We are back with another recipe post and this time it is a regional recipe. A humble dish that tops the ‘must-try’ lists of food enthusiasts when it comes to Kerala cuisine. Paalappam or simply appam is a traditional dish from Kerala. It is a fluffy rice pancake with lacy edges that tastes equally yum with both veg and non-veg side dishes. Traditionally made in a ‘Palappam Chatti’ – a small pan with a dip in the centre, it can also be replicated to an extent in a kadai which has a rounded bottom.
I grew up celebrating Holi with lot of enthusiasm. The festival of colours has a great place in my childhood memories. This is also the festival I miss the most after I relocated to South India. Holi hardly exists on the festival calendar in this part of the country. As I am particular, my daughter should experience this significant Indian festival, every year I do some celebrations for her mainly to familiarize her with holi. We manage the festivities with the little resources available here, water guns replacing pichkaris and confining the gulaal application to our balcony. As schools and offices don’t often have holidays for Holi, I end up making just a sweet to conclude our private holi celebrations.
This year as it is along with the weekend, I was thinking of making it a little elaborate and have a few traditional recipes on the platter. My childhood was restricted to eating the yummy delicacies of the festive season and I have never even bothered to wonder what ingredients go into it… thinking of the recipe was a far cry. I searched across recipe blogs and websites and bookmarked these recipes for holi pakwan this season.
As Valentine’s Day is around the corner, my mind was full of roses as I was thinking of ideas for the day. I don’t know if it was the power of roses or the nostalgia of childhood, I got reminded of Rose Milk. I found myself drooling thinking of a taste that I relished as a kid.
When it comes to Rose Milk, my taste buds refuse to accept anything but what my neighbour Aunty used to make for us. Aunty was generous to share her recipe and I enjoyed sipping it after years. Again, may be the magic of the season, I did spend some effort on garnishing it for the two boys in my life.
So here goes the recipe:
The holidays, energising celebrations, fun, frolic and a brand new year!! The schools are soon reopening and mommies and babies have to get back to the routine. Children are excited to be back in school mainly to exchange New Year wishes with friends and teachers. What could be more apposite than a handmade card to go along with the wishes? It becomes all the more special when a pair of tiny hands has worked on it.
I love crafting with Dolly and we bond so much over crafting. Crafts are a great learning experience for kids and helps grow their imagination. When Dolly wanted to make cards for her teachers I decided to let her take charge, choose her colours and papers for the card. We chose a simple gift box pop card and sat down to make this with a handful of basic craft supplies.
Christmas to me has become something that brings a high voltage smile on my daughter’s little face. Dolly adores the festival and I fondly put together tits and bits of what is practiced, just for her. I have been putting up a tree at home for four years now and had been repeating almost the same process, as though it is an unwritten festive rule. Taking out the tree, putting up the ornaments, connecting the serial lights and done, Christmas decoration over. This year I badly wanted to break the stereotype.. but was unsure about what to do. That is when I recalled that I do it all for Dolly and what was stopping me from doing something that she loves. Kids’ love for colours and candies doesn’t need any elucidation and my Doll is no different.
Christmas is in the air and we have all been touched with the season’s magic wand. There is a lot of things happening to get ready for the celebration..baking, crafting, decorating and it is all so exciting. Yes it is exciting but only for the person who is involved in it. I often leave Christmas tree decoration to Dolly. She does her part till where she can reach and instructs me to decorate the rest
When she was smaller, she loved and felt contented hanging the ornaments on the tree. This year she was not really excited to do just that. She wanted to make her own ornaments to be put on the tree. I didn’t want to demotivate her and decided to teach her this simple and safe craft that can be put together in less than 5 minutes!
Read on the steps to create this cute Christmas ornament.
The very thought of Christmas makes me smile. The colors, the warmth, the jingles, the aroma of freshly baked fruit cakes, it all makes me nostalgic, takes me to the cherished memories of childhood. Christmas has always been a great celebration at my place and as we say for all festivals, I enjoyed and celebrated it the best in my childhood. Winter vacation, cousins, tree decoration, crib making, carols, cakes, handmade greeting cards and best of the lot… staying awake under the blanket just to watch Santa keeping gifts under the tree!, Christmas has always been overwhelming.
The merriment has dimmed much now thanks to changing lifestyle and instant celebration aids flooding the market every festive season. Handmade cards have made way to e-cards and instant messages, cakes get pre-ordered for home delivery and festivals are most celebrated on social media and e-commerce portals. In these easy and name sake celebrations what gets lost is the fun, frolic and warmth of the occasion. I try to celebrate festivals in the traditional way mainly to create some colorful memories for my son.
This year I thought of recreating something from my childhood reminiscence. I decided to make a crib at home. I agree the readymade shop bought crib looks fab but something that is created with our creativity and effort is priceless! I used to join my cousins to make this as a kid. I still remember how we used to force feed eggs to all, just to ensure we have enough egg shells for the crib.
Here come the instructions to make your own crib at home.