Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dragon tales

~ Dragon Tales ~

Sometimes you just need to sit down and
 ponder  over how time just flies. When daughter
 was in playschool, our bedtime routine was reading
 out stories to her ...everyday she would select the 
most colourful book and keep it near her pillow to be 
read out ...sometimes I'd miss out the daily regime 
and then had to  read two in lieu of the missed one !! 

Dragon Dragon where have you been !!! 

Cucumber halved into 2 verticals for face n  body, 
colourful peppers for flame n limbs, radish, carrot n
 olive eye, baby corn, halved cherry tomato n spring 
onion greens for wild grass, cheese for teeth n body spots.

 Few days back while at a book store we chanced 
upon  a toddler storybook about dragons and 
flipping through it I remembered how a similar one
 was my daughters favourite as a kid .
How I wished we could time instead we made 
this dragon salad and lived those moments again !!!! 
To add to the weekend fun we went out for a short
 outdoor excursion and  clicked loads of pics too , truly 
nature  is such a therapy and we can just spend 
endless hours amidst the greenery !!!!  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Froggy Times !

Froggy times  ..

So the rainy season finally sets in my city ..
Pitter patter of raindrops , thundering clouds ,
soothing showers, myriad shades of gorgeous
sparkling greens n kids in colourful umbrellas 
the essence of rain is almost everywhere !!

Froggy on my plate !! 

Whole wheat garlic bread roundels ( if 
unavailable cut bread into circles)  topped with 
greek yogurt spinach dip ( add coarsely ground 
blanched spinach to yogurt n  season to taste), 
cucumbers , olives , baby corn, leeks n karunda berries 

The mundane life of metro suddenly seems to 
abuzz with sudden thunder storms ..wild mushrooms
 and greens pop up here in there transforming the 
metroland to short lived faux woodlands !!! The magic 
of rains seems to cast a spell almost everywhere.  

The Dancing Frog 

During the rainy evenings daughter and I sometimes
go to the nearby park to revive ourselves ..the 
raindrops, the water ripples , the croaking of frogs
 and toads and the murmur of the wild mantis 
is truly therapeutic n we love these elements of
 nature to the core !!!Rains are surely 
here to stay, and we are excited to get in that 
element home too !!!! 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter time

~Easter 2017 ~ 

While it is advent of spring and time for 
warm  sunny days n beautiful flowers in 
most of the western world , the indian 
subcontinent is almost on the verge to bid
 adieu to this beautiful time of the year and
 prepare ourselves for scorching summers !
 Though the joy of the cool breeze, waft of 
wonderful  easter delicacies and colourful
 easter eggs and bunnies is all around yet 
the hint of warm noons  clearly hints 
hot dry  summers  ahead !! 

Chick chick !!

 Watermelon, mango, bell peppers, 
baby spinach, leeks, cucumber , grape

Easter is incomplete without eggs 
and egg hunt . As per the traditional 
Easter belief , egg is  the symbol of rebirth
 and reinvigoration though with time the 
traditional sugar easter eggs have been
replaced by the chocolate and candy ones, yet
 to me easter invokes childhood memories 
and the school canteen where we as kids used
 to line up to buy the annual beauties 
( candies filled sugar easter eggs )
 Ah Childhood !!!

Warm weather n bright balmy sunlight
 brings in loads of butterflies too !! Their
 magnificent colours truly reflect the 
majestic colour of spring, isn't it nice 
that we can create the same charisma
with a few  fruits n veggies on  little 
plates too !! After all the festivities are
 all about loving , caring ,sharing and 
spreading the joy……………….
Happy Easter everybody !! 

Butterfly on my plate 

Watermelon wedges topped with sliced grapes .
Flowers- mango and  baby spinach

Back to School 

April is the back to school month for 
most of the kids in North India, loved 
creating these yummy n easy to make
 lunches for the April issue of Child 
Magazine (India) Pg  74-77 , lets soak 
in a bit more spring !!! 



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