the 3 weeks: sans music clip

Yeah, this post has NOTHING to do with parenting but it’s emotional all the same. Anyone, who has read this blog knows I love listening to music. After the fast this week, I deleted all the music off my Blackberry and changed my ringtone from a song excerpt to a regular ring tone.

Someone thought that was extreme. I don’t know why. It’s not like I got rid of the songs forever because the mp3 files are on my external drive. For me, listening to music is like breathing air. I feel pain when I can’t listen to my tunes (especially Pet Shop Boys.) So I decided to fill my phone with shirum mp3s. I figured since my ears need to feel busy so I can fill them with learning for a little while.

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fashion flashback: Au Coton

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Currently playing in iTunes: Adrian by Buzy

Yeah, I’m definitely dating myself by talking about my 80s fashion flashbacks. Au Coton played a huge part in my junior high school fashion experience.

I’m wearing my black Au Coton t-shirt. Not as oversized on me now but still roomy. I had black overalls and white overalls. I think I must have had five or six shirts. You try finding a t-shirt nowadays that will last 20 months, let alone 20 years 😛

hunting high and low for a summer dress

In the past, I had good luck finding dresses. Not this year. My usual chain stores are carrying tons of short skirts and shorts.

Now, I’m getting so desparate I’m considering getting a maxi dress. I have two problems: I’m busty and have very long legs. So far the maxi dresses I tried on made me look pregnant. If I was pregnant I wouldn’t have minded. Worse still, they were too short on me.

I’m going to try the GAP and see if I can find something there at their summer sale. The thing is that I’m not too keen on their maxi dresses though. One looks like a converted tablecloth and the other one looks liike I’d be drowning in fabric.

It’s times like these when I hate shopping! .

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West Indian Cooking: Roti

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Currently playing in iTunes: Ready For The Weekend by Calvin Harris

One of my favorite cooking blogs is TriniGourmet— kosher caribbean food at it’s finest! All these years, I never attempted to make a roti. Tonight, the urge hit me and I live nowhere near kosher Caribbean joint so here I am. I knew roti meant different things in India, South Asia, and the Caribbean.  I learned from TriniGourmet is that roti is not the same everywhere in the Caribbean.

What I really need is a tawa:

A tawa is a flat skillet using in Indian cooking. Notice, there are no raised edges on it. Since I don’t have one, I used a regular non-stick skillet.

Anyway, back to the roti. Since, I’m half-Guyanese I looked for a Guyanese roti recipe. Considering it was my first attempt, my roti came out 75% correct. I found a few problems. One, I couldn’t find my rolling-pin (yes, I know that’s really sad.) Two, I found that I was using too much heat and oil. Finally, I realized that I wasn’t rolling them out thin enough. That’s why the first roti came out like an export cracker and the second one burned. You can make roti either dairy (using butter or ghee) or pareve (using margarine and/or shortening and vegetable oil)
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