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Stuffed aubergine with Italian spices

For aubergine lovers this will be a rewarding treat! It surely was for me! Yummy!

INGREDIENTS
4 large aubergines
1 red pepper
1 onion
250 minced meat (can be replaced by soy mince, I used lamb)
4 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons Italian spice mix
1 chilli pepper
cheddar cheese
oil
salt

METHOD
1. Cut the aubergines in half on their length. Scoop the inside of the aubergine and keep it.
2. Chop the onion, garlic, the inside of the aubergines, the peppers.
3. Heat a bit of oil in a pan and add all the chopped ingredients above plus the minced meat, salt and spices. Cover and leave on medium heat until the aubergine softens.
4. Remove the cover and let the extra juice to evaporate.
5. Put the contents inside of the halved aubergines. Lay it all on a tray and bake it for 30 mins.
6. Take it out and sprinkle cheese on top of it.
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When I was reading this recipe in a magazine I did a mental check on all the ingredients cause I LOVE all of them. The end result was as tasty as I imagined... I took it and adapted it because I did not have all the things mentioned in the recipe, but it still turned out great!

INGREDIENTS

250g chorizo
3 peppers
2 onions
2 400g cans chickpeas
4 cloves garlic
1 can of chopped tomatoes
250g spinach
6 tbsp olive oil

METHOD
My cooker is not working so I chopped everything, mixed it and shoved it in the oven.
After 1 hour aprox. enjoy with some bread!

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On weekdays I don't cook much but I try to make it up by making each Saturday some nice home cooked food and deliver it to my husband by myself. This Saturday I tried to make something out of the ingredients we had left in the fridge and here's what I came up with.

Garlic chicken

INGREDIENTS
6 chicken drumsticks
4 cloves of garlic
4 carrots
3 spoons soy sauce
5 green onions
6 spoons oil
salt
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1 table spoon mixed spices (I used a Persian mix, but you can use your favourite)

METHOD
1. Heat some oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions, grated garlic and spices .
2. Reduce the heat and add the chicken drumsticks (unfreeze them if necessary).
3. Add the sliced carrot and some soy sauce and salt it to taste.
4. Add one cup of water and cover to allow to cook.

Mashed potatoes

For mashed potatoes I used 6 potatoes, 75 g cheddar cheese and some olive oil (I didn't have butter or milk).

Instant beetroot pickle

For the instant beetroot pickle I just boiled the beetroots, sliced them and used plenty of vinegar and salt to make it taste like real pickles.

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Stir fry vegetables

INGREDIENTS
4 carrots
4 leaves Chinese cabage
3 small onions
4 eggs
1 cup green peas
4 cloves garlic
3 cms ginger
10*20 cms tofu
soy sauce
salt
pepper

METHOD
1. Heat up a wok with some oil in it.
2. Add the grinded garlic and ginger. Add the carrots cut into stips. Let it fry for 10 minutes.
3. Add the peas, cabbage, onions and tofu chopped up as you wish.
5. Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper.
6. Beat the eggs and pour them very slowly to allow them to cook while mixing the contents of the wok.

Serve with Japanese rice boiled into equal volume of water.

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Apple pie and apple peel lemonade
For the pie crust
2 cups flour
150 g butter
100 g sugar

For the pie filling
10 small apples (I used green)
juice from 1/2 lemon
peel from 1 lemon and a half
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon

For the apple peel lemonade
the peel from all the above apples
1 lemon (the one whose peel you are using in the pie)
1 jug of water
4 spoons sugar

METHOD
The pie
1. Peel the apples and core them. Keep the skins for the lemonade.
2. Slice them into very thin and small pieces.
3. Into a pan, put the apple, lemon juice, lemon peel, cinnamon and sugar. Let it lose all the water.
4. Meanwhile melt the butter. Mix with flour and sugar in. Mix it really well until it is not that crumbly.
5. Oil one pan and place the dough by pressing so that it forms the crust.
5. Put the filling in and put in the over 200 Celcius. Check after 20 minutes. It's ready when you pinch it with a fork and comes out clean.

The lemonade
1. Put the peels of the apple, lemon, water and sugar into a mixer and mix.
2. Sieve everything.

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The Indian Fashion Tour of Glitz

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The Indian Fashion Tour of Glitz, Opulence and Luxury in Los Angeles hosted by Fashion By Rohini has happened on Sunday the 20th of July at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos CA. Wish I could have seen it! This looks so impressive!

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Auto awesome

That's my pics getting auto awesomed by Google :) Some of them were naturally too awesome so Google kept them the way they are :P

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beautiful Southampton

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Southampton

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INGREDIENTS
500g pasta
300g prawns
3 peppers
3 garlic cloves
500g peeled and chopped tomatoes
5 tbsp olive oil

METHOD
1. Boil pasta. Drain and set aside.
2. Blend tomatoes, garlic and peppers.
3. Heat up some oil and pour the liquid. Let is boil for 20 mins.
4. Add the prawns and pasta and let boil more 5 mins.
Enjoy.
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British

There are many words that start with B, British, better, beautiful etc. That's just some of the positives.
When trying to Breach the British border, either by lawful settlement or otherwise, one is faced with a lot of problems. I will just talk here about few of them.
Problem no 1: renting a house
Problem no 2: opening a bank account

1.You just came to the country and want to rent a house. You have some money to secure the smallest room transformed into a studio or 1 bedroom apartment. But then you will be asked for a history reference, your employer, your former employer (that's UK based only), former landlord (again British one), bank account with a credit check... and the list will go on.

2. Since the landlord asks for a bank account you go to open one at Bank *BritishBank. Once you reach there, you are asked for a proof of address. Which is any bill on your name that will prove you live at that address. Needless you say, since you have just reached there and hope to rent, you won't have one.

After weeks of 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 steps you decide finally to live/ fake living in a room in a shared house, just for the sake of the proof of address. The easiest thing is find someone who rented a big house and re-rents it (illegally) to a number of people more than/ equal to the number of rooms. And is willing to let the water to be billed on your name. This requires a long search to make sure you can find such a person. Once the water is on your name, there is a letter sent to the address and finally you are the proud owner of the proof of address.

Happily you go and you open a bank account. Then the painful process of going to your "home" to check for your letters from bank, NIN, NHS. Finally, you registered everywhere, you call the water authority to close the account and send you over the bill. Call them once, waiting, waiting, call them twice. And then months after, two bills come! And the amounts are 100 pounds different. Luckily for me the smallest one is the last. And luckily for me I did call twice, otherwise I would have ended up paying a bill which was 100 pounds bigger.

Oh yes, Southern water - I know another B word - bullshit!

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Istambuli

INGREDIENTS
3 cups rice
1 big potato
10 small tomatoes (not cherry, just small)
1 medium onion
oil
salt
pepper
turmeric

METHOD
0. Wash and let rice soak into water for 20 mins.
1. Fry chopped onion into some oil.
2. Peel and chop tomatoes, add to the onion.
3. When the tomatoes leave water, add 1cm cubes chopped potato.
4. In a cooking pan mix soaked and sieved rice, all ingredients and a cup of water, cover it and let it boil until rice is cooked.

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some books that I enjoyed reading

After hundreds of European and american authors, I finally got a chance this summer to read some Oriental novels.
Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht
The Harem within - Fatima Mernissi
Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran - Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
The Bastard of Istanbul - Elif Şafak
The Girls of Riyadh - Rajaa Alsanea
The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
My Name is Salma - Fadia Faqir
Pillars of Salt- Fadia Faqir
Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Pearl of China - Anchee Min
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie

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national costume miss universe 2013

national costume miss universe 2013
See my favorites from 2012

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genetics

morphed pics of family relatives inspired me to make a small family tree of the childhood pics that I have from my own family.
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fashion craving

fashion

fashion

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my life in perfumes

perfume
love them

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fashion craving

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Dance and love

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Swap

M-am hotarat sa fac parte la swapul handmade de la revista Atelierul
asa ca am desenat cu culorile mele favorite stelutze si cu cele care
nu imi sunt pe plac fulgere pentru a fi de ajutor viitoarei mele
partenere de schimb.
Mersi .

I decided to be a part of the handmade swap:
http://www.revista-atelierul.ro/handmade/swap/ so to make it easier
for my future partner I made a drawing with my favorite/ least
favorite colors. Stars favorites, lighting least favorite.
Thanks.

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Beauty that only nature produces

When hope is lost, we still find hope.

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Best walnut cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

METHOD
1. Mix melted butter with sugar until soft and fluffy. Add egg and
then add all ingredients.
2. Using a plastic rectangle shape into a roll. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Cut into slim slices.
4. Bake for 10 mins at 140 Celcius or until golden brown.

I decorated with Burberry which added a kick of sour to my cookie.
It's definitely going to become a family favorite.

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Farzanah's cardamom cake

If you would like to cook an especially delicious cake with a slight
taste of cardamom I recommend warmly that you make Farzanah's cake.

Beat together
1 cup sugar
1 cup of oil
4 eggs
crushed seeds of 4 cardamom pods

add 2 cups of plain flour in which 4 teaspoons of baking powder is added
and mix well
add 1 cup of milk and mix

pour into the oiled and floured mould and cook on top of a very low
gas for one hour.

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Banana (apple, pumpkin) bread

With more time to myself I had times to try to cook cakes. My first
cake was a banana bread, and then I cooked variation of the same using
apple, pumpkin or adding chocolate powder to the banana bread. All of
them were absolutely delicious and very easy to cook to my surprise.
The best was the banana bread, you absolutely have to try it.

INGREDIENTS
3 bananas (or 2 cups grinded and evaporated apple or pumpkin pulp)
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar (100g)
1/2 cup cream (~125g)
6 tablespoons butter
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 packet of ready made hot chocolate - optional (I saw a variation
using green tea powder - yummy)

METHOD
1. Mix the melted butter and sugar with a mixer.
2. Add bananas and eggs and keep on mixing. (don't mix too well to
mash the banana too much.
3. Add everything else and keep on mixing.
4. Oil one cake tray and place the content into the oven 175 Celcius
degrees 40-50 mins.

Enjoy! We really enjoyed it with some cream and strawberry marmalade.
Image courtesy of chef jeff
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Happy 1st of March

What better gift for 1st of March than the gift of beauty. Here it is through the eyes of Iranian painters.

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Fardin Jalali


Saeed Panahzadeh

Javad Soleimanpour  (2)
Javad Soleimanpour

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2 painters with same initials: J.K.

Josef Kote

Josef Kote

Justyna Kopania

Justyna Kopania

Happy New Year!

I wish y'all to have a better, brighter, more prosperous, healthier year!

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It's a hard task to design a costume that is describing a country, making the girl beautiful and not funny. These are my favorites from 2012. As I've seen from previous years the designers seem to get better :). (not Romania)
See other misses here

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Korea, Albania, Czech, Bulgaria

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USA, China (winner)

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Brazil, Mexic

Postcards from Washington DC

Thank you, Elena!

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Beauty

Tea would be tastier in this divine cup!

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Xmas wishlist

Sigh!

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Postcards from Cuba

Thank you, Georgiana!

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2 painters

Tzviatko Kinchev

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Kal Gajoum

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Shopping in Isfahan

Some favorites from the bazaar

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Eating in Isfahan, yum

While walking through the bazaar, I noticed some stairs and people who were climbing them so I decided to follow them despite being with a push-chair. It was such a great decision because the stairs were leading to a beautiful and old restaurant.

Besides the usual kebab that you can find in any restaurant they had some other food as well. Dizi, which is a meat soup, Beryiani - minced meat cooked in a specific Isfahani way and served on sangak bread, koofteh - a huge minced meat ball with rice inside, mirza ghasemi - eggplant cooked with garlic and tomato paste and kashke-bademjun - eggplant cooked with kashk. I let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Easy to cook, healthy and tasty, my baby can vouch for this :).

INGREDIENTS
150 g barley (use rice or some other grain if more convenient but then it won't be barley soup)
250 g mushroom
1 carrot
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 onion
1 garlic
2 eggs
1/2 cup of greeneries (dill, parsley, mint, basil, etc use your favorites)
1 small floret broccoli
2 lemons
1 tablespoon dry chicken stock
salt as required
2 ltrs water
20 g butter

METHOD
1. Wash 3 times the barley grains and then boil them.
2. When they are almost ready, add all the chopped vegetables, butter, chicken stock and the rest of the water.
3. When everything is boiled, add the lemon, taste and salt accordingly.
4. Stir the eggs with a fork and then slowly pour them into the boiling soup mixing with the fork continuously.
5. Leave to rest for 5 minutes and then serve it. Enjoy!

I love how the freshness of the vegetables is complemented by the barley grains which is a bit crunchy even when boiled.

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