Kid’s perspective

Its a funny incident which happened in 2020 when Vasanth was working from home and he has asked his office to deliver new laptop to our home as we were stuck at home due to COVID restrictions

My son observed Vasanth giving directions to the guy who was delivering it and asked me “who is coming ?”

Me being me( just for fun) told its a new baby which we are going to adopt.

Ojas was shocked and his eyes were wide open “What ?”

I told he is very sweet and intelligent and sits quiet, doesn’t back talk and very very obedient . On hearing this Jaanu joined the conversation

“Why are we adopting now? ”

I told “We are in need of it .I am bored of them(Jaanu and Ojas ,Tejas was not home yet ) and I need someone to entertain and keep me happy as they both are busy with their life”

They were at the verge of crying now ,with lot of difficulty I held on to the conversation (without bursting out laughing) I said “I have chosen name also -Lapytopy”

They started crying now ,even after hearing the name they were just sad and didnt think through that its a joke.

They asked Vasanth “Is it true, some one is coming ?” He said “Yes” and thats it ..They just lost it

Jaanu kept her composure a little but Ojas was beyond consoling .Vasanth and myself started laughing and they got even more upset.

We told them it was a joke and needed lot of reassurance. After Tejas(our dog ) came home I remind kids often of the funny incident and drama they did for “Lapytopy” So sometime I call Tejas Lapytopy and we all burst out laughing..

As often as I say these are in my core memories I would be grateful it if its in my kid’s core memory too.

Blessed to witness these moments and praying for many more

Latest and cutest(May I say?)

So…I will get straight to the point We got a little Golden Retriever Puppy and he is the cutest of all (Yes !! Ojas and Jaanu agree totally with this ) We named him Tejas

As I have said before Jaanu always astonishes me with her patience, as she grows I can see the patience and sweetness increasing everyday (Ofcourse there are times when she elbows her brother or pushes his head on the bed for not sharing Ipad or phone )..Why I suddenly jumped from our puppy to Jaanu ? There is a reason behind it ofcourse,When Jaanu was 6 year old she asked us whether she can have a puppy.We told her when she is 10 year old it will happen. On her 9th birthday she asked me a book on how to take care of dog .She started choosing names already(one was Sammy sunshine), then COVID happend and we couldnt get her what she wanted.

On 11th birthday she did say that we missed getting her a dog on her 10th birthday so we secretly asked people around and after 3 more months of wait Tejas was home.

We were actually looking for a chocolate labrador We were in car when we received a call from breeder that there are goldie puppies which are old enough to go to new home the breeder showed us dog mom and dad and offered to bring puppies home so that we can decide . We started thinking about names already while coming home and landed on Tejas as it rhymes with Ojas too ūüôā As soon as we saw puppies kids were giggling and running around them .The puppies pooped ,peed and started exploring house already.

Mere sight of my kids happily chasing those puppies and having a gala time changed our mind and we changed from Chocolate Labrador to Golden Retreiver. We opted to keep Tejas (Ojas wanted to keep both the puppies as he didn’t want to separate them)As sweet as the thought is I was totally new to taking care of dog and convinced Ojas on keeping one for now ,I definitely feel guilty for that decision and on top of that breeder tried coaxing us into getting both of them..

Vasanth grew up around pets in the house but I had no experience and was very skeptical on raising a dog as I know I will be the one who has to be with dog all day after kids resume school and Vasanth his office . If you ask me now I am so in love with Tejas and he loves us in his own way too

Puppy phase is hard and It took some time to adjust to all of this. Tejas repeated shark bites,Peeing everywhere around the house ,playing with his poo to biting couch corners ,vanishing socks and scrunchies

My kids got so jealous of me running around him that they started complaining that my phone has more of Teju(Tejas) pics than theirs .My kids hardly displayed jealousy towards each other so it was hilarious to watch them talk like that.

Its been 10 months and Tejas is ruling the house . He is able to teach my kids to eat without spilling (as he will come running for scraps on table if my kids spilled any ).My kids don’t leave the table with food on the plate. He comes near me when I eat and keeps his chin on my lap making puppy eyes. I will accept that I have fallen for those cute eyes almost every time.

He LOVES to eat .Yes!! He loves to eat irrespective of what he is eating. I have seen toy eyes, threads from his toys to a small zipper pin which he picked up while walking . He wants constant attention from us if I ignore him for half hour .The best way he does it is to take the remote and we end up chasing him around the house . His favorite snack is ICE CUBES ,he just munches on them like kid munches a candy. So our trade when he does anything naughty is those ice cubes.

Me and Vasanth always tell each other that Tejas likes YOU more. As its my blog I can say he loves Vasanth more. He always sits near him and stays calm as soon as Vasanth finishes his work and closes the laptop Tej recognizes that sound very well and gets up to get some petting If Vasanth ignores ,the puppy bites begin. Vasanth’s theory is ‘Tejas likes me more because Tejas wants to bite everything and everyone in this world If I am missing (I go out). He is a Goldie and obviuosly clingy ,it has nothing to do with me.

One thing is for sure that all of us love how he welcomes us back home with his superfast wagging tail and running , jumping around the house and pouncing at us for lot of petting . Its very hard for me to stop myself from petting him as soon as we come home because I really dont want 30 kg of body slams on people who come home. Training is not only necessary for him but for us too.

We are guessing that Tejas assumes Ojas to be a tiny friend who he can pin down for play. Ojas is just 5 Kilos heavier than Tejas now so the best way for Ojas to stop the pounce is have treats in his hands. Even though its painful for ojas to bare his weight he loves him a lot. I really appreciate when he tells me not to be strict with Tejas because he is just a puppy though he is big. I am blessed to have people who show abundance of love towards our dog from neighborhood kids to elders who relate with their dogs who have passed away and of course we meet dog haters / Scared of dogs /Jump on top of a chair when you see a dog people too.

We meet lots of dogs when we go for a walk . I remember all the dog names ( Irony -I am very bad with names )but suddenly struck me that I never bothered to ask dog parent’s name . Its hilarious.

We all are trying our best to co-live and I am trying my best of abilities to take care of this puppy .The early morning tail wags and bringing his toy to play ,small tricks for treats ,I am totally enjoying this new company and I enjoy the genuine love most of all. These are my core memories and I am glad I have cherished and preserved it .

Thank you !! for everything I have .

Kids growing along with Covid19 lockdown

I guess its a current trend in blogging -blog about how bloggers /people are coping up with pandemic(COVID19) so I dont want to spare anyone from my rant either  ( march 2020–to be continued God knows when!!?? )

Its amusing how people behavior changed along with COVID spreading

At first, people were really complaining ( whatsapp messages were about mocking handwash/sanitizers , social distancing,staying safe etc. )

when it started becoming serious so did the whatsapp messages (it was not mocking anymore now it was 20 bullet point instructions on how to wash your freaking hands!! ) My daughter diligently followed “2 times happy birthday song ” rule.

Then in a matter of few days ,we all were stuck inside our homes with our loved ones and whats app messages were -Stay home, stay safe and all the artists around the world now came together to entertain us as much as possible so that we wont forget them.NETFLIX/HOTSTAR/AMAZON PRIME were used more than you can think, not only that (They helped us creating multiple profiles for shared screening )so that you wont fight for who wants to watch. Its not fighting for remote anymore.

Dalgona coffees,living in balcony,making imaginary fort .trying google 3D animals to all whats app challenges ,online karate,dance classes ,and trying to cooking something which I have never tried  before..

For one of Ojas birthday’s we went to byblos restuarant (mediterranian ) . We ordered (all in one¬† ) platter¬† and he just went bonkers over the display of array of food. We told him we will comeback as a reward for him next time if he attains what he targetted for ( Kids need motivation ) Unfortunately Corona made us stay at home and he is been pestering for it for a long time

As the title of this post says ,let me talk about my kids ,at first they didn’t understand what was happening All they thought was their exam is postponed and they have to stay home n prepare for their finals. After few days exams were cancelled and they were already promoted to next grades (I didn’t tell them that they are promoted )¬†

Their thoughts were like Yohooo!! More TV,iPad,games etc. Once they realized they wont be even able to step out of main door for few days it struck them that they wont be able to come along to groceries to pester me to buy something for them.Overall ,they took this lockdown as a new normal and adapted to it pretty quickly (Easy peezy like my son says )

The first thing I did was hid few of their old toys and games beyond their reach and asked them to create their own game board and they DID it!!

It was of course a giant board game inspired from one of their favorite you tuber(or influencer ) .They spread the game all around living room difficult for me to clean but yet very very entertaining.

So we all are stuck in home and getting bored . I asked ojas to write or read something . He went all ballistic first and calmed down ,went into thinking zone and had a Eureka moment

He tells his Dad ‘Appa, my name has four of our birth month initials O(October) – Ojas,J(July)- Jaanu,A( August) -Amma,S(September )-You

We were so intrigued by his finding we forgot he was having a timeout . I am now thinking ..May be more timeouts for Ojas ūü§Ē

Ojas started getting hooked to devices more and it was irking us so much so we gave him idea of creating his youtube channel.  He nudged his dad to create a channel for him and he now irritates me to gather all material for his mini science experiments so that he can make videos and show his fans(as he calls it)

Jaanu is a avid reader which works best for me as I am not. Its easy for me to keep her busy or for her to keep herself busy. She reads anything given to her ,from insects to all the stuffs which we will think 10 year old will know/not know. I  generally prefer hard copies to read but shifted to E books too just for her. Her new interest is cooking which I like to do a lot so I am kind of enjoying her company in kitchen.

Our kids dont want to sleep in their room anymore.Explanation by our kids – Amma,we are family that’s what family do ,they stay together n sleep together (.) -“You always say that right? Family that prays together ,eats together ,Stays together.”

(Me PErplexed )Well ,where is sleep in that?? ..they didn’t bother to answer that.

Our kids do get timeouts for using any device too much so one of the timeouts for my son was not to watch any game videos but Mr.and Miss smartypants tried fooling us .Ojas wore an eye mask and asked jaanu to say whats happening on the screen .It looked like how Sanjaya narrated the whole mahabharata to the blind King Dridharashtra . They definitely talked us into it.

Ojas plays a tough quiz game and one of the question was

Who will you save ? Girlfriend hanging from the cliff or your mother hanging from the cliff.

Ojas : Ofcourse Amma!

Me: Why?

Ojas : I dont have any girl friend Amma

Me: Ok fair point ,(but couldnt resist myself so )Tell me if you had a girlfriend what you would have done ?

Ojas: Still amma, I will save You

Me: (Knowing he would have a reason) Why??

Ojas: I can get another girlfriend if one goes but Can I have another amma??

Me : I was floored!! . Sorry future girlfriend(s)

Jaanu wakes up everyday with idea of doing fashion show. She takes my dresses and tries to wear them as innovatively and as creatively as she can.

We asked our kids the languages they want to learn

Ojas chose Sanskrit  saying I have to learn Bhagavad Gita right ? (Its written in sanskrit) Ojas’s grandfather (Avid lover and preacher of Bhagavad Gita is still recovering from fall after he was floored by his grandson’s vision )

We have a lemonade stall at home so that they make weird lemonades and we must devour them.

So once they chose to have best lemonade contest.  They both made lemonades and asked me to taste and tell whose is the best.

Me: Jaanu made nice but Ojas you made better than hers.

Ojas: Yes, because I put lot of love in that amma

Jaanu : “I have put love and effort too”( I could get the J vibes from her because generally it’s her dialogue eg. If I have cooked something nice she asks me ‘amma ,how much of  love have u put in this food ??’   )

We planted different veggie seeds and only one turned up!   Brinjals ( Its kind of irony because that is their least favorite veggetable )

We even made a pigeon friend who literally stays in our balcony and named her Mridhula!! I like it when Ojas struggles everyday to pronounce the name and complains about it being too complicated.

My kids are Warriors , Yes ! they took this situation and accepted it gracefully as a new normal . They are handling it way better than all the people who are complaining in the world  (including me at times) They never complain that they are sitting at home for past 3 months and didn’t dine outside(Because they have a splendid mom aka cook who makes their favorite dishes all the time ). They manage to pester me during groceries  sitting at home (video call me and ask me to show the isles and chose what they want)

Suddenly one day I remembered the toys I have hidden and re-introduced them to the kids .Their reaction was same as getting a new toy actually they were even more joyous to find them saying its like hidden treasure.

I would not say life has changed drastically but our way of life has .We all are learning to appreciate little things. It sometime makes me feel its too simple yet complicated. I feel , situations like this makes you look at your life differently. Makes you understand your priorities and reset them. Cherish the things which were least important but most needed Yes !! My morning Cup of joe as soon as I wake up. In this pandemic one thing I learned from my kids is that we have to make memories especially good memories for yourself first and for the  loved ones involved in your life.

One thing which I am sure will not get once this pandemic is over is evening tea time with Vasanth though most of time I end up bickering or non stop nonsense but still those are my good memories as when i look back it makes me smile ūüôā   Our kids have named it ‘us’ time. They peep out to the balcony while we both are having  our evening tea/coffee and ask “You guys are having your ‘ us’ time huh??!!”

So this lead to something called US time.Ojas comes and gives me lot of cuddles and says its US time .Jaanu comes in kitchen and gives me a hand in cooking saying its our US time.Ojas and Jaanu learn 5words each day and discuss it with their dad saying its their US time with their Dad

I started writing this post when COVID spread was at its peak. Now its 2022 ,Yes TWO years COVID is still ON with Its upgraded versions.

Stay safe guys

Ojas musings and Jaanu today !!

Jaanu is official Granma of the house . She has impeccable fun facts stored in her head and remember what ever was taught to her and she will educate us often with those .Ofcourse, we are proud of her but we have to accept that there are times when we have felt ” Just shut-up and act like a 9 year old”

She is gentle as breeze. She has a beautiful smile and her laughter is like a jingling bag of coins. When ever she laughs I smile I love her burst of laughter so much. There are times when she cannot control her laugh and becomes hysterical. I jump right along with her to become even more hysterical with laughing fits.. The reason for laugh is generally her brothers silliness.

Even when she is crying Ojas can make her burst in laughter. She can almost guess how her brother is going to react. Similarly ,He adores and abides his sister’s advices. He genuinely confirms with her despite of me and Vasanth advising the same.

We have never given two things to our kids ,We get one thing and they are supposed to share. It was working very well until Jaanu started getting irritated to share things with her brother or when Ojas started having his own liking . Now they want to watch different videos in youtube. They want to play different games and want to have different dinner options.

Slowly both my kids have taste in everything – Its like a trend now. If one likes it the other hates it and If one has something, the other wants something like that or something bigger.

Everything has changed other than the food they eat. I do not cook separate food for their liking these days. They are supposed to learn to adjust for each other (or simply ME) .

Ojipoji (as we call him these days) is still a blankie lover..He has increased his pile of blankets but the first one is always his favorite.

One day he wanted to make a paper airplane. He asked one of our guest a white paper .In an effort to make him not waste a white paper the guest offered him newspaper. Ojas insisted on the plain white one so our guest replied ” see! the white one will be boring ,look at these colorful newspaper one ” his instant reply was “Get me that plain white one I can make it colorful by coloring it ” We all laughed about it and let him have his fun for a while (Ofcourse with a condition that paper being his last one )

I am the only fixer of house or whole universe(According to them, I can fix everything and anything .I am so thankful my kids think of me like that and i wont deny that i have my share of fun when they tell “give it to amma”)

My kids were once conversing with each other-

Jaanu : Amma will know if we do that ,Ojas!

Ojas : Yes, amma has thousand eyes.

Me: (Couldn’t resist myself and went to their room ) Ojas ! Do I have thousand eyes on my body?

Ojas: Yes,one pair on your head(not face ,head) and rest you have scattered all around the house so that u know what( he meant mischief) we are doing all the time.

Me: Absolutely!!(He was actually complimenting me ) keeping my head high I exited the room.

They fight too. Surpringly it’s my daughter most of time the reason for fight. She just won’t budge if Ojas says something wrong. She gives him a small pinch and the fight starts. I never involve myself rather I have started asking them whether they want any weapons ? They get confused and stop fighting (I know this trick won’t last long )

These kids are the reason I breath and strive for living my life. I so want to grow old just to see them love each other and I guess fight ,resolve ,reconcile too. I’m grateful everyday for this blessing

7 things smart parents never say!!!

Whenever we de-clutter our home and find some old news paper bits or magazines there is a basic tendency of any person to just read through it. I found a old Reader’s digest and while browsing its pages ,I read an article which I found it important enough to keep a note of and share with few of my friends.

There are things which we think it might be right for our children. After reading this ,I understand and believe that its totally dependant on your child and your relationship with them

Though the title didn’t make sense but it was what’s there.

1.You should have done it this way

2.You dont mean that

3.That’s the most beatiful picture I’ve ever seen

4.You are a slob

5.I’m going to whack you

6.Not now

7.Is that hair on your head or you are wearing a mop

I understand all the points here. I planned to explain all of it by looking at the article but by the time I came back home my mom has already discarded the book ūüėĒ. I think all are pretty explicit points.

Posting old drafts

Old drafts ( kids are far beyond this age )

Kids are sharing,caring,loving and oh yeah!!fighting too..

I am officially designated as peacemaker among them though I try my best not to involve myself much, .

Once returning from school jaanu says im very hungry and Ojas repeats the same while rubbing his hands around his chest instead of tummy

Copy me ,pushing me are few new words in his dictionary

Ojas is off late displaying a behavior where he pushes or hits Jaanu and comes running to me saying “Jaanu Pushing me”. Jaanu gets very frustrated and starts crying saying “He pushed me” (Fearing I am going to believe Ojas as he was first to reach me and say that)It cracks me up esp when Ojas apologizes immediately “sorry Jaanu”(Without even knowing the real meaning of ‘Sorry’) and She is totally fine with it and they start giggling with happy faces again

Ojas can say sorry when ever I ask and how many ever times ,its just another word for him like Apple, bread,butter etc..

he says I dont want it to even things which he really wants

Ojas while playing with rubber duck, dips it in a mug full of water and says its a boat

I can see Jaanu is inquisitive about the things surrounding her
Once she asked why people shout surprise
She shows me people who dress little different and asks why she is like that or says they look funny(awkward for me)
She is into drawing these days ,her drawings are more like comic books .

Once she asked us to take her to ceebeebies land(just like disney land) we told her that we would take her on weekend but she said “No sunday and saturday is a bubble bath day so lets go now”

Vasanth was showing some old pictures to Jaanu and seeing little ojas she said ojas was even more little and he was in mummy’s tummy. Vasanth then asked her “where were you when u were very little? she was not sure what to say so she answered with a query ” Your tummy ?”
He cracked up loud . After a good laugh I wonder whether we answered her or not ??

After a long time I decided to share some memories of my little ones ..

Ojas musings

Charming and clever goes hand in hand when it comes to describing Ojas these days.
He goes to school ¬†with a happy face and I have heard a lot of stories about him being showered by kisses from his friends and teachers in the class ,sometime there were demands for kisses from his side too and no one hesitates to do that either. I was worried a lot in the beginning but the routine is set now. During one of the PTM(parent teacher meeting) teacher was talking about him and after she finished talking he winked and smiled at teacher she exclaimed “Mam,this is how he charms us ”

He is extremely outgoing yet needs his mommy to put the freaking paste on his brush and if anyone else does that (even offer)he won’t look around for tidier place to throw that temper tantrum,he just has to sit right there in toilet. His crying is louder day by day.he can’t tell a secret because he just can’t talk soft. It’s too difficult of task for him and literally thinks of it as a punishment . He understands my poker face (when I am extremely frustrated with him) very well. He keeps smiling and winking and I just blurt out a laugh and that’s it he wins his way. If I held his hand a little harder than usual he complaints saying “my mum hurt me “out loud in public.

I love this phase of child where they interpret things differently like when we went out to a restaurant and ordered a juice which came with a bendy straw facing down out of the glass .

Ojas guffawed n says “oh ,amma the straw is dead we cannot drink with that”

While we were travelling in our car,a¬†biker (extremely fair complexion)passed by who wore a white hoodie ,white helmet with black sunglasses. At the signal he looked at Ojas and smiled but Ojas hides behind me saying “amma,skeleton smiling at me and it is scary” I was totally clueless until I saw the biker and cracked up. Lucky that biker didn’t know.

During one of the temper tantrums episodes he was sitting on staircase leading to the ¬†floor above ours and we called him to come down as he went one level up(probably his Ego took him one level up) but this guy couldn’t accept he made a mistake and ¬†says” I’m going to some other home I’m not going to come with you.”¬†Emotional blackmailing is not Teens/Preteens thing anymore

We were discussing angry bird movie ad he says “You are the Pig(in angry bird movie) and I like bomb(the black bird) which bursts and squishes the pigs who make funny noises which I don’t like ”

He is very good at playing UNO cards and Dominoes , still loves to follow his sisters instructions and a proud lover of his blanket. I asked him once who he loves the most “blankie or amma ” he said “amma blankie” he refused to chose one .

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I am happy on seeing him talk ,laugh,giggle ,throw tantrums and start laughing right in the middle of a meltdown.I consider them progress in their own way. Though I hate the fact that they are growing fast because faster they grow lesser I can cuddle them and shower them with kisses .Love you my little weirdo!!!!

Plum pickle

When ever I see PLUMS ,the first person comes to my mind is my mom. She loves plum. I had few plums at home which no one were interestd to eat as it is so just out of blue I decided to make something out of it. The idea of making a pickle (southern india style ) seemed weird but gave a hit in google and Wala!!!there were lots of people like me so writing up how I made mine .

Ingredients:

7 to 8 big pitted plums (also chopped in bite size pieces)

Sesame oil 1 tbs

Dry red chillies 4 to 5

1 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds

1/2 tsp Sugar/1 inch of jaggery

1 strand of curry leaves

Salt to taste

How i made it: 

1.Heat oil in vessel and splutter the mustard seeds

2.Add fenugreek seeds ,crushed curry leaves,red chillies

3.Add plums and cook till oil separates

4. Add salt and Jaggery/Sugar

I enjoyed this with yogurt rice and also hot rotis .20141209_094008

 

 

 

 

 

Ojas turns 3!!!

There is one little person in my house who is not mentioned much in this blog. I have said the same thing in every post about this fella. Yes!!he turned ¬†3 on 20 oct 2015 and I’m publishing a post 5 months after that because I am¬†a lazy person ,OK! super lazy person.

Its easy to pick up gifts or things I can do for Jaanu but for Ojas I struggle ,we both struggle a lot.As I have noticed this boy has very less favourites which he clings on very dearly to .For example cars,anything with wheels and yes his dirty blanket aka blanky/blankie

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One of our cousins met Ojas after an year and the moment she saw him the first thing she says “Oh my God! You still have this blanky ????” Our blanky is Famous now!!!!

Here, I was running out of gift idea but Jaanu came up with idea of buying a scooter for him. Sometimes it’s right there and you still look for the thing like a crazy drunk person ??? Yah I was like ,really ?? Now my brain has stopped thinking so much that I need to get gift ideas from a 5 year old but that was indeed a very good idea and we went with it ,I have no shame in it. We got a helmet too if that’s anybody’s concern .The helmet reminded me of a thought we used to have when ojas started walking ¬†,myself and Vasanth always ¬†considered putting a helmet (or like the one Magneto (X-men) wears )permanently on Ojas as he banged his head every day for one reason or other.

Recently Ojas started enjoying connecting things together ,pairing same patterns together so we thought may be building blocks ???

Jaanu made a special card for her brother with a superman in it.

I made a three layer cake finally !!! Half vanilla ,half chocolate and decorated with Ojas favourite Oreo and gems and a small car.
The car had a number 3 written on it which made it extra special but the most fun thing to watch was ¬†Ojas blowing candle and cutting the cake with a big helmet on his head .He was more excited about musical candle than cutting and eating the actual cake but I noticed later while serving the guests that an Oreo was missing .I chuckled ” I knew it!!!!”

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I’m always scared with this fellow standing around cakes . In spite of my several failed attempts to make him understand that birthday baby cuts the cake first he always takes that cream n licks it.Once he ¬†kept his hand ,right in middle of cake (really lucky the girl didn’t make a big deal )

But off late he is patient enough for the birthday baby to cut but he still takes the first bite . I normally restrict him from going near the cake but all his friends want him to stand closer to them (ohh !!you don’t know him poor girl/boy )

He just keeps me on my nerves always and everyday .he also knows that if he gives that lovely little smile wen I’m upset with him I’m floored. The most fun part is he feels people who get angry are funny. One day I was really upset with him and he says “amma you look funny “and guffaws . He very well knows when I’m really really upset ,poor fellow starts crying ,apologising and requesting me for hugs- neither I can resist my urge to hug him nor crackup .

He loves his sister .Im not supposed to get upset with her ,he asks me to make a smiling face and asks me to hug her .He still says sorry like thousand times to her and they patch up in a jiffy. He copies every act of his sister and some time reverse scenario happens and he keeps asking her not to repeat what ever he says. He really gets upset with that. When Jaanu says “see copying is not fun !?” Ojas :”I’m sorry Jaanu ” and they patch up again ,cycle goes on.

I wish for many many things to write but certainly this blog will not be enough for that .lovely moments to share and cherish is all we need . As I always say I am truly blessed with a possibility to soak into these moments .

Happy birthday son !!

“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around -and why his parents will every time wave back . ” —journalist William D Tammeus.

Love you always .

 

Eggplant Parmesan

The first restaurant I went in US is Olive Garden.I just love their food.They serve hearty soups /breads/salads and the mains and dessert, OK !!! I agree nothing new but just like any other restaurant. All I wanted to do was begin with a story of how and why I liked this particular dish  and I have nothing but where i ate it But I did try that recipe at home.

Ingredients :

Cooked Spaghetti 2 cups

Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 cup

For pasta Sauce

4 Chopped Plum tomatoes

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup basil leaves

1/2 cup chopped onion

4 cloves of garlic

1 tbs tomato puree

1 tbs Olive oil

How I made the pasta sauce

Saute garlic ,onion and tomatoes in olive oil then add Tomatoes (canned) ,tomato puree,basil leaves.

Mash them into thick gravy

Season with salt and 1 tsp sugar

For Eggplant crisps

1 big Eggplant (Cut into thick discs)

10 cheese slices(I used pepper jack cheese)

2 plates

   1st plate :

1tbs All purpose flour(Maida)

Salt to taste

Mix them in water to make batter like consistency

    2nd plate 

1 cup bread crumbs

1 tbs chopped parsley

1 tbs chopped oregano (I used carom seeds(Ajwain) instead but used only 1 tsp )

1 tsp chopped thyme

salt and pepper to taste

Mix them all very well

Oil to shallow fry eggplant crisps

How I made the eggplant crisps

1. Take one eggplant disc ,dip in 1st plate then in second plate

2. Next  keep cheese slices on each side and dip it in 1st and again 2nd plate. Repeat if you want extra crispy.

2. Shallow fry discs one by one after prepping the eggplant in above method

Assembling 

  1. Take little pasta sauce on plate
  2. Place spaghetti and eggplant crisps
  3. Pour generous amount of hot pasta sauce
  4. Garnish with chopped parsley and generous amount of  Parmesan cheese
  5. I also drizzled little chilly infused extra virgin olive oil

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