So well, with a very heavy heart, I have to break this news that I turned 29 last week. A year short of the big three-O. The past couple of years celebrating my birthday just hasn’t been my thing. This year even more so and no its not the age thing. I am pretty comfortable with getting old. Getting grey hair, THAT I am not comfortable with.
Age is just a number and I have realized that as I am growing older I have become more fun to be with. Or so I would like to think. But honestly, I was a really reserved girl growing up. Would not talk, would be very shy, kept to myself most of the time. I am still most of all that, but yes I have loosened up a bit over the years.
I also feel its never too late to do anything, but yes with age certain things do take a lot more effort, and the things on my bucket list (I love pinterest to keep a track of these things) need to be crossed off as soon as possible. I did cross off cake decorating this year from my bucket list. So I have made some progress on crossing things off my list, and I am not worried about that either.
So this little thing. I love her. She is my niece and I missed her so much in the States. She is also the reason these days why posting anything is difficult. If she is awake she doesn’t let me sit with my laptop. She will come to me and will try to shut the screen and keep saying close or “bas” (which is hindi for thats it). Of course, I oblige. And if she lets me keep the laptop on then all she wants to see are her pics. Don’t be misled by the angry face in the pic above. Thats just her posing. She is one of the naughtiest kids I know. The cute kinds of naughty. And did I mention that I love her. And I really do not want to leave her tomorrow. #sadface
Anyway, coming to today’s recipe, I did promise a post soon on my Facebook page and here it is.
I tried this dish for the first time at my friend Jamie’s place (the same friend who gave me the recipe for the crockpot tater tot casserole) and after that I have made this recipe so many times. Because, well, its so darn convenient. One of those easy to throw together weeknight meals. I generally prefer cooking from fresh ingredients, but sometimes you just want quick to put together meals with the least amount of clean up required and this is one such dish. It helps that it tastes great too.
Since I have made this dish so many times, I have tried many variations. I have mixed a little greek yogurt with the sour cream and made it slightly healthier. I have mixed greek yogurt with light sour cream and made it even more healthier. I have also done no cheese versions. Cheese versions are always better in my list. Once when I did a no cheese version I added chile lime chips instead (I had no cheese in the house and just the chips). I have used jalapenos instead of fire roasted green chiles- and have good results. Fresh fire roasted green chiles are definitely better than the canned ones, but the latter also do.
I have also added rotisserie chicken to the canned soup and sour cream mixture.
I have been having a tough time writing posts these days. I start, type and then delete and decide I just cant write anything and its better not to post. As a result recipes keep piling up, and the blog just sits idle. I have about 7 recipes in my drafts and just look at them each and every day. I was supposed to post for GMT, had the recipe ready, everything, but then no words. I guess I spoke too soon on my instagram when I said that I will post the recipe for GMT on Tuesday because as you might have noticed that post did not happen. I just tell myself its a phase that I am going through- writer’s block probably (except I am not as eloquent as a writer). Hopefully, I will be back to my chattery blog self, for now I will just talk about the recipe I am sharing today.
I made this for the first time when my friends came over, and when I got a recipe request from my friend I knew it was good. And the fact that all of it got over should have led me to the conclusion as well. I was a little wary of it not getting over since I made it with pork sausages- a meat that V does not eat and was worried that if it did not taste that good, I would have to finish it all. But luckily that problem took care of itself. The pictures in the blog are of the time I made this with vegetarian sausages and it tasted equally good. If you do decide to make it with pork sausages, do try to find the kinds with fennel in it, or if you can’t then add fennel to the dish. The fennel flavored sausages did give this distinct flavor to the dish which in my opinion was what made this dish absolutely great.