Friday, January 27, 2012

Mixed Vegetables Curry

Long beans
Lady's finger
Chinese parsley
Red onions
Cooking oil
Chili powder
Turmeric powder
Coriander powder
Tamarind juice
Mono sodium glutamate (MSG)

Cooking Time : 50 - 60 minutes

~ Heat up oil in the cooking pot over a medium heat.
~ Add the coarsely chopped red onions and garlic . Saute for about a minute 
   before adding in turmeric powder, chili powder and coriander powder. Give it 
   a stir and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.

~ Add in the potatoes cubes and stir well. Add a little bit of water, cover with
   the lid and cook for about 8-10 minutes over a medium heat.

~ Add the brinjal cubes and tomatoes slices to the mixture and give it a gentle
   stir. A little bit of water is added in. Again, cover with the lid and let it cook 
   for another 5-7 minutes.

~ Add in the lady's finger pieces as well as long bean pieces to the mixture and
   stir gently. Add a bowl of water and let it cook for about 12-15 minutes.

~ Season the vegetables curry with salt, MSG and tamarind juice. Stir and
   spread chopped Chinese parsley on top. Cover with the lid and let it simmer
   for 10-15 minutes on low heat.

The delicious mixed vegetables curry!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Pickled leaves of Three-leaved caper salad recipe (ခံတက္ခ်ဥ္သုပ္)

ခံတက္ခ်ဥ္( gade' chin) : Three-leaved caper ; Garlic pear, the leaves of which are pickled

Pickled leaves of Three-leaved caper salad recipe
 Thinly sliced pickled leaves
Thinly sliced red onion
  Pounded dried shrimps
      Fried crispy onions and oil
       Toasted chick peas powder
A pinch of monosodium glutamate(MSG)

Mix the ingredients well and that's it!
Sprinkle more of fried crispy onions on top of the salad before serving.
Easy preparation for one of the exotic flavours of Myanmar (Burma).


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Philosophy of life


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Coffee with Mark Twain

How would you describe yourself as a writer?  Are you a humorist?

No, I'm not a humorist - though i often use humor - but a satirist, a moralist, and a teacher. A key characteristic of the human species is its inability to learn, so the attempt to teach has its strict limits. Keep in mind that clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society. That's a humorous comment, isn't it? But it's also satirical and moralistic. It tries to influence people not to be naked, by which i mean you've got to wear clothes of some kind or other because naked anything, especially the naked truth, isn't acceptable. But it's nakedness - frankness, honesty, sincerity - that should be respected. Our society, though, isn't comfortable with that. People don't want to see or hear or read nakedness. So humor helps a writer disguise and make more palatable what he wants to say. Of course, if it's nothing but humor, it stops there.

Didn't you get some advantage from being labeled a humorist?

For a good part of my career, especially until the 1890s, readers labeled me as a humorist, by which they meant i was funny and mostly harmless. My wife resented that i was being classified as a lightweight - that's what being a humorist meant. Still, it was humor that often brought in the audiences, and when they stayed they got plenty more than humor. They got some truths about the human condition. I always kept in mind as a writer and human being that to be good is noble, but to show others how to be good is nobler, and no trouble.


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