Sunday, October 2, 2011

Knock Knock....It's me, I'm Back... Hello Everyone

I'm Back, with hope to blog regularly. More than 3 months have been passed since I posted any recipe here. Time flies, I totally believe in that. Back in June I was writing about our strawberry picking experience(never posted) and sudden plans of vacation to India kept me busy for a while and it's already pumpkin & apple picking season now. Even after coming back every single day I blogged but only in my thoughts, with every new day clicks of new dishes and still they didn't get to see face of this blog. Finally, today I decided to share with U guys, little bit of  what I captured in my camera in the past three months to get out of this break and hopefully to regular blogging as I do miss reading wonderful posts by my favourite bloggers and O'course I'm missing, reading comments by all you wonderful bloggers.

I clicked so many pics but didn't got a chance to post about them, I even managed to click the salad(right bottom corner) which I ate the night before we left for our trip to India. It was just to finish whatever I had left with of fresh produce : apples, tomatoes, onion, pears, paneer(Indian cheese) with generous amount of green chutney(a common & must have condiment in any Indian kitchen). It was good & filling.

I love baking, you see those big trays of cupcakes & mini bundt cakes those were baked for some celebration at our Gurudwara(Sikh Temple)  back in May and it was all eggless. First time I baked in such a large quantity, 72 cupcakes + 44 mini bundt cakes + one round of 12 cupcakes which was gobbled by kiddos & their friends as house was smelling so good they kept roaming around the kitchen.

Monsoon in Dilli(Delhi, capital of India) welcomed us by coming 4 days early, to match with our arrival day. It was so perfect timings, drizzling all the time till we reached home, at airport my 9 yr. old was complaining : great it's raining we won't be able to play outside and just after couple of hours she had best time of her life soaking in those downpours. First showers of first Indian Monsoon for Kiddos, as this was the first time we went in summers. There is something special about the Indian monsoon it seems perfect to soak in those rains( i think some of the credit also goes to Bollywood movies, for giving us some classic rainy songs) and later enjoy some hot pakoras & samosas. Yes, Samosas were eaten every single day rain or shine during our stay in Dilli and Kachoris, Mirchi wada & Jalebi were our everyday breakfast while we were in Rajasthan.

Kiddos enjoyed monkeying around the same Bargad ka ped(Banyan tree) which their dad use to climb as a young boy over 3 decades ago and  mom also climbed a decade ago as a newly wed. I feel climbing trees is a common interest which runs in the family ;-)

Some time we don't need lot of technical stuff like DS, Wii, iPad or some other hi fi toys to amuse kids. Mouse caught in a cage overnight, can really provide U with hour of fun before your kind heart go out and leave that mouse free 2-3 streets away from your house, to be caught by some one else if he dares to enter their house. OR if that's not your kind of fun than I'm sure U would love to feed food to birds, in our case it's a parrot who for some reason decided he like our terrace for his early morning lazy time, it may be the kids or hari mirchi(green chili).

After 12 years, I not only saw Indian Monsoon but also saw dilli flooded with Kanwarias once again. Ask any dilli wala and U will know during the shravan month acc. to Hindu Calender which usually falls in rainy season between July august, roads will be blocked, traffic will be diverted & some roads will be even closed for this whole period.  Because this is the time when these Saffron-clad Kanwarias start their journey back to their home town, barefoot with pots of ganga-jal(holy water) carried on their shoulders, filled from holy river Ganges in Haridwar. They take ganga-jal to offer to Lord Shiva in their village These people come from all the northern states of India and cross dilli on their way to Haridwar. As per the tradition water should not touch to the ground, so thru out the city there are camps for their rest & stands are made to kept the kanwars(pots). In top picture one of the decorated kanwar carrier is resting on street vendors cart. What was new this time for me, that on a very busy ring road(call it a life line of dilli), section of good few kilometers had a dedicated line for Kanwarias. Govt. tries to keep accidents & mishaps at minimum. It might be a good amusement for first timer to see all this but it really slow down the city and even stop it sometime.

What's your favourite thing when U go on road trips & you are not driving. Mine is to take pictures & lots of them. U really need to take lots of them because when U r trying to take a picture from moving car, holding your toddler with one hand, at least 60-70% of photos are not going to be of good quality, then in some U gonna miss the object U were trying to catch. But if U are lucky like me who have a husband, who manages to overtake the truck after doing lot of zig zag & rather than speeding back to 130 km/per hour, just adjust the speed so that I can take the picture of that same truck which we just overtook. Why ? because how many times U see a panel of windmill travelling on a truck, well for me I had seen windmill farm, but windmill panel travelling on a truck was first time and it was huge. I love to take pictures of highway nos. & signs, I'm clever no need to write anything when after few years kiddos will look at the pics they will know which place that trip was for. And most important is the scenery, no matter how many times I have travelled this region, the Aravalli mountain range has such a charm in it I always find it beautiful, surrounded by those beautiful mountain peaks journey is never tiring.

Thanks, to all of you, who stopped at this space while I was away.  I'll be back soon with some yummy recipe from my kitchen.


sangeeta said...

Hey ..welcome back. Although i was missing from the scene for a long time too but i knew where you are :)

Tina said...

welcome back..

Reva said...

Welcome back... All the pics are awesome, shows how nicely the days were enjoyed..:)

Aruna Manikandan said...

Welcome back!!!!
lovely photos :)

Rita said...

Welcome back; love you photos. Anxious to learn about your recipes.

alpana said...

I can absolutely relate to the soaking in the rain, climbing trees & having samosa & jalebi everyday. Yes we all miss those mischievious times spent in India. Being from Delhi I know it turns into a saffron city during this time. Thans for sharing your travel .....You took me back in time & welcome back .

Mrs K said...

Welcome back !!! Thanks for all the lovely pictures and such a sweet write-up which gives us a flavor of monsoons in Delhi.I can tell you had a wonderful time:)

Rita said...

The mailman just let me a lovely gift: Food Cures : Treat Common Health Concerns, Look Younger and Live Younger book by Joy Bauer.
Thank you so much.

Spice said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by at this lazy blogger's blog.

@ Sangeeta, I really missed meeting U in person....but there's always next time.

thanks Tina.

@ Reva, thanks dear....yes time spent with family is always good....

@ Aruna, thanks.

Spice said...

@ Rita, thanks. Yes, there are so many recipes which need to appear on this blog. Rita I'm glad U got the book, I hope u gonna like reading it.

Thanks Alpana, nice to know that U r also from dilli. Now, to know which place exactly, I gonna jump to your space for that.

Thanks Mrs. K.

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