Tuesday, 30 October 2012

spicy baby eggplants Indian style

 Wash Eggplant
 Make four cross cuts on the eggplant but make sure you don't cut all the way through
 With a spoon, fill the eggplant, making sure you place the spice mix into all the slits each way, covering all of the inside of the eggplant
Brush the outside of all the baby eggplants with olive oil and place them in a baking tray
 Place in oven at 400 F for 30 mins or until the eggplant is tender/cooked
 Wash and peel potatoes. Then cut them in very thin slices
 Thinly slice onions
 Mix so that the potatoes and onions are all well coated 
 In a casserole dish, spread the potato mixture in a thick layer at the bottom of the dish. Then neatly place the baby eggplants on top of the mixture

Serve with naan or roti, or even enjoy it alone just like that!

The love for food is something that all four of us share in common. We are also very lucky to have a mom that makes some delicious food! So we decided why not share some of my mom's recipes with you all! This is an Indian food recipe, therefore there is lots of flavour and some spice.  This isn't your typical Indian recipe, my mom has done something different with the eggplant or aubergine. Instead of making a traditional "aloo baingan" sabhji, there's a different twist to it.  The inside of the baby eggplants are covered with spices and then placed on top of a potato mixture. All of the spices that are listed below for the recipe can be found in any Indian grocery store or in the South Asian food aisle in your grocery store. Whether you are making this for dinner, thanksgiving dinner or even a potluck this is definitely going to leave you wanting more, especially if you pair it with some naan or roti like it is done traditionally.  


Spicy Baby Eggplants Indian Style on Potato Mixture

Spicy Baby Eggplants:
Temp:  400F
Time: 
30 mins

Ingredients:
20-25 baby eggplants

Eggplant Filling
11/2 tbsp tumeric
1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
1/2 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp ground pomegranate 
2 tbsp salt

Instructions:
  1. Wash Eggplant
  2. Mix All the Spices for the Eggplant filling together in a bowl
  3.  Make four cross cuts on the eggplant but make sure you don't cut all the way through (as shown in the picture above)
  4. With a spoon, fill the eggplant, making sure you place the spice mix into all the slits each way, covering all of the inside of the eggplant (as shown as the picture above)
  5. Brush the outside of all the baby eggplants with olive oil and place them in a baking tray (as shown in the picture above)
  6. Place in oven at 400 F for 30 mins or until the eggplant is tender/cooked
Potato Mixture:

Ingredients:
6 medium size potatoes
5 medium size onions
4 tbsp vegetable oil or canola oil
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp garam masala
1/2 tbsp tumeric
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp grounded pomegranate

Instructions:
  1. Wash and peel potatoes. Then cut them in very thin slices (as shown in picture above)
  2. Thinly slice onions
  3.  In a skillet, add the vegetable oil, turn the heat to high, once the oil is hot (about 30 secs), add the cumin seeds
  4. Once the cumin seeds start to flutter, lower the heat to low
  5. Add the rest of the spices: salt, garam masala, tumeric, red chilli powder, grounded pomengranate, stir
  6. Add in the potatoes and onions
  7. Mix so that the potatoes and onions are all well coated (as shown in picture above)
  8. Change heat to medium-high and cover for about 15 mins or until the potatoes are tender, stirring a few times in between (make sure you don't overcook, the potatoes should be tender not super mushy)
  9. In a casserole dish, spread the potato mixture in a thick layer at the bottom of the dish
  10. Then neatly place the baby eggplants on top of the mixture
  11. Serve with naan or roti, or even enjoy it alone just like that!
- Tript

Sunday, 28 October 2012

the ghost of my mother's white coat



Top-Forever 21
Ox Blood Pants- H&M
Boots- Night Market
Coat-Vintage







I have a serious case of wearing whatever I find...and I mean it can be my grandfather's sweater, my sister's dress, my dad's shirt and sometimes it works out pretty nice like in this case, I'm wearing my mother's coat.
I LOVE this coat, its so elegant and classy and my mom has managed to keep it pristinely white for 30 years! I remember always seeing it at the back of the closet growing up, and the admiration was always there for it, so I am super excited that I can now actually wear it and incorporate it in to my closet.
Do you ever wear whatever you find?


-prabh

Friday, 26 October 2012

grad times!


dress: forever 21
shoes: enzo angiolini 



This month i took my Graduation pictures and i thought i would share what i wore to them. I wanted to go for the more simple black dress look and i found the perfect dress at forever 21, and what made it better was that it was really cheap. I loved the heels that i wore because that little bit of gold at the bottom of the shoes made my outfit interesting instead of just being all black. I am looking forward to my senior year, all of the grad breakfasts, prom and finally graduation!


-Harnoor 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

I Faux snow know what to do in November

Dress: H&M
Sweater: Forever 21
Black Clutch: Simply Vera by Vera Wang
Chelsea Boots: Aldo
Earrings: The Bay






This is such a festive time of the year, from Christmas to Diwali to Eid, the events are non-stop! Here are some things to do in Vancouver to Celebrate:
1. Vancouver Christmas Market 
2. Fright Nights at the PNE
3. Celebrate Diwali at Yaletown Roundhouse
4. Ice Skating at Robson Square Downtown
5. Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl

This sweater can also be seen worn by Tript in her blog post about the fair! Which you can check out here.
Are there other events you look forward to during this time of the year?


-prabh

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

what to do with my fall


sweater: Eddie Bauer
long shirt: Zara
leggings: H&M
water proof boots: Naturalizer






I don't know if you all remember, but a few posts back (here) I was talking about how fall feels like a  new beginning for me, even more so than the new year.  Well this fall is one of the first falls in a long time that I don't actually have school! But with the feeling of a new beginning still with me, I've decided to make a list of things I would like to learn and tackle starting this fall:

Do more YOGA: being from Vancouver and living in one of the most yoga obsessed cities, it only made sense that I too soon would join this craze. Taking some yoga classes while I was volunteering in India really made me fall in love with it. I've recently joined a yoga studio here, but don't go to it as often as I would like to. So I definitely want to make an effort to go more. 

Learn how to use my new DSLR camera: my sweet family bought me a canon dslr as my graduation present and I'm soooo excited to finally figure it out and take some fun photos. 

Learn how to do embroidery or crochet: Now this is something that will be really challenging for me, because I don't know if I will have the capabilities or the patience to learn this. but hey I will give it at least one shot!

READ A LOT: so anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE reading! Having one wall of my bedroom  as  a large bookshelf is a testament to that. But while in school I don't get to read for leisure as much as I would like to. So I can't wait till diving into the pile of unread books. 

p.s.: I LOVE everything about this eddie bauer sweater. I love the length, the design, the style and how there is even an option to pin it as a wrap. Oh and it's super warm! It's the perfect sweater! I'm also wearing my new Naturalizer boots. These boots are made for Vancouver weather, for they are waterproof and have a fleece lining! bring on the rain and cold!

- Tript

Monday, 22 October 2012

tuque + windbreaker + collared shirt




 Tuque: Lacoste
Jacket: Nike
Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: Zara
Shoes: H&M
Watch: Swarovski





I wore this outfit to school. It was really comfortable and warm, especially because of the tuque! I also wore my striped collared shirt (from Preppy Casual), but in a different way by buttoning the shirt up all the way till the top and leaving it completely untucked. On top, I wore my trusty black Nike windbreaker- which is one of my staple wardrobe items. My Lacoste tuque was a nice accessory to have because it is now much colder and sometimes rainy, and also, I was having a bad hair day so thank god for my brown knit tuque! I also wore plain black sneakers.
-Amrit

Friday, 19 October 2012

dark days are coming wear your sweaters!


sweater: knitted by my mom
collared shirt: H&M
necklace: Forever 21
shoes: Aldo






The crisp, frigid air. The thought of Halloween nearing. The 5 o clock sunsets. The rainstorms. The dread of waking up when its dark and coming back home when its dark. There are many things that mark Fall/Winter from the Summer, but here are some of the things I love about these 2 seasons:

1. LAYERING! I love love love looooooveee layers! In combination with the mega-September issue of Vogue, Fall fashion is my favourite--There are just endless possibilities!
2. What would have been the Hockey Season: So the NHL is locked out, and as a HUGE (and I mean die hard ..like will die for it) Canucks and hockey fan September's pre-season is something I look forward to after a long summer of no-hockey--not this year...So instead I look forward to Junior hockey! And most of all, a family tradition of the World Junior Hockey Championships starting on boxing day.

3. The reminder that Vancouver IS in Canada: The snow, yeah yeah yeah I know, we only get like 3 cms and it rains right after, but waking up (and still as a university student) hoping for a snow-day is like the best hope-less wish to have, because classes never get cancelled and lets face it, suffering through the long dark cold snow-y winters is what makes us all Canadians non?

4. The Holidays: Diwali, Christmas, Halloween, New Years, My birthday...whats there not to love?

5.TEA:  As a tea addict, tea is always amazing... there is nothing like a warm cup of tea after a numbing cold day and a good Friends re-run :)



-prabh

Thursday, 18 October 2012

fall evening makeup look- oxblood lips







 Lips: Currant by MAC & Media by MAC
 Skin:
MAC Matchmaster in 3.0
Marcelle Horizon Bronzing Pressed Powder in Heat Wave
Eyes:
MAC Pro Lash
Revlon Skinlights (first bronze colour)
Maybelline Eyestudio in 05 Give Me Gold (second from right- bronze colour)


I came up with this makeup look which I think is perfect for the fall/autumn season. This is an evening look that is dramatic and pretty at the same time. I kept the eyes light and sparkly as the lips were going to be dark and dramatic. To start off I used my MAC matchmaster foundation in 3.0 for my skin. I then moved onto my eyes and covered my lid with the first (bronze) colour from my Revlon Skinlights (730)   cream eyeshadow palette  Over top of that I just added a small amount of the third colour (the brighter bronze colour) from my Maybelline Eyestudio 05 Give Me Gold palette. I then just finished off with a bit of MAC Prolash Mascara. I then went back to my skin and added some bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks with my Marcelle horizon bronzing pressed powder in Heat Wave. Marcelle is hypo-allergenic so it's a great brand to use for people who have skin allergies. Lastly, I used my MAC lip pencil in Currant and my MAC lipstick in Media to finish the autumn look and keep with the oxblood trend! Hope you enjoy this look.


-Amrit
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