Cake on a Pan

Standard

Before I had gone for an extended vacation to my parents’ home, I had left a lot of food in the freezer and other such places around the home. One cute thing I made was what I called ‘Cake in a Jar’. Home made cake mix with an instructions label.

The artwork was a bit derivative, but I had fun making it , and I thought the husband would have fun baking it. He didn’t. He worried about it for a full morning and decided not to make it.

Here is what I did with the cake mix one Saturday morning:

Read the rest of this entry

Advertisements

Wedding Rant

Standard

My mother, as is the wont of all mothers, has a few pet peeves. The most colorful among them is her hatred towards the NSS (Nair Service Society) and its affiliate establishments like the TDM Wedding hall in Cochin. As a child, I ignored her general remarks. As a teenager / young adult, I made fun of her criticism and now, as an older young adult, I am shocked that I see her point!

I recently had cause to visit the aforementioned TDM hall to attend a cousin’s wedding. As his 2 favorite female cousins were out of the country, I was pressed into service – not to do any actual work, but to stand around him and look shiny.

Nair weddings have, I am told, evolved many rituals to show off the wealth of the participants.

With increased rituals as shared on the spot by the 2 parties’ elder male curmudgeonly uncles and the equally curmudgeonly NSS official, the wedding stage is like a mini bloodbath.

Take this situation for instance.

Read the rest of this entry

Painting Things

Standard

It has been a long hiatus from blogging. (not that I was regular at all to begin with !) I wouldn’t say I’ve been totally lazy these past months, but I sure am relaxed. 

I’ve always been fairly decent at ‘Looking and drawing’. I decided to step things up a notch and started watercolor painting. I found a few great tutorials online. The tutorials showed me that what we all used to do in Art class ( keep daubing paint water till the paper tore or the bell rang) was pretty much the opposite of what one is supposed to do. 

image

Here is a picture of a tea pot next to a picture of an orange and a teapot 😛

Curtain Makeover

Standard

The old orange curtains that I bought when we moved into our first apartment 2.5 years ago were a constant eyesore. However, I cannot take them down because we have far too many nosy neighbors, random construction workers and what look like slum dwellers’ children meandering about the house. Gated community.. pish tosh!

Fabric Pens!

So I dug out a stencil and a fabric pen from the depths of my craft drawer ( yes, I have a lot of storage space in the new flat – remind me to tell you about my shoe room).

One episode of Bones and some vigorous stenciling later:

<drum roll please>
Read the rest of this entry

Crepe Squares with Ham

Standard

I was browsing Martha Stewart’s website a couple of weeks back, morbidly fascinated by the fact that a convicted felon was telling me how to decorate for Christmas. (tee hee)

I shortlisted a bunch of recipes and then promptly forgot about them all.

Then on the 24th of December, I decided I would celebrate Christmas after all, and went grocery shopping. The only thing i remembered from the recipe was the title and I thought to myself “must get HAM”

crepeham

Recipe

As the name suggests, the recipe has two major parts 😀

Read the rest of this entry

Express Christmas

Standard

We had a plastic Christmas tree at my parents’ house. The neighbours had  given it to us when they moved back to USA .  I toyed with the idea of buying one here after the husband hinted that he never had a tree, ever! But the insane rates bothered me. In Kerala, one traditionally hangs a paper star with a bulb. I did that last year, because of my love of giant shiny things. It hung around till April or so 🙂

So one fine Sunday, 2 days before Christmas , I dropped the husband off to see The Hobbit : An Avoidable Boredom and pottered around the malls for a good 3 hours.

Read the rest of this entry

Granita / Sorbet

Standard

On a whim, ignoring common sense, i made a lemon granita.

Everything happened rather quickly. I saw the lemons idling in the fridge: Scrape cut squeeze mix freeze. Then came the gentle afterthought. When on earth will I get around to finishing 600ml of crushed ice dessert in the winter?!

I prodded the dessert in the direction of the husband yesterday night and he munched it all away without even glancing at the cup. I wonder what that says about my cooking in general 😀

Oh well! Here is the recipe. It barely takes 5 minutes to do, not counting freezer time.

  • As much sugar as you have lemon juice
  • Water : around 8 times the juice
  • grate the lemon rinds
  • Boil the water, Add the sugar.
  • Stir till it dissolves.
  • Add this to the lemon juice. Top it off with the rinds.
  • Freeze.
  • Check in every couple of  hour and stir the liquid ice mixture. OR If you cannot be bothered / have other things going on in life, you could process the frozen block by blitzing it in your food processor, or by scraping with a spoon till you have the snow like consistency that one is looking for

You could eat / drink it on its own . or top it off with soda / liqueurs..

Cheers!

Joy !

Standard

I just had a whirlwind crafting day! I opened about ten tabs from Pinterest and ended up doing 7 crafty things 🙂

Here is the first:

I had been seeing these 

on the interwebs for nearly a year. But the old apartment was too gloomy to illuminate with lamps! We had to rig up the flat with super bright CFLs. The new flat is super large and very very bright, Here’s what I did:

Read the rest of this entry