Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pan fried Chicken Gizzard

As I have mentioned in my previous post, in Nepal, a goat’s brain (gidi), feet (khutta), head (tauko), stomach (bhundi), tongue (jibro), liver (kalejo), kidney, lungs (phokso), fried intestines (aandra), fried solidified blood (rakati) are considered delicacies and are in very high demand during Dashain and other festivals. We also eat certain parts of chicken apart from the usual.

I know some of you might feel squeamish even thinking about eating offal but believe me if you love your meat, you will love these dishes. Another thing is that eating offal uses the parts of the animal that might otherwise be wasted. As it takes 10 kilos of cereal to produce one kilo of meat we should not waste any part of the carcass. Unless you deliberately avoid meat, eating offal should be regarded as “green”.

Today I am sharing the recipe to cook chicken gizzard. A gizzard is an organ found in the digestive tract of a chicken. Similar to a stomach, the gizzard is used to grind up the foods the bird eats. Eating gizzards provide a healthy dose of certain vitamins and minerals.

Chicken Gizzard is a very popular appetizer and tastes really good.

Ingredients

  • 500 gm Chicken Gizzard, cleaned
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger/Garlic Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 3 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Clean the chicken gizzards and boil them for 5 minutes until they are tender.

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  • Drain them and let it cool for a few minutes.

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  • Cut them into bite size pieces

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  • In a big bowl, add ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt with chicken gizzard and mix them well.

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  • Heat oil in a pan and add the gizzard and fry for around 8-10 minutes.

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  • Keep stirring occasionally until they are brown on all side.
  • Serve hot as an appetizer.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Okra (lady’s finger) fry

I have to admit, we don’t cook too many different types of veggies when we are on our own but since my parents came here we always have vegetables in every meal. Normally my mum cooks them and I am trying to learn how to cook them :).

Here is an easy recipe for Okra (lady’s finger). I know it might not be everyone’s favourite but it tastes so yummy when done the right way. I am not a big fan of it either but when my mums make it I just love it :). Just remember not to add water.

Ingredients

  • Okra- 250 gm washed, dried and chopped into small pieces

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  • ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • ½ tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Cooking Oil – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Salt to taste

    Method

  • Wash the okra, dry them, chop and throw away tip and tail ends. Chop into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds and let them brown.
  • Add garlic paste and let it fry for a few minutes, stir them for few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder and add okra and mix well.
  • Fry on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add salt and reduce to low flame and cover it and cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • The okra is cooked when it turns soft.

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  • Enjoy!

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Specialist visit

When Chhori was around 6 months old, I saw a dark line underneath her left ring finger. She had just started to crawl so I thought she had managed to hit her finger somewhere and it caused a blood clot under her nail. I just checked if she was OK and let it be.

When I cut the nail the next time I noticed that the new nail still had the line so I got a bit worried. I googled it and there were many posts from birth marks to cancer. So we visited our GP to make sure it was nothing to worry about. He checked her and referred her to a specialist to check it further just to be safe.

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It took us almost 2 months to get an appointment and so we finally went for a visit on last Friday. We both took a day off work for the visit.

About 3 hours before the appointment time, I got a text letting me know that the doctor is running an hour late so we adjusted our day accordingly. When we arrived there, we had to wait around 5-10 minutes before it was our turn. In that time, we filled out the paper work and made sure Chhori didn’t break anything while she was busy exploring the place. She has become so active recently that she needs a full time minder when we are out and about. I was scared she might hurt herself or break something.

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Anyway, when it was out turn the doctor came in and introduced herself. She checked Chhori’s nail and said that it was just a mole and there was nothing to worry about which was quite a relief. She took a photo of her finger in her phone, also under a microscope and asked us to come back next year so she can examine Chhori again for any changes.

I was confused for a while because she was literally done in less than 2 minutes and it was all over so quickly. I can understand that she was busy and all that but we paid $235 for the consultation and it was done in 2 minutes.

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I am super happy that Chhori is OK and we don’t have to worry about it but at the same time I don’t understand how a dermatologist can get away with charging $235 for a 2 minutes consultation. I guess I am in the wrong profession.

Does anyone out there have a similar experience? Do you think the doctors are getting more money than the service may be worth?

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Nepali breakfast treat

It always feels great when we discover something authentically Nepali in Sydney. Sometimes in life, even a small thing can make you happy and that is what I felt when we discovered that there is a Nepali restaurant which serves Nepali style breakfast.

I think everyone has fond memories from their childhood and one of mine is yummy food for breakfast when in Nepal, like gwaramari, puri, malpuwa, jeri, swari and other delicacies. It is not every day that we eat these foods but usually on weekends I would wait for my dad to come home with some for us.

Last week, one of our friends mentioned that, a Nepali restaurant is serving Nepali style breakfast on the weekends. I couldn’t wait to go and taste them so we went there on Sunday along with my parents and some friends.

We heard that the place gets busy very early and the last time our friends were there they had to wait a while for a table so we went early and I was happy to see most of the tables empty. It was an all-you-can-eat buffet style breakfast.

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They served puri, jeri, potatoes curry, brown chick peas, kheer (rice pudding) and tea.  I took a bit of everything and I really enjoyed the breakfast. AS, my parents and friends were very happy with the breakfast as well. Chhori ate some rice pudding and some puri too. These days she really enjoys our food so we try to feed her a little of everything.

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The owner was very accommodating as well giving us jeri without sugar syrup fresh off the stove and sugarless tea as my dad is diabetic.

I am sure if I eat this regularly, you won’t be able to recognise me as I can’t control the amount I eat but it is a great place to go occasionally. We already plan to go there in a few months’ time. 🙂

What is your special breakfast? Have you tried any Nepali treats?

Happy Monday everyone and Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Finding a perfect foundation

Beauty shopping is normally fun, trying different shades of lipsticks and gloss or going through palettes upon palettes of pretty shadows finding new shades is always an adventure. One thing I hate though is shopping for foundations.

I believe foundation is one of the most important beauty regime but still finding the right foundation had been a very time consuming and annoying experience for me. In the last 5-6 years since I started using make up, I tried numerous foundation. I am sure it is every woman’s problem, to get a foundation that matches their skin colour and type.

I had stand in front of the cosmetic section in a store trying to figure out whether I am sandy beige, beige or a toasted almond. There is also the choice between powder, stick, or liquid foundation. On top of that all these foundation are expensive so that buying and trying each of them means you have a lighter wallet and a stack of different foundations that you will never use.

So it took me ages to find one that suited me perfectly after testing so many different brands. Surprisingly, I found it while I was visiting Nepal.

The brand that worked perfectly for me was Isadora. It is a Swedish cosmetics brand and it was suggested to me by a cousin. Initially I was not very keen to try it as I had never heard of the brand but I was surprised when I did, it was perfect for my skin, evening out my complexion without being noticeable. I was so impressed that I bought 4 bottles to bring it to Australia.

I was very happy with it and have continued to use it for a few years now. Every time I go to Nepal, I buy a few bottles so I have enough stock with me. Also when my parents or in laws visited us, I asked them to buy a few bottles for me so I always had a good supply of the foundation.

But unfortunately the shop that sold the foundation stopped stocking it. I called them, emailed them but the answer was final. They were not going to restock it.

I was so sad that that I had to go through the process of finding another foundation as I could not find Isadora products in Australia. I even mailed the company in Sweden to find out if they had any partners here in Australia, but alas they did not. My only option was to get it shipped from Sweden but then the company doesn’t sell to the public directly. They just gave me the names of a few re-sellers in Sweden but most of them don’t ship outside Europe.

Finally after searching through many pages of Google translate (wish I knew someone who spoke Swedish), I found one website which ships to Australia. So I emailed them to check if they will definitely ship to Australia and when I received a positive reply I was ecstatic. Finally I could just buy from their website and I could still use my favourite foundation.

So, I went onto their website to order the product and when I reached the page with the shipping options I couldn’t find the option to ship to Australia anywhere. It required me to send an email again and after few emails, I managed to finally place my order.

After 3 weeks, I received my product and now I am so happy.

While I was going through this entire ordeal, AS once asked me why I couldn’t find something else so I could easily buy it in Australia. I told him that after many trial and errors I had found one foundation which is perfect for me, I really didn’t want to go through the whole process again. Anyway, the problem is resolved now and I am not going to whinge about foundations for a long time 🙂

Do you have beauty story like that. What foundation you are using and are you happy?

Take care.,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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The worst feeling in the world

Chhori has been sick for the last few days and I feel so helpless. As she can’t talk yet, she can’t tell us what’s wrong with her. Poor baby has been vomiting after nearly every meal.

It all started Saturday morning. We were having a good Saturday morning until we had breakfast. As soon as Chhori finished her breakfast, Weetabix and milk, she vomited it all out. It was not just a normal vomit but this was like a projectile where she vomited out everything she had just eaten.

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We cleaned her up and checked her to see if she had a fever or anything else. She seemed OK and she was happily playing with her toys as normal. So we decided it may be something in the breakfast she that couldn’t digest though this is her normal breakfast. Sometime it is normal for babies to vomit.

In the afternoon, we did some house hold chores sand prepared lunch. We fed Chhori first as she didn’t have much to eat the whole morning. She was good and finished everything on her plate. I was happy as she seemed all ok and eating again. But within a minute, she vomited again taking out everything she had.

I was worried at that stage but we were not too sure what to do. Our normal GP is on holiday and we didn’t want to go to the hospital yet.

We cleaned her up again and checked if she had a fever. She seemed normal and wanting to eat what we had in our plate. We thought it is a good sign and she is willing to eat so we gave her some rice and veggies and she seemed ok.

She was ok the rest of the day and I was relieved when she didn’t vomit after her dinner. She was playing with my nephew and was her happy self.

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Sunday morning at 2 am, I breastfed her and she went back to her cot to sleep as normal. But within a minute, she vomited, and a big amount too. She vomited the milk she just drank and everything she had for dinner. It was bad to see her all covered in vomit half sleep.

We both woke up and cleaned her up, her cot and our bed. She was awake at this stage but didn’t want to go back to sleep so I was carrying her whole time. As soon as AS finished fixing up our bed I took her to our bed and, we were contemplating what to do at that time of night.

Emergency department in the hospital is not a very good idea as it will be a long wait. We had that experience last time when we took Chhori to the hospital so we decided it is best to call the the 24 hour GP. We have a special service where a GP will visit you at home after hours. We called them and they informed us that the next available GP won’t be at our place until 7 am in the morning. We decided that it should be ok.

In the meantime, Chhori was calm and went to sleep in a few minutes. At 6 am, our doorbell rang and it was the GP.

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He checked Chhori properly and told us that it may be some king of gastro other than that she is fine. It was a relief to hear that as I was worried it might be something more serious. Sunday morning she was mostly fine expect she vomited a small amount after breakfast.

Our whole weekend was over just making sure Chhori as OK. I am glad she is doing well so far. But it was one of the worst feelings to see her sick and in pain and we were so helpless.

I am sure there will be more instances in the future when she will be unwell but at least when she is able to talk I hope we can help her more. But a baby who can’t speak and can’t tell you what is wrong makes parents feel helpless.

I hope all you had better weekend than I did.

Take care.,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Not looking forward to winter

It’s autumn in Australia right now. The weather has been pretty good for autumn giving us a few warm days in a week. Most afternoons are still nice to go out and about and I am managing to take Chhori to parks often after work.

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She loves going to the park now as she can run around or play on the swing or slides. I love seeing her so happy.

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As she is home with my parents most of the days, it is nice to see her running around after we get home. It also gives AS and me some time to just relax and watch our daughter without household chores taking up our time. It is a perfect time for me to spend with the most important people in my life. If we don’t go to the park, we just go for a walk but we do go out.

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But everything is going to change soon. Last weekend we had day light savings switch our clocks an hour back. That means the days are getting shorter and by the time we get home, it is almost dark and we don’t get an opportunity to go out. On top of that winter will be here before would I like it to be and I am so unhappy about it.

As you know already, I hate winter and I am going to hate it even more because we will be stuck in our apartment more during the cold season. It was okay for adults to just cover-up and stay in front of the TV but I don’t want that for Chhori.

I am not sure how I can help Chhori to be active in the evenings during weekdays if we can’t go to the park. We still have weekends which we will utilise to the fullest but she will miss out going out in the evenings.

Please suggest any good activates indoors with a 1 year old. I would like her to enjoy and spend time with us. I am sure I am not the only one with similar issues. Thank you all in advance for helping me every time when I am kind of lost about what to do.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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