Welcome to Terra Nova – Terra Falsus!

Nothing is new about this world. In a dystopian future, and as per showbiz norms, humans have managed to completely mess up the world. There is population control in place, the planet looks pretty spiffy, like something right out of Bladerunner, and people want to leave Earth to a new colony off planet and many years in the past, called Terra Nova. It is populated by Jurassic Park animals who are kept outside the compound perimeter, while the compound itself is like a POW camp (though a “happy” place!), and run by an egomaniac commander, Stephen Lang playing Nathaniel Taylor. A dysfunctional family, with a stowaway husband (Jason O’Mara) and out of population control child, has Shelly Conn playing Dr. Elizabeth Shannon. Of course you know that there will last minute histrionics as the husband will break out of jail and sneak past the guards to join his family, that his son will hate him and he will save he son and so on and so forth. Nothing is new in Terra Nova, but it is a nicely put together package with decent VFX and some decent acting, particularly by Shelly Conn. I may watch a couple more episodes to see if the promised conflict with the breakaway colony (Lost?), and some mysterious scribblings on rocks amount to much.

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Summer bounty – stuffed zucchini

Stuffed ZucchiniWhen the garden throws zucchini at you relentlessly and you start running out of things to do with it, try this one.

Two large zucchini
One large onion
Two large potatoes
Two medium sized tomatoes chopped (or a tomato and a tomatillo)
Half cup walnuts
Shredded cheddar cheese (or any other cheese you have handy)
Two tablespoon of canola oil
A tablespoon of cornstarch
Salt and pepper

Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise. With a melon baller, or other device scoop out the insides until about half a centimeter of skin and flesh remains on each half. prick lightly with a fork, dust with some salt and pepper, brush with oil and set to bake in an over (350 degrees).

Cut the potatoes into inch size cubes, and microwave in a covered pan to cook almost to completion. Chop the scooped out zucchini into tiny bits, chop onion finely. Put the oil in a frying pan, add the onions and saute until they turn golden in color, the add chopped zucchini, tomatoes and cook until almost done. The add potatoes, salt and pepper and continue to cook. If the mixture is runny, add some cornstarch and cook to bind it. Then added the shredded cheese, chopped walnuts. Take out the baking shells, add the mixture into each and return to oven to cook for about 35 to 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted and tops are golden brown.

As a variation, you can added cooked soy protein or more nuts.

All those W(AK)OW moments – Asha Bhosle in concert!

Ashaji’s birthday today – so I am bumping this one up!

On the spur of the moment I made the decision to try my luck at the Flint Center where Asha Bhosle was supposed to be singing, along with Sudesh Bhosle. We rushed madly through traffic, arrived late, were told only cash could be used for ticket purchase and the ATM was out of money please! After everyone turned their wallets and pockets inside out we had enough money to get middling good seats, and walked in to see Asha ji on stage, spotlighted, in a baby blue bejewelled saree, talking of how RD Burman asked her to sing a song, which she was unsure of ever being able to do. It was for a Nasir Hussain film, and a bet was on between Nasir and RD about whether Asha or Rafi would do a better job! RD won and the song was a lusciously mad number Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyaar Tera with the signature hyperventilation in the mukhda. She started to sing and the clapping and dancing in the seats and out of the seats began! Magic was ON stage and I was viewing it. (Thankfully NO male accompaniment, just pure Asha magic!!). We were told to not do any video photography – so to invoke the magic of Aaja Aaja, I post here the original version from Teesri Manzil:

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