Nepaliaustralian turns 3!!!

I am very pleased to announce that it is the three-year anniversary of nepaliaustralian tomorrow. As I am going to be away for next few days, I thought I would write a post today.

Right now I am at airport waiting to board :). Feeling exited and happy to be away from daily life. I am already in relaxation mode.

It was on September 13th, 2011 that I first published my first post and to be honest it doesn’t feel that long ago. I guess this is how things work when you love what you are doing, time just flies and you look back and wonder how quick it went.

So many amazing things have happened in the past years because of this blog. Starting a blog was one of the best things I’ve ever done. This little blog has documented so many moments and thoughts of mine over the last three years that I am incredibly thankful to have a little space in this corner of the internet. For me, this space has and will always be a place where I can write and ramble to my heart’s content. Over the years I’ve found that with age, my memory fades and the words and photos here bring back to life little moments that would have been otherwise forgotten.

Overall it’s been a very rewarding, challenging and exciting learning curve to share these years with you and I wanted to thank you all deeply for all your interactions. Thank you for reading, thank you for caring, thank you for commenting, thank you for helping make this blog something I love writing. This blog has given me many good friends and I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your love and support along the way. I have the greatest readers, I really do and I am so appreciative of this great blogging community.

Today the blog has garnered 743 posts, 68 pages, have 7654 comments with 677,956 page views and 3455 followers as well as people from more than 220 countries visiting my blog!

So, Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! I promise to continue with this blog, on a frequent or semi-frequent basis as long as I am cable of writing my thoughts. Whether this is your first time visiting or you have been here since the beginning, I hope my posts go on to bring you much insight and joy.

I have a virtual cake for all to hand around! Cheers!!!

nepaliaustralian third birthday

P.S: To celebrate the occasion like last year, I will be opening nomination for Nepaliaustralian’s Blog Award 2014 so watch out for my next post.

See you everyone after my vacation, till then take care everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Chicken, cheese and spinach melt

I think a while ago, I have told you that I am a big fan of gozleme (a savoury traditional Turkish pastry dish, made of hand-rolled dough that is lightly brushed with butter and eggs, filled with various toppings, sealed, and cooked over a griddle). First I was thinking, I should make my own dough like them and but by the time I left work, I was tired and not ready to make it from scratch so I bought Lebanese bread instead.

I am glad it turned out to be nice and both of us enjoyed our dinner.

Servings: 2

   Ingredients

  • 2 Lebanese bread (tortilla is another option)
  • 50g baby spinach
  • 100 g chicken mince
  • 100g tasty cheese shredded
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Salt according to taste
  • Chilli flake according to taste
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

Method

  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and fry it until it is cooked. Add chicken mince, salt and cook, stirring, for 8-10 minutes or until browned.

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  • Preheat sandwich press and line with alumni foil. (You can use a pan if you don’t have a sandwich press)

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  • Place 1 bread in the press. Spread chicken mixture over bread. Then add cheese, chilli flakes and spinach on the top.

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  • Fold the bread and cook until golden. Stand for 1 to 2 minutes.

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  • Cut into quarters.

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  • Serve hot with lemon wedges.

Chicken, cheese and spinach melt (6)

Take care everyone, have a nice day.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Easy Chicken Spaghetti Bolognese

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 red capsicum diced
  • 100g mushroom, finely sliced
  • 500g chicken mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 350g tomato purée or tomato pasta sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli flakes to taste
  • 500g dried spaghetti

Method

  • Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water according to packet directions.

Chicken spaghetti Bolognese (1)

  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, capsicum, mushroom, garlic, salt, chilli flakes and fry, stirring often, for 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add chicken mince and cook, stirring, for 8-10 minutes or until browned.

Chicken spaghetti Bolognese (2)

  • Add tomato purée (pasta sauce) and stir until combined well and mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Chicken spaghetti Bolognese (3)

  • Add cooked pasta in the sauce and mix well.

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  • The pasta is ready to be served.

Take care everyone, have a nice day.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Prabal Gurung’s Spring/Summer 2015

My favourite designer, Prabal Gurung just showcased his latest collection. His latest collection is inspired by native Nepal and is playful with texture and silhouette, offering his signature feminine styles mixed with an unexpected dose of androgynous charm.

In his SS15, the designer wanted to continue what he began last season. ″I wanted to continue the journey,″ he said. ″This time it′s more a visual diary of her trek up the mountains.″ We′re back in the Himalayas, only now it′s spring. Instead of deep reds, he used a palette of sunset pastels.

According to Vouge, Prabal Gurung went for a more undressed approach with sassy slashes, slits and keyhole flashes of flesh. Sporty in silhouette with racer-back vest styles and little flirty skirts, his midnight tones and dusky grey-purple palette kept it regal and evening worthy – iridescence incarnating short shifts and T-shirt numbers – while zingy knits continued along this peek-a-boo vein, veering off around the body. And this was very much the theme and silhouette of the collection, drawing on frills and spills of hemlines as it went, the shorter dresses towards the end of which were the prettiest and most covetable.

The collection got lots of positive reviews from fashion editors and fashionistas.

I am in love with  the awesome prints of Himalayas and clouds. Of course, I loved it all but here are my favourites.

Apart from the clothes, I am lusting on those amazing killer heels.

Prabal gurung shoes (1) Prabal gurung shoes (2)

And here is the full collection from SS 2015.

Have you been following NYFW? Who is your favorite designers?

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Sleeping in

I know sleeping-in during the weekends might be something you all must look forward to but it is something I wish I could do for a long time. I wake up between 6:00 am and 6:30 am during weekdays and my body is like an alarm clock and wakes up before 7am even in the weekend no matter what time I go to bed. I try my best to stay in bed after I wake up but it just doesn’t work for me no matter what I do. This is the reason I try to go to bed on time even on weekends.

I know going to bed and getting up at the same time each day will help to keep us feeling good and performing well. However, sometimes I wish I could sleep in too, just for the novelty of it. Most of the mornings, AS will be sleeping when I wake up on Saturdays and Sundays morning and I get jealous of him.

I try not to disturb him so I will either go for a run or try to do something else until he wakes up. I have to admit I do wake him up if he doesn’t wake up by 8 am sometimes. It might sound cruel of me but there are times I am so bored that I need company.

Last weekend we had to go to a birthday on Saturday. I always like to go to parties where I dress up in traditional sari. Even though we didn’t go out during the day, it took me a while to be ready. You know, it’s a woman thing, hair, makeup, sari and accessories can take heaps of time.

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Anyway, we had a good time at the party and were home back a bit late, not too late though. We went to bed straight away when we came home as I was really tired.

The next morning, I woke up. When I turned around, AS was awake (that was a bit of a surprise for a weekend) so I asked him what the time was. He answered 10am and I couldn’t believe my ears.

I think I haven’t slept in till 10am since forever even when I went to bed at 3am so I was really happy that I finally did. I felt good and fresh. I wished I could do that more often (fingers crossed).

But sleeping in on weekends doesn’t seem like a great idea this morning when I couldn’t wake up like normal today. Both of us were running around like headless chicken getting ready this morning. Feeling a bit tired and not fresh at all today :( .

Hope all of you had a good weekend and no dramas with your sleep.

Do let me know your sleeping patterns for the weekends and some suggestion if you know how I can fix my tried body today.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

The Himalayan Times Blog Surf : Ta‚ Timi‚ Tapai‚ Hajoor

I am so glad to report that another of my post is published in The Himalayan Times , one of the leading daily papers in Nepal.

It is  such an honored to be regularly published in one of the popular paper .

It was published in 26 August 2014 under Blog Surf section. If you are in Kathmandu, get the paper and find me on page 8 and for those who can’t, here is how it looked :).

himalayan timesta timi

And here is the link to their epaper.

 http://epaper.thehimalayantimes.com/epapermain.aspx?queryed=9&eddate=08/26/2014

Please read the full post here and share your view Ta‚ Timi‚ Tapai‚ Hajoor.

Take care ,

 M from nepaliaustralian

 XOXO

All my bags are packed for New Zealand

Imagine me doing a happy dance while writing this post. Yes, we have booked another trip. It is not going to be a long trip but still we will be going away for few days to beautiful New Zealand. Next week , this time I will be in the plane going towards my destination.

If you have been reading my posts, I had written about our North Island trip. This time we will be going to South Island. I have been there before and it is really, really beautiful and I can’t wait to enjoy the place with AS. New Zealand is known for its many landscapes, you can be at the beach, the snow, the mountains or the city in a short space of time. You can hop in a car, drive for an hour or two, and feel like you are on a completely different planet.

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It is the start of spring in New Zealand right now so it should be perfect to experience some snow if we are lucky. We will be going around Queenstown and driving along absolutely, breathtakingly, stunning towns and mountains. Queenstown is the epitome of outdoor offerings, solidifying its status as the extreme sports capital of the world.

Hobbiton (11)Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu (27)

Something about holiday and me agrees so much that as soon as the planning stage is started, I have this high endorphin rush in my body making everything nice and happy around me.

I am already dreaming about the green and picturesque New Zealand :). My head will be filled with new memories and my cameras sure will be very busy capturing the beauty.

Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu (10)

I love going to New Zealand as it is just 3-4 hours away from Sydney and I am able to surround myself with beautiful things and beautiful people. The country’s landscapes have left an indelible mark on my memory from my past visits and I know this trip will not disappoint me either.

If you have never been to New Zealand, please look at my photos and posts from past visits and I am sure you will want to be there too.

I am sure I will be updating my blog with our new experience once we are back.

It’s FRIDAY again so have a great weekend everyone and take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO