Sunday, January 30, 2011

Homemade Chicken Shwarma-Style Wraps...

I LOVE chicken shwarmas...in fact I would say that as of late these little middle eastern delicacies have become a favourite food indulgence of mine...however, since I live in an apartment owning a giant vertical roasting oven with a spit is a little impractical (not to mention completely frowned upon by the building management)...plus going out in -40C every time I get a hankering was turning out to be slightly annoying...as a result I had to find other ways of satiating this particular craving...and so I compromised...

The result: a simple recipe for my own version of chicken shwarma-style wraps, complete with hummus, garlic sauce and plenty of veggies to boot...enjoy...


Ingredients~Salad
Spinach
Tomatoes cubed
Celery chopped
Green Onions chopped
Fresh Basil chopped
Cucumber cubed
Chickpeas drained
Salt & Pepper to taste
(any other kind of spices you like in salads)
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp vinegar

-Mix all ingredients in bowl and set aside


Ingredients~Garlic Sauce
4 cloves of garlic chopped (very fine)
1 cup plain balkan -style yogurt
Salt & Pepper to taste
1tsp chilly flakes
2tsp lemon & herb seasoning

-Mix all ingredients in small bowl and set aside

Ingredients~Sides
Pickles
Pickled Radishes or Beets
Hot Peppers (optional)
Parsley finely chopped (not shown)
Hummus (store-bought or homemade)
Pita Bread large

-Cut pickles, hot peppers, radishes, and/or beets and set aside on a serving platter

Ingredients~Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
pinch of salt for each breast
1 tsp pepper for each breast
1 tbsp each for each breast:
- paprika
- Zatar (a middle eastern spice available at most middle eastern food markets)
-thyme
-cajun style spice blend

-combine your spices in a container with a lid
-add 1 breast to container, close the lid and shake around to over breast with spices
-repeat for each breast adding spice as needed (see image below)

-bake or barbecue chicken until done
-cut cooked chicken into strips


-Beware of chicken predators in the kitchen...of the adorable canine persuasion
(as seen below :-)

-Serve all of your sides, with chicken and sauces and salad...


To Assemble
1. Make a slight opening on one end of your pita.
2. Slowly tear pita about halfway until it makes a pouch.


3. Fold over one half and add hummus to un-folded side.
4. Add garlic sauce on top of hummus.

5. Add salad, chicken, hot peppers, beets/radishes and pickles.
6. Carefully roll the folded pita part over and tuck in the top.

7. Keep rolling your pita over the unfolded side, tucking in tightly.
8. Make sure your roll is tight otherwise your wrap will fall apart...this is why I get my husband to do it for me (did you think those hairy arms belonged to me???), I am useless in tucking and folding my pita tightly and instead of enjoying it like it is intended to be enjoyed-in wrap form-I have to resort to using cutlery...sigh...

9. Take a HUGE bite, chew, swallow and ENJOY...
...and there you have it, your very own homemade chicken shwarma-style wrap...just as yummy as the real thing and you don't even have to brave the cold to get it...bon apetite...

Love K

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Paul Rabrabhi's Street Style...

I think the following Alexander Wang quote aptly describes the theme of this particular post...being the trendland junkie that I am, and a street style addict to boot, I had to share this recent post about Thai artist/illustrator Paul Rabrabhi's street style art...but first, Mr. Wang's brilliant words...


So true, so true...I find that the above rings particularly true in lieu of the recent winter weather, when one needs to be especially creative with fashion...seriously, it's quite difficult to look 'intriguing' when the only things visible are one's extremities and the rest of you is bundled in layers, upon layers of bulky apparel (shudder)...but I digress...in the following, the artist blends various images from style blogs and merges them together to create a watercolour collage of street style goodness, both detailed and bright...once again I can't help but regret my decision of dropping art class in grade 10..my stick people simply do not compare!
Aside from his fashion illustrations, Rabrabhi also makes some pretty neat scrapbooks...a man after my own heart...sigh...anyway I figured I would include some images of these as well for your viewing pleasure, mostly because they are pretty interesting and really artistic but also because I love sneaking peeks of other people's unique and creative works...Enjoy...
Love K

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

...house porn...tee hee...

I haven't posted any house porn in a while, surprisingly since it is my second great (design) love right after fashion...but then I came across this lovely little post via trendland and I just had to share it...this particular abode belongs to Swedish interior designer Marie Olsson Nylander and her family...personally, I love the eclectic collection and mish-mash of styles and periods her home embraces along with the quirky architectural details (such as the winding stairs)...despite the stark white walls, the entire place comes across as cozy and warm, something that's really close to my heart at the moment...plus the views from the windows depict greenery which connotes any season other than the freezing winter we are currently subjected to here in Ottawa...okay enough whining, more voyeuristic peeking...enjoy...

pink day...

...Hello ladies, as most of you probably already know, today is the National "Wear Pink" for Breast Cancer day...in show of support for the boobies, everyone is asked to don something pink~boys included! I rarely play into these sort of things...I mean realistically by wearing something pink I am not truly making a difference (am I?) and I sure as heck am not curing anything...but as superficial as fashion seems in this case, I am also cognizant of the fact that sometimes raising awareness to an issue is just as important...Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that Fashion is not curing this (or any other) disease but on a visual level at least it is bringing attention to the seriousness of cancer in general, and breast cancer in particular...and seeing as we live in a society that is highly image-driven and to a huge extent fashion crazed, perhaps something as simple as wearing a little bit of my favourite colour, is the first step towards something just a little bit bigger...who knows? But I am willing to give it a try...

From Metro:
"The second edition of national National Wear It Pink Day intends to bring attention to "staggering" cancer-related statistics. One in seven Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancers in their lifetime. Participants are also encouraged to sign up for the annual Weekend To End Women's Cancer, which sees its proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation. For more information about National Wear it Pink Day, visit www.endcancer.ca."

In the spirit of raising awareness through fashion, here is Carolina Herrera's (very pink and very beautiful) Resort 2011 Collection...
What did you wear today? Send me a photo and I may feature you on my blog: katarina.kuruc@gmail.com...

Love K

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

BURST...

...yesterday, it was a balmy -38 C in the city...yes that is sarcasm dripping off my frozen tongue...I am not a winter person (something that I am sure has come across once or twice on Love K)...I find in temperatures such as these, not only are my extremities frozen, but I feel like a large part of my mind remains so as well...I find it hard to concentrate on work~school of any kind...when I gear myself up to read yet another article for my impending comps, I frequently catch myself starring into space imagining as I frolic by the ocean or in some other blissfully warm climate...sigh...worst of all, however, is that in the winter it is extremely hard for me to stay inspired...
...since I get most of my own inspiration from walking around town, people watching and exploring the city, confinement does not bode too well on the ol' inspiration front...aside from that, my more superficial and narcissistic side is truly sick of sweaters, long underwear, pale skin and military-grade winter boots...common, admit it nobody looks great in sub-zero temperatures...and so I pout...whine...sulk...and wait...albeit impatiently...for winter's grip to lessen on the city and for the arrival of spring's warm and loving kiss...two more months and counting...
In the hope that this season will soon end (sorry all you snow lovers out there), I have included some spring fashion inspiration...am I an evil tease? Perhaps, and if so I apologize...but I figured it would be at least nice to imagine that we are not too far away from shedding our winter skins and replacing them with skirts, blouses, dresses and sigh...HEELS!
I would love to hear from you, my dear readers, any advice on how to stay inspired in the midst of winter's cold and icy grip...let me know and in the mean time, stay warm...
(PS: In the spirit of giving and getting winter blues advice...I must give a special shout-out to Justyna of Chichichic for helping me out with some much needed fashion inspiration yesterday...thanks J!)
Love K
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