Month: November 2015

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

I am a sucker for crime stories – fiction or non-fiction and all the drama, the mystery and investigation that surrounds it. I loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, so this next book, Dark Places, wasn’t a tough choice for me. Like Gone Girl, I couldn’t put this book down until the very last page. I kept my weekend free, just to finish this book! While the book is a very interesting read, I (unfortunately) keep comparing it to Gone Girl- for obvious reasons. In short, this book is very interesting with loads of mystery but does not supersede Gone Girl. By the way, this book was on the ‘Crime’ shelf at Dymocks. Not the fiction shelf.

Nepalese waa

The blessed ‘waa’ pancake

Nepalese are foodies. Especially the Newar community among the Nepalese – like me. Living away from home, I specially miss mum’s cooking – the spices, the chillies, the curries … So any chance I get, I jump on to making Newari dishes. And one fine day, the blessed“waa” (pronounced as the wa of water) was made in my kitchen. Waa is basically black lentil pancake made with or without minced meat. Back in Nepal, Waa is a delicacy served as a snack or an entree. Its not really a very fancy dish, so that often makes me wonder why its only reserved for special occasion. Anyways, as a reminder to myself and to anyone wanting to attempt it, here is the recipe: Make sure you have these: 1.5 cup split black lentils / urad daal This made about 20 waa 250 gm chicken mince 1 tbsp  each of finely minced ginger and garlic 1 tsp each of coriander and cumin powder 2 – 3 finely chopped green chillies – this really depends on your taste 1/4 cup  finely chopped green coriander 5 – 6 stalks of spring …

The love & hate relationship with the ‘Oscar-Cam’

I have a love hate relationship with this cool IP camera that we have installed at home. I’ll tell you why. Once we decided to leave Oscar out in the backyard while we were away to work, we needed a way to watch him. So on a colleague’s recommendation, SS ordered this IP camera. Its called the Foscam (Model FI9831W). We call it the ‘Oscar-Cam’ 😀 . Its been fitted in a position that allows us an almost 360 view around the garage, where Oscar’s kennel is & the backyard. . And once installed, you can use an app on your smartphone to access the camera or can access via any standard web browser on a PC or MAC. Of course, you need to have internet access. You can rotate the camera around, you can ‘hear’ & ‘speak’ to the other end, you can capture a video or a screenshot. Hey and it even has night vision! I must say, the audio quality isn’t superb but it allows really smooth high definition video transmission. And SS says it was …

A solo weekend in Paris

I was in Paris a couple of weeks back. It was a solo 3 day trip (which I rarely ever do) and boy was it good! I was amazed by the history and beauty in every corner of the street. I mean literally every corner had a bit of art and a story. I took the flight to Paris from London Heathrow. It was a last minute booking and actually worked out to cheaper than taking the Eurostar, which was my initial plan. The flight was just an hour and it saved me from waking up too early in the morning. I hate that. My itinerary: I planned a very strict itinerary for my 3 days and followed it strictly. It might sound strange but I wasn’t too interested in shopping. This was primarily due to the luggage restriction on my flight to Paris from London. No regrets. Some places I toured: Eiffel Tower – Of Course. The queues to the top was ridiculous. Louvre – Saw the Monalisa for real. Notre Dame Cathedral Opera Palais Concorde Montmartre Sacre-coeur Basilica …

Oscar is 10 months!

3 doggie beds, 2 cushions, 4 pairs of bedroom slippers, 3 slippers, 1 shoes, 2 food bowls, 1 leash, 1 tshirt, 2 sweatshirts, 1 sock, 1 roll toilet paper, and uncountable number of toys. Gone. Oscar is 10 months old today. And he weighs 16.5 kilos. He is a strong boy now. And he is truly a part of the family. He has learnt a few commands and also figured out that I am the “soft” one that can be dominated and SS is the “master”. He plans his stubbornness accordingly. You know what I mean? Anyways, I thought I should share some updates on Oscar. One thing that we can’t seem to properly train him on is not to jump. He doesn’t bite, but he will jump and hung, and lick any friends or stranger that approaches him. This behaviour terrifies my little nephew and in fact terrifies us to see this 16 kilo animal get hyper active. Not sure how we will get him trained up on this. Wish us luck.