Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter


~ Easter 2015 ~

Easter is just around the corner and I am
 sure lil ones at your house too are hopping around
 and  enjoying their easter/spring  break. The earthy
 smell of spring ,with a hint of summer in the air,
is totally divine. Warm  sunshine has bid adieu to
 the last winter blooms. The  chrysanthemums 
and charismatic dahlias have been taken over by 
vibrant hibiscus and soothing periwinkles and 
of course ruby Easter lilies are blooming all over. 

Easter Bunny 

Bunny

Multigrain bread topped with peanut butter , apples 

banana, strawberry n grapes. 

Easter is incomplete without Easter eggs, chicks n 
bunnies.With Easter crafts and egg painting 
activities  almost dying in schools these days, I 
decided to involve my daughter and pep up some
 easter fun for the two of us at the breakfast table
 today. While she happily applied some peanut 
butter to bread I quickly chopped some fruits. 
  
Easter Chick 

Chick

Multigrain bread topped with peanut butter , apples 
banana, strawberry n grapes. 

Easter surely takes me back to my childhood 
days when the school canteen was filled with 
 pastel coloured sugar eggs with intricate 
royal icing patterns on them, the most exciting
 part of these eggs was to split them open and
 find an array of candies.We used to call these
 sugar eggs as golden eggs that laid candies. 
Although that old world charm is not
 available at bakeries anymore but this 
power breakfast with some eggs,milk and
 loads of my old world  stories surely added
 a zing to the breakfast.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Alice in Wonderland


~Alice in Wonderland ~ 
( featuring Kids Culinaire- kids culinary
 event ..truly a very first of its kind ) 

Spring is the most beautiful season of the
 year !!Warm bright sun, gorgeous carpet of 
spring flowers and lush green grass with 
hovering bees and butterflies  is surely a 
treat to senses. The cool breeze gives the
 perfect excuse for even lazying around 
with your favourite book. Lil one is a big 
girl now (thats what she likes to be called
 in std 5.) I recently bought a set of story
 books for her  ,which she is thoroughly 
enjoying. While she was busy reading Alice
 in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, I decided to
 breathe in some life to her snack plate !!  

Alice In Wonderland 
   
Alice in wonderland.

Bread, cheese, strawberries, cucumber, olives,grapes, 

steamed baby corn, banana n lettuce. 

Kids Culinaire 
( a food festival designed exclusively for kids)
Spring is the time of outdoor festivals and events 
too. Few weeks back Delhi witnessed a very first
 of its kind - a food festival exclusively designed for
 kids. With the aim of teaching kids about healthy 
choices and importance of fresh local produce,
 it had endless food  activities, games, stories
 and demos to keep the lil ones enthralled. 




Kids making Grape caterpillars and posing with their owl 
sandwiches. It was so fun to be with the kids 


The two day fun festival amidst the lush greenery 
of Nehru park was definitely  a treat to the senses. 
Conceptualised  by Pilcrow Communications , Kids
 Culinaire was truly a wonderland for kids. It was
 surely a pleasure to be a part of such a lovely
 event. The food art sessions by me were 
designed keeping in mind the age and artistic 
inclination  of the kids these days, who not only 
 enjoyed making cute foods  but also had loads
 of fun relishing it too. 



Pic 1-Chef Ranveer Brar with kids during the secret ingredient 
demo. Pic 2- Kids choosing ingredients for making a 
strawberry orange spring salad  with me. 

India's youngest chef Saransh Goila made some

 yummy smoothies and strawberry mice while 
 Chef Ranveer Brar , judge of current season of 
Master Chef India ,won over the tiny palates 
and hearts with his secret ingredient recipes. 


Pic1-Mommies all set for the Healthy Tiffin challenge.
Pic-2 The venue after sunset . Pic-3 Chef Saransh Goila
with some lip smacking smoothies. 

There was a healthy tiffin making completion for

 mommies too where I shared loads of tiffin making 
and packing tips with them. Ayesha Grewal of the 
organic store , Altitude ran super thrilling food tours
 for the kids where they could touch , feel and learn
 all about  veggies, fruits grains and dairy products. 
There is an old Chinese that says- "Tell me and 
will forget, show may and I may remember and
 involve me and I will understand aptly fits for
 this event that involved the kids to learn and
 prepare healthy nutritious food. 



Feature for  Child Magazine (India)
Looking for  some healthy , easy to pep 
tiffin recipes for kids ??? Subscribe to 
Child Magazine India where I contribute 
quick and nutritious tiffin every month
The March issue has some easy to 
make Sabudana and  ragi vadas  with 
cucumber fennel dip and  mixed salad. 



Child magazine (India) Mar'15 pg 48. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Leps' world


Go Green 
( Crazy over Leprechauns !!) 

Spring is the season of new beginnings. The
 trees that had shed all their leaves in the winter 
frost, come to life again. Vibrant colourful flowers,
 glossy leaves with butterflies and bees hovering
 all over the bright hued mustard fields and cool 
breeze makes everything so lovely. My daughter
 is enjoying her spring  break these days,besides
 spending her time playing outdoor games with 
friends she loves reading loads of storybooks.
Few months back a friend coming from Dublin
 presented a big book of Leprechaun Stories 
to her and since then darling daughter has been
 gaga over the tiny orange bearded creature.

Leprechaun Lunch 

Leprechauns are tiny fairies in Irish folklore.
Usually depicted as old  men with orange hair 
and beard, they are the ones  responsible for
 hiding gold pot at the end of the rainbows.They 
love the three leaf clover and often adorn it over 
their outfits and hats.


Leprechaun lunch

Bread, carrot shavings, cucumber, olive n grapes.

Although we don't celebrate St Patricks day or the
Leprechaun dress ups  here in India but I decided to pep
up a cute lunch and some leprechaun inspired crudities 
to add a fun element to her spring break.


Rainbow

I always believe that creating fun foods is the best 
way to inculcate the habit of healthy eating in kids. 
Over all these years daughter has enjoyed fun meals 
and from a fussy toddler she has grown up to 
loving fruits and veggies. I am so glad that at every 
visit to the veggie market/store, its not only me but
 us who choose, select and pick up the best fruits
 and loads veggies for our family, Surely a 
mission accomplished !!!!  

Lep crudities 

Leprechaun crudities

Mung bean dip with carrot, cucumber and grapes. 



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