Thursday, April 26, 2012

I want to taste this bird...

last night I made this cute Retro Bird coasters...
and the next thing I knew my three year old had decapitated it!!

swallowing my frustration i asked him why?
giving his brand of naughty+angelic smile he says
he wanted to taste the birdie!!
what can one say after that??  :-/

if you want a taste of this birdie too,please visit my shop:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Stuffed Chicken Breasts...AWESOME!!

doesnt it look yummy?

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I have been wanting to try my hand at stuffed chicken for soooo long but I just wasn't getting the right recipe or actually the time and the inclination to try it out...
while being here, apart from the stuffed chicken, I am also keen on trying my hand at the meat loaf which is sooooooo much an American dish and so something that I am eager on learning!
ok, so when I researched the stuffed chicken I didn't realize that there would be so many ways of making it with so many variations in how to stuff and what to stuff!!

One option is you take the full breast with bone and butterfly cut it....
Butterflying a chicken breast is by slicing horizontally through a long side almost all the way through to the other side. The breast will open like a book and you can put yr stuffing on one side and fold it over.
The second option is to take individual half breasts and slice through thickest end of breast going in as far as possible without tearing, making a pocket in each breast and put the stuffing inside.
there are other options as well, like pounding the half chicken breast and making a roll of it..
its all upto you.
and its super easy...looks so good when you slice it and display it with all the veggies on the side!
excellent party dish!
And the stuffing is all up to stuffing, cheese and mushroom, mushroom and spinach or spinach and cheese...I can go on and on  :-)
there is even one with orange and cranberry stuffing-looks yumm!
The one that I have made is of the butterfly cut chicken breast stuffed with a yummy creamy cheese and spinach filling!

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1 package (10 ounce size) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed,drained

(I use frozen chopped spinach here becoz its very convenient-anything to make my work less!)
1/2 red bell pepper (finely chopped)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

salt, to taste

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

paprika, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 30 seconds. Then add red bell peppers, stir.
Stir in the spinach, and cook on medium heat till it wilts
Remove from heat. Stir in the feta cheese, bread crumbs, oregano, thyme, pepper and salt. Mix well! 

Butterfly a chicken breast by slicing horizontally through a long side almost all the way through to the other side. The breast will open like a book.
Pound the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax paper until 1/4-inch thick. Remove wax paper. 
Lay chicken fillet out and spoon a quarter of the spinach mixture onto one side. Fold top over and secure with a wooden toothpick. Repeat with remaining fillets. . 

Coat the bottom of a shallow dish with a thin layer of olive oil. 
or spray to coat.
Lay out the chicken breasts in the dish, drizzle tops of chicken with olive oil
Lightly sprinkle paprika over the breasts
Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through. 

Let the chicken cool for 5 minutes before serving. Cut the stuffed chicken breasts crosswise into 1/2-inch slices.
Arrange on serving platter; Pouring the cooking liquid over the sliced pieces.
and serve with steamed veggies and crispy baked baby potatoes.

Dont you feel tempted enough to try it out? Its super EASY and great to taste!
try it with other fillings as well and do let me know how they turn out...  :-)

For your pinning pleasure!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Recycled Market...Really?

Have got to tell you about a fantastic day spent at the season opening of an amazing market...
"Dekalb Market" had been launched towards the fag end of 2011 during the holiday season, (this means around September/October last year) but this year in spring they wanted to welcome the spring and summer festivities with a bang!!
So they had advertised a petting zoo for kids-lots of DIY workshops(stamp making, screen printing,weaving) and lots of handcrafted goodies for everyone along with a music concert!!
so how could I resist??
Remember in an earlier post (click here) I had written about the fantastic flea markets and holiday markets that are an intrinsic part of  New York and its artistic and bohemian culture...and I had covered the iconic Brooklyn Flea Market that we had visited in the winters..
Well, this market is also in Brooklyn (which seems to be a hub of all things arty/funky and Jazz infused and how I love it!) and the unique talking point of this market is that its shops are completely made out of re purposed shipping containers...
Yesss...I am talking about those HUGE ugly looking rectangular boxes/crates that have been given a couple of glass doors, a fresh coat of paint and voila...two quirky tiny shops form one container are ready for business!
And each of these shops have their own flavour, all depending on the kind of ware that they are selling and reflecting the seller's personality!
There is one that sells artifacts, lamps and jewellery from Africa and inspired by Africa..
Then there is a shop selling vintage and first edition toys (many dating back to the 50s and 60s) of iconic characters from the star wars and superman movies and other memorabilia.
There seem to be a thriving market here for Antiques (whether real or faked)...many dating back to the Civil War time as well, as we discovered on our travels to the smaller towns of the U.S.
Anyways back to the present, more fun time of our Dekalb Market visit...
How it works here is that there are a lot of permanent shops made out of the shipping containers housing new and upcoming designers selling everything from silk scarves and ties to woven baskets, bags and rugs and also gourmet food sellers selling paninis and gourmet pasta to mini donuts, salads and sweet eats and coffee and did I mention lobster??
Also because they have opened a beer garden this time around,  (it wasnt there last year) it led to a lot of satisfied crowd that were willing to hang around till the evening in anticipation of an open air concert in the middle of the market.
And though the beer wasn't our attraction...hanging on till evening wasn't difficult for me (cant say the same about my grumpy boys)
but it was all made up by the fantastic jazz concert which was such a pleasant surprise!!
I was expecting some thumping music action but the whole group dressed in bowler hats and suits and singing the songs of the black and white era was in one word-"fascinating"!!
After a lot of impromptu dancing and clapping later, we decided to head home...
but not before my dear husband succumbed to the magic of a fantastic blue silk tie with a beautiful silk screened graphic on it...
I wanted a cycle print (?) but he opted for a safer tree with roots print!!  :-)
we also couldn't resist passing up a pair of lovely antique silver cufflinks of polo players!! (can you believe it??) and this seller had photographs and documentation of the antique cufflinks' history!!!
here are some pictures taken of the unique arty market with its own flavor and vibe and which will be having me visiting them again and again.....and who knows maybe having my own stall there one of these days?
quite serious about the last bit by the way....will keep you posted!

This is the bright shipping container oasis in the middle of skyscrapers!!

I saw a Llama for the first time!

They even had a sheep and goat in their petting zoo!!

As usual there was jewelery galore...from stringy...

to stoney....

to quirky!!

to wood and silver...

hats to suit everyone...

accessories for your bicycle!

Filthy Farmgirl soaps with divine smells...

and awesome packaging-from filthy nurse to filthy teacher and lawyer and even an Indian "sutra"!!

natural soaps and candles...
to colorful bags...

can you guess what this is???

thats right a napkin holder and this one has a woodpecker in front of a hole! isn't it cute??

an artist at work!!
and "moi" enjoying the Jazz concert!

 and something for you to enjoy too!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

popping Friday!!

The fabulous Spring colors around me are the inspiration behind these coasters...
Poppy and the humble Daisy!!

wouldnt they look pretty on your coffee table and be the talk of the party??
check them out on my shop-

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

sunny sunflower!

Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done: 

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from the their graves, and aspire
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go. 


sunflower coasters available on my etsy shop!
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