Wednesday, February 27, 2013

All that's going right with me...

"Let's stop focusing on all that is wrong and focus instead on all that's right; let's stop cribbing about what we don't have and look instead at what's there for us; let's take the time to appreciate people for what they are and what they can do, instead of focusing on their defects" 

                                                                                    --The Speaking Tree

When I lost my voice the last couple weeks I thought I was on the path to recovery...on calls croaking, working my spreadsheets, reiterating designs yet mentally exhausted. Unfortunately the body was a willing accomplice to the mind, on Sunday night I was down with a fever and finally dragged myself to a doctor this Tuesday and she diagnosed me with "acute sinusitis" and of course took out the big guns - Antibiotics. I have been on the Antibiotics just one day and almost feel human again.

I wallowed in negativity in my limited spare time : why me? why should I be driving myself to the doctor? making my own meals?... blissfully ignoring the emptied dishwasher, the folded laundry, the bathed kid, homework finished (all of course done by K1)...and then my brother sent me a "cryptic email"...Daddy wants you to read this with the scan below (a bit of perspective - my father has been in the hospital since Feb 11th mostly in the ICU ). I did a quick search on Google and found the article for you 

I was ashamed. I was focused on all that was wrong in my life vs. looking at what I had going right - 

  • A kick ass dad who  knew when to kick me and make me stop wallowing in self-pity
  • A supportive husband who said - I'll be there for you no matter what decision you take
  • A sunny cheerful albeit snotty nosed K2
  • Kendra's yoga class@ Oracle Gym today and Keith's yoga class tomorrow
  • A strong dose of Antibiotics :)
I decided not to be the victim but the victor and I turned on my Instant Pot.

007 Mission  : Red Curry Udon Noodle Soup

Supplies from Q : Whole Grain Udon Noodles, Mae Ploy Red Curry Paste, Light Coconut Milk (Whole Foods), Vegetables (Cabbage) Garlic (half a head), Red Onion (Roughly Chopped), roasted peanuts
At the Mission Base : 
  1. Turn Instant Pot on to Saute. Add some sesame oil (or whatever oil you feel like using)
  2. Heat the Oil, when it starts shimmering - Add the chopped Onion and Garlic, as it is half cooked (slightly browning) add a bit of brown sugar for caramelizing.
  3. When the mixture smells fragrant, add the red curry paste (to taste) and let it fry for a while. 
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the Fish Sauce (optional -- I have a full Asian pantry, so I always have it handy)
  5. When the Spice mixture has cooked through (About 2 minutes) add the cabbage and cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Now add the 8 Oz of Coconut milk and another 20 Oz of Water and the noodles
  7. Cook in the Instant Pot on Manual for 4 minutes, NR 
  8. Stir, If you have chopped Basil or Cilantro add that in, Sprinkle the roasted peanuts on top, Salt to taste and you are ready to rumble.
  9. Take a Bowl, Plate - Ladle, Smell (I couldn't smell anything) and then taste (spicy and hits a spot)
So tell me about all that's going right with you...


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    1. Will do Beena -- thanks so much for visiting my blog!

  2. Yo Meenakshi! Macchu Picchu here!

    1. Hey -- Send me an email and your contact information Manju :) was awesome meeting you yesterday