Sunday, January 31, 2010

Food Fun!

I've really gotten into cooking more lately :) You basically have to cook everything from scratch here. I really don't know how we survived our first 3 years... but the last year and a half I've actually learned how to cook :) Aashini eats the National food at school and loves it, so I thought I would learn to make some of the foods she likes at school. Yesterday I made:

Tamatar Paneer
It's super easy! I should have made it long ago :) First you do some tempering. Put a little oil in a skillet and add Yellow Mustard Seeds & Cumin Seeds. Cook them for a little bit (until the mustard seeds have turned a very light brown).
Put in 5-6 finely diced tomatoes along with coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt, minced garlic & some chilies (optional - I leave these out for Aashini).
Cook it until you've made a nice curry (the tomatoes should be almost a chunky paste-like consistency).
Chop up paneer into small pieces (if you can't get paneer easily you can - Make it Yourself! - super easy - you only need milk, lemon juice & a cheese cloth!).
Add the paneer and cook until everything is heated and yummy!

Aashini loves eating it with Roti! (You can Make it Yourself Too! - here's a video tutorial)
I also made these yummy cookies the other day!! I got the recipe HERE! They're called Everything Cookies ;) YUM!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Funny Things - Thailand :)

So I had a few pictures of some things that made me laugh while in Thailand :) This picture below was actually from our last time in Thailand but I forgot to post it - it was during the first part of the Swine (H1N1) Flu scare. Everyone was wearing face masks - especially on the SkyTrain. This guy's mask made me smile :)
Something you don't see everywhere... These guys were in a store in the mall putting on make-up :)
They were advertising an event that was taking place on another floor of the mall. It was so funny - this picture definitely doesn't do it justice. They had music playing while the people with the balls (with advertisements on them) moved them in a choreographed manner while the 3 people in the back just stood there holding cell/mobile phones (and not moving)... it was really funny :)
This made me laugh :) They had special Adidas shoes for sale in Bangkok. These were the Darth Vader shoes - they also had the "Skywalker" and about 5 other kinds! Hilarious!
Chip flavors in Thailand are very different than in America ;) Here's a few of the funny flavors:
Grilled Shrimp, Seaweed (really good!) & Soft-Shell Crab :) haha!
If you want to see a few funny things from other trips to Thailand you can click here :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Last Days in Thailand

I still have a few more pics from our trip to Thailand that I wanted to post ;) The place we stayed at in Bangkok was right on a canal. It's pretty nasty water, but I really do love being near water - there's just something about it that makes me happy :) Anyway, they have water taxis all around Bangkok in these canals. Here's the one we saw through our window all day from our room :) We've ridden it before - it's pretty fun. The water is stinky though :)
Thailand is almost 95% Buddhist. You can find places of worship all over the city.
People will stop by them during their busy days and offer incense, flowers and prayers.
There was a ton of incense burning in this one worship site. It seemed like it was really foggy there because there was so much smoke.
One thing that was interesting at this worship site was that there were Thai dancers there. People could pay extra money offerings and and the ladies would do singing or dancing while the people that paid sat in front of them.
If you notice, the lady in the back left looks like she has a cheat sheet :)
Here is one of the dancers that was waiting around for the next thing she was supposed to do. She was eating. Thais seem to really love their food. In Bangkok you can look any direction and you will see someone eating :) This girl's shoes make me smile :)
Here is Aashini enjoying her little water bottle :) That was one of her favorite things this trip - getting her own little water bottle :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Around Town :)

Here are a few things we've seen around this small town of Bangkok the last few days :)
One of the malls had a really cool Lego display set up... this picture made me laugh :)
They built all the famous landmarks in Bangkok and some other things out of Legos - it was way cool!
Aashini LOVES Legos now!! She callse them puzzles ;) haha! The girl loves her puzzles ;)
Here are some street vendors cutting and selling jack fruit... such a strange fruit :)
That's it for now :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

We're Here (Finally!)

We finally made it! We definitely had a rough time getting here! We were scheduled to leave the Capital at 1 am ... but we were delayed because of the fog. We have a lot of problems with fog at the airport... as you can see, there were a LOT of delayed flights! Look how long they're delayed! Our flight that was supposed to leave at 1 am, didn't leave until 11 am the next day! (yes, that's 10 hours later)... so, since we didn't want to leave the airport and go though all that "stuff" again to come back in, we spend the night in the airport... and what a joy it was!! haha!
Aashini did NOT want to sleep! I don't blame her though... those seats were hard as ROCKS! She finally fell asleep at 4:30 am! She slept for about 2 hours :) haha! Here she is finally sleeping!
But... we eventually made it to Thailand!
On the first day, we began dealing with Diya's passport visa stuff.... so the next day, we took the girls to the Children's Discovery Museum! It was soooo fun!! One of the first things Aashini got to do was to get INSIDE a bubble! Cool hunh? Here she is right after it popped :)
There were funny mirrors too :)
She got to explore all sorts of fun Thai things. She got to try on this cool hat!
She even got to check out an igloo!
This picture makes me laugh ;)
We didn't know it, but the day we went was Children's Day :) In our country, we celebrate it on a different day, so we had no idea. The museum was packed out and there were tons of fun events for the kids outside :) Aashini got to do one of her favourite things - "painting!"
We have colds and have kinda been taking it easy the last couple of days, so not many new pictures... but I'll post more soon :)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

COOKIES!

This is probably one of those posts that's better to be on the other blog, but this blog is neglected, so I thought I'd post on here :)

We made sugar cookies the other day! I got a lot of fun cookie cutters for Christmas and we just needed to make cookies!
Aashini LOVES cooking!!
The icing turned out really great and really bright!
Aashini got to "paint" her cookies! It started off really pretty...
Then it got a little messier...
By the end, her cookies were pretty brown looking :) haha! Actually by the end she realized she could eat them, and ate a LOT of cookies! haha!
Here's the finished product! You can see Aashini's "sprinkle placement" on the dinosaur below... I think that was the only cookie she did that got sprinkles... after that she realized she could eat them and just ate all the sprinkles we gave her :) haha!
Here's the recipe in case you want it :)

INGREDIENTS
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar (you can use less)
1 egg (I used an egg replacer b/c Aash loves to eat the dough - 1 whole egg = 2 tbsp water + 1 tbsp oil + 2 tsp baking powder)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

ICING
2 cups confectioners’ sugar / powdered sugar / icing sugar
1-3 tablespoons milk (more or less as needed to achieve spreading constancy)
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon almond extract food coloring (optional)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

2009 Faves!

I haven't been out taking pictures very much this year - the whole being huge & pregnant thing has kinda limited that :) There will be a lot more pictures for the next year... but these are some of my favorite pictures from this year :) (you can click on it to see it larger) :)

Friday, January 01, 2010

Funny Things - KFC

We went to KFC the other day and saw a couple of funny things that I just had to share :) This made me laugh :) This "Chef of the Day" picture is AWESOME! :)
It's not the best pic but it made me laugh (although not as much as the first picture)... Drool #4 on the chart talks about how they keep veg & non-veg things separate... but it's because chicken and peas don't get along :) haha! Not sure why, but it makes me laugh :)
More funny things to come ;)