Sunday, February 20, 2011

Aurelia and Her Independence

Aurelia likes to decide exactly what she wears nowadays.... here are a few photos....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Aurelia's B-day Dressup Dance

As many of you know, Arie turned TWO this past week!  I had to work all day and then go to class so I wasn't able to spend much time with her on her actual birthday but on Friday we had a lot of mommy and me time.  We went to the Barnes and Noble Storytime and then she got a fun Disney Princess Dressup Trunk for her birthday.  Here is a video of her dancing in her pink princess dress up clothes:

Burmese Masala- My grandmother's recipe

There are a million kinds of masala out there... here is a simple recipe for meatballs, and seasoning your ground meat! 


1. Mustard Seeds
2. Fennel Seeds
3. Cumin Seeds

Dry roast equal parts of all of the seeds on medium heat.  Once you smell the aroma of the spices come out and the mustard seeds start to gray, you know they're ready. 

Grind the roasted mixture. 

POOF!  You've made masala!

My New Project!

I started a new project this year with  my mom....

She makes the best Burmese food, and growing up I ate rice and some sort of curry or other Burmese dish every single day but I never bothered to learn how to cook it.  It was SO NOT COOL when I was a teenager, and oh how I regret not taking the time to spend with my mom to learn about Burmese food.. which was essentially the centerpiece of our family's life and culture.

When I was in college, I asked my mom to send me the recipes for some of the dishes she made... but being the amazing Burmese chef that she is.. she couldn't send a recipe because she didn't measure or really time anything she made.  She just knew by eye-balling all of the ingredients and she knew when a dish was done, it was timer needed.

This year, every couple of months, I asked my mom to come over so I could document the Burmese dishes she made- I could take the photos, write down directions, and measure all of the ingredients, and even try to time who long it takes to cook the dishes.  This way, Aurelia will also have the recipes for her own cooking adventures when she grows up!

Check back in every few months for new recipes.  I will warn you now though...these are not quick dishes to whip up.. you'll need a good amount of time to spend on them.....:)