Monthly Archives: April 2014

Jhol momo soup

Its autumn here and chilly during mornings and evenings; so it is the perfect time to make our favourite dish, momo. I have shared how to make momo here before. Today I am sharing how to make Jhol (soup) achar for the momo for cold weather.

Ingredients

  • 10 medium ripe tomatoes sliced
  • 1 large red onion sliced
  • 2 red dry chilli
  • 60gm brown sesame seed
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic sliced
  • 1 small bunch of fresh coriander chopped
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 table spoon oil
  • 4 cup of Water
  • Lemon juice (optional)

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Procedure

  • Roast the sesame seed in a pan and grind to make a powder and put aside.

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  • In a pan, heat the oil and fry the dry chilli, sliced garlic cloves and turmeric powder.
  • Add the sliced onion and sauté until light brown.

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  • Add sliced tomatoes and fry it until the tomatoes are cooked and turns into thick paste.

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  • Now add chicken stock cube, fresh coriander, sesame powder, salt, chilli powder and fry for a few minutes.

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  • Add this paste into a blender, add a cup of water and blend until the paste is smooth.

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  • In a big bowl, pour the mixture from the blender and remaining 3 cups of water and mix until the soup is consistent.

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  • If you like the soup a bit sour, add juice of one lemon.

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  • Serve the soup with the hot momo. Enjoy!!!
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My mum, my Super women (Mother’s Day 2014)

Today is Aama ko Mukh herne din ( Mother’s day) in Nepal. Please click here  and here to read more about it. I want to dedicate this post to all the moms of this world.

This article was published in +977 (a Nepalese Lifestyle Magazine in Australia) in April 2014 issue.

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When I was young, I didn’t realised that my mum is a super women. But I know now that my mum is my hero and my treasure, she is like a prize I won the day that I was born.

My mum had a normal upbringing but she started working at a very young age. She worked as a teacher and continued working for most of her life.

When she got married to my dad, as in most of the household in Nepal, being a daughter in law, she had to cook, clean and look after the family and at the same time went to her 9-5 job six days a week.

After doing her daily chores, making sure we had breakfast, our lunch packed and everyone else is fed, she would to the school to teach. She usually arrived home late in the afternoon or before dawn and would prepare our food and take care of our needs.

I can’t remember her complaining about anything but remember her willingness and perseverance to help our family and trying to give me and my brother a better life. I really didn’t understand her sacrifices and to make it worst I used to complain about the food we ate, clothes we wore, toys I owned and other things.

It all seemed normal to me as a kid because most of the women around me were doing the same thing while most of the men were working in a job or business and were served hot meal 3 times a day without needing to lift a finger in the kitchen.

As I became more aware of the society in Nepal, I became aware of gender biases as well. I always asked questions if someone treated me different from my brother and I used to hate the answer when they say, “It is because you are a girl

“Girls should not be saying this.”

“Girls should not be doing this.”

“Girls should be learning how to cook.”

The amazing thing is, most of the times, these words were from the mouth of women like grand ma or aunties than men. As a child, it never understood why I have to be different from my brother. I am the same in every way I can think of to my brother so why I can’t do certain things or why I have to do certain things.

Watching Hollywood movies, I was happy to know that at least in some part of the world, women are treated better and equal and this made me dream of running away from Nepal and finding a future in a country where men and women are equal and gender bias didn’t exist.

When my destiny took me to Australia for further study, in my mind I knew that I was going to a developed country. I was sure my future was going to be much better than in Nepal. I had big dreams and was happy that I was taking the first step towards my dream.

Out of many things, I left behind in Nepal; I thought one of them would be gender bias. Living in Sydney for a while made me realise I was wrong. Like my mum, most of the women here were doing their duty at home as well as at work. Only few lucky ones had husbands who would help a lot in the kitchen and with kids but most women were doing 80% of the house chores while their partners were resting, as they were tired from a hard day’s at work.

Even though western society looks like they have no gender biases in movies I soon realised that the wives and mothers in Australia were going through the same story that my mum was going through in Kathmandu. Only a few lucky enough were telling me a different story but most of them had to look after both house and work. Therefore, my dream of living in a gender equal society was scattering into a million pieces.

I realised only when I started working and studying at the same time, how hard life can be. The hardships I went through as a student in Sydney made me think how great my mum is and how she is a super woman, able to do all that for us.

My mum deserves to be cherished because she taught us the values in life that inspired us to live wisely. She showed us how to be strong in times of weaknesses. She took care of us, fed us and did everything for us without complaining whether she was tired or sick. I feel bad that I used to complain about her food and the things she did or did not do.

Now I am a wife I understand her situation much better. I feel blessed to have an understanding husband but still feel a need to take care of many things in our house. Call it a women’s instinct but there are many things I feel I need to do to make sure our house runs smoothly and it is not an easy job. Right now, we are only two adults in the house and I can’t imagine how life going to be when we will have a couple of kids running around.

After a hard day at work, some days I feel exhausted and tired and remember maybe that’s how my mother felt as well when she was raising us. There are days I don’t want to go to the kitchen and then I remember my mum and how she handled two hungry screaming kids when she got back from work. It wasn’t easy for her and I can feel in my heart what she must have felt then. I know now that I should have appreciated all her efforts and all the sacrifices she made. She deserves to be loved and treated special. She is a superwoman.

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One day when I am going to be a mum and I hope to come into my own as a strong woman like my mum. I salute women like my mother who have paved the way for me as not only a woman and wife but someday as a mother and super woman to love and give with a big smile.

Please pick up a phone and call your mum and tell her how much you love her because you may not be this lucky one day.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Happiness in small things

I know I have talked about this before in my blog, small things that bring happiness to our life. I have always believed in that even though big things do matter in life, small things also bring a lot of happiness in our life.

This morning I had a big smile when I discovered AS had packed the sauce for my lunch. This morning I was bit clumsy getting ready for work. May be it was the long weekend that was making me clumsy or my laziness but I was doing everything very slowly. On the other hand, AS was fresh and already ready to go. Therefore, he packed lunch for us and asked if I wanted sauce with it. I knew he was already doing a lot packing lunch, yogurt, fruit that I didn’t want to bother him more so I answered NO.

So, when I came to work while unpacking my lunch to put in the fridge, I discovered that he had packed a small tub of sauce anyway. I felt so happy that I texted him thank you straight away. He was so thoughtful and kind and it made my day.

Do you agree with me that happiness in small things is important? Please share your experience.

Happy Monday everyone 🙂

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Shopping from Nepal

How can I go on a holiday especially to Nepal and not have a post on shopping, so here I am writing about my experience and showing off things I got in Nepal.

Firstly, I have to say that shopping is Nepal is not at all cheap like it used to be 10 years ago. Every time I go back, the price seems to have doubled but the quality seems to have gone down at the same time.

During most of the shopping I went with someone who lived there and I am so glad I did. Otherwise I would have paid almost double for everything as I am not so good at bargaining. Here is a simple example of bargaining in Nepal.

Customer: Looking at the Rs 3000 price tag, how much can I get it for?

Shopkeeper: There is 20% discount now, so it will be Rs 2400.

Customer: Rs 2400 is too expensive for this shoe. I know it can be better. What about Rs1500.

Shopkeeper: Really sorry but Rs 1500 is too low. Since you like it so much I will give you a further discount. Ok it is Rs2200 just for you, I have never sold it in that price for anyone else. (Of course not telling the truth)

Customer: Come on I am not asking for too much discount, OK since I like it I will give you a few hundred more.

Shopkeeper: Sorry, I can’t do that price. OK my last best price is Rs 2000.

Customer: Come on dai (brother), I am sure you can do better.

Shopkeeper: The price is already cheap. Look at the quality and the stuff.

Customer: Ok, my last price Rs 1800. I don’t have more than that.

Shopkeeper: Ok only for you am I agreeing at this price. I promise you will never find this price anywhere else. Please do come again and shop here.

It was like you needed to have patience to bargain otherwise you’d end up paying higher price for everything. I am glad to say that I have learn the skill after a few shopping trips I still always questioned myself when the shopkeeper gave an item easily at the price I wanted :). I guess unless I live in Nepal for long time I will not master the skill.

Despite all this and the fact that I was so busy, I still managed to buy a few things for myself. Of course, that list included shoes. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I am addictive to shoes and to everyone who reads my blog regularly it should come as no surprise. AS has made me promise that I will throw out old pairs of shoes when I come back if I was going to buy so many pairs in Nepal and I agreed.

I think there are only a few shops in Kathmandu selling good quality shoes and I am lucky to have found some such shops this time. I was actually looking for winter shoes when I was there but as it was the end of winter there, It was hard for me to find what I was looking for. I still managed to buy some boots, not exactly what I looking for but close enough to spend my money on. I also bought a few high heels, wedges, flats and scandals.

Here is the entire collection from this trip. Now I have to make room for them in my shoe rack. I’m just waiting for an opportunity to wear them soon.

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Apart from shoes, I really didn’t buy anything else for myself. I got a few saris from my MIL and mum so I didn’t have to spend any money on them. In addition, I have so many saris here that I decided it will be wise this time to invest my money on things I need for home.

Thus we spent lots buying carpets, decorative handicrafts and a painting. I am so happy with the end result.

Like every time, AS didn’t buy much either as he prefers cloths from here. Moreover, according to him I have converted him to be like me that he has too many jackets, pants, t-shirts and shoes that he doesn’t have to worry for a few years.

Hope you liked my new shoes collection. Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Anzac Day 2014

Every year on 25 April Australian mark the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It is called ANZAC day and Australia has public holiday to commemorate this day. Sharing some of the touching photos from the day.

Lest we Forget.

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

The Memorial Cross at Mount Macedon, Victoria.

The Memorial Cross at Mount Macedon, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Gold Coast, Queensland.

Gold Coast, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.

The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. Source: News Corp Australia

Hobart.

Hobart. Source: News Corp Australia

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Point Danger, Tweed Heads.

Point Danger, Tweed Heads. Source: News Corp Australia

Canberra.

Canberra. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Point Danger, Tweed Heads.

Point Danger, Tweed Heads. Source: News Corp Australia

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

ANZAC Day Commemorated At Currumbin

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Eltham, Victoria.

Eltham, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Point Danger, Tweed Heads.

Point Danger, Tweed Heads. Source: News Corp Australia

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

A sea burial, Queensland.

A sea burial, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Eltham, Victoria.

Eltham, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Eltham, Victoria.

Eltham, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Robert Amour with granddaughter Katura Halleday.

Robert Amour with granddaughter Katura Halleday. Source: News Corp Australia

My Life Lesson No 2: Forgive, forget and move on

I know it is easier said than done but forgiving, forgetting and moving on definitely makes you a happier person.

Normally when an incident occurs and you are thinking over and over about it for days, who is suffering the most? YOU. No matter what pain the other person has caused, in most cases they might not be aware, they don’t care about you so they are hurting you or they just simply too ignorant to see you are hurt. No matter what the situation is most likely the other person who has caused you pain and grief has moved on in their life so why are you holding a grudge.

First of all, you are stressed out. OK I understand you are hurt but eventually you have to let go and move on with your life. Make a decision what you are going to do about the relation you have with that person. There are few choices

  • Never see them again if the pain is too much but forgive so you can move on.
  • Let them know that you are hurt but forgive them so you can continue the relationship
  • Do nothing and hope it will never happen again.

Whichever option you choose, it is in your best interest to make that decision sooner than later so your blood pressure is not high for long. When you experience hurt or harm from someone’s actions or words, whether this is intended or not, you may begin experiencing negative feelings such as anger, confusion or sadness, especially when it’s someone close to you.

These feelings may start out small. But if you don’t deal with them quickly, they can grow into something even bigger. They may even begin to crowd out positive feelings. Grudges filled with resentment, vengeance and hostility take root when you keep thinking about hurtful events or situations, replaying them in your mind over and over again.

As soon as you forgive you will realise that you have lower blood pressure, less stress and improved life.

I know it is hard and sometime I find it takes longer than I like to forgive but if there is someone in your life, you have trouble forgiving, work on it and soon you will find it easier to forgive them. Once you forgive, you will find that peace you have always wanted.

If you find it difficult to forgive, put yourself in the person’s shoes and remember that there are two sides to every story. You may feel like the victim, but you might have hurt the person, too. Also if you have long relationship with the person, think of all of the good things the person did for you which will help you in your judgment as well.

Once you cross the bridge of forgiveness, you will realise that it is easy to forget and move on with your life. They say, “Everything happens in life for a reason.” See if there’s a lesson that can be learned. May be you are trusting people too easily or maybe you are too gullible. Also If you accept that there’s a lesson to be learned, then you’ll be less likely to resent the person for hurting you.

Then use all the energy you have towards something positive. Write a blog post :), go for a run, plan your next holiday. Do whatever you want as it is limitless and at the end of the day you win, because you are happy again.

Take care everyone :),

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Easter long weekend break

It sounds crazy but we, Aussies get excited about long weekends. It doesn’t happen often but every time when a long weekend is on the way, most of us have plans for it. One of them was last weekend for Easter.

Normally, I plan months in advance for the break but this time I was too tired to even think about it. Having come back from Nepal just a few weeks ago, I needed to rest but of course, it was not going to happen.

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My cousins are visiting from the US and they were planning a trip away so we did a last minute planning. We were lucky that we managed to get accommodation for seven adults and three kids. Of course, it was expensive but still we managed to plan the trip and left Friday morning for the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley

We had been to Hunter Valley multiple times before but we still enjoyed the Hunter Valley Gardens with the kids again and also the wine tasting. The kids were having a blast and we just loved it  🙂

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Nelson Bay and Toboggan Hill Park

Nelson bay is a big area and even though we had been there before, it was still a great place to be. We swam in One-mile beach and went for a walk in Nelson Bay wharf.

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We also went to Toboggan Hill Park, which is set amongst natural bush just off Salamander Way at Nelson Bay. We had so much fun with the kids tobogganing. The 1km track starts with an automatic uphill tow of 300 metres.

From the top station, we can control the speed of our toboggan as we commence the exhilarating descent.  The track winds down through 11 bends before we reach the bottom. With practice, speeds of up to 45 – 50km/hour are possible. All the little ones rode with their mum/dad and they enjoyed it a lot too.

Toobagan Hill

The Entrance

Surrounded by lagoons, lakes and beaches, The Entrance is a beautiful town. When we arrived in The Entrance, they were having markets and carnival for Easter. We just walked around and enjoyed the view.

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At 3.30 pm they had pelican feeding and that is what we wanted to observe. The pelican feeding in The Entrance Memorial Park is a highlight of the place. By 3:00 pm there were so many people gathered in the park. We also waited patiently as we knew the feed went ahead in all weather and is sponsored by local businesses.

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According to the official info, the pelican feeding started by accident over twenty years ago when staff from a local fish and chip shop would throw out scraps. It became such a ritual that whenever the staff were late in throwing their scraps out, the pelicans would cross the road and come up to the shop to be fed. The Pelicans start coming in group to the waterfront around 3.00, approaching the platform slowly and jump into the platform just before 3.30 pm when the staff are ready to feed them with the fish.

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It was a great to watch them as they eat the fish and go back to the water. It’s not all fun and games, though.  The volunteers use the daily contact to keep an eye on the welfare of the pelicans, which are prone to injury from plastic bags, fishing line and hooks.

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Hope all of you had great Easter too.

This week is very short week for us (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) as from this Friday we are having Anzac long weekend so looking forward to another long weekend.

Take care, everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO