Monday, December 1, 2008

Heal the world...



"People over the world...reach out your hand..touch one another...we have one life to live..so much to share and so much to give...there is love to be found...so look around..there's happiness there..."

This was a hymn we so often sung in my school quire practice. It means so much...children taught to love human kind and live life just as God had planned for each one of us. What happens when we grow up? What goes wrong in the way....God must be ashamed of his very own creation today.....why have we become so short sighted and selfish?!!

We are not in our motherland currently, but our hearts still cry at the innumerable innocent people gunned down ruthlessly and for no good reason in Mumbai (the Trade Capital of India).

It pains to see that one man inflicts injury on another so easily and quickly, when the same is not true when it comes to seeking friendship or sharing love. Why do people cringe from amiability but can hit/hurt another easily on instigation....I am yet to discover the answers to these questions.

As for now, all I can do is PRAY....ask God for forgiveness and mercy to the world. Pray that, may good sense prevail and that people and the families affected have the strenghth to endure what has come to them. I still have hope...hopes of a brighter future...a better tomorrow...hope that something good comes out of this dreaded act and terrible times.

I choose to be hopeful and share the love of God. Optimism is my choice !! (Everything happens for a reason.) I know its easy for me...sitting miles away...but will my hatred for the terrorists or my pity for the dead/injured help in anyway...NO. We can't undo what has been done but yes I can instill hope ..atleast try, 'cause I know that for one hand that injures...there are a dozen hands that caress and heal. The Good will outnumber the Bad..one day!

This post goes out to the martyrs and those who are no more with us, as a result of the Mumbai Attacks '08.

Its over now...but the bruises will take time to heal.

Life goes on....and so we live...drink and eat. These incidents remind us to be thankful for each day and the fact that we are safe and blessed.

I made a simple dinner today....just a mix of all that I had in the fridge to make a delicious dish...(rhetorically like all the people from around the globe that make this world beautiful!)

Shiitake Fried Rice

Ingredients-

2 cups rice,cooked the previous night and left in the fridge
1 cup shredded shiitake mushrooms
5-6 olives minced
1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
1/2 cup finely sliced bell peppers/capsicum (I used all three colours-red yellow & green just to give more colour)
3-4 stalks of spring onions, finely chopped
2 eggs
1/2 tsp dried ginger powder ( can be substituted with1 tsp fresh ginger paste)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced green chilli
a pinch of sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
a dash of sherry or chinese cooking wine(optional)
salt to taste
4 tbsp cooking oil
Method-

In a wok, heat oil. Saute' the onions till translucent in colour. Add the sugar.
Now, add the ginger, garlic, chillies,olives,mushrooms,carrots and peppers. Stir.
Add the soy sauce and sherry. Cook open for a minute so that all the alcohol evaportes and what remains is the rich flavour.
Beat the eggs in a bowl.Now, push the vegetables aside to create a space in the middle of the wok, pour the beaten eggs and carefully with one corner of your spatula keep breaking the omelette as it gets cooked; so that you have broken pieces of cooked egg/omelette.
Now add the cooled rice and mix well. Sprinkle with salt.
Serve hot.


Tips:

  • Cold cooked rice is important to use as it won't stick together to form lumps.

  • All the vegetables are chopped finely to facilitate quick cooking.

  • You can also cook the omelette separately. Break it and mix with the fried rice in the end.(if cooking in the same wok is a little difficult)

This is a dish made from Shiitake Mushrooms which bring an earthy flavour to the dish. Its the most common type of mushrooms found in this region (HK).

N.B. This also goes out to a great event Rice Mela hosted by Srivalli.

15 comments:

  1. A lovely thought for this special December. I was also reminded of a song that we used to sing at school...."Let their be love shared among us....Let their be love in our eyes...Let the love sweep this nation....forgetting the other lines!

    Seems their is a greater need of love in present times. Be it among the family members, neighbours, or the countrymen.Really wish and prey let their be no hatred among god's children!

    Keep spreading Love!

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  2. It was certainly very sad to see another city stuck with the heinous crime of terror.I pray for innocent victims to rest in peace.May God protect us from such evil maniacs .
    Your have some tasty collection of recipes here,the mushroom rice is hearty flavorful recipe:)

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  3. Thanks Anita for those lovely words.

    I'm glad u liked it Yasmeen.:)

    "May PEACE find us all, even if we can't find it."

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  4. That was a tragical event...

    Your rice looks scrumptious! Thanks for passing by!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Yes Rosa, it was tragic indeed.
    Thanks for the compliments.

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  6. saw the comment on my blog--thanks for commenting!

    the particular tart you commented on happened to be a tester recipe for a cookbook author, so I am not at liberty to provide you with the recipe. I'll definitely notify you when the book comes out however!

    the rice looks awesome btw :)

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  7. Thanks Tofu Freak for the info.:)

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  8. Thats very nice...thanks for the lovely dish too!

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  9. I was reminded of the song...the words..."Face each day with a smile and in a while sunshine appears...you'll feel warm, deep inside...no need to hide from danger and fear..." all of us i think want to do something about this but don't know exactly what... if u can think of something lemme know... Love u, Sunny

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  10. Yes Sunny, sure will..thanks for visiting dear.

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  11. Delicious rice, and lovely thoughts! Remember that song from burning train?
    "Teri hai zameen, tera aasman, tu bada meherbaan, tu bakshish kar"

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