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Birthday Celebration!!!

Well, you KNOW I love birthdays and today it happens to be mine :)! If you’ve followed me for a while you know my birthday is a time for celebration.

As life has been a bit busy these days due to so many reasons which I will post later so we didn’t plan a lot this year. We are going to dinner tonight with my brother’s family, AS’s uncle’s family and his cousins. It is planned to be a simple day.

But my day changed completely just now when I got a delivery of a lovely bouquet of roses as well as a Swarovski necklace with my name and a personalised card. Of course, it was from my darling husband and I was so please and surprised at the same time. Even after so many years of our marriage, he is still making me feel special and I feel so blessed to have him in my life. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I loved the red roses and the necklace is just lovely.

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I also received a yummy cake and gifts from a lovely friend along with many messages and Facebook posts from families and friends around the world.

If you are celebrating your birthday today, Happy Birthday fellow Scorpios 🙂

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Best Birthday – EVER!

I think everyone in this world like to be spoiled, be it men or women, and I am not any different. We planned not to have a big party for my birthday this year like every year. There is so much happening around us that I wanted to have a quiet one this year.

So, the original plan was to go to work on the day but meet after work to go and have dinner. But as everything in life, things didn’t go according to plan.

On the 28 Oct morning, when I woke up suddenly I didn’t feel like working so AS insisted that we take a day off so we have a whole day to celebrate my birthday. For a change, it was a nice idea to just relax and unlike every year I didn’t have to worry about the party and plan and cook food.

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I was spoiled with amazing breakfast by my darling husband. It was a simple breakfast of toast, eggs, mushroom, bacon and tea. Just loved my lazy morning. Then we decided we have whole day and ended up watching my favourite series. By the time we were done, it was time to go for lunch. We went out had a quick lunch so we could watch a movie.

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AS let me choose the movie and I chose Gravity. I was looking forward to watching it. I like the concept of the movie but I was a bit disappointed. Nothing as expected but 3D made a big difference. The rating for the movie was really good but I won’t call it a 4 star movie though.

Do share your thoughts about the movie.

Anyway, after movie we had dinner reservation so I was excited to have amazing dinner with my husband.

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We went to a great Greek place where they served amazing food. The shared Greek entrée platter featuring Greek salad, dips, country-style bread, stuffed vine leaves, lima beans, haloumi cheese, savoury cheese pie, spinach and cheese pastries, fresh barbecued octopus, calamari and white bait fish was mouth-watering.

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It was so much that I thought we didn’t need the main but still we ordered shared meat and seafood platter featuring lamb and chicken souvlaki, lamb chops and pork ribs served on a bed of traditional chips and Greek salad.

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The food was accompanied by wine for AS and juice for me. I decided we didn’t need dessert as there was no room for more food in my tummy.

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So we drove home happy and content. When we got home, I was surprised by AS with lovely roses, a birthday card and a yummy cake. It was so nice of him to be so thoughtful.

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We cut the cake, just the two of us and celebrated my birthday. I loved everything about the day but the biggest surprise of the day was my birthday gift.

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Yap, I was a surprised as we had been thinking about our Christmas/New Year holiday but hadn’t decided on anything and this makes it all so perfect. He bought a cruise holiday for us.

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At the end of the year, we are going to New Caledonia from Sydney in a Carnival Sprite cruise and we will be stopping at Noumea, Lifou Isle and Isle Of Pines.

For those of you who don’t know, New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 kilometres (750 mi) east of Australia.

The culture in the five islands that make up New Caledonia has heavy French roots and also unique Melanesian elements, while their southerly location make them a bit cooler than other South Pacific holiday destinations. The New Caledonia Barrier Reef (the second largest coral reef in the world after Australia’s), the island of Grande Terre, the sophisticated beach capital of Noumea, the Loyalty Islands, and the stunning Isle of Pines is considered  as one of the best places to travel.

This is going to be our first cruise holiday so I am looking forward to this tropical holiday and this will cross two items from my bucket list, cursing and New Caledonia, how awesome is that. Of course I will keep you updated about the trip when it happens in December.

Now I am 100% sure that my husband knows me so well  🙂

Instead of just being a birthday, this year also I am celebrating a birth week. I had a nice birthday lunch at work on Wednesday and they bought me Halloween themed cupcakes. They were so pretty and yummy as well.

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Then the following day I went to lunch with another of my friends .Tonight my brother and his family are coming for dinner to celebrate my birthday as well so basically I am eating lots of food in the name of celebration. Scared to jump on the scale now  🙂

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Thanks to everyone who sent me special birthday messages, cards, e-mails, messages and Facebook greetings.  Your good wishes, love, and friendship mean the world to me 🙂

P.S: Do not forget to nominate  your favorite blog .

Nominations open for NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2013

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Creamy penne with chicken, bacon and mushroom

Sometimes I like to add everything I love to eat in one recipe and this is the result 🙂

Ingredients

  • 500g penne
  • 200gm chicken breast, diced
  • 8 rashers smoked bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 capsicum, finely diced
  • 200g chopped fresh button mushrooms
  • 4 dried red chilli diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 350ml thickening cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

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Steps

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and cook the penne as per the packet’s instructions.

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  • In a frying pan over medium heat, add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add dried chopped chilli.
  • Add diced chicken and cook until it is brown. Once chicken is cooked, add bacon and cook until the fat starts to melt.

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  • Add the garlic, capsicum and onion then cook until the onion becomes soft and transparent.
  • Add the mushrooms, butter, and further cook until the mushrooms are soft.

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  • Add penne and stir through.
  • Make a well in the middle and add the cream and eggs.

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  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  •  Simmer until the cream becomes a bit thick
  • Pasta is ready to serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

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Bhatmas Sandeko

Bhatmas is Nepalese for soya beans and this is one of the easiest and quickest recipes.

Ingredients

  •  100gm bhatmas (dried Soya beans)
  • 1 finely chopped green chili
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Salt as per taste

Method

  • Fry soybeans (with oil or without oil) in a pan until the beans are cook. Soybeans is cooked when the cover started to brown, take it off the heat and let it cool.

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  • Add ginger, garlic, green chilli, salt and red chili powder. Mix well.

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  • Bhatmas sadeko is ready to be serve.

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Thai red curry chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1kg chicken thigh fillets, trimmed,  cut in half crossways
  • 4 tablespoons of Thai red curry paste
  • 150g total – fresh mushrooms, capsicum. broccoli, beans trimmed and sliced
  • 230g can sliced bamboo shoots, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 400ml can coconut milk

Procedures

  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the curry paste and make sure it is cooked properly until its aromatic smell started to come through.
  • Add chicken and cook until golden brown.

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  • Reduce heat to low. Add coconut milk and stir until curry paste has dissolved. Add mushroom, bamboo shoots, vegetables.

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  • Cover and cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • Add fish sauce and cook on high for a further 10 minutes.

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  • Thai red curry chicken is ready to be served.

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Lamb choila

Buff (buffalo) choila is very popular with Newars in Nepal. As we can’t get buff here, we make choila with lamb. Here is the recipe and it is very yummy.

Ingredients

  • 500gm lamb steak
  • 2 small green chilies
  • 5 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 2 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (Methi )
  • salt to taste

Steps

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan and sauté the lamb until cooked.

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  • Cook on both side and make sure, the lamb doesn’t get burnt.
  • Once both sides are golden brown, repeat the process with all the lamb.
  • Make sure the lam is not overcooked otherwise it will be tough and chewy.
  • When you are doing this in batches, make sure you cover the cooked lamb in a container so it doesn’t become dry. This will also make the choila juicy and tender.
  • Once all the meat is cooked let it cool down for a few minutes, slice the lamb into small pieces diagonally into 1 inch size pieces so it looks better for the presentation. Put all the meat in a big bowl.

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  • Slice fresh chilli into small pieces.

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  • Make a paste in the pestel and mortar using fresh garlic, fresh ginger. If you don’t have fresh ginger and garlic, you can use readymade paste but fresh always tastes better.

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  • Then add this paste along with sliced fresh chilli, chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, chili flakes,  and salt into a bowl with the lamb. Mix it well.

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  • Now add turmeric powder.

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  • Heat up the pan, add oil and fenugreek seeds and fry it till it turns dark brown. Make sure it doesn’t burn and turn black otherwise it will have a bitter taste.

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  • Pour the oil over the lamb and mix well.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and lamb choila is ready to be served!

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*Chicken chili – Nepali Style *Chicken Tikka Masala *Gundruk Aloo Bhatmas Curry

Chicken gravy means chicken gravy only, no chicken please

I know the title is very confusing but I will try to explain it.

Last night, AS and I were out and so we decided to eat out. We were discussing what to eat when we saw this South Indian restaurant. I like Indian food so it looked like a good choice to both of us.

We went inside and were given a six sitter table as they didn’t have any empty table for two. I didn’t know much about South Indian dishes expect Dosa so I asked AS as he had spent 5 years in South India.

Anyway, finally we decided to eat Chicken 65 and set meals. AS ordered Anjappar popular non veg  meal which comes with Chappati, rice, chettinad chicken, mutton gravy, fish gravy, rasam, kootu, poriyal , curd and appalam.  For me, I decided to go with Anjappar regular meals that comes with rice, chicken gravy, mutton gravy, fish gravy, rasam, kootu, poriyal , curd and appalam. I knew I couldn’t finish all that but I wanted to try the meal. We got extra chicken as AS told me, from his experience in India, that the meal would have only a few small pieces of meat.

While we are waiting for our food, one of the waiters came and asked if they could sit some other customers on our table too. Don’t get me wrong, I am all up for socialising but not when I am out with my husband trying to enjoy dinner together, I really didn’t want a total stranger on the same table sitting next to us listening to our conversation. So we said Sorry but we wouldn’t be comfortable to have others on the same table. I know it seems rude but they still had tables available in the restaurant but it seemed they didn’t want to use another six sitter table for just three people.

I was actually shocked to see that they even asked about it but AS told, me that it is common in dhabas in India but not in a proper restaurant.

I have eaten North Indian meals before so I was thinking this would be similar but I was so wrong. Firstly, the food was so spicy that I knew I couldn’t eat it all and to top it off, the chicken gravy, fish gravy and goat gravy were just that, gravy, no meat. When I was reading the menu, I had thought it meant chicken with gravy but, no it actually meant just gravy.  I am sure I am not the only one who would be confused by the menu. It seemed quite funny to both me and AS. I was just glad that we had ordered a separate chicken dish which was good but quite spicy.

During the meal, one of the waiters came and tried to put some more dishes on the table. We told him that we hadn’t ordered any more food and he left. He was going around the restaurant and had no clue which table the food he was carrying was for. The tables had numbers but I guess because they put more than one customer in one table, the waiters were getting confused.

Seriously, they are running a nice looking restaurant in Sydney but it was a bit chaotic. AS was telling me that he felt like he was in India with loud South Indian music from the TV, the Bollywood music from speakers and waiters running around in every direction.  But even if their idea was to create an authentic South Indian restaurant environment, they should have given a customer like me a choice to go for a medium spicy meal so that I could at least eat my food. Or maybe I am asking too much from them. I guess I will stick with my favourite dosa when I visit a South Indian restaurant. Anyway I ended up eating only around 1/3 of my meal as it was too spicy. I do eat spicy food but this was super spicy.

The other thing I observed while having dinner was the waiters. I saw one waiter dressed so inappropriately. Sorry I do not want to make fun of him but he is in a customer service business and he was wearing a Wallaby hat (bright yellow), multi coloured jacket and a sunnies while he served and the other waiter was wearing a black shirt with sequence embroidery as if he was going to a club. I seriously think they need a dress code so that the customer can identify the wait staff. I am not really judging people but the business definitely could have used some rules in place.

Please let me know what are some good South Indian dishes (not too spicy though), if you know any. I am always up for trying new food  🙂

Please share you different experience trying new food.

Have a great weekend everyone

XOXO

M from nepaliaustralian

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