Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Preserve Ozone Day

~World Ozone Day ~

The International Day for the Preservation of Ozone layer
 is celebrated on 16th of September each year. This date has
 been designated by the United Nations General Assembly to 
commemorate the signing of the protocol on substances that
 deplete the ozone layer. Few days back my lil one and I 
were working on a Save the Ozone project for her school, while 
explaining her how the ozone layer protects us from the harmful
 UV radiation from the sun and how we can save our planet 
we thought about doing some weekend activities. We scribbled
out some ideas and finally lil one made an informative poster. 

Today on the Preservation of Ozone layer day I decided to 
transform her poster into an edible version. 

Save the Ozone layer 

Earth- Brown bread topped with mayo mixed with a drop 
of blue food color, greens ,cheese, olives ,carrot and bean. 
Sun - Orange with cheese, olive and cucumber.  

 We contribute to protect the ozone layer by keeping our 
air conditioner clean, walking for short distances, maintaining
 our shopping list to reduce the use  of vehicles,by buying energy
 saving bulbs and gadgets & taking care of our plants after all 
 each drop in an ocean counts 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Red toadstools

~ The Little Red Toadstool  ~

Since my childhood days I had an unusual  fascination 
towards the bright red  toadstools with hovering butterflies .
The stories of toadstools  as goblin houses and butterflies as their
 guardian angels  always enchanted me, thus year after year during 
the rainy season when other kids were busy making origami paper boats
or catching dragonflies  I would quietly sneak out and wander all over 
my aunt's huge garden to find a glimpse of these red booties. 

Watermelon, cheese (use a bottle cap for circles), cucumber, 
lettuce & mung sprouts

During lunch break at school, my eyes would eagerly search for the same-
 in the school field, garden , the damp corners of the old pathways.....
..but the truth was that lady luck  never happened to be by my side during 
these toadstool hunts .I could spot dozens of butterflies but not even a single
colorful toadstool. 

For days and days I spent much of spare time in the
 library till I came to know that these red Fly Agarics are not found  in the 
plains. The rains on  plains are synonymous to just slender white capped 
delicate mushrooms or some smelly rugged medium sized toadstools which 
are absolutely incapable of attracting butterflies !!

My fascination towards these crimson beauties now knew its boundaries!! 
I couldn't find these in plains ,but being a creative addict I could always 
create some toadstool & butterfly charisma around me. Thus while
 working over fun ideas for my book Fun Food for Fussy Little Eaters
 an edible version was bound to happen. You can find a similar 
version of watermelon toadstool with a fruity butterfly in the book too. 

Few days back I made a tiny DIY recycled art toadstool for my 
balcony garden. Just cut a plastic ball in half, painted with some red and
 white waterproof  acrylic colors and glued it to a small piece of scrap 
hose pipe. Of course these fake goblin homes do not attract any butterflies,
but a hanging planter with a butterfly mini stake surely pampers
 my childhood memories !!

Tribute to Tricolor
(an excerpt from Child magazine) 
I love to play with recipes,patterns and colors. Do check out my 
tribute to the tricolor in  Aug '14 issue of Child magazine (India) 
(pg. 70-71) . Easy to make, these delicious recipes are perfect to try 
out with your kiddos too !! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shark on my plate

~ Shark On my Plate ~ 

The monsoons have just stepped in the northern part of India. 
Cool winds accompanied with wonderful gush of shower are
perfect to rejuvenate the mind and body from the scorching and 
soaring temperatures of summer.....The first showers of blissful sunday 
afternoon surely needed some creative  monsoon snacking and nothing
 could have been better than involving lil one in making and relishing 
an edible version of her story book - 'The Great Shark Escape'........

Brown bread, carrots, cheese, radish, onion green, pea, olive 

Mom's Speak with Real Fruit Power 
(an excerpt from the  writeup )

I always believe that  the most crucial step in making kids understand 
 healthy food choices and  habits is to involve them in tiny fun food 
activities. Taking  their help in picking up fresh fruits , veggies and grocery
 from the store to planning and preparing healthy versions of their 
favorite junks are a few  smart moves to encourage healthy eating. 
The Old chinese proverb "Tell me and I forget, show me and I will remember ,
 involve me and I will understand " beautifully enlightens this theory . 

Click this link to read the detailed article 



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