From my kitchen to yours

From my kitchen to yours

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DAY 101 : CONFUSINGLY ADDICTIVE...

And so this new year has bull dozed itself,and its already the end of January.
With all expected stuff..
And the usual...
And some surprises..
And then, there were resolutions that were not made...

In all the vastness of this beautiful month of January...
There were journeys that I planned..
And places that I visited..
And various dishes I cooked..
And pages of words that I wrote..
And conversations that I had..
All this in my head ....

I have let this beautiful month of January draw me into it's arms and have allowed it to unfold it's plans to me, day by day ..
While I sat and snuggled in it's cosy warmth...
With the nip of a winter in my Bay ...

And yes, every morning ,I do yoga that I love ..
That's as much as I'm doing ..
Oh and the occasional run ..
Sometimes I feel if Bradley Cooper had to run on the same path what fun it would be ha ha ha ..
But the reality is ,he does not know I exist ..
If he did, he would be wishing, he ran the path I run ..HA HA HA

One thing I know, is that no matter what, we need to see the humour in things..
They may not be funny at that very moment in time..
But in hind sight if it makes you smile ...it's all good..
God has a wicked sense of humour..
So sometimes we need to just take life with a pinch of salt..

I think I grew up a bit ..
I mean I'm still 5.2'' ha ha ..
But I think I may have a little better understanding of life, I'm not sure, I'm just thinking aloud ...
But growing up does not really mean that , ' I have all the answers" ..
It just means , I have had more life experiences..
And everything taught me something..

This new year, my resolution is to not have a resolution..
I'm going to go with the flow..
To be the person I am ..
And try and not get too involved in everyone else's drama..

Yes be there whole heartedly for the ones who would need me, or want me , but to also be there for the ones who say much in silence..

So as this month of January is getting over..
And this beautiful cold wave is bidding us adieu..
I'm thinking damn, this is 2014...
It's just 10 months more for my birthday ha ha ha ..

I have a lot to do this year..
For starters, I have some exciting news to give you , the reason I was not able to write my blog last year,  was because I was writing a Cook-book.
And realised that contradictory to what I believe, " I'm not super-girl"...
DAMN! What a crushing, but true story that is..

So no I could not cook, write recipes for the book...
Look after kids, home, work-out, meet friends, look after sick Taz, run, do yoga, eat right, devour chocolates, search for songs to fall in love with, pander to the whims of my fancies, be upset with life sometimes, wipe my tears and walk on, be mad as hell but still smile, travel and ......
Write my blog...SO I DID NOT..
So yes I wrote a lot , but was not able to cook and write for my blog..
And so I let it be .

My blog is going to be 4 years old in May this year.
So yes she is a baby and is having her own little problems, because she has a temperamental mum who has a mercurial disposition..
But hopefully, this year, I will be able to finish the book I started , and you will be able to get your hands on it soon..
If you would like to..

It's a labour of love ..
And that's all I can tell you right now..
Yeaaaaah , I'm so excited actually, waiting to finish writing it , and send it for its first edit..
I guess it will all happen in good time.
So that's that..

You know I realised with this book, that writing is a lot like love , you cannot force it, it's either there or not..
I guess because I'm neither writer nor Chef..
I operate like this..
I cook when I feel like it , and write only when I really have words jumping outa my heart..
And sometimes, there is nothing ..
Not a word..
I have nothing to say..
There were days , when I sat with my iPad and nothing came ..
0- Zilch - not a freakin word..
I thought , "Oh my God, my publisher is going to be wondering , what on earth he has got himself into"
But OM Books has been fantastic and patient and lots fun to be with.

So when the words ceased to flow,  I let me be ..
I'm not super-girl..
And that's that..

And so I decided that if there was one vegetable I need to be like , I need to be like a beet-root ..
That is always yummy..
Whether it is raw, boiled, baked...it's always good ..
And so today , I'm going to share with you a simple recipe that is absolutely lovely ..
And really easy...
But deliciously complicated..
Ha ha ha like me ..

INGREDIENTS

Beetroot - 1 big bulb , boiled.
Watercress- I handful
Red bell pepper - half sliced
Juice of 1 orange.
Olive oil- a nice glug
Balsamic vinegar - 1 tsp
Mixed seeds - 1 tbsp

METHOD.

So if you need to know how to boil a beetroot.
Wash the beetroot really well.
Put the beetroot in a sauce pan.
Cover it with water, add a dash of vinegar, so it stops it from bleeding.
And cook it for 30-45 minutes , depending on its size till it is soft.

Then after it is cooked , dunk it in ice cold water .
After it is cooled.
Peel it .

And yes then I do a "Maria " to it ..
Which means , I complicate it ha ha ha ha ...

So take a small non-stick baking tray, dice the beetroots into nice voluptuous pieces, and place it inside the tray.
Add a happy glug of olive oil to it
And toss the beetroot around , so it's nicely coated, then add the orange juice to it, not too much but about quarter inch deep ,and in a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees, just bake it for 40 minutes.
After 20 minutes, open the oven, toss it around and let it continue to bake..
Take it out , pick out the pieces, and place it in your serving dish.
Add the remaining orange juice , balsamic vinegar and stir it around the baking dish, so it picks up all the caramelised bits, add the red pepper to this and give it a good stir.
Add all this to the beetroots in the serving dish.
Add the watercress, and the mixed seeds , give it all a god stir and serve immediately.


So I'm thinking .
A beet-root is the way to be..
It always tastes lovely anyway ...
And does not really lose it's essence ...
It still rosy and beautifully coloured and only gets sweeter if it get's into a heated situation...

And so when you do bite into this salad , you will have the sweetness of the beet, infused with the orange , and the balsamic, the juiciness of the raw peppers , and the crunchiness of the  seeds along with the slight bitterness of the water-cress...
It's absolutely confusing and yet , it's yummy..
By the time you try and figure the taste, you definitely want another biteful.

Confusingly Addictive


" Confusingly Addictive" is what I think this salad can be called, fresh and refreshing , my first foray into the new year, with much love , only from "Maria's Kitchen"..

Thursday, January 2, 2014

GOOD-BYE AND HELLO..

And so I start off year 2014...
Not wondering how this year is going to shape.
But knowing fully well that's something spectacular is going to happen.

You know sometimes all you have in life to walk forward to, are dreams and wishes..
And the reason you have all of it , is because somewhere you are lost , and so are searching and wishing and hoping .

And so I start this year ...completely ...LOST..
And frankly I'm not sure I want to be found..
I'm sure it's going to be a lovely walk..
I'm sure I'm going to find along my way , people and things , that I may or may not have been looking for..
And if I do come across what I have been looking for ..
I think it's just going to be beautiful..
And if something new comes my way , then its going to be a brand new adventure..



And so with this lamp inside my heart..
I'm going to walk on..
There is so much to do..
So many strangers that I have to meet, to make friends..
So many friends that I will continue to love..
So many moments waiting to happen..
And so many beautiful lives I'm going to continue walking with..

I think I grew up a bit more last year..
I walked deeper inside, tried to clear the clutter..
I learned a bit more about myself.
Learned to give as much as I would want to ..
And expect back as little as possible..
Well , I'm not saying , it's easy, but it helps you be , "YOU"..

I learnt that no matter what..
You should go with your heart, yes you may end up doing and saying silly things, but it's better than living in regret..
I learnt that love has nothing to do with how somebody treats you, it has to do with how you let yourself treat them..
It frankly sometimes has absolutely nothing to do with the other ..
I learnt that sometimes, you have to go after someone, if you think you are losing them..
And sometimes, stop and wait, and see if anyone is coming to look for you ..
I learnt that sometimes, people are mean to you , you may not like that, or may get really hurt, but it somehow always equals out the balance, if you let it be , rather than react..
Sometimes, you are in a beautiful moment but ,was not able to actually grab it...
I say don't fret, if it's meant to be, it will come beckoning again ..
I learnt that sometimes you have to let go , in order to really hold on , just enough...
I learnt that sometimes to hold your words back is far braver, than just saying what comes to your mind..
I learnt that, love is just a simple four letter word, but there is really nothing simple  about love.
I learnt that a lot of people come into our life, and they do not outstay there purpose..
I learnt that the hardest thing you could do to yourself, is live with memories..
You rather live in the "NOW" ..
That you can make your own...
I learnt that the easiest thing we can give others are "Words"..
Because they have no home, and go away to whoever likes them..
I learnt that no matter what anyone says to you , how they behave towards you and make you feel is of paramount importance..
I learnt that, cooking is catharsis, and maybe that's why , it found me when it did..
I learnt that I'm like a volcano, that erupts from time to time, only because some stuff, I rather keep inside than let out..
I learnt that sometimes I can be frivolous to the point of not being bothered, but like it P.M.S. does not last for long.
I learnt that sometimes no matter how much of yourself you give, you always find more of you , that you never found before.
I learnt that I mostly have all the answers, but dont want to listen to me .
I learnt that I'm extremely lazy.
I learnt that sometimes a good cry , not only clears your sinuses , but also helps you see better.
I learnt that I  like talking to people , who can look me in the eye..
I learnt that I'm capable of silence ..
I learnt that age does not protect you from love, but love does make any age more beautiful and fun..
I learnt that the heart has a brain of its own..
I learnt that kids make me feel more secure than any man-made security system..
I learnt that you are not really able to plan the way your life goes, but you can always decide to stay happy , wherever you are.
I learnt that if you are not complete within yourself, nothing and no one can make you happy .
I learnt that I would do anything for Taz my puppy, he is a spoilt little child , and loves me the most in his life..
I learnt that you may love someone , but may not like them too much .
I learnt that love does not really fade or go away.., it just sits in a corner sometimes, because it's taking a break from all the running around it did, making a fool of itself.
I learnt that you can let people into your life, but have no control over them leaving..
I learnt that sometimes jealousy is worse than hate..
I learnt that wanting to run away to a mountain, is something that I need to do ..
I learnt that I go for a haircut, when I'm not able to change, what I want in my life..
I learnt that I sometimes say the same words my mom said to me, but it now somehow makes perfect sense..
I learnt that, I somehow like guys who have traits of my dad..
I learnt that somehow today , I'm able to boss my parents around, but not my kids..
I learnt that when I don't get my way, I get mad, but I know deep inside , I was pushing my limit..
I learnt that I love to run..
I learnt that I will exercise only on a need to basis.
I learnt that I'm a morning person on holidays only..
I learnt that I love really healthy food as much as I love junk...
I learnt that sometimes,I need to hide my phone from me, rather than my kids, because I'm far more childish than them at times..
I learnt that the month of December brings to the fore all that may not have been fantastic the whole year through.
I learned that I'm able to forgive and also forget in time.
I learnt that no matter how much I may love someone, they do not necessarily have to feel the same about me,maybe  it's just that their capacity to love must not be as much as mine..
I learnt that we all keep secrets.
I learnt that we all lie, sometimes to make somebody else  feel better and sometimes to make ourselves look better.
I learnt that I still sing better inside my head than if I open my mouth.
I learnt that , yes I still miss dancing and love it to bits.
I learnt that i do like my own company.
I learnt that you never really know anyone like you think you know them.
I learnt that I love kids and pets running around the house..
I learnt that your parents become more like your kids in time .
I learnt that I love watching movies in a theatre alone in the mornings
I learnt that shopping is more fun when I'm buying gifts..
I learnt that I completely still love champagne..
I learnt that if I'm standing against a wall, I rather find a way to climb over ,  than walking back..
I learnt that I let people walk over me, to a point..
I learnt that prayers do work miracles.
I learnt that sometimes I will put up a fight and sometimes I could not be bothered.
I learnt that to accept someone just the way they are , is the only way to really love someone.
I learnt that I completely love the cold and the smell of pine..
I learnt that some people walk in and out of your life, not because you did something wrong, but because they are frightened of staying.
I learnt that I can be very unpredictable and yet make it look like its normal.
I learnt that sometimes I can be pretty darn shameless..
I learnt that I could manipulate a situation , but it brings no real joy..
I learnt that I really don't care what anyone thinks about me as a person, if they really knew me they would not judge me..
I learnt that I still love stupid freakin love stories.
I learnt that I'm a huge hugging kind of person..
I learnt that to be able to feel free is the best kind of love possible..
I learnt that if you expect nothing, then everything in life is a bonus ..

And lastly I learnt, to never give up..
If you believe that something magical is going to happen ..
It will..
All you need is a little bit of patience...

As for resolutions, not yet found one that I want to keep, so making none..

To all my lovely friends , who read my blog and write to me...
Thank you for being part of my journey , through life into my kitchen or vice versa..
I hope to start blogging really soon, this last year has been special and I have been working on a project, that I should be able to share with all of you soon..
So I will start cooking and writing again soon..
My words is all I can give you here..
And they sometimes go away to the mountains too..ha ha ha ..

But this is going to be a special year, I can just feel it..
So a happy and blessed 2014...
Filled with love, peace and a smile that runs deep within ..