A Spinach & Chickpea Dinner

When I started this blog, I did write on the “About Me “page, that I like to read food blogs. And sometimes I actually do cook food that catch my fancy off those food blogs.

One such blog that I have continuously been reading for the last couple of years is Budget Bytes. I have tried out a number of her recipes, before I started writing, and they all turned out perfect.

So it was where I ended up last night, whilst looking for an easy one pot recipe that had Spinach on it. Why Spinach? Only because lately I have been neglecting my greens and had some frozen Spinach in the freezer. The recipe also called for chickpea and fetta, two of my favourite ingredients.

The only change I made was to season my dish with cracked pepper before I ate, because these days I have a craving for a peppery taste.

A spinach and chickpea rice pilaf

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Like A Wildflower

I am not a very poetic person , but the other day I snapped a photo of some flowers , and it inspired me to come up with this verse below.

You started growing

In my heart a time ago

Like a wildflower

Untamed , no control

All over my psyche

Consuming my soul

Nothing can keep you away

You creep over my heart

Gripping in your tendrils

Holding on so tight

Never let me go

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Its Curry Time

Every once in a while , my tastebuds make a straight run for home , to an island cuisine filled with aromatic spices , lots of chillies , coconut , and various types of curries. So for most of the week gone by I was craving a typical Sri Lankan curry , and decided to make canned mackerel curry for dinner tonight. I had picked up a packet of frozen parathas at the shops on Saturday , so it would be a curry and paratha meal. Since I have a bad memory for recipes , I referred to a video done by the Bestie on how to make canned mackerel curry , quick and easy .

As you can see , my efforts worked out quite well , and the tastebuds are now satisfied, at least until the next time they get a curry craving .

Christmas in a Bus

The jolly season is here in full force . I have been in Perth for eight years now , and so far Christmas has been rather quiet in terms of things like decorations . By quiet I mean in comparison to places like Singapore ( Orchard Street ) or even Colombo , where the buildings get strung up with lights , and you find some sort of decoration nearly every corner you turn. Which is why I was pleasantly ( understatement of the century there , I will go with ” jaw dropping “) surprised when I got into a Transperth Bus on Thursday evening , to go home , and nearly got smacked in the face with all sorts of tinsel , bright shiny Christmas décor . Had the bus driver been dressed as Santa , then that would have totally completed the look.

I put these up on Facebook , and the Bestie summed it up in one gorgeous , smart aleck description . And I quote below :

 –            ” It’s like Christmas threw up in a bus ”         –

 

 

 

A thousand steps to my heart

So the other day the Bestie tells me she woke up with a few lines of a poem running through her head and I kept on asking her to complete it but she just would not. Only problem was that she told me the lines and they kept reverberating inside my head , so much so that I had to get it out. Below is the completed effort , with Bestie approval.

I need to get some sleep,I swear I’ve been trying to, but you took a 1000 steps to my heart
You knocked on the door to my life
Now i am trying to reason
Are you just a dream
The things you say
The things you do
Are you from a wonderland
Shall i put on my magic red shoes
And do a nonstop dance
Pretty please , tell me now
Before I wander down
The yellow brick road
Are you just a dream. ..

From : your modern day Alice