Thursday, April 23, 2015

~Oatmeal Fun ~

~ Oatmeal Fun ~ 

A big bowl of oatmeal with loads of diced 
seasonal fruits and a light drizzle of honey 
is my most loved breakfast. Over the years 
the Indian market has seen a sudden boost in 
the oatmeal sector, from plain oats to flavored 
from sweet toppings to savoury Indian versions, 
the humble bowl of oatmeal has come a long 
way. Oats is nothing less than a power food, 
being rich in dietary fibre, it helps one feel 
fuller for a much longer period of time and 
makes a perfect kid friendly breakfast too.If 
your child turns up his nose at the bowl of 
plain/regular oatmeal get ready to play 
and boost its nutritional value with some 
colourful  fruits.

The Oaty Fox

jumping fox

Cooked oatmeal with sliced green apple, sliced 
banana ,strawberries ,black grapes and pepitas.

Many a times parents ignore 
the role of adding a fun element to food but 
involving them or taking out extra 2 mins to 
make  their foods cute and inviting surely 
works in the long run. A colorful customised 
meal for them is a great way to encourage kids
 to eat healthy.My daughter loves oatmeal and
today we decided to breathe in some life to the
bowl of goodness. As a toddler she loved the
famous Aesop fable of 'The fox and the grapes'
so we decided to add some grapes to make our
oaty fox happy !!


Cooked Oatmeal with sliced green apple, sliced 
banana and strawberries and black grapes. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015


~ 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 


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 


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. 


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