I’ve been spending a little too much time planning a loved one’s wedding. Sweet of me to volunteer my time to do so, right? Let’s just say it’s not completely a selfless act. I definitely want her to have the wedding of her dreams but pinning ideas onto my Pinterest board has got me thinking, What if I did it all over again? What would I change? Her pending nuptials have allowed me to escape and daydream of a second wedding, one that exists after Pinterest and the sharing of fabulous ideas with special attention to those unforgettable photo sessions.
A little bit Indian and a little bit Italian is how I liked to describe myself growing up. Somewhere waaay down my family tree, my great great great… grandmama fell in love with a passionate Italian. And after learning about this in my tween years, I found it molto bene and used every opportunity to point out that I was not your average Indian girl!
Truth be told, I’m a whole lotta Indian and un poco Italiano but if you hear my little monkey say ‘mama’ or ‘scusi’ you’d think quite the opposite.
Tonight’s dinner and dessert is inspired by my lineage: Red lentils with brown rice followed by frozen Nutella bars.
I’ve been making both items for years, but red lentils with brown rice was a constant craving during my pregnancy not only because of its nutritional value but also because it’s the perfect comfort food. Thank goodness for that because I certainly wasn’t getting all the nutrients I needed from cupcakes, ice cream and watermelon.
I don’t find this dish to taste overly indian which is why I think everyone seems to enjoy it.
Here’s what you need (don’t be discouraged by the long list; it’s a cinch to make):
- 1 tbsp oil (vegetable or canola)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter/margarine/spread
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tbsp jalapeno, minced (ribs and seeds removed) I use one whole jalapeno
- 3 tbsp lemon or lime juice
- 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked
- plain yogurt, as needed
Spoon lentils over brown rice. I’m using brown basmati rice but Uncle Ben’s brown rice or the like is just fine too. Top with plain yogurt. I’m using Fage 0% plain greek yogurt.
And now for some dolce and this really is as easy as can be!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1 1/2 cup milk (any kind will do)
- Popsicle molds and sticks (even an ice tray and toothpicks will work)
Mix Nutella and milk really well. This can be done by hand or blender.
Buon Appetito and Namaste!
I’ve been blessed with naturally thick wavy hair however during the hot and humid summer months, I sometimes view it as a curse. I’m tempted all the time to cut it short but my husband would be thoroughly disappointed. I go through dozens of hair ties and elastics to pull my hair up and out of my face. Sometimes it stays; most of the time it doesn’t.
Th only thing that I have found to keep my hair up for longer than 20 minutes have been thick scrunchies, and while I do sport them at home, it’s certainly not for the public. A recent visit to Amazon.com led me to ordering this Bun Maker and shortly after, I found a youtube video that shows how to make the perfect long lasting bun.
Miraculously, this stays all day and is so comfortable that I once forgot I had it on and went to bed with it. No headaches and no hairpulling. This is one bun I’ll be making again and again.
The summer heat may be getting to us but we couldn’t bear to stay indoors. This weekend consisted of lots of walking and enjoying all that living in a city has to offer. While the temperature soared, we shopped around and nibbled a bit at Mario Batali’s Eataly and then strolled Madison Square Park. Sunday was literally a zoo – family time with 6 children (our nieces and nephews) at Central Park Zoo. Once the children finished peeking into the lives of their favorite animals, it was time for me to relax and sneak a peek into some of my favorite designers’ windows.
I’ve been using California Baby products on my little one for most of his young life. Even as a newborn, I was never concerned about his skin being exposed to sulfates and other such irritants when using these products. They have wonderful shampoos, body washes, bubble baths and massage oils just to name a few. But my most favorite is their Calming Bubble Bath.
Bath time with California Baby means bubbles, soothing smells, soft skin, and sound sleep.
It’s quite obvious why salads are more popular in the summer than the winter, or at least in my house they are. On those particularly hot days, the last thing I want is something heavy to eat. Even on Margarita Mondays and Taco Tuesdays (which let’s face it, also turns into Margarita Tuesdays) I try to lighten things up by making a fresh colorful salad to even out the whole meal.
My roasted corn salad usually involves grilling fresh corn on the cob on the stove (here’s how) but I had a late start in the kitchen so I’m reaching for help in the freezer, courtesy of Trader Joe’s.
The beauty of this salad is that you can add or remove whatever you wish and it can be served warm or cold. In the past, I have made this with black beans and red peppers which make a delicious addition.