IZEA ads

Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Whatcha-Got' Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Things is the kitchen stir up towards the end of the grocery-shopping cycle. You have already used up your favorite items and also the ones that are quick and easy to cook. That's when the real brainstorming starts. You have to work your way with what is left in the refrigerator and on the shelves. Random items here and there are put together to prepare what can be called a 'meal'!

I found myself in the same dilemma last night. With only a lettuce in one corner of the refrigerator and no other ingredients to accompany the green leaves, salad was ruled out as an option. This is when chicken came to rescue and a happy me, cheerfully declared- 'We are having Lettuce Wrap for dinner tonight!'

Now, I had never made a Lettuce Wrap before and I knew the recipes on the internet would list a thousand ingredients, which I did not have the royalty to possess. 

Instead, I used any and everything that I could lay my hands on and came up with a yummy meal.


Lettuce Wrap and Chicken Soup - It's Dinner Time!


 Ingredients:

1. Iceberg Lettuce Leaves - 6
2. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts - 2 pieces
3. Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 tablespoon
4. Cooking Oil - 2 tablespoons
5. Green Onions - 1 cup
6. Carrot Juliennes - 1/2 cup
7. Boiled Beans - 1/2 cup
8. Corn Kernels - 1/2 cup
9. Peanuts - 1/3 cup
10. Cooked Rice - 3 tablespoons (Optional)
11. Buffalo Sauce - 3 tablespoons or to taste
12. Salt to taste
13. Ranch to drizzle on top


Method:

1. Cut the chicken into small pieces.
2. In a pan, heat oil and then add the chicken pieces. 
3. Add ginger-garlic paste and  a little salt to speed up the cooking process.. Cover and cook till the chicken is done.
4. Meanwhile, dry roast the peanuts in another pan. Alternatively, put the peanut in the microwave for a minute and they'd be good to use.
5. Once the chicken is cooked, add carrot, beans, peanuts and corn. Add some more salt to balance it for the recently added ingredients.
6. Mix well and cook in an open pan, till the carrots and corns are cooked. You'll notice a slight change in color.
7. Add green onion and rice. Cook for another minute.
8. Add in the Buffalo Sauce and mix thoroughly.
9. Take the mixture off the flame and let it cool for 2 minutes.
10. Now spread this mixture on the lettuce leaves, drizzle some Ranch on top and serve.


Since we could not hold ourselves to get the camera out and take pictures before eating,
iPhone photos are what you get to see!


Not the most authentic Lettuce Wrap Recipe but hey! I am not claiming it to be Asian in taste. This is my 'Whatcha-Got' Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap that worked very well for me on a day when I was running short on supplies.




'K'reative 'K'ooking on Kreative Korner, what say!! :D :D

Off to grocery shopping.... TaDaaa...








Monday, July 28, 2014

His Algorithm To FINISH?

My Grandfather passed away when I was very young. I hardly have any memories of him. I know him to be a very pleasing and lovable man from what my mother told me about him. For her, he was the one she drew strength from, in her 'new house' after marriage. He died of heart attack, leaving my dad and everyone in the family shattered. It was unforeseen.

Both my maternal grandparents fought their battles against illness before leaving us for the heavenly abode. Though, we saw it coming, we were never really prepared. We wanted to hold on to them forever. We knew, 'it' was the only way they could break-free from their ailment but we still did not want it to happen. Selfish indeed! But God went ahead with his own plans!!


These and a lot of other incidences, lead me to think- What algorithm does He actually use? 

How in the world can a toddler, a youngster and an ailing be under the same umbrella of life and death. Why does a 15-month old has to choke to death because his parents forgot him in the car on a summer afternoon? Why is a 20-something shot to death, when he was out there just to watch a movie with friends. Why does a mid-aged woman lose her life in the car crash, when her kids back home, were waiting for her.

While all these people, who were buzzing with life until death struck them, lose it all... There are some, who have lost all hopes. They simply lie ailing, counting days, because even the state-of-art medical facilities cannot cure them. They breathe but are not alive. They'd do anything to trade life with one of the above but... God would not allow that!

He sometimes does things that are beyond human, or atleast my understanding. Those who are ready to bid adieu to the world are left in the waiting queue (only to suffer more) and the ones, who'd give it all to live, have to give up on life.

Rather unfair, I believe!!

BUT He has His own plans to FINISH it- the Master Plans! The plans we cannot question!


------------------------------------------------


Written for Lisa-Jo's 5 Minute FridaysFive minutes to write about one word.


The word for today- FINISH.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Introducing Ruby


The two things that come to my mind instantly when I am expecting guests, be it family or friends, are- 1) the house should be at it's best to welcome them and 2) what am I gonna serve to tickle their taste buds. Once I have handled these two, the other things just follow suit.

However, hosting guests, here on the blog, relives me of even these two. No cooking. No cleaning. Only fun and talking.


Talking about talking, I should rather stop talking and let our guest do the talking. Over to Ruby... 


Its indeed a pleasure to be guest posting at Kreative Korner today. Would like to thank Tanya for inviting me to author at Kreative Korner. Looking forward to many more wonderful collaborations in future. Tanya is doing a great job at her blog and wishing her all the best !

We share the common thread of painting and that’s how I am here…smiles…

Well writing about yourself is the most difficult task ever and more so with such wonderful readers around. I am a management consultant by profession and a dreamer, artist, avid reader, blogger & foodie when I am not working. I blog at rubyspalette.blogspot.com and my FB page is- Ruby's Palette-an Art Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rubys-Palette-an-Art-Page/151451344986239). Though I paint on variety of subjects, I draw my inspiration mostly from nature & abstracts and add a contemporary twist in them.


My recent muse is the palette knife which helps me when I am in a mood to play with textures. 

     


I have a thing for Indian Folk art especially Madhubani and Warli. Madhubani, as it satisfies my hunger for the multi-coloured palette and Warli for its simplicity. 


Thank you so much Ruby for being with us here today and sharing your beautiful paintings. 

Ruby runs an Etsy shop, which you can visit by clicking on the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RubysPaletteAlso, show some love by hopping on to her blog!

Pssttt... Let me share a secret.. If you visit Ruby's Palette... You are sure to find a 'loved one' there ;)

Hope y'all are having a good week. I am looking forward to this Friday, more for Lisa-Jo's 5 Minute Fridays, that we talked about here, than anything else!



Friday, July 18, 2014

Let Her BLOOM

I am guilty of not following the news channels or reading the newspapers on a regular basis. The only saving grace are the people around me, who keep me updated with all that's going on in the world. Either through direct interactions or through Facebook and I am so grateful for that.

The morning started with one of my cousins posting on her wall about the Protest March she was to attend against the rape of a 6-year-old in Bangalore, India. I saw it but moved forward without thinking much about the how's and what's. Later in the afternoon, I came across this link on a friend's profile with the words 'Sexual Assault On Girl Came To Light After Stranger Called Mother'. I instantly related it to the post seen in the morning and proceeded to read more on it.

Source

While Nirbhaya's family still await the justice they'd want, there is another family fighting with the same. The 6-year-old, who was raped in her school, possibly does not even know why it happened to her... all she knows is that she never wants to go back to that school again. Her mom would have never thought of what had happened to her daughter, when the later complained of pain. The little girl's dad, would never be able to trust anyone or anyplace with his daughter's safety.

I said it HERE and I repeat- 'Parents, please teach your sons to behave!' Enough of crying and marching and lighting candles for justice. We need to 'watch' ourselves. That girl, I am sure did not provoke the two wild men. That girl was neither drunk nor out on the streets after dusk. Still, she'll have to live with this! 

Spare 'HER'. Let her bloom.



_______________________________________________________________________



While blog-reading, I came across Lisa-Jo's 5 Minute FridaysFive minutes to write about one word.

The word for today- BLOOM.

As soon I read the word, the thought of the tiny bud that was tormented and tortured by the two evil souls, crossed my mind and I decided to share what was running in my head. News like this, usually fills me with anger and disgust but today, it brought tears of sadness.

Wish for that girl to remain unaffected by what happened.
Wish for those two b@$*@*** to pay for what they did.
Wish for a brighter and happier future for girls worldwide.
~Amen





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Glimpse of Happiness - 1 of 10


A day in a man's life (when I say 'man' I mean 'human'- man and woman alike - but it's just that the word 'man' fits in the sentence better)! So, a day in a man's life is made up of several emotions. 

We get up hating the alarm clock. The first sip of morning tea is the most blissful thing to happen. We stand in front of the closet puzzled as to what to wear. Grumble on seeing the red light at the signal just when we are running late. Jump with joy on getting the task done that had been stuck for hours or days. Wait eagerly for the office hours to get over. Rush home excited. And when it's time to hit the bed, the entire day flashes before the eyes, bringing back all the action and emotion.

Between all this, there are innumerable events, things and people that make us happy. Not the big ones, you don't get a promotion at work or buy a new-bigger house everyday, we are talking about the little things in life. Things that are just meant to bring a smile to your face and touch your heart, may be only for a few seconds, but that happiness is truly felt. Apparently short but these are the moments that make life so much worthwhile.

I told you guys here that I'd be starting with the #100HappyDays project at IG and I did. 



On Day 3, I posted this image.

Abstract - Not my style and hence, I did not stop here!

Color-related abstract is not my style. Not that I do not want to explore this world but it just happens that I cannot stop myself from adding details. While I was working on the background of one of the paintings, I stopped to have a look to check how it had turned out. 

The colors looked beautiful and complemented each other well. The piece looked complete in itself, inspiring me to work on some more abstracts. The few remaining naked walls of the house are bound to be adorned with abstract art pieces. You ask- 'When?'. I say, 'Soon'! As for this one here, it was completed as planned.



Day 8 was this pic, to commemorate 8 years of knowing this guy! Every day in the last 8 years has been just as much fun as the day we first met. **touchwood**





Day 10 : Chocolate Brownies. Chocolate Cookies. Chocolate Ice-Cream. Chocolate Roll. Chocolate Bars. With all these chocolaty options in the house, happiness is guaranteed to stay indoors :D What a delight it is to have these on hand, when chocolate-craving strikes!

The day I was 'rich'!



Here is where you can find more of the #100HappyDays pictures.

Still very close to the start line and I am not sure if I'll be able to see through the 100 days (have never completed these challenges in the past) but one thing's for sure- the few minutes I dedicate to IG for the #100HappyDays hash-tagging, multiples my happiness :)

Who so ever came up with this, sure knows how to count the blessings in life.

What makes you happy- the people in your life or the food options on the table? Both, none or more?



Also find at:
Wicked Awesome Wednesday
Your Whims Wednesday
Make It Pretty Monday




Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Bright and Sunny Nook

It's time I took you to the little corner of my house that I pay visit to severals time in a day. No, it's not the kitchen! We are talking about the patio! 



Our patio faces the road with continue flow of traffic. The zoom-zoom of cars, the sirens of fire trucks and ambulances, occasional honking and the most-dreaded red-and-blue lights from the cops' cars keep us entertained round the clock. But what I like best about this patio is that it gets to greet the rising sun every morning and the latter very gratefully provides it's company to our patio for most part of the day.

All in a month's time


Now that makes our patio a perfect place for gardening :)

Tomatoes on the right... They grow so fast!

I am no expert; but the pieces of gardening knowledge I get from my family plus what I learn from the internet plus my common sense (oh! yes! I have some gardening-common-sense), has helped me grow a tiny garden in the patio. A garden that is small enough to give us room to walk around and pull our chairs for evening chit-chats; and big enough to keep my spirits high.

Trying my luck with Cilantro in that big round container!


I like to grow my plants from seeds. The entire process of sowing the tiny seeds to waiting for them to germinate, replanting in bigger pots and watching them grow some flowers and fruits is so pleasurable. Much better than getting potted plants from nurseries.  

I was away in India for most part of the early spring- the perfect time to sow your seeds. By the time I could throw the first handful of seeds into the pots, it was already June! But I did not give in for the potted plants (except a couple!). 

Marigold

Methi (Fenugreek)

Wild Flowers

Chick Pea - For fun ;)


That's how my garden looks after one month. Far from bearing flowers or fruits but the greenery and beauty the small plants add, makes me a happy girl.

Mind you, I have already harvested the first lot of methi (fenugreek leaves)!




The corner with chairs you see below, is my morning spot to soak up some sun and see the husband drive off to work. Late afternoon, I just sit there with my phone or iPad for a round of online social networking. On days, when the TV fails to pull us and the weather outside is too gorgeous too ignore, the evening tea is served right here. Sometimes, I just don't need a reason to grab my seat in the patio. I sit there looking at my plants and feeling good about them.



These are an average steel and polypropylene chairs, initially bought for use in the house but since they did not fit in any of the rooms, I decided to put them in the patio. Now the concern here was the direct sun light, which could harm the plastic, eventually leading it to crack. I did not want to take chances with that, so I grabbed the hand-woven, cotton rugs (looking at the size, I'd better call them mats), given by SIL, and threw them on the chairs. Looks perfect. Fits perfect. And the neutral color tone of these 'mats' do not take the focus away from my plants. Win! Win!



Talking about chairs, I recently came across the Complete Guide to Modern Chairs by One King's Lane. These guys definitely do their homework well. You'd know what I am talking about, if you check out the guide. They have names and categories for all kinds of chairs. Makes it so easy to identify what kind of chair you'd like in the house and shop accordingly, making your nook all the more appealing and comfortable.



Don't we all have a little corner in our house that we are fond of? Mine for sure is this patio (at least until the winter falls upon us). How about you? What's your favorite spot in the house?





Tuesday, July 01, 2014

These Buddha Paintings - Easier to Create than to Click


I had a hit on the blog from Yigo today! Has anyone heard about this place? Well, I had not. Not unless I saw the words 'A visitor from Yigo' on Feedjit's Live Traffic Feeds. Google tells me it's the northernmost village of the United States territory of Guam. 


See that tiny red mark on the map? That's Yigo!



So, I have a reader from a small village that I did not even know existed. Amazing!! This seeds the wish to connect with the readers one-on-one... The wish to know my visitors who were here.... The wish to know who that visitor from Yigo was!


______________________________________________________________________________


The itch to paint never sleeps.

In the two months that I was in Charlotte before leaving for India, I spent most of the time making the new place home, apart from day-dreaming about the wedding of course  (don't know what I am talking about, you better head HERE). And between all this, I grabbed my paint brushes and came up with these.




Sanket wanted me to shun the multi-color palette for once and come up with something which was more soothing to the eye. This should explain the choice of subject and the earthy color tone.


Even after using Acrylics for more than a couple of years now, I still don't feel related to it. I am better friends with Oils. Probably why I was apprehensive of the end result, when I started off with it using acrylic paints. This apprehension coupled with the fact that I was painting portraits for the first time made me a little nervous. However, I am happy with how these turned out :)


Now that I am done with these, I can say that it was easier to create these paintings than to capture them. I had a tough time trying to click pictures which showed the paintings just as they were. In the ones that were clicked earlier, the colors were nowhere close to the original. Black looked like blue because of light. Yellows got either too dull or too bright. The texture was hardly visible. 


I tried it all...


Tried to capture them in the patio...




On the railing...




On the carpet...




Up close...




Together...







And just when I was about to give up on clicking these paintings, I thought I'll give it another try and Hooray! I got it right this time. The colors look perfect and so, here they are being featured after 4 months!





_______________________________________________________________________________


Going back to from where we started this post, please take a few minutes to drop a comment below, with your name, blog URL (if you have one) and the city you are visiting from. To know that you were here, is what I am looking forward to.



P.S.- Heading to grab my seat before the TV set for the USA vs Belgium, Group of 16, FIFA World Cup! Are you ready?