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Went to Golkonda yesterday with a friend, then back to his to be deafened by the ambient sound of Diwali.

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Haven't been sleeping nights lately. Decided this morning not to doze off and instead caught a train and a bus and went to Charminar. Shopping limited to fruit, two dozen glass bangles, and a pearl string for a friend's mother, but got a few photos as well.

camels in Lad Bazar, Charminar

Mecca Masjid, reflected
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I made fusilli in a garlic cheese sauce with mushroom and salami.
  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Put in chopped/smashed garlic (about 10-12 cloves) and brown
  3. Add chopped mushroom (250gm) and saute till it lets off water.
  4. Add salami (250 gm) and saute.
  5. Add water or stock and simmer.
  6. Add salt, pepper, whatever spices you want to use (I added a bit of red pepper sauce, some oregano and a mysterious thing called pizza seasoning)
  7. When the sauce starts to bubble, add the pasta.
  8. When pasta is al dente, add cheese and stir into the sauce.
  9. Switch off the heat/fire and allow to settle.

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So yesterday I made tuna pasta, my parents freaked out and ordered me to get other food delivered because apparently this was a suicidal move (My mother's allergic to sea-food, I... might be, and once about three years ago my mouth itched for about five minutes because of tuna), I told them I was and had the pasta anyway, popped a couple cetrizine tablets and then proceeded to freak out myself and friends by agonizing whether my incipient cold was actually my throat closing up.

Good times, yo.
  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil, using the oil the fish has been canned in.
  2. When onion turns transparent put in shredded fish and saute till browned.
  3. Pour water, and add pasta when water starts boiling.
  4. Cook with the lid closed till pasta is al dente.
  5. Add salt, pepper, spices to taste.
  6. When sauce has thickened, add cheese and turn off the heat.
  7. Let cheese melt to create a crust, or stir it into the pasta.
  8. Optional last step, pop a cetrizine tablet and enjoy your meal.

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Didn't cook anything yesterday, so this is from day before yesterday. I made paneer.
  1. Heat oil and put in a couple tea-spoons of ginger-garlic paste.
  2. Add tomatoes, saute till tender.
  3. Add paneer when tomatoes begin to reduce, brown lightly.
  4. Add water, salt, spices to taste.
  5. Simmer till sauce thickens with lid closed.

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Today I made pasta with broccoli, mushrooms, and capsicum.

  1. Add capsicum to heated oil, saute till tender and beginning to brown.
  2. Add mushrooms, brown till letting off water.
  3. Lightly saute broccoli (I removed the mushrooms and capsicum before frying broccoli but that's space-constraint)
  4. Add water, simmer everything.
  5. Add macaroni, salt, pepper, spices according to taste.
  6. Turn off heat when pasta's as cooked as you like.
  7. Optional last step, add cheese.

broccoli florets

pasta with broccoli and mushrooms
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We have bird flu in the city, and I should really stop eating out anyway. So I've decided to cook at least one meal every day (a LOT of one-pot meals coming up) and post a couple of photos and an abbreviated recipe, just to see how long this lasts.

Today I made potatoes with cumin seeds and tomatoes and some garlic powder.

  1. Heat oil (I used sunflower) in a pan.
  2. Scatter cumin seeds when heated, and saute.
  3. Add tomatoes; lower heat, put the lid on.
  4. When tomatoes are soft and beginning to be reduced, add potatoes.
  5. Saute potatoes.
  6. Add water when potatoes are beginning to be fork-tender.
  7. Add salt and whatever spices (I put in garlic powder), let cook.
  8. Turn off the heat when potatoes are cooked and the sauce has reduced.

chopped tomatoes

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[ profile] bee_muse made sweets and we had friends over for food and fireworks. ♥

Jaggery, condensed milk, flour, sugar, milk mixed in a black bowl

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I've been largely absent this year, especially these last six months, and for that I'm sorry. Life's been fairly hideous, especially since I spent (yes) the last six months largely depressed, and mostly failed to realise that till December. :(

The last couple of weeks have been a lot better, and I'm hoping so will the next year.

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I just spent two hours taking photographs, so, well, this is one of me.


Jun. 19th, 2010 08:43 pm
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a.k.a Rhea spends more time taking photographs than doing anything remotely useful.

a.k.a Rhea's uni yields some rather nice shots at times.

Bougainvillea )

Lake )


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