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Stuff it in a bell pepper

My mother, a few years back, made this amazing stuffed bell pepper dish. I don't remember what exactly she put as the stuffing but when I asked her about the recipe, she suggested a potato filling. But I remember it as a rice stuffing. Maybe I've been watching too much Food Network and was channeling one of its dishes. Whatever the case, I hunted on the Net for some stuffed bell pepper and rice recipes and found some...and reworked it my own way.

Every time I go to the supermarket, I'm tempted to grab the lovely looking yellow or red bell peppers. But I always go for the green since I use them more in my cooking. But for the stuffed pepper, I grabbed a red and yellow. Since I only cook for myself, I didn't need more than two. If you're cooking for your family however, definitely grab four or five (best bet are those lovely bags showcasing the peppers).
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Homemade pizza

It's been a long while since I've put up a post, but I've had recipes and pictures to put up for a while now. Just didn't get around to it until now. Anyway, I thought I'd put up my pizza recipe. Not a naan one this time but a proper pizza, homemade crust and all. It all begins with a story...

After I returned from my Deepawali/birthday long weekend, I bought a bunch of bananas. I'd also gotten a banana as prasadam for Deepawali. Unfortunately, I got a sore throat/cold when I got back and I usually don't eat bananas when I feel like that for fear of worsening the symptoms (it's just the way I am). Anyway, I had a lot of bananas that were ripening fast and I knew I would have to throw them out if I didn't start eating them right away. Next best thing: Why not make banana bread? So I did. I found a recipe online for vegan banana bread (I try not to eat too much egg--just am not used to it as much nowadays) and purchased a bag of whole wheat flour. Since I had an ample amount remaining, I decided to make pizza dough. After all, I make my own sauce even for the naan pizzas...so why not just make the entire thing out of scratch?

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Recipe time: Chilli baby corn and paneer

As promised, here's the recipe concocted by lintethond  (a gourmet chef who needs a restaurant. If anyone wants to invest in an inventive chef, send him a comment!). I made a few substitutions: Instead of five green chillies, I used only one (I didn't have enough, plus I added generous amounts of red chilli powder in absence of the green chillies). I also didn't have any cumin seeds so just didn't add them and the dish was fine. I was a bit wary of how this would turn out; I didn't think my paste would be enough for the vegetables and paneer and whether I'd get the taste just right. Trust me, I've had my share of disastrous and bleah-worthy taste experiences in the kitchen.

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Reviews: City of God, The Kite Runner, Notes on a Scandal

I've taken a long holiday from here. Many apologies for that. Have a couple recipes I found too...I recently made tortilla soup, which was probably not the best thing for a possible sore throat coming on. But it was delicious. Just the sort of thing one should eat with a big hunk of bread on a rainy day.

Anyway. On to the topic of my post. I've caught a lot of movies recently and these three really stuck out to me. So read on!

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So that's two plusses (for City of God and Notes on a Scandal) and one minus (The Kite Runner). Hope you enjoyed my movie rants/reviews. Let me know what you think of any of these films. Happy viewing!

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Indiana Jones meets The Mummy...and laughs

The latest Mummy movie appears to be quite a parody of the Indiana Jones movies.  I mean seriously, the father-son moments, the non-stop action, the booby traps, the ancient artifacts, the bizarre creatures or supernatural elements, the clash of ethnic cultures, and a snug bit of comical relief every now and then...if that isn't the recipe for a typical Indiana Jones movie...especially the recent Crystal Skull movie, then I don't know what is.

Perhaps I should start with the synopsis of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.  Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn O'Connell (Maria Bello) are "retired" from their adventurous Mummy-related lifestyles and very much bored with it.  Well, what a coincidence!  They happen to have a son, Alex (Luke Ford) who has a knack for Asian archeology and digging up old things...like the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li)!  So you can see where this is going.  Soon enough, the family gets together and father and son have to reconcile their seperation throughout this non-stop action-packed adventure to stop an ancient force like no other.  

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Book-to-movie comparison: 'Stardust'

As always, I shall begin with a story:

The local library (despite not allowing us to check out DVDs for free and not having TENNIS magazine) has a nice little collection of graphic novels. I sometimes walk by and see if there's anything interesting to pick up. I got "V for Vendetta" here and two weeks back, I checked out Neil Gaiman's "Stardust." I only knew of the movie, which I had not seen yet but wanted to, so I figured hey! Let's get the book and then rent the DVD! Then I can do that too fun thing of comparing the movie to the book!

Why I would ever want to do that is beyond me. I read the book, which I truly, truly loved. Who doesn't love a romance/fairy tale? I want to buy a copy of the book because I loved it so much (plus the pictures were awesome. Yes, I really am six years old). Anyway, now on to the real review. What did I think of the movie?
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