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Oh. Em. Gee.

Dear goodness and gravy…

What a couple of days…

What happened?

The Good – I got a camera!   I have been taking pictures with my iPhone this entire time!

The Bad – I need to do a lot of learnin’.

The Ugly – Oh dear – do you have time for this?  Indulge me – if you will.

The camera was delivered to my office last Thursday (11/18/2010).  I opened it quickly out of excitement, and I left it on my desk because I was meeting with a client.

I left it in the office overnight. (Foreshadowing for BIG MISTAKE!)

Next morning, I come in and it’s gone. I saw some packaging paper sitting next to my trash and I knew – I just knewthe cleaning staff threw it away thinking it was trash.

I ran to the building recycling bin and fished through loads of bags of paper and plastic – in my good suit, nonetheless.  Nothing.

Then I approached the dumpster – the stink smelly dumpster – and I just stared at it.  Do I dare? The thing was packed to the max.  Thinking I have a client coming in the next 30 minutes, who probably won’t want their attorney smelling like yesterday’s lunch leftovers, I gave up.  Even I couldn’t make the dive.

I told the building manager, and she said she would do her best to see what happened.  Needless to say I was irritated/disappointed/sad.

Then the next day…I got a call.

The manager of the cleaning company said that he asked around (I’m sure they were motivated considering they would have to replace the sucker if they didn’t find it), who said his staff remembered the box and brought it to him – camera and accessories in tow!

A little fishy if you ask me but hey – I got my camera back.  And, let me tell you!  It’s divine! I don’t know what most of the buttons mean but, golly – I’m sure going to learn!

I, of course, practiced right away – on one of my very favorite items!

Since all was right with the world, and because I needed something good in my day, I made this:

What’s inside you ask?  Let’s take a closer look:

What you see here is a mix of the following:

–  drained garbanzo beans

–  carrot ribbons

–  sliced onions

–  romaine

–  chopped tomatoes

–  a little bit of ground black pepper

Then,  a dressing, which matched this combo perfectly!

Just a simple mix of spicy mustard, red wine vinegar, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil.

(I love making my own dressings!)

This, and  then the Sopranos – makes you think – what camera incident?

Fugetaboutit!

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Baingan Good Time

Yesterday, my mom came over and it was a food fest in my apt – lucky me!  My mom is probably the nicest person I have met in my entire life.  With that said, she is probably the quirkiest!

She and I were cooking together in my tiny kitchen and I told her – “move mom, move!”  She responds:  “When I move, you move – just like that”  Uhhhh…..

HOLD UPLuda?!  This 50-ish-yr-old tiny Indian woman, who watches no American TV/Movies has the strangest things come out of her mouth!  I asked her where she learned that from, and she said she’s in the know!!!  When did this happen?!

Oh lawwdddd….have mercy.

So, let’s get cooking.  I must preface this by saying I LOVE LOVE LOVE eggplant.  It is one of my – nay – my favorite vegetable!  An old favorite that I recreated myself was baingan bhartha.  Went deliciously with my mom’s chapathi.

With my mad skillz (in honor of Luda), I turned this:

into this:

And then magically the oven timer goes off and this appeared:

I swear to Moses I only had TWO!  I resisted my little grabby fingers I did.

I’m not one to say my mom and I are best friends.  Man, we have duked it out from 13-26.  Then, 27 hit and somehow she and I had more in common than we knew!

Now if the woman would only teach me where she learned to be such a lyrical gangsta!

Baingan Bharta

Ingredients:

–  1 eggplant

–  2 tsp garlic, finely minced – I use garlic paste

–  2 tsp ginger, finely minced – I use ginger paste

–  1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

–  1 roma tomato chopped

–  1 jalepeno – (adjust to the level of heat you want)

–  1/2 tsp cayenne pepper – (adjust to the level of heat you want)

–  1/2 tsp garam masala

–  1/2 tsp turmeric

–  1/2 tsp ground coriander

–  1/2 tsp ground cumin

–  1/2 tsp black pepper

–  1/2 tsp salt

–  olive oil

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450F

2.  Wash and cut the eggplant in half, lengthwise.

3.  Place eggplant cut-side down on a well oiled cookie sheet.

4.  Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

5.  Once cool, cut the eggplant in bite-size pieces.  (Many baingan bharta recipes say you should scoop out the flesh but I keep the skin because it contains alot of nutrients.  Moreover, I don’t mind it!)  Set aside.

6.  In pan, heat oil.

7.  Saute onions and jalepeno on medium heat until the onions are golden brown.

8.  Add ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, turmeric, garam masala, salt and pepper.

9.  Saute spices with the onion and jalepeno until the raw smell of the spices are gone – for approximately 5 minutes.

10.  Add tomatoes and saute for another 3 minutes.

11.  Add eggplant and again saute for another 5-7 minutes – until the eggplant is soft and has absorbed some of the spices.

12.  Serve and enjoy!

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You Live. You Learn. You Rajma. You Run.

So after yesterday’s DISASTER, I definitely needed to decompress.  I also did a mini-soul-searching session yesterday on my drive home and realized that I need to set goals for myself and focus more on myself. So, starting next week, I will be posting goals that I want to attain for the week!

Well, after reaching home, it was time to cook.  For the past week there been nothing in my fridge and I was eating out way too much!  So I started on the rajma.

Rajma is a North Indian red bean curry dish, and it went a little something like this:

You got black pepper, cardamom, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, and turmeric.

After sauteing the onions and chili peppers, add in the spices and cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Add tomatoes until it cooks down.

Add the beans (un-drained) and cook down until it gets thicker – for another 10 minutes.

Sorry for the blurry picture – but you really have to know that this was delicious!!!  I ate it like soup yesterday but you can have it over rice or your favorite roti or naan!

I also was rushed because I had to run – Week 2, Day 1 – I’m keeping up!!! 🙂  The run was exactly what I needed to clear my head!

Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂

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Give me some chocolate or I’ll cut you!

In the beginning I hated Glee – but something happened with the Britney episode that got me hooked!  Now, while I may not admit so readily that I love it, I do find myself looking forward to it every Tuesday!

Brittany and Sue make me LOL.

Between getting home at 6:15 p.m. and the show, I had time to make a delicious and healthy meal!

In the beginning, I didn’t know kale. Now, I LOVE LOVE LOVE kale.  I began by using it in smoothies and have moved onto sides.

I love the taste – not too bitter (like spinach can be sometimes) and offers a crunch even after cooked!

This combo for some reason worked fabulously.

Chicken:

–  1 chicken breast

–  1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

–  salt and pepper, to taste

–  1/8 tsp garlic powder

–  1/8 tsp onion powder

–  Saute in pan with some olive oil until cooked through and through.

–  Remove the chicken from pan and set aside – keep warm.

Warm Chickpea Kale Salad

–  1 can (14 oz) chickpeas

–  5 pieces of kale, chopped (use more or less – I wanted to save some for this morning’s smoothie!)

–  salt and pepper, to taste

–  1 tbsp parsley, chopped

–  1/2 of lemon’s juice

–  1/4 cup onion

–  2 cloves garlic

–  1 tbsp olive oil

–  Using the chicken pan, heat olive oil and saute onion and garlic on medium heat.

–  Scrape up any chicken goodness left on the pan and incorporate with the onion and garlic.

–  Saute for approx 3 minutes – until onion has softened and browned slightly.

–  Add chickpeas and stir for 1-2 minutes.

–  Add kale and juice from lemon, stir, and cover for 7  minutes, until kale has wilted.

–  Uncover and add parsley.

–  Stir for another 4 minutes to incorporate everything.

–  Serve with chicken!

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