Friday, July 31, 2009
The story is about the characters of the 100 acre wood who are helping in apple picking in Big ears' orchard - red, green & yellow apples. The story progresses to a point were Owl and Tigger discuss why this is like a feast for the senses- see, smell, hear, taste and touch (which incidentally the kids love to recite).
So it gets decided that each one will make something out of the apples which will tease the senses in some way or the other.
Each inhabitant makes some apple dish or the other like-sweet jelly, baked muffin, cider, sour apple candy, sticky honey apple, apple cinnamon candle, apple pie etc. But Tigger being Tigger, is the smartest of all. He brings out labeled vats, puts the stuff made by the others in each vat, blindfolds everyone and leads them to touch, smell, taste and guess what is inside the vat!
I loved this book not only for the concept but also for the delightful and colourful pictures which to me is extremely important in a children's book. The book is from EurobooksIndia, Published by Shree books and is available for Rs 50. I must look out for more books in this series.
I got mine at Word & Worths Besant Nagar - according to me, one finds good range of books there.
I also picked a Tom & Jerry from shree Books. The book is much loved by the kids but it did not cut ice with me. They tried in vain to capture the speed of the cat & mouse chase and in the process missed the fact that in a book, you need to take it a little slow. They could have captured the tomfoolery & tricks they employ for each other rather than just the chase.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ok, so cryptic and difficult to follow type of line of the day is over and dealt with so let me get down to the dirt ...
In simple terms we met in Coffee Day and gossiped about old times over lots of food and drinks and at the same time conspiring in many ways to make the thin-girl-who-does-not-belong to gain weight while we lose weight so as to reach a mid point of agreement atleast.
We also had the "good" fortune to eye witness a small drama which involved a school-girl-who-came-with-a-gang-of-5-guys-to-have-coffee types dashing off to the toilet, her parents and little brother banging on the toilet door, the girl eventually opening the door and walking off with the Dad!
It just made me wish that may my kids never feel the reason to lie or hide facts from me.
As if we have not eaten enough already, the next evening we met for dinner in Mainland China- I really kind of cannot figure out Mainland China- the same dish seems to taste different everytime we order- the lamb pepper roast to be precise. Anyway, the chicken lllypops were droolicious and we ordered a non spicy plate for the kids and they are just deep fried. I ordered the sinful brownie sizzler and to lessen the sin, shared half of it and the entire icecream with the kids. And oh, the wood that housed the sizzler smells delicious too.
But the hotel that houses the restaurant is badly in need of a facelift. So much so that the exit is mistaken for the entrance (which when we reached there was incidentally very dark, foreboding and without any security)
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tejas- I want to buy that thing.
Tejas- That which you bought yesterday
Me- What did I buy yesterday
Tejas- You don't know what you bought yesterday?
Me- ok show me
Turns out he wanted the Kissan squeezie jam which we hav bought a month ago
Tejas- Mamma give me that book
Me- which book
Tejas- the same one that I want.
Dadda & Babies taking bath together
Ojas insists- Dadda do susu before taking bath
Dadda- No I did in other bathroom already.
Ojas- No Dadda do here... this bathroom.
*Waits expectantly for Dadda to oblige*
Ojas- I feel like thukki (spitting) seeing your lengu (nether regions)
Tejas- I feel like vomiting seeing your belly button
Tejas- I want to go to shop
Tejas- To buy some things
They do know what pleases Mamma
Friday, July 24, 2009
Hardly any taste- simple straight forward mango..... slightly fibrous near the skin.
Ah well, as long as it's a mango.
Even the fruit seller did not show enthusiasm towards it.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Says the eloquent madmomma...
It’s only at a wedding, that you realise there is no perfect love, but you can aspire to it. And as you look around, at the congregation. A sea of expectant, smiling faces, you know that they’re there for a reason – to watch you make the biggest commitment of your life. That if you walk away from it today, you take away that little bit of hope that each one of them invested in you when they came there to be witness to your union. That each one of them believed in you and in that vow you were taking. That on your wedding day you sent back each one of them with a little strand of hope as you walked down the aisle glowing and radiant with happiness. That if for no other reason but this, you have to put aside annoyances and irritants like ‘he argues with visitors’, ‘he doesn’t bring me flowers anymore’ and ‘he wakes up with a finger on the remote control instead of on me’!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Seven Things I like to Do:
Seven Things I like to Eat
Cakes (Chocolate truffle)
Haldiram Lemon Bhujiya
whaat.. only 7..ok I will stop
Seven things I like to wear
Trousers (when they fit)
short kurta & churidaar
My long black skirt
Seven of my most prized possessions:
My recently found self confidence
Our combined ability to put all the square meals on the table
And I add from my side (to justify the creative award)
Seven thing I most want to do
Have a large home
My own venture
A good job bringing up the kids
And seven friends I would like to pass this award to
Friday, July 17, 2009
The cousins & us would compete with each other on "guthlee white karo competition"- who can suck on the seed so well that all traces of fibre and mango colour are gone! Those yummy mangoes from the village orchards!
Ojas & Tejas love sucking on the seed... so much so that I cheat to make them eat the pulp- place a bit of pulp on the edge of the seed and shove that edge into their mouth!!
I love the way they graduated from eating skinless bits to trying to imitate us as we eat - scrape the pulp from peices with the skin using our teeth...
I know some moms who don't give mangoes until the kids are 3 but I for one did not know you are not supposed to give and secondly it seemed such a shame to make them miss eating such yummy fruits.
All these years I would eat either the langda or the banganapalli (which is available in chennai).
But this time I decided to try even the others
1. Himsagar (from Calcutta)- I was amazed and pleasantly surprised at the nuances of taste that this mango offers- slightly green, milky, fleshy, skinny, sweet, aromatic, floral... a myriad of taste peaks
2. Imampasand- May be I picked the wrong ones but they were slightly flat, very fleshy, slightly creamy/milky, ripe - but overall nice
3. Totapari- very aromatic, skinny, juicy, slightly green, fibrous
and how do the favourites / now regular differ?
4. Malda/ Langda- prominent skin note, touch of green, fleshy, juicy
5. Banganapalli- juicy, fleshy, sweet, ripe... just can't go beyond- they tend to become over ripe estery very soon. That's what I hate about them
If you want to get the best of them- buy on the ECR road when you are driving to and fro between Chennai & Pondy!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
At few occasions during the last fortnight, it was observed that you were not complying to this requirement while at office premises.]
Monday, July 13, 2009
1. pick a random photo from the album and post about it with captions
2. write about your weekend
3. give some advice to the world in general on how to lose weight, how to save food, how to save time blah blah blah
4. post a recipe
5. Post a store/ restaurant review
I pick no. 4 for the moment and here I am with my keema pie recipe, modified to suit my cook-in-minimum-steps-don't -sweat-the-small-stuff rule.
1. mutton keema- let's say 1/2 kg
2. onions (somewhat half the weight of mutton keema)
3. 1-2 tomatoes
4. ginger -garlic paste- 3 tsp
5. turmeric- 1/2 tsp
6. coriander powder- 4 tsp
7. garam masala- 1/2 tsp
8. chilly powder, salt- as per taste
9. Cheese spread/ grated cheddar cheese / cheese slices
Method- Cook the mutton
1. heat oil in a cooker
2. add 1 -2 bay leaves
3. Add 2-8 ingredients and stir well until oil is seen oozing out of the mix- which means the masalas are all cooked
4. Add mutton and mix them well. If you want add 2-3 tbsp curd. No need to add water.
5. Close the cooker and cook for 1 whistle and leave on the gas for 10-15 minutes in low flame.
6. Switch off and wait for steam to get released naturally.
7. Open cooker, incase the keema is watery, dry the water through open cooking.
Making the pie format
8. Take a microwave safe glass bowl and pour the cooked keema
9. layer the top with cheese of your choice.
10. Micro cook for 7-8 minutes.
Serve yumm yumm keema pie with oddles of melted & then hardened cheese
PS- I do not have a photo. In teh excitement of eating it I forgot to photograph it.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
We feel terribly sleepy or hungry or thirsty everytime we need to do them
We cry, we hold the pencil poised and do not move it until screamed at.
We get very tired after a few lines of writing.
But we are ready to colour some random drawing book of ours the moment we escape from the homework.
We bully Mamma into holding our hand at times as we write. And as she writes, we look around - anywhere but into the book.
We love using the eraser
And even colour pages that are not part of our homework when Mamma is not looking
We like cutting and sticking though.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
This weekend, as we sat together to do our home work (notice the we- it includes me and sometimes the Dadda). and I always thought we are done with home work- the dreaded monster that is remembered on Sunday afternoons regularly and thereby is solely created to create a sense of doom in our hearts every Sunday afternoon.
Coming back to Ojas & Tejas & their homework, we had some cutting & pasting work to do and while Tejas was very eager to do the cutting himself, Ojas showed no such eagerness. Towards the end, he realized that cutting paper is also a right that can be exercised and therefore he insisted that he should cut the pictures. I noted that he had difficulty in coordinating the scissors.
I immediately recalled Kiran's set of exercises and did the following
1. Paper cutting- Ojas showed initial signs of difficulty but was quite deft later. We also bought a pair each of colourful scissors scissors with good grip in the evening. Reminiscence alert-
when I was in Prep class, the teacher brought many pairs of colourful tiny scissors for class activity. Since there were many pairs, I was hopeful we would get to take them home (I had small desires even then). I never got them scissors and I am still in love with such colourful scissors..End of reminiscence
2. Paper crumpling- I did not know they gave so much satisfaction!
3. Squeeze Balls
4. Coin Sorting- the side effect/ benefit of this sorting and piling exercise is that the kids have taken out their coin boxes / piggy bank that so long were used only as boxes that can be locked & unlocked. They take care to lock their piggy banks in the night before sleeping by the way.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Ojas & Tejas say thanks for the story CD and Mamma for the Krishna!
Friday, July 03, 2009
They also love The Jungle Book from the same sticker book collection. They have almost memorised the first page which goes..Tonight, the tiger Sher Khan, desperate with hunger (add sound effects - grrr)... They love the story and it is one of their preferred bedtime books.
My reading method includes pausing at each sticker and letting them read the word that the sticker depicts aking it quite interactive for them, apart from asking them to describe the pictures on each page.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Tejas/ Ojas- I am small, I want to be small
Mamma- ok, eat and become small and strong.
Tejas then proceeds to measure his palm against mamma's palm to reassure himself that he is indeed small and will eat only if he feels the need to become smaller.
Tejas- Dadda is chee chee because he has hair on his hands and face
Mamma- But even Tejas has hair on his hands. Proceeds to tug at a few hairs on his arms to make her point, (yes I am evil)
Tejas- clearly shocked at realizing that he has hair on his arms.
composes himself very quickly and says- But I am small naa (which makes it ok to have hair or makes the hair less yucky to him)