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desideewar - connecting to our roots... one story at a time https://desideewar.com/ en Fitness endeavors of Dr Rupal Mohan https://desideewar.com/node/24 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fitness endeavors of Dr Rupal Mohan</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:55</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/rupal.PNG?itok=bVM3LyB5" width="362" height="480" alt="Rupal Mohan" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dr Rupal Mohan, who runs her own clinic, providing Urgent and Family Care in Phoenix, Arizona, started participating in... Half- marathons not too long ago. In Jan of 2011, she first did a half-marathon primarily to keep the high cholesterol under control. Having a family history of high cholestrol, she always followed a strict control of her diet, but was still taken by surprise when a routine examination showed more than marginally high levels. After walking the first half-marathon, there was no turning back for her. She went on to do about six more that year. This year alone, she did 8 half-marathons in various different cities in US including Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, etc. So what keeps her going? "Exercise elevates endorphin levels that keeps your mood good. So exercise feels good. Participating in the events feels even better. I also get a good break from my regular schedule," she says.</p> <p>She and her husband, Sumeet Mohan, whose story we covered earlier, often walk half-marathons together. Apart from participating in charity events, more recently their Wedding Anniversary celebrations have included hiking trips to Yosemite, longest being the 18 miles hike to the Half-Dome there. This celebrated their 20th Wedding Anniversary by doing a 20 miles hike to the Havasupai Falls in Grand Canyon and back over 2 days.</p> <p>In order to start their kids in the path of fitness early in life, they walk/run in several 5K events with them. This year alone they did the following five events with their kids- AZ heart walk 5K, Irish 5 K, Patt Tillman run 5k, One for Water 4 mile, Run for law enforcement 5k and Cave Creek luminaria 5K. They also see family vacations as opportunities for taking early morning 4 to 6 miles walk in new surroundings! Every day of their vacation starts with that. "That's the key to not gaining any extra pounds during your vacations", they say. And they most certainly don't!</p> <p>Not just that, eating right is an important part of their staying fit agenda. During outings and trip, Dr Mohan always has healthy snacks handy like unsalted nuts, fruits, health bars, Muscle-milk and high-protein snacks like tuna and crackers. She makes sure the kids have them every two hours, before the "junk" options around start to look too hard to resist! They themselves opt for double-meat wheat sandwiches for meals when outside, keeping the restaurant food to minimal.</p> <p>Dr Rupal Mohan has several tips for the readers of desideewar who want to start participating in half-marathons or similar events on a regular basis. First and foremost, a good pair of shoes is important, according to her. She recommends Asics gel shoes. She also recommends compression clothing (slacks and socks) that reduces muscle soreness during long events. For nutrition, carry Cliff bars and cliff shots during the events, she says. These are available in Target. Also, keep energy gels handy for the half- marathons. These provide rapid fuel and elctrolyte. A good brand is GU and Hammer. They come in all flavors in small pouches in Sports Authority. Also, Fizz Tablets to put in your water for electrolytes helps, according to her. Lastly, take Advil before you start the event and don't forget Recoverelite after it.</p> <p>As for training yourself for half-marathon, Dr Rupal says, "Start small and keep advancing every week. Keep a log of your exercise, your weight ( if that motivates you) ". Sounds good, Dr Rupal Mohan. Thank you for taking the time to talk to desideewar and we wish our readers the very best if they do choose to undertake similar endeavors!</p> <p>(Photo Credit: Copyright desideewar)</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">People</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:55:02 +0000 sonalk 24 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/24#comments Diwali- A Festival Of Light https://desideewar.com/node/23 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Diwali- A Festival Of Light</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:51</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/Diwali.jpg?itok=4nLCCaCK" width="480" height="327" alt="Diwali" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Here in America, we often get requests from our kids' elementary school teachers to do a presentation on Diwali for the kids in their class. And our elementary-school-going kids love it. We go to their school equipped not only with lot of information on Diwali (all done up in the form of a power-point presentation), but also with Diwali sweets, 'diyas' (little lamps), pictures of Ganesh & Lakshmi and some hands-on activities like painting the 'diyas' and coloring the 'rangolis' (floor art). Our kids are enthusiastic about the event and we're happy to do it!</p> <p>So we decided to do this most important festival of India, in an educational format. Yes, this is from an actual power-point presentation shared with American students in an elementary school. And yes, they loved it and so did the teacher! </p> <p>What is Diwali?</p> <p>Diwali is one of the most important festival in India.<br /> It is celebrated sometime during Fall- it does not have a fixed date, but the date is based on the Hindu calendar.<br /> The name “Diwali” comes from a Sanskrit word, Deepavali” which means “row of lamps”.</p> <p>How is Diwali celebrated?</p> <p>It is celebrated over 5 days – each day has its’ own significance. Day 3 is the actual Diwali.<br /> Preparations for Diwali starts days before the festival. People thoroughly clean their house (something like Spring cleaning here) in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome who is believed to visit on Diwali (like Santa Clause does on Christmas).<br /> People wear new clothes and exchange sweets, snacks and gifts with family, friends and business associates (like Christmas here).<br /> People light small clay lamps called “diyas”, filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. All homes and businesses are lit up with colorful lights and there’s festivities everywhere (like Christmas here).<br /> People burst firecrackers everywhere on the streets all over the cities (like July 4th here).<br /> People pray to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, for Health, Wealth and Prosperity.<br /> The fifth day is called the Bhai Dooj, it is a “Brother – Sister” day.</p> <p>Why is Diwali celebrated?</p> <p>Diwali has many significances in India- <br /> It marks the day when Lord Ram returned from his banishment.<br /> It celebrates the Good over Evil.<br /> Diwali marks the end of the harvest season in most of India. Farmers give thanks for the bounty of the year gone by (like Thanks Giving here), and pray for a good harvest for the year to come. Traditionally this marked the closing of accounts for businesses also. Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and people ask for her blessings for a good year ahead.</p> <p>What is Rangoli?</p> <p>Rangoli is a floor art.<br /> People draw Rangolis at the entrance of their house during Diwali as a sign of welcome or to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.<br /> These are images and motifs drawn on the floor The Rangoli designs are passed down through generations, with some of them being hundreds of years old. The designs are geometric and proportioned. </p> <p>These are made with finger using rice powder, crushed lime stone, or colored chalk. They may be topped with grains, pulses, beads, or flowers. </p> <p>Again, Wish You All A Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali! </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-photos field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/diwali2.png" title="Rangoli" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-ddarticle-23-pyR6XL8PD2c" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{"alt":"Rangoli"}"><img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/diwali2.png" width="265" height="353" alt="Rangoli" typeof="foaf:Image" /></a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Festivals</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:51:51 +0000 sonalk 23 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/23#comments Karva Chauth https://desideewar.com/node/22 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Karva Chauth</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:49</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/KarvaChauth.JPG?itok=V0Nl0prJ" width="480" height="269" alt="Karva Chauth" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A Hindu Festival for the Beloved<br /><em>(by Sonal Kulshrestha)</em></p> <p><em>[Photo credits: (Left) Sapna and Manoj Gupta from NJ; (Right) Sangeeta and Sanjay Awasthi from CA.]</em></p> <p>HAPPY KARVA CHAUTH to all the wonderful women all over the world celebrating this very glamorous festival as you pray for your husband's long life!</p> <p>Yes, Karva Chauth is one of the most glamorous festival there is. And thanks to our Hindi movies, its been glamorized even more over the years! But hey, nobody is complaining! We love the karva chauth scenes in the movies and we love hearing about our actors celebrating the festival. In spite of having to stay without consuming a single morsel of food, nor a drop of water all day long until the very keenly awaited moon-rise time, women who celebrate this, love karva chauth. We love decking up, sometimes even bringing out our nicely packed-away bridal saris for the occasion! We love getting together with friends to do the thali (plate) rotations, we love playing cards or games while we all together wait for moon-rise. Of course, the splitting headache that often accompanies the festivities on account of not having eaten anything, is the only bummer!</p> <p>Most of us who are from north India have witnessed the festival being celebrated with all its glory there! Growing up, we remember all the aunties getting together and doing the 'thali' and playing cards. We have fond memories of all the laughter and of course some whining too.<br />  </p> <p>For those who live here in America, this is one festival that doesn't make us go, "India mein karne ke baat hee kuch aur hai". No, we might whine about Diwali not being the same here, but not karva chauth! For here too we get all dressed up in our beautiful saris, jewelry, gather for 'thali' in temple, plan a potluck, play games until moon rise, do the moon-watching and the "husband-watching" through the "chunni", husband's 'aarti', and yes, some of us even touch our husband's feet on just this one occasion, leaving aside the today's woman concept. But then, we do get extra amount of pampering from our dear husbands on this day.<br />  <br /> While we, the modern women today, might go along with our age old traditions, these very age-old traditions makes karva chauth the most controversial festival as well. Like my white American manager once said, "My wife will hand me the gym bag and tell me to work out to make sure I've a long life rather than go without food, praying for that." But then we know, we do it because of course, we want our husbands to live a long and healthy life, we want to celebrate many more years of this festival (so we're praying for many years of married bliss), and also because, we do enjoy this 'bridal' festival. </p> <p>So as you all fast, with prayers for the long life of your husband or soon-to-be, have fun and enjoy the pampering, ladies! Because, that part is really all about us, isn't it? ;) End of the day though, 'KC' is quite simply about celebrating love (like the look in the eyes of the two couples in the pictures above proves) ...</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Festivals</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:49:15 +0000 sonalk 22 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/22#comments Being In Boston https://desideewar.com/node/20 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Being In Boston</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:39</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/Boston.jpg?itok=SJE2gKEJ" width="480" height="320" alt="Boston Harbor" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A week long trip (or at least a 4-5 days long trip) to Boston, Massachusetts, was a perfect time-frame for us to admire the beautiful architecture (17th/18th century  and modern) and to explore the very rich history that is embedded in the by lanes of the city as it had the honor of hosting some of the critical events that led to the American Revolution against the Britishers in the 17th century. You instantly feel the difference in the architecture of the city that is so different from the fairly newer architecture that you come across in the other cities of US. You see beautiful Victorian style buildings in Back Bay (picture above) and equally amazing federalist style of architecture in Beacon Hill, Boston's poshest neighborhood. There are many ancient buildings that capture your attention and interest. There's the First Unitarian church that was built in 1630, the King Chapel Anglican Church that was built in 1688, the Boston Public Library's present building at Copley Square location that was built in 1895, and so the list goes on.</p> <p>A visit to Boston also provides first hand education about the monumental historical events that occurred in here, like the Boston Massacre of 1770, the Boston Tea Party of 1773 and the Declaration of Independence that was first read from the balcony of the Old State House in Boston on July 18th, 1776. From that point of view, the timing was perfect for us as my 5th grader son had just finished studying the chapters on American Revolution, and the series of events were still fresh in my freshman daughter's mind from learning about it in her middle school  years.</p> <p>Apart from the historical events,  the city boosts of being home to some of the very famous historical personalities as well- two of America's presidents are from Quincy, a Boston suburb, the 'Sons of Liberty' lived here- Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and others. Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the 'Christian Scientist'  religion lived here, who was probably the first woman to have founded a religion of this size. Moreover, there are many 'firsts' and 'oldest' associated with Boston. The Boston Public Library was the first public library in America. The Union Oyster is America's oldest  restaurant that is still running. It is 159 years old. The USS constitution, or the 'Old Ironsides' as it is sometimes referred (interestingly, it is made of thick oak and not iron), is  the oldest commissioned navy ship that is still an active member of the US navy. It was launched to fight in 1797 and it went undefeated in her career. Boston Common is the oldest city park in America, built in 1634. The Harvard University, built in 1636, is the first College founded in the  American colonies. The Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the world. More recently, Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is the world's largest independent music college. To top it all, the 'modern' feel of the city is just as intriguing.</p> <p>Knowing that a week long trip can't be chalked out on everyone's calendar, here we have a four day trip planned out for you- if you haven't already visited Boston but it is very much on the cards. Of course, we recommend that while there, do buy the four day pass for the 'Old Town Trolly Tours' that allows you unlimited hop-on and hop offs during a four day period. So here goes your itinerary...</p> <p><strong>Day 1</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Boston" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c84b983f-b0c5-433b-9a1e-32e4c2ecb4b1" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Boston1.JPG" /></strong><br /> Stroll around the Quincy Market area. Visit the Faneuil Hall that was built in 1742 by Peter Faneuil, Boston's wealthiest merchant. Faneuil Hall was a meeting place for the Sons of Liberty and many inspirational speeches were given here by Samuel Adams and other patriots, some that were instrumental in protesting against the Sugar Act in 1764 and in establishing the doctrine of "no taxation without representation." Quincy Market itself makes a perfect lunch venue as there are ample choices there, with food stalls lined all along the long corridor.  Eat a good hearty lunch of Lobster Bisque Soup, Sour Dough Bread and perhaps even Catfish Kebabs if you enjoy seafood. If you are a vegetarian, no worries, try the delicious Kadhi Chawal combo from 'Gourmet India' stall right there. Check out the famous 'Cheers' bar and restaurant. Yes, there's one in Quincy Market as well now, due to the enormous attention that the original one in Beacon street gets. As you know, the pub was the model for the famous American sitcom, 'Cheers'. Come back to the Quincy market later in the afternoon for 'Chai and Samosas' from the Indian food stall there while the kids enjoy a smoothie or an ice cream. End your day with a short 45 minutes city tour on 'Old Town Trolley' that gives you a good glimpse of some of the places you would want to visit in the next couple of days.</p> <p> If you happen to be in Boston on July 4th, you should be able to witness the reading out of the declaration of Independence from The Old State House balcony in that area. If you're lucky you might be able to catch the re-enactment of the Boston Massacre of the 1770 as well. It was this event that had triggered the american revolution of colonists all over America.</p> <p><strong>Day 2</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="HarvardSquare" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7992b198-13b5-4eb7-a9c2-73b6ae2a01f3" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/HarvardSquare.JPG" /></strong></p> <p>Start your day with the full city tour on Old Town Trolley. That way you get ample time to get off at certain points along the way. Remember you can't hop on after 4:30 pm. Even if you decide to not get off, you are fine. Just sit back and go back in time- as you listen to the role of the 'Sons of Liberty' in US independence movement, as you drive past the beautiful Victorian buildings, as you learn about the various famous people who lived in Boston, as you see the many historical sites all along the way during the two and half hour tour. Tour the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of technology) campus or spend the evening at the Harvard Square. Venture into the huge book stores there, especially 'The Coop', listen to music played by students looking to get some extra cash and generally wander around among the local  intellects. End the evening at the awesome Indian restaurant in the area there, called the 'Maharaja'. The food is simply superb there- especially the items that are marked as being a secret royal recipe- like the 'Dal Makhani'.</p> <p><strong>Day 3</strong></p> <p>Visit the Boston Public Garden. Walk along the Newbury Street, see the Boston Marathon Finish Line Memorial where there's a permanent yellow line painted to honor those who were killed or severely injured when two bombs went off close to the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Have lunch at the Indian restaurant called 'Kashmir'. Walk over to the Boylston street. Visit the Boston Public Library and take their free tour. You'll be amazed at the history of this first ever free public library of America that was made with the goal of educating the many Irish refugees who had ended up in Boston in trying to escape the Potato famine of 1845. The library's magnificent art and architecture is breath taking. The library boasts a wealth of rare books. It holds the personal library of John Adams. Go to Copley Square. There, visit the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel (right across the library) that shares it's address with the Tipton Hotel in the famous TV<br /> series, 'Suite Life of Zack and Cody'. Drop by the Old South Church, also near the library, that was built in 1630. Shop at the mall in 'Prudential' tower, Boston's second largest building and end the evening at the 'Top of the Hub' restaurant, an upscale place- either for dinner or a coffee break with good latte and some desert- Crème Brûlée was awesome!  The panoramic view of the city from the top is simply phenomenal.</p> <p><strong>Day 4</strong></p> <p>First thing in the morning, experience the "Boston Tea Party" re-enactment at the Boston Harbor (picture above and right). If you have a fifth grader child, you'll find him/ her completely engrossed in the tale of the tea party that turned out to be the turning point in the American Revolution. Afterwards, have lunch in the "Top of the Hub", it's much more casual during lunch and you can enjoy some Paninis and Chips. Visit the Mary Baker Eddy Museum and the Mapparium (experience seeing the world of 1935 from inside a globe)- that's interesting. On your way back from the area, be sure to take a coffee break at 'Georgetown Cupcake' on Newbury street-a famed cupcake store with their own TV show 'DC Cupcakes', although the original store is in DC their cupcakes are truly delicious.</p> <p>To summarize, visit Boston for three reasons- 1. It's impressive architecture, 2. The history that is it's integral part; 3. The tales of the famous personalities that it tells. We returned from Boston well educated on the nation's history. We were left in awe of Boston's spectacular architecture and rich history. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-photos field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Boston3.JPG" title="Top of the Hub" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-ddarticle-20-pyR6XL8PD2c" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{"alt":"Top of the Hub"}"><img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Boston3.JPG" width="316" height="392" alt="Top of the Hub" typeof="foaf:Image" /></a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Boston4.JPG" title="Boston" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-ddarticle-20-pyR6XL8PD2c" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{"alt":"Boston"}"><img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Boston4.JPG" width="316" height="392" alt="Boston" typeof="foaf:Image" /></a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/VictorianBuilding.jpg" title="Victorian" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-ddarticle-20-pyR6XL8PD2c" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{"alt":"Victorian"}"><img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/VictorianBuilding.jpg" width="316" height="392" alt="Victorian" typeof="foaf:Image" /></a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Travel in USA</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:39:47 +0000 sonalk 20 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/20#comments Conversation With My Daughter- On Sexting https://desideewar.com/node/19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Conversation With My Daughter- On Sexting</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:37</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As my 15 year old daughter drives herself to her band camp with me at the passenger seat, I pick up on a conversation we had couple of years back. "Remember the story of that beautiful Cincinnati teen, Jesse Logan, who had committed suicide after a nude photo that was meant for her boyfriend's eyes alone ended up being circulated around her high school?". She did remember our discussion. The incident had occurred in 2008, sending a shiver down the spine of every parent. I told her, sadly, incidents like these are happening everywhere. In this age of constant and instant communications, the expectations of intimacy is high at  every level, yes, even virtually. We hear of pic pressure- boyfriend asking/ pressurizing girlfriend for a revealing picture. We hear of the pic going viral upon break up. We hear of the ridicule and the humiliation that the girl is subjected to. We hear of a life lost- because someone did something simply because they could, because today's technology provides the means to.<br />  </p> <p>"Then what would you say to one of those girls, if you were the mom?" my daughter asks, looking completely uninterested, yet trying to humor me. I think about it very carefully. I'm not bothered by the apparent lack of interest in her tone. I'm undeterred by the forced attempt at making  conversation. All I realize is that I am being given a golden opportunity to imprint my stand in her brain. I want to convey the perfect message, in a perfect way. I want to mince no word. I want to leave nothing unsaid. And yet, I don't want to sound like I'm beating down on "kids these days". I don't want to sound like I'm ranting on the "evils of technology". Trying to hold the rush of words that are eager to barge out of my mouth at been given the invitation to, I say, what I believe every mother of a teenage daughter would say- multiple times.<br />  </p> <p>No mother would want her daughter to send revealing pictures of herself to anyone- not to a boy friend of 1 or less month, not to a boy friend of 3 or more years. Every mother's hope is that no matter what the pressure, her daughter would be strong enough to not give in to any pressure or dare, to never compromise on what she believes in her heart to be potentially dangerous and risky, to stay away from situation or people that constantly put her resolves or judgement to test. That said, if I am the mother of a girl that makes that one mistake of her life and is facing the worst case scenario of such an action, I know I'll be furious. I'll furious with her for an hour. Maybe two. Perhaps even more. But I also hope that my daughter would know that the anger will subside soon. I hope that she'll know that once it does, I'll hug her tight and try my best to make her feel safe and secured. I'll kiss her and do my best to take the feeling of humiliation away. But most importantly, I'll look her in the eyes and I'll tell her to not judge herself by her one weak moment, to keep her head high, to not let anyone shame her because of her one bad decision. Because end of the day, hers is just another body. <br />  </p> <p>"Hmm. I hope all the mothers are already saying all that to their daughters. Even before anything happens", says my daughter, as she parks, gets off the car and gives me back the control.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/5" hreflang="en">Blog</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:37:54 +0000 sonalk 19 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/19#comments Four Weeknights Of Dinner With Sravi Wadawadigi https://desideewar.com/node/18 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Four Weeknights Of Dinner With Sravi Wadawadigi</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:27</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/Sravi-PineappleKadhi.JPG?itok=ss2Nwr0v" width="268" height="283" alt="Kadhi" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Sravi Wadawadigi has a delicious spread planned for you for the coming week. Follow her and do please give your feedback BEFORE and AFTER trying out her recipes. Got questions? Do please ask.</p> <h4>MONDAY MENU</h4> <p>Pineapple Kadhi </p> <p>Serve with White Rice</p> <p>1Can Pineapple chunks<br /> 1 can Cocunut milk<br /> 1 tbsp coconut powder<br /> Salt to taste<br /> turmeric<br /> Red chilli powder<br /> Jeera<br /> Green chillies<br />  </p> <p>Boil Pineapple with salt, turmeric, chilli powder. Add coconut powder, cocount milk, chopped green chillies and add Jeera as seasoning. </p> <p><strong>TUESDAY MENU</strong></p> <p><img alt="Eggplant" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5c5adc7f-9fd8-49c8-8231-eb95c2294652" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Sravi-Baigan.PNG" /><br /> Eggplant Peanut Gravy Curry</p> <p>Serve with Parathas & Yogurt </p> <p>Ingredients Needed:<br /> Brinjal - 250 gms<br /> Onions - 1 big<br /> Garlic - 4 cloves<br /> Tomatoes - 2 medium<br /> Red chili powder - 1 tsp<br /> Coriander powder - 1 tsp<br /> Turmeric powder a pinch<br /> Salt to taste<br /> Roasted peanut powder - 3 tsp<br /> Water as required<br /> For tempering<br /> Oil - 2 tsp<br /> Mustard Seeds, Urad dal - 1/2 tsp<br /> Curry leaves<br /> How to make the Brinjal Curry<br /> Wash and cut into long pieces, soak in water until usage.<br /> Heat a non stick pan with oil, temper with mustard, urad dal, curry leaves.<br /> Then add garlic, onions, saute well. When the onions turn colour, add finely chopped tomatoes and simmer.<br /> Now add salt and turmeric powder for the tomatoes to get mushy.<br /> Once it turns soft, add drained brinjal pieces. and saute well.<br /> Add chili powder, coriander powder and simmer with lid covered for 10 mins till the brinjal turn soft.<br /> Now add water and bring to boil.<br /> Finally add peanut powder and bring to boil.</p> <p>Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice, roti </p> <p><strong>WEDNESDAY MENU</strong></p> <p><img alt="Tomato Rice" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="187fa31e-817c-466c-8a5e-9a59c5e76c05" height="242" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Sravi-TomatoRice.PNG" width="278" /><br /> Tomato Rice</p> <p>Serve with green salad</p> <p>Tomato Rice Recipe<br /> 2 cups Rice<br /> 10 tomatoes<br /> 2 Spoons Tamarind paste<br /> 3 tbsp Vaangibhaat Masala (Readymade)<br /> Salt to taste<br /> Turmeric<br /> Hing<br /> Curry leaves<br /> Peanuts<br /> oil<br /> Cook the Rice in rice cooker with 1sp of salt and little oil. Put 2tbsp of oil in a pan, add hing, mustard, jeera, urad, chena, peanuts, curry leaves. Add finely chopped tomato to it and let it cook till it becomes this paste. Add tamarind paste and salt to taste. Mix the rice to this thick paste and add masala powder and mix it well. </p> <p><strong>THURSDAY MENU</strong></p> <p><img alt="Chana Dal Vada" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eba1ba36-4326-424d-8d90-99dd8fc94734" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/SraviChanaVada.PNG" /><br /> Chana Dal Vada</p> <p>Serve with coconut chutney/ peanut chutney  </p> <p>2 cups Chana Dal<br /> 8 green chilies <br /> 2 onions finely chopped<br /> 1 tbsp Rice Flour<br /> Salt to taste<br /> Jeera<br /> Oil to fry<br />  <br /> Soak Chana dal for one hour. Grind it with green chilies to granules. Mix the rest of the ingredients and make a thick paste. Make vadas and deep fry in oil. This can be served with coconut chutney. </p> <p><strong>Bonus!!!!</strong></p> <p><br /><strong>Sweet Pongal - This dessert is made especially during Sankranthi/Pongal festival</strong></p> <p>Ingredients<br /> » 1 cup Raw Rice<br /> » 1/2 cup Green Gram Dal<br /> » 1 cup Milk<br /> » 3 cups Jaggery (powdered)<br /> » 4 tbsp Ghee<br /> » 2 tbsp Cashewnuts<br /> » 2 tbsp Raisins<br /> » 5 no Cardamoms (powdered)<br /> » 2 no Cloves (powdered)<br /> » 1 small piece Nutmeg (grated or powdered)<br /> » A pinch of Saffron<br /> » 2 1/2 cups Water</p> <p><br /> Method<br /> 1. Roast dry the green gram dal for a couple of minutes. <br /> 2. Cook the rice and green gram dhal with 2 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup milk in the microwave and set aside. <br /> 3. Dissolve the jaggery in 3/4 cup water and cook on a low heat till the jaggery melts. <br /> 4. Put the syrup once more on the heat and stir till it becomes slightly sticky. <br /> 5. Add the cooked rice and dhal. <br /> 6. Heat the 4 tbsp ghee. <br /> 7. Fry the cashewnuts and raisins and add to the pongal. <br /> 8. Add the powdered cardamoms, cloves nutmeg and saffron.<br /> 9. Mix well and serve hot.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-photos field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Sravi-SweetPongal.png" title="Sweet Pongal" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-ddarticle-18-pyR6XL8PD2c" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{"alt":"Sweet Pongal"}"><img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Sravi-SweetPongal.png" width="230" height="286" alt="Sweet Pongal" typeof="foaf:Image" /></a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/16" hreflang="en">Recipes</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:27:55 +0000 sonalk 18 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/18#comments Special Recipe: Kala Chana with Sushma Varma https://desideewar.com/node/16 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Special Recipe: Kala Chana with Sushma Varma</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:22</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/Sushama-PooriKalaChana.jpg?itok=IBzZ9uVa" width="480" height="359" alt="Kala Chana" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><em>Ingredients:</em></strong></p> <p>Kala Chana: 3 cups</p> <p>Water: 6 cups</p> <p>Black cardamom: 3</p> <p>Bay leaves: 3</p> <p>Cloves: 6</p> <p>Cumin seeds: 1 1/2 tsp</p> <p>Cinnamon sticks: 1 1/2 in</p> <p>Onions: 1 1/2 medium sized</p> <p>Tomatoes: 3 small sized</p> <p>Ginger: 1 1/2 in</p> <p>Garlic: 6 cloves</p> <p>Green Chilies: 3 small sized</p> <p>Powder masalas- Coriander pwd, Garam masala, Cumin pwd, Anardana pwd, Red chilli pwd- all 3 tsp each.</p> <p><strong><em>Steps to make</em></strong></p> <p>1. Make Onion-Tomatoes-Ginger-Garlic-Green Chilies paste in a blender. Our out into a bowl.</p> <p>2. Put 1/2 cup water into the blender and whisk the water around to collect more paste. Pour this water into a bowl and add all the powder masala like coriander, garam masala, cumin pwd, anardana pwd and red chilli pwd. Mix well.</p> <p>3. In a pressure cooker,</p> <p>+ 3 tsp oil</p> <p>+ all whole masalas- cumin, black cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamom sticks crushed</p> <p>+ paste from step 1.</p> <p>Roast really well until all water evaporates</p> <p>+ paste from step 2</p> <p>Roast really well until oil separates</p> <p>+ soaked kala chana</p> <p>Roast really well for 10 mins</p> <p>+water</p> <p>+salt to taste</p> <p>Pressure cook for 50 mins, high at first, on medium after the first whistle.</p> <p>Garnish with cilantro leaves and roasted whole red chilies.</p> <p> </p> <p>Serve with Pooris and sliced onions and green chilies.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/16" hreflang="en">Recipes</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:22:48 +0000 sonalk 16 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/16#comments Four Weeknights of dinner with Geeta Sule https://desideewar.com/node/15 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Four Weeknights of dinner with Geeta Sule</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:15</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/GeetaMon.JPG?itok=_LXiADfF" width="368" height="251" alt="Geeta Mon" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>(Geeta is a mother of two teenage daughters, both of who love good gourmet food. So of course, Geeta cooks delicacies that is pleasing to the most refined palate. Here are her quick fixes for the week)</p> <p>(Photo Credit: Neha Sule)</p> <p><strong>Monday Menu: Shrimp Taco</strong></p> <p>Ingredients:<br /> Shrimp- peeled and deveined shrimp (frozen or fresh) (about 20-25 medium shrimp pieces for 4 people)<br /> Soft Tacos (flour tortillas or any tortillas of choice, about 8 to 10)<br /> Salsa<br /> Sour Cream<br /> Guacamole salsa (either readymade or recipe below)<br /> Mexican grated cheese (packet)<br /> Shredded Lettuce<br /> Mayo (1/2 cup)</p> <p>For Marinade- Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (1 tsp from can) or chilli pepper, minced garlic, black pepper, cilantro, lime juice, taco seasoning, cumin pwd and salt.</p> <p>Recipe:  </p> <p>Marinade the shrimp for 1/2 hour.<br /> 2. Either grill or cook the shrimp in oil on each side for 3 mins till it turns orange.<br /> 3. Warm the tortilla. Spread spicy mayo (mayo mixed with 1 tsp of adobo sauce in 1/2 cup mayo- or to taste. Put shrimp (3-4 per taco). Add lettuce, salsa, cheese, sour cream. Fold and serve.<br />  </p> <p>Guacamole salsa: Take 2 ripe avacados, peel. Cut and remove the pit. Mash it. Put in half chopped tomatoes, half red onion chopped, 1 jalapenos finaly dices, chopped cilantro, lemon jiuce and salt and pepper.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday Menu: Chicken Curry: (Serve with Roti or Naan)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Chicken Curry" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="42970622-2c94-43ae-b33d-2a24dd27accf" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/GeetaTues.JPG" /></strong></p> <p>Ingredients: Cut Chicken pieces (1 lb for 4 people), 2 medium Onions, 3 medium Tomatoes, 4 Cloves, 1 small piece Cinnamon, 1 Tbsp Coriander seeds, ½ tsp Fennel seeds, Coriander leaves, 2 Green Chilies and dry Masalas (1 tsp Haldi, 1 tsp Chili pwd, 1 tsp Jeera pwd, 1 tsp Garam Masala pwd – adjust to taste)</p> <p>Recipe:</p> <p>Marinate chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, salt</p> <p>and turmeric pwd. </p> <p>In a pan,<br /> + 4 Tbsp Oil<br /> + Bay leaves (2-3)<br /> + Finely chopped onions<br /> Brown it.<br /> + Masala (cut Tomatoes, 4 Cloves, small piece Cinnamon, 1 tbsp Coriander seed, 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds, small fresh Coriander leaves, 2 Green Chilies - all ground together)<br /> Roast till oil separates on the sides.<br /> + Dry Masalas (Haldi, Chili pwd, Jeera pwd, Garam Masala pwd)<br /> Roast again for 2 mins<br /> + marinated chicken pieces<br /> Fry for 10 mins</p> <p>+ 1 to 1/2 cup water<br /> + salt to taste<br /> Cover and cook for 20-25 mins until chicken is tender and cooked.</p> <p>Optional - 1/2 cup coconut milk (canned) – add in last 10 mins.<br /> Garnish with fresh coriander.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday Menu: Fettuccine Alfredo</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Fettucine" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3a7ff395-78d4-41e1-8deb-838fd1ee81db" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/GeetaWed.JPG" /></strong></p> <p>Ingredients:<br /> Dry Fettuccine pasta (1/2 packet), Milk, Cream, Grated parmesan, Butter, Olive oil</p> <p>Recipe:<br /> In pan,<br /> + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil<br /> + 2 tbsp butter<br /> Let melt.</p> <p>+ Mixture of cream (1/2 pint) and 1 1/2 cup milk<br /> Simmer<br /> + Salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, dry parsley, pinch of nutmeg<br /> simmer on low<br /> + Grated parmesan- 1/2 cup or more till sauce thickens<br /> simmer on low<br /> + Boiled and drained pasta ( make sure pasta is boiled with salt in water)<br /> Toss together.<br /> Garnish with parmesan cheese.<br /> Serve with garlic bread.  </p> <p><strong>Thursday Menu: Dal Methi (Serve with hot steamed rice, raita and papad</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="Dal Methi" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7b4a7979-a809-4504-a386-055bee8ef293" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/GeetaThu.JPG" /></strong></p> <p>Ingredients: Toor dal (1 cup), fresh methi leaves (1 small bunch), 1 small onion, 2 small tomatoes, 1 green chili, hing, red chili pwd, garlic and mustard seeds.</p> <p>Recipe: <br /> Cook Toor dal for 3-4 whistles with-<br /> 1 small chopped onion, 1 green chili, hing, haldi, 1 tsp oil.</p> <p>In a pot,<br /> + Oil<br /> + Hing<br /> + Mustard seeds<br /> + Chopped green chilies<br /> + finely chopped garlic<br /> + 1 medium onion- finely chopped<br /> + 1 1/2 cup fresh methi leaves- washed and chopped<br /> + Chopped tomatoes- 2 small<br /> + Haldi</p> <p>+ Salt<br /> + Pinch of sugar<br /> + Cooked dal<br /> + Little water to get the desired consistency<br /> Boi for 8-10 mins till all flavors marry together<br /> + Tarka (1 tsp ghee + hing + mustard + garlic + red chili pwd)<br /> Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.<br /> Serve with Steamed Rice, Raita and Papad.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/16" hreflang="en">Recipes</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:15:21 +0000 sonalk 15 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/15#comments Four Weeknights of Dinner with Bijal Haria https://desideewar.com/node/14 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Four Weeknights of Dinner with Bijal Haria</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:13</span> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2018-10/4WeeknightsOfDinnerWithBijal-Mon.jpg?itok=cZ8I7E8v" width="225" height="281" alt="Bijal Mon" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Four Weeknights of Dinner ......with Bijal Haria </p> <p>Bijal Haria is a mother of two. And here are her recipes that her kids love! Make sure you get the grocery done during the weekend, so you're ready for the week!</p> <p>Monday Menu:<br />  <br /> Pesto Panini<br /> with Tomato soup </p> <p>1  loaf  of ciabatta, halved horizontally and soft interior removed<br /> 1/2 cup store bought pesto<br /> 1 roasted red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, and cut into strips<br /> 1/4 pound fontina cheese, thinly sliced<br /> 1/2 cup baby arugula or basil, optional<br /> Extra-virgin olive oil<br /> Coarse salt<br /> Freshly ground pepper<br /> Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat or a panini press.<br /> Spread one cut side of ciabatta with the pesto and the other with olive oil. Layer one side of ciabatta with  red pepper, and arugula or basil,<br /> top with cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Top with remaining bread.<br /> Brush top and bottom of the sandwich with olive oil. Place on grill pan/panini maker. Grill 3 to 4 minutes until sandwich is golden and cheese is melted.<br /> Cut sandwich into quarters. Serve immediately.</p> <p><img alt="Spaghetti" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="887e804a-bbad-43c3-8537-07e28a4823ae" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/4WeeknightsOfDinnerWithBijal-Tue.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> <p><strong>Tuesday Menu:</strong></p> <p>Spaghetti with tomatoes, black olives, garlic and feta cheese<br /> Side dish - garlic bread <br /> Starter - Tomato soup</p> <p>1 1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 3), seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces<br /> 1/2 cup Kalamata or other black olives, pitted<br /> 1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled<br /> 3 tablespoons drained capers<br /> 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley<br /> 1/4 teaspoon salt<br /> 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper<br /> 3/4 pound spaghetti<br /> 6 tablespoons olive oil<br /> 3 cloves garlic, minced<br /> In a large glass, combine the tomatoes, olives, feta, capers, parsley, salt, and pepper.<br /> In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain.<br /> Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta and the garlic oil to the tomato mixture and toss.</p> <p><img alt="Enchilida" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a5000d4a-7180-437c-97df-8ef397a142b9" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/4WeeknightsOfDinnerWithBijal-Wed.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> <p><strong>Wednesday Menu:</strong></p> <p>Spinach Mushroom Enchilada's<br /> Side Dish - Mexican Rice<br />  </p> <p>2 whole Jalapenos Diced<br /> 2 cups Sliced Mushrooms<br /> 1 Tablespoon Butter<br /> 2 teaspoons Cumin, Divided<br /> 10 ounces, weight Fresh Spinach<br /> 1 cup Cream (recommended) Or Milk<br /> 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch<br /> 16 ounces, weight Sour Cream <br /> ½ teaspoons Chili Powder<br /> 1 teaspoon Salt<br /> 2 ounces, weight Monterey Jack Cheese<br /> 12 whole Corn Tortillas<br /> 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella<br /> Fresh Chopped Cilantro, To Taste (for Filling And For Garnish)<br /> Saute mushroom slices and jalapenos in butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook until they are tender. Add 1 teaspoon cumin and the spinach, stir and heat until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.<br /> In a small saucepan, mix cream and cornstarch. Add sour cream, 1 teaspoon cumin, chili powder, salt, red pepper and cilantro. Cook and stir on medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring continually. Remove from the heat and add Monterrey Jack cheese, stir until melted.<br /> Prepare corn tortillas by microwaving them for 15/20 seconds inside a paper towel. Preheat oven to 350 F.<br /> Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and put 1/2 cup of the sour cream mixture in the bottom. Fill tortillas with spinach/mushroom mixture, roll them up and place them seam side down in the dish. Cover enchiladas with the rest of the sour cream sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and garnish with cilantro.<br /> Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.<br />  </p> <p><img alt="Pizza" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0bb2e0e5-705b-460d-8ece-084c9df9f75d" src="https://desideewar.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/4WeeknightsOfDinnerWithBijal-Thu.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> <p><strong>Thursday Menu:</strong></p> <p>Cheese/Veggie Pizza <br /> Side dish - Salad</p> <p>1 can Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust<br /> 1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil leaves<br /> 1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano leaves<br /> 1 cup pizza sauce<br /> 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (6 oz)<br /> 1/2  cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)<br /> Heat oven to 400°F. Grease large dark or nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough on cookie sheet. Press out dough to 15x10-inch rectangle.<br /> Spread pizza sauce evenly over, sprinkle with cheeses,  basil and oregano leaves.<br /> Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.<br /> You can add any vegetables to the pizza if you like. ( mushrooms, Olives, Onions, Green Peppers, etc)</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/16" hreflang="en">Recipes</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:13:06 +0000 sonalk 14 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/14#comments Special Recipes https://desideewar.com/node/13 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Special Recipes</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://desideewar.com/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">sonalk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:08</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Keema Mattar - Serve with Hot Rotis and White Rice</strong></p> <p>Special Dinner with My Mom, Sushama Varma and I (Sonal Kulshrestha)</p> <p>Ingredients: (Serves 6 people)</p> <p>2 Tomatoes<br /> 1 Medium Onion<br /> 2" Ginger<br /> 2 Cloves Garlic<br /> -----------------------<br /> Blend to make Puree<br /> -----------------------------</p> <p>2 Badi Elaichi (Black Cardamon)<br /> 2" Cinnamon Sticks<br /> 2 Bay Leaves<br /> 2 tsp Cloves<br /> 2 tsp Cumin Seeds<br /> ------------------------------------<br /> Crush together to make fresh masala<br /> ----------------------------------------------------</p> <p>2 tsp Coriander Pwd<br /> 2 tsp Garam Masala Pwd<br /> 1 tsp Red Chili Pwd<br /> 1 tsp Cumin Pwd<br /> ---------------------------------------------<br /> Mix in a bowl for ready dry masala<br /> ----------------------------------------------</p> <p>1/2 cup Peas<br /> 2 cups Ground Chicken</p> <p>Cilantro leaves to garnish.</p> <p>Method:</p> <p>In a pressure cooker,<br /> + Oil (4 tsp)<br /> + Puree (as above)<br /> Roast well till oil separates.<br /> + Fresh Masala (as above)<br /> + Ready Dry Masala (as above)<br /> + 2 tsp water to cool down the temperature for better roasting<br /> Roast well until oil separates.<br /> + Peas<br /> Roast a little<br /> + Ground Chicken<br /> Roast for 10 mins.<br /> + Water (enough to cover chicken)<br /> + Salt to taste<br /> Pressure cook.<br /> After the first whistle, cook for 7 mins on slow.</p> <p>Garnish with chopped Cilantro leaves.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Category</h3> <ul class="links field__items"><li><a href="https://desideewar.com/taxonomy/term/16" hreflang="en">Recipes</a></li> </ul></div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"></section> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:08:05 +0000 sonalk 13 at https://desideewar.com https://desideewar.com/node/13#comments