My First Book Review!

I thought for my first book review, I would write about one of my favorite authors, Nora Roberts. I have loved the last four books that Nora Roberts’ has released and The Liar has been added to the list. I was able to get my copy of The Liar during a book signing this past Saturday, where I got to see Nora Roberts. It was so good that I started it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday.

Nora and Me!
Nora and Me!

The Liar is about a woman named Shelby trying to move on with her life after the death of her husband, which proves progressively more difficult as she begins to uncover the lies he left behind. Shelby has to find ways to survive by letting go of her old life and moving back to her childhood hometown with her daughter. I found Shelby very admirable and courageous as she finds work, reconnects with family and friends, accepts help when needed, and lets love in from a very handsome man named Griff.

Throughout the story it is revealed that life for Shelby wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and that she hides a lot from her family. Shelby, who was passive in her married life, begins to find the strength she had when she was young and single and is finally able to stand up for herself. It was easy to fall for Shelby’s daughter, Callie, who has so much personality for being so young and I found myself cheering on Griff as his sweet nature prompts him to help Shelby out even when she doesn’t want it.

If you enjoy a good mystery and seeing people overcome obstacles, you will enjoy this book. I gave the book 4 out 5 stars on Goodreads.

~Till Next Time

Pida

Pick up a copy!
Pick up a copy!

Book: The Liar

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Son

Publication Date: April 14, 2015

Length: 501 pages

Khichdi

I know Good Friday was a few weeks ago but Mom showed me how to make Khichdi in remembrance of my Grandmother. My Grandmother used to cook something similar to Khichdi on Good Fridays when she was growing up. Mom doesn’t usually make this so it was something special. I hope you enjoy!

Khichdi

 1 cup Rice (washed)

1 cup Moong Dal (washed)

1 ½ cups of peas and carrots*

¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder

¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds

¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

¼ teaspoon asafetida powder

1 large tomato cubed

1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger

2 green chilies finely chopped

2 tablespoon of ghee

Salt to taste

In a pot add rice, moong dal, turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of ghee, peas and carrots and salt to taste with 3 cups of waters cook until tender.

In another pot add the rest of the ghee, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafetida powder. When seeds start to pop, add 1 large tomato and ½ cup of water to help cook the tomato. Also add the ginger and green chilies. Mix rice into the tomato mixture when tomato is done cooking. Then you are done.

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We ate our Khichdi with papadum and pickle.

Khichdi and Papadum
Khichdi and Papadum

*We used frozen peas and carrots but you can uses any vegetable you have on hand.

Note: If you use a pressure cooker to cook the rice and dal it will cook quicker.