Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Diwali Supper

Some of the sauces we used to make this meal easy!!
Sorry for the blurriness...
 I was approached by one of the agencies I do work for and asked if I would like to try out some of the VH Sauces to make some food for Diwali.

Might seem strange, since we don't celebrate Diwali, normally, but if you have read my blog long enough, you know that I am all about teaching my kids about different cultures and celebrations!  I think that by doing this I will open their world and help them to be able to see people for who they are!  All about the worldview again (and also to learn that the world doesn't only revolve around them!) 

My nephew joined us for supper and loved the Butter Chicken
and Indian Cheese Cauliflower the best
In the past we have made Ethiopian, Guyanese, Chinese, Japanese and Mexican food, and we have celebrated Passover on more then one occasion and we have celebrated many New Years.  We have talked about the different countries and what life is like (as best we can from the internet) and we have had some amazing conversations surrounding the celebrations!

LOOK!!!  They are getting along!!
The meal tonight consisted of:

One of my faves!!  I love anything with mushrooms and onions!
Mine doesn't look like the pic at the recipe page, but we inhaled it!
I loved the combination of sweet and tangy flavours in this!!
Mine DEFINITELY did not turn out like this, but Keri did a great job at it still
Again, didn't look like the pic, we didn't end up baking it

We wanted to make Kheer and Tandoori Chicken as well, but ran out of time, we will do those another day...

We talked a little bit about Diwali, and to be honest, I really don't know a whole lot.  I read a little bit about it on Wikipedia (which I don't often go to, so I am not sure how accurate it really is) and we talked about:
Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Deepavali[note 1], popularly known as the "festival of lights," is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons.[1] For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. The name "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali" (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into "row of lamps".[7] Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dīpas) in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.[8] These lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.[9] Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits.[10][11][12] During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

This is something that I think we are going to learn about a little more...I love to learn about other cultures celebrations! 

I especially love the picture that has been floating around the internet lately of India at night time from the sky, I believe it has been proven not to be from Nasa, or an actual picture during Diwali, but a picture from the National Geophysical Data Center.  I still love the picture, because it spotlights India and has kind of brought the world a little closer to home!! (I could be wrong about this being a myth, correct me if so)

If you celebrate Diwali, what are some of the meals you eat? What special traditions do you take part in?

Gotta throw in one of us!

Disclosure: I was sent some VH Sauces to sample, all the opinions in the post are my own!


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