Thursday, November 25, 2010

One task, One lesson!

I love to recycle and then reuse stuff. What i do to my clothes has been mentioned in on of the older posts. Last week again, I gave myself one such task, a new project. On one of our visits to India, we went to Ajmer and Jaipur. With just two days of stay and rainy season, street shopping (my favorite kind of shopping) was out of question. But we managed to find a Handicraft Emporium that had everything under one roof. After selecting Bandini suits and looking at some jewellery,we entered the home furnishing section. Immediately we fell in love with these two handmade quits. So soft and warm, beautiful print and above all really worth the price. Needless to say we bought them both.
Two years down the line, those same quilts looked worn out and the stitchs were giving away. I did not have the heart to give it away. So I got some material and opened up an old bed cover. Combined the two and got a cover made for one of the quilts. Now I can use the same quilt with all the memories in a new avatar. The only sad part in this whole exercise was that the tailor did not do his job to my satisfaction. But then, like it is said - If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Lesson learnt!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Trying to get back....

Its been almost 2 months since I wrote something, that either happens when nothing interesting is happening around you or one is so busy that there is no time to write. In the last months there was quite a bit of activity in my life. Some exciting, some tiring and some outright boring. First we changed our residence, that was in mid-2010, getting used to a new home and finding a new maid has never been a cake walk. Then there was Ramadan, need I say more?
My little princess started pre-school,that was exciting. A new uniform, books and bag, craft work and regular home-work. Oh yes I also tried to re-visit my gym, for a few weeks, that endeavor was not entirely successful, so I am back to square one now.
We visited Singapore for a couple of days, that was fun. Ate lots of sweets for Diwali thanks to my kind friends. And later attended a super duper party with the same theme.
Also worth mentioning is that my little princess performed in a mini concert at school and won the second place for recital. And I can tell you that it was a proud moment.
Besides that I took up upon me a new project, recycling my old bed-cover and re-inventing a quilt.
I will elaborate about that in the next post soon ..

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

That time of the year...

Long time I know, been busy doing nothing, really. Just plain old lazy I guess.......Any ways now that Ramadan is almost over, thought of writing something. So here I am, sitting next to my little princess, typing away while she is engrossed in watching Peter Pan.

It is 'that time of the year' when we Jakartans ( at least me and my friends) are distressed. No maids, we all feel the pinch. Actually a big poke as well as a shove. I bid farewell to mine yesterday. So now my house has a new maid ...somewhat clumsy and irritable, yes you guessed it right ME. And as far as I know some of my friends have been bestowed with the same title.

Apart from the work, which get done somehow anyway, there is something else that turns us all into a nervous wreck - the wait for the maids, be it new ones or the older ones coming back. One cannot predict them. It surely is a mystery what makes them tick. Now that there is no one to lend more than a helping hand to me all my chores will be done in short-cut mode. One dish meals, quick sandwiches and soups, less consumption of tea and so on.

But we are to be blamed entirely for such a situation. We get so used to the luxury of  having maids that we take it for granted. These are the times when I think of my friends living in the U.S, U.K, New Zealand and Australia who do not have this luxury at all. And to top it all they are all working as well as managing their homes. I do believe their husbands help with the chores. In any case,  Bravo! Girls you are the one to give me courage and inspiration to go through the drudgery of these 10-15 days.

Thus, while I am still waiting for a temporary part-timer to knock at my door, I gotta go and do my some dishes. Bye.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

To Watch a Sleeping Child | Gomestic

To Watch a Sleeping Child | Gomestic

In one of those quite afternoons, when everything is quite and peaceful, I think like this like this..........and then I write it down.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Stuffed Potato Cutlets | Notecook

Stuffed Potato Cutlets | Notecook

Ramadan has begun and apart from fasting and praying, one more aspect about Ramadan is the evening feast. The breaking of the fast at sunset is an event in most households. The preparations for the evening begin since morning. Different types of sweet and savory delicacies are prepared. Fresh fruits, dates and a cool drink (sherbet) are always a staples. Different types of cutlets, samosas, pakodas, chaats etc. both vegetarian and non-vegetarian make the spread even more enticing. New recipes are tried so that the evening spread does not become monotonous.
Here is one snack I prepared this time.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Spinach – Potato Fritters | Notecook

Spinach – Potato Fritters | Notecook

It was raining last week and hubby dear felt like eating some pakoras. Needless to say, I prepared some. Besides the usual onion pakoras mom in law and myself tried aloo palak pakoras. It turned out good enough for the recipe to be shared...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dealing with Left-over Food

The Left-over Labyrinth

Last week we had quite a few dinner parties at our place. Naturally there was a lot of food and eventually a great deal of left-over the next day. Earlier I would simply re-heat and consume it as the next meal, but one does get bored of eating the same thing again. So these days I improvise, this way the food is not wasted and it is savored with delight as the look and taste get a makeover. I mash up the veggies from mixed vegetable korma, add a few boiled potatoes and pav-bhaji masala, saute it all and convert the korma into instant Pav Bhaji. And if the pav bhaji is freshly made and some of it remaining is turned into a lasagna, by layering it with cheese and lasagna sheets alternately and baked for 15-20 minutes. Palak paneer can be pureed,mixed with flour and made into a dough for delicious Palak Paratha's.
There are many more such tricks that can be put to use to reduce food wastage. I would have added more, but hubby dear thinks that my friends would have doubts about eating at our place the next time. The below link has a few more ideas,do go through them as well.

Dealing with Left-over Food

P.S : Left-over food is best used the next day itself and its new version consumed immediately.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mango – Peach Sorbet | Notecook

Mango – Peach Sorbet | Notecook

Well last time I said something about a sorbet that turned out great, here is the recipe. The first time it was a fluke, but I made it again just to make sure...and again good results. Do try it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Its been long...

Its been a long long time since I sat down and wrote something. No this does not mean writing little reminder slips. I mean writing my blog. This month just seemed to fly away... I don't even remember when it began, and its almost the month-end now. Its like amnesia, I cannot remember anything but the last two weeks. Is it only me or it happens to others too?

Had a few dinner parties, enjoyed a lovely lunch with friends. Celebrated hubby dears birthday, it was simple and quite, that was good.  A few of my new creations were appreciated by my friends, it felt good. I tried my hand at a sorbet and it was a hit. Setting up home, all over again was exciting even though a bit tiring. My mom in law is back in town, so there is a month of long chats, shopping sprees and recipe swapping in store. Little princess is enjoying the extra attention from her grand-mom. Now that that I see a few less hectic days ahead, hopefully I will be able resume writing again.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

When Children Start Speaking | Gomestic

When Children Start Speaking | Gomestic

There are loads of anecdotes that I can write about and all the moms out there will agree with me. And they will remember how their little ones also had some funny and some nerve wracking questions all the time. But we all miss these same silly conversations once the kids grow up.

When Children Start Speaking | Gomestic

When Children Start Speaking | Gomestic

There are loads of anecdotes that I can write about and all the moms out there will agree with me. And they will remember how their little ones also had some funny and some nerve wracking questions all the time. But we all miss these same silly conversations once the kids grow up.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Part of Being a Mother

Part of Being a Mother

Raising a child is not the easiest thing, but a little bit of fear for precaution's sake can go a long way in maintaining our peace of mind.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Movies...

Just when I thought that there were no more good movies and one will have resort to animated ones I watched three recently released movies almost back to back.
The Karate Kid, whoa what a movie. Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith were so good, it was difficult to decide who was a better in the movie. An enjoyable movie that can be watched again and again. The plot was similar to the older movie but refreshing. Jaden Smith is making his father proud. Mr.Chan has matured in to more serious acting while letting the youngsters do most of the jumping around stuff.
Knight and Day, well with stars like Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz no one would like to miss this flick, but one is more hype than matter. Quite a plot but could have been better. Mediocre acting by big names is a disappointment in itself. The name was somehow confusing/misleading, if anybody solves the mystery related to the name of the movie, please let me know.
A-Team, well this one was a surprise package.We did not expect a lot from this movie, but it did have a lot to offer. Sort of an action flick with some very witty dialogues and comical moments. The movie started with a bang and went on in the same way throughout. Not a moment of boredom, the pace was fast and engaging as was the end.This movie can be watched again.
So movie-wise it was a good week, lets see what other movies come up next. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Crispy Bhindi (Okra) | Notecook

Crispy Bhindi (Okra) | Notecook

I love bhindi and of all the ways I prepare it ... this is my favorite. I know deep frying does raise a few eyebrows, but a little bit of indulgence for the sake of the Yumm Factor is okay sometimes. Hope you agree with me.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Movie Time

These days I much rather prefer to watch animated movies than the normal ones. Little Princess has her own enviable collection of animated movies and she likes to have company while watching them. Besides, since a long time none of the normal movies are worth a watch. Be it Hindi movies or English, one is worse than the other. Though I do hope I haven't missed any good ones.

Last weekend we watched Toystory-3, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Who said cartoons are for kids only? This movie had all the ingredients of a block-buster, minus real actors. But no one missed them, at least we didn't. A slight roller-coaster of emotions, we laughed,were scared and had damp eyes too. A job so well done by the makers, that even Little Princess understood what is going on in the movie.

I don't know what is the next movie that I will watch, but I am looking forward for another animated movie to release soon, because then I will be sure of not being disappointed.

Grilled Baby Potato Skewers

Grilled Baby Potato Skewers

Last weekend, we had some friends over and I prepared the Grilled Prawn Skewers for them. This got me thinking that what do I do for my vegetarian friends who would also like a grilled starter. So I tried my hands at baby potatoes and it turned out really well. And the Grilled Baby Potato Skewers were a though competition for the grilled prawns.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tricks to Save Time in The Kitchen | Gomestic

Tricks to Save Time in The Kitchen | Gomestic

This is how I manage to cut time from the kitchen. Though I love to cook I definitely do not fancy spending hours in the kitchen heat.
There are many more small, silly things things I do to save time and get my meals and myself out of the kitchen as soon as possible.

Re-inventing Your Wardrobe | BeyondJane

Re-inventing Your Wardrobe | BeyondJane

Here are a few general tips at being creative and creating a new look for your wardrobe. An extension of the earlier blog .

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Coco-nutty-raisin Squares | Notecook

Coco-nutty-raisin Squares | Notecook

This is my take on the regular coconut burfi. It is easier, quicker and definitely yummier.


Needle And Spool
These last few weeks all I was doing was cook and then write about it. Nobody will disagree with me on that, I am sure. Now I am kind of done with it, at least for some time. No more experiments in the kitchen. Although there will be experiments...this time with my sewing kit. My hands simply cannot stay still.
I have got a load of stuff that needs to be revamped. Not that they look bad now, but its just that if something more can be done, I will do it. Sometimes I buy things because I can see revamping potential in them right away. So after I buy it, the first thing I do is open the sewing kit.
In the past I have recreated one of my straw handbags by changing the handle from woven straw to an embroidered lace, it looks great now. I had also chopped up a casual harem pants to make it a 3/4 semi-formal trouser. Those pants had been bought on whim, but I rarely wore them. Now in the new avatar I look for opportunities to wear them. Another success was this beautiful Ritu Kumar kurti that hubby dear bought for me. I wore it as it was for quite some time, and then my hands started itching to do something. After a lot of thought I picked up the scissors. Yes I redesigned a designer outfit, halved the sleeves and created a few pleats. One of my friends didn't even realize that it was the same kurti. And for your information, it is all my handiwork, hard work no doubt.Unlike the new look of this blog which was changed with a few clicks.
Now its time to get my sewing kit out and see what new looks I can create again.
Lets see whats in my closet......

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Grill Pan – an Underated Kitchen Essential | Gomestic

Grill Pan – an Underated Kitchen Essential | Gomestic

It is in fact almost a year that I have been using my pan. Sometimes instead of frying I use this pan and with a few tablespoons of oil I have got some yummy and guiltless treats. I highly recommend it, if you are on a home-shopping spree.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Green Chicken Cutlets (Hariyali Kebab) | Notecook

Green Chicken Cutlets (Hariyali Kebab) | Notecook

This is one of my favorite cutlet recipe ...although sometimes I simply skip the spinach and add chopped spring onions instead.

Chickpea-spinach Salad | Healthmad

Chickpea-spinach Salad | Healthmad(click here)

This is something that I prepare mostly when hubby dear is not having lunch/dinner for with me. And I usually have my frozen stock of boiled chickpeas.Its quick and does not require a whole lot of ingredients. Initially the yogurt was not in the recipe and it happened by mistake first. The flavor changed so much and the entire dish could be savored cool as well, thus the recipe stuck. And now I always use yogurt.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Delightful Dips Four | Notecook

Delightful Dips Four | Notecook( Click Here)

I had tasted this condiment as part of Manado Cuisine. A few weeks ago found the green tomatoes in the local wet market, so guess what I did...
Yup tried out the Green Tomato Sambal...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mix Fruit Melody | Notecook

Mix Fruit Melody | Notecook(click here)

A beautiful mixture of the two earlier melodies.....Kya Sangam hai !!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pineapple Melody | Notecook

Pineapple Melody | Notecook Click Here)

In the Melody series, here is the pineapple version. This one tastes great too...and it has a story behind it as well.

Last week we dined out and had ordered fresh juices, little princess asked for watermelon (she calls it towmelon) and I ordered for pineapple.
As it turned out, she could not finish hers and one juice was not enough for me. So quietly, I poured some of her watermelon juice in my almost finished pineapple juice. Hubby dear did make a face, but after a sip the frown turned into a smile. I tried it again last night, with conventional methods obviously and it turned out great again. Thus was born Pineapple Melody.

P.S : Since watermelon is the common fruit this has become a Melody- series.

Curried Scramble Eggs | Notecook

Curried Scramble Eggs | Notecook

Angrezi name for desi anda bhurji ...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Grilled Prawns Skewers | Notecook

Grilled Prawns Skewers | Notecook ( Click Here)

Yet another seafood recipe that I enjoy preparing. Even though I do not eat prawns, it does not stop me from experimenting with them.
Prawns are as versatile as chicken or for that matter potatoes, a very good quality in foods, giving scope for a variety of dishes.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Perfect Kitchen Knife

The Perfect Kitchen Knife   ( Please click here)

Hi guys ,
I wrote this based on my experience in search of a perfect kitchen knife. All Iwanted was a sharp one which did all the jobs and without any fuss. Because lets face it, who has got the time really and besides our mothers and grand -mothers made delicious food with no modern tools.
It was the basic stuff for them that worked wonderfully. Sometimes, 'Old is Gold', what do you say??

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Skin Care From The Kitchen | Quazen

Skin Care From The Kitchen | Quazen

I made a slight twist in the regular home remedies ....and it works.

Skin Care From The Kitchen | Quazen

Skin Care From The Kitchen | Quazen

Hi folks here are some of my ideas for skin care from the kitchen.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It hurts to say 'Good-bye'

I really enjoyed the last month and a half. My mom in law was in town and we always have a great time together. We really do enjoy each others company. Be it shopping, recipe swapping or plain gossiping time flies when we are together. This time too I felt that time flew. Well yesterday was not one of my best days, because we dropped her off at the airport. Though we did not say much to each other, both of us knew exactly how the other felt. Our moist eyes did the job. Even little princess felt that something was not right.
Now we are back to our daily routine, which even sounds boring. No more long afternoon chats or the thrill of window shopping. Will definitely miss mom in law's special cooking yummy and oozing with love. My poor little princess, searches for 'daadi' and then reminds herself that she has gone to India. She is missing a playmate too. All I hope for now is that time flies again till either we go home or mom in law comes back.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

10 Unique Stress-busters

10 Unique Stress-busters

This one of the articles I wrote for an online magazine ....go ahead and check it out.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

City of Malls

When I first arrived in Jakarta, I was overwhelmed. There was no one we knew and hardly understood the language. So while hubby dear was busy at work, I visited the malls. Suddenly a whole new world opened up. The polite salesgirls were like friends, trying to decipher my Bahasa, while speaking their version of English. And time flew.
Now I have settled here and know some of the malls like the back of my hand. There are so many malls here, I call Jakarta-"City of Malls". That is how I describe it to friends and family back home. Naturally when they visit us here, we take them to as many malls as possible. That is what we are doing these days, mom-in-law and myself, repeating what we did back home a few years ago. Finishing off the chores by mid-morning, off we go, returning just before hubby dear does.
Going to the malls almost everyday, does not mean we buy all the time. We enjoy window-shopping ( I call it-"Malling") as much as the real thing.Checking out the latest trends in clothing and accessories is great. It gives us a lot of ideas to revamp our wardrobes. And when really shopping we enjoy bargaining as well. That is a different thrill altogether.
Obviously, I miss my gym sessions due to these outings, but I guess walking the corridors and aisles of the malls does burn a few calories.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Eggless Strawberry Mousse | Notecook

Eggless Strawberry Mousse | Notecook

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Dessert time... again!!

Hi ,
This time I have posted my recipe for my Egg-less Strawberry Mousse in another site; Please check it out, and let me know what you think. I promise the site is worth a visit.

Friday, April 30, 2010


Its been a long time since I have penned down a recipe. And today I decided to do something about it. As always, it is quick and easy, as well as sweet. I had nothing to do in the afternoon and taking a nap did not appeal me. So I tried out something that was on my mind for quite sometime - Apple pie. The usual apple pies are full of butter and lots of white flour, definitely not my kind of wholesome food, other than the apples. My version tastes as good as the real thing, with minimal butter and flour.

Pie in a Pocket (Recipe) :
Makes 6 pockets.


3 tbsp. sugar
1 cinnamon stick 1"
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
2 tsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. lemon juice 
1 tbsp. corn flour
6 spring roll pastry sheets approx. 8.5" 
1 sheet grease proof paper

Method :
1. Peel and core the apples, quarter and slice them.
2. In a pan place the apples, 2tbsp. sugar, cinnamon stick,1 tsp. butter and lemon juice.
    Heat on a low flame until done (there will be some liquid remaining). Add the corn flour  
    and mix well. Remove the cinnamon stick and set aside.
3. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
4. Grease the pastry sheets with a little butter and place a tbsp of cooked apple mixture 
     near one corner of the sheet. Fold it over and tuck in the sides, and roll the pastry like 
    a spring roll, but not too tight. Repeat the same to make 6 pockets. Grease the top of 
    each pocket.

5. Mix the remaining 1tbsp. sugar with cinnamon powder, and sprinkle on top of the 
6. Place greaseproof paper in a baking tray, slightly oil  and arrange the apple pockets on     the tray. Bake for 10-15 mins or until golden. 
7. Serve warm ...Yumm!!!
Enjoy the lighter version of apple pie, I am sure you will like it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


This past weekend was one of the best and most memorable to me. The Jakarta Cricket Association held its dinner along with the closure of its current seasons cricket league. The guest of honor was Mr. Syed Kirmani, who had come down all the way from India to give away the awards. And being the secretary of JCA hubby dear and myself were fortunate enough to know Mr. Kirmani and Mrs. Habiba Kirmani closely.

We did not know what to expect before meeting them. A cricketing legend, who was the best wicket-keeper in the '83 World Cup and a key member of the '83 World Cup winning squad. But we were in for a pleasant surprise. Despite being celebrity, both of them preferred not to behave like one. In fact they were so kind -they made us feel like we were long lost friends, though we had just met. There was not an ounce of pride in their words and actions throughout the three days. It takes a lot to remain grounded even after achieving so much fame and fortune. And this quality has been excelled by the couple. In their eyes everyone is equal, and to think first class cricketers around the world are their bosom buddies.

We had a great time with them - did some shopping, sightseeing and watched the JCA League final match. It was all very exciting for us and I sincerely hope they had a good time too.  The reason I am writing almost two days late is because I needed sometime to sum up what I felt and put it into words. Though I still think I have not done justice. No doubt, earlier we respected Mr. Kirmani  for his experience and achievements. Something which most of us can only dream of. But after meeting him and Mrs.Habiba in person and knowing them, we have been awed by their humility. We got to learn a lot from them in a short period of time about sportsmanship, companionship, positive thinking and being thankful of whatever life has to offer us. 

I do not know how to end this post, I have so much to say... All I can say is , thank you Mr.and Mrs. Kirmani for inspiring us to lead a simple life , which is indeed the most foolproof  way to live happily ever after...Thank You.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Its been a long time since I have posted something. This is because I have been living in an alternate world these days - the world of daily soaps. They are not my cup of tea, but mom-in-law is a fan so I keep company. Truly speaking they are more interesting if there is someone to discuss the plots with. And we have had our share of discussions.

Pretty ladies in full make-up, beautiful sarees and fine jewellery - that would put a real-life bride to shame, plot and plan. The men on the other hand simply nod their heads to whatever their mothers/wives/girlfriends have to say. Go! Woman Power Go! The daily soaps are addictive, just a week in and I am hooked. Cannot help but wonder what is Rano up to next  or how will Suhana cope with her new life. Besides getting a peek at the latest fashion trends back home is another plus.

Almost all of these soaps have women protagonists. None of them are happy, despite being the ideal woman. While the vamps are always having a good time, enjoying the other persons misery. So what message do these soaps convey, I wonder. 

Message or not, but the title songs and music are catchy and hummable. It is no surprise then, that little princess keeps humming Bidaaiii ...bidaaiii and many more.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010


It was a perfect day, last Sunday. We had a late night on Saturday as usual, and woke up early Sunday morning. Hubby dear was to play a cricket match on the Cibubur Grounds and we ladies were looking forward to spend the day outdoors. Clear skies and a cool breeze were the order of the day, a perfect day for cricket as well as a picnic.

I usually accompany hubby dear to his matches, been doing so since the time he started playing club cricket in Jakarta. I like to watch him play as much as I enjoy to spend sometime away from the city. Just idling away time in the near wilderness, watching little princess play her version of cricket on the practice pitch, while hubby dear sweats it out on the ground.

This time around my mom-in law also accompanied us since she is in town. It was great to cruise through the traffic free roads and actually enjoying the view outside. In no time we reached our destination, and thus began our picnic. The weather was cool and the sky cloudless, what else does one need. While we watched hubby dear play, little princess was already exploring the wilderness, and enjoying it too. We had packed our lunch, there was also an Indian stall serving samosa, tea and lassi - for those snack pangs. Of course we indulged. Usually at the Cibubur grounds I find my monthly stock of curry leaves, but unfortunately this time the tree was chopped off. That was disappointing indeed. 

Besides us there were quite a few spectators, a few kids too. By the looks of it everybody was enjoying the surrounding as much as the game. The game itself was very exciting, the competitors giving each other a tough time. Hubby dears team defended well but not enough, a very good effort altogether, could not sustain it though. The opposition won, it was a well deserved win. The return journey was marked by silence - little princess was asleep and we were tired. We did not feel like discussing cricket either, no surprises there.

All in all we had a great day outdoors, something we we do not do always. Winning and losing is part of every competitive game and we too took it in our stride. Next year, I will be there again and hopefully write about an exciting win.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I know its been a long time, but I had no time to sit down to really put my thoughts into words. Not that I was on to something really important, still time just flies... . One day its a Monday and by the time you get a grip on the week ,its already Friday night. This time I did not even realize when March got converted into April. And then it struck me that I had not even visited my blog-site, much less added something new to it.

My weekend was great though, as is usually the case. Two back to back potlucks and a movie. It was the Easter weekend, we had Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So after attending the church for Good Friday we had an all vegetarian Chinese themed potluck. Saturdays theme was Indian and Easter Sunday we watched  the movie Clash of the Titans. Thus my friends I was busy, the weekdays is another matter lets not go there.

 There was Fried rice, Gobi Manchurian, Corn soup and we started with a Vegetable kebab served in Chinese style. I had prepared Vegetable Chow-mien and Paneer chili. Now I am really confused as to which recipe to share with you. Lets do Vegetable Chow-mien, its easy and a good way to make the kids eat their veggies.

Vegetable Chow-mien  Recipe ( serves 4) :

1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/4 cup diagonally sliced baby corn
1/2 cup cauliflower cut into bite sized florets 
1/4 cup cabbage coarsely cut 
1/4 cup snow peas or regular peas
1/2 cup french beans, sliced diagonally
1/4 cup mushrooms sliced( optional)
1/4 cup  green bell peppers sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1/4 tsp ajinomoto
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 packets plain noodles
cornflour slurry -  2 tbsp corn flour mixed in 1/2 cup water
a few spring onion stalks finely cut
water to make the vegetable stock and boil the noodles
3-4 tbsp vegetable oil

Please cut all the vegetables to approx. an inch in size.

1. In 3 cups of boiling salted water, add all the vegetables except the mushrooms,bell peppers.

2. Par boil the vegetables and drain. Reserve the liquid , this is the stock.

3. In a wok, heat 2 tbsp oil and add the ginger and garlic. Stir till fragrant and put in the mushrooms and bell peppers. Stir fry on high heat for 2 minutes.

4. Add the soy sauce, a pinch of ajinomoto salt and pepper.

5. Now put in the par boiled vegetables and stir fry until mixed well and almost cooked, cover and simmer for 5 more minutes.

6. Heat the stock, add the remaining ajinomoto and thicken with cornflour slurry. Bring it to boil and keep aside.

7. In a large pot roll boil water and put in the noodles, when done drain and slightly fry in 2 tbsp oil in a large wok, so that the noodles do not stick to each other.

8. Serve individually; place the noodles first, lay the vegetables and then pour the thickened stock on top. Garnish with spring onions.

The recipe is originally my mom-in-laws, I simply converted it the vegetarian version by excluding the chicken and adding a few extra veggies and maybe a few details here and there. In any case its worth a try.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010


 March 27th 2010 Earth Hour was observed in the evening from 8:30-9:30  local time. The good news was, around 126 countries and territories participated in the event. So between the given time period most of the business organizations, households and institutions switched off the lights. Imagine the amount of saved energy just by going dark for an hour.

Next comes 22nd April , the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Yet another day dedicated to Mother Earth . It is all great, but is it enough ...maybe not. But doing something on a large scale once or twice a year is just not enough. Creating awareness is fine, but how many really do something about it? We have inhabited this planet for thousands of years, and all that we have done is take from it. And after all this time we give back only a day or two. Can we not have Earth Day every month , or an Earth Hour every day ? Just an hour a day without electricity might not affect us that much but it will make a vast difference in preserving our planet, creating a better world for our children. If we have brought them into this world, we may as well give them a livable one.
Three cheers to WWF for organizing the event of Earth Hour, to the participating countries as well as the general public who took responsibility. Everybody talks about saving the planet earth and our leaders hold much publicized conferences to tackle this issue, but I guess most of us forget to simply switch off the bathroom light while talking on our cellphones. It is these small daily acts that will eventually help in making everyday Earth Day.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

SUPER SALADS......................6 and thats it for now!!

When we came to Indonesia , initially everything was new(obviously) and the only people we knew were hubby dears office staff. And they introduced us to the Indonesian cuisine ........starting with Gado-Gado(mixed vegetable salad with peanut sauce) and I still don't fancy it much. But what blew me over was the Rujak(mixed tropical fruit salad with sweet n spicy peanut sauce). And I ate it almost everyday (its not really expensive).Sometimes I find some foods very good if only for that one ingredient which does not fit well to my palate. This is why we actually love some foods and dislike some. Like the Thai Raw Papaya Salad.....its yummy if only it didn't have the dried shrimps or fish oil in it !! And the Malaysian Raw Mango Salad which has dried fish bits in it. For me it just isn't right (lots of people love it though).Even the Caesars Salad is great minus the anchovies in the dressing.

So taking ideas from the three South East Asian Salads I came up with my own version. I call it the Culture Mix  Salad, so named because it has some parts from all the three different salads to suit the Indian palate.

Culture Mix Salad Recipe :

1 whole raw mango (peeled n julienned)
1 small carrot (julienned)
5-6 baby french beans ( julienned)
1/2 cup bengkoang (peeled n julienned........again!!) ** jicama in English & mishrikand in Hindi
3 thinly sliced shallots or 1/2 red onion
2 tbsp grated jaggery or brown sugar
2 tbsp peanuts
1/2 lemon (for rind and juice) 
2-3 fresh red or green chillies
salt to taste
a pestle and mortar if possible!! 

1. Dry roast the peanuts without burning it and take off the skin ,cool and put in the mortar or blender and make a coarse powder.
2. Add the chillies (remove the seeds first) jaggery and salt to make a rough paste. Add the lemon juice and rind.
3. Mix all the fruit and vegetables in a bowl and top with the peanut dressing. Mix really well or put it in the mortar and pound it slightly( better results).
4. Garnish with a few sprigs of coriander leaves and peanuts.

P.S : This salad serves 2 . 
       Bengkoang-Bahasa Indonesia  , it has high water content and a good source of    carbohydrate as dietary fiber its other names are as below
         Jicama -English         Mishrikand -Hindi
        Shankalu -Bengali
        Kandha- Telugu

Thursday, March 25, 2010


These days I watch a lot of animated movies.......the little princess makes me sit next to her while she watches them!! Some of them I must have seen over 20-25 times. And she actually chooses the movie herself!! So one day she watches UP, the next day Shrek and the next Monsters Inc. The point being that my princess is turning into a movie buff( I hope its just kiddie movies).

Then last week a new movie released (animated ofcourse!) How To Train Your Dragon. And we wanted our princess to watch that one too. Here comes Saturday and there goes Sunday and nothing happened.......we didn't watch the movie! Finallly Hubby dear decided to come home a little bit early and take us to watch it......(wow). And as it turned out for 5:45 show we were stuck in the traffic until 6,obviously we missed that show!!! But living in city of malls (as I call it) we luckily had another theatre option, so we changed our direction and headed towards it(yippeeee!!). We reached at the nick of time an managed to not miss even the promotional advertisements.

The movie itself was not bad , it was quite good actually !! But coming from the makers of Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, I expected a lot more( no idea what?? ........hubby dear liked it ). Again the movie was good enough for a single watch (kids might differ though).
Probably what didn't sit well with me was the fact that it was a 3-D movie ( dunno if normal version is available). 3-D gives me a I was taking off the glasses at regular intervals, maybe thats why I did not enjoy the it as much. There was enough violence and lets not forget the sound-effects . However the plot and the characters were quite good , the dragon was cute and I really liked the character of Astrid. The friendship between the main character (Hiccup) and the dragon is sweet as well. In any case my little princess had fun(though she was scared a few times) and was mimicking the dragon later on.

All in all a movie which the kids( 4yrs-12yrs) might appreciate much more the their parents. And I still feel the 3-D effect was not really needed ( but i didn't make the movie!!)
But atleast we learn that compassion can tame even a ferocious watch it for the message !!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again : Planet Green

50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again : Planet Green

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GOING GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As usual I was flipping channels yesterday, and came across a program on Discovery Channel. Well I just saw the tail end (thanks to flipping channels every minute), but what I saw was very interesting indeed. It was something to do with vertical farming. Vertical Farming weird  I thought.........but I could really see our future in it!! Very innovative and forward thinking I must say. Theoretically the concept really works. According to it a 30 floor building can produce food for a population of approximately 50,000, right in the cities. Great !!!! this absolutely reduces the transportation costs and not to mention the energy consumption as well as the carbon emission in the process. So I guess the cost of the products also comes down. And with that much greenery (if there are such farms spread throughout the city) the oxygen levels will increase and the temperatures will decrease to some extent. For your information, this project was a competition winner (Romses Architects), which was held by the City of Vancouver" to address climate change plans and to guide greener and denser development,reducing carbon emissions for the future". 

This was about the future maybe the next 20 years or so, and that too only the "rich and developed countries" might be able to afford the technology behind it. But what about today???? are we doing enough that our children can breathe purer air, drink safe water or not have to deal with the ever soaring temperatures. I guess not, its sad i know. I am sure we all try to use less water, save paper, use less plastic, use energy saving electrical equipments  etc.. but the question is, is it enough? Maybe in a minuscule way...... thats all I can say !!
One of the reason I think is coz being eco-friendly is costly.....lets admit it. Plastic bags are cheaper than eco-friendly ones, at supermarkets we pay to get the eco-friendly bags but plastic ones are free.....this is just one example if one looks more closely we will find many more!!!
And double standards, last weekend we went out malling (hehe window shopping in a mall), and bought coffee from a famous coffee joint ( its really hip and has branches all over the world). While they served the coffee in plastic cups, they also spoke about saving trees and provided recycled tissues!! I didn't know if I should feel good about the recycled tissue or bad for using plastic which if not treated properly could end up in a landfill or even worse .......pollute the oceans. But atleast they are trying.

And during one of my flipping through the channels sessions I had come across another program which featured eco-friendly homes. Well that was something I really liked, people had actually cultivated gardens (it needed really solid water-proofing) on their rooftops. They harvested rainwater and some even had arrangements to recycle used water from the kitchen and washing machines for watering this garden. They claimed that the temperatures in their homes had reduced and the view on the roof was refreshing!!

I would love to have such a home myself( though I do not posses a green thumb so to speak). Install a solar panel (supplemented by normal electricity of course) , and definitely grow my own veggies!!! Wow I am thrilled already ..........hypothetically speaking its really good( in reality its all about money honey!!) Needless to say these installations and all don't come cheap. Which makes me ask these questions.......why can't eco-friendly products be cheaper? Solar panels, biogas installations , rainwater harvesting equipments, hybrid cars not come at subsidized rates (enlighten me if they do). Why don't supermarkets give out reusable carry-bags and no bags for smaller items or easy to carry stuffs. And why can't we take our own bags while shopping ( I rarely do it myself ...but will work on it). All these change will be unwelcome initially, and not convenient (convenience is the main culprit actually) but sure we can all get used to it. As consumers we do enough damage already!!

To sum it all up, I think the Vertical Farming is a great idea and we can all take inspiration from it. Lets not wait for some multinational to implement it, rather we do it all in our own backyards. As far as I am concerned , I try to follow the three R's ......reduce,reuse and recycle.
Reduce- Try my best !!
Reuse- Do all the time (an entire new blog topic!)
Recycle-Try to use the right coloured garbage bins (if they are available) 

Hope you do the same!!!


Friday, March 19, 2010

SUPER SALADS......................5

It struck me today that I am only giving out vegetarian recipes (dunno if you noticed), so today we will talk about chicken. According to me if vegetarians have potatoes then non-vegetarians have chicken.........its that versatile!! One can do anything with it fry, bake, boil, sautee and so on and it will almost always be a success.

My little princess likes to eat soup once in a while and without a doubt I give her chicken soup and add a few veggies to it. The boiled chicken is then used up for my sandwiches, pizza toppings, fried rice /noodles etc. On with those later, today we will continue with the salad series.This time round with chicken. So presenting to you Simple Chicken Salad.  As the name suggests its is simple ( most of my cooking is)..........

Simple Chicken Salad Recipe :

1 whole chicken
1 large carrot
1 large potato
1 cup cooked corn kernals
1 small lettucehead
3 tbsp Thousand Island salad dressing
1/2 onion
1 tomato
2 stalks spring onions finely chopped
8-10 pepper corns
1/2 tsp ajinomoto
salt and pepper according to taste
1/2 cup broccoli (optional.....I am not a fan but add it for the nutritional value)
4 cups water

And finally we cook!!!!!!!!!!

1. In a large saucepan put the whole chicken (cut in 4 pieces),onion tomato , peppercorns,ajinomoto,salt, peeled carrot and peeled potato, let all the vegetables be whole do not chop them add the water. 

2. Bring the above to boil and simmer until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through. Keep aside.

3. If using broccoli chop it to bite size pieces blanch it in salted water for 5-7 minutes and set aside.

4. Remove the carrot and potato from the stock(cooking liquid) and  cut to bite size pieces. 

5. Take out the chicken and get the meat off the bone, shred it to bite size. Strain and save the stock for soups.

6. In a bowl mix around 1 cup of chicken , the chopped carrot and potato, corn kernels, broccoli ( if using), spring onions , thousand island dressing and the salt and pepper.

7. Tear the lettuce leaves by hand and add just before serving. This salad can be served cold or warm. Serves 3-4.

P.S  : There will be enough leftover chicken to prepare something else as mentioned before.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SUPER SALADS......................3 n 4

What do you do when you don't want to do anything??? Feel too lazy to do go through the daily chores............just wanna watch T.V (flip channels) all day long or stare at the ceiling(quite a funny sight). Speaking of me I go through this weird phase every once in a while ( mostly when hubby dear is busy at work n little princess is playing on her own). And these are the times when the last thing I want to do is cook!! But since The Almighty has given us a stomach, its our duty to fill it right. Coaxing hubby dear to dine out is mostly successful though lunch is a different matter altogether. And these are the times when I attack my freezer with full force. In one of my earlier posts I had mentioned boiling large batches of cholay, well I do the same for rajma and kaala chana and I freeze them too. So I get through my lazy n crazy moments by making my own salad combination's. Here are two such crazy ways with which I beat my blues away (it also beats Monday Blues after a hectic weekend)..................

Triple Bean Salad Recipe :

1/2 cup boiled rajma
1/2 cup boiled kaala chana
1/2 cup boiled mung bean  
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 
1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
1 tsp finely chopped green chili
1/2 cup coriander leaves
1 tbsp lime juice 
1tsp dry roasted coriander seeds (coarsely ground) 
1tsp dry roasted cumin seeds( coarsely ground)
salt to taste.

Yes you guessed it right always, going by my tradition of 'assembly' mix all the ingredients (life is soo much sweeter when the gas is not turned on) season and savour!!!

And as for the second recipe just add 1cup of thick yogurt with some chopped mint leaves to the above (omit the mung beans for this version) and you get a Minty Beany Raita........  enjoy!!!! ( I also find them both to be a better replacement for chaat cravings!!!)

Its quick, easy, filling and healthy .....what more does one want anyways. After this satisfying treat I usually take a catnap!!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

SUPER SALADS ..........2

Does it ever happen to you?? Sometimes we go to a restaurant and eat something(obviously) thats simple yet amazing.  You can see the ingredients right before your eyes, but still can't figure out that special flavour. Must admit ......happens to me all the time!!!  A few months ago we went out dining with a couple of our friends and there was this salad (amazing). Garden Salad ( or so the restaurant called it) which had onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, red kidney beans and some macaroni ....simple right, but it tasted so good we were all blown away. Definitely we were tasting the dressing, which changed the entire dimension of the salad. Well that was another day,and the memory lingered.

Last Thursday I was buying groceries and got a nice plump avocado not yet ripe though. Thought it will ripen in the two next days and I will prepare a nice dip (guacamole) for a weekend snack. But since that didn't happen, the now ripe avocado ended up in the refrigerator. I had to do something before there was a tree growing in my fridge, hence the twist on the Garden Salad that I had tasted months ago. Hubby dear liked it (of course he gave a few valuable suggestions) and so did I !!!  Thus was born Avocado Delight.

Avocado Delight Recipe :

1 ripe avocado (roughly chopped)
1/2 cup shallots or red onion(chopped roughly)
1/2 cup capsicum (red or yellow) chopped roughly
1/2 cup red kidney beans or edamame beans (boiled)
1/2 cup tomatoes (you know how to chop it)
a few sprigs of coriander leaves 

Dressing :
1/2 tsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin if possible)
1/2 lemon (for rind and juice)
1/2 fresh red chili finely chopped (seeds removed)
salt and pepper as per individual taste 

1. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing thoroughly and refrigerate.
2. Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Pour the dressing on the salad and mix well (bare hands do a great job!)
4. Garnish with a few more coriander sprigs. 

P.S : Please chop all the ingredients in more or less similar size .
          Eat within half an hour of preparing for maximum flavor.

This salad is extremely healthy as well as filling. Serves 2. Preparation and assembly 10- 15 mins.

Friday, March 12, 2010

SUPER SALADS ..........1

Beginning today I will be penning as many (I hope there are many) salad recipes as possible. I love salads and find them extremely easy to make (assemble). Mostly healthy , usually colorful, and definitely tasty, thats my definition for salads.

Today it will be Pineapple Salad. Yummy, I like it and so do my friends n family (or so they say). But one thing I have noticed is that the kids really love it. Its a staple at most of my do's, and hope it becomes a favorite at you home too. So get set to cook!!! (ha ha there's no cooking involved)

Pineapple Salad Recipe :

1 cup sweet pineapple (chopped to bite size)
1 cup apple (chopped to bite size)
1 cup boiled potatoes (chopped to bite size)
1 cup macaroni (boiled and drained)
1 cup capsicum (red, yellow , green mix and chopped know what size)
4 tbsp mayonnaise
4 tbsp milk
salt and pepper to taste

Once all these ingredients are ready simply mix them together in a large bowl add the seasoning and keep it to chill.
Before serving if the consistency is too thick add some more milk and enjoy.
Serves 4-6, I like it as a meal in itself or a mid -meal snack. But no matter how you savor it do try it out and let me know what you think.

P.S : The pineapples have to be sweet or use tinned pineapples instead.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Hey Everybody,
                           So what did you do last weekend??? I for one watched movies and two really good ones at that, at least according to me. Some movies really do leave an impact on us, they force us to think about the way we live our lives or conduct ourselves. I had heard somewhere that 'art imitates life' and then we are inspired by movies......whoa thats deep I guess!! In any case, these two movies that I am talking about both have the leading men in their twilight years . Its about seeing things from their perspective (I know that it already sounds boring).
The first one is called 'Road To Sangam' starring Paresh Rawal, a very well made movie with a message of communal harmony(whats new). But its a good watch for the sheer simplicity with which the story was handled. The characters are very real and believable as well as the plot. I wouldn't want to say much about it, coz I much rather you watch it.......though I must say that its not like MNIK  and  might not really break any records at the box  office, chances are that you might have heard about the movie just about now (I hope not).

Now for the second movie, this ones a Hollywood flick by the name 'Everybody's Fine' starring Robert De Niro. It also boasts of Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell (big names huh!!). This one is for parents and children and when the children become adults.  A recently widowed father (DeNiro) travels all over the country to meet up with his kids ( four of them).  And in the process he realizes that not only are they trying to avoid him they are also lying to him. In fact what he doesn't know is that they are doing so to protect him from hurt and disappointment.  A beautifully made movie, with deep emotions subtly portrayed. It got me thinking, if I had lied to my parents or elders so to speak just so they wouldn't worry too much and in the process hurt their feelings for an entirely different reason. I am sure we all must have at some point, but speaking for myself I suffered a major guilt trip, shed a few tears too.

But also isn't it true that when we lie with a good intent at heart its not a lie ??

Well then, when we say 'Everybody's Fine' so that somebody else stays fine and stress free then I think 'Everything's Fine' !!! 

One more movie I would recommend is  Gracie's Choice (Kristen Bell, Anne Heche) its an Hallmark T.V movie based on a real life adaptation ................on the occasion of Women's Day!



Tuesday, March 2, 2010


     Wondering where I was..? Resting !! We all enjoyed a long weekend. And I am sure many of you must have partied hard and had a great time. It was Holi yesterday so I assume the merrymaking was inevitable through the weekend. Some of my friends were out of town for Holi celebrations, while some of us preferred to stay put at home and have some unadulterated family time and later meet up with friends.

This long weekend was quite simple as compared to usually what we do. Most of the times we get-together go for movies, picnics, arrange pot-lucks and of course one of us definitely throws a party. Thats because someone or the other surely has a birthday to celebrate or an anniversary coming up. So its party time...... Hoorraayy!! I love parties, whether I am giving them or am invited to them. Organizing a party is a thrill in itself. What new food will you cook, how will you present it , what dessert etc.....I love doing all that !! And when I had organized my daughters first birthday the preparations had started two months in advance. But even if its a dinner party at home with ten or so guests my excitement is the same. And as a guest too I have seen that each one of my lady friends puts her heart and soul into her own parties. I guess all of us thrive on it, showing off our culinary skills and efforts that is, and its an added bonus if we are well appreciated.

Some of the foods I have eaten at my friends places fascinated me ........the presentation and the thought behind it. Simply cannot forget the veggie sticks with the unique yogurt dip (want to know more about it), veggie skewers and chicken malai kebab. Or the veggie canapes (what was in the filling I wonder) and the yummy gajar halwa.  And of course the roasted eggplants, enchiladas (can i get the recipe) and chicken cordon bleu (hubby dear still thinks of it).
All in all I gather that we love to have a great time with good company and amazing food. These are the times to be cherished , having a long weekend to do the same is an added advantage, coz you don't have to worry about office and school the next day. So we all are relaxed. Children have a great time too. Plus the leftovers help you survive the next day!! And then after a restful weekend we are ready to face the real life, fully recharged (Monday Blues is another matter). 

So I say three cheers to weekends (long or otherwise), a great bunch of friends to enjoy them with and the spirit to celebrate, at any given time for whatever reason.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Guess what happened yesterday?? No sooner than I posted FIRNI PE FIDA  I regretted it. The post has a recipe for firni , and I thought who dosen't know how to prepare it.........we all do !!!!!!!!!! So why am I doing this ??? writing blogs recipes.....

 Anyways I slept over these nagging thoughts. In the morning it dawned to me, I am writing these blogs as an outlet to all those ideas that keep on dancing in my head.
And I would like to share it with my friends......We all can cook and do too, but if one little tip /trick saves somebody 20 minutes then why not pass it on. And its not only about cooking, it is anything that revolves around our daily life. Or simply discussing something that takes place around us and we have an opinion on. 

Everytime I sit down to write , I think about who might read it and does it really do any good to them ........ I sincerely hope it does! Besides this is just a beginning, I hope to have a larger readership  and receive feedback so as to enhance  my  own knowledge. Because I am pretty sure that all of you have a treasure trunk full of ideas that can be shared and appreciated by the rest of us. 

So friends this is my request to all of you to send me what you have in mind or really like and I will broadcast it on the blog. Comments and reviews are more than welcome. If you have any queries or  recipes that are your specialties or a tip /trick that saves time and energy....... simply e-mail it to me on and i will try to do the needful. And not to mention that the more readers we have the more exchange of information will take place , so let your friends know about this blog-site and widen the circle. To me it looks like a win-win about you??

Friday, February 26, 2010


Life's good , especially if I know that there is dessert after a meal. Call me what you like, but the truth is that at a party I am more interested in knowing whats for dessert rather than the main course. In fact instead of having a sweet tooth ,  all my teeth are about that ??!! All I need is a reason to make something sweet, I can do it at a drop of an hat.

So thanks to the great cricketing feat by Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, I celebrated by making Firni. And the reason to prepare it was basically that it requires no more than 4-5  ingredients which are readily available in any regular Indian kitchen.  So are you in mood to be firni pe fida.............


2 tbsp basmati rice washed and sooaked
500ml milk
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp blanched almonds (slivered)
2 tsp rose water

1. Boil the milk and keep the heat low while stirring.
2. Grind the soaked  rice (after draining) to a medium-coarse powder.
3. Add the rice powder to the milk and keep stirring on low heat until the milk     thickens and the riced is cooked.
4. Add the sugar, almonds and the rose water. Cook for  5-7 minutes and take off the heat.
5. Fill 4 dessert bowls and let it cool down to room tempreature before refrigerating. Serve chilled when slightly set. 

Earthen ware  will work wonders by further enhancing the flavour but glass is fine too.

Now that my firni has been chilled and set I will take your leave and enjoy my dessert, hope you too do the same soon and let me know .

Thursday, February 25, 2010


      Yesterday I had a spring in my step knowing that I am a certified blogger now and have a few followers. I received a few appreciative and encouraging comments on Facebook too. It was a good feeling and a good day overall.
     That was until evening, when I received a call from hubby dear asking me to switch on to the news channel. Not sure as to what I might find I did as I was told................and immediately jumped with joy (for a change it was good news ). Yes Sachin .................THE SACHIN TENDULKAR  had scored a double century in an ODI and in the process set a new record. The feat is a first in one day cricket history  as far as i know. I was and still am thrilled just thinking about it, got goosebumps and all. Wow I have no words............

     A long time ago I had noticed a poster during one of the matches where India was playing, it said "GOD PLAYS FOR INDIA....HE BATS AT NO.4 " ,  well do I need to mention who was batting at no.4. In any case that guy who made the poster surely knew what he was saying.
    Ofcourse I am a Sachin fan for his game but also for his conduct on  and off the field. With whatever knowledge I have of cricket and the buzz around it (courtesy - hubby dear and news /sports channels ) I can safely assume that he does not have any controvesies with any other players ( national /international ). This itself takes tremendous mental stability and a good dose of maturity not to mention modesty, which is ever present in him. Even when a few so called "enlightened cricket experts" said that he should retire, Sachin did what he does best......kept playing!!  They said he is way past his prime , he should retire ...blah ..blahh..............whoa what an answer he gave them.

    He has always been the greatest cricketer ever (atleast for me) and now there is no denying that fact. He is a LEGEND.....and will always be an INSPIRATION to the younger generations who aspire to reach to great heights  relying on their talent and hard work.


SACHIN THIS ONE IS JUST FOR YOU.....................

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Hi ,
      Yesterday I mentioned about my love for cooking, what I didn't say was that I am really not that crazy about slogging long hours in the kitchen. Its just not me, contradictory i i have some tricks under my sleeves to reduce my kitchen time to some extent. Like when I boil chickpeas for Cholay, I usually do it in a big batch maybe a kilo at a time, I know what you're thinking ..........thats a lot of chickpeas  especially if its for two. Then I divide it in 4-6 equal parts and freeze it, with some of the cooking liquid. And next time when I need to use chickpeas, all I have to do is defrost. Ofcourse while boiling I always add 2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of turmeric.

   This brings me to my latest twist on a lite n healthy lunch, coz if its just me for lunch I usually assemble rather than cook. Icall it the Healthy Hummus Sandwich.

Healthy Hummus Sandwich  Recipe ( serves 1 )

1/2 cup cooked chickpeas with a little cooking liquid
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin if possible)
1/2 tsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp of tahini paste or roasted seasme seeds
salt to taste
2 slice brown bread or 1 whole meal pita bread halved ( even better)
1 cucumber thinly sliced
1 tomato thinly sliced
some lettuce leaves
1 boiled egg sliced (optional)

1. Use a hand blender to make a paste of the chickpeas, garlic, a little olive oil , tahini and salt. The paste      should be very fine.
2. Garnish with the remaining olive oil and paprika.This is the Hummus.
3. Slather the the Hummus on the bread slices or in the pita bread pocket.
4. Arrange the veggies and the egg (optional) on one slice and cover with the other slice.As for the pita bread pocket, fill it up with the veggies and egg , yeilds 2 pockets.

There you go a lunch, healthy and light is ready to be savoured. It took me hardly 15 minutes.

Do try it and let me know your verdict.