Weekend trip to Niagara Falls

On the last Saturday we had been to the Niagara Falls, nature’s spectacular wonder! It is one of the most amazing things one can see and admire in life. Its natural splendour, beauty and charm is beyond compare. People from all over the world come to watch this beautiful landscape. Its also a place for the newly weds, I found many of them sitting together.

Canadian Horseshoe Falls – Niagara Falls

The little steamboat that you can see close to the falls is the ‘Maid of the Mist’. It is a powerful diesel-engined boat that takes you from the Canadian docks past the base of the American Falls, then into the basin of the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls. A recyclable souvenir raincoat is provided free with admission to help keep you dry from the mist and spray. The Maid departs every 15 minutes and it has a 600 passenger load. I was not able to take a ride in the Maid this time. But, my hubby has promised me that he will make arrangements and definetely take me on that boat in our next trip. Getting that close to the Falls might be an experience one cannot ever forget! I look forward to it. And you guys, if possible, try visiting this place sometime in your life and you will love it.

notice the small deck below for people to have a closer look at the falls

As we are currently living in Canada, we decided that we will from now on take time out of our lives and visit this place atleast once every year.

Luv,
Mona

Kitchen Utensils, Tools and Gadgets

Kitchen tools, gadgets and utensils are my weakness. Wherever I go I am definite to visit stores that sell them. My hubby knows that very well. Below I have listed a few of the kitchen gadgets that I use in my daily cooking. I will be updating this post with more new gadgets, utensils and tools and they make way into my kitchen.

Kitchen Tools and Utensils (from India)
1. Dal Ghotni
2. Wooden Spoons
3. Roti Tawa-Cast Iron Griddle
4. Copper bottomed Degchi Set

5. Lagan

6. Kadai

7. Non-stick Dosa Tawa – Flat Cast Iron Griddle
8. Set of various Baking pans
9. Cast-Iron skillets
10. KitchenAid Covered Round Casserole
11. Prestige Pressure Cookers
12. Granite Mortar and Pestle

Kitchen Gadgets (from outside India)
1. Kitchen Air Food Processor
2. Magic Bullet (works like magic for grinding all the masalas to fine pastes of powders)

Wishlist:
1. Color coated Pressure Handi
2. Nigella Lawson Bliss Herb Chopper Mezzaluna
3. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
4. Clay Cooking Pot

Luv,
Mona

Grilled Sweet Chilli Chicken

The secret to a juicy chicken is to marinate and let it brine well. Enjoy this sweet and spicy grilled chicken along with mango salsa or a cold pasta salad on a lazy weekend afternoon.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken drumsticks/Chicken wings – 8 pieces
  • Butter – 6 tbsp
  • Soy sauce – 3 tbsp
  • Honey – 2 tbsp
  • Maggi Chilli Sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 3 tsp
  • Crushed chili flakes – 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • BBQ Sauce- for basting

Method:

  • If you are planning to grill your chicken indoors in your oven, take a roasting pan with higher walls and line it on the base with aluminium foil folded twice. And if you have an outdoor gas or charcoal grill its all the more better.
  • Make small slit marks on the chicken drumsticks or chicken wings, whatever you plan to prepare for the day.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and coat the chicken the chicken with it. Let it refrigerate for 3 hours preferably. Let the chicken come back to room temperature again just before when you begin to grill it.
  • Pour all the contents of the marinate with the chicken in the roasting pan if using an indoor grill oven, or place the individual marinated chicken on the charcoal or gas grill and begin grilling it. Remember to keep the grill temperature on low heat so that the chicken cooks properly.
  • Let it grill for an hour time, until it is thoroughly cooked. Keep turning and basting the drumsticks with any of your favourite BBQ sauce.
  • Griil it until it is perfectly cooked, and make sure you do not burn it. You can test if it is nicely cooked by piercing it with a fork at the thickest portion of the drumstick. Once done, Serve it hot.

Luv,
Mona

Has Your Dish become too salty?!

It happens many times with me that I accidentally end up adding a little more salt than required in a dish hence making the dish too salty and destroying the original taste. I have been going through a lot of books, and sources to find a remedy for this problem and I am able to come up with these solutions. I will keep updating it as and when I find new methods to this problem. Hope you all also find these useful.

  1. If your stew or gravy is too salty, peel a potato, cut into medium size pieces and add to it. Simmer and when the potato is soft lift carefully out. The potato should have absorbed a lot of the saltiness.
  2. Coconut milk also helps reduce the saltiness from a dish.
  3. Try adding a bit of sugar or maple syrup to the dish.
  4. Other ways to disguise saltiness is by adding a small can of tomatoes or a little plain yoghurt, whichever is most suitable for the particular dish involved.
  5. Knead a little besan and make small rolls and add to the gravy. Remove them before serving. These can be re-used to make gatte ki sabji.

Luv,
Mona

Raisin and Red Apple Chicken Pasta Salad

This is one of my favourite salads I had got hold of sometime back. I actually found the recipe in one of the Sun-Maid recipe books and thought of sharing with you guys. There are a lot of proteins in a contrast of textures in this recipe. The raisins add a sweet, chewy accent to crisp apples, and almonds add crunch to the whole grain pasta. A hearty, all in one salad perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. Enjoy the Salad.

Raisin and Red Apple Chicken Pasta Salad

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Whole wheat pasta – (any of your choice) 2 1/2 cups
Chicken breast – 2 cups, cooked and cubed
Raisins – 1 cup
Red Apple – 1, cored, cubed
Green Onions – 2, sliced
Mayonnaise – 1/3 cup
Honey – 2 tbsp
Dijon Mustard – 1 tbsp
Almonds – silvered and toasted, 1/4 cup

Method:

  • Cook pasta as directed on box, drain and rince with cold water.
  • Combine cooked pasta, chicken, raisins, apple and onions in a large bowl.
  • Combine mayonnaise, honey, and mustard in a small bowl.
  • Add to pasta and toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate 1 hour or unto overnight to bleand flavours.
  • Top with almonds just before serving.

Luv,
Mona