Wednesday, June 22, 2016

chaat recipe

I made this Indian appetizer on Saturday night and it turned out to be quite popular! I thought I'd share it here a) so I can remember it and b) you can learn & maybe try it. The recipe is essentially potatoes & chickpeas topped with sauces & crunchy things. (crunchers, as Edwin calls anything crunchy on a salad)

I am googling to try to find some "official" recipes, but it seems there are quite a few varieties of chaat out there. I think the technical name is "papdi/papri chaat," but I've only ever known it as chaat. My recipe was based off a friend from work telling me how to make it, so I am going to go with this one :) However, if you want to use a recipe from online, this one is relatively similar.

4 potatoes, cut into small squares
1 can chick peas
4 flour tortillas, cut into small squares 
1/2 container of plain yogurt
Tamarind & date chutney
Chopped red onion
Chaat masala spice (found at Save On Foods International in Fleetwood) 

Season the tortilla squares with the chaat masala spice. Bake until golden & crunchy.
Boil the potatoes in salted water.
Drain & rinse the chick peas; lightly season with chaat masala.
Finely chop red onion.
Finely chop cilantro.

For the sauces, yogurt & chutney, place those in separate bowls. This appetizer is a self-assembly one, so each item will be in a separate bowl. This way, people can put on it what they like. You should have one bowl with each of the following: potatoes, chick peas, crunchers, yogurt, chutney, onions, cilantro, and chaat masala seasoning. See photo:

Once assembled by people, it should resemble this:

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Sometimes, chaat is also served with a green mint chutney. Feel free to add that, or omit onions or cilantro to your preference! The nice thing about people mixing it themselves is that they can make it how they want. If they want it extra spicy, they can add more chaat masala spice!

In my searching, I found this site that has other fun Indian appetizer type dishes. Happy cooking!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

it's almost july

Before you know it, we are almost into the month of July! Time really does fly. It seems like just yesterday we got married; now it is closer to our anniversary than the actual wedding date! People always ask "how married life is" these days - and it's great. I get to hang out with my best friend all the time and we have tons of fun together. He makes me coffee every morning, and that makes me a happy wife!

In July it is both Edwin and my dads birthdays. For Edwins, we might be going on a little road trip South of the border (more to come on that). For my dads [60th!!!] birthday, we are going up to Osoyoos as a family. We rented a [dog-friendly] condo and will swim in the lake, lounge in the sun, drink beer, and make curry for Murray on his birthday. I'm looking forward to these events!!

Here are some things we've been up to lately:

- we hosted our first ever BBQ with our first ever BBQ! (even though it was pouring rain yesterday) We bought one last weekend, tested it during the week (by making grilled prawns - so good) and then had friends over last night for burgers. Success!
- I had nachos with Heidi, Lindsay & Christina on Thursday evening. This is a tradition we've had for quite some time now, and I love it. I have known Heidi & Christina since kindergarten, which means for 25 years, and Lindsay for 17 years.
- Makai turned one today! We attended his first birthday party, superhero style. He is adorable and already walking!! I took a few pictures but unfortunately none turned out great to post here :(
- the stitches from my second gum graft have come out already, which is great. They were getting pretty irritating... I have a follow-up on Thursday to make sure all is good. Hopefully no need for more!!
- I am taking my daddio to sushi for dinner tomorrow night to celebrate Father's Day. No one else in the family likes sushi, so we had our usual Sunday dinner at my parents today since everyone was around. (to be fair, Jen does like sushi but she is not close!)

What have you been up to lately? Tell me! Also, please tell me if you have any cool ideas for me to blog about.... as you probably know, my blogging volume has been on the decline lately. (only 18 posts so far in 2016!) It would be much appreciated :)

Happy Sunday evening - hope everyone had a great Father's Day & weekend!

Friday, June 10, 2016

thing post #37

Okay, so I made up the #37. But I wish I kept track of how many thing posts I've done so I could count... let's just go with 37.

I am at home on the couch following my second gum graft. This one was definitely less fun than the last one, and involves a lot more stitches in more places.  It's not the worst thing in the entire world I could go through, but it's not pleasant, thats for sure.

My friend Jalene has opened a cafe in White Rock. I'm excited to check it out!!

27 diagrams that make cooking so much easier (#3 is useful for me meat-wise, and #18 is a handy guideline!)

Albeit in Spanish, this page shows how hot dogs are made around the world. (Argentina & France look like my fave on the list)

My computer just decided to update itself to Microsoft 10 without my approval. Not sure I like it nor understand it. Anyone else use it??

It's no longer available on Social Shopper (sorry), but you need to watch for this deal from La Piazza Dario. Seriously the best pasta place!! (I just bought one)

Edwin & I just got approved for Nexus. So excited to get our cards & test it out!

My butternut squash mac and cheese was in the newspaper this week (June 8 - #Gastropost)

We just got a barbeque last weekend - I am SO excited to test it out. I've been googling good recipes & found some from my buddy Bobby Flay.  (tacos, pizza, shrimp skewers.... YUM) Any suggestions??

I hope I've provided you with some fun weekend reading. Does anyone have any fun plans this weekend? Do share! I need to live vicariously through you as I will be right here on the couch all weekend... its kind of relaxing through so I don't mind :)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

thankful thursday

I have lots to be thankful for every, single day in my life. Here are some of them today: 

1. Wedding & baby showers. I love being able to celebrate these joyful things in other peoples lives! I have a baby shower to attend on Saturday for a good friend of mine, and a wedding shower on Sunday for my cousin Danielle.

2. Swimming. I've been swimming with Jack lately to try to teach him a thing or two. It's been super fun for us on a bonding level and to see him progress! I really do feel proud of him. I also seriously enjoy playing in the pool. It makes me nostalgic to my good ol' swim instructor days...

3. Books. I've been to Chapters a few times this week to buy gifts for the aforementioned showers and other reasons, and books are just so great. I hope they always stay around! I love that they can take you away to another place while you are reading. I feel that they also help keep the brain sharp and teach you new words or phrases. I am currently attempting to read a book in Spanish... I'm on page 2. (I'll keep you posted on that progress...)

4. My family. Edwin & I were away for two weeks in a row, and this past weekend, we caught up to our usual Sunday routine of dinner at my parents. It was nice to catch up again and get back to normal. (and have my mom cook, who are we kidding!) We also got an added bonus of seeing my grandparents for dinner on Saturday night!

5. A job that is so close to home. I don't mean to rub it in to all of you who commute, but I am just really grateful that I only work 10 minutes away. Not sitting in traffic is awesome, I must say.

Have a great weekend!