Friday, March 25, 2011

Daily Dinner (4) : Palak aur Khubani ka Kofta

The last few days went by in a blur. If I didn't have all the leftovers from the past weekend's Holi get together, we'd have eaten out all week. Yesterday night, it was time to take stock of the groceries again. Basically all I could find was a half-bag of spinach, 3 potatoes, one sad tomato and an onion. I definitely did not want to eat Paalak-aloo yesterday. Actually I was just not in the mood for a run-of-the mill everyday dinner. So just decided to experiment a bit. I remembered reading about a spinach kofta some time ago. Although I did not have the details of that recipe, I felt like I  could do it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Encore! Tadka Idli.


 The weather has certainly cleared up quite a bit. Grass looks a lot perkier, and little shoots of daffodils are breaking ground in my flower beds. Looking at the bright sunshine and temperatures in mid 50s, we thought  last weekend that we'd go to a park and initiate the picnic season. Before we could settle on a  menu, our plans got washed away; literally. Heavy rains Thursday night into Friday left all the surrounding creeks and rivulets overflowing, with flash flood warnings. All our favorite picnic places turned into mini swamps. Rather than lose the opportunity to get together, our friend R suggested we come to her place.

Daily Dinner Series (3): How Green Was My Dinner!!

 We've been slammed with the green brigade this whole month. The first week of March,  baby P's daycare celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday, which meant that they read the same books over and over again. Now P has an exceptional fondness for 'Green eggs and ham'; but I hid that book away after failing to make her understand why she can't eat eggs and ham for breakfast. She re-discovered her love at school during the Dr. Seuss week.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Daily Dinner Series (2)

Continuing with the Dinner Series I announced last week, it is time to share another weeknight dinner with you. This is actually from Wednesday, but got too busy to be able to post it for you all. One thing I've realized is that my home is not really lighted well enough for my 8pm photography expeditions. I am getting pretty frustrated now. I see all these blogs with fabulous, almost staged, pictures. And all I have are shadows in places they shouldn't be, and the wrong color palette. I

Monday, March 7, 2011

An Aquired taste: Aloo- Methi ki Sabzi

I was so apprehensive about buying a house in the suburbs 4yrs. ago. We were moving out from the school campus into a more 'family-friendly' zone, except that everything was so far away.  Where earlier I could  hear even my neighbor's breath through the apartment's walls, now I'd see no one until I  drove down a mile (that's a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean). So, one of the first things that the FM's did  to seal the deal with us in exchange for our signature at the dotted line, was to drive us down to what they claimed was the 'best produce store ever'. "You won't get anything like the stuff here at any grocery store", they claimed.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Announcing : Daily Dinner Series

I know- I am too inexperienced in blogosphere to be announcing any series. But humor me. The idea has been nibbling at me for a while now. In my 10yrs in US, I've answered questions about my vegetarianism a million times. The disbelief has given way to acceptance, and even admiration, in the past decade. But I still get asked if my meals constitute a balanced diet or not. So with this series, I am trying to set a record straight- so to say.