8! That’s great! Happy Birthday Mimi!!!

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July 11th, 2015
8.00 am
Conversation at the breakfast table, while eating Mimi’s favourite breakfast -Poha.

The big man: Another 1.5 hours and Mimi will be  8 years old.
Me: No another 1 hour and 15 mins. He was born at 9.15 am
The big man: No, he was born at 9.25 am, actually 9.26 am.

All this from a man who was standing outside the operation theatre while I was getting cut open inside. Anyhow…. what’s important is it’s Mimi’s birthday today… YAY!! Happy birthday to my little darling. Little?? Hmm.. not really. He’s a little big man, to be precise.

I have to be very careful with my words and actions, it’s not easy to fool him anymore. He can change his mood from happy to crappy in a second, typical of a Cancer sun sign.

He has a sharp and quick sense of humour, typical of a Cancer sun sign, and very typical of his mum. Hey! I need some credit too…:):)😀

He’s a Lego freak. One has to be very watchful while walking around the house, lest you step on one of the pieces. And trust me, it won’t be there by accident, but Mimi would have put it there as a part of his game.

He’s growing tall… like his dad… let’s give the big man some credit too…:)

Here’s wishing a long and healthy life, Mimi..

Once again, Happy Birthday, Mimi!!!

Why are we so obsessed with ‘clicking memories’?

Look around you – how many gadgets do you have that have a camera? Your laptop, your tab, your phones.. heck, there’s even a pen available with a camera, these days.

I often wonder what people did when cameras were not so freely available? Did they forget how their children looked when they were young? Did they not recall how cute their baby looked they day he/she was born? Did a young groom forget how stunning his bride looked on the day he married her? Or did that group of college going youngsters forget how much fun they had everyday? No! I don’t think so… They remembered everything, they associated their memories with the happiness and fun and joy that those moments brought at that particular moment.

So, how is it different now? We’ve forgotten how breathtaking a sunset can be or how beautiful a rose looks, because we are so busy trying to get a ‘good’ picture to upload on our social networking sites.
Spotted a squirrel outside my window today, ‘click’. Oh look! My kid is crying because I did not let him use my shaving blade (yes, there are a series of photos of small kids crying, available online, because of some silly reason.) , ‘click’. My daughter wore a new dress, ‘click’. I painted my nails with a new shade of nail polish today, ‘click’. My son is going to dance on the stage today, ‘click’,’click’,’click’,’click’….. Don’t even get me started on getting the ‘perfect selfie’. Why have we forgotten to slow down, why are we spending so much time capturing memories on a camera rather than enjoying the moment itself?

Anyway, the one regarding ‘child is going to dance on stage’ bit irked me and got me thinking. Mimi had his annual day at school yesterday and the parents were invited to be a part of the audience. The children put up a fantastic show, each child trying to do his/her best. They were out there in all their glory, trying to locate their mum or dad in the audience. We parents were equally excited. It’s an amazing feeling to watch your little one stage.:):)

So whenever a group of students were up on stage for a song or dance, there would be a hoard of mums and dads kneeling right in front of the stage, clicking pictures and recording a video. Now this meant, all their focus would be on getting the picture or video right (zoom in, zoom out..etc). It would mean elbowing another parent to the side so they could get a better capture. And finally it would mean that their child on stage knew that his/her parent was down there with a camera and would lose focus on the dance or song, so that the parent got a good shot….
Finally it meant that the parents who were sitting quietly (me and few others) and enjoying the dance or song, would not be able to see the performance in peace because a-photographer-in-the-making was blocking the view.😦

I nudged The Big Man and told him ‘how silly can these parents be?’ He just nodded in agreement.

Now tell me, after going home, what part of your child’s performance are you going to remember? The part when she was on center stage doing her solo. Or the part when your son cartwheeled across the stage. Or that you just plainly enjoyed the whole show with a smile on your face? Or the part when you were struggling to get the right picture and right frame?????

Back to the annual day – there was the grand finale, when each and every child who had performed that day came on stage and danced away. I don’t recall, but I think there were just a handful of clappers, because all her hands had become clickers.

Finally I can’t finish without telling you that during the grand finale I caught a glimpse of The Big Man trying to click a picture of Mimi.

With great power comes great responsibility, said Spider man. But with amazing, advanced technology comes a great deal of not knowing how and when to use it.

Oh Well! ‘To each his own’, I say…..

 

 

One day in the hospital…

… is enough to give you a wake up call. It’s enough to make you realise that you take your body for granted and that it needs more love and care. It’s enough to make you realise that you love your loved ones more than you think you love them. It’s enough to give you an insight on the kinds of people that visit the hospital.

It’s enough to make you realise that a hospital is nothing but a workshop where we go to service our parts. A day is all it takes to realise that not all doctors work as per their Hippocratic Oath and that the medical frat has some worms which work only for money. That a hospital will sometimes make it sound like you are more sick than you actually are, so that it can earn some more money. That it will intentionally make you wait longer so they can charge you more.

One day is enough to make you realise you have more physical strength and less emotional strength than you thought you actually had. It can make you weak in the knees seeing your loved one lying helpless and it can make you stay awake for nights, without getting tired. One day is enough to let you know the variety of emotions you can go through in just a matter of minutes – when you go to meet the doctor incharge. There’s not just fear and worry, there’s anger, anxiety, relief, empathy, sympathy, helplessness, guilty, hatred, irritation, nervousness and annoyance.

That one day, you are on the phone every minute giving updates to your worried family members who stay far away. You are on the phone calling your family doctor and relative doctor, taking a second or third opinion, asking and confirming if the hospital is doing the right thing. That one day, you are more or less a call center.

One day in the hospital will make you realise how long a minute can be and how long a wait for the test result can be.

One day in the hospital is enough to make you realise how important it is to have manpower with you, behind you. That one day, you will know who really cares for you

One day in the hospital….

 

Cookie time!!!

Yes… it’s cookie time! Chocolate chip cookie time! Only that I did not have chocolate chips, I had to use chocolate vermicelli, also known as chocolate sprinkles, instead – I’ll post a pic to let you know what exactly it looks like.:)

But first a picture of the oooohh-ever-so-tasty-and-chewy-cookie-that-reminds-me-of-a-warm-sunny-afternoon-by-the-beach…
That’s exactly how I felt when I took the first bite. Let me show you before there are only little crumbs of the cookie left. Where’s that picture now?? Ah! Got it!

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Here’s where I copied the recipe from – Somewhat Simple.

And here’s what chocolate vermicelli looks like.

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So, I’m going back to do some more basking in the sun by the sea side. You folks, stay cool, till we meet again.
Ciao!

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Happy Birthday, Mimi!

Dear Mimi,

You’re 7 today! Wow! It’s sounds like such a big number. Of course! It’s a big number. I can’t believe you are 7 and I still remember the day in the hospital, the day you were born.

Baby, you are now transitioning into a big boy from a small boy. On second thoughts maybe I shouldn’t start the sentence with the word ‘baby’.:)

On this special day, I wish you get the best of everything. My biggest wish for you is that you grow to be a thorough gentleman. Everything else will follow….

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Have a great  year ahead. This time, I’m going to share some of your Mimi’isms’ for your birthday post. Enjoy!

 

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Mimi: Amma, who’s a scientist
Me: He’s one who does experiments and works in the lab and blah, blah, blah…
Mimi: Ok! So a scientist is one who ‘tests’ ‘science’ as in ‘scien’  ‘test’, right?
Me: Of course, child! That’s the correct answer…

 

Mimi: Where are our kidneys?
Me: pointing to my hip
Mimi: I think kids have their kidneys in their knees – that’s why they are called as ‘kid’ ‘neys’
Me: Silence

There are many, many more, but they deserves a special post, no?

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A card for mother’s day you made at school

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Love you lots…. amma

 

 

 

Our Growing Edge – March 2014 round up

Our Growing Edge is an attempt to bring together food bloggers from across the world.  Our Growing Edge is Genie’s (from Bunny.Eats.Design)  brainchild and this event has witnessed several amazing recipe contributions till date. I was overjoyed when I got the chance to host this event on my blog. We’ve got 14 fantastic blog posts for this month and here is a round up of the March edition of Our Growing Edge. Enjoy!:)

 

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Before I take on this ride, I want to thank everyone who has contributed for this month’s event and Genie who gave this wonderful opportunity.

Fritters, fritters!

I just love fritters, don’t you? They are a quick fix snack for a rainy day. Something to munch on while watching the rain drops trickle down your windows…

Serendipity from Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous shared this lovely recipe for fritters that’s made from Urad Dal ( a lentil very popularly used in India). She chose to make the fritter a healthy snack by adding quinoa with the lentil. Indeed a very ‘serendipitous sensation’, as she chose to call it. :)

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Genie of Bunny.Eats.Design  had never tried making fritters before, ‘though fritters are very iconic to New Zealand’ she says . These fritters made from Sweet Corn kernels look very appetising. The sweetness of the corn is sure to complement the salsa cream that Genie served along with the fritters.:)

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Soup ‘n Salad

I thought there was only one kind of beet, the red variety. But Pang’s recipe for Roasted Beet Soup with Creme Fraiche from Circa Happy proved me wrong. There are so many types of beets. This soup made from beets, turnips and kohlrabi sounds absolutely wonderful, something I might try very soon.:)

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Quinoa seems to be really popular and often finds it’s way into several dishes as a new ingredient. That’s what Carissa did too! Carissa from Pretty | Hungry presents Quinoa Greek Salad. Easy, quick to put together and packed with a protein punch, this salad is sure to become a regular in your homes.:)

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Pan Asian

Asian cuisine has sweet, sour, spicy flavours to it and is very colourful too. Gear up to taste a few heartwarming recipes from Asia.

Mary Kathryn from Mary Kathryn’s sewing room tried her hand at Chicken Lo Mein. She says that this Chinese recipe made from noodles, chicken and some essential Chinese ingredients is sure going to be a family favourite. It looks delicious.:)

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Rebecca from Season to Season Eating shares how super delicious her Slow-Cooker Thai Chickpea Stew tasted, even though it was made with simple flavours. The stew has taken a place in Rebecca’s ‘winter comfort foods’ list.:) Chickpeas are extremely popular in India too and are used to make a variety of gravies, starters and snacks.

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Marnelli from Sweets and Brains tried her hand at Adobo, a Filipino dish, for the first time. She learnt the recipe from her dad, who Marnelli says has always made the best Adobo.:)

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 Good old Mac ‘n Cheese :: with a twist::

Here’s another contribution from Pang of Circa Happy- Romanesco Cauliflower mac n cheese.
This recipe is the basic mac n cheese dish, with a few other flaovours and the most awesome looking cauliflower. That’s such a cute looking cauliflower. I wish I could use it someday.:)

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Desert time!!

Corina of Searching for Spice made this adorable Penguin cake for her two-year-old. Her little girl ‘helped’ with making the cake and enjoyed it too. Awww… isn’t that sweet?? This cake reminds me of a cartoon called Pingu.:)

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Okay! All chocolate lovers are requested to sit down before reading this next recipe. This chocolate cup cake is going to make you go weak in your knees.
Sarah of Tales From The Kitchen Shed posted this very inviting recipe for a Giant Chocolate Cupcake.
It’s chocolate! It’s a cupcake! No! It’s a Giant Chocolate Cupcake. I’m adding this to my ‘must try’ list.:)

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Wait! There’s more!

Nom Nom Panda contributed a post on how to make Homemade Salted Eggs and the various uses for them. Molten Custard Buns, Egg White Fried Rice and Steamed Three Coloured Egg are some of the many recipes she suggests for using homemade salted eggs.
I love fried rice and I’m surely going to try it sometime.:)

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Chandler of The International Poor Chef School Project made a post called Back to School.
She shared her wonderful experiences of an online course that she took. A course that discussed /taught in depth about the ‘science of why things occur during cooking’. Do hop over to her post to know more.:)

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Hayley of Condiments on a City Life contributed with a post on ‘You need a base’. She shares on her post, how having a few basic items like onions, tomatoes and garlic can help you fix a quick base for most of your dishes. Hayley’s experimenting with substituting cauliflowers instead of tomatoes to make a base that suits her friend’s palate.:)

Mirepoix. Image: Flickr/Madly in love with life

Mirepoix. Image: Flickr/Madly in love with life

 

Lastly… a little something from my kitchen

A wholesome meal made from paneer or cottage cheese patties rolled in whole wheat chapattis/ bread
It tastes yummy and is healthy too. Hop over to Paneer Kathi roll on my blog for more…:)

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Hope you enjoyed this gastronomical journey.
Our Growing Edge April 2014 is being hosted by Dana from I’ve Got Cake.

Ciao and Happy Cooking!:)

 

 

Paneer kathi roll

We are a paneer loving family. And in Gurgaon, paneer is like the national food of the city. You will find it in abundance everywhere. It’s easily available, very good quality and richer and creamier than what’s available elsewhere – mainly owing to the fact that it’s made from buffalo’s milk.

Paneer or cottage cheese as it’s known otherwise is basically made by removing all the water/ whey from curdled milk. Then it is pressed to form a block. This is then used to make a variety of dishes ranging from paranthas to sweet dishes to gravy based dishes.

This time I tried the paneer kathi roll. It’s yummy and wholesome. I got the recipe from Everyday Indian Cooking.

I’ve made this before too and The Big Man and I just love how it turns out. It’s better than what is available outside, because it has the home-made flavour.

This is how I made it:

In a bowl  add about 200 gms of crumbled paneer, 2 small boiled potatoes, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp chaat masala, some chopped coriander, salt to taste, 1 tsp red chilli powder. The recipe called for bread crumbs, I substituted it with one slice of bread (this is mainly for the binding).

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Mix it well and make cutlet shaped patties

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Shallow fry these patties on a girdle / tava and set aside

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To make the dip /chutney, blend together few mint leaves, coriander leaves, 1 green chilli and 1 inch piece of ginger along with curd/ yogurt.

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Now make a dough from whole wheat flour and roll out a roti and cook the roti as usual. Once the roti is made, the roll is ready for assembly. In the original recipe, the patties were made length wise to look like sausages, since I’ve made them round, I cut them to make two semi circle pieces.

On the ready roti, place 4 half patties pieces lenghtwise. On this add some long pieces of onion and cabbage. Pour a couple of spoonful of chutney and finally sprinkle some chaat masala.

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Roll the roti and cut it diagonally in the center.

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Do try and let me know how it works out.

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by me at my blog Mimi’s Mommy’s Blog.our-growing-edge-badge

Our Growing Edge – March 2014

If you are like me, then, there is that one recipe (or several as is in my case) that you’ve always wanted to try. Or there may a recipe which turned out so well, that you would like to reinvent with your own personal touch.
Well, don’t let anything hold you back. Don your apron and get going….. and be a part of Our Growing Edge monthly blogging event.

our-growing-edge-badge       Our Growing Edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow  and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort. This monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things and to compile a monthly snapshot of what food bloggers are getting up to.

And this month, I’m honoured to host this event on my blog. Cook, try something new, re-invent and discover the different tastes from around the world.

Find out all about the ‘Our Growing Edge’ monthly blog event.

The last date to submit your recipes is March 26th, 2014.

Happy Cooking!