I’ve been making breads

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I’ve been making breads

And I say breads and not bread, because I am yet to make anything that looks like the normal sliced bread.

The first time I ever used yeast, I was upset for some reason and hadn’t gone to bed even at 2 a.m. And when I’m sad I usually throw stuff out. As I was purging, I came across a tiny bottle of dry active yeast my aunt had given me to make appams with. Some googling later, I was sitting on the couch and watching bread rise. We had steamed buns for breakfast and indigestion for lunch.

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Jaipur, and other things that irritate

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I took a day trip to Jaipur last month. I had been there earlier once with the husband and my parents. That time all I did was sit in the car and complain about the heat. This time I was chaperoning my husband’s parents and brother. Less complaining, more smiling and translating.

We took the Shatabdi from Gurgaon to Jaipur. The trains are convenient and surprisingly on time.

jaipur1

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Back!

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We had an extended weekend with Monday off. Celebrated Pooja, which in Kerala takes the form of Ayudha Pooja – A worship of the weapons / implements you use to earn your livelihood.

On Saturday evening we kept books, laptops, my sewing machine and knitting for pooja. These were taken ‘off pooja’ on Monday morning. In between, we spent over 36 hours not reading anything, writing anything or using any of the skills ‘kept for pooja’.

It was weird not being able to read, accidentally reading things and then being gently reminded by the other person :) We also spent a lot of time with each other and that was fun. Did a lot of cooking and tidying together, discussed plots for murder mysteries and generally had a ball. I must say, I’ve never talked so much in one day.

Here are some pictures from last year’s pooja, as celebrated at my in-laws’ home.

Felt like a tourist. In retrospect, I shouldn't have been taking videos.

Sandalwood paste an flowers on lamp

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Travel to Portugal – Sintra

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Sun Sand Sea

2013’s big holiday trip was to Portugal. I wanted a trip that had a lot of lazing about, with a dash of history and one beautiful European city thrown in.

The flights were via Zurich and Munich. The airports had fun views of green hills, etc.

Landing in Lisbon, I was stunned by the intensely blue skies and the warm sunshine. The decent metro system and easy to use metro apps (and maps) meant we were in the hotel within the hour.

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Malay Inspired Spaghetti

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Malay Inspired Spaghetti

I recently bought a wok that works on my induction cooking thing. This has meant more deep-frying and stir frying.
After a year using only induction power to cook, I can’t ever imagine going back to a gas stove. Touch screen vs opening gas valve, fearing death = easy choice. 

Here is an easy recipe inspired by something I remember seeing on Poh’s Kitchen. It gives me an opportunity to use my new wok and my mortar and pestle.

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If wishes were horses

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I’ve been sick.. Can’t go into the details. And coffee isn’t helping.  So I think I shall share what I’ve been up to all cooped up in bed.

I live in the capital region of India and travel to Kerala ( the motherland) at least thrice a year. Every time I do this, I wonder ” If I had travelled this distance in any other direction, I would be in xyz”

Here is the answer to those musings.

 

you will always be at home

Wherever your travels may take you

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Sights around town

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Last month, the husband’s family visited. They travelled all the way across the country to be with us for Onam.  And I cooked up a storm (15 dishes, but that is a story for another day). Their flight arrived only in the evening, so we had a traditional feast-dinner instead of the more conventional lunch-and-then-napping ritual.

My brother in law had a long list of things he wanted to see in Delhi. I was surprised at the amount of overlap it had with my own to-see list. Now, we live ¬22kms outside of Delhi and this meant a lot of Google mapping, petrol filling and general snack packing :)

 

Here are some of the things we saw:

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