Apple jam

We had a visit to a farm as one of the gift for Ojas’s birthday.Generally our birthday celebrations are spending time together as a family than partying if you want to put it selfish perspective,I don’t want to take a hassle of managing more people right on this special day and as long as kids don’t wish for it we are not going to think about it.

So we thought may be visit to a farm will be something which my kids will enjoy and it will be nice personal and private moment as a family . In london, how much ever you plan a trip in advance ,it all depends on rain and luckily, that day was clear so we got ready in fractions of second and were there in the farm within 2 hrs.

Ojas ran into sticky dirty fields of apples,pears,spinach,broccoli carelessly splashing into puddles and wanting to put his hands in soil. Few passers by were encouraing him saying “soil is tasty ,common put it in ur mouth and trouble mommy” Jaanu, on the contrary made a fuss about getting dirty initially but somehow the red apples lured her and she started enjoying getting dirty.Ojas picked up everything he could see and threw them into basket.kids were really happy to do this . I know i cannot give them this big farm often to run around everyday and its best feeling when these moments falls into right place at the right time of our life .The gratification of silent observer despite being a part of it made my day and more importantly made my kids happy with big smiles.

We had two big bags of merchandise worth few £. The eldest in our family agreed for this farm trip with a bribe of making jam of what ever i buy over there hence it resulted in a post about me bragging about the apple jam.

Ingredients
5 big apples
1 to 2 cup sugar  (depends upon how much sweet one prefers )
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

How i made it:
1.Peel and chop the apples in small peices and put them in icecold water to stop them from browning
2. Drain water and transfer them in a hard bottom pan
3.Turn on the heat and let them cook for 10 minutes
4.Add sugar,salt cinnamon and keep stirring
5.let it reduce till it becomes glossy (may be for 40 minutes to 1 hour in low flame)
6. After its completely cold transfer it to sterilised jars.

It was a success indeed.

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Relocation,Relocation,Relocation

My last few posts always began with why i am not blogging often and most of it involving -blaming my kids” I should not do that” I told myself and began writing this post.

Past few months have been hectic in shifting,travelling ,packing and unpacking(Finally something new to blame :)) ) .I am all done and time to write little things happening in my life.Shifting to a new place always gives me a feel that life is going to be more good as everything is uncertain right now and you can always hope for the best irrespective of how life takes you

. People talked a lot about London before we planned to stay here for couple of months. If I tell anyone about London I got used to hearing ” Oh!! My aunt lives in east London” ,”Our temple priest is going there ” .Even I myself started looking out for my friends who put up there. Few last minute packing and buying ,we finally landed at London.

I am enthralled with this city’s charm already.Intricate carvings on the buildings,transport and esp weather.My father informed me that you can see all seasons in one day in London ,So True..I have never lived in a city hub. When we were in US I always wanted to spend some days living in the downtown  Chicago as i liked the hustle bustle or noise of city life. It always feels good when your small wishes comes true.

Underground trains are scary for my kids but we are getting used to it slowly. Street markets great fun to watch. It was smart of Vasanth to take me at a closing time though.

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We wandered in beautiful parks watching people enjoy the sunbathing. As I am more used to hide under a shade to save myself from scorching heat of the sun this seemed very unusual .I was able to understand that people wait for sun just like how we wait for rains.My kids enjoyed everything in park ,the swings,slides,springs,birds,flowers,grass etc.. These humongous parks are a piece of cake in midst of cities. These parks are a proof of how a colour can change the mood .These lush green gardens did make me feel fresh and calm.
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Wandering into places which i read only in books and watching lanes named after famous poets made me kind of very happy(Wordsworth lane,Big Ben,London bridge,Queen etc.). Recently I happened to watch “Crystal Maze” on tv. I remember watching it with my Dad and waiting for that show every week end. A simple ingenious game show took me 20 years back -a time I totally enjoy reliving and watching it along with my daughter made it more special.

As I am done rambling about the city i live its time for me to get back to looking out for admissions in school for my daughter and Plan for more things to do for the week end. 🙂