Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September At Hogwarts

Through September, I am doing the September At Hogwarts Photo Challenge hosted by @Pygmypufffluff --- o'course I have missed 3 of the beginning entries (shall make up later somewhere) --- and Merlin's Beard!!! This is going to be fun!!!
THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED DAILY!!!

Day 04: DIAGON ALLEY

••• I adore Diagon Alley! ••• It’s Harry’s first encounter with the workings of the Wizarding world! The shops, the shopping, and the hustle bustle of it all! ••• Even in Orlando at the Wizarding World I love the Diagon Alley side better because of the ice cream and the dragon breathing fire!
The photo features the 3D art book I purchased on a very good $18 deal from Wordery.
Day 05: MAGICAL PETS

Magical Pets ••• These are my sweethearts! Fawkes the Phoenix, Jellybean the Pygmy Puff, and Pigwidgeon
Day 06: HOGWARTS



••• Another majestic 3D pop-up! Paper engineering at its best •••

Day 07: WANDS AT THE READY



My work is the dreary line of property management and mixing it with bits I love from HP is the only way I get through •••
Day 08: HOUSE PRIDE


••• Gryffindor forever ••• I got this sew on patch from Etsy. I’ve made my house pride a part of my daily carry around bag ••• This is the positivity I carry around and when I’m having a down in the dumps kind of day (every other day), one glance at this just replenishes the good vibes! ••• I’ve always drawn positive energy from material objects, and my bag is the biggest impact item!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Chicken Kokum Curry Masala


PREP GUIDE
  1. Soak 5 large kokum in 1/4 cup water (soaking time: 20 minutes)
  2. Puree 1 small onion with 1 small green chili and set aside
  3. Grind spices to make Bunt chili powder mix (ingredients listed in marination)
INGREDIENTS: For marination
2 chicken breasts, cut up in cubes
2 tablespoons ginger and garlic paste mix 
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
Bunt chili powder mix (grind to powder: 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds, 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds, 2-3 peppercorns, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried garlic powder)
INGREDIENTS: Other
1 small onion, chopped roughly, ground to paste with a small green chili
2 teaspoon tandoori masala
1 cup tomato puree
4 kokum (soaked in 1/4 cup water for 20 minutes, squeezed to extract water and residue discarded)
5 curry leaves
INGREDIENTS: For tempering3 bay leaves
3 green cardamom pods
5 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 inch cinnamom stick
½ teasponn cumin seeds
1 pinch of hing (optional)
MARINATE THE CHICKENMarinate the chicken with 2 TBSP ginger and garlic paste, 1 TSP lemon juice, salt, 1/2 TSP turmeric powder, bunt chilli powder, and a tablespoon of oil.
PREPARE TEMPERINGAdd 1/2 cup oil to a cooking pot and heat it.
Add 3 bay leaves, 3 cardamom pods, 5 cloves, 5 black peppercorns, 1" cinnamon stick, 1 TBSP cumin seeds and a pinch of hing (asafoetida) (optional). Saute at low heat till spices crackle and give off an aroma.
COOKING THE RESTAdd the pureed onion along with 5 curry leaves and cook, stirring constantly, until onion paste turns light brown.
Add the tomato puree along with the kokum extract. Add tandoori masala powder and salt as needed. Stir and mix until oil separates.
Add the marinated chicken and cook until meat changes color (from raw pink to white).
Lower the heat and add about a cup of water. Cover and cook on low medium heat until the chicken is cooked. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Food Journals: September 2018

FOOD JOURNALS WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER --- KEEP YOUR NAPKINS FASTENED! ---


RECIPE CARD: CHICKEN KOKUM CURRY MASALA
It had been a very long time since I had purchased Kokum for Kokum Curry! So, I found a recipe online and got to it. Of course, I did some tweaking! My version does not include hing (asafoetida). Get the recipe HERE.
FOOD JOURNALS: COOKERY OF THE WEEK - PLAY VIDEO 

Last week I cooked: Okra (Bhindi) Stew, Moong Dal, Chicken Kokum Curry, Chicken Masala, Beef Masala, Peas Pulao, Mix Veggies (Italian seasoning), Bailay (Gattay) ki Sabzi. ••• special dine in was at BK Grill.
 DINING EXPERIENCE: BUNDOO KHAN GRILL IN MARYLAND

FOOD JOURNALS: COOKERY OF THE WEEK
-PLAY VIDEO


The past week’s been a mad cooking rush! ••• Dad’s visiting and well ••• he’s very picky with food! ••• He’s banned wheat and rice for the most part and that makes me a very anxious person. I’m highly overworked!
I have been rolling Barley and Baisan (chickpea flour) rotis (flatbreads). And yes, it’s a whole Kitchenaid mixer dough hook performance!
I have been putting rice dishes on the table for the rest of the family! Tehri (turmeric rice) was the main dish and sugar free Zardah was dessert.
Yam kheer (pudding) was another sugar free dessert!
There were 2 kinds of Dal (lentils): Tadka Channa Dal and Urad Dal fry
And let’s not forget Bhindi (Okra) fry! ••• Phew!!! ••• and Dad’s been using his skillet skills as well, frying up his chicken fillet! ••• There’s been more!
There have been roti making disasters too! Hilarious! The Barley flour soaked much oil and became shortbread like! Crumbled!

THE BABBLING ABBIE: You're Doing Poorly





Sunday, September 2, 2018

POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES OF SEPTEMBER

POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES ARE UPDATED DAILY!!!
BACK TO HOGWARTS! >>> SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.

SEPTEMBER 1st: It was Back to Hogwarts! *tears of magical joy* ••• I woke up to a busy ruddy weekend and a boring as anything work list ••• then my partner in crime, Sara walked into my office and said it’s Back To Hogwarts Day today and my brains were rattled pretty good when she showed me an Instagram video of the gathering at King’s Cross and the appearance of Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law!!! ••• we discussed how we would have fallen down on our knees and broken down into HUGE bawling crying fits had we been there! ••• hahaha! 😁 And I can only laugh at the thought of what non Potterheads would be going through at Kings Cross station when the lot gathered there and there was even an announcement on the microphone about Hogwarts Express leaving!!! 😭 ••• EMOTIONS OUT OF CONTROL!!! ••• I set up a little Back to Hogwarts display in my office/room myself! ••• It’ll be a very long time before I get to revisit Hogwarts so I can only cry!

YouTube VIDEOS OF THE KING'S CROSS STATION EVENT


SHOOING THE DAILY DEMONS AWAY WITH A CUPPA


••• we all need some courage to combat the monsters of daily life. It was a happy Sunday (in my head!) and I started the day with a cuppa Chai in the Gryffindor mug. It makes a big difference to me what I drink my Chai in and when it's a wizarding world merch mug then it adds to the awesomeness!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Potterhead Style Twitter Trends: August


# WHY I JOINED TWITTER
October 2011 was when I decided to start Tweeting. Why? Because ... well ... very few wanted to listen to what I had to rant and ramble. Twitter has an audience of all kinds and I found my space!



# THURSDAY THOUGHTS - THE BASILISK CALLED HOME MANAGEMENT
That slithering, menacing beast is what home management felt like most of the time through August. Weekends were plagued with planning, prepping, and more planning to manage the chaos!

# NATIONAL SISTERS DAY - A SHOUTOUT TO LUNA LOVEGOOD
MUGGLENET ASKED: WHO WOULD I SHARE A BUTTERBEER WITH?

MONDAYS MAKE AN ENTRANCE LIKE A NIFFLER, THE 9 TO 5 WORLD REAWAKENS 
#EXCITE ME IN 3 WORDS: EVERYDAY I'M DUMBLIN'
D.I.Y. MAGNETS OUT OF FUNKO POP BOXES
# WHEN A BLACK CAT CROSSES MY PATH
#THINGS NEVER HEARD IN THE MAN CAVE

# POWER OUTAGE A MOVIE

# MUSIC MONDAY
#MONDAY MOTIVATION WITH GILDEROY LOCKHART
#AGAINST BETTER JUDGEMENT - WHEN YOU "FOLLOW THE SPIDERS"
#UNLIKELY TWITTER HANDLES: NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT THE MAGICAL LOCKHART
#IT'S MONDAY EVENING SO: LET'S NOT FRY THOSE ALREADY CRISPY BRAINS SHALL WE?
more tweeting in progress