Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chicken vegetable stir fry

Actually I cooked this very dish long back. Probably I cooked during the months of December. I wrote down the recipe also. But the funny thing was that, I couldn't find the picture. Today while I was just browsing the pictures in my laptop, I suddenly have found out the photo. I quickly upload the recipe here for you. 

One lb. boneless chicken

One large Capsicum

One large onion

One large tomato

6-7 pieces of mushrooms

One zucchini 

One tsp. soy sauce

One tsp. oyster sauce

One tsp. chili sauce

One tsp tomato sauce

One tsp. sugar

Two tbsp. of oil (I used olive oil)

Salt to taste

Cut all the vegetables into medium sized cubes. Cut the chicken into cubes. Marinate the chicken with salt for one hour. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed wok. Add the onion, and sauté for few minutes. Add tomato and sauté for few minutes. Then add the chicken pieces, add stir. Let it cook for some time, covering the wok. Then salt, and stir well. Continue cooking over medium heat covering the wok, stirring occasionally. When the chicken pieces become tender, add rest of the vegetables.  Mix all the sauce , and sugar in a small bowl. Stir, and continue cooking. When the vegetables become tender, add the sauce mixture. Pour half cup water in the sauce bowl, scrape down the sauce in the water, mix well, and add the water in the curry. Continue cooking until all the juice dries up. Serve with roti.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My first hibachi experience

For few days we were thinking where we could eat out. I was really indecisive. I was reluctant to have Italian, because I didn’t in the mood to have cheese. I didn’t want to have Thai or Chinese food. Indian food was strictly no-go, as we have Indian food every day at home. My husband was not very keen to take me to Japanese restaurant. My first ever sushi eating performance was not mention-worthy. I don’t know why I couldn’t like sushi. I asked my husband, whether we could try other Japanese food . Still he was skeptical to take me to any Japanese restaurant . Lastly I told that I want to try hibachi. 
The experience at Kobi Japan was simply awesome. After finishing other scheduled works when we reached the restaurant it was 2 o’clock in the afternoon. My husband booked table before. When we entered the restaurant, it was almost empty. I started thinking, would the food be good? Actually the reason was different, that was a big day, that was the “Super Bowl” day. So, that was the reason, the restaurants were empty.

We sat around the hibachi. It was my first time there. So, I was pretty excited. Before I heard from one of my friends about her hibachi experience. She was super excited when she told me about her experience. The hibachi is a traditional Japanese heating device. It consists of a box-shaped open-topped container, made from or lined with a heatproof material and designed to hold burning charcoal.  Anyway,we ordered all kinds of non-veg item. I’m not at all fond of steak like my husband. So, we ordered chicken, steak, fish, shrimp, all of the them. I knew, it was crazy. 

Then came the chef with his cart full of all food item and equipments. First the chef started with a juggle with knife cum spatula and the frying fork. Wow! That was exciting!! My son was so excited he literally jumping on the chair. What a show!! Throwing them upward, catching them with hand, it a little acrobatic way.  Though I was excited, still I was thinking, if any of them landed on us, what would had been happened! But in the middle I couldn't tell him to stop juggling. While watching the spectacular show, the stomach was calling it was high time to give it some food.  First the chef gave a three different kind of sauce. My son was thinking that, what were those. So, the chef with pseudo seriousness put three drops of different sauce in his plate to taste. My son thought that he got a special importance, so he also tasted them and gave some “serious” comments. 

Then he fried the vegetables. Oh!! What a skill!!! He had been cooking and juggling at the same  time. He just fried the vegetables and shrimps. With grace and ease he cut the middle of the shrimps, and the chopped the tail off from the shrimps. He put one of the tails on my son’s plate and asked him to taste. This time my son understood that the chef was joking with him. So, he denied to taste. :) 
Next came the volcano. He had a thick piece of laterally cut out onion. Only with the spatula and cooking fork he separated the rings one by one , and place them one top of one another starting from bigger to smaller to give conical shape. Astonishingly none of them fell at any time in the whole process. It was really a big problem. I was undecided, which one I should do, would  I see the art of cooking or I should give some peace to my stomach? Anyway, after arranging the rings he told, “here comes the volcano”. My son stopped eating in much excitement, to see the volcano. After pouring some oil inside “conduit” of the “volcano” he torched it. “whoosh”… The volcano erupted. Then in high speed he chopped down the onion and served us. 

Next he cooked the fried rice, He put the vegetables on the table and fry them within no time, and add to the rice. That was  ok, nothing special. Wow!!! He took out eggs and started juggling. He threw them in the air, caught one of them on his chef-hat, and started spinning another on the flat spatula he was using. I thought those were boiled eggs. I was wrong!! He broke one of the raw egg and mix with the fried rice. My son wanted to see the other egg. So, he searched in his hat, and instead of a “ducky” came out. Exciting!!! Then he laid out the steak, the chicken pieces, fish fillet, and the shrimps on the board. With the same ease he put oil and fry them, flip them, chop them and served us on our plate. And that was the end of enjoyable cooking. The food was no doubt awesome. In half and hour he cooked, he juggled, and he entertained us. It was a fabulous experience. 

I’ll go back again…

Monday, July 6, 2015

The summer break 2015

Summer vacation has already started. The little one is in officially grade 2. Oh, he is growing to fast. He is very excited to go to next grade. But my parched mind yearns to hold my little baby in my hands forever.  The school ended with a School ending party at a nearby park. All the kiddies enjoyed a lot there. They just got wild when we reached the park. From running to digging holes in the sand, they enjoyed every kind of silly activities. We all parents and teachers became tire at the end, but they were all full of energy. After coming back, kids didn’t want to inside the classroom, because they missed the recess time. So, they wanted to play in the school park again. Oh! all the crazy little cute kiddies!!

Digging hole in the sand

 Anyway, next two months is going to be a big challenge to me. I’ve to keep him engaged and entertained. I know, that is going to be very tough to me. Though I thought to make plan for summer vacation way ahead, but I didn’t do that. My sluggishness pulled me back to do that. Now the summer has already started, and I’ve to make an impromptu plan for him. I thought of buying some things for his crafts , but I forgot buy those stuff. Now, I’ve to improvise with whatever things I already possess or I must go to go store with him. As he is growing up, it is becoming difficult to shop with him. With all his unfulfilled demands, every time he becomes grumpy after I finish my shopping.

This is done by sonny boy..without any help

Though I thought of many crafts, but I’m not so much convinced that he is going to love them. First of all, he only loves planes, trains, ships, machines. And I cannot find any craft related to all those things. Whatever I like, he doesn’t like to do. After all boys will be boys. I’ve find out something which he will like to do. Once I told him whether he will like make a dinosaur book (As I’ve kept some dinosaur pictures in my collection. Actually, I always keep any thing from movie ticket to magazine cuttings for projects.) I know the real challenge will be writing part. Actually, my plan is that, we will stick the pictures on pages and he will write about those dinosaurs. He has a really good knowledge about dinosaurs, but the problem is , he doesn’t want to write at all. If I ask him to write half of the page, he will write so big, that he will fill half of the page with only 2-3 sentences. If I ask him to write 5-6 sentences, he will take more than 2 hours to finish that. Isn’t that crazy? 
Next challenge is to arranging play date with his friends. I know he will enjoy playing with his friends, but that is tiring to me. Actually, I’m always to do something, I don’t enjoy much chit-chatting with others. Don’t think I don’t chat with others. I do. However, after chatting for few hours, I always feel that I wasted the time. Am I crazy? I think I should relax, and enjoy chatting with others, forgetting my household chores. 
But the summer is not going to be very much relaxing to me. As, my sonny boy has already joined swimming class. So, I’ll take him there. But I’m excited. I’m looking forward for his swimming class. Hope he is going to be a better swimmer at the end of the summer.
This summer, still we in dilemma , whether we will go for any vacation or will just stay at home. Hopefully we will go to somewhere.