Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 22, 2011

Chai + Egg Paratha = Indian Breakfast

Egg Paratha Roll and Chai

Yesterday, after buying some vegetables from the fish market we thought of dropping by at one of the cafeterias which normally served Indian food items. We all know Indian delicacy is more of spicy foods and I’m not really into it but there’s one food which we really liked – Egg Paratha and Chai. You can compare this food as a substitute to rice to us Filipinos. For us, we cannot really live without rice(everyone say yes I agree!), same thing with them.

Just to give a detailed definition what is a Paratha and Chai, I copied some wordings from our ever trusted Wikipedia.

What is a Paratha?

A paratha/parantha/parauntha (Hindi: पराठा, Punjabi: ਪਰੌਂਠਾ, Urdu: پراٹھا, Bengali: পরোটা) is an Indian flat-bread that originated in the Indian subcontinent. Paratha is an amalgamation of the words parat (Hindi: परत, Bengali: পরত, Urdu: پرت) and atta (Hindi: आटा, Punjabi: ਆਟਾ, Bengali: আটা, Urdu: آٹا) which literally means layers of cooked dough.[1] In Burma, it is known as palata (ပလာတာ; pronounced [pəlàtà]), while it is known as farata in the Maldives.

It is one of the most popular unleavened flat-breads in Indian cuisine, Pakistani cuisine and Bengali cuisine and is made by pan frying whole-wheat dough on a tava.[2] The paratha dough usually contains ghee or cooking oil which is also layered on the freshly prepared paratha.[3] Parathas are usually stuffed with vegetables such as boiled potatoes, leaf vegetables, radishes or cauliflower and/or paneer (South Asian cheese). A paratha (especially a stuffed one) can be eaten simply with a blob of butter spread on top, with chutney, with pickles and yogurt, or with meat or vegetable curries. Some roll the paratha into a tube and eat it with tea, often dipping the paratha into the tea.

The paratha can be round, heptagonal, square or triangular. In the former, the stuffing is mixed with the kneaded flour and the paratha is prepared as roti is, but in the latter two, the peda (ball of kneaded flour) is flattened into a circle, the stuffing is kept in the middle and the flatbread is closed around the stuffing like an envelope. The latter two also vary from the first in that, while the former is like a thick (in terms of width) version of the roti with filling inside, the latter two have discernible soft layers if one “opens” the crispier shell layers.

What is Chai/Plain Chai?

By itself, chai or cha is merely the generic word for “tea” in much of South Asia (Hindi: चाय cāy, Urdu: چاۓ cāy, Marathi: चहा cahā, Gujarati ચા chā, Bengali: চা cha, Mandarin: 茶 Chá) and many other parts of the world.[1] (For the etymology of chai and related words see Etymology and cognates of tea.) However, for many English speakers who refer to ordinary tea as “tea”, the word “chai” has come to imply “masala chai”.

Although coffee is a more popular beverage in some southern parts of India, tea is ubiquitous throughout South Asia, where street vendors called “chai wallahs” (sometimes spelled “chaiwalas”) are a common sight. Chai is also a popular item in the genre of South Asian restaurants known as Irani cafés or Chai Khanas.

The traditional brewing process boils or simmer the tea leaves over sustained heat, instead of steeping them in preheated water as it cools down. For more information about international preparation methods and consumption patterns, see Tea culture.

J+Z

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Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 21, 2011

Real Steel – everyone deserves a second chance!

Real_Steel

Yes, we’re now on our second movie but this time it’s no longer free. At first we are thinking of watching Johnny English but last moment we decided to watch the movie Real Steel. Receiving a lot of great feedbacks from friends and colleagues push us to this decision.

This movie though it’s a typical Karate Kid slash Rocky boxing movie has succeeded to do its job to impress the audience. It has a heart pumping boxing action which every fight is really unpredictable plus they tried mixing it with a father and son scene which added drama to the movie. I really expected a lot on this movie and I could say it did pretty well. At first, I thought it will fail my expectation as it started with a country music where Charlie played by Hugh Jackman is driving is Old Truck on an Old Country Area but when we saw his first Robot ‘Ambush’, the audience started to be amazed. Unfortunately, he lost his first Robot as he was ambushed from the backside while he was busy cheering up the crowd. Probably, that’s the reason why they called him Ambush. Again, he lost his second Robot(Noisy Boy) which he bought from the money given by his ex brother-in-law in exchange of a deal where he will sign the adoption papers of his son.

Now, they made a deal before permanently giving away his son. He should first spend some time with his son and will soon change their father/son relationship. Through their new-found Robot from the Junkyard (Atom), they were able to share their interest in Robot Boxing which ends up winning to the much coveted league – the World Robot Boxing. There a is great moral behind the story, apart from the Robots punching each other, it was a heartfelt story between a Father who did not stand up with his responsiblity at first but at the end, he realized it’s never late to get up and fight for it.

Generally, it was an Awesome(seeing robots never fails to impress the kid in me) Unpredictable Action movie with a dash of Drama.

We would give this an 8 out of 10 rating.

Ok until our next movie post! Ciao!

J+Z

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 21, 2011

An open letter to Kim Kardashian!

Millions of Milkshakes

I’m not typically a die-hard fan of any celebrity. Given a chance to see someone, Ok I’ll give it a try but I won’t push my limits standing on a large crowd shouting someones names as if they will give you an attention. But last friday, it went upside down, my fiance ask me if we could go Malling at Dubai Mall and said if we could also drop by just to catch a little glance with Kim K as she will be visiting one of her new shops called ‘Millions of Milkshakes‘. Ok, good idea at least if I’m able to catch her a photo then I could post something on our blog. As per schedule, she should appear at exactly 6:30pm, so we were there at around 5:15pm. At first the crowd is just young but as time passes, crowd is getting bigger and bigger. 1 hours have passed, not even a shadow of Kim was seen. Ok so we waited, this time the crow is huge, people are pushing their way inside though it’s really ‘OBVIOUS‘ that there are no more vacant space to stand inside. I also want to give an extra attention to 3 arrogant guys which kept on pushing  themselves inside the crowd, they said they were being pushed but it was very much noticeable that they are lying. I just kept my mouth shut as I don’t want to bring myself to trouble, was really pissed off that time.

The Crowd - thinking she will show up from the stairs?-haha!

6:30pm has passed but no Kim K arrived, everyone is complaining why she haven’t showed up. They are all shouting for her name(but not me). This is really ridiculous, we were standing on this large crowd but Kim hasn’t shown up. Ok, I’ve asked my fiance how is she doing and I told her we could stay for 30 mins more. Times has passed, we gave up. Truth indeed, no guts, no glory  I could say no guts no picture. We never saw Kim K at all.

We never really planned to actually see her but with all the efforts and time we gave, it ended up for nothing, just felt a little bad for that. No worries, nothing is really serious, we know at the end of the day we still have each other and it was an extraordinary bonding time we had.

To Kim Kardashian, hope you enjoyed your stay in UAE. Hope to see you next time! might be on our wedding day?

 

Ciao!

J+Z

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 20, 2011

Use Pantyhose as a Food Strainer

While perhaps not the most appetizing option, if your food strainer has gone missing and you need an alternative according to Instructables user Carleyy you can use pantyhose:

To prevent food from getting down your sinks drain cover your bowl with a pair of pantyhose before pouring it in the sink. This is useful when you are having soup and you don’t want to throw away the liquid in the trash.

While you could technically use this method for food you’re actually going to eat, such as straining the water from pasta, that’s probably not the best option. But when you’re without a garbage disposal and don’t want to pick food out of the sink later this can get the job done.

Source: Lifehacker

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 20, 2011

Store Peanut Butter On Its Side To Make Stirring Easier

Peanut Butter

When you pop open a jar of natural peanut butter, it often seems all of the oil has separated to the top, which makes it difficult to stir back in. On a recent episode of the Spilled Milk podcast, Molly Wizenberg offers up the simple solution of leaving it on its side.

The idea is that when the oil is coating the side of the jar, it makes for easier stirring, since you’re working it in horizontally, as opposed to trying to mash the oil back down into the jar. It’s certainly just a minor annoyance, but if you’ve been stocking up on peanut butter, it might make things a little easier.

Source:http://lifehacker.com/food/

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 15, 2011

For a Greater Cause – please share!

While strolling at BurJuman, we passed on a weird pink tree. Curiousity Strikes, we came closer and took a picture of it.

Pink Pledge Tree

Then, We found out that the tree is for a good cause  with regards to ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’. For 5 AED, you have the chance to write something about any person suffering from the said desease on a pink ribbon and tie/post it on the pink tree. We also found the same on the other part of the mall but this time it was a pink wall.

Pink Pledge Wall

So we’re blogging this photos as our own little way of sharing this information for a greater cause.

You can also find more about their campaign such as their Annual Walkathon on 28th of October at http://www.safe&sound.ae

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 14, 2011

Bone Marrow Soup – Bulalo Kayo Diyan?

Bulalo Anyone?

For this week’s dish, we thought of something related to soup and meat. We’ve come up of preparing Bulalo or Bone Marrow Soup. This dish is normally being serve during winter or cold weather since it’s best serve hot, the hotter the better as they say.

Bone Marrow - Yummy?

Native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines, mostly in Batangas which is the Cattle Raising region of the country. The ingredients and procedure on how to cook it varies from chef to chef. Our core procedure is we first pre boiled the Bone Marrow and Beef Shanks using a pressure cooker with Seasonings like Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Onion and Ginger.

 

Bulalo Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 kg beef bone marrow, have your butcher chop it into small pieces
1/2 kg boneless beef shank or stewing beef
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 Garlic crushed

1 liter water
2-3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 saba (plantain) bananas, each cut into two pieces
1/4 kg Petchay
2 medium size corn cut into 2 pieces
5 stalks of Onion Leeks chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Tiltilan - Sauce

Sauce

2 chili pepper
Fish Sauce
Lemon

Procedure:

1. Pre-boil bone marrow and boneless beef shank or stewing beef along with other spices(Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Onion and Ginger) using
a Pressure Cooker to make it tender.

Pre-Boiling

2. Place bone marrow, beef shank and  onion in a stockpot, pour in 1 liter of water and bring to the boil.

3, When it boils, lower heat and Add the potatoes and corn.
4. Simmer until potatoes and bananas are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Add the Petchay and Banana, salt and pepper to taste.
6. Cook until Petchay is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes.
7. Put it on a bowl, garnish it with chopped onion leeks, serve it while it’s hot.

Best serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy your meal! Until on our next post!

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 14, 2011

Tres Muskiteros!

Watching movies is one of the things we considered we cannot do without the other,sweet i know:-).

The Tickets!

Movie watching is so much fun and enjoying if you’re with someone, a friend, cousin, relative etc. especially if it’s FREE. Yes, you heard me right we were able to watch couple of movies without spending a dirham out of our own pocket. Tickets are courtesy of my cousin, thanks to Jeli.

 

The Crowd

We have seen a lot of movies especially herein Dubai but we’ve only started to blog them last week. So to give it a start, we’ll begin with ‘The Three Musketeers“. We’ve watched this movie at Grand Cinema at Dubai Festival City. It was a crowded evening, good thing we already bought or shall I say my cousin already bought the ticket online so fortunately there’s no falling on the queue for us.

We could not say we’ve enjoyed the movie, it was an OK type of movie. Probably,

Tres Muskiteros or Three Musketeers

because of its similarity to ‘Pirates of Caribbean’ which is a great movie of course. There are a lots of sword and canon fighting action which would at least prevent you from sleeping but my fiance could not stay awake as she fell asleep at the middle part,LOL!. Generally, we would give this movie a 5 out of 10 rating. Though it’s just an average rating, it’s still a job well done!

See you on our next stop ‘Real Steel’

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 8, 2011

Remembering Steve…

This particular post is dedicated to Steve Jobs, though I have never met/chatted him in person. Somehow, I was affected by his lost. The only connection I have is our unit of iPhone 3Gs we bought 2 years ago and that’s it but that changes a lot and I started to appreciate Apple’s Design and Creating thinking. This products won’t be on their right direction if not for Steve. Other say’s that on every Apple product you can find his fingerprints, prints that will be difficult to fill in.

Some people do not know that Steve is adopted. He was adopted by 2 American Couple from California, Paul and Clara Jobs because his biological parent are not sure if they could send him to college so they’ve decided to send him for adoption for his future. Steve was actually half arab from his Syrian Father, Mr. Abdulfattah John Jandali and American Mother, Joanne Schieble.

What does he did for a living? – Source Wikipedia

He was an American computer entrepreneur and innovator. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.[6] Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

In the late 1970s, Jobs—along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula and others—designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC’s mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Macintosh.[7][8] After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets. Apple’s subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he served as its interim CEO from 1997, then becoming permanent CEO from 2000 onwards.[9] After resigning as CEO in August 2011, Jobs was elected chairman of Apple’s board of directors and held that title until his death.

In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucas film Ltd, which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios.[10] He was credited in Toy Story (1995) as an executive producer.[11] He remained CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1 percent until its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2006.[12] Consequently Jobs became Disney’s largest individual shareholder at 7 percent and a member of Disney’s Board of Directors.[13][14]

The  End…but his legacy will continue

On October 5, 2011, Jobs died in California at age 56, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

R.I.P Steve Jobs – you will be truly missed!

Posted by: einstein & shrek | October 7, 2011

Looks Yummy…

Yummy or Not?

This should be yummy but it contradicts with the kids reaction. Taken at Jumeirah Beach Park Dubai UAE.

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