Hi all, am sure all must be wondering where did I disappear all these days. The last two months had been a bit busy as we shifted back to KL, Malaysia from Nairobi, Kenya. As the winding up and packing of stuff, meeting with friends all took up my time before leaving Nairobi. Returning back to home country, finding schools for kids, refurbishing the house and all has become challenging to blog. Being an expat is all about changes and now we have come back to KL for good.
Today we going to see a unique recipe that is made with soy protein – called vegetarian chicken. This is mock meat and is an option for vegetarians to include more protein in their diet. My hubby is a vegetarian but he can eat all the mock meat varieties. You can buy these in grocery stores in Malaysia.
Do try to let me know if you liked it.
VEGETARIAN CHICKEN MASALA
Cuisine: Indian | Category: Side Dishes for Rice | Prep time: 20 mins | Serves: 6
Take all the ingredients ready.
Defrost the vegeterian chicken for half an hour.
After half an hour just wash them to reduce the excess oil.
Drain them and set aside.
After sometime cut them into two or three pieces as shown.
Chop onion and tomato as shown.
Make it into a fine powder.
Add little tomatoes and grind them until you get a smooth paste.
Carrot Halwa aka Gajar ka Halwa is one of the delicious sweets that can be served at home or it can be made on occasions. Who doesn’t like Halwa? Actually am not a fan of the usual Halwa but this carrot halwa doesn’t fall in that category as it doesn’t taste like the traditional halwa, as this has milk it is more like a milk sweet. The carrot gets cooked in the milk and turns so soft and the end result is a melt i nthe mouth texture.
Gajar ka Halwa comes from the Northern part of the Indian region. It is made using the red coloured carrots not the orange ones. But I don’t get the reddish carrots here in Nairobi and so am doing this using the orange ones. But the taste is the same just the colour changes.
The important thing to be noted in this preparation is, don’t grate the carrots using a fine holed grater. It has to be a bit bigger, when one fine it gets mashed up while cooking. I have added a little khoya that is just optional and you can skip if you don’t need them. Actually last week I had guests at home and I had prepared this for dessert. It can be served warm or cold.
Do try and let me know if you liked it.
CARROT HALWA/GAJAR KA HALWA
Cuisine: Indian| Category: Sweets | Prep time: 10 to 15 mins | Cook Time: 45 mins to 1 hr. | Serves: 10 to 14 | Recipe Source: Vahrehvah
Carrots – 4 Cups flat(Grated in a big mesh)
Milk – 2 Cups (Full Cream)
Sugar – 1 Cup (Increase or Decrease accordingly)
Ghee – 2 tbsp.
Khoya – 3 tbsp (Optional)
Cardamom – 1/8 tsp.
Cashew – 1 tbsp (Chopped)
Pista – 1 tbsp.(Chopped or sliced lenghtwise)
Salt – A Pinch
METHOD with VISUAL CLICKS
Get all the ingredients ready.Peel the carrots and wash them. Grate them in a big holed grated. I used a food processor.Measure the grated carrot.Now the grated carrots are ready.Take the ghee in a heavy bottomed non-stick pan(that is wide mouthed).Add the carrots and saute in ghee for few mins.Now measure and pour the full cream milk to it.Cook the carrots in the milk in medium flame and keep stirring occasionally to avoid the sweet from getting burnt.After 10 mins.Another 10 mins.Now slowly all the milk is reducing and the carrots are cooked soft.
Sandwiches are something I have never had when I was small or even until I finished my school. My mom never used to prepare any sandwiches. I used to prepare after learning from one of my friend. But nowadays kids love samdwiches and sometimes these sandwiches get packed in the lunchbox also. They don’t want to take food that needs time to be eaten, so this is a best option though.
It’s easy to prepare in the mornings and is less messy also. Am going to make a very simple sandwich. You just need boiled eggs for this recipe.
Do try and let me know if you liked it.
EGG MAYO SANDWICH
Cuisine: World | Category: Sandwiche Recipes | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins
Pepper – 1/8 tsp. (Increase or Decrease according to taste)
Salt as needed
METHOD with VISUAL CLICKS
Take all the ingredients.Cut off the corners of the bread.Take the boiled eggs in a bowl.Using a fork just mash them as fine as possible.Add pepper and salt to taste.Mix everything well.Apply mayonnaise on one side of the bread slices.Like this.Then top it with the mashed egg mixture.Finally cover the bread with another moyonnaise spread bread.The sandwich is ready to be enjoyed. Cut them diagonally or into squares before serving.
Note : Can use whole wheat bread also.
There is no need to trim the edges of the bread. Its just to make it appealing for the kids.
If you have boiled eggs this sandwich comes together in just 5 mins.
No need to toast the bread, it tastes great when the bread is fresh.
Intead of applying the mayonnaise on the bread we can just add little to the egg mixture and then apply that to the bread slices.
The Mayonnaise is ready to be served with any fried items or as a creamy base for sandwiches or saldas. Try and let me know if you liked it.
Let me start to say about Google Keep(This is definitely not a paid post – Just writing about my experience) and the story of how things got easier. Nowadays if I don’t take a list to the supermarket of what I need I forget few items and so I used to write a list in paper and take a pen with me to tick the stuff. Since Google keep has been introduced it is the best ever app I could think off. I type a list of things to be got in supermarket and when you go the supermarket you can tick the things you have put in the cart. Google Keep came in handy with our itinerary planning as well.
Pic Courtesy: Google
I finished in preparing the list of places to visit and sorted which attraction needed tickets to be booked earlier. Me and my hubby slowly started booking tickets. The interesting point to be noted in U.K. is the advance bookingof tickets included a time slot. This made the planning of the itinerary a bit more difficult. With the tickets booked and the timings known for some attractions I planned the day to day list of places to visit with the idea of how long to spend in a particular attraction and the opening timings. My hubby was so keen in adding timings as well and I was not so keen about this as we have never done this way before. Let me show you the planning of the days.
EDINBURGHThis was the plan we made for Edinburgh. The plan started from Saturday afternoon and was until monday evening. As we left to Liverpool via train on tuesday morning. The train tickets also we got it booked.
We booked the Edinburgh Castletickets to beat the queue and it was few pounds less when you book online rather than you get it there. We didn’t book for Royal Yatch Brittania as it was the same price at the counter and also there was not much crowd expected there. The Camera Obscura tickets were also not available online. Need to go get there directly. This attraction was the one opened late in the evening until 8 or 9.
Liverpool – The tickets for Mercy ferry and Anfield Stadium Tour were booked before hand. Princess Road Synagogue is one of the few Jewish community syangogue. There was a private tour to see the inside of the synagogue. I called them to book but they had a celebration on tuesday and so they could book only on 11am on wednesday. But Anfield tour gets over only at 10 am so we decided to give it a try if we have time. We had the train booked from Liverpool to London at 2:15pm on wednesday.
LONDONIn London we booked the tickets for Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and London Bridge exhibitions seperately and it didn’t require any time slot to be there. There were packages of 4 attractions or three or 2 which can be booked together for some price reduction. We booked London Eye, Shrek’s Adventure, Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Tussaud’s together with a time slot(15 mins) for entering Madame Tussaud’s. London Eye River Crusie required a time slot and that tickets were also booked for wednesday afternoon.
With all the tickets booked in advance now all of us were awaiting the date of travel……….
I hope you also will await for my next post to see waht happened to the first day of the trip. Did we land in Edinburgh on Saturday or not?????? ………… Just wait for the next post to read the unexpected twist in the trip. Until then stay happy …………
During Easter Holidays we had been to U.K. We planned a week’s trip.
Planning : First I had to apply my visa to go to U.K. They have a separate visa and that’s not included in the Shenzhen visa. It was smooth and we applied on the second week of March itself, say 1 1/2 months before. Lucky my hubby and kids, they need not apply visa for most of the countries as they have a Malaysian passport. So the visa application procedure lands on my head everytime we plan a holiday.
After the visa was sorted we booked the flight tickets. Boys had term break from April 1st week till 3rd week. School for both were reopening only on 25th April. So we decided on the dates from 15th to 23rd. Now where in U.K. was decided. We had London in mind and Liverpool. Yes without stepping in Liverpool the whole trip would have been meaningless for my Dear husband. It was his dream to go visit the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool since he was 8 years old. So carrying the dream for almost 32 years and I wanted to be a there when that dream was fullfilled.
Having heard of the beauty of Scotland we definitely wanted to be there while in U.K. So the places got finalised – we planned to land in 1. Edinburgh, Scotland, then we proceed to 2. Liverpool in train and finally to 3. London in train.
My hubby takes charge of the macro planning – like booking flights and hotel. Am responsible for the micro planning – the day to day activities listing and finalising on how we commute everywhere. So I started my prep after my visa arrived as I was double sure that we surely are going.
Usually I google to see which places to visit and decide on the places. Our family don’t like museums a lot. So we try to avoid such places until and unless it is interesting for kids to visit. I discuss my list with my hubby and the elder one and then we finalise the places.