Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Because our lives are like fairytales



I love fairytales. When Shilo asked me if I wanted to share a stall with her at Kitsch Mandi this Sunday, all I really was thinking about in my head were fairytale princesses. I decided to make a bunch of postcards and posters with the theme 'Fairytale Princesses.' I have changed my style a lot. These are slightly more time consuming and don't look anything like my previous work. Its funny but you can see my style change progressively from the frog princess to princess Jasmin.
I will also be selling 'Painted Cupcakes'  . Hope to see you for Kitsch Mandi at 'Pebbles' on Sunday the 26th of June. Love love love!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pork chops when it's raining!

   I built sand castles in the air, and watch them crumble. I suppose I made everything seem like rainbows and unicorns, in hope that my reality would mimic the things I wrote. I have hope though.
  Well, moments like these are not called 'new beginnings,'  for nothing. I pick my bags up, wipe my tears away and move on with a smile on my face. I am a positive person, I believe that everything happens for a reason and the reason is always good. I suppose we all tend to plan a lot; we plan our next meal, we make our grocery lists, we plan our day, our month, our life, our afterlife even. I forgot the famous Yiddish proverb in the process of planning, "Man plans, God laughs."
   I am lucky to have family and friends who support me when things seem to be sinking. I love how they shower me with happiness and promise that everything is going to be alright. I forgot to cook for a while. But I snapped out of that phase. Life does not end here. It will only get better. I had a choice, to give it all up or to live life to the fullest. Lets just say, I chose to make pork chops instead.
   I went to my cousins, Rajeev Etta and Aparna Chechi's place the other day and Rajeev Etta had made the most amazing pork chops ever! I decided to post my recipe of pork chops and dedicate it to all the yummy times in my life. The times when I smiled, laughed, and stuffed my face. Hope you like it! It's sweet, tender, spicy, and juicy! Enjoy!

  • 1/2 cup of apple juice,
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar,
  • 1/4 cup of whiskey,
  • handful of  garlic cloves,
  • a few leaves of fresh basil,
  • 2-4 tablespoons of chili flakes,
  • 4-6 tablespoons of tobasco,
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds,
  • 1/2 cup of honey,
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce,
  • 6 pieces of pork chops

  • Mix the  apple juice, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup honey, whiskey, garlic, chopped basil, chili flakes, and salt together to create the marinade.

  •  Lay the pork in a tray and pour the marinade over the chops. I usually poke the meat with a fork so that the marinade is soaked up inside. 
  • Make a sealing sauce by mixing the rest of the sugar, honey and adding the sesame seeds. Pour this mixture over each piece. 
  • Marinate for at least an hour.
  • Grill the meat on a hot griddle. 7 and a half minutes to ten minutes on each side. 
  • In another pot, pour in the watery marinade that is left in the tray in which the pork was marinating. Add soy sauce, a little bit of honey, and salt to taste. Let the sauce thicken. 
  • Once the pork chops are done, pour the sauce over the pieces.
  • Done!