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Synchronize

How wonderful it be

If one could synchronize

Cooking with reading as I’m apt to do

How does one harmonize

Taken up with reading, I forget

Glued to the book are my eyes

Just one more page before I see to the pot

My luck! The time over flies 

What is left– the meat is charred

How does one justifies

(Sheen-August 2017)

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Reprieve

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My reprieve would be from housework— from cooking, cleaning and washing. Some guests were visiting. It had been a busy day, and I had been on my feet for a while. My feet were swollen, and were aching. 

The words slipped through my mouth, “Men are so lucky. When they come back from work, they can take a rest, and then they have a break on Saturdays, and Sundays too. I wish I could take a reprieve from housework”.

The guest remarked, “If you wish that, let someone else take over”.

Nooooooooo……

This guest had come with his two wives. He meant that my (late) husband should take another wife who would take over.

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Keema and Karalay

Amrit asked for this recipe.
For those who don’t know what Keema and Karalay means: keema means finely minced meat, and karalay is bitter gourd.
If you are totally vegetarian forego the meat. If you don’t eat beef or mutton you can use minced breast of chicken.

For the recipe I had the following ingredients:
300 grams Keema
4 bitter gourd
Salt and red chillies (the amount you like)
Haldi (turmeric) 1tea spoon
Coriander 2 tea spoons
2 large size onions
2 large size tomatoes
Garlic 8 large cloves minced
Ginger 1 inch piece minced
Olive oil, or any oil you use. Oil 2 serving spoons, or as you like
Recipe:
First thing is to scrape the outer skin from the bitter gourds while whole.

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Then you slit the bitter gourd open and remove the inner seeds. Scrape the white pith too. Boil them till tender.

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Drain the water. Squeeze them and chop them finely.

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Sauté one onion in oil till light brown. Add minced garlic, and ginger. Fry for a little bit of time. Add turmeric, coriander, red pepper and salt. Fry for a few seconds. Add minced meat. Keep on stirring and break the lumps till it is browned.

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Now add the karalay. Mix and keep stirring. Finally add 1 finely chopped onion, and 2 chopped tomatoes to the mix.

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Stir the mixture. Put the lid on the cooking pot. Turn the heat low. After ten minutes your keema karalay is ready.
Serve it with Roti, or bread.

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Ads

Usually my evenings are spent watching those shows which I like. I am in luck when there is no load shedding of electricity which is a common occurrence here.
I do my cooking at this time. Cooking bores me now and it’s repetitive, so while I do my cooking I watch my favorite TV shows if they are on. My pet dislikes are ads. I know they are a necessity. If there weren’t any ads the shows won’t run. I have noticed whenever a show is popular more ads are there.
I wish the ad people would come out with more interesting ads so that we don’t get bored with them. I think they should change them frequently too, like the coke ads. Some are so bad you dread watching them. I wish they come out with more innovative ideas so that (unfortunately) when I have to watch them I won’t take out huge chunks of hair from my already thinning patch in despair.
There is the milk ad. You are told if you add it to your tea it will be marvelous. You are bound to say, “What is wrong with that?” The thing which jars me is their prancing about. If they had done it imaginatively it wouldn’t look so cheap. Then there is the cream ad. A lovely lady with a smile tells you to use it. Somehow I doubt that lady using it on her arms and legs. If we did I am sure most of us will start resembling gorillas, because the non-existing hair will also come out for a breath.
Now the meat cubes ad! This one tells you to add it to your veggies. The cubes will make you feel you are having meat. What a choice! While the cost of meat is spiraling up and the currency is going down (thanks to our govt.) the cubes will do the trick and that at a steep price too.
Next in line is the cellular ad. You are told to spend a lot of bucks every day to get a shiny new car. It is your money which is being spent, not theirs. If they had such big hearts they would have given you a lower price of their phone package instead of minting you for money. They lure you with the tune that the more you spend; you will have a better chance of winning.
The one I like is where the sale person has a drink and he dances to get the escalator moving. To come back to my original bone of contention, I hate it when I am bored to death and would like to see a movie, there are so many ads linked to it I end up not seeing it. They waste your time. You start feeling sleepy and to keep awake you start munching this and that. Normally I give up and go to sleep.
Being starved for entertainment we are forced to watch such ads. My escape route is either to switch off or surf while the program takes a break.