Christmas is just around the corner. It will come by, before we know it and will pass by in a blur. The journey during December is a beautiful one.
Amidst all these you guys, it’s been a tough last 4 weeks for a place very dear to my hubby and a lot of people who belong to Chennai.
I met my husband in Chennai Airport for the first time. A memorable moment that I will never forget. What Chennai and the 6 million people in it won’t forget is, what they saw and experienced in the last few weeks.
Chennai a south Indian city in India, boasts of the best infrastructure. Be it the metro rail, the suburban rail or the mainstream railways, they had the best. The food the city has offered the world is un-paralleled. The city is lined with temples rich in heritage and architecture the witnesses of age old royal ruling of the Pallavas and Cholas, carrying mighty tales of heroism and warriors.
Chennai has been in turmoil after this year’s North East monsoons and incessant heavy down pours. There’s so much to re- build and restore. Can faith be restored? Did we not see that people had homes but could not be safe, people had food but lost it, people had money but ATMS were flooded, people had cars but were stranded. What are our strengths to help ourselves in such days of hopelessness and fear?
Amidst all the losses, it was human kindness and the willingness to help that saved some of the suffering. Fishermen out on little ferries, on the waters filling up all the roads, moving stranded people to safer locations, young men carrying ladies and wailing children on their backs wading in chest deep waters, moving them to safety. Lots of people in drier places and food banks preparing truck loads of food. A cry goes out from the truck “Saapaad, vaango”. Food, come get it!
Although we are unable to address everybody’s loss, being together, willing to help, prayers and sharing what we have can to a large extent reduce the emotional stress of dealing with losses alone, I think. So I guess slowly and steadily faith can be restored. Faith for every step forward to be positive.
Coming from India, I just felt I had to write what I have, this is my way to reach out, my way to connect and my way to share what is happening in my hubby’s neck of the woods.
Well to move on, its Christmassy every where! Tis the season to be Jolly, falalalala lalalala….Deck the halls with boughs of holly!
What better spice to share than Madras Curry powder in this post dedicated to Chennai(formerly known as Madras).
Nuts are a quintessential part of any party. So many ways to adorn it and packaging it just makes for the best gift. Here, it’s one of my favorite ways to spice up the nuts, with curry powder, a good quality curry powder. I have a post with candied balsamic cashews HERE and used it on Focaccia. Here I used some butter, you can completely make it vegan by adding vegetable oil or some coconut oil. This can be slow roasted in a pan for someone who doesn’t own an oven too.
Happy roasting and enjoy your Christmas baking! Can’t wait to visit your blogs to see your creations.
- 1 cup each of cashews, walnuts, almonds
- 2 garlic finely grated
- ½ teaspoon Curry powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Sea salt
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil or melted butter
- 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
- thyme, rosemary, dill are all alternatives
- Preheat oven to 325 or even 300 degrees if your oven is hot. Bake in the middle rack of the oven.
- In a bowl add the nuts and all the spices.
- Pour the melted butter, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.
- Mix everything really well and pour everything on to baking sheet lined with a parchment paper and bake for about 15-20 minutes tossing every few minutes. Do not let it burn or darken a lot.
- Take it out and let cool very well before bottling it.
- Makes great gifts.