Monday, July 14, 2008

The weekend, kids and some yummy food!

No, we are not announcing that we have kids or expecting one! This weekend, we went to visit my cousin B and her family who've recently moved to Greenville. It was a perfect outing for A and me. Just 2 hours away from Atlanta, in desperate need for some weekend company, things worked out well. Meeting family, good food, conversations on warm couches with chai and crisps, kids running around, old photos, shared was just the thing we needed.

Oh did I tell you that my niece and nephew are the smartest and the cutest things in this world? I took a carrot-zucchini cake for them, and they totally enjoyed it. These kids are marvellous. They eat anything thrown at them. In fact, my niece takes after my dad's family and me ;) and eats just pickles. And she is all of 3 odd years! Here is her super smart son, a mighty 6 years old.

So, B kept on cooking wonderful meals for A and me, and finally on Saturday night, before we hit the downtown, we all craved for noodles. The Indo-Chinese ones :P Though A and I try out various cuisines and are foodies in the true sense of the word, we had not tried out noodles at home. B effortlessly threw in linguini and all other noodly looking food in boiling water and stir fried some veggies, and before I knew it, I had a steaming bowl of noodles in front of me! This post goes out to her - a super mom, and a responsible wife and a great cousin ;) Thanks!


1.5 packets whole grain spaghetti (linguini)
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
Tomato- chilli sauce (as much as you want, really!)
4 tbsp Soy sauce
4 tbsp oil (more than enough for 4 adults and 2 hungry, 'we love
noodles' kids!)
Magic sauce ;) for which we need-
- Tamarind pulp
- Chilli powder
- Salt to taste
Mix these ingredients to make a watery sauce like mixture and pour when you cook these noodles!

Want to eat some? Here is how you make it!

1. Boil the noodles with 1 tbsp oil and 1 tsp salt. Set them aside.

2. In a wok, heat 3 tbsp oil. Add the vegetables and fry them until well done.

3. Add salt, soy sauce, the tom-chi sauce and the 'magic
sauce' ;) Mix well.

4. Add the noodles and mix well. Let everything cook for 10-15 mins.

5. Serve hot without flipping it all over the table like I did!

The kids ate them with bare hands sitting on the table :) Just shows good they were! Well, we used forks but we were no less than the kids!

Of course, you could add cabbage or peas or spring onions in this recipe. She just did not have them at hand, so we did without it. Also, she did not add ajinomoto for purely health reasons, and we certainly did not miss it! In fact, we craved for more noodles and we came back home on Sunday night and ate Maggi noodles :D


Nags said...

i know what u mean when u say craving weekend company. sadly we dont have relatives in a 100 mile radius! sigh.

noodles look delicious :)

Shreya said...

Hi A&N, lovely post, and your cousin n kids sound grt! It is no nice to have company over wknds, and like Nags says, I too miss it here in Bombay. This recipe is so simple, and that tamarind sauce is real smart and cool. I would never have thought of using it in spaghetti. Awesome pics, and post:-) Hope you have many more wonderful wknds:-) (For a minute, the title was misleading, good you cleared it in the first line!)

Sunshinemom said...

Yes! Sometimes I just miss my people too! I can imagine your craving:) As for ajinomoto - I too feel the same about it! You too will be superwoman when you turn a mom - purely out of necessity! YAY! for all the women in this world:) My kids only wish I was Mary Poppins - The last thing left to turn into:)

Aditi..............:) said...

Awesome blog.....i love the template and the must be on your wedding day....very sweet!
first time here......keep going....lovely food!!!

Sireesha said...

Yes ,I also miss my people sometimes in Paris...

Noodles look yummy and delicious....

Cham said...

First for few days, u gonna miss everyone, after that u will be "use to" ...
Love the noodle made with linguini :)

niya said...


Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and lovely comment.


Sameera.. said...

Wow !
Thats some co-incidence !!!
I too made Noodles thinking of the Indo-Chinesee thingy !
Have fuuun...

Uma said...

It looks like you had a blast at your cousin's house! Nice recipe of noodles. Looks so mouth-watering.

Madhavi said...

Nice recipe, and I wanna eat now ;-) Mouthwatering entry!!!

Maheswari said...

Hats off to your Super mom cousin.It is always good to have kids who eat everything.Thanks for sharing the recipe.My son loves noodles.shall give this a try next time..

Bharti said...

Hello guys
Lovely to visit your blog. Your weekend sounds lovely. It's always fun to visit families with little ones. I'm doing the same now & I just love playing with them and handing them off to the mommy when they cry or need a diaper change!
Yummy noodles!

Manisha said...

That last pic? A total treasure! I love it! This reminds me of something similar that my Mom used to make. Yum!

PG said...

Yes, that last picture is a real treasure! Although, people here will get the shock of their lives seeing this. :D
Recently I had a conversation with some colleagues and mentioned my cravings for eating food with my hnads. My hubby does not appreciate that so much, unless I'm eating chicken with bone. But i still did it a lot when I ate rice a long time back - now I need to be an example to my child :(. It makes you so feel at home. :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I also enjoyed a nice family weekend with cousins, oncles, dogs, cats and a lot of food. I'm lucky to have my oncles 10 minutes away! The picture of the noodles made me crave them!

Laavanya said...

Looks like you had a blast.. :)

sowmya said...

adding tamaring pulp sounds nice..and the chilly powder drooling now..

A_and_N said...

@Nags: Ya, I know you know ;) Sigh. And thanks for the noodles compliments!

@Shreya: You should know best, Shreya, what with Amogha. Am sure its tough feeding healthy food to kids nowadays. And about my cousin, she is god-sent, I'd like to believe!

@Sunshinemom: Go woman! :) Ya, we rock says N and A agrees nodding his head sagely!

@Aditi: Welcome! Yes, that is on our wedding day :) And thanks for the lovely words!

@Sireesha: Are there a lot of Indians in Paris? Do you find enough Indian groceries? And thanks, really, for the compliments!

@Cham: I will never get 'used to' this place :) I keep on telling A that I need to get back someday. With him, of course ;)

@Niya: Thanks for visting us! You have a nice blog there :)

@Sameera: I told ya! Yours looked great too. I'm surely going to try it someday.

@Uma: Thanks a lot! And yes, it was an amazing weekend :)

@Madhavi: Mouthwatering, it was! Thanks :)

@Maheshwari: Ya, I was quite surprised at my little neice gobbling up everything. And mighty pleased. Do try these noodles out!

@Bharti: Hey, thanks :) It was a good weekend! And kids, yes, its fun as long as they are in a good mood ;)

@Manisha: Absolutely! This was probably the perfect compliment for my cousin's cooking :) Loved the banter b/w you and Bee btw. Saw Lavender cookies somewhere. Will send it across.

@PG: A just ate curd rice or thair saadam and totally relived the hands thingy ;) I love eating with my hands too! And that pic :), I know!

@Clumbsy cookie: Where did you go? And dogs! I love 'em. Eat those noodles right away :)

@Lavanya: Oh, we did have a lot of fun!

@Sowmya: Totally, Sowmya. As I'm typing this, I am craving for them :D

Cakelaw said...

Yum!!! I could do with a bowl of these now.