Saturday, December 13, 2014

Xmas time !!


~ Merry Christmas -1~

Christmas is all about spending time with family, taking
 out kids for an adventure walk, making tonnes of christmas 
crafts or just lazying around with them at home and watching a
  wonderful movie of their liking. Adventure walk was surely on
 top of our things to do list but owing to some ongoing projects n
 some pre festive assignments ,daughter and I decided to stay at
 home ,watch her favorite movie and munch on some easy peasy
 x-mas cuties at home ....

X-mas buddies ....


Crackers topped with cheese, tomato , olive and red berries 
(Indian ber) with savory star snack . 

While picking up tomatoes from the local market yesterday,
the pointed tips of a local Roma type variety set my creative 
juices to thinking , while driving back I turned off the music
to keep the upcoming ideas intact in my mind- I know it 
sounds crazy but this is what creative addiction is all about!



Back home we enjoyed the movie truly Christmas style !!!
Movies are incomplete without hot buttery popcorns , I quickly 
popped some southern spice  flavored ones and brought it to life 
with tomato and olives. Of course no one loves to be disturbed 
between the climax of a movie , but it was nothing less than a 
surprise when kiddo paused the movie and made a cute face 
with a loud loving "Awwwwww "....exclamation and kept 
admiring the Rudolph  before finally popping the popcorn .

Xmas popcorn !! 



Popcorn, olives, halved tomato and cucumber



Friday, November 21, 2014

Little Fox

~Welcoming Winters ~

Winter has almost set in  many northern parts of the 
country .While cold winds from the mountains have lowered 
the temperatures drastically, bright afternoon sun, hot cocoa
 and loads of blooming flowers have beautifully spread their
 warmth to welcome the season. Winters in India are much 
different to their western  counterparts. Winters here 
are synonymous to afternoon family excursions-a sunny 
weekend  in park , picnic with kids or just lazying in sun .
Our winter excursion list has been made by my daughter 
this time and as expected - visit to the zoo topped the list. 
Besides regular animals  we were lucky to spot a tiny baby
 fox this time, the cute creature mesmerized my daughter so 
much that back home I decided to create one on her plate .

Baby Fox on my plate !! 



Whole wheat bread topped with peanut butter, strawberry
black grape, orange  and kiwi. 

The cold wave from the mountains has brought loads of 
persimmons, strawberries and grapes . The large box of 
strawberries and black grapes that we had picked up for a hearty
 fruit salad became the ear and features of our peanut butter fox. 


My family is crazy over strawberries ,besides adding the 
antioxidant powerhouses  to our smoothies, shakes and parfaits, 
I love sprinkling some finely chopped chunks to my daily bowl 
of oatmeal too. Before finally bidding adieu to these divine booties 
by end of march, I never forget to freeze a bagful for the rest of 
the year. 


Cheer a Child
( campaign for the underprivileged by Real Greetings)
It's very necessary to teach our little ones to count our blessings
 and thank Almighty for it and share the joy of festivities with
 the underprivileged. Recently India's preferred packaged fruit
 juice brand Real hosted a family day for  Prayas kids NGO 
This mega initiative by  Real Greetings -  "Cheer a Child"was a 
wonderful way to put some smiles on the tiny faces. Real Juice 
India handed over token quantity of real juices against  all the
 wishes received by the campaign on different social platforms. 



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween


~ Healthy Halloween -2~

Halloween is all about adding fun element to the festive fall 
season and bringing out the spooky kid in us.Bright orange
 pumpkins, creepy ghoulish costumes and eerie decorations reflect
 the true spirit of the octoberfest. The Halloween mania is catching 
 the Indian party circuit like  storm!! International school culture,
 expat friends and web chats with cousins n friends  abroad has given 
more the excuse  for a Halloween party to lil one, who wants to
 invite her friends for a ghoulish get together!!After a long week of 
diwali celebrations and ongoing work commitments I had to turn 
down her party idea but promised her to treat on some boolicious 
munchies till halloween. Fall is the season of persimmons too, 
daughter had never tasted it before, so serving it as a fun food 
 surely doubled up the fun !! 


The Creepy  Housewich



House-Wholegrain bread topped with peanut butter . Jackolantern- 
sliced persimmon with cucumber(wish I had some kiwis at home too)
banana tombstone n moon with cheesy ghosts n polkas.



My family is crazy over pumpkins- we just love the ripe ones as 
a stir fry veggie with Indian spices and a hint of chili .The pumpkin 
dip with boiled pumpkin and yogurt is an all time hit with my family. 
These orange beauties  are still  lying on the counter for some 
further experiments - some pumpkin muffins or a hearty pepita
 topped pumpkin soup over the week.

Jack o lanterns on my plate 



Jackolantern- sliced persimmon with cucumber features 
and cheesy ghosts n polkas.


If persimmons are not available in your part of the world, go ahead 
 with some sliced oranges ,tangerines or even papayas !! 

Cheer a child 
While most of us are rejoicing in the festive spirit,the noble 
souls at Dabur India are putting in their best efforts to spread this 
festive smile and cheers even to the unprivileged. 
Celebrations are synonymous to love, happiness and sharing. There 
are thousands of unprivileged kids across India who long for the same
experience of festive celebration. To add a smile to these tiny faces, 
Real, the mostloved fruit juice brand from the house of Dabur launches
 'Cheer a Child'campaign in collaboration with Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre. 
You , I and all of us can send these kids loads of wishes of good health by 
logging on http://www.realfruitpower.com/cheerachild/or giving a missed 
call on 7053123123. Against each signature Dabur will give each child a pack
 of Real fruit beverage. Truly a celebration by giving back to the society. 

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