Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mad about Blues

~ Mad about Blues ~

James Cameron's completely immersive 3-D sci fi
epic- Avatar with all its blue aliens was so much liked by
my little one that for some days her girly favorite Pink
color mania had changed into a sudden blue !!! "Mama now
my favorite color is blue .. " Blue dress , blue colors, blue
hanky ,blue bedcover my lil one suddenly wanted every
thing blue. I agreed with her blue fever but her request
for blue food really left me in a fix. I jus knew about
blueberries as something naturally blue but then
these are not available in India .. Blue jellies , blue
syrups , blue cakes .... Google showed a list of some
whacky blue things readily available in the market ...
but then they wern't available here:( Finally blue
squash , mint candies n blue M&Ms were the only
things i could get ... Thank God her blue mania
felt contented with these .......& off went her blue
color fever in a couple of days ...
Yesterday while helping my nephew with his science
project I came to know abt the Cabbage juice as natural
pH indicator ( red cabbage when shredded n boiled turns
the water blue !!! - adding lemon juice makes it turn
pink while addition of baking soda darkens its color)
After a lot of googling I was eager to incorporate this
into my food experiments .....(ahh what fun we had
dipping the eggs ,radish ,white onions in this concoction
jus wished I had known it before... :) :) :)

The Pandora Rice
( or should i call it The Avatar Rice )

Rice cooked in red cabbage water n veggies .
( The cabbage water doesn't add much of a flavor to the rice
so feel free to experiment with your own flavorings n spices )

The Magic Eggs

Eggs dipped in red cabbage water ( for blue shade ).
Add few drops of lime juice to the cabbage water
& immerse the eggs for pink color ones.


Award Time

A very warm thanks to Prani of Prani's Kitchen
for this lovely award . I am so happy to receive it
& with all love I pass it to all my blogger buddies ..


Artsy - Crafty Challenge ( Apr 2010 )

The Babushka Piggy Bank

Sending our paper mache Russian Doll (babushka)
piggy bank for the Apr Artsy Crafty Contest . Papermache
is a great craft for all ages . Although its very simple to make
but owing to tons of pasting becomes a little messy at times .
Blow a large ballon , once knotted or tied try to create a
basic babushka shape by pressing the ballon in the centre .
Stick a jam bottle lid on the base of the ballon for a stable
standing of the project . Mix 3 tbsp fevicol with a cup of water,
tear lots of newspapers into small pieces , dip into this solution
n stick on the ballon ( say 4-5 layers ). Let it dry overnight.
Now gently cut a coin size slot on the top . Color & decorate .
Finally coat a layer of clear varnish to protect the colors .
( Suitable for kids 4 yrs + under adult supervision )

click here to enlarge


  1. certainly a colorful rice.. looks so tempting and kids friendly.

  2. what a colorful rice...looks tempting....

  3. rice looks so delicious....lovely colour,..

  4. Hi Smita,
    Your food looks so great. Beautiful creations with great photography.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. OMG!! I just loved those eggs. Your girl is very lucky!!

  6. ohhhhhh lovely ideas for natural food coloring. the colored eggs will b tried at the next party. n the pandora rice is just out of this world! :)

  7. colored eggs looks so beautiful ...

    Congrats on ur awards

  8. Truly amazing !!! the rice looks out of the world n so do the eggs ...
    Great to learn about a new natural food color .

  9. Wow!! Seeing blue colored rice for the first time ever!! Thanks for the info on the colors!

  10. First time 2 ur Wonderful Blog !!
    Gr8 collection of very innovative recipe ideas !!
    Keep Going !!

  11. Love those colorful eggs....rice looks great too..

  12. congrats on ur award.
    Really superb yarr the avatar rice..u rock yarr

  13. Looks lovely and congrats on your award Smitha

  14. The craft is amazing! :)
    I hope u n ur lil 1 had fun making it.

  15. Congrats on your awards!very colourful dishes...

  16. lovelu babushka doll. very nicely painted. n the rice n eggs. yummy...

  17. Awesome ..... the rice n the eggs look amazingly beautiful .....

  18. Very colorful rice! Congarts on awards.

  19. Looks gorgeous and coloring to the egg is really awesome smita...congrats on ur award too dear. The rice garnish is making me drool, rice cooked in the cabbage water is really innovative. Will adapt from u.


  20. Pandora Rice or Avatar Rice! It took me off my seat... made me laugh at that title! hahaha... The eggs look beautiful with those gorgeous colors!

  21. Never seen anything like this, Smita! Lovely clicks. I have to try the eggs trick to get my lil one eat 'em, perhaps! Colour works wonders with kids, eh?

    Congrats on ur award!

  22. congrats on the artsy award. well deserving

  23. Your blog is full of cuteness! I am really enjoying looking through your posts :)

  24. The eggs are simply great! Kudos!

  25. Smita, Excellent work. I was wondering if you could get creative with Indian food (main meals)! My son eats fruit without a fuss but wouldnt touch rice/dal/roti if he is not in a mood. Please post some interesting ideas for Dal/chawal/Rotis.

  26. Thanks for ur lovely comments buddies !!!

    @ Shilpa - I will surely create some creative ideas for Indian food too in some upcoming posts .

  27. Simply lovely :)
    never ever seen pandora rice in my life... ur daughter must have loved it :) ooh i love blue and am in love with this rice :)


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