Monday, November 12, 2018

The Week That Was! Streaming, TV, Online and Print

Besides the normal things that we do in our lives like get up, get ready, go to work, prepare meals, pack meals, clean the house, take care of laundry there are things that everybody does to get entertained like reading, watching TV, listening to music etc., This is my interests documented. Not that anybody cares but I thought this might be interesting for me when I look at later when I am trying to figure out something but can't seem to recollect because I have forgotten. These are not important things but something that gives me pleasure :)

On Streaming Service

Amazon - Homecoming

A psychological thriller with Julia Roberts in it. The show is pretty entertaining and time flies by pretty quickly and you quickly realize you have binge watched one whole season in a couple of days. Julia, well she is Julia Roberts, as usual gives an amazing performance. Worth watching. We are done with Season 1, will have to wait a year for Season 2. This was originally a podcast that got made into a TV series. Obviously DD who listens to a lot of podcasts, had already listened to it and said she liked it.

Amazon - The Romanoffs

This show is something that I happened upon by chance. Just as we finished binge watching 'The Man in the High Castle' this show was being advertised. I watched the first and even thought it was not that gripping or entertaining I still like it. Each episode comes on Friday but I usually end up watching the episode the following week. The latest episode was 'Panorama' which made me fall in love with Mexico City and I liked the starring role Mexico City played in the story than the story itself.

Refinery 29 - Money Diaries
Interesting series on how women at different income levels spend their money in a day. To keep track of their money. I started reading this after listening to this on NPR.

It is like I have completely stopped reading books now that I am in the land of books. I yearned for books while growing up (obviously had more time on my hands back then) but without an affordable avenue for books. Well that is old story. Waiting for 2 books to arrive.

Once is of course John Grisham's newest 'The Reckoning'.

The other is 'Misbehaving - The making of behavioral Economics' by the Nobel Prize winner economist Richard H. Thaler

Lies, Love and Records
How is it that the shows made by BBC or the Brits is much better than a lot of the shows that come on network Television?

I caught a couple of episodes of this in WETA my local public television and then couldn't wait for the next episodes to air on TV instead watched them online. Now waiting for Season 2.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Broken Wheat Pudding - Samba Ravai Kesari - Dalia Halwa

Rava is the word that refers to the texture which is not a powder but granular. While the white rava is made from husked wheat and is white in color, samba rava is made from whole wheat. The samba ravai granules are slightly bigger than the white ravai. The white ravai is the same as the cream of wheat.

I prefer the samba rava for making upma but it is not readily available here in the US. I prefer the cream of wheat than the white ravai available in the India stores here. The samba ravai I usually carry when I visit India.

Usually I make kesari like we South Indians call it or halwa like the North Indians call it, and is usually made with the white rava or cream of wheat. Making kesari with the samba ravai or broken ravai is much easier than making kesari with cream of wheat.

At home we prefer the kesari to be not too sweet. The next couple of days we eat it for breakfast that's why! So I add a bit less sugar but add as much sugar as you like.

Let's look at the recipe in pictures,

In a wide mouthed pan, roast the ravai till it starts to change color. Set aside. Heat water in a wide mouthed pan till boiling.
Reduce the heat to low and add the ravai all the while stirring. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes till the ravai is completely cooked. Add ghee and let it cook for 2 more minutes.
Add the sugar and the cardamom powder. Mix it well.
Roast the cashews and raisins and add it to the cooked ravai.

Stays good for a week in the refrigerator if it lasts that long.

Samba Ravai Kesari
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  1. 1 cup of Samba Ravai/Dali/Broken Wheat
  2. 1/2 cup of raw sugar (1 cup for a sweeter kesari)
  3. 1 tsp of cardamom powder
  4. 1/4 cup of ghee
  5. 2 cups of water
  6. 1/4 cup of chopped cashews, 1/4 cup of golden raisins
  1. In a wide mouthed pan, roast the ravai for about 3-4 minutes till it slightly starts to change color. Set aside.
  2. In the pan add water and let it come to a boil, turn the heat to low and add the ravai while continuing to stir.
  3. Powder the cardamom with a tsp of the sugar in a coffee grinder or blender.
  4. In a small saute pan, heat ghee and roast the cashews till golden and also the raisings till they plump up.
  5. Let the ravai completely cook, usually takes about 4-5 minutes, once the water has all been absorbed add the sugar, cardamom powder and mix it well.
  6. Add the ghee and cook for a couple of minutes more. Add the roasted cashews and raisins, mix it in and turn off the heat.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Goats in the Farm and the visiting goats

The goats have been on the farm for about a year now. We got 4 Kiko goats all does September of last year. They were about 6 months old when they got here. We got a couple of bucks earlier this year. Along with the 2 bucks came 2 small does who were 3 months old. Cute little things.

Our herd - the one in the front is the buck!

The visitors have arrived - the 2 white goats but with tan and black just near the head

The does and the bucks spend time on separate paddocks. The first set of does are now mature enough to start reproducing. So in early October, the smaller does were moved to a separate paddock and the bucks and does were put in the same pasture. Now we have to wait a couple of months to see what happens.

Getting to know the new visitors

While the does do not have any bad odor there is no mistaking a buck. They have that odor that will make your noise wrinkle.

One big happy family

Otherwise these goats are fun things to watch. They are playful but for the most part take good care of themselves. Have to supply fresh water and their minerals. They also love the treats we take them. They are strong enough to put their forelegs on us an push us down if we are not watchful.

A couple of does from our neighbor's farm have also come for a tryst with the bucks.

Sometimes there is head butting :)

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