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Day 16,17 -fell in love

With this little charmer zidane. He has got the most beautiful smile. Everytime he got scared of me (that is everytime he looked at my face) he would smile and climb on his mother.

Poor Tharini ,tried so much to make volt talk. But volt refused to even look at her.  Come home Tharini . In a few minutes you will see the true colours.

If she hadn’t been sleepy you wouldn’t have seen her at all. She would be running around as if it’s some Olympics track.once we had been to an exhibition. Volt was running like ussain bolt while b was chasing her. After sometime I joined too.It looked like this

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Tharini was the cool and composed mom full time.

The best part of the meet was zidane taught me how an elephant roars.yes Chennai elephants roar. Thanks for coming all the way dear. It was wonderful meeting you two.

Have a great week guy! Roarrrr!

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Day 10 – A random tag

Thanks BM!

1. What is your best friend’s name?

Brownie fudge sundae

2. Who would you throw into the Bermuda Triangle?

Lot of people.

3. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Since I dont change dress during sleep, I close it.

4. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?

Not Really

5. Do you always smile for pictures?

Yes

6. Do you ever dance even if there is no music playing?

Yes I do.

7. What is your song of the week?

Chinnanjiru Kiliye

8. Do you still watch cartoons?

Yes. Yes. Yes

9. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

Stomach

10. Heels or flats?

Flats. Heels are not for ducks!

11. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

Comedy movies

12. Last person you kissed?

Vendhaya dosai

13. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

3 months back to my bank manager

14. Can you change the oil on a car?

Car. No. Jar. Yes

15. Are you lazy?

Why do you think I am taking this tag

16. How many languages can you speak?

According to twitter, Tamil, English, Hindi. Estonian and Indonesian

17. Are you stubborn?

Isn’t everyone?

18. Ever watch soap operas?

IYYep

19. How old were you when you had your first kiss?

A few hours old probably.I don’t remember,have to ask my mom.

20. Does anyone know the password to your email address? Who?

Google. It finds out when I enter wrong.

21. Do you want any tattoos?

Nope

22. Any strange habits?

Blogging

23. Why do you have a blog?

I am sure it is everyone’s experience, as it has been mine, that any discovery we make about ourselves or the meaning of life is never, like a scientific discovery, a coming upon something entirely new and unsuspected; it is rather, the coming to conscious recognition of something, which we really knew all the time but, because we were unwilling to formulate it correctly, we did not hitherto know we knew – W.H. Auden

24.If you were the opposite gender. What name would you like to have?

Madhana Madhusudhana Manmohana Mayura

25. How old are you? (optional)

Malayalam movie

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Day 8 – Sunday so far

I was taking bath and singing humma humma. Volt kept knocking the door. At first I could not hear as the tap was running. Then once I stopped I heard what she was saying so urgently.

” Amma don’t sing, don’t singgg”


My mom called and asked if I went to temple as it’s vaikunta ekadesi day. I said yes. She asked if they gave laddoo. I said no

“Oh!They didn’t give laddoo”

“Nope”

“Oh! Really they did not give any laddoo” (her tone is changing)

“Nooo”

Chey laddoo no?(tone totally changed)

“Po ma” (cuts the call)


Two insults and counting.. hmmpff

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Day 1 – 2017

Vanakkam Vandanam!

2016 is over. I still think that between 1996 and 2016 there were only 10 years! (Young at heart ! young at heart!). 2017 it is!

2016 saw lot of emotions. Lot of tough moments.

First half was relatively very bad. I believe in the power of God as well as Nature. 2016 showed me multiple times how powerful these two forces are when you have faith in it!

One time I sat in a temple not knowing what to ask. I was so exhausted mentally that I did not know how to ask help. A 2 year old child who was playing nearby suddenly came to me and hugged me tight. Both me and the child’s father were surprised for one whole minute. Then I too hugged her tight.

I was sitting when this kid came to me, I was at her eye level. She has never seen me .Still she hugged ..for two minutes. The relief I felt after that cannot be expressed. I felt hopeful.

Food wise – a good year . I ate a lot..a loootttt. Separate post on that.

Work was OK.

Overall 2016 was a year where I felt as if I was on a roller coaster ride. At many times the whole world seemed to be a Maya but there were some Bingo moments too.

Wish you all a happy and healthy 2017 !

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Om Shanthi

Some days are just so lazy that all you want to do is to sit and stare.

I have 5 cupboards to clean, 1 blog to write, 15+ blogs to read , many comments to reply to , I have been browsing for some simple kurtas since morning, I have selected also but not purchased yet , 1 great book to read, I wanted to make tutti frutti cake, hot cocoa and so many other things  but I am simply sitting.

I don’t know what I am bored of. I am trying to recall what I was thinking about since morning but my mind is blank now. I could go sleep now as I didnot sleep well last night but I am not doing that either.

No, this is not a cheat post. I am really confused. May be I am just sad that the weekend is almost over? mmmmm..

Volt will wake up anytime soon then there will be no time even to sit. So I think all my mind wants now is to sit, with no other thoughts. I will just do what it says..

Have a great week people!!!

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Potato podi(powder)

My mother always makes this podi with mor kozhambu. While everyone else mixes mor kozhambu with rice and eats I hog on this podi alone. Hot rice, one spoon ghee mixed with this podi and mor kozhambu as side dish makes me the happiest person on earth.

After marriage I made this podi at home and B too started liking it. When my mom makes it, I ask her to prepare in bulk and I eat it for breakfast,lunch and dinner.Will never get bored of this. I made it last week. Unfortunately I don’t have any pics. You know me..how food goes from stove to stomach..so photo/video and all never crosses my mind.

I will share the recipe, try it once.

1.Boil one medium sized potato in pressure cooker, peel the skin and mash it.It is ok to have small lumps that makes it even more tastier.

2. Take one tsp oil, add 4-5 tbsp of toor dal and 3-4 chillies (add more according to your spice level), add a pinch of asafoetida powder, roast till the dal turns golden.

3. Shift the contents to a plate immediately so that they don’t burn. Once it cools down ,add salt and grind it into a coarse powder.

4. Now mix the mashed potato with the above podi.

5. Take hot rice, add one spoon of ghee, add some podi mix it and eat it with papad.Yummmm. Mor kozhambu is the best jodi for this.

The beauty of this dish is even if the potato qty is too much or too less it will still taste good . If potato is too much you can always make the above powder in 2 mins and add it.

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Mr. Sun Sun Mr. Golden Sun

Please shine down on meeeee…

So bugged with this winter.I don’t know how people who are in REAL winter regions manage. Till last year I was totally a winter person. I love the cool breeze, morning dew, the dogs curled up in the non-scorching warm sunlight,the smoke that escapes from your mouth without actually smoking a cigaret etc,

But this year somehow I am not at all liking this weather. My skin has become so dry that 5 ml oil gets evaporated/absorbed in 5 secs. The wind seems to be causing body ache, the cold floor which is making me to walk like Kate Winslet in Titanic (walking on big toe)..I don’t even want to talk about hairfall. One thing is sure, next winter I won’t be talking about hairfall at all b’coz there won’t be any hair left to fall!!! Grrrrrrrr

Since when did I start hating winter so much 😦 when when when

May be it’s the book I am reading where winter= dark and dangerous.I think it’s the book.Why else would I hate a weather which was made just to eat hot hot bajjis and pakodas with garamo garam chai.

 

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Mayavaram Pesto Pasta

This hardly two lines recipes is being published as a new post by popular demand…ahem..

  1. Boil the pasta in salted water for 10-15 mins according to pack instructions. If you are like me , the quantity of pasta you use will be 1.5 times the actual amount required because 1/3 rd of it will go into your stomach in the name of tasting ( or just because you are bored to stand near the stove)
  2. Strain and keep it safe
  3. Take one big bunch of coriander, wash it . I removed the super thick stems but kept the soft ones and of course the leaves 😀
  4. Take one green chilli and 2-3 garlic cloves and dry roast in a pan, keep aside.
  5. Take a handful of walnut or almond or a mix of both ..lightly dry roast.
  6. Now grind coriander leaves+walnuts+salt+garlic+chilli,then slowly add 2-3  tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and run the mixie in pulse mode.
  7. Now mix this paste with cooked pasta and top it with store brought italian herbs.
  8. I don’t add cheese as B does not like it.Still it tastes great.
  9. You can fry some veggies like capsicum, zuchhini , broccoli in olive oil and add it to this pasta .
  10. And that is how we brought Italy to Mayavaram..

Nanri… Vanakkam…

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Pizzavum Pastavum

2015 was all about food. OK. 2012,1=2013,2014,2015 were all about food. 2016 is going to be about food.. but balanced food. If I eat DeathByChocolate a day I will eat good amount of fruits and veggies too the same week- is my motto ( 🙄 😆 )I want to be leeeeetle health conscious this year. That I why I decided to eat Pizza on Jan 1st!!

Homemade Pizza… 😀

When it comes to trying new food I have a good quota of beginner’s luck because in my cooking history no dish has come out as tasty as it came out first time. B knows this well. He never says lets make this dish again. But pizza..we both were little skeptical even for the first time.We didnot have high hopes.

One of my friend had come home and together we started. We followed this recipe and actually it was not that difficult. The sauce that she has mentioned I have prepared many times at home for pasta so my only challenge was getting the bread right.It came out really well that even my mom appreciated 😀

We also made coriander+walnut pesto pasta without any cheese and it was yum too. A very satisfactory attempt.

When we sat down to eat, volt very badly wanted to feed me. I think she is really angry with the way I feed her food. Because everytime she put the stainless steel fork in my mouth, it was this close to piercing my upper jaw and reaching my irreplaceable brain.After 3 spoons/forks I could not take the risk, so I gave her a spoon instead. And this rowdy with a smirk on her face kept feeding me empty spoons!! Me being me started eating with my hand and emptied the plate in no time huhaha

Some pictures 😀