Recipe Of The Month: Varth Wale Aloo Chaat (Potato Chaat For Fasting Days)

Happy Navratri to all celebrating. For those of you that don’t know what Navratri is, you can read about it HERE.

During these nine days of Navratri it’s hard to find and make recipes that are suitable for your fast, plus quick enough to make during weekdays; so here’s one I picked up from my mother. It’s my most favourable recipe and dish to eat during Navratri; although, I don’t fast and just enjoy these potatoes whenever I’m craving something savoury.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tsp hing (asafetida)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1-3 tbsp kala masala (burnt cumin powder)
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

Directions:

  1. Half boil potatoes just enough to be able to poke a knife through it
  2. Peel and cut potatoes into medium-small cubes
  3. Heat oil in kardai (wok) on medium flame and add jeera and hing
  4. Cook jeera until it begins to sizzle
  5. Add potatoes and cook until they turn golden brown and are easily mashable
  6. Add salt, red chilli powder and kala masala and mix well
  7. Lower heat to minimum, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until potatoes are completely cooked
  8. Remove from heat, allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, in a mixing bowl, drizzle lemon juice and chaat masala and toss
  9. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves
  10. Serve hot with raita or on its own
  11. Enjoy!
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Mom-In-Training: Busy Mom

I haven’t been writing much lately; partially due to being obsessed with playing games on my phone and partially due to being busy with home, work and a major project to redecorate Nid’s bedroom. She’s growing up so fast and I’m just trying to keep up with her.

She had a lot of baby/toddler toys and furniture lying around collecting dust, so I decided to sell whatever I could and buy her some new stuff. She has one of those cute loft beds but it’s currently in the bottom position and I would like her to start sleeping on the top so that I can create a cute, cosy desk area and reading nook for her.

I found some great ideas on Pinterest for her room but there is one particular one that caught my eye. Here’s a pic of it. Sorry I don’t have credits from what website it was on, so if you know who originally posted this picture let me know and I’ll give them credit for it.

Nid’s bedroom walls are a similar colour and so, I’m recreating this room with a few of mine and Nid’s ideas.

I’ve been looking for a purple shag rug for the past few weeks and can not find any that are budget-friendly; so I’m making her one! I found a great video on Instagram showing how to make mats, I’ve decided to take it up a notch and am creating 5×6 rug. It is a lot of effort and is taking quite some time, however, it’s costing me a fraction of the price to make and with being home most of the week, I can afford to take my time to make it for her. Here’s how far I’ve gotten:

I will post pictures of it when it’s a bit further along and maybe even a how-to tutorial.

We have a $250 budget with most of the funds coming from selling her old toys, clothes and accessories. I’m keeping a very tight lock on my wallet because it’s so easy for me to get carried away with buying accessories and decorations. Stay tuned for more updates on her room!

Have a fantastic week and stay blessed.

Xoxo ~ Tamana

6 Years and Going Strong (Amen)

Thank you for being my rock during these years. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you and making more beautiful memories as we have done so far.

Thank you for being that special person I get to annoy for the rest of my life.

Love you ~ Xoxo

~Tamana

Happy Birthday Hubby

Happy 36 to my darling hubby; my partner in crime, the best father Nid could ever have, my best friend and my support system.

I wish you all the world has to offer and then some. I wish you love beyond you can handle and happiness that never dulls. You are what makes me feel so great about myself and I am ever so thankful to be sharing this life with you.

🎈🎊Happy Birthday, darling! 🎊🎈

Cake and a special card from his munchkin

Munchkin with her dad early this morning blowing candles, cutting the cake and giving him her special card she picked out all by herself.

I Got A Job

As you all know, I’ve been job hunting over the past couple of months. But I’ve also been very picky with where I apply and where I work. I didn’t want to just work anywhere and for the sake of money; I wanted to find an employer where I could be happy, where there was ample room for growth and where I could build a career.

After my clinical training in a long-term care facility, I was definite that I didn’t want to work in that environment. The caregiver to patient ratio is absolutely devastating. I understand that many people or their family’s cannot afford private care, but it depresses me to see one PSW working with 10, 11 or 12, 13, etc. patients.; its unfair to the patients and to the caregivers/PSWs. It’s physically draining for the PSW and the patient doesn’t get all the time, affection or compassion they need and deserve.

Don’t get me wrong, many of the PSW’s that work in long-term care are extremely compassionate and loving but when you have 10 or 11 patients that require you to do nearly everything for them and you’re on time restrictions to get everything done in time for breakfast, lunch, dinner or activities; it makes it hard to spend the time time comfort or reassure the patients.

Long-term care homes break my heart and when I think about why I got into this profession, I cannot make myself want to work like that, even if the money is better than in other places.

So, I searched for retirement homes that were hiring and reached out to friends in the industry to see if they knew anywhere that was hiring and hold behold, a friend came through and submitted my resume at his workplace.

I began interviewing before the holidays at this luxurious retirement home; I call it luxurious because it is so beautifully built and kept, it looks better than many five-star hotels. As the new year began, I was losing hope because I hadn’t heard back from the hiring manager; which was strange because the interviews went so well. Even one of my former office managers whom I used as a referral told me the hiring manager was thrilled by the feedback she gave her. So, why wasn’t the call coming?

The holidays and busyness leading up to them got her schedule completely full and she wasn’t able to get back to me until after the break. Thankfully though, I got the call and was hired as a permanent part-time resident care partner (RCP), it’s a fancier word for Personal Support Worker. But I’m happy with the title and position.

I started working a couple of weeks ago picking up causal shifts here and there and will officially start on my permanent shift starting this Sunday. I’m a little nervous but have faith that I will excel and be one of the best care providers that I can be.

Wish me luck and send me your blessings so that I may provide the best compassionate care to my residents and succeed in the vision I have of myself doing this job.

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Love Day, my lovelies!

I’m celebrating my evening with my mini-me and hubby with a home cooked dinner, red velvet cupcakes, and chocolate hearts and kisses. Mini me and I are going to get dressed up, set the table and be all dolled up for when daddy/my hubby get home. I’m super excited. Mini me even had her nails painted yesterday and has a special Valentine for us.

How are you celebrating your Valentine’s Day?

Hope your day is filled with love, happiness, laughter and joy.

❌⭕️❌⭕️ ~ Tamana

Winter Remedy: Honey Yogurt Turmeric Mask

I love the cold winter weather. I’m not a fan of the snow on the roads, but the cold never phases me; I guess, living in Canada for the past 30 years will do that to you.

The cold, fresh air in the winter makes my skin glow and my makeup stays put all day. But it does make my face extremely dry. I’ve bought expensive creams and serums to aid with the dry skin; nothing seems to work as good as my household remedies. So here, I’m giving you my best tested home remedy to soothe winter skin.

This is a quick and easy remedy that will allow you to conveniently find all the ingredients right in your fridge/cupboard or local grocery store.

The first and most important of all: honey. Honey has tons of healing properties. It’s known as a natural antibiotic and can be used as an anti-inflammatory and moisturizing miracle worker.

Yogurt has lactic acid in it; which will help dissolve dead skin and tighten pores. It’s also cool and applying yogurt on your face just gives your skin a refreshing feeling.

Turmeric will help fight acne and heal scars. This ingredient also has anti-inflammatory properties which will target pores and calm redness in skin.

Mix the three ingredients together and you’ve got a magic mask to deal with all the cold, windy days of winter. Plus, you’re skin will feel refreshed, smooth and soft and love you for this magic potion.

Yogurt-Honey Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Apply with a brush or fingers evenly on face and neck. You can even apply the mixture to your hair if you have time to wash your hair; otherwise stick to applying it to your face only.
  3. Leave on for 20-25 minutes or until mixture dries on your skin

To Remove:

  1. Wet hands with lukewarm water and rub on face in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. This will give your skin a good massage and exfoliate dead skin. Make sure to use gentle circular motions as you don’t want to aggravate the skin.
  2. Rinse off with cool water
  3. Apply a light moisturizer, if needed. I personally don’t need it after this mask as it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
  4. The next morning, I apply Vaseline to my t-zone and lips and my moisturizer on the rest of my face. The Vaseline creates a barrier for my sensitive area against the cold winter air. Plus, applying a light coat of Vaseline helps my makeup go on smoother.

Try this mask at least once or twice a week depending on how much healing and refreshing your skin needs.

Don’t forget to let me know how amazing your skin feels after trying this or share your remedies with me and get featured on my blog (I’m always looking for new people to feature).

Xoxo ~ Tamana

a stubborn desire…

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