World for all Adoptathon 2014 & Zelda

The “World For All Animal Care & Adoptions is a registered Mumbai-based animal welfare NGO that has revolutionised the model of stray animal adoptions.” They held an event on November 22 & 23rd at the¬†Smt. Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Homoeopathic Medical College, Irla, Vile Parle where baby cats and dogs who have been abandoned or are strays were up for adoption.

It was quite the scene entering the venue, there were many people walking around, a great selection of puppies and cats and best of all the happy mood that everyone was in.

I was in the lookout for adopting a puppy for months now and could not make my mind, however being at the adoptathon just made me take a decision and take a lovely female pariah dog puppy. Her original name was Snowy but she is just 2 months of age and will not remember – so I have taken advantage of the situation and named her Zelda. – The name comes after a princess in the popular video game by Nintendo – Zelda & the Ocarina of Time – A princess who does not give up hope on a warrior who is to struggle to find his bravory, courage and determination to save the world from all evil.

So Zelda had nothing done on her – meaning no vaccinations, she was just up for adoption and was taken care by a very nice appearing girl named Shruti. (she was nice) – so I knew she had been safe for those few weeks of her life.

Zelda now is living with me in a flat in Khar, where she has her own play crate 4×5 size – so that she can understand the boundaries and limits of her reach – commonly known as crate training. I took her to the vet to get her checked and she is too young to get any shots! – weighing at 4.4kg this week, she will have to wait for 2 more weeks to get the shot – after which, I will finally be able to take her for walks and train her to not crap and piss all over the house :/

In the time being – I leave you with some instagram shots where you can see she is doing just fine! – probably living a better life than me!! I cook for her, brown rice with veggies and meat, all stirred in with an egg – probably a more complete meal than mine.. but she loves it, although she sniffs out the meat and leaves the rice behind haha.

She is definitely a cutie and I am glad to have her as my life companion.

trying to bite #zelda ear! #puppy #dog #female Un vídeo publicado por @hindustanilife el

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Do what you love

Do what you fucking love – said the creator to it’s creation.

You know, I look around and see people doing so many things in their lives – when you ask them “what is it that you love doing” it tends to be something very different to what they are currently on. Why is that? Why don’t people do what they love? You know, if you love something, you will eventually become and expert at it – and it will pay off, so its not about money.. then what is it? It is not about the lack of opportunity, you love doing it, so make your own opportunity, again, you will become an expert and someone will ask for an opportunity from you..

I am not talking only about career or education. Everywhere in the world, we follow customs, regulations, religions, laws and rules which we do not like – (please don’t get stupid now and think about things which harm people) – like many follow customs and have to invite people over for dinner – something which they do not want to do.. so why do it? some sit hours in front of rock statues which appanrelty depict the creator – when they rather be chilling with their family or at a beach.. some dress in certain manners, others talk in certain manners, others act in certain manner… everyone who if you ask them – what is it that you love – will totally be different to what they are doing…

So I tell those and myself  РDo what you fucking love. There are only 2 things which we own in this life Рtime and our choices, everything else can be bought, but these, once spent, there is no gaining them back. DO WHAT YOU FUCKING LOVE.

do what you fucking love

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Are you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?

Are you doing the right things to reach your goals? You know, im asking because very few of us live in the present, most are trying to get somewhere and when they are there, little or nothing is taken in as experience – sure we will look back every now and then and remember what we did to reach there but we as humans, do not really tend to achieve new lifestyle heights every time we achieve something.

I believe that people need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy¬†– meaning grandiose gestures must take place in their lives so their consciousness shifts back to the present moment. – This is how governments fooled everyone to believe that 9/11 was an act of terrorism by muslims – life was good and suddenly – shake down – buildings collapse and people started feeling fear towards the so called “terrorists” – in the meantime, life keeps passing by behind the scene – in that war on terror context, our every world citizens rights were being stripped away, all to make us again apathetic towards other beings – the world we live in today, it is a fact that we are just one more number. (this was not the case pre 9/11).

So the question remains, how often do you pay attention during a week to your goals, whether you are stuck in a routine or just living life on auto-pilot -. You see, people who work, have it harder, cause they will be facing a dialy routine and they will come home, eat dinner, make love to their wives (even that in most cases is an autopilot move) – and go to sleep to begin their same routine the next day. All in the name of a goal which might come when they retire and have saved up enough funds. In the process they loose part of themselves and leave behind their original selves… so if the original self is left behind, who is there in the future who will enjoy the so called “achieved goal”?

Ask yourselves daily, whenever you are about to make a decision, be it eating food, or at work – dealing with a client or when relating with people, are your actions getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?

closer to your goals

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A conversation that matters

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters”

Today I woke to the quote below and it has left me thinking a few things. When was the last time I had a conversation which mattered? When did I start talking with no reason – as in, I used to abide by the rule of speak when necessary… anyways., so the question that arose in my head was –

what constitutes a conversation that matters? you know,¬†we talk about food, places to visit, people, the world and life itself.. but we just talk, there is no walk coming out of it or any change in the ripples of life… so if there is no fruit to the talk, does it really matter? would like be any different if those conversation we have had in the past did not happen?

Sure there will be people and foods you would have not met and seen, but would your life as¬†a person, inside you, your consciousness, be any different than what it is today?¬†I think it all depends to how present you are in life, if the people you met and food you ate where for a particular reason, and not just for the fact of eating or meeting people cause that’s whats done by society… then it might have matter in some sort of way.

This quote really hit me hard with the thoughts, you see, I speak to people on daily basis about the world, politics, lifestyle, society and how its all fucked up. People agree, people want to see changes, people in some sort of manner fight for those things too – very passively but they do – however not much change is achieved with their struggle and those fights tend to be more circumstancial that core beliefs.. so does our life lived on earth and conversations attached matter at all? Or do we just spend around our lifespan babbling about stuff and then die off?

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters

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made some more paneer

Paneer, cottage cheese, fresh farmers cheese etc.. the same stuff. A friend of mines from the canary islands wanted to know how to make this cheese as she is trying out a meat free diet for a couple of weeks. Tofu is great but lets face it, it’s very bad in taste – it’s something people who think about nutrition would enjoy, not people who want taste in their foods.

So, to show her how its made I bought 2L of fresh Buffalo Milk Рassuming it has the highest fat content Рcompared to goat/cows milk.

For those who have not seen my post on how to make paneer – Ill quickly write the steps down – its easy –

Paneer - 2L Fresh Buffalo Milk
Paneer – 2L Fresh Buffalo Milk
Paneer - Cloth to Dry out Paneer
Paneer – Cloth to Dry out Paneer
  1. Bring Milk to boil.

    Paneer - Bring to boil
    Paneer – Bring to boil
  2. Squeeze 2 small lemons to it.
  3. Separate whey from cheese.

    Paneer - After 2 Lemons - Whey separates
    Paneer – After 2 Lemons – Whey separates
  4. Siv through a cloth and collect the cheese.

    Paneer - Filter Whey
    Paneer – Filter Whey

Just make sure to keep stirring the milk while you bring it to boil, otherwise you will end with dark brown bits in your paneer; as seen below.

Finally, you should leave it wrapped for a while until all residue whey is gone – either you can put something heavy on top of the paneer or you could hang it as I did.

Paneer - Leave hanging to release liquids
Paneer – Leave hanging to release liquids

enjoy!

I could not resist and had a bite before I took the final picture. It is very delicious and for me personally has more taste to it. I also prefer to know that its just milk that I have poured into it and there are no “contaminants” in my paneer.

Paneer - final product
Paneer – final product

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How to make Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli is something that many avoid just due to its greenness and shape. I used to be one of those people and would avoid cauliflower too. However, growing up, I understood the need to eat green vegetables. Broccoli is a great source of Vitamin C and K. A mear 100gr of broccoli will provide you aprox 100% RDA of Vit K and above 100% RDA of Vitamin C.

For those who have an issue with the texture or taste of broccoli, this is the perfect recipe. The outsides results in crispy and salty while the center of the vegetable is still green and rich in nutrients.

Baked Broccoli
Baked Broccoli

You will need –

  • 4-6 Garlic Cloves Sliced
  • Ziploc Bag (or a bowl to properly mix all ingredients together)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper according to taste – (I used 1/4 Tsp).
  • Broccoli

Recipe Steps –

  1. Clean/rince broccoli thoroughly
  2. Dry the broccoli properly
  3. Place broccoli in mixing recipient РI used the ziplock, you could use a salad tossing bowl.
  4. Add the oil, salt & pepper, and slices garlic cloves.
  5. Shake / Mix well, and let it rest for 10minutes.
  6. Bake in Oven – 25min @ 180C (It’s what it took for me) – keep checking until the broccoli is brownish in some areas – just don’t let it burn!.

This is a perfect side dish for my meats that I eat, it has the vitamins and specially because its providing me with the dietary fiber to avoid any sugars to linger around as fat.

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How to make Chicken Seekh Kebabs

Lets make some Chicken Seekh Kebabs at home. I love this recipe as it provides me with the proteins I am looking for and with a low-moderate amount of carbs.

Unlike the traditional recipe which is used making a Tandoor, I will pan frying the kebabs slightly and then putting them into the oven to keep them juicy and soft. I recall the school days when my mother used to make these for either a bake sale or because I was about to spend some time with my friends away – 30 reddish kebabs in a Tupperware, those memories.. which apparently some of my friends still recall!

Ingredients List –

  • 1KG x Chicken Keema (mince)
  • 2 x Slices of White Bread
  • 1 x Egg
  • 1Tbsp x Ginger & Garlic Paste
  • 1Tbsp x Jeera Powder
  • 1Tbsp x Coriander Powder (Dhaniya)
  • 1Tbsp x Garam Masala Powder
  • A few coriander leaves
  • 1Tbsp x Chaat Masala (Can substitute with Aamchur Powder)
  • 1Tbsp x Tandoori Masala (optional)
  • 1x Small onion – finely chopped
  • Salt according to taste
  • 1Tbsp x Oil – Keeping Kebabs Moist in Oven.

You have to soak the 2 slices of bread in water and squeeze the water out, mix this with all the rest of the ingredients into the chicken mince – make sure everything is mixed well.

Wet your hands, grab small balls of mince and shape them into kebabs –

Chicken Kebab Mix before digging my hands into it.
Chicken Kebab Mix before digging my hands into it.

There are two methods of cooking these –

  1. With 1Tbsp of Oil, pan fry them in a pan until brownish on the outside.
  2. Do the above until they are 1/2 cooked and 1/2 bake them in the oven.
  3. Bake them directly in the oven.

These might not look appealing to some but rest assured they will win the belly of any meat eater – my friend in Spain initially were reluctant to see food shapped like “faeces” specially with those colors.. I mean, Indian food does not have great presentation – after the one bite, they have not forgotten the kebabs.

Oven Baked Juicy Chicken Kebabs
Oven Baked Juicy Chicken Kebabs

Enjoy!.

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ISKCON Temple Delhi

ISKCON Temple Delhi, also known as Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir is part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (as the name suggests). Devoted to Vaishnavism Рmeaning they believe Vishnu is the creator of the universe, they worship mainly Krishna (avatar of Vishnu) and push for monotheism as a belief system.

I love ISKCON temples, they are well maintained, they have lots of books to offer to those seeking answers and I tend to feel a peace at their mandirs – be it truly placebo or be it the collective energy gathered by their daily chantings. – If a city has a ISKCON temple, its definitely worth the visit.

I go for the interesting paintings they hold on Hindu Mythology, the energy released during chantings and their food courts. This is second ISKCON temple I have visited in my life – the first one was Mumbai.

For those who travel a lot, they offer a membership where you get to stay in any of their temples worldwide – not sure about the costs but definitely a great way to travel the word and forget about accommodation.

I leave you with a few experiences ->

And of course, food at the Govinda Restaurant ->

I might take up on visiting them all in India – not for religious reasons, just to feel the aura at the places – definitely worth the time.

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Eating in Lucknow

Eating in Lucknow you will be satisfied with everything. From traditional vegetarian dishses to all kinds of succulent meat, be it for breakfast or dinner, you will be satisfied.

Most of the time we ate breakfast at home – some parathas or cheese omelettes etc – dinner was also served at home with rice/biryani and a main dish with the usual sides – salad and yoghurt – (amazing cookery where I was staying)

Lucknow is famous for its kebabs – they are sold everywhere else, but their spice mixture is composed of different quantities – You will therefore find really soft and succulents kebabs very rich in taste.

Some kebabs would be –

  • Galaouti Kebab
  • Shami Kebab
  • Sheekh Kebab
  • Kakori Kebab

There is also a bread named Sheermal, a thick dryish paratha which is supposed to be eating with ghee or butter infused to it Рusually comes in an orangish colouring. РI ate it before I could document it :/

Aloo Tikki Chaat - Comes covered with yoghurt too. - Its much better with it.
Aloo Tikki Chaat – Comes covered with yoghurt too. – Its much better with it.
Butter Chicken Masala
Butter Chicken Masala
Dahi Batashe - Batashe are the Golgappa in Lucknow
Dahi Batashe – Batashe are the Golgappa in Lucknow
Galouti Kebab
Galouti Kebab
Garlic Chowmein - Europe n salsa
Garlic Chowmein – Europe n salsa
Malai Kulfi - Not frozen, just constantly churned
Malai Kulfi – Not frozen, just constantly churned
Matter (chole) Chaat
Matter (chole) Chaat
Safed Mutton - Mutton in white cream sauce
Safed Mutton – Mutton in white cream sauce
Sheekh Kebab, Galouti Kebab, Shaami Kebab
Sheekh Kebab, Galouti Kebab, Shaami Kebab

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Lucknow – The Nawabi City

Lucknow, once know as the Nawabi City would have left a voyageur with his mouths open. With Muslim and Indian arts fusing together, now it offers –

  • Bara Imambara w/ Bulbulaya Maze
  • Chhota Imambara
  • Rumi Darwaza
  • Amazing Kebabs
  • La Martini√®re School
  • Hazratganj¬†Road

There are a few more places to see which I did not.¬†Lucknow is an interesting city – for foodies like me, you will have a vast amount of meaty dishes and breads which have crossed civilizations, and well, if you are thinking of getting into politics –¬†this city seems to be a good place for it. The main road,¬†Hazratganj¬†has an interesting air to it. All boards are the same black and white color, there is proper street lighting throughout the road but it surely is crowded.¬†

At first I was a bit reluctant to go, when I googled up the city – it pretty much looked like any other crowded place – but I quite enjoyed it. – If you are fond of simple meats like me – ie Kebabs, Chicken Tikka – Lucknow has a few variations you would like to try, ill write a post on what I ate in Lucknow.

Transport – Mumbai to Lucknow 3,279.00 INR- GoAir (Booked 1 month in advance)

A bit of sightseeing / places to see / attractions in Lucknow.

#1 Bara Imambara – Looked like a mosque with spacious hall inside, coupled with a maze and fort.
#Bara Imambara Fort

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#The Imambara Halls
Bara Imambara Halls - Lucknow
Bara Imambara Halls – Here the guide lights a match on the other side, to prove its acoustic worth.
Bara Imambara Halls - Lucknow
Bara Imambara Halls – The hall, the longest in the world with no pillar support – bricks where put into accurate places.
#2 Chhota Imambara
#3 La Martinière School
#4 Rumi Darwaza
Rumi Darwaza (back) - Lucknow
Rumi Darwaza, so I did not know that the beauty is on the other side, so I got its back side jajaja
#5 Maal – Outskirts of Lucknow

We arrived late to the farm and town, otherwise you would have seen a big field full of mango trees and more, a mandir built by family friends with a very old Shiv artefact and a proper Lucknow Haveli.

The snake below was twice the length, the rest of the skin broke, only half was conserved.

Lucknow is a great city to put on your travel list, you will enjoy the food, the people with their kind heart and quite open mindedness. However, having visited Maal in the upper eastern corner of Lucknow, well, the farm life will always get my points.

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