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A Texan in Kuwait…from one oil country to another! Thoughts about my life, my cooking, and travels.
This is such great story.. Love in a “Lunchbox” … I don’t watch much Bollywood movies, but I think this will be a good one. Irfan Khan is an amazing actor and I love watching his movies!
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Happy Onam to all my fellow people from Kerala!!
I’m not really familiar with Onam, I just know it’s a holiday that’s celebrated by people in Kerala. My family has never celebrated it, but I know it’s a big holiday for Hindu people.
When we visited Kerala in 2010 it was during Onam time so I was able to see a few things that were related to Onam, I’ve posted pictures on my old blog and have imported it to this new one. Here’s the link to check out some of my pictures of Onam and also my Kerala trip!
Update: I did a little bit of research (Googled/Wikipedia/asked around) on this festival. From what I understand this is also a Harvest Festival. This Festival is celebrated by flower designs (if you Google Onam flower designs you can see all the elaborate designs that people make), boat races, tiger dance, and there are other activities, but these were all that were all I was told about. The last part about Onam is the the Onam Sadya Feast. This is a special meal that is served on a banana leaf and it is all vegetarian. There is a big pile of rice and they put a dal curry on one side and after a while they put sambar on the second side. Then on the outside will be about 15-20 different types of side dishes. You end it off with dessert made out of rice.
This year, we had the privilege of being invited for an Onam Sadya. This was my first time celebrating Onam, but it was a good experience. I forgot to take picture of my plate, but here’s one off the internet so you can better understand what I am talking about.
I just read on Kuwait Times that John Kerry has state that certain Arab nations have offered to bear the cost!! This is taken from the Kuwait Times –http://news.kuwaittimes.net/arab-nations-offer-pay-syrias-strike/
Arab nations have offered to help pay for any US military intervention in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers yesterday as he sought support for missile strikes. “With respect to Arab countries offering to bear the cost and to assist, the answer is profoundly yes, they have. That offer is on the table,” Kerry said as he appeared before a House of Representatives panel.
The offer was “quite significant,” he said. “Some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost. That’s how dedicated they are to this.” But he stressed: “Obviously, that is not in the cards and nobody is talking about it, but they are talking about taking seriously getting this job done.” He was appearing before the House Foreign Affairs committee on the second day of the administration’s blitz on Capitol hill to persuade lawmakers to approve limited military strikes.
Now the US can say that they won’t be affected financially!
I am obsessed with freshly squeezed orange juice! Simply orange ain’t got nothing on freshly squeezed juice!
I love oranges and my favorite is a brand called Cuties. My obsession for cuties started in Dallas and when I moved to Toronto I saw it was available so I got excited and bought it and got The Husband hooked also!I hated buying the other oranges because of how hard it is to peel. Cuties are small, sweet, and easy to peel. The best part NO SEEDS! I hate eating fruits with seeds.. except for watermelon.
Here’s an article I found on Cuties – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304373804577521241458781700.html
So back to my freshly squeezed OJ! One of the cool things about living in Kuwait is you can go to any restaurant or small shawerma shops and they have fresh juice. There’s other types of juices, but I keep ordering the orange juice. It’s so nice and refreshing! Especially when you are out in the sun, drinking a glass of cold fresh orange juice really hits the spot!
|This picture was taken August 2010 in India|
My grandmother was Godly woman whom I admired for her strength and love and amazing cooking skills! She led such a full life. She and my grandfather had six children that they raised to love and fear the Lord. She had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she was able to see them. I have such great memories of my grandma… One of my fondest memories was when my brother and I were younger. She lived with us and we would ask her to make us hotdogs and since she didn’t know English and we didn’t know Malayalam properly we would call hot dogs “chodda = hot” “patti = dog” and she would make them for us. Another time me and her wanted to make something and we accidently caught the pan on fire so then I used the fire extinguisher to put out the fire, what a mess that made… Needless to say my parents banned both of us from cooking unless they were home. I just think of all the memories I have of her and think of how blessed I was to have her stay with us while we were growing up. I know that is not a luxury many people have. After she passed away, a person wrote on my facebook wall a memory that he had of my grandmother and how she was a blessing in his life.
My grandmothers love for others was so great, but the love that God has for us is even greater. One of my favorite verses John 3:16 “”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This verse says it all for me. Even though He gave His only Son for us, He didn’t stop there. He helps me in times of sorrow and anger. He heals me when I am sick and helps me as I through pain and suffering. He has been my comforter and my confidant. He has provided for me in all my materialistic needs/wants. He has been my true Savior. Over the years, I have learned to look to God as my actual Father and just sit and talk to Him about things going on in my life. Knowing that He is there by my side no matter what is such a good feeling.
It’s about 1AM and I’m still up. Lately, actually it’s probably been for the last 3-4 months, I’ve been staying up really late every night. I just cannot sleep and I end up working or reading, and my newest guilty pleasure… PINTEREST.. until I fall alseep.
Tonight I was on pinterest and I found something that I’ve always wanted to do, but have never had the courage to do.
Book a ticket and just leave!! O I wish I could do that, don’t think of anything just go without a plan. My husband always laughs at me and how I have plans and lists for everything. When we got married, that was a big struggle between us two. I always needed a plan or needed to know what I was doing. I remember on our one month anniversary he said that I should wear a dress and be ready to leave by the time he comes home from work. All afternoon I was trying to figure out where we were going and what the plan was..
We just went to Jamaica and I had researched everything I needed know and made a list of things to do, places to visit, and restaurants to go to. I know some people look at this and think how crazy I am, but this actually puts me in my happy place! I love to research and learn as much as I can and make a list and then be able to check things off.
Maybe this year I can do something that is spontaneous or have some spontaneity in me!
I’ve been wanting to make egg rolls for quite some time and in true Jeena fashion I started researching different recipes. I’ve made egg rolls before, but that was probably over 6 years ago. So I did my research, saw all the various ways people made it and read all the different reviews and decided to try my own hand in this.
I remember when I made egg rolls before I had pressured cooked beef with seasonings and then put it the food processor to make very small pieces. This time I thought I’d try making it with pork.
First I went to the store and bought a coleslaw mix (this is easier than having to cut cabbage), green onions and egg roll wrappers. For the pork, I bought hot italian sausage.
I took the pork out of the casings and started cooking it for about 6-8 minutes. Until all the pink was gone. Then I added my coleslaw mixture into the pot and mixed it with the pork. As this was cooking, I mixed together: cornstarch, water, a bit of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and black pepper. I then moved aside the vegetable pork mixtre so that there was a hole in the center and poured my liquid mixture in and let it sizzle for a bit.Add the green onions and mix everything together. Take off the heat and keep aside until the mixture becomes cool.
Then I filled it into my egg roll wrappers and rolled it and fried it.
|Yummy Egg Rolls!|
Since last November, my husband and I have been thinking and looking at going on a vacation. Things have been so hectic and we’re always on the go so we really needed to get away. This vacation would be strictly relaxation and time together away from our phones, emails, etc. We finally agreed on where we wanted to go and booked our trip to JAMAICA!
What an amazing trip! The water was beautiful, the beach was great, everything was great. Just posting a few pictures of our vacation.
|Us on the plane after staying up all night… tired but excited!!|
|Beautiful Beach, Calm Waters, Nice breeze..I’m in love!|
|Clear blue water with lots of fish to see! So much fun!!|
|Our tour guide at the Bob Marley Museum “Captain Crazy” The craziest laugh ever!|
|We were able to have fresh coconut water, and the slimy thing inside the coconut, soo yummy!!|
|Had to take a shot of my pretty toes with the water!|
|Chris walking alongside the tide as the sun setting on our last night!|