24 August 2009

when i get married...

...besides a having a blue and ivory wedding... and after i have kids.... i want a house with a schoolroom. Why? coz i intend on homeschooling... it's always been on my mind but i get more and more convicted of it. the reasons are too wide and varied bit i come closer and closer to the fact that this is what i want... and not just to be counter culture of course... although that is always an advantage with me :D

11 August 2009

my duty

wow this post by carrien as well as jen's post which she refers to just speak to me.. on every level... now to internalise and for it to translate to change in the way i act or react... like actually doing my work, the stuff i'm supposed to do first before the stuff i enjoy, which can be done whenever ... i.e. blogging etc...

food glorious food! Hyderabadi mutton biryani!

wow! had a fantab weekend and fantab weekends have fantab food to go with them!! 'twas a long weekend here with Women's day and it was a very good long weekend at that! had catechism formation on Saturday morning and lamb biryani for dinner! yum yum I didn't have time to make my own masala or measure spices and the like so what i did was use a biryani prepack, u know measured and mixed spices in 5 separate sachets and you use them at the appropriate time etc., used real ginger garlic paste a and real saffron... again divine just thinking about that saffron scent... such a wonderful, beautiful scent i thought nothing beat cinnamon in the kitchen but that saffron... makes sense why they use it in perfumes!

so below is the modified recipe i used.. as i said modified as i actually didn't hav the recipe in front of me so i did what i remembered from various vids on youtube.... i've embedded what I think the most perfect biryani cooking is... it's from vahchef @ vahrehvah.com.. he is fabulous!

the making of it was a family affair.... with me kinda conducting so continuous stirring was done by one whilst another chopped and the like. so here is an account with what people i.e. ven, tend, mo and fa did :D

fa and mo concentrated on making the equally fabulous fabulous sauce we had on the side... lots of mushrooms yum yum! reminds me of girl guides grace... Thank you for the food we eat yum yum...

· 3 – 4 cups. basmati rice

· salt

· lots of water for the rice

· whatever herbs or spices you want to flavor your rice, like mint, cardamom etc

For the Meat:

· 1.5 kg. lamb or mutton leg/shoulder cut into bite size pieces, washed and drained

· 4-5 tbs. oil or ghee

· 3 large potatoes peeled and cubed

· 3 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced

· 2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste

· 4 large cardamoms*,

· 6 green cardamoms*

· 2 inch piece of cinnamon*

· 4 bay leaves*

· 8-10 black pepper corns*

· 6-8 cloves*

· 2- 2 1/2 tsp. salt (adjust to taste)

· 1/2 tsp. chilli powder (adjust to taste)

· 1/2 cup thick yoghurt

· 2 large tomatoes, chopped

· 1 bunch of coriander leaves, chopped (didn’t have any)

· 1 small bunch of mint leaves, chopped (didn’t have any)

· A few strands of saffron soaked in ¼ cup of hot water

(*All my spices were measured for me as I used the pre-pack sachets I bought)


First I marinated my lamb in half the yogurt and half the spices and salt for a couple of hours

ven thinly sliced the onions and tend fried them in some oil until quite dark brown.

I then added all whole spices (*cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, black peppers, bay leaves),

I added the ginger and garlic paste and fried for a couple of minutes

I then added the meat pieces, salt, chilli powder.

tend stir fried until meat is nicely browned on all sides. Then I added my potato cubes in.

I added the rest of the yoghurt, fa chopped the tomatoes and added them in, (mint and coriander would have been great… but I didn’t have any)Then tend continued stirring frequently, until meat was half done and the gravy made by the yoghurt had reduced.

fa boiled the water for the rice, and I added a bit of cardamom (mint and coriander would have been great here too… still didn’t have any)

we added rice to the water and boiled it briskly for 5-7 min, with lid off, until half done (feels a bit grainy when squashed between fingers)

I drained the water off in a large sieve and poured cold water over it to stop it cooking

I then put all the meat in a large thick based pot with a tight lid. Then I layered the rice on top of the meat in the pot.

I drizzled my saffron water on top as well as some leftover spices a bit of masala. The saffron smelled divine!!!

I dotted a bit of butter on top of the rice

I then covered the pot with a tight lid. And on a very low stove top cooked for about 30 min

I served it with a mix of sour cream and yoghurt with basil and oregano in it and lemon juice… I know a bit odd but it went down well!

5 August 2009

how can i stand here with you and not be moved by you?

... so i was introduced to the Song Everything by Lifehouse at the SFC camp and i have just one word to say astounding... OK maybe one word is not enough, fascinating, profound, amazing, breathtaking overwhelming... it was that good especially because the skit accompanying it was very relevant... it was like Jesus is always here beside me, God is all around me, and yet i do fail to be moved by the awesomeness of all that. the skit and words are below...

and TOB yesterday was .... difficult and yet easy... it had a message of how to be naked without shame, about the fall of original man due to original sin, about how we have run away from God because of shame and yet shame should bring us to God and well, a lot of things came up to show me that maybe i have not healed as much as I would like to think I have... which makes me very sad... and yet I'm happy that it just showed me that I have to keep going to God with my hurt because as Bronwyn said He wont allow me to heal away from Him because He is a jealous possessive God... and because he is standing right here beside me there is no need to hide, we were given so many verses on how we are beautifully made, in His image, how can I ever doubt my beauty with so much evidence of it gain... how? I don't know but do... so Lord this be a heartfelt plea... remove the ugliness I perceive and show me the beauty You see...

as as aside... I've decided to try writing again... why or why do I do this to myself. its just that the stories are in here and they are bursting to get out... they don't seem to understand that the process of getting them out is arduous and painstaking and aaarrrggghhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's hard work! and no one has ever accused me of being a hard worker

Find Me Here
Speak To Me
I want to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That's leading me
To the place where I find peace again.

You are the strength, that keeps me walking.
You are the hope, that keeps me trusting.
You are the light to my soul.
You are my purpose...you're everything.

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

You calm the storms, and you give me rest.
You hold me in your hands, you won't let me fall.
You steal my heart, and you take my breath away.
Would you take me in? Take me deeper now?

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Cause you're all I want, You're all I need
You're everything,everything
You're all I want your all I need
You're everything, everything.
You're all I want you're all I need.
You're everything, everything
You're all I want you're all I need, you're everything, everything.

And How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

3 August 2009


So I'm back from this weekends camp and it was an awesome God filled and blessed weekend. SFC stands for Singles for Christ... and no that's not a dating club or anything, its a catholic family ministry that has, Couples for Christ, Singles for Christ, Youth for Christ and Kids for Christ specific programmes. Nyashmi has always been involved and i have been looking for fellowship and boy have i found it of late... if i take it all up I'll have Young Adults on Monday, Theology of the body on Tuesdays, RCIA type Formation on Wednesdays (found out about this one on Sunday so want to start this week), SFC on Thursday, also starting this week, then of course Young family Sunday afternoons and catechism and youth mass, plus Saturday mass here and there coz that's my cantor slot now.. hey ma i think I'm living as close to a religious life as i can out of a convent! and loving every bit of it... now to sort out logistics... if only i had a car...

back to the camp...
so i only arrived Saturday morning because i was singing for St Ignatius feast day on Friday and could not miss that... Cameron would have minced me... literally... so i wake up Saturday morning just before 6 and its raining ....in winter in Johannesburg!!! its not supposed to rain... so i prepare to leave, had slept over at the church due to mass being late and all so i am the only one awake i leave the keys were I'm supposed to and i slip out and realize i don't have gate keys but maybe there is a guard.... umm NO!! so i am stuck outside in dismal drizzle with no keys to get back inside and no gate keys to leave ... so i go ring the bell at the priest house... for a good 15 min before someone comes to help me get out... am losing heat by the minute... finally manage to get into town... hunt for taxis to Krugersdorp... which takes me another half an hour and then i get there but get to the wrong gate and Nyashmi comes to get me and I'm practically wet through.. and the temperatures are steadily dropping and the drizzle is turning into rain.... so i get there get assigned to a group and the rest was fantab... besides the soft ice rain that is... it was literally little balls of ice that are not hail.... and of course i get my period... on the coldest day in winter which just means dismenorrea.... thank the Lord for blankies and hot water bottles :D

the messages were profound esp one by this guy Kirk... i have to get his notes... will ask for them Tuesday at TOB, how to love the way God wants us to love, the christian way, and there was this cute couple who are recently married who gave a talk on married life and of course the wife is a guide :D and i met the coolest girls this side of the world! yes i still think of myself and peers as girls.

the music was good too, quite a bit of it local compositions... its the good Lord affirming all my decisions and i gotta say... u gotta love it! now for me to do my part and actually put to practice what i learnt... and my confession was grand too... not just cleansing... downright fun! the penance is going to be challenging though... why did priests move from just telling us to say little prayers for penance to telling us real life day to day penance type acts... like go apologise to so and so etc lets hope this time it takes longer to get back into silly habits... with God's grace of course!
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