Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Cat Blogging & Corn and Bean Salad



In all my ramblings so far, I have neglected to mention the presence of a very endearing character in my life. My sweetheart of a cat, Ginger! She is a 5 year old domestic short-hair calico and sweet as they come! I now know why we use the term "curious as a cat". Anything new in the house, she HAS to check it out. Any door that's closed is like a challenge to her. She HAS to find out what's behind it! She wasn't very happy when we moved to another house because she likes to be in familiar surroundings. Also within weeks of moving, M was born and I went through a pretty bad case of postpartum blues. Through it all, N(my hubby) & I were not able to give Ginger as much attention as we normally would. Being a resourceful cat, she soon found a way to make it better for herself. She realized that my mom, N & I were busy with the baby but my father was relatively free. So she adpoted him, whether he liked it or not! My Dad, who is not a pet enthusiast by the longest shot, was followed by Ginger everywhere he went. She would sit right next to him, sleep in his bed and sidle up to him until he finally relented and started paying attention to her. She now knows that he will pet her if she sits next to him. He grumblingly obliges. Grumbling because he has to wash his hands immediately afterwards and that means he washes his hands a few tens of times a day!



Here she is, cozying up to my Dad while he reads the morning newspaper. She goes to him and mews to let him know she wants attention. Now, my Dad has adopted Ginger. Reluctant initially but with affection, finally! :)

On to some colorful looking salad. I came across the recipe for Corn & Black Bean Salad on this website. The ingredients were interesting but the cumin dressing made it irresistable. Once I tried it, I was hooked! I used canned corn instead of fresh or frozen ones so I didn't have to cook the corn. I also adjusted the amount of cumin and red wine vinegar according to my taste. The end result was a very tasty salad that I could make a complete meal out of!

Corn and Bean Salad

It is easy to make and also tastes wonderful. It felt almost like a chaat. I know, I know that doesn't make much sense but try it sometime and you will know what I mean. It's probably the combination of cumin powder, red onions and cilantro that gives it a chaat feel. Tasty, simple and healthy too. Gotta love that! :)

32 comments:

Asha said...

It was so wonderful to read your about dad and the cat:) He sounds like me.Every time I come in contact with my dog,I wash my hands too.I hate my dog's wet nose touching any part of my body!Your dad looks cozy there,must be hard for them in this winter.But I sure thay enjoy every second M:)

Salad sounds like Southwestern corn dish and like chaat too with cumin and cilantro.YUM!!colorful too.I will try it,goes great with any main dish.

Btw green garland I came to know that is "sacred" to Lingayats! I didn't know until now,Shobha a Lingayat girl pointed out to me today:)New things to learn from my fellow bloggers:D

Trupti said...

Liked the picture of your father and your cat....they seem at ease with one another.....and your corn salad looks just delicious....I love this kinda stuff.

Cheers,Trupti

Deana said...

Mmmm I will have to try this recipe!

I wish I could be around cats, but they make me sneeze! I love to hear them purrrrr!

Vcuisine said...

Nice to know about your pet. Quite interesting. Viji

Lera said...

Quite an interesting read, for some reason ,vani,I'm not able to view the pics of this post.

Nee said...

The salad looks really promising - should be perfect for holiday meals!
I LOVED the little story (and pics) of your Dad and Ginger. How long have you had her? I'm much more of a dog person myself, mainly because I've found that they are so much more straight-forward (and giving) with their affection. Most cats I've interacted with want to be petted when they want to be petted and will do everything from just merely ignoring you to hissing/scratching/biting if they're not in the mood to play. Though when they are being playful, they really are fun...and insistent - quite like Ginger there...!

Minal said...

adorable!

Sandeepa said...

can't see the pics :( shall try again from home

Lakshmik said...

Hi Vani

Nice recipe. Look almost like the filling I use for quesadillas.

Jayashree said...

Nice pic of your dad and Ginger. The salad looks very colourful.

sunila said...

cats are wily ones,but quite cute esp when kittens.Poor dad,he had to give in to Ginger at last,that pic is so cute Vaans.
i understand abt the salad being like chaat,coz some similar ingredients make that happen ,my dad makes a pea soup and that reminds me of thepeas chaat that we get in Blr ,i,ve forgotten the name!must be age creeping up..

Vani said...

Asha- yup, winter's hard, esp for my Dad coz he's on the thinner side and has very little tolerance for cold. they are leaving in about 10 days' time and i'm sure they're not gonna miss the weather! :)
Yeah, the salad is southwestern. i had no idea until recently that cumin was a common ingredient in their cooking.
green garland is a lingayat tradition, huh? i think it looks really cool :)

Vani said...

Trupti- my cat is more at ease than my dad, actually! but they do look cute together, don't they? :)
the salad is simple to make. do try it sometime.

Deana- did u know they have come up with hypoallergenic cats now?! they cost $3000 and there's a 2 year wait right now! i have friends who are allergic too but they seem to react better to ginger than other cats. maybe because i give her bath (and she hates it) and groom her often. well, i used to anyway. these days, i have not been as up-to-date with G as I used to be. :(

Vani said...

Viji-thanks! :)

Lera- i think there was some problem with the pictures. I uploaded them again. it should work now.

Minal- thanks! :)

Vani said...

Nee- the salad does look festive, doesn't it? perfect for hols :)
We've had Ginger since she was a month old. We adopted her from the local animal shelter. i've noticed that many dog people do not look too kindly at cats. and i really can understand why. dogs are more open with affection. cats are more independant and less needy. i have seen some cats with real bad attitude and though i don't love them, i'm pretty tolerant of them. ginger, for some reason, is really sweet and docile. she always wants to be around people and has a way of endearing herself to even the most cynical of people. probably a mix up of genes somewhere! :)

Vani said...

Sandeepa- i think there was some problem with the pix, coz I myself couldn't see them last evening! I've uploaded them again and it should work now. do let me know if it still doesn't.

Lakshmi- yeah, this makes a nice quesadilla filling too(without the vinegar, of course). will check your blog for your recipe. :)

Jayashree- thanks! the salad does look like a blast of colors, doesn't it? :)

Vani said...

Sunila- yup, g was very persistant until dad finally gave in (gave up, more likely!)
reg the pea soup, are u thinking about masala puri? age creepng up..ha ha :) hey, i found a recipe for the masala puri in one of the blogs recently. will email you the link, if I find it.

Sri said...

Hi Vani,colorful salad.Thanks for the recipe. Saw ur daughter's snap, she is really adorable...i have a 19 month old daughter. And about the shots i know how bad you must be feeling then...I had tears in my eyes on her first shot but now i am ok as you said its an inevitable pain they have to go through for their own good.

Seema Bhat said...

hey vani:
I like the name ginger for your cat and this salad indeed looks colourful and devine and easy too ...i am gonna make it for sure and i guess this will go nicely along with chips as salsa too ...isn't it ...wanna try it soon babe ..
thanx
Seema

Sandeepa said...

Awwwwwwww cute...

Lakshmi said...

Hi Vani,
so nice to share your thoughts. even I am waiting for Christmas, going to my sis house, really miss a lot here. Wish even my Parents were here.

Pooja said...

Hi Vani,
I enjoy reading the story of cat and your dad , and how they finally accept each other with affection :) .
nice to read
and a wonderful, colorful sald with corn ....
thanks for sharing
-Pooja

Linda said...

Hi Vani, those kitties are really hard to resist, aren't they? Thank you for sharing that sweet story. Ginger is beautiful :)

Vani said...

Sri-thanks! you're right, they need to go through the pain for the greater good that it brings. But you can't help feeling bad for them, na?

Seema- thanks! This salad goes with any Mexican/Texan/southwestern fare.

Sandeepa-glad you were finally able to see the pix! :)

Vani said...

Lakshmi-yup, it's great to have parents closeby. My folks are leaving back for India in a few days' time though. Not looking forward to that! Hope you hvae a lovely Christmas at your sister's house!

Pooja- i call it a "love story" just to annoy my dad! but it is really cute to see them together! :)

Linda- thanks for your lovely comment! yeah, they can be very persistant and they do get things done their way, sooner or later! Gotta love them! :)

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hi Vani.I love to visit your blog because its something different.Well this salad looks great.Will like to try it out.Thanks for visiting my blog.

Vani said...

Thank you, Soumya, for your lovely comment! :)

Gini said...

Saw this post a bit late but what a lovely narration. I am a total cat fan but none of my family share the enthusiasm. Love the picture of the cat with your father. Really really love it.
All the best with the job and upcoming New Year!!

Vani said...

Gini- Hi to a fellow cat person! :) I hope u get a cat one day, Gini. They make awesome pets :)
Happy New Year to you!

Suganya said...

I just don't love cats, am craaaazy about them. I have had 22 cats so far, but now being in an apartment, there is no room for a cat :(.. My hugs to ginger. I wish I cud pet her.

Haley said...

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Sanctified Spaces said...

Ginger is simply the best