More clouds, more rains, more wine...

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My petite gadget is buzzing violently with the excitement of the prospects of the heavy rains tomorrow. The sky seems already bleak and extremely cloudy over Wadi Kabir. And my dad is home early - the govt people always knew it first - (though they occasionally tell whatever)
These rains now dampen my plans for the weekend of the get-together of my friends at the near Pizza hut - depends on weather though!
IT seems, "mother E" is taking revenge on me by giving so many cloudy days. Yuck! Sun! I'm already missing.
While at home gulping my black wine, I stumbled across this wonderful wine on Swapna's Cuisine - a great cook blogging from Kuwait I think!

What the hell does my ex-buddy want?

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From the I arrived from India, I'm really annoyed by the fact that an ex friend of mine (who lives and works in WK) with whom I have cut all relations is still continuing to bother the hell with me.
After a continuous friendship of two years, we had a clash on our opinions on God - he is a devout and I am an atheist - I never asked him to become like me - but he opposed my views and had a big fight uselessly on such a personal issue. Even after the fight, I continued but he started ignoring me and he started criticizing my lifestyle - and finally I have to quit! I have never seen such an idiot - who would loose a friend over a personal choice of the other. In my friends, I have everyone from religious, non believers, gays, lesbos, whites,blacks - everyone but we never discriminate each other as what they are of their choices or an involuntary genetic disposition that they can't help. Right?

He and I had a really nasty ending and I thought it was over. Now he is bugging me in many ways, first he somehow befriended my neighbors who praise him day and night, and now he is targeting my societal  friends - and people who are friends with him are ignoring me and some have stopped talking to me (I wonder what he tells them'bout me) . He wanted to get near to my dad and mom also - my dad himself said that he visited nearly four times while I was in India...
Luckily, my loyal school friends are still with me and they knew right from the beginning how nasty he had become with me. And in fact, my "significant other" predicted such clash and asked to cut relations long before - she is so so clever!! But as usual I didn't listen!

BUT now, I actually can't understand what he wants! He is behaving like a congenital schmuck! But more cussing can make me moronic! 

Anyway, I am only here for a few days to spend with my mom and dad and friends - so I think it is useless to think of such annoying things - so...on the brighter side, I did some shopping for me and my sis - I got new jeans and a shirt from Sana Fashions - now I think I will get more clothes - Centrpoint? I never visited it!

iCook: Cauliflower in Almond Tomato sauce...

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I love Cauliflower, apart from its taste, it the easiest vegetable (or flower) to cook. I cooked this yesterday as I had some guests at home. They seemed to like and asked me the recipe.
So.here we go...

Cauliflower Almond curry with pulihora

Ingredients:

1 medium sized cauliflower
cut into florets
2 medium sized tomatoes*
1/2 cup almond paste**
2 or 3 green chillies
3 tpsp oil
2 or 3 medium sized onions finely chopped
1 tsp curry powder (optional)
1 tsp tomato sauce
1 cup milk
1-2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 pint of cumin seeds
1 pint of termeric (or red/food colour can also be used)

* Blanch the tomatoes (dip'em in hot water for 5 mins and peel them) and blend them

** For lazy cooks like me, almond powder is available - just mix the powder with hot water or boiling milk. If you have almond nuts, soak them in hot water for 30-45 mins and blend them with some milk.

Preparation:

- Take a heavy bottomed wok, add oil. Once the oil is heated, add onions - saute till they are golden brown.

- Add ginger-garlic paste to the onions and fry until the raw smells leaves. Add green chillies

- Now a pinch of cumin seeds and add tomato paste fry until the mixture is thick.

- Add the cauliflower florets to the wok and fry them well. Keep the lid and let them steam for 1-2 minutes

- Add the curry powder and stir well. Now add almond paste and mix well.

- Add milk to the curry and let the cauliflower boil fully in milk for 5-10 minutes. Add turmeric or food color.

- If the curry isn't thick enough, you can add a tablespoon of cornflour (mix cornflour with water before adding- to avoid lumping)

- Add finely chopped pieces of curry leaves (optional) before serving.

- Enjoy with chapatis or rice.
Bon apetit!

Tip tip tip tip tip BOOM tip tip...

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That is all I am hearing from last night. The lightening made me wake from my delicate sleep and I am awake from 3 am. The whole Wadi Kabir seems to be drenched with mud, water and piss (it stinks of piss when it rains) making me almost sick.
IT is all cloudy out reminding me of some wintery drab place. I hate cloudy days, they just shut all my metabolism and I end feeling drained and fatigued.
Added to this, I need to visit my friend today and collect some books from him. He lives somewhere in Ruwi and I had to wait for hours to meet him. Imagine traveling on such a dull day!

On the other side, my "significant-other" called and wanted to meet me. I blandly rejected the offer as I am in such languid mood, it could only make my on-off relation more cold!

So now, I am finally tugged into my blankets with a book (namely Collected short stories of O.Henry) and made warm with a shot of a "mixed fruit wine" which I aged for 3 years...
But of course I have to get back to my studies by evening!

iCook: Channa Masala...

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This recipe is so nice, I love it! Though it is available
outside, it is always better to make it at home. I learned this recipe from my
aunt in Hyderabad.
Here it is for you:

Ingredients:

1 medium onion
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1-inch piece
fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1–2 green chilies,
seeded and minced
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 cup water
2 cups chopped
tomatoes, drained
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 tablespoon amchur powder (optional)
1 teaspoon garam masala


Directions
1. Peel and quarter the onion, place it in the food
processor, and process until smooth. Pour off the extra liquid and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a medium, heavy-bottomed skillet over a
medium-high flame. When very hot, add the onion and cook until browned,
approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Adjust the heat as needed so that the onion does
not burn.
3. Stir in the ginger and cook for 2 minutes; add the garlic
and cook for another minute.
4. Add the green chilies, chili powder, coriander, cumin, and
turmeric, and mix to blend.
5. Lower the heat to medium, add 1/2 cup of the water andthe tomatoes. Continue cooking and stirring for two minutes.
6. Add the remaining water and mix well.
7. Stir in the garbanzo beans.
8. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes.
9. Add the amchur powder and garam masala and mix well. Cook
for two minutes and remove from the heat.

Modifications:
I have made the puree of tomatoes also. After frying the onions till golden brown, I added this paste little by little frying in small quantities - the trick to get the taste is to fry till the sourness of the paste.
To enhance the taste, I too added the paste of cashewnuts and cus-cus (poppy seeds) to the curry.
And don't forget to add fresh cream and butter just before serving!
The recipe is from beyondwonderful.com
Bon aptitet!

It's Raining!...I am missing my TV show

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All of a sudden it started to rain...and in fact there is warm air and rain...odd
Well, anyway I hope it stops coz my Dish TV doesn't work when it rains, and the lightening makes it more dangerous to watch TV.

Today are the finals of a Telugu dance show and we missed it thanks to the weird weather. Acutally I can't understand why my dish tv only goes while raining but my Hotbird is all fine...

Shakey Photographer and his pics

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It isn’t that I don’t love my new digital camera but sometimes I feel it is absolutely useless…especially at night. I always loved night photography and I wanted my cam to capture the night shots awesomely and that stupid Malabari salesman of KMT said it will do so. But I was pretty disappointed when I learned that my camera needs to be more sophisticated (something like SLR) to get those splendid shots of night. Added to this, I am also in need of a tripod (coz my hands shake a lot)…but is it necessary? - I am only in my first steps of photography? And I must learn to click first before I fly high…right…
When I bought this camera I was unaware of shutter speed control which is absent in my camera, therefore I cannot click anything in motion like a flying bird or a running child or a firework and even if I click, it would be something else. Anyway, one of my friends and fellow photographer said that I am over enthusiastic and any kind of learning needs time and practice from simple then complex.

So while I was in India where I always hang the camera around coz India is one of those places that is so diverse and surprising, I don’t want to miss a shot. (And a place to show off too!) One of the noted photographer said so of India, “Sit in one corner of the street [of Delhi] and click and you will click for lifetime as every moment is different yet beautiful.”  Despite of filling up my laptop and EHD with 1000s of picture, I still feel that I have missed some shots. Most of the pictures are shot within the family in various moods and moments, some of the locals and landscapes, flowers and at times children…
The following are some shots from my sister’s garden and her roses:
 
I don't know what these flowers are called...Gill any help?
These violet flowers smell like garlic!
And despite how much I despise my camera at night, I was somehow able to capture these pics:
These were the lamps set up at a local temple
 
And of course the flashy and flamboyant decorations...
Do tell me how the pics are! There are many more to come - of my nephews and houses...very soon...so keep visiting.



p.s I had some HTML probs when posting this post,though I solved'em but do inform me if the post doesn't load properly.

spring cleaning...heart cleaning

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This happens always...whenever we leave Dad at home - leave and return to see a hell out of it!
Now that we've been away for whole three months, the home is like anything...papers, books, ash, vessels, leftovers, clothes...and the list is endless.
Well, it took me and mom to get back everything in shape, but we are not still satisfied...we finished with kitchen and hall...and bathrooms are to be done (their condition is unexplainable)
Meantime I have finish some studying also...and my significant other called up -so there may be a date on Saturday. But I dunno if we can make it becoz both of us are having exams that very day...weird.
What is more weird is find the stuff(a gift) of an ex-buddy inside my house - dad said that he wanted to re-establish the relationship - which infuriated me...I mean he was the one who started the fight, he blamed me and made my parents shout at me (they never do this usually)...and now he wants be back...errrrr....I hope some devil fucks him to death

..well that for now...I am enjoying the sun here and it is indeed awesome...I didn't call anyone that I'm here...neither do I wish to as I am going to stay for a very less time!

I am BACK in Muscat!!!!!! Almost nude.........

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Sitting on my own couch, my favorite mug filled with NescafĂ© and me on the net typing this post - listening to my fave music, while the sun in Muscat is shining through windows onto my back – Ah! Isn’t this heaven?  (And I am almost nude! Only 10% of the body is covered at present) Well yes home is heaven and I am really fucking happy that I am home…
All the while I was in India, I spent my days at my uncle’s house in Hyderabad or at my sister’s in PPD – both the places were good, they have the basal facilities but they are not homely. I am glad that I will have nothing to do there for the next couple of months at least. But next year, when I will be joining my degree – I will live near to my sister’s and of course will live alone…I am elated and anxious…I could have done degree in Oman but simply, I want to be on myself…which means that I will have to face the negative consequences of life too…living alone is not easy moreover my lifestyle and India make it more tough.
And in the short time that I have in Oman, I have too many things to cover up…I have to get my laptop cleaned and formatted and I am thinking of installing Windows 7 – if available in the market or on net. I would have to visit CFO and get my mark sheet from there. Apart from these I also need to do some shopping – particularly clothes for me and my sis (And I’m very lazy to shop). If all done in time, I want spend time with mom and dad as I will be staying far from now on for very long periods…
But before that I need to prepare for my finals coming up in April-May and I am really running off time…I hope with right time management (I never mastered this in my life and I try to, I fuck up the whole ) I well can get over the finals.
Ok guys, I will keep on posting more and of course there is lot to read too in all your blogs…so get ready for my comments!
And do wish me best of luck for final revision!