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Please Sir, some more

Am back in Kuwait after a long, very long flight that made me cranky, tired and homesick. Nice voice, pilot, but pray that I’m not on your flight the next time there’s a goof-up!

Goa was in full swing with all the Christmas parties and weddings. We danced till our feet and knees ached and when you think you could sit down for a while, the MC calls everyone on the floor for a last dance. I think I lost a couple of kilos only with dancing. Then we went to Chennai and that’s where those lost kilos came back to mama! I mean, you wait for a whole year to taste mum’s food and then you just can’t be on a diet when your favorite dishes are displayed right in front of your eyes.

I’ve listed my top 10 dishes - absolute favorites from Chennai and Goa. In case you want to check them out, the eateries are mentioned here ;)

1. Habsi halwa - Sri Krishna sweets, T Nagar, Chennai

2. Brain masala - from my mum’s kitchen (let me know if you want to try it out, she’ll be most delighted to have you there)

3. Masala dosai and Pongal (I just can’t separate these two)- Sangeetha’s, T Nagar

4. Special Madras meals (a thali or sappad) - Palmgrove hotel, Chennai

5. Strawberry icecream (family pack - wait till it’s melting and then attack) - Arun icecream, T Nagar

6. Mutton Xacuti - from a true goan restaurant or at a goan wedding

7. Goan fish fry - rechaod(red) masala one- from an authentic goan restaurant or mai & pai’s kitchen

8. Pai’s cabbage rolls - stuffed with spiced mince, bacon and rice

9. Mutton biryani - now you may have tried elsewhere but I just love Chennai’s Jack and Jill caterers (what say, clem and jenny?)

10. Ginger chicken - again from mum’s kitchen

My mouth’s watering just typing them. Honestly speaking, these would be the foods I would love to eat any day any time. Note: if I happen to be serving a death sentence and they ask me what I would have before execution, the above 10 would have to be there in the list.

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‘Tis the season of joy

To everone out there, here’s wishing you all a beautiful Christmas. Going home for the hols and back on Epiphany, and I wonder how fast the internet connection would be there in order for me to write during these 2 weeks?! The Christmas season is something I look forward to every year and although the spirit of Christmas is evident in Kuwait, I somehow prefer it being celebrated with family back home. Fun, family and friends!!

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Some like it hot

Can you spot the 2 gents in this pic?

If you haven’t got a chance to see this 1959 classic (in my hall of fame) then waste no time and rent a DVD. The classy sense of humour that is so much a part of the yesteryear movies keeps you smiling throughout the film. And the fact that it’s black and white, draws you away from unnecessary distractions like dresses, heavy make-up, beaches, swimsuits (ahem). 

    And I know Marilyn Monroe is the main star and basic reason that most moviegoers would want to see this film blah blah blah.  But for me, the star was Jack Lemmon. He’s hilarious especially in the scenes with the millionaire suitor. I preferred him as Daphne as opposed to Jerry :)

 So, do you prefer classical or jazz?                                            
Well, some like it hot

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Give up Yer Aul sins


I came across this cute video while browsing for something on youtube. This series, including the original Oscar-nominated short, from Brown Bag Films is based upon the 1960s recordings of young children in Ireland telling Bible stories in a classroom to their schoolteacher.  If you know the story of Lazarus, you must listen to the whole video. Even if you’re not aware, check the clip…it’ll keep you smiling :)

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A twist on ‘vaastha’

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Food, glorious food

 

 If you check my earlier two posts , I made a mention of the food eaten on my birthday. Since the description of all that we ate wouldn’t do justice to the titles of those posts, I’ve dedicated the content of this one in praise of the yummy food. 

  The photo of chocolate ganache cake is taken from Mr Baker’s site. Two Kuwait partners, established Mr.Baker in the early 1996, with the help of a leading manufacturer of confectionery and bakery products in Belgium. 

  I don’t have the words to describe this cake - it’s so yummy and mind you, I’m not a big fan of the chocolate flavour either. But this really swept me off my feet the first time a mere morsel melted in my mouth - the feeling’s utopic! (sigh) 

  Add to it, the Mr Baker store on Hamad Al Mubarak street is  adjacent to a kunafa shop and a little further there’s Tutti  Frutti (I think) and Sable. When we used to return from our  evening walk at the beach, it was an impossible to resist  urge to stop at Mr Baker and pick up a few pastries. Talk  about compensating for the calories burned…now I know  why those walks didn’t help at all :(

For my birthday (cheez, I sound like a kid!) dinner, we went  to the good ol’ lebanese restaurant Mais AlGhanim. Not  interested in writing about their history here though. The  menu tag line says “Genuine Hospitality since 1953″ so you  can imagine. That night, I ordered a kiwi juice while Uncle  Jim wanted to try out the non-alcoholic beer (nice!). The  kobus (fresh from the oven and the roasted variety) came  with the pickled vegetables along with the hummus (a  favourite in this restaurant) we  asked for initially. The main course consisted of a mixed meat grill served with french fries called Kabab Mais Alghanim and Hammour(fish) on skewer served with dill infused rice. Allow me to explain each:

1) Kabab Mais Alghanim - 1 kabab, 1 intabli, 1 baghdadi, 1 kafta kabab 

2) Hammour on skewer - skewers of grilled hammour and bell pepper served with red capsicum sauce 

 

Doesn’t this make your mouth water? And believe me, it tastes even better than how it looks. The succulent grilled meat and the fish with the red pepper sauce added a whole new flavour to the dinner. Not a single kabab tasted the same (although you couldn’t differentiate much from their appearance) and the fish was just well-done.

This is the second time I’ve been to Mais and Mario’s third. And I’ll go again and again and again. You just can’t get enough of it. Another major plus point is that the prices are so reasonable. There’s also an option for those watching their waistline - try the “healthy choice” dishes with low fat & low salt. Good quantities, reasonable rates, great ambience and fast service - what more could a hungry person want? Ah yes, a little bit of chocolate ganache cake as dessert :)

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Escalophobia among other things

Well, I know I’ve been lazy not writing a post for a long time. Reason? Forget it, too dumb to mention, but the bottomline is that I was lazy. My birthday (17th) was a great day with my hubby pampering me more than ever and I had my aunt and uncle come down too for a short visit. Shall explain the food we ate on another post. The main intent of this post is to list the 5 things I’m afraid of the most, so here goes:

1) Going up escalators (freaks the hell out of me!) - would always choose the stairs or the lift

2) Physical pain - not small cuts on the hand or a bruise, but pain from plucking eyebrows, waxing and pain caused by putting your hand or any body part in a rotating noisy machine (yikes!)

3) Big insects - I for one, can’t even bear looking at a leech leave alone it sucking blood from my leg. Tiny cockroaches don’t scare me, it’s the big ones that do

4) Reptiles - all of them

5) Falling into the deep blue sea - I was on a ship once, part of our college NCC navy drill and we went out into the ocean. It was dark blue and frightening and it didn’t help that the waves splashed onto the deck.

And yep, that’s it - the 5 things that scare me the most. Coming to Kuwait, I would say driving on a ring road (that’s if I dare to do it) could also be included in the list.

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Title?

Ever come across such days that you have so much to do, that you don’t know where to begin? Today is one such day. Forget the days not so long ago that I planned my work so well that I wasn’t rushed. Now I’ve come face to face with today, with so much planned yet with hardly the energy or strong will power to go ahead. If you’ve read my earlier post on chores, you’d get an idea of what I’m talking about. If you haven’t then I won’t bore you with details lest you change your mind about this delightful task.

I happened to watch a couple of movies amidst my busy (ahem) schedule - A Passage to India and The Color Purple. Both are academy award winning movies, so you can imagine the viewing - a little too heavy for the eyes. Oprah was super in Purple, she adds some spark and humour to the misery in the house. A Passage can best be reviewed on imdb; I couldn’t for the life of me, understand why this movie is so long! I mean, wouldn’t it have saved time, effort and money if it was shorter by say 2 hrs? If someone wanted more imagery, she could read the book. It still isn’t over yet, but I think I could guess where it was going. Although supposed to have been from the pre-Independence era, I frown on movies that portray India nothing more than a land of wild people, temple elephants, snake charmers and the like. Although the Indian actors in the movie spoke with lovely English accents, it seemed like a theatre production rather than a movie.

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Another Andy Park favourite

Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord - Andy Park

This is the year of the favour of the Lord!

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Change me on the inside

Since I heard a sample of this song, I’ve been searching for it over the net. Found it on imeem.com along with other cool songs…enjoy! 

Note: Wait for the player to appear on the page and play. It takes 3-5 seconds.

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