Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Big Thank You

 

Its a month, and time to say thank you to all of you.

Its been full 30 days since I started blogging actively, and I am happy to have more than 30 followers today.

Thanks and hugs to all those who chose to follow me. You guys inspire and motivate me a lot 🙂

I admit, I am not that good at writing, but whatever I do write, is right out of the heart and soul. I am glad I can connect to you all.

I feel like being bonded to a family, although a virtual one……but it does mean a lot to me !!

Hope you are able to relate your lives to my posts, somewhere, sometime.

Summer time : Mango time – sweet and savoury mango pickle

The only reason why I like summers is the arrival of the king of fruits            *drum roll* The Mango. Clearly, I don’t love the hot sunny days, just the mangoes 🙂

Mango is a tropical fruit, with a unique flavour and fragrance. Exceptionally  tasty, mangoes are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and potassium.

I love to have it in any form, mango juice, or a chilled mango shake, or just simply sliced as a fruit itself 😀

While there can be a variety of experimentation with mangoes, I serve you today, a very quick and easy, sweet and savoury pickle made of raw mangoes. Enjoy……..

Sweet and Savoury mango pickle :

Ingredients

2 raw mangoes (small or medium sized), peeled and diced.

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp salt (or according to your taste)

a pinch of asafoetida

2 whole red chillies

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp shredded jaggery

Method

1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, add the whole chillies, a pinch of asafoetida, and quickly add the diced mangoes. Add the salt and turmeric, mix all, cover and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.

temper the diced raw mangoes and simmer for 3-4 min

2. Raw mangoes cook easily. When you uncover the vessel you find that the mangoes have tendered, as shown in the 2nd pic.

the raw mangoes have tendered

3. Now add the sugar and the jaggery and mix well. Again cover and let it simmer for 2 more minutes.

The reason that we add both is that all the sourness of the mango cannot be balanced by the sweet in the jaggery, hence  some amount of sugar is needed to counter the sour taste. Only sugar, and the pickle would become more watery, hence both….

add sugar and jaggery

4. After 2 min, the sugar and jaggery melt and give the pickle a watery consistency. Just whisk a bit with a spoon and let it cool off completely.

There isn’t a need to evaporate the liquid, because once it cools off, it would be absorbed and turn into a thick dip.

all the sugar and jaggery has melted

5. When the pickle has completely cooled down, add the red chilli powder.

Do  not add the chilli powder when the pickle is still hot, as it may burn and give the pickle an odd brownish colour.

when it cools, add red chilli powder

6. Voila its ready !! Pack it and you can be preserve it, refrigerated for 5-6 days.

You can store it in the fridge for 5 days

This instant tangy mango pickle is used as a dip at our lunch and dinner times. I make it fresh almost every other day during summers 🙂

Its super easy and hardly takes 15 min to make. Give it a try and do let me know how it went………….

The Beginning

I can’t just stop blushing today 😀

The reason is the pic of my little one I captured just a few minutes back. It has given me a chance to prove that he is after all mamma’s boy !!

Have a look at it –

He loves his books

Me and my partner, at times, have a casual fight on whom the kids have pooled in genes from. Most of the times the final verdict is that the girl resembles me while the little man resembles his dad; and similarity means both in looks and the character. That offences me a bit, coz I want my boy to be a ‘mamma’s boy’ – although he is, to a certain extent 😉

This afternoon I got a chance to click this random snap, as a proof that the guy too has pooled some genes from me. Look how he sleeps soundly with his newly found love in those little hands. Since they are bedtime stories, they are supposed to be in the bed with him, any time he is sleeping !!

Dad doesn’t ever pick up a book, its only the mum who cajoles them to read all kinds of books at hand. Slowly but firmly, the kids are showing an inclination towards reading, as I have cut down on the TV time. That makes me happy, yay !!

 

His books should be on the shelf with mine.

He has arranged his book collection (although very few books at the start), neatly along with mine on the shelf. And he proudly adds ” Mumma I read too, I need to place my books on the shelf, can’t let them lie around randomly.”

How responsible and cute that is !!

It’s a new beginning for me.

That reminds me of a proverb – As you sow, so shall you reap. I am already sowing 🙂

Madhuri is in my blood !!

There shouldn’t be a reason to love Madhuri Dixit, and there should be no reason why we shouldn’t love her 🙂

Recently viewed her interview with Noreen Khan of BBC, and that made me absolutely nostalgic of this beautiful lady. Check out what she has to say about her life as a diva, and you will start loving her, all over again, to bits, I promise.

Madhuri Dixit talks to Noreen Khan of BBC.

Be it Shiela, Munni, Laila or Chikni Chameli, none can come closer to even a toe nail of Madhuri Dixit. She is the epitome of feminism, firmly grounded even while enjoying her comeback to the Bollywood film industry.

Its wonderful to watch an actress age so gracefully, while her contemporaries and even the latest newbies are getting injected with botox all over. She is a true diva.

I just slid back into the 90’s, made a cuppa coffee and had my earplugs on. Thank God there’s YouTube 😉

I don’t exactly remember, but I was in my grade 6 when the blockbuster movie Tezaab had made her an overnight star. And truly she was !!

 

Check out the expressions and the dance moves she makes, in the hit song Ek do teen, absolutely stunning.

 

I had been dancing to the tunes of this song since my childhood. Everywhere, school functions, get togethers, parties, even alone in my room. Added to my love for her, was my look almost similar to her during those days. A slender figure, wavy hair and all those dance moves…….Madhuri was in my blood 🙂

There are umpteen number of her songs that I need to put up here, and the post would be soooo long then, but I have to, can’t resist the urge to do so !!

Keep scrolling down to melt into the Madhuri madness as the mania goes on :

 

Dum dama dum from Dil, a song added after the release of the movie-

 

Chane ke khet mein from (I forgot the movie….oops)

ooooolala doesn’t she look gorgeous?

 

Humko aajkal hai intezaar from Sailaab, portrays her quintessential beauty-

 

Choli ke peeche kya hai from Khalnayak, a controversial song that made her the heart-throb of millions-

 

Akhiyan milaon from Raja, exposes the naughtiness in her.

 

And the ultimate, Dhak dhak karne laga from Beta, that gives her the title of Dhak Dhak girl.

 

Omg, how can I forget Mera piya ghar aaya from Yaarana…check it out

 

The list can go on and on…..but I have to cut short the post 🙂

Hope you enjoy the songs, as much as I do.

It is a feast for the soul to watch Madhuri dance, what say ??

 

Check your spam list

Dear friends and followers, it has been two days I am not able to leave comments on your blogs. That doesnt mean I do not read them, I very much try to to through each one of my favourite blogs and leave a comment on them.

I request you to check into your spammed comments, and retrieve my comments if possible.

PMS

Yes you read it right, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome.

I have been a victim of this syndrome since the past two years.

I have not a slightest idea of what triggered the syndrome to love me !!!

As the experts claim, PMS is caused by some horrible mixing of the sex hormones and the neurological chemicals. The symptoms are difficult to identify, as they are mostly psychological. Moreover, it can be easily mimicked, meaning, it is difficult to identify whether the patient is really suffering from it or just faking it. It may just be a psychological condition at times, labelled as PMS.

As a teenager, I was blessed with a perfectly regular menstrual cycle. No cramps and pains accompanied. Even after I had a normal delivery for both my children, the menstrual cycle continued to be regular. I was always an outgoing personality, who loved to meet people and interact with them. I dreaded being alone. Not until I hit my thirties.By mid thirties, I started to notice a change in myself.

I had started to love solitude. I was turning more towards being engrossed in books, rather than talking to someone. I had lost touch with almost all my friends, and had turned into a patient listener at parties, rather than a vocal person, which I was. I did not like getting dragged into discussions, I hated being made to meet or talk to anyone. At times kids irritated me too !!

And these symptoms seemed to vanish as soon as the flushes started 😐

My partner kept on stressing that my attitude was changing, but I could not figure out the reason for this, only until I had a brief read about PMS on the internet.

Slowly I came to notice that my mood swings would become prominent, a week before my periods started. By this time the periods had also become irregular, and it had become difficult to estimate the correct date. Nonetheless, I would come to know of it a week before, coz my moods would change drastically.

I would become more solitary, depressed and get feelings of worthlessness. Especially at nights, I would never sleep without crying. I would become an utter cry baby during those days. I would be more irritated, yelling and howling at the smallest mistake kids did. I would not give a chance to anyone to explain to me. I would almost become unbearable during those days.

Thanks to the family who took me as I was and never questioned my attitude. Till date they have no idea, of what I have been going through each month, during these 2 years. I never had the courage to talk to them about PMS and tell them how I was fighting with myself, with the depressive feelings inside me.

Most of the cases of PMS show an increased rate of violent tendencies. Some of them would skip into depression and frustration to such an extent that they would land up being suicidal. If not diagnosed appropriately and treated well, PMS could be fatal for ladies with lower self-confidence and lower morale. Family support is a must for these kind of cases. My case wasn’t that severe.

Luckily, I diagnosed it for myself and tried to find out ways to tackle this problem. I did not want my family to suffer because of my temperamental mood swings. At the same time I was too shy and reluctant of meeting a doctor to talk about this.

Next post, I shall talk about how I chalked out an alternative therapy plan for myself, involving the elements of yoga, to calm down my high soaring temper during those dull, gloomy, depressing days.

I wish I could make all my students read this one 🙂

Laura Lee Garner

Ten Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls | Kate Conner.

1.  If you choose to wear shirts that show off your boobs, you will attract boys.  To be more specific, you will attract the kind of boys that like to look down girls’ shirts.  If you want to date a guy who likes to look at other girls’ boobs and chase skirts, then great job; keep it up.  If you don’t want to date a guy who ogles at the breasts of other women, then maybe you should stop offering your own breasts up for the ogling.  All attention is not equal.  You think you want attention, but you don’t.  You want respect.  All attention is not equal.

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Egg-less Orange Cake

Don’t know how I had a feeling to bake this one.

But since the time I had gotten up from the bed, all I could do was smell oranges around………..I  know that’s a bit crazy, but that is how I am!!!

So it was decided, come whatever may, I am to bake this cake today 😉

It was a pain to wait for the cake while baking, whilst my nostrils were filled with the citrus aroma of the oranges.

I love oranges, lemons and all citrus fruits, be it summer or any other season.

The best thing being, kids are excited to relish this tangy cake.

The recipe is customized as per my needs, coz there were various available online, but all using eggs.

I was inspired to bake this one when I read about the Lemon drizzle loaf on Hungryhinny. Instead of using the lemons I used Oranges. Her recipes are simple and delicious 🙂

Moreover, I find its tricky to bake in a microwave oven as compared to conventional oven. All the recipes available online are for the conventional method of baking, hence I have to keep on experimenting till I find the right mixture and method.

So here it is :

A bit crumbly but tasty !!

Ingredients 

1 cup        All purpose flour

3/4 cup    Castor Sugar

1 tsp        Baking soda

1 tsp        cooking soda

200 g       melted butter

1 tbsp      whipped curd

1/2 tsp     vanilla or orange essence

grated peel of one orange

fresh orange juice of two oranges

You can add orange colour too, if you wish to 🙂

Method

Sift and mix together, the flour, castor sugar, baking soda and cooking soda in a large bowl.

Slowly add into it, melted butter, curd, orange peel and orange juice, keep whisking not to form lumps.

Finally add the essence and whisk once more.

The mixture should be of a pouring consistency, if not, you can adjust by adding more orange juice.

Pour the mixture into the greased mould and microwave for 5 min at 80 % power.

Check once and once again microwave for next 3 min at 100 % power.

Check, a knife should come out clean through the cake.

Let it stand in the oven for 5 min, and then cool completely.

Its ready…….yay !!!

P.S.1.This was my second trial with the cake, first trial I could not estimate the baking time and had burnt it 😛

2.Do not over bake or you will burn it, keep checking in between, be patient.

3.The orange peel gives the crunch to the cake, it can be skipped if you don’t like it.

4. My cake looks crumbly coz I baked it for 1 min more 🙂

Do let me know how you like it …………adieus till then

The Immortals of Meluha

The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1)

Its been more than a month I finished – The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi, the after-effects are still around !!

It is the first book in the Shiva triology………..two more to go for me 🙂

The cover of the book had me at it.

Usually a book cover has front view of the characters or images.Instead, this one had a well toned back of a warrior with scars on it. Added to it was the trishul, that blew me away. There was an air of mystery.

The aura of Shiva is divine. Be it the Lord Shiva himself or Shiva, the protagonist of the book.

The way it started from the foothills of Mansarovar, I was spellbound by the beauty described. It left me feeling, I was really there, basking in the beauty of nature.

The author must have done some real research work on Indian mythology to put his characters together. The entire journey and the development of all the characters be it Shiva himself, Sati, Nandi, Brahaspati, Veerbhadra…….is in line with the Shivapurana (The mythological story of Lord Shiva).

As a child I was always drawn to mythological characters. Other deities like Lord Ganesha, Hanuman and Lord Krishna have been largely spoken of, in books and as cartoon characters. But Lord Shiva, still remains to me, a mystery.

Amish Tripathi has revisited and revived the character of Shiva, as a normal, cool guy, who is on a journey to discover himself as the Lord Neelkanth (one with the blue throat), the path to truth and the consequences of his actions.

I finished the entire book in just four sittings and am already looking forward to the second part of the triology called – The Secret of Nagas.