Thursday, May 31, 2012

I can cook!!!!

'Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all'. - Harriet von Horne

Hey all

Greetings from rainy cold Stockholm. So I landed, unpacked and slept only to wake up at some un-usual hour and then off to the store I went in search of veggies, soy milk and other goods for cooking. This is the result. In case you are wondering about the title of this post, well I was online with a guy friend of mine and I was telling him, that I was cooking, he couldn't believe that I can actually cook. As in stand behind a stove and put things into a pot or pan. I just laughed and said: You don't know about me boo, ask somebody!!!!!! 

Chickpeas with spiced tomatoes and spinach

spiced black-eyed beans & mushrooms

Thali sets I brought back from India

Butter chicken

My Thali set waiting to be filled
Supper is ready...

I was so hungry, I almost forgot to take a picture (added was ready made masala chapati)

yummy healthy goodness

Being back in Stockholm is quiet strange, am still getting used to it and boy did it take me forever to unpack.  Also, I aint staying long, so that's another thing........ but it feels good to be at home with my folks and my brother.

Not to worry will do a recap on my India trip as well as hair products I brought back with me and hair update (I really want to do a length check). So look for those posts coming soon.

Blessings, Joy and Cooking

Monday, May 28, 2012

Leaving India

'You get a strange feeling when you are about to leave a place, I told him, like you'll not only miss the people you love but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you will never be this way ever again'. Azar Nafisi, reading Lolita in Tehran

Hi all

So, my bags are packed and I have some hours to go before I get on a plane and say Next Time to India. I am sad to leave, but excited to see what my future holds for me. I will be flying back to Stockholm and then onto some place else .........shhhhhh you know how I do.

As soon as I land and sort out my body and time difference it will be back to regular posting.

For now,

Blessings, Joy and India.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Everyone should know about ...... Bitter Gourd

'Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes'. Peter Senge 

Hi all

India. I love everything that India has and continues to teach me. Not just in my personal life but also in my overall outlook. I am forever amazed and in awe on what I learn here. I truly am grateful for coming here and being here. 

So here is something health-wise I want to share with you. Bitter Gourd. ( also known as Karela  and  Bitter melon). An amazing powerful fruit that has soooo many benefits, I cant believe I hadn't heard of it till I came here. 

Just a few things: 

It is widely grown in Asia, Caribbean and parts of Africa and its a fruit. Its among the most bitter of fruits. 
It varies in shape and bitterness
It is low in calories.
Contains calcium, potassium, vitamins C, B1, B3, folic acid, zink, manganese and magnesium
Rich in iron, beta-carotene and great for liver related disorders
Its the only vegetable of its kind to reduce blood sugar levels - natural plant insulin.
It serves as antioxidant, antibacterial and antipyretic agent (the leaves)
Stimulates easy digestion

This is what it looks like
photo from of Google images

And this is how it look like cut up and seeds removed
photo from Google images

This is what I had recently as a side dish, with whole onions. 

A few other benefits and uses of Bitter Gourd:

Cholera - during the early stages of cholera a concoction of bitter gourd leaves and lime juice (optional is white onion juice -------onion which is just juiced) is given in teaspoonfuls to be sipped. This is useful in the treatment.

The juice of Kerala is used to fight skin problems such as psoriasis as it purifies the blood as well as other skin problems like ring worm and Jaundice.

Eye problems - it has high levels of beta- carotene it is known to improve eyesight and alleviate eye problems.

Its been known to be great for hangovers. Some say it may fight alcoholism due to the juice working as a natural antidote. As the plant improves the functions of the liver and when taken over time, the urges to drink reduce and the blood is cleansed and the body's immunity increases.

Traditionally the tea of the leaves are useful in preventing and treating malaria.

Early testing has shown results that perhaps Bitter Gourd can help in preventing cancers (colon  and breast cancer) and in the treatment of HIV.

Cooking tips:

Bitter gourd is bitter. I tried it. And yep, its just as the name suggests. Bitter. But for me, I can handle that.

The bitterness can be reduced with yogurt or onions. Or even as suggested by my teacher socking over night in buttermilk.  In southern parts of India  coconut milk or tamarind juice is added to reduce the bitterness and to enhance the taste.

Bitter gourd can be steam cooked and juiced to be taken daily for health benefits, it should be limited to one or two small Keralas. The raw juice should not be taken more than two to four tablespoons as excess juice is not advisable and could lead to diarrhea. Pregnant women should avoid taking this is juice.

Here are a few links to teach you more about Bitter Gourd.
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Please Note:  I am not a doctor. I have not studied medicine. I only know, what I have researched, asked about and tried eating it myself just to get the taste. Please consult your doctor or medical practitioner before conducting any new alternative therapies and food that you are not used to. Before undertaking anything new in terms of your health and overall well-being please do thorough research and and check again. Thank you. I only did this post because I wanted to share with you what I have learned about this plant.

Blessings, Joy and Sharing

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Food Pictures 2

'Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside'. Mark Twain

Hi all

Here are more pictures of some of the food I have been eating here in India. Enjoy!!!!


Veggies with Soy chicken

inside the spring roll 

Rice, Soy chicken and veggies

Chapati, chicken curry, herb yogurt and Chicken tikka roomali roti

yummy chicken

cheesy chicken pasta with strawberry milkshake

different kinds of breads

sweet tomatoes 

beetroot, goat cheese and some greens

this was sooooo good

spaghetti with seafood

gnocchi with artichokes

hummas and some flat breads.

falafel and hummas

spinach fatayer

cheesecake with caramel sauce and cream with a biscuit in it

cheesecake with raspberry sauce and ice cream with a biscuit

peach cooler and coffee cooler

Subway chicken tikka sandwich

Subway chicken tandoori sandwich

some snacks

bread pakola (bread covered with chickpea flour and stuffed with potatoes then  deep fried )

chilli chutney

inside the bread pakola

yep, there you have it, just a few yummy shots of great food.

Blessings, Joy and Food

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Another Elephant

'Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole'. Samuel Richardson

Hi all

Today was a lucky day for me, I saw 2 elephants on my way to classes!!!!!! This is pure luck I tell ya!!!!! I managed to get a shot of one from the back seat of my 'tuk tuk'. Enjoy!!!!!

Amazing light!!!!!

I will be back to regular posting shortly, classes are hectic right now and the temperatures are going into the 40s. Hello Indian Summer!!!!!

Blessings, Love and Luck

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Market haul

'I like my money right where I can see it. Hanging in my closet'. - Sex and The city


Recently I went to the market near the clinic where I am studying and here's what I came away with. 

Not bad for one afternoon.

purple cotton harem pants

silky harem 1

silky harem pants 2

silky harem pants 3


red cotton harem pants

red top

green top

Scarf (folded twice - This is huge)

Scarf (folded twice)

Scarf (folded twice)

and my six silk scarves from my emporium haul. 

All that is left is something for my parents and my brother. Then I am done.Yep.

Peace, Laughter and Shopping