Fall is here. It only seems like yesterday that we were progressing through summer. It feels like one day ago that I graduated from school, hugged all those people who were bitterly crying like me. It was a really emotional day. Even our juniors had tears in their eyes. With promises of keeping in contact, we departed for the summer, having no idea what it had in store for us. Now, several months later, we are all at different colleges, trying to adjust. Just a few days ago, one of my best friends told me that she was having a hard time with new surroundings and new people. It’s what all of us are now going through. In my situation it is certainly better but you don’t easily let go of the people you have known for a decade. They know your good and bad sides and you can afford to be stupid with them.
There’s only one of my best friends I still talk to everyday. ( This is for you I-) We still make plans, try to make them succeed but deep down both of us don’t know how long it will last. But our friendship still has the trust we have always had. Who knew Facebook could be a blessing in bringing people together?
It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes but when you look back everything’s different. Any person who knows me in real life, knows I’m a crybaby. I cry at the smallest things. But now, I feel something inside me has changed. There are still times of dejection and depression when tears sting my eyes. But they never flow, they appear and then disappear as if they never existed. Tears show weakness and I’m stronger than I ever was.
Fall also gets me excited for winter. I love cozying up in my favorite quilt with a thick coat of lotion on my hands, warming them by holding a steaming cup of coffee. Perfection. Winters are great for spending quality time with others. Another thing worth looking forward are winter garments. I miss darker colors in my wardrobe. I miss them dearly.
I’m all hugs for Fall. While it’s here, enjoy it guys. Happy Fall :)
Tandoori Chicken-Recipe from an Australian friend.
1 medium onion
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon tomate paste
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1-1.5 kg chicken
Paprika (for sprinkling)
1. Chop an onion finely.
2. Combine garam masala,salt, ginger and tomato paste. Add to the yogurt and whisk it all.
3. Coat the chicken pieces with the yogurt mixture. Place in a large deep dish and pierce with a fork for the marinade to seep through. Marinade overnight.
4. Line an ovenproof dish with foil, place the marinated chicken pieces and pour the rest of the spiced yogurt on top. You may cover with an additional layer of foil.
5. Bake in an oven at 180 C (350 F) for 45 minutes to an hour. During the last minutes of baking, unfold the foil (if using) and evenly sprinkle some paprika on top and brown for a few minutes.
I don't really have a recipe for these. I just peeled them, cut into fries and sprinkled them with italian seasoning and lots of salt and pepper. I steamed them in a steaming insert and covered them with a lid until done. They were really good and healthy.