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Friday, March 2, 2012

Academy Awards celebration

The Academy Awards are a big deal at my house. And not just because I love watching movies. My dad is on the academy and gets to vote for the awards, so he has a special interest in them as well. He's also on the foreign film committee and absolutely loves seeing all of the films from around the world. I wish more would get distributed in the U.S. so we could see them.


I'm not quite sure how this tradition started, but ever since I can remember, Academy Awards night has been coupled with an Indian Food Feast! And this year was no exception.


And, in case you're wondering, here's a shortlist of films I enjoyed the most this year:


Shame
Young Adult
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (totally NOT my kind of movie,  but I ended up getting swept away in the story....it was surprisingly good!?)
Like Crazy ( a beautiful and heartbreaking love story of a couple in a long distance relationship)
Bridesmaids
The Descendents


And by the way, the food always ends up being better than the actual show:

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The photos, starting at the top left and going clockwise are: saag paneer (spinach)- I made my own saag (cheese) and got more than one remark that it looked like a testicle hanging in the cheese cloth from my sink, chickpea and cauliflower curry, okra (my mom made it and is blessed with the gift of being able to make non-slimy okra...howdies she do it?) and finally lentils, also made by my mom.
Do you like my fancy new 4 -photos at a time trick?


Special thanks to the blog Live, Laugh, Rowe for her online HTML tutorial although I still need some help as I'm not quite sure how to center themand further, I didn't really want the lines separating the photos, I just wanted the photos.   HTML is like speaking a foreign language. 

Back to the food:


My husband made this amazing rhubard chutney marinated lambchops:




My mom made tandoori chicken. Yum!!!




And I tried my hand at making homemade naan for the first time:




I burned the first batch pretty badly, but crop number two came out soft and delicious!

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