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Thai Coconut Shrimp Curry

24 Oct

I love trying  new and different dishes, especially the quick and easy ones.  Whether it’s General Tso’s Chicken or a simple Quesedilla, there’s something so exciting about creating something new, pretty, and edible.

Last night I tried a quick and easy Thai cuisine, Coconut Curry Shrimp.  The recipe is truly simple.  Are you ready for the recipe?  Here it is:  Create a curry base (with a taste of southeast Asian spices), mix some coconut milk, cook your shrimp, then throw in your mixed exotic vegetables and fruit of your choice.  Voila, that’s it!

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The Beauty of Language

24 Oct

“Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For anyone who is searching for a hobby, may I suggest one?  Learn a language.  Although I’m not an expert in any language, my continuous fascination stems from a deep place.  I had recently enrolled in a Farsi class, although I predicted it would be a major challenge, I was pleasantly surprised, it was much easier then expected.  Luckily, my proficiency in Urdu, which is the spoken language in Pakistan, which is also very similar to Hindi, also has a lot of similarities to Farsi.  In addition, 60 percent of words in Farsi are related to Arabic.  Not to mention, there are similar words that are found in the French language.  All of these languages are inter-connected.

The benefit of learning a new language is that it broadens one’s mind and range of communication.  But another under-rated benefit would have to be receiving proof of the Global Culture phenomena.

It’s really amazing.  Take a moment to think about how languages developed.  They all developed through a simultaneous phenomena.   Indisputably, it’s all based on individuals trying to communicate their wants, needs, and thoughts.  These interactions create(d) nations and tribes- honored and passed down from generation to generation.  Till this day, these nations and tribes interact with one another, inspiring one another to advance in  knowledge, language, and way of life.

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Cupcakes!

30 Sep

… And my fascination with baking from scratch continues.   These simple vanilla and nutella filled cupcakes took over 20 minutes to bake (from scratch)!

Later this week, I’m going to play around with Halloween and Thanksgiving inspired deserts.

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Neighborhood Charm- South End/ Back Bay

18 Apr

Located only 1.5 miles away from the grim explosions, my  quaint neighborhood is home to Boston’s vibrant, creative community.   The Back Bay and South End  is known for it’s  artistic, cultural and architectural charm.  Everyday, I am constantly inspired by  its hidden charms. Small art galleries, decor shops, cafes, and a variety of restaurants from Thai to Morrocan to Venezuelan, make up the South End.

Here are just a few inspiring images of my morning trek  in South End/Back Bay- mind you, the gardens haven’t  bloomed yet.  Leading me to say, even amidst tragedy, there is a subtle vibrance that stays strong.

The Story About Abu’s Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce.

25 Nov

Heading back to the homestead for Thanksgiving, I definitely look forward to our very own Live Thanksgiving Musical... Every Thanksgiving the Bukhari household is filled with shear madness.  The morning alarm consists of a loud vacuum cleaner, and  clinging of silverware, pots & pans.  Mid-day, as the madness simmers down, five minutes is dedicated to SILENCE… On the sixth minute, the door-bell begins to ring, and the madness restarts with pots & pans taking the lead in our Thanksgiving musical.  Within all of this madness, we must remind ourselves to be thankful for the many blessings we share, one being, abu’s (father’s) special cranberry sauce…

(**Although, really, every moment should be dedicated to gratitude.  Hallmark’s intention for November 25th might have been geared more towards an appreciation for the one dinner Pilgrims and Native American’s shared and the pin-up Turkey.  Maybe? )

The Background on Abu’s Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce:

Abu creates a special cranberry sauce every year. Jubilantly, he attends to his Thanksgiving mission.  He embraces the 20 minutes amidst the frenzy to tranquilly stir his sauce.  The end result,  is a rich combination of sweet, spicy and sour.  Completing his masterpiece he tests and shares the sauce.  My first taste of this sauce puts me in a euphoric state.  Closing my eyes, I focus on the sweet, spicy, and sour ingredients.

Abu presents God’s gift of life in such an aesthetically pleasing manner.  This delightful dish, makes everything in Thanksgiving taste good.  It ties the turkey, bread, and mash-potatoes together; and yet, it combines conflicting components-  and that’s what makes life beautiful; you can’t appreciate the sweet without the sour; and you can’t appreciate the sour without the sweet.  C’est la vie!

This Thanksgiving, have yourself some of Abu’s Cranberry Sauce:

1. Brown onions (healthy choice: use canolla or olive oil).

2. Mix in garlic and ginger, with a little bit of Red Chili/Cumin spice.

3.  Add in Crushed or Churned Cranberries.  Instead of crushing fresh cranberries, do yourself a favor and purchase canned cranberry sauce.

4. Peacefully stir

Quick and Easy Snacks

30 Oct

10 minute Middle Eastern/ Mediternanean snack:  HUMMUS!

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil… Use your base judgment of how much is needed (depending on how many chickpeas you are using and how liquidy you want the Hummus.
  • 1/8 teaspoon of red chilie/ or any other spic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Optional:  Mint leaves, tahini sauce, basil, etc.

Grind the chickpeas.  Include the oil, salt, garlic, and lemon juice as you grind the chickpeas…. Voila!