After a long time , we had a quiet Saturday and what better way to spend it than cooking for the family 🙂
So, I made Zucchini Fritters as per MsA’s request. She promised to help and how could I say no to that . I love cooking with my girls . This is a simple enough recipe that even younger kids can try their hand at.
1 medium sized Zucchini- grated
1 cup self raising flour
Salt & pepper for seasoning
Milk ( if needed to make the batter runny)
Combine all the ingredientstogether in this order – zucchini,salt,pepper, egg, flour and finally milk as needed . Check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed . The batter should be slightly runny like pancake batter.
Scoop a ladle full batter on a pan, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Then flip the fritter till well cooked on the other side.
Serve hot with avocado & a dollop of sour cream.
I am more of a ‘dash of this, splash of that’ cook but this recipe is almost foolproof, as long as you mix the batter well to break any flour lumps. Its super quick and so versatile. Sometimes, I add grated carrots along with zucchini, on other occasions I have added chopped onions to the mix as well. Anything goes, really.
Do try the recipe if you haven’t before and if you do , please let me know if you liked it 🙂
Friday night, work done for the week- now on mum duty. This is me waiting to pick up MsA from the shopping centre.
I am starting to realise that most of my Friday nights are about hanging out on the couch and/or picking and dropping the kids . Very exciting! Not! I guess that’s what getting older is about.
I was talking to a friend the other day and I mentioned ‘getting older’ and she corrected me ‘ageing’ – I flat out refused! No I am not in denial, but I am realistic. Age is just a number and we are as old as our mind is.
Mentally I am still 16, although physically my body says otherwise. But hey! It’s all in your mind, right? My mind does question me as I start to plan MsA’s 16th birthday in my head. Ok- that I am half in denial of! How is she turning 16 in a few months? It’s absolutely crazy!
In other news, it’s Father’s Day weekend here in Australia and we are planning to try a new burger place that serves Indian style burgers. So, that sounds promising.
What are your weekend plans? Do share if you are reading.
First day of Spring! Spring always brings hope. I have Facebook memories telling me that last year on this day we were in lockdown, but we (MsAn and I) stepped outside to soak in some sunshine.
Today we were both home, but didn’t step outside. She is sick with cold & cough and I have headaches and cramps. So we just stayed in. She slept most of the day. I worked for part of the day before clocking off & taking a nap. Turns out it was just what I needed, as I woke up relaxed and refreshed.
Speaking of relaxed, a couple of months back, we visited the Great Stupa at Bendigo,VIC and found beautiful quotes and chants to do for various situations or even just spiritual enlightenment. I love visiting such peaceful places, peaceful and all inclusive.
I absolutely loved the energy and vibe of the place, warmth of the staff and frequent checking in to see if everything was ok or if we needed help. We need more places like this in the world.
Hello world.. hope you are well.. and I hope at least one person is reading this. I suppose, it’s ok even if no one is reading . This is a just a random nothing post. I have been watching Chesapeake Shores since Friday evening . It is just such a beautiful feel good show. I think watching this show has rekindled my creative mojo a little.
I don’t know if it’s because its a story about siblings – getting along, loving and hating each other , yet coming through for each other, or is it the beautiful characters, small town charm or just the no- nonsense story, that makes me happy. But, it makes me happy and I felt like writing.
MsAn has claimed my laptop since I finished studying, but tonight I asked her for it, so I could type this post. I had/have no plan. I didn’t know what I was going to write about. I just wanted to feel the keys under my fingers and enjoy the sensation of stringing together some words, that I can read later, smile and remember this pleasant feeling.
I bought some yarn over the weekend – picked colors that I know the girls will like. Winter is almost over and they don’t make special requests anymore, but I hope to pick up the hooks or needles, whatever suits my fancy and make a scarf or two. I could be ambitious and aim to make a blanket, but I know that’s not going to happen anytime soon so its better to be realistic and try for a scarf.
I had MsA with me when I bought the yarn. We went to our local Reject Shop and indulged in some ‘feel good shopping’ , you know buying things that you don’t need but want and they make your heart happy. Yeah.. just that 🙂 We had had a very busy week and it’s just want we needed to comfort ourselves – that and some delicious chicken burgers.
Speaking of burgers, my meal planning has gone out the window . Well, not completely, I look at recipes, save them on pinterest, browse some more and then am too tired or lazy to plan and implement.
That’s all really . As I said, I just wanted to type a random nothing post, so I can read and smile later. I am getting ready to brace a wet and cold week here in Melbourne and hoping there are sunny periods and rainbows to brighten the days to come.
I realised today is the last day of February.. how did that happen? I feel like the days are dragging on but the months are flying by.
The girls are well settled at their respective schools and the routine monitoring continues. They are still testing twice a week and so far the tests have been negative.
Oh one Sunday we did get a positive test and isolated immediately. But we also decided to get PCR done within 12 hours, as there were no symptoms at all. Guess what? The PCR came back negative and we were approved to leave Iso. Isolation, even if for 2 days was an experience in itself- one that I don’t wish to relive again.
In other news, I turned another year older and this year, I asked for a nice day out and some plants for my birthday present. Oh and a nice massage 😃 Here’s my favourite one from the lot 💕
How has 2022 been for you, so far? If you are reading this, do leave me a comment:)
MrMowgli turned 5 on 1st of February! We treated him to some low-fat pup cakes from a newly discovered dog cake baker. Low fat because he was diagnosed with pancreatitis early last year and that made him very sick – since then he is on a vet prescribed diet. But everyone deserves a treat for their birthday 😃
I may sound biased but I think he is the cutest golden retriever ever 🙂 He understands ‘Walk’ in both Hindi and English and now even springs to attention if we spell it out as W-A-L-K 😃 He is so smart, yet, he thinks a little safety gate needs to be respected and not knocked over. He is big enough to jump over it but he sits behind it and calls out .. oh my heart.. isn’t he the cutest ?!
He still checks on the girls each night, but here’s the funny thing. He waits to be invited into MsA’s room, but strolls right into MsAn’s. When he is sleeping on our bed, SP asks him nicely to move, he just looks at him lovingly and wags his tail.. I don’t even have to be looking at him and just say the words – “off the bed” and he jumps off and sighs at me 😃
Presenting the beautiful boy that rules our hearts and home 😍
The girls are back at school for Face-to-Face learning – the last regular year of regular school was 2019. Seems almost surreal, but we know it’s real. We lived through the fear and panic of COVID-19, the crippling isolation of lockdowns shortage of essential goods and much more.
Testing twice a week for regular monitoring is the way forward and the first time we did the test, we were all holding our breaths- the girls took turns being human timers for each other. But negative test results meant that they were able to start school on their designated days.
Here’s hoping and praying for a full year of regular school for my kids and all the kids across the globe.
Diwali is round the corner and it’s time to shake the lockdown fatigue and welcome some well deserved cheer. Restrictions in Melbourne have eased at the right time too. We were invited to a Diwali celebration last night and that put us all in a festive mood.
I am still waiting for my Diwali-in-a-box from my dad & sister thanks to quarantine delays, it’s time to put on my adult hat on and bring some festive furor in my little home with little touches of decoration here and there, massive decluttering & yelling at everyone to help clean( I am not very popular right now) and of course preparing traditional treats – Diwalicha Faral . Faral is a mix of sweet and savoury snacks prepared lovingly at home.
I grew up in a traditional Maharashtrian home and the delicious aroma of besan & ghee roasting wafting from the kitchen signalled that Diwali was here. I remember my mom and grandmother roasting 1-2 kgs of besan in a massive kadhai(wok) till their arms were about to fall off and then roll the laddus till their fingers were aching . There were big steel dabbas ( calling a dabba canister just doesn’t invoke those happy memories 😄) filled to the brim with laddus that we would sneak around to get our hands into.
This morning, MsA’s smile when I told her what I was cooking reminded me of my own joy as a child. However, this time I had a little help from my newest kitchen toy, my Thermomix. The girls have named her Therma 😊 Therma did all the roasting for me & then I roasted the besan & ghee mix in the pan for another 5 minutes to get the colour of my choice.
MsAn bantered on about how she doesn’t like laddu & I only cook what MsA likes. She wants Gulab Jamun. I have challenged myself to make some now – of course you will hear about it whether it’s a success or a failure 😄
For now, my house smells beautiful.. Diwali vibes are on. Roasted besan, cardamom, incense… and my heart is happy! I hope to share some more recipes over the next couple of days 🙂
I have a day off today and had big plans to study but spent most of my morning hanging out in my room, staying out of the way of those who are studying and working. I had Mr.Mowgli for company and used my time wisely to make some phone calls that were long overdue .
And now, it’s lunch time, I made myself a cup of packet soup (Asian Laksa, in case you are curious) and decided to settle down for some studying. But one child is using my laptop and another has occupied my office. I could use the work tablet to sign in but I try to keep work and school separate, so here I am 😊 Just stopping by to say hello and document a few things.
So, we are in Lockdown 6.0 – it seems never ending and COVID fatigue or Lockdown fatigue has kicked in big time. It’s knocked me out for the sixes that’s for sure. The girls are unhappy about logging in from home as well. The only person that seems unaffected is SP. But, then he is an introvert and was also used to this style of working pre-COVID.
Don’t worry, this post is not going to be all doom and gloom. Today is a bright sunny day and that’s making me smile. Last week I also started a new role professionally. And that is super exciting too. The only downer is that I had to do an online handover for the last role and do my own onboarding online. But my new team leader is lovely and set me up for one on one with all the members of the team through out the week, so that was nice.
Usually on my day off, I am bustling around in the kitchen doing the laundry and any other mundane tasks that are pending from the week/weekend. Today, I just decided to give myself a break . And now I am trying to beat the iPad that has 15% battery left, to finish this post.
Today reminds me of the time when I was a 20-something newly wed, living in Toronto or a suburban American town, not a care in the world. I would wake up, make myself a cup of tea and log in to chat with friends and family in India, write a blog post ( although I do regret not starting a blog in those early years) ,craft, watch a movie, go to the library- you get the idea. But obviously, that’s not an option now..working full time, having kids mean more responsibilities. But, every now and again,having a day like this helps.
MsAn has returned my laptop, so I should try and get some studying done before they finish school for the day. Also in the time that it took me write this post, with interruptions, the weather has changed from sunny to cloudy and there was a quick hail shower too – that’s Melbourne weather for you. But my mood is cheery now 🙂