Month: January 2016

I had a bag of carrots…

One fine weekend, I noticed a bag of carrots in the fridge – waiting to expire. And then, this mini magic happened – A carrot cake! I followed the recipe from this link on taste.com.au (my bible for all food adventures). The changes I made were adding in extra carrots, cinnamon and walnuts. Instead of 250gm cream cheese, I only used 140gm. It was more than sufficient. Link: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/15406/carrot+cake Super easy for a once-in-a-blue-moon baker.   And as you can see, it turned out great! My first “good looking” cake.   nom..nom..  

Optimistic about our furry little chaos :)

To be very honest, the first few months that we had Oscar, we thought this was a bad idea (although I never admitted this out loud), because we just could not train him. He couldn’t understand us and we couldn’t understand him. We just felt like ‘bad parents’ and felt guilty for being frustrated over him & his mini disasters all over the house. But now, nearly 1 year down the track, we are getting so much better. And we are so much more optimistic 🙂 In fact, I feel a sense of pride on getting Oscar to where he is now. I just wanted to share with you a proud moment during his meals. Oscar never jumps up for food. He waits patiently until he is given the “command” to eat. Watch this video. Of course, we don’t “torture” him so much on his every meal as in this video. But he is definitely asked to wait until the food bowl is on the floor. And he waits ever so patiently!    

‘Goldbera ko Achaar’ – my new found love

I miss my mom’s home cooked Nepalese food. In several attempts to be like her… I have earned myself the title of a ‘disaster chef’. But I am getting better at this… for real. A typical Nepalese dinner of rice & curry is usually accompanied by ‘Goldbera ko Achaar’ which directly translates as Tomato Pickle. But its not really a pickle since its not fermented. In fact, its more of a salsa since its a fresh mix of tomato with herbs and spices, with a Nepalese twist of course. And this ‘goldbera ko achaar’ is my new found love. I thought I would share this – especially for my sister – and all those that miss the feel of a typical Nepalese dinner. Get your ingredients together: 2 ripe medium sized tomatoes. 1 small/medium old whiting fish (optional). 3 red chillies. 4 cloves of garlic. about 10-15 stalks of coriander (or as you like it). 1/2 a medium sized lemon. Roast them: The tomatoes – Cut up the tomatoes into 5 pieces each and grill them on …

Its a wart.

Its a wart. And its in his tongue. Yiiikes. No, you don’t want to see the pictures of this. We took Oscar to the vet only to get a very “not-so-important” response on this wart like thing on his tongue. Turns out its not uncommon in dogs. And it doesn’t cause any harm to Oscar. Its just an “unwanted growth”. The vet asked us to wait for a weeks to see if the wart grows or spreads. And it has 😦 Thankfully only on this tongue. But I think that makes it tougher. The options we have are to wait for it to just fall off or to do a biopsy and get it surgically removed. The vet has suggested we wait for it to fall off. But its really hard to do that since its viral and he could be spreading it to other dogs. And it’s not easy to ignore even though Oscar himself is probably totally unaware of this.The cost to get this done however is a whopping $1100! We are hoping that …

Tofu and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

Making a vegetarian dish is always a challenge in our kitchen. And being so accustomed to preparing spicy Nepalese food, creating a dish that does not use loads of turmeric, or cumin or loads of chillies is also always a challenge. But I nailed this particular dish without the heavy use of the usual himalayan spices. This was the tofu and shiitake mushroom stir fry recipe that I found on the bon appetit website. To be honest, this was my second attempt. (Let’s not remember how the first attempt went… *sigh*) I don’t think its worth detailing the recipe again as I followed the method word to to word on this site: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/stir-fried-tofu-and-shiitake-mushrooms-in-spicy-black-bean-sauce I followed the recipe ditto except: used 950gm *3 gms of regular firm tofu doubled the rest of the ingredients forgot the leek also forgot the cilantro, so added some baby peas for some ‘color’. The name of the recipe says “spicy” but honestly it wasn’t. My 4 year old nephew ate it without hesitation. I had guests ask me for the recipe, so seems like it was …

Remake of a Nepalese favourite

I have no English name for this. Its basically a spicy yoghurt mix of pomelo and various oranges/mandarins and is a Nepalese favourite. It sounds a like a weird choice of ingredients but it’s awesome for those sunny lazy afternoon cravings. Fresh, tangy and yumm. … of course, that is if you like spicy. Pomelos are either hard to find or are super expensive in Sydney. So this is a ‘remake’ with only mandarins. Peel & cut 2 naval oranges/blood oranges into bite size pieces. To the oranges, add a teaspoon of salt, chilli powder, a spoon of sugar and then yoghurt. I used Jalna’s sweet and creamy yoghurt (this yoghurt is to die for!!).  In a small frying pan, heat about 1.5 spoon of oil. Once the oil has heated, add about half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and fenugreek seeds. Wait until the fenugreek seeds have turned dark brown. Remove from heat and pour the heated oil into the orange mix. Then mix the whole thing together well. Add chilli/salt/sugar as per liking. And try it …

Oscar is 1!

Our little pooch turned 1 yesterday! He is now a “young dog”. How amazing is that! We started changing his diet to Royal Canin Adult couple of weeks go in preparation for his covering 12 months of age. He was on Royal Canin Junior prior to this. But he hasn’t been eating well for the last couple of days. Took him to the vet today and its probably got to do with us rather than him. We have been treating him too much. #Guilty. So starting today, we are going to be very strict. No treats until he eats his meals. Its going to be more tough on us than him honestly. And hey, he can sit all by himself in the car – with proper seat belts, of course. I don’t need to have him on my lap anymore. Yaay… That’s a milestone! He is still getting used to moving around in the car with the seat belts around him. He usually gets tangled which is hilarious to watch. I know it sounds wicked, but I take …