Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fuschia Fusion!!

Feeling all Fuschia!


Forever 21 Nail Colors in "Light Green" & "Purple Passion"

You might have already seen the light green color on my blog/FB Page. I recently got the Purple Passion.. which is real fuschia!

I got a couple more colors too.. Seriously.. Forever 21's nail colors are opaque and long lasting!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Egg Fried Rice

This was the first time I tried egg fried rice.. It came out good. Perfect for the days when you feel like eating a fulfilling one pot meal without much work. 


Number of Servings - 1-2
Ingredients:
Eggs - 2
Jalapeno - 2
Red Onion - 1
Basmati Rice - 1/2 cup
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Freshly ground pepper
Olive oil

To Temper:
Mustard seeds
Urad dal

Procedure:

1. Cook the basmati rice and keep separately. 

2. Heat oil in a wok and splutter items to temper. Add the jalapenos and onions and saute. Add salt and red chilli powder.

3. Separately break the eggs into a bowl and beat them. Add the turmeric powder, pepper to the eggs.

4. Now add the eggs to the wok and scramble it

5. Once the eggs are cooked add the rice and mix everything together. Add olive oil to the rice and mix well. Yummy egg fried rice is ready!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ragi Adai (a twist to the adai batter)

I usually add ragi flour to left over idli/dosai batter. So I thought of trying the same to the cracked wheat, lentils and sago adai batter I had and usually make. It turned out really good and yummy :) 


Fun Idli Shapes (Cookie Cutters) - Kids Friendly

Making fun shaped or rather cutting out fun shaped idlis for my kid with cookie cutters :) 


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Milani Color Statement Lipstick - "Teddy Bare" swatch

A nice everyday wear color for my NC 45 skin tone.. I got it from CVS..


Nice creamy finish, pigmented and natural is how I'll describe this lipstick.. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Scrambled Eggs With Jalapeno

This just your usual scrambled eggs with a flavorful touch of Jalapeno!


Number of Servings - 2
Ingredients:
Eggs - 2
Jalapeno - 2 big
Onion - 1/2 chopped
Salt
Pepper (freshly ground)
Turmeric Powder - a pinch (optional)

To Temper:
Mustard seeds
Urad Dal

Procedure:

  • Heat oil in wok, splutter items to temper. Add onions and saute well

  • Add the jalapeno and saute well. Break the eggs into the wok and add all the powders and scramble it

  • Cook until the eggs are done

Trust me... Jalapeno is just so flavorful and definitely makes a difference to the usual recipe :)




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Deal buys and some products I like...

This post mainly contains pictures of my deal steals and products I like. If you are on my FB Page or Instagram you would've have seen these before.. like as soon as I get it from sale I post it on my FB page so that you can buy it on sale too :)  Right now, I'm not sure if these are still on sale or not...

From Charming Charlie


My Planner for $1 from Target


My current Fav Cleanser - got this for around $10 after a $5 off coupon from manufacturer and a sale offer with CVS card (retails $22)


Flower Cosmetics - Blush/Bronzer Duo (My Fav Blush)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Instant Paruppu/Pottu Kadalai Thuvaiyal Mix

I use to love this as a kid and now I make this often :) I remember when we go trips, Amma use to make vathal kulambu, rice and this paruppu thuvaiyal mix. It is the best combination ever! Just add water to the mix and thuvaiyal is ready :)

This is an instant mix.. can be prepared in a jiffy!


Number of servings - 2
Ingredients:
Pottu kadalai -  1/2 cup
Red chilli - 2 to 3
Garlic - 2 pods
Salt

Procedure:

  • Just make a powder of all ingredients in the blender. Paruppu thuvaiyal podi is ready!
  • You can replace the red chilli with pepper too.
You can prepare the mix and store it too... (I've not tried that yet)

Friday, May 10, 2013

IPSY


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Head over to my FB Page.. 


Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Secret Ingredient to a RED chutney - tip to boost the red color

I learnt this tip from my MIL. The secret ingredient is " a variety of RED CHILLI"... no, I'm not kidding :) 

There are different type of red chillies. The one we normally use in Indian cooking is very hot and spicy. The color it adds to the food differs depending on the type. But there is one type of red chilli that adds immense color without adding spicy-ness. It is usually curly looking (the one from India) and long. This is not as crispy as the normal ones we use..

I was wondering if I could get it here in USA. And we did.. it is available at all grocery stores (not Indian store). It is available locally. I din't look at the brand.. next time I'll click a pic :) It looks like normal chilli but it's different when you look at it in person and feels soft and not crispy.

Just add this chilli in addition to your normal chilli routine for additional color! This works in all foods where you add red chillis.



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Grammarics' Pictorial Grammar Guide - Review and Giveaway!

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever" - Mahatma Gandhi

I started this post by quoting Gandhi's words. It's very true. Learning is a never ending process.

I got the opportunity to review "Grammarics' Pictorial Guide To Common Errors In English Usage". Once I started reading the e-book, I was hooked on. I couldn't divert my mind, until I completed the reading. This is such a practical book with pictures that explains commonly committed mistakes in our day-to-day English usage.

Excellent way to teach kids who are learning Grammar. Its fun and easy to understand. For us adults, this is an useful handy guide to practical English grammar.

For example, take a look at this picture and explanation:


This is just an example from the book. The book covers 42 such concepts. We all make mistakes sometimes when we converse, write, mail, e-mail, etc. This is such a revival guide to our Grammar and a starting point to teach kids. Anyone can read the book and gain confidence.

You can download the book once you make a payment to the website and read at your convenience on your tablet, phone, laptop, etc. There are posters of these concepts available to buy here

I wish I had found this earlier... would've used this book when I was volunteering as a literacy tutor last summer, VITA (Volunteering In Teaching Adults) - English. No worries though, I'm planning to volunteer again when possible and will definitely use this book to teach Grammar!

If you are in US, you'll know there are opportunities to volunteer to teach English for adults at your library. If you do so, I recommend you to use this book. 

Apart from that, this is an international giveaway (e-book).

One more example from the book:



Grammarics has offered to provide 5 copies of their E-book to my readers :) So there will be 5 winners for the e-book. Being a education related material, I din't want to have any mandatory rules or anything of that sort.. so does Grammarics :)

But, if you are interested, visit my 
Facebook Page (I have started a Word Of The Day section few days back, where I post a new word along with definition) 

Just enter your name and email id in the rafflecopter below or leave a comment on this post with your name and email id.. to enter the giveaway. 




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Monday, May 6, 2013

Peanut Sundal - easy evening snack..

Do you all do evening snacks on a regular basis?? (I mean.. not the kids. I know when we have kids its not snacks for just the evening, but a whole day :) )

And when the kid does not eat sundal??.. don't we all ignore somethings when the kid does not like it :) Anyways, I do make sundal for just us rarely.. in a jiffy. Today was one such day.. and when I started making, I was just wondering what others do??



Number of servings - 2
Ingredients:
Raw Peanuts - 1 cup
Onion - 1 small
Jalapeno - 1/2 sliced
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon
Salt

To Temper:
Mustard seeds
Urad dal

Procedure:
  • Pressure cook the peanuts up to 3 whistles. I did not soak it prior

  • Heat oil in a wok, splutter mustard seeds and urad dal. Add onions and jalapeno and saute well

  • Add the cooked peanuts, salt, red chilli powder and saute well

  • Squeeze lemon as required 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Black Eyed Peas Curry

I had this sitting in my pantry idly for a long time! Last time I cooked it.. as sundal. So wanted to try something different this time... 



Number of servings - 3-4
Ingredients:
Black eyed peas - 1 and 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 chopped
Tomato - 1 chopped
Lemon
Cilantro
Salt


Red chilli powder - 1 spoon

Cumin powder - 1/2 spoon
Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 spoon
Garam masala powder - 1/2 spoon

To Grind:

Tomato - 1 
Cashew nuts - 5
Jalapeno - 1
Garlic - 5 pods
Ginger - 1 inch

To Temper:

Cinnamon
Cloves
Elaichi

Procedure:


  1. Pressure cook the peas (I din't soak it over night... just cooked it to one whistle and then 15 mins on low flame)

  1. Grind the items to paste in a blender. Heat oil in a wok ans splutter items to temper then add chopped onions and saute well. Add tomatoes and saute well

  1. Add the ground paste and saute. Add all the masala powders and cook well. Add salt.

  1. Finally add the cooked peas and cook. Squeeze lemon as required and add chopped cilantro.

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