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Dear foodies and loyal viewers of the page,

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If you want to create an impact in your community by sharing culture and traditions through food, then read on…

I am now taking registrations for chefs/cooks to host cooking classes from your choice of location and your choice of regional cuisine. If you would like to teach a class then
please send me a message .

If you don’t want to teach but still be featured on our website then please send us a video of the food you are preparing, the background of the dish, its tradition, story and region it belongs . We will publish it on our website The Naan-Americans. you will be happy that you are part of a social impact.
Thank you

Love and happy cooking 🙂

email: anjanasudhir@gmail.com

Anjana, co-founder, The Naan-Americans

 

Experience to remember inside a Korean Kitchen

Our platform The Naan-Americans, www.thenaanamericans.com, is all about exchanging recipes and culture and love 🙂

Check out our blog about our new home chef Seunghee Chai, who will be teaching Japchae in our next cooking showcase at a farm in Chestnut hill.

My friend had an opportunity to learn a signature Korean dish called Japchae right in the chef’s  kitchen . While she learned how to make the noodles, she also got a glimpse of Korean Culture, traditions and a warm and memorable experience to cherish.

Please read further to learn more about this.

https://www.thenaanamericans.com/single-post/2017/07/05/An-experience-to-remember-inside-a-Korean-Kitchen

 

 

TNA- A great way to Meet.mix.mingle.

 

The Naan-Americans-Your Boutique store for cooking experiences!!!

DO you love cooking? Do you love teaching ? Then come join the community of home chefs to cook, teach and share your original, authentic, traditional dishes to food lovers in your area.

Our platform will empower you to rediscover your passion for cooking, enhance your creativity in food and at the same time help bring people together to exchange culture, share stories, break barriers and biases, reduce perceptions and prejudices and create a happy community.

Who would say no to that? Come join us now! Browse our site here

www.thenaanamericans.com

Sign up here:

https://form.jotform.us/71667054637160

The NAAN-Americans, Bringing people together through cooking experiences

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I am thrilled to announce about the platform called The Naan-Americans.

A community building platform for food lovers/enthusiasts/bloggers/writers/critics and anyone who loves the art of blending spices and blending with people.

Passionate home chefs can showcase their unique regional recipe form around the world and people in the community can sign up for these classes.

A great platform to socialize, meet cool people and at the same time enjoy the culinary art.

Do check out www.thenaanamericans.com.

 

 

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Extreme Nachos!!!

Super bowl is around the corner right? Actually, I am not a big fan of football . Also I don’t need a good reason or logic  to have these loaded Nachos 🙂

I call them loaded nachos or supreme nachos. Its loaded with veggies, beans, cheese and all the good stuff and is extremely flavorful and juicy.

 

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So, here is the recipe:

A bag of sturdy corn chips ( Tostitos and the like)

1 Large Bell pepper

1 Sweet onion

1 Cup of Black Beans

1 Cup of Sweet Corn

1 Jalapeno

Sweet pickles(  round slices of cucumber pickles)

1 Packet of Mexican Cheese Blend ( Cheddar, Monterey jack)

For Salsa:

2 Roma Tomatoes

1 Red Onion

1 Jalapeno

1 Lime

1 Cup of Finley Chopped Cilantro

Other Condiments:

Salt, Pepper, Sour Cream, Sriracha Sauce

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is heating prepare the chips.

Take a baking sheet. Lay the chips all across the sheet in a single layer. Spread the sliced onions, Bell pepper, sliced Jalapeno, sweet pickles, corn and black beans evenly on the chips. Next, cover the chips with generous amount of cheese.

Next, prepare the salsa. Finely dice the Roma tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Mix all in a bowl, sprinkle salt, freshly ground black pepper and squeeze a generous amount of lime juice.

When the oven is ready, place the baking sheet in the oven and wait for the cheese to  melt evenly. When the cheese is all melted, remove the chips from the oven and place it on a rack to cool. Make sure you don’t burnt the cheese.

Next, spread the fresh salsa mixture evenly on top of the chips. Sprinkle a dash of salt and ground black pepper. Drizzle a spoonful of sour cream and Sriracha sauce. Squeeze lime juice on top and garnish with cilantro.

Serve it warm.

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

No books this time

Often, these days I am finding myself reaching out to Google for help. I am finding my self typing keywords like parenting tips, rebellious child, bored child, how to deal with 9 year old girls etc.

 

It makes me very sad and nervous at the same time. Because I feel that my little girl, whom I think is still a baby, a kindergartner, has already reached that dreadful phase of pre-teens.

 

She is only 9. Yet, I feel she is going through a phase of emotional upheavals. I find her getting upset, angry, sad, moody and disinterested in her usual activities.

A zillion questions rushes into my head. Is she having school troubles? Is she having friend troubles? Is she not eating enough? Did I say something mean to her? Is this a developmental change? Is this hormonal? And the worst thought is she depressed?

 

I don’t feel like heading to the library and grab all the parenting books for help because I still believe it is just a passing phase. She has found out a new video game, which she is obsessed with. So she is on the computer all the time. And for that reason we have been having tug of war, ego wars, power struggles between us. (BTW, I have newly discovered these words and phrases while searching for parenting tips)

 

I am trying to discipline her with many strategies that I can think of. I admit I have not been very nice to her lately. I want her to learn responsibilities, understand the concept of time (5 minutes is not equal to an hour) eat on time, sleep on time, be nice to her sister, be nice to her parents and the list is long. So as you can see my expectations from her are quite a lot. While I am in this phase of teaching her things I feel she is going through a completely different phase where she does not want to listen to anything I say or ask her to do. Much worse she is talking back to me and pointing out at my so-called mistakes. She has been the opposite of everything I expect of her! At this point a doctor might help? No, I believe things have not gone that out of control.

 

So here I am Googling about parenting tips. And thankfully I found some help. Words which I want to hang on to and be consistent with them. Of course I am learning too. I want to be sane and act sane in front of my daughter. I don’t want to have the ego wars, power struggles with a child. I have come to terms with the fact that she growing. She is not a baby anymore. She is developing her individual personality and this growth and development phase of hers is going to affect me.

 

I love my daughter and I want her to feel loved. And hence the three words which I Vow to stick with from now on. They are Kind, Firm and Authoritative.

I am going to exercise kindness, express love and affection through words and action.

I am going to be firm with my decisions in setting boundaries and expectations and learn to communicate that to her in a kind and effective way.

I am going to be authoritative and make her realize what to expect from the family and vice versa.

 

This is the first step, which I am willing to take in helping my daughter grow into a beautiful, strong and a confident woman.

Madras on rainy days -Samina Ali

Exhausting! Not in a bad way!

The book is in the voice of the protagonist. A young girl. The age which you only realize when you are at almost three-quarters of the book.

It is thick , heavily weaved and braided narrative where the protagonist almost drags you along through her journey from her engagement to her marriage. the chapters are named after each ceremony from the Mungni to the nikkah

There is this deep sense of sorrow in the voice that lugs all along and hence no matter how hard you try to take the book lightly , you cannot.

The narrator touches all topics in the course of this journey about Society, religion, emotional conflicts, the hypocrisies, the double standards,  gender discrimination and the political scene.

The two different worlds that the protagonist experiences one inside the chador and the one outside of it, the conflicting beliefs, the deep conflicting chaos that occurs within the soul of the narrator has been in-depth laid out there in a exhausting beautiful way by the author.

The women in the story are both powerful yet powerless. It is a weird state of mind which is almost insane like the author herself has portrayed the characters.

Despite this, the climax just gets you . I was all teary eyed. i felt deep sorrow for the young girl and by this time you are so entangled in the web that even the reader feels helpless.

And the ending leaves us with the question? why did she chose to stay?

And we know the answer.