minutes with hot oil in a wok. I felt a perfect aroma of ginger, garlic and onion filling the kitchen and was a great healthy feeling. Adding chopped tomates to the wok is our next step.
Pour in the hot beans stock into the mixture and add salt for taste.
Stir in 2 tbsp of peanut butter along with chinese seasonings into the soup and shimmer.
I blent in seasoning in peanut butter before adding it to the soup mixture. This Keya Chinese Seasoning added extra taste and aroma to the African soup. Heat the soup till it is thick, blend it in the food processor and the soup can be made thick and smooth.

This African Peanut soup is a healthy colourful one which boosts a weekend in a great way. This serves 4 people.





 I served this African Peanut soup with Garlic bread and boiled and buttered beans. Try this soup and this soup sounds healthy.

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Hubby's writes

It was almost 21 days now, I am back from Sydney. I feel like there is something missing when I compare those days. I discussed with Priyaa (My wife). I used to have English breakfast (bread with milk) before starting to office. And used to walk 45 min to reach my office. After coming to India, I dumped myself with south Indian meals and added more weight within 10 days of time.


Planning as usual to reduce the weight to look, feel better and fit. So I had a thought process why not follow the same principal followed in Sydney to reduce weight. As a starter today we had partial English breakfast with African peanut soup. It’s good to have such an international delight in the morning itself.

About my wife to the reading viewer in my perception

She is a wonderful person, always surprises me with lot of extra circular activities; I  admire her a lot. Her extra circular activities are

 - She is trained martial art expert
 - A good Drawing Artist cultivated interest in pencil sketch, color painting
 -A good vocalist, she  sings songs when we go for bike rides
 - A self structured disciplined software Automation testing professional
 - A book worm - interested areas are Romantic book, self help, motivation
 - I got interest from her in the area of photography
 - She is such a wonderful person wants to do something to society in terms of explaining the recent incidence, cooking recipes, share master piece in her blog

I want these activities to grow and make her an icon of India one day. Her recent achievement are
- Indian Master Chef Award for Idly Briyani
- Feather in your cap Award from Wipro

I didnt wish or encourage her in words, and want her to wish her in words by writing comment in her blog.


All the best and consider these are positive reception and a mile stone in your travel and expecting lot more from your end. My encouragement, Support, care are always continue and there for you forever.

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Thanks you hubby. You are my source of strength and encouragment! Love you xo xo