Sunday, June 18, 2017

Garlic Chicken Spaghetti

Garlic cloves, diced, 4
Boneless chicken, 3 breast piece fillets, julienne cut strips
Canola (or other vegetable) oil, 1/2 cup
Black pepper powder, 1 teaspoon
Salt, to taste
Red Chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon, (or acc to taste)
Onion powder, 1 teaspoon, substitute with paste if unavailable
Onion, 3 small, cut in squares or julienne
Green bell peppers, small, 2, square or julienne cut
Mushrooms, sliced, canned, 1 cup
Soy sauce, 2 tablespoons
Cornflour, 1 tablespoon
Crushed tomato pulp or puree, 3 cups
Grated Parmesan cheese, reduced fat option available, 1/2 cup
Pre-boiled angel hair (thin) spaghetti
1. Add 4 cloves diced garlic, 3 fillets of boneless chicken breast julienne-cut (in thin, small strips), 1/2 cup canola (other vegetable) oil, 1 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, and 1 teaspoon onion powder in a large, deep cooking pan and mix elements well.
2. Set the pan on high heat and stir fry until chicken begins to change color from pink meaty to slightly white.
3. Add 3 sliced onions (in long slices or squares), 2 small green bell peppers (I used frozen) chopped in squares or julienne, and 1 cup sliced mushrooms and continue to stir fry for another minute.
Note: You may choose to add another vegetable of choice for example carrots, peas, and corn.
4. Add 2 tablespoons soy sauce and stir fry for another minute.
5. Add 1 tablespoon cornflour (thickening agent) mixed well to a paste with water and continue to stir fry until elements begin to look thick.
6. Add 3 cups of crushed tomato pulp or tomato puree and fry for another four to five minutes until the red of the tomatoes darkens, they acquire a ripe taste, and check for salt. Add more if less. You may add the Sriracha chili sauce - completely optional.
7. Add water while stirring until gravy like consistency is achieved.
8. Add 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (low fat Kraft is available) and stir well until it has melted. Conduct a second salt taste check and adjust.
9. Add pre-boiled angel hair (thin) spaghetti and stir them well with all elements and cook with a covered lid and medium heat until the gravy has dried more than half way.
10. Serve with a sprinkle of grated parmesan. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti

  • Whole wheat thin spaghetti, 16 oz
  • Sliced mushrooms (canned), 3 cups
  • Sour cream, 1 1/2 cups
  • Grated parmesan cheese (reduced fat), 1 cup
  • Coarse pepper powder
  • Chicken stock, 3 cups
  • Boneless chicken strips, 3 cups, finely stripped 
  • Sriracha sauce (chili sauce to substitute), according to taste 
  • Canola oil, 2 tablespoon
  1. Boil the spaghetti al dente (firm to the bite) and set aside in little water remaining after straining.
  2. In a large, deep skillet pan, saute the sliced mushrooms (first dry only on heat) until water dries and then add canola oil and fry for a couple of minutes. Mushrooms give off a delicious roasty smell when being dried of all water on heat. Set mushrooms aside.
  3. Add sour cream to the skillet and whisk it well for even consistency. Add 2 cups of stock and set on medium heat, stirring continuously until a creamy sauce-like consistency is achieved. 
  4. Add parmesan cheese, remaining 1 cup of stock, and coarse pepper powder, and continue stirring and cooking the sauce. Add salt to taste - checking for taste of course!
  5. Now, to cook the boneless chicken strips separate - add a couple tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, toss in the chicken and Sriracha/chili sauce. Stir fry well and toss into the creamy sauce.
  6. Now, to combine all elements together, add spaghetti to the skillet pan, toss in the mushrooms, add the sauce and begin to cook on medium heat. Mix well so all ingredients are well combined and then reduce to a simmer when sauce begins to bubble a bit. 
  7. Cook until most of the liquid has dried and incorporated into the spaghetti. Serve super hot!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series

May 2017
The Wacky Finds Series is a monthly madness prompt happening at Sara's (my sister, my bestie!) blog, Sara Writes. In her words here's what it is all about.

"These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!"

So here are my top 5 Wacky Finds of the month!

The Skellington Family
I found Sally and Jack at Spencer Gifts and I got them on behalf of my mother as my Eid gift. They coupled well with Mr Bones and the triple skulls pileup on my dashboard. I don't need Halloween to be this berserk!

Mr. SMPTE, The Prom Date
This tux is selling at Kohl's for Prom! Those are SMPTE test pattern bars! Video engineers use it to read video signal transmissions (this is my 8 months of Media Science education talking). And they decided to put this on a Prom wear. Would I have gone out with Mr SMPTE? Yes, and I would have dressed in something with The Matrix scripts and symbols!

Colorful Potty Seats
I'm definitely buying these if I ever have a kid! They should put the Skellington family on those! 

A Rock-ing Buffet! 
Found this selling at a nursery!

Oh My Spine!
This one hell of a thing was stowed away in an under the table cabinet at the pain management office!

"That's all folks! Until the next five Wacky Finds, have a wacky day!"

Mothers Day Extravaganza

Sara and I always do something special for Mothers Day. It was a Spring-y ensemble incorporating a pretty green planter from Target with the words 'Love Grows Here'. We're keeping it like an indoor planter so it's practically mud-less. 
The beautiful Love In Bloom Sugar Cookies were done by Sara. They were the perfect combination. She really put technique and creativity into these cookies. Do check out the magic she creates on her Page, Sara's Baked Creations.

I wrote out the card in Urdu and I guess my generation would be the last to write this language.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Abbie's Wishlist

There are some things a girl wants. And, should you fall in love with me and what I do, please feel free to spoil me with some material goodness. I love a good piece of treasure. My choices are my own - of course - and your judgement would not be appreciated. These are arranged in the order of increasing prices. Should you feel you can get me any of these - go with your gut feeling and spend! If you know me personally, you know where to find me to give the gift. Otherwise, please contact on whatever medium you have found me and I'll spill the beans about my exact location on the map!

Price: Under $1
Available At: Ebay

Price: $1.19
Available At: Ebay

Price: $1.35
Available At: Ebay

Price: $1.80
Available At: Ebay

Price: Starts at $10
Available At: Starbucks
Card balance starts at $10 and all you need to provide is your email address and mine

Price: Starts at $21
Available At: Box Lunch, Ebay, Hot Topic

Price: Starts at $23

Available At: Hobbit Shop, WB Shop

Price: Starts at $35
Available At: WB Shop and Hobbit Shop

Price: $63.95
Available At: Walmart

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How I Made My Fairy Garden

  • A container/platter/planter: Google 'wooden bowl' 'wooden tray' at Target for something similar
  • Pebbles and stones: Multi-toned River Pebbles and Black Pebbles from Dollar Tree
  • Paper: Packing paper usually comes with crockery or glassware
  • Artificial leaves: Plucked from floral stems from Dollar Tree
  • Mini garden statues: Seasonal garden decor from Dollar Tree
Crumple paper to make a fluffy base.
 Add the leaves
 Add the pebbles and stones
Add the mini garden statues

Sunday, April 30, 2017

#A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned At 30: Zoom In On The Little Things In Life

  1. The little fairy garden you made (that creative feeling!)
  2. The perfect LOTR or Harry Potter Weekend on TV! (feeling of belonging to a fan club!)
  3. Cooking for the baby niece (that one inch thumbs up she puts up is to live for!)
  4. Butterbeer sipped with Sara at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter (elixir of life!)
  5. The perfect magnets for my white board!
  6. A new Starbucks drink!
  7. The feel of my car's steering wheel in my hands (the feel of control!)
  8. Perfect cuppa Chai
  9. A day at the mall!
  10. Girl time with Sara!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

#A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned At 30: Your World Is Best Kept Small

  • It is best to have quality vs quantity in friends.
  • A few sincere friendships are better than heartless large clans of social bees.
  • A small world is a simple world.
  • A small world of loved ones does not overburden you with a load of expectations.
  • You can seek to find more people like yourself in a small world.
  • You don't have too many individuals to please.
  • You remember their birthdays!
  • There is always time for them.