19 August 2012

Thailand- Gaid Pad Johd (Chicken with Baby Corn)

This is an old recipe that I have in my recipe book, back when I think I still didn't know what baby corn really was. Having said that, the recipe got altered again, when I made it, subject to the ingredients I had at home. I want to apologize in advance to any Thai people that may be reading this, I really did not mean to bastardize the food :)  To add to it, this dish goes fantastically well with ghee rice  (the sort that has raisins)




Grocery List

250 g boneless chicken cut to bite size pieces
5 baby corn
Spring onions for garnish
3 tbsp refined cooking oil
Salt to taste
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp lemon rind
1 tsp corn flour to be mixed with water

To be ground to a paste: 

6 dried red chillies, soaked in warm water and de seeded
3 chopped shallots or 1/2 medium red onion
3 stalks lemon grass
3 kaffir lime leaves
5 cloves garlic
1 tsp sugar


To Prepare:


  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add oil  and add baby corn to be fried till brown
  • Add ground paste and fry till oil separates
  • Add chicken and water
  • Cover and cook for about 10 mins, adding more water
  • When the dish reaches desired consistency- more like a dry chicken, add corn flour/water mixture 
  • Turn off stove at first bubble

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Everyone who's read more than one baking post knows that I like to harp on the fact that I have no baking skills what so ever. But recently I've had the baking Gods smile at me, and am proud to say I've somewhat been successful in the pastry area.

One of the main things, I forget if I've already mentioned it, is an awareness session one of my friends gave me on the importance of measurement. Since then, I've added a nice neat measurement scale onto the list of things I want to get.

LOVE 


Along with silicone moulds, cutters, non stick baking pans and what not.. the list is expansive! Thanks to another friend, for no reason at all, I've decided I'd also like a popcorn making machine.. *hint hint*- you know who you are!

Anyways, here comes the best chocolate fudge brownie recipe ever. And I think if you google it, you'll find the recipe as well. I've decided to write it down here again, so that if that website ever shuts down, I'll still be able to find it here. Yes, it is THAT good!

Grocery List

185g dark chocolate (Dukes)
125g butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup plain flour
1 cup chopped roasted walnuts

To Prepare: 


  •  Line baking pan with parchment paper
  • Melt chocolate and butter, over low heat in a saucepan and remove once liquidy
  • Stir in the sugar and egg, one at a time till dissolved. Beat well with a wooden spoon to aid dissolution
  • Stir in sifted flour and nuts
  • Pour into prepared bake tin and bake for 25 mins
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar, through a sieve and cut to squares

Chings Secret: Chilli Chicken!

I bought this masala packet on a whim the other day, and well, was certainly surprised with the result. An easy save for a drinking night, especially if you were wondering what on earth you do for the sides. Everyone knows that just about everyone one likes chilli chicken, especially when it's hot and the weather is cold.

Paired with things like burnt garlic fried rice or a paratha even, this can become a side for a meal as well. Here are the results, rest assured, the easy recipe is right on the back of the packet. Buy it, try it and let me know if you felt the same way I did!


Some Fried Chicken Strips
Some Vegetables cut Chinese Style
Chilly Chicken!





11 August 2012

Love ya Arranged?

Love or Arranged, a marriage is a marriage of minds, hearts, families and ideas. But given that it's meant to be a debate, then here goes the debate for arranged and against love marriage. Please be aware, that, I am multi toned as a person, in idea and in thought. So while I do think arranged marriage is better, I myself could probably never get into an arranged marriage.

Why?

Support

One of the things that's really important in a marriage is the advise of people who have been married, sucessfully or otherwise. Whether this advice should be taken seriously or not is another issue all together, but, I've always thought that experience speaks volumes when it comes to making marriagess work. Who else can give me that support, but my parents.

 A marriage that I have been close to and seen up close and personal, that is advise and support that I would never want to loose. While a love marriage doesn't necessarily mean that there wont be any support, an arranged, garners a lot more involvement from your family because they were part of the whole process.


Logistics

Another thing that the parents do before a marriage is sealed, is they fix things like living arrangements, the wedding venue and all the other things that couples in love, would have to do themselves. Ofcourse that opinion really depends on prespective, but we all know that this is sensitive matter, at best. For example, in a mixed religion marriage, who gets the say on how things need to be done? Or for living arrangements, how can a the new wife put it into her husband's head that she loves his family, but she needs them to have more space.

 Isn't it nicer to just have the parents do talking of this sort and know that if they don't agree to what you're asking for, it's ok for the whole thing to get called off. Love doesn't give you that option does it. The person is not negotiable,. everything else is. In arranged, everything is negotiable. The importance of doing the whole back ground verification cannot be stressed enough (ps. I am not talking about the sort of checking idiots do on girl/guys to find out whether they're virgins or what have yous- but more the sort that check to see if the girl/guy is already married in another state etc) and well reducing the occurence of a scam will only help a marriage, don't you think?

Heart

The heart is a funny thing. I like to think of this phase in an arranged marriage as a case of the Stockholm Syndrome. You've been kidnapped and you find yourself living in your kidnappers house, and slowly falling in love with him, because he's so darn approved!

Ha! But that is what ends up happening, eventually. Having been in and out of relationships, I know that the heart can fall in love again- and that is a fact. It can fall in love  as bad and as deep again with someone else, if you let it and let yourself have that second chance or third or umpteenth time at happiness. And I hate to say this, but I do think, that if you really want to, you can fall in love with just about anyone. This is why I tell people, that a love marriage is a narrow minded person's approach to a marriage. To be a truly open minded person, you'll embrace the infinite possibilites that can occur out of an arranged marriage.

So...

There are my three main reasons arranged marriages are better than love. I guess it's really all about priorities and mindset. I know while I love the idea of an arranged marriage, there are so many dangers within it. Though love marriage has the same dangers, (abusive relationship etc) atleast you get a trial run and are not so surprised when stuff happens. So it's really a person to person thing, I guess the important thing is that you should know what you can do and cannot do.

Like me, I know I need to know the person properly, so I know it has to be a love and not arranged marriage for me.. or one of those hybrids. So I'm not going to sit there and agree to an arranged marriage and whine the rest of my life about how my life was not the way it was supposed to be..
And in knowing, we can all make the right decisions that will give us the same risks, but atleast we know we can handle what ever comes our way, right?

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For more on this debate: www.facebook.com/LoveYaArrange