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 ūüôā

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.

 

17-1

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

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.

The Apartment- By Danielle Steel

Dear friends,

I am starting my first book review with The Apartment by Danielle Steel.

I had an hour of free time between dropping off and picking up my kids from an Thursday  night art class. So I headed to the library. I straight  ahead stood in front of the New Fiction section, browsed the rows of books from top left to bottom right and I stopped at this book.

I usually glance through the jacket  to get a summary of what the book is about.

Four independent women, friends living in NewYork City. That sold me the book. I flipped through the first couple of pages right there in a quiet corner of the library and then by the end of the hour I brought the book home.

The book is neither thumbs up nor thumbs down. It is pretty much about Life, As we know it. It is about friendship, love, heartbreak, family and in the end friends becoming family!

The story is set in NewYork city in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. I am aways excited about NYC, and the whimsical feeling that you get when hearing about the great city. So, I was expecting the author would take us deep into the city life in much great detail but I was disappointed. The story mostly focuses on the four women sharing a Loft in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen. The author ¬†dives right into the characters, their busy lives, their aspirations, dreams, commitments and how everything goes wrong and then yet everything will become alright.

My favorite character is Sasha, the OB/GYN. I could relate to her more easily than anyone else. I admired her character where she is beautiful, intelligent and is very sure of what she wants and also I admired her values as opposed to her erratic sister/model Veronica. Mostly because of my upbringing and my culture. I was hoping that my daughters would one day be like Sasha. I also loved Sasha’s man Alex and his relationship with his parents.

The book takes you through the journey of these four beautiful, independent and intelligent women who have shared the loft and have lived together for 9 years.

In the course of 9 years their life goes through ups and downs. There is happiness and heart break. There is this unflinching bond among friends, friends who are more like family. The male partners who truly love and worship their women and then a couple  who subject them to deceit. There is tears, there is joy, there are fun moments where the whole gang have just simple good fun. As a reader I was looking forward to their Sunday night dinners and guessing what Max might cook that night.

In the end the book made me happy. It is about life as we know it. It made me wonder if there could be anywhere in the world such strong friendship among women where there is no jealousy, no judgement. Just pure friendship.

Weekend brunch. ALC Sandwich

Simple weekend brunch with coffee.  My new Avocado-lettuce-cucumber sandwiches.

20150307_111317 (1)

Easy preparation, tastes so good and puts me back on my lounge sofa with coffee and my smartphone checking facebook pictures:)
Oh yeah, my kids loved them too. In fact, they had fun building their own sandwich:)
You should definitely try  them .

I used:
Slices of regular bread toasted lightly with oil
Cucumber roundels
Avocado slices
Leaves of boston lettuce
Some ketchup
Some pesto sauce from a tube
Salt n pepper

Preparation:

Just prepare and keep ready the above ingredients.
Start building your sandwich. 
Take the bottom piece of the bread and spread some pesto sauce .
Layer with a large leaf of lettuce .
Add the cucumbers and Avocado slices.
Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Squeeze some ketchup.
Close the sandwich with a top piece of bread also smeared with some pesto!!!

Food Truck Adevntures

I have always loved food trucks. I love the whole experience of eating at a food truck. I love the whole casual vibe that comes with it. No frills. And the food tastes SO GOOD!

Recently I have embarked on this new adventure of trying out food at different food trucks.

Lexington, MA had a food truck festival recently and I fell head over heels with this vegetarian/vegan truck rhythmnwraps.com.

OMG their vegan wraps are to die for. The smoky flavored tempeh with their unique dressing and sauces the wrap tasted out of this world. At least ¬†I have never eaten a veggie wrap that is so good ever before. I tried out their fire wrap and Gangsta wrap and I can’t wait to go back to this truck again!!!

Clover is another truck which has been on my list from the past 4 years. I first heard of it when we lived near MIT in Cambridge,ma.

My friends raved about their chickpea or eggplant sandwich or something like that…Don’t know. I have to try it out yet!

Now Clover has spread out across the neighboring towns with even their restaurants. I still would love to go to one of their trucks nearby!

My latest discovery is the food truck festival at Arsenal mall, Watertown,ma. Can’t wait to be there one of these Wednesday, to grab a bite from a Mediterranean truck!

Will write more about these adventures soon.

Until then Happy eating!