Monday, October 26, 2009

Affirmations - an indispensable tool

I highly recommend this article to people on the path of selfhelp, and to people who have given up
on affirmations.

Click on the article called "Affirmations are sleepers"

Its written by Gary Craig, the founder of EFT ( Emotional Healing Technique )

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Drew Barrymore as dark angel

Please click on the image to view a larger version.

Hehe...Drews been my favourite actress since I saw her in 'Poison Ivy'..maybe 15 years back.
And I was just wondering if she would look as pretty had she been dark. And I needed an interesting subject practise photoshop as well. So heres the result....Umm...I think shes better off with white skin :P...the bronze tone looks sexy but it doesnt go with her cute bubbly image.
I think the makeover would have worked had it been Angelina Jolie instead...
Well anyways, this was fun to do. Will appreciate comments :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Green delight - Methi Palak Coriander sabzi

Heres the recipe of that green veggie I made last week. I am sooo proud of it :D
Actually what happened is that I had
bookmarked a palak-methi-aloo fry recipe, a day before I was supposed to make this sabzi.
But as luck would have it, my net got disconnected and I was left with no option but to
invent a recipe, and boy wat i job i did! ( hehe) I pretty much included everything that caught
my fancy on the kitchen shelves, and luckily it turned out to be awesome.

Guys, if you find this recipe a bit confusing, dont complain, coz thats de spirit with which
it was made. It was all spontaneous. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients as per your choice. Like you can think of adding mint leaves, fennel seeds, paneer etc

Paste a) Cashews, Peanuts

Paste b) Dry coconut grated, Chopped Onion, Cardomom, Cloves, Cumin seeds

Paste c) Boiled Spinach leaves ( Keep the water from boiled spinach aside, as we'll use it while making making the pastes and while cooking) , Coriander, 1 Green chilly, some garlic

Paste d) Some Methi leaves ( not boiled )

And : Half-Boiled potatoes, 1 small chopped tomatoe, ginger garlic paste, Garam masala powder, chilli powder, turmeric, more methi leaves.


Step1: Chop the boiled potatoes and fry them in a moderate amount of oil. Fry them till they
are wholly cooked and a little golden fried. Add some chopped tomatoe along the way.
When satisfied with the way it looks, turn off the stove and keep aside.

Step 2: Roast cashews and peanuts in a nice iron wok and then make a paste in a mixie some spinach water.That was our paste number 1. Now roast the ingredients for Paste b and grind it in mixie with some spinach water. Similarly go ahead and grind the paste c ingredients.

Now for Paste d just remember that we want the methi to be visible in the sabzi, so just
take a handful of methi leaves and only half-grind them in the mixie. Keep the rest of the
methi leaves intact, to be added later.

Now that our pastes are ready, all that we hv to do dump them in the vessel. But heres
how we'll do it :
1) Heat oil in your favourite wok. Add Paste a ( the cashew-peanut one ) . Stir a bit,
enjoy the smell, and add paste b . Stir some more, and now add the ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder, chilli powder, and turmeric. Also, add the spinach water to this, to avoid
burning. Stir on, and now add the green paste, more spinach water and the rest of the methi
leaves (sparingly chopped). Let this cook for a few minutes, and then add the pototoe-tomatoe stuff we had made at the beginning. The potatoes will add thickness to this sabzi. Add lots of spinach water to the sabzi. When the water evaporates, leaving a thick rich dry-ish sabzi, your job is done. Dont forget to add salt, before turning off the gas. Tra-la-la, enjoy with rotis.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Cooking bug

I am inspired. I am feeling alive. And I have been bitten by the cooking bug.
My creativity has found a new outlet - cooking. Well, I always enjoyed tinkering around
in the kitchen a few times in a year, but since the past week, my laziness has flown out
of the window, and I find myself making new recipes everyday. Annnnnd the cherry on
the cake, is that they turn out reaalll yummy.

Yesterday I made a terrific ( well, dats wat everybody said ) sabzi of Aloo Palak Methi.
I'll put up the recipe soon. Hmm...I think yeh Reiki ka asar hai. I havent felt down or
lazy for days ( 9, 10 days ) now. And it keeps getting better. I have even started my
illustration again. Yippee! Yimminy!

Another dish that I learnt to make was fried shrimps. :)

Heres the humble little recipe:

Keep cleaned shrimps, in a plate. Sprinkle rice flour, red chilli powder and if you want any
other spicy powder ( I added some readymade chicken masala wen Mom wasnt looking).
Now mix this well, so all the shrimps are covered with flour and spice.

Now chop an onion, and fry it in a pan with oil. Wen onion is goldenish, add the shrimps.
Spread the shrimps in the pan, and cover with plate. Let it stay for sometime,
and then turn all the shrimps over so their other side also gets cooked.
Let cook for a while and delicious red shrimps are ready to serve. For added fun, serve with
chilled beer. If at home, pair it with rice and some homemade fish curry. Yummmmy.

Shreela ban gayi gentlewoman!?!

You know till now I always had a strong aversion to anything formal - formal clothing, formal dining, formal meets. The word formal itself seemed like a sum total of adjectives like
dull, boring, artificial, shrewd and unnatural. But every coin has two sides. I mean formal
could also mean organized, punctual, stable and consistent. This is my new outlook.
Anyway point is that lately I find myself getting attracted to formal formal
clothing. I almost wish we had really cold weather in Mumbai, so that I could wear black
stockings and ooh-la-la overcoats. I sure wouldnt mind looking like these women here... ( but not everydayyyyy!! i need my reds, yellows, oranges, purple, greens...)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

back back


i slipped once again. sorry blog, dat i forgot abt u for a month!

I been out of job, but busy fixing the holes in my life.