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Dec. 7th, 2009

http://eshgheman.livejournal.com/ new begginings - last post for bedienutza

Dear friends,
it is my pleasure to annouce bedienutza has gotten married. She also decided to start a new blog http://eshgheman.livejournal.com/ She will keep on posting there.
Good bye and see you at http://eshgheman.livejournal.com/

Sep. 8th, 2009

all recipes on this blog - my cookbook :)

GIANT BEANS GREEK STYLE
TOMATO POURGOURI SALAD
ALOO DUM - spicy potatoes with yogurt
BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY
RICE WITH RAISINS
RAITA - youghourt delight
AUBERGINE GARLIC AND LEMON SALAD
FRENCH BEANS CURRY
LEMON RICE
EGG KURMA
GOBI MATAR - cauliflower and peas curry
GOBI PARATHA - cauliflower pie
GOBI PAKORA - spicy breaded cauliflower
MERINGUE
Merry Christmas - ideas how to decorate your food in a Christmas spirit
BROCOLLI CURRY
INDIAN VEGETABLE RICE
DAAL MAKHNI - brown lentils spicy soup
ORIENTAL SALAD
SOUR MEATBALL SOUP
BAKED BANANA
GARLIC MUSHROOMS
FAJITAS - spicy sausage and capsicum with sauce
CELERY SALAD
GARLIC AUBERGINE
ROMANIAN VEGETABLE RICE
THAI COCONUT RICE
AUBERGINE PASTE
THAI PRAWN CURRY
CHANA MASALA - chickpeas curry
HRISHCA - buckwheat russian dish
EGG CURRY
STUFFED MUSHROOMS
AUBERGINES WITH GINGER, GARLIC AND CHILLIES
SPAGHETTI WITH WHITE TUNA SAUCE
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Apr. 30th, 2009

http://eshgheman.livejournal.com/ new begginings - last post for bedienutza

Dear friends,
it is my pleasure to annouce bedienutza has gotten married. She also decided to start a new blog http://eshgheman.livejournal.com/ She will keep on posting there.
Good bye and see you at http://eshgheman.livejournal.com/

Mar. 14th, 2009

GIANT BEANS GREEK STYLE

INGREDIENTS
1 cup giant beans
3 tomatoes
1/2 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tbsp parsley
1 tsp salt
olive oil
METHOD
1. Soak the giant beans overnight in plenty of water.
2. Boil the beans till tender.
3. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the finely chopped onion and garlic.
4. Add the tomatoes and spices.
5. Add the boiled beans and cook till the beans become the color of the sauce.
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TOMATO POURGOURI SALAD

INGREDIENTS
3 tomatoes
1/2 onion
1 cup pourgouri
leaves from 5 branches of parsley
salt
METHOD
1. Pour boiling water over the pourgouri and let it bloat.
2. Cut the tomatoes, onion and parsley into small pieces.
3. Remove all water from pourgouri and add to the salad.
4. Sprinkle salt according to your taste.
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Mar. 7th, 2009

most beautiful flower gardens

Keukenhof (Netherlands)

http://www.canpages.ca/blog/?p=488

butterfly with transparent wings


http://www.scienceray.com/Biology/Zoology/Almost-Invisible-The-Incredible-Glasswing-Butterfly.562413
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picture inside the wave


See more: http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/main/pages/intro

Mar. 3rd, 2009

Limassol carnival 2009


http://picasaweb.google.com/dianavladulescu/Carnival#
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1st March has come again - Martzisor


La multi ani tuturor fetelor frumoase, in special: Adina, Adelina, Ana, Anca, Alexandra, Bianca, Brandusha, Camelia, Catalina, Cristina, Cerasela, Dana, Diana, Elena, Emilia, Florina, Gabriela, Georgiana, Ioana, Irina, Ileana, Iulia, Laura, Loredana, Luiza, Magdalena, Maria, Miruna, Monica, Nadia, Nicoleta, Olga, Ozana, Paula, Raluca, Ramona, Ruxandra, Simona, Sonia, Tania, Teodora, Valeria, Veronica, Virginia, Violeta, Xenia! Daca am uitat pe cineva, trimiteti-mi un comentariu :).

ALOO DUM - spicy potatoes with yogurt

INGREDIENTS
1/2 kg potatoes
1 onion small size
4*4 cm ginger
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp of garam masala
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
3 basil leaves
1 tsp of salt
2 cups yogurt
1 cup milk
oil
METHOD
1. Peel potatoes and cut them in small pieces.
2. In a non sticking pan put the oil - 5-6 spoons and crack the cumin seeds in the hot oil.
3. Add the pureed onion, garlic and ginger and fry till golden.
4. Add the spices and salt.
5. Add the potatoes. Stir that they won't stick to the pan.
7. Add the yogurt, the milk and some water and boil till ready.
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Feb. 27th, 2009

Limassol carnival - preview from last years


Carnival program 2009: http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/carnival/eng/index.html
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Thalassa, s'agapo - Cyprus, s'agapo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTut-JxFb48
Love of a country is like love of a person. You are far away you remember it and see it again. You fall in love with its beauty, its character and features. It pains you to be away from a place that gave you so much happiness and joy.
Some people and places live on your heart always. Cyprus is one of these places. With it's sunny beaches 10 months/ year and blue sea, it made me fall in love. I remember like yesterday the first time I saw its sea and felt the smell of the orange trees. Cyprus, s'agapo!
Pictures of Cyprus that I took over the years
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Feb. 26th, 2009

cute food sculpture


http://www.wambie.com/foto_br-272.html

Feb. 22nd, 2009

what's your brain's age

http://flashfabrica.com/f_learning/brain/brain.html
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Feb. 20th, 2009

BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

INGREDIENTS
1 cup black eyed beans
2 tomatoes
1 onion small size
4*4 cm ginger
1/2 tsp of garam masala
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chat masala
6 cloves
3 basil leaves
1 tsp of salt
oil
METHOD
1. Soak the black eyed peas overnight.
2. Boil the black eyed peas till tender.
2. In a non sticking pan put the oil - 5-6 spoons and crack the cumin seeds in the hot oil.
3. Add the pureed onions and ginger and fry till golden.
4. Add the spices and salt.
5. Add the purred tomatoes.
6. Add the black eyed peas.
7. Add some water and boil till ready.
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weird fashion in Japan


See more at: http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/2009/01/harajuku-cosplayers/#more-1141
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Feb. 18th, 2009

the path finder

At the age of reading fairy tales, my ideal job was to be a path finder. I had read stories about path finders who just walk in forests and find forgotten paths and treasures and since I had grown up close to a forest I hoped once I will grow up I will become such a dreamy and lucky person. My childhood forest even had a legend about a hidden treasure from the times when robin-hoods were living and hiding there. See the boat to reach the "treasure island":
More pics here

Now I read a wonderful real story when someone actually found a treasure in the deep forest: a caravan which was abandoned and can be used as a weekend refuge. In the beginning shy to explore, later on the woman who found it used it as it was abandoned and even found out someone else is using it from time to time and communicated with that other person. See the magical caravan and full story:
http://www.mechanised.org.uk/caravan.htm
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mandarin ducks

Mandarin Ducks (Chinese Yuan-yang) are a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: "Two mandarin ducks playing in water". The male is extremely beautiful with very colorful feathers.
Small statues of Mandarin ducks kept in the bedroom will preserve/ will bring the old/ new love supposedly.
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feng shui


I went to a feng shui shop and I found a wonderful atmosphosphere of relaxing music, exotic scents, lovely colors and nice items.
Laughing Budha - rubbing his belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity
Mandarin ducks - place the pair paralel to each other and with the back at the door of the bedroom to have a strong relationship
Money frog - for a good career and money

Feb. 15th, 2009

RICE WITH RAISINS

INGREDIENTS
2 cup basmati rice
1/2 small onions
2 tsp cumin seeds
12 whole black peppercorns
8 whole cloves
6 whole cardamom pods
3 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
4 cup water
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp saffron threads
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped cashews
1/4 cup raisins
oil
METHOD
1. Wash the rice 3 times. Soak it in water for 20 minutes.
2. Heat some oil in the pan. Crack the cumin seeds, add the onions, the rest of the spices and salt.
3. Add the rice without the water and fry for some time.
4. Add the water and cover the pan.
5. Let it boil till the water evaporates.
6. While eating remove the peppercorns, whole cloves, cardamom pods, bay leaves and the cinnamon stick.
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RAITA

As Indian food can be very spicy, this might help you cope with the spiciness. It is very fresh and cool tasting and goes well with any curry. Today I ate it with Chana masala and Spicy rice and raisins
INGREDIENTS
1 carrot
1 cucumber
1 cup yogurt
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
METHOD
1. Grate the carrot and cucumber.
2. Mix with yogurt and milk.
3. Sprinkle the salt and serve cold.
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Feb. 12th, 2009

AUBERGINE GARLIC AND LEMON SALAD

INGREDIENTS
5 medium aubergines
3 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon
salt
oil
METHOD
1. Peel the aubergines and cut it into 1 cm thick circles.
2. Sprinkle some salt on them and let them for 1/2 hour.
3. Wash the aubergines and squize the water out.
4. In a non sticking pan put very little oil and fry the aubergines on one side then on the other. They will absorb all the oil so when you change the sides add more little quantity of oil.
5. Grade the garlic and put it on top of all fried aubergines.
6. Add the lemon juice and 1 tsp of salt. Mix and eat.
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International animals


Cypriot cat


Romanian ducks
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FRENCH BEANS SABZI

INGREDIENTS
360 g french beans
1 tomatoe
1 onion small size
4*4 cm ginger
1/2 tsp of garam masala
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chat masala
1 tsp of salt
oil
METHOD
1. In a non sticking pan put the oil - 5-6 spoons and crack the cumin seeds in the hot oil.
2. Add the pureed onions and ginger and fry till golden.
4. Add the spices and salt.
5. Add the purred tomatoe.
6. Add the french beans.
7. Add some water and boil till ready.
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Feb. 4th, 2009

LEMON RICE

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cup basmati rice
4 1/2 cups water
50 g peanuts
1/2 lemon
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
3/4 tsp turmeric
3 curry leaves - or some parsley
2 chili
2 cms ginger
2 tsp salt
oil
METHOD
1. Boil the rice in the water till tender - the water will evaporate and fully get absorbed.
2. In a non stick pan heat the oil and crack the mustard seeds.
3. Add the rest of the spices the chili the curry, leaves, the grated ginger, the peanuts and the salt.
4. Add the rice and mix well till all of it has the same color.
5. Remove from the flame and put the lemon juice on top and mix.
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EGG KURMA

INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
1 chili
3 curry leaves - or some parsley
1 onion
2 tomatoes
3 tsp egg kurma masala
3/4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp salt
3 tbsp coconut powder
1 cup coconut milk
oil
METHOD
1. Boil the eggs till hard and peel them.
2. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the coconut powder, curry leaves, chili, onion and the spices.
3. Add the tomato and cook till tender.
4. Add the coconut milk and the eggs and cook till the eggs become brownish.
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Jan. 31st, 2009

GOBI MATAR

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cauliflower
1 cup green beans
2 tomatoes
1 onion medium size
2 green/red chillies
4*4 cm ginger
4-5 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp of garam masala
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp of salt
oil
METHOD
1. In a non sticking pan put the oil - 5-6 spoons and crack the cumin seeds in the hot oil.
2. Add the pureed onions, garlic, chili and ginger and fry till golden.
4. Add the spices and salt.
5. Add the purred tomatoes.
6. Add the cauliflower and green beans.
7. Add some water and boil till ready.
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Jan. 30th, 2009

GOBI PARATHA

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cauliflower
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp chat masala
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 cup village flower
water
2 tsp salt
METHOD
1. Heat some oil into a pan. Crack the cumin seeds.
2. Add the rest of the spices, the salt and the grated cauliflower and fry till cauliflower is done.
3. Put aside to cool down.
4. Put the flour in a big vessel and add gradually water kneading it till it becomes puffy and airy.
5. Leave aside for 20 minutes.
6. Take out dough and make a ball 5 cms in diameter.
7. Flatten into a circle 2 cms thick.
8. Put 1 1/2 tbsp of filling on the circle and seal the dough around the filling. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
9. Flatten each paratha and fry it on low flame.
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Jan. 26th, 2009

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Jan. 25th, 2009

GOBI PAKORA

INGREDIENTS
1 small cauliflower
3 green chilies
1 cup gram flour
1 tsp vegetable masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chat masala
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp salt
water
METHOD
1. Wash the cauliflower and separate into small florets.
2. Mix the gram flower with water so that it becomes thicker than sour cream.
3. Grade the chilies and add into the batter of gram flour.
4. Add all the spices and the salt into the batter and mix well.
5. Dip each floret into the batter.
6. Heat some oil into a non stick pan and fry all the florets covered in batter.
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Jan. 24th, 2009

long exposure pictures

Have you ever wondered how a carousel would look like if you combine the frames taken over 20 seconds?

See other pictures with long exposure - bridges, lighthouse, traffic: http://digital-photography-school.com/long-exposure-photography

Jan. 23rd, 2009

What are kids made of?

I was reading the post of one father that was called "Lies that I told to my three year old daughter". I found it so heart warming, especially the last one, and I remember my mother has "lied" to me in the same way.
A kid is made out of so many things: the love of 2 people for each other, the wish to have that love captured for eternity, the hopes for a better future, the perpetual worries that any parent feels, that magic of pure trust and innocence which believes anything you as a parent say or do. The wish to have always a part of the person you love reflected into a person that also carries a part of you. The desire to give everything to that child you bring into the world and always make him/her happy. To love and to be loved back immensely by someone you can never replace and who can never replace you in their heart.
So what is a child made of? 90% love and 10% hope...

Jan. 21st, 2009

wish list

I've always liked small glass animals and adored the ones from http://www.swarovski.com. Here are my favorites:

Jan. 20th, 2009

nice video

Eric Testroete went to Japan with his girlfriend and he compiled a video of the best pictures. Nice pictures and nice idea.

Japan from Eric Testroete on Vimeo
Link: http://vimeo.com/2721992?pg=embed&sec=2721992
Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dutchct/collections/72157611329797313/

beautiful sari

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beautiful shoes

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Jan. 17th, 2009

too much advertising can turn into... a dress

This beautiful dress has been created from all that unwanted mail that invades the homes of Americans. This dress can be found on http://www.dressaday.com

See the weirdest dresses: http://oddee.com/item_96512.aspx
See the weirdest handbags: http://oddee.com/item_96544.aspx
See the weirdest shoes: http://oddee.com/item_96499.aspx
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horses with human hairstyles

Artist Julian Wolkenstein takes pictures of horses with human hairstyles and yawning people. Aren't they cute? Just like the Houyhnhnms from Gulliver's travels.

See more: http://www.lifelounge.com/Julian-Wolkenstein-shoots-horses-with-hairstyles.aspx

Jan. 13th, 2009

culinary map of India

Specialities from every region of India. I would like to try all of them one day.
Click on image to enlarge.
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Jan. 11th, 2009

love conquers all

Earlier I had posted about Ryan and Yoko and their over-the-oceans love. http://bedienutza.livejournal.com/65822.html Now I am happy to report that they have gotten engaged and will marry soon. It is very nice to see they have overcome 2 years of long distance relationship, the fact they did not find job in the other's country and other practical reasons which kept them separated for so long. I am happy for them as which each picture she posted and commented on her photoblog, it seemed to me they will be very happy together. Congratulations Ryan and Yoko. May you be forever happy.
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nice photoblogs

I want to share with you these 2 photoblogs that I enjoy following:
Daily dose of imagery: http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/ a photoblog from Toronto Canada


And a russian photoblog of a trainwatcher: http://chs8.livejournal.com

nice timepass

As Santa has brought to me a nice puzzle yesterday me and my friend Cerasela have started working on it. And let me tell you we enjoyed it a lot. Here is our 500 piece puzzle almost finished.
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Jan. 6th, 2009

make a cartoon out of your picture

Funky way to create cartoons out of your pictures.
http://www.befunky.com/cartoonizer/index.php

happiness is love


Talented photographer Akihiro Furuta has a wonderful family portrait album http://www.flickr.com/photos/akihirofuruta/

daylight window Philips

The daylight window is a wonderful invention which allows the user to have as much light as he wants, the color hue that he wants and even provides an effect of tree branches in front of the window. This is really good as many times while returning from work one can only find dark. Also it is powered by solar energy thus not wasting any.

See youtube demo of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lRlp61jMpY

rare natural beauties


The natural mirror from Bolivia http://www.hottnez.com/salar-de-uyuni-serves-you-the-worlds-largest-natural-mirror/


The white desert from New Mexico http://www.hottnez.com/the-magic-of-sparkling-white-sands-in-the-harsh-environment/


Most beautiful rice terraces http://www.hottnez.com/worlds-most-spectacular-and-extensive-rice-terraces/
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world's most expensive sari 100 000 USD


Obviously embroidered with lots of gold and has lots of precious stones this sari was made in Chennai. http://www.hottnez.com/world-most-expensive-sari-what-ingredients-can-make-it/

of kings and their palaces

Hard to believe but even nowadays there are still 28 kings ruling countries big and small, rich and poor. See them and their palaces at: http://www.hottnez.com/kings-of-the-world-rich-living-monarchs-and-their-royal-residences/

King of Malaysia

moonlight globes

If you want to give the moon to someone as a gift now you can.

http://www.moonlight.info/index.php?id=54&L=1
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