Recipes

Grilled Fish Wraps In Turmeric Leaves

Turmeric has alot of benefits as we all know and turmeric leaves have antiseptic properties and hence it is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric leaves contain curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant.

Turmeric plant

Turmeric leaves have a neutral aroma and are used widely in the Goan community in India for making Patoli.

Patoli is a traditional recipe made by Goankars and Christians on 15th August which marks the feast of “The Assumption”. Turmeric leaves add a unique taste to this sweet recipe and your home will be filled with its beautiful aroma when you cook them.

But how about people who do not like to have sweets and would still like to use turmeric leaves in their diet once in a while. So here I’m sharing another recipe using them.

Grilled fish wraps where we are wrapping the fish into parcels of turmeric leaves. While grilling, the heat intensifies the flavor of the leaf which is transferred onto the fish giving it a wonderful aroma and adds a distinct flavor.

Ingredients
Surmai/Seer Fish 4-5 pieces
Turmeric leaves 7-8
Fresh grated 1/2 coconut
1 cup coriander leaves
1 cup mint leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
7-8 cloves of garlic
1 inch ginger
1 lemon’s juice
Green chilies as per preferred spiciness

Procedure
Wash the turmeric leaves and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.

Turmeric leaves


Clean and wash the pieces of fish well. You can even use mackerel/bangda fish in this recipe. Make sure to make slits on the mackerel.

Surmai/ Seer fish

Make a coarse paste of coconut, ginger, garlic, green chilies, coriander leaves, mint leaves, cumin seeds and lemon juice. Do not use water to make this paste. The marinade is ready.

Coconut marinade

Marinate the fish and leave it aside for an hour.

Marinated fish

Now wrap the pieces of marinated fish in the turmeric leaves.

Wrap each piece of fish in turmeric leaf

One piece of fish will be wrapped in one leaf. If the leaf is not broad enough, use another leaf to cover it sideways and then secure it with a piece of thread. Wrap all the fish pieces similarly.

Fish wrapped in turmeric leaf

Heat up the grill pan and grease it with oil liberally. When heated, add the wrapped fish and simmer the flame to make sure the fish cooks well inside the leaves. Keep drizzling with oil if necessary.


Flip the pieces when grilled on the bottom side.
Once the leaves turn brown and crisp, the fish is done. To make sure, unwrap one piece and try it.

Grilled fish wraps in turmeric leaves

Serve it with a side of grilled veggies and steamed rice.

Grilled fish wrap in turmeric leaves

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla

Parenting

3 Brain-Training Game Apps Full Of Fun For Your Child

Since 2020, the whole world has gone online and so have our little ones. The exposure to screen even though if online learning is so much that kids are bound to try and find some entertainment as well on the screens.

Here are the gems that I found when Eira was 4 year old. All these apps have been tried, tested and enjoyed. So get ready to have some absolute fun time!

1. 1Line (Free App)

1Line

I’m sure you remember drawing an open envelope during your school days. The rule was not to redraw a line and not to pick the pencil until the envelope is done. Basically, the rule is to draw the picture with just one line. The app has so many levels and is an excellent yet interesting way to have a good brain exercise.

Eira loves this app and has completed many stages. It became more fun for her when her Dad got involved. Playing on two phones simultaneously and checking who is able to solve them faster is a great way to get a child interested.

2. Cut the rope free (Free App)

Cut The Rope Free

Om Nom is hungry and wants to have candy. But the candy is not easily available. Follow the adventurous levels and help cut the candy free from ropes and obstacles and help Om Nom relish it.

This is a super fun game which will keep kids engaged and scratching their brains. You will also find them jump off their seats when they actually get the candy. You will also find “Om Nom Stories” cartoon on YouTube.

3. Buttons and Scissors (Free App)

Buttons and Scissors

Cut off the buttons from the denim with the help of scissors. You can cut them only after matching 2 or more buttons of the same color and of no other colored button is in the way. You can select buttons only on the same horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. Cut off all the buttons to complete a level and do it in the shortest possible time to get a better score. Logical thinking is what your child will have to do to get this fun game going.

While there are many other games that you might find on the Playstore, these three have been stuck with us for more than 3 years. Make sure you try them as well and you will have a blast.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla

CauseAChatter

Gender Blindness And The Need For Equity More Than Equality

Many of us talk about gender equality and we support it, raise our kids accordingly and how everyone should amplify this thought. But have you heard about gender blindness and how unknowingly even you can be one of those people with no knowledge about it?

“Gender blindness” is the lack of awareness about how men and women are affected by a situation in a different manner due to the difference in their roles, needs, status and priorities and biologies in their societies. Gender blindness can be very harmful and work as a fuel to further increase the issue of gender inequality by ignoring the differences between different genders. It is also an ideology for some who choose not to see the differences.

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Gender blindness has become one of the biggest challenges for women in the modern world. When talking about men against women, the word “equality” is used alot to show support towards women but is that actually helpful?

Consider this, two people are asked to oversee something over a wall. One of them is tall while the other one is shorter than average. Since it is impossible to look over the wall, both of them are provided a small stool to stand upon. The taller person with the help of the stool is easily able to see over the wall but a similar stool provided to the shorter person is still of no use. This is what equality does to the shorter person. Do you think he or she will be happy? This where equality fails and there is a need for equity. Equality gives a group of people the same resources while equity recognizes each person’s circumstances and provides proper resources to achieve the desired goal. The need for equity must be emphasized.

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In this modern world, gender blindness is becoming more of a problem than gender equality. It’s become the best way to sweep all issues related to women right under the rug. Women and men have different needs and they need to be met in different ways. This is where equity goes a step beyond to make everyone get an equal level playing field. Giving women the same resources as men will not be helpful in every situation and so it needs to be considered that women need extra support than men.

When it comes to the workplace, it is the responsibility of organizations to make changes in their policies and make sure that they empower women through equity for their success. The HR department of an organization plays a vital role in bringing changes in the policies but such changes might take decades to be considered and then accomplished. Employers should consider hiring anti-racist, pro-women and trans-friendly people for their HR team. At workplaces, awareness and practicing equity within every department by each team member might result in small changes needed to create a bigger wave. Studies show that this will address the gap which is related to salary, self-confidence, and overall performance. This will ensure not just fairness but fairness with success.

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We as a society need to work and uproot these prejudices to have a better future. Working towards gender equity will bring a positive change and benefit every gender.

This post is part of Blogchatter‘s campaign CauseAChatter.

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How Cutting Down On Food Wastage Can Ease Climate Change

Most of us have wasted food at one point or the other, knowingly or unknowingly. You might have taken a lot on your plate than you could consume and then the leftover ended up in trash. Out of love, you served a few bites more than your child could finish and then they left it. Some greens have been in the fridge for too long and before you could use them, they got spoiled.

You might think that we throw away food occasionally and the quantity is too less, but do you know, there is a significant amount of food waste generated in our homes. According to Food Waste Index Report 2021, around 50 kg of food is thrown away per person every year in Indian homes. Shocking right!! This has been an ongoing problem for decades which is just increasing with time. It was only when Covid-19 pandemic hit us that we understood the importance of it all when during the lockdown procuring vegetables and groceries got difficult.

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Getting food to your plate is also a lengthy process. Food is grown, processed, packaged, transported, marketed and finally sold. Food also gets wasted during this process. For example, some pests attack the crop or the crop is damaged during transport or it gets spoiled sitting on the aisle at the supermarket because nobody bought it. All that gets dumped too. During the lockdown phase, farmers lost most of its crop to dump as they were not able to bring it to the market.

What happens to all this food that is being spoiled or wasted? All that goes into landfills and rots. As it rots, it produces a greenhouse gas called methane. Greenhouse gases are present in the Earth’s atmosphere. When sunlight hits the Earth surface, it reflects back into space but some of it turns into heat and is supposed to reflect back as well. Greenhouse gases like water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, prevent the heat from escaping into space and thus warming the planet thus affecting our climate.

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Food wastage also heavily contributes to emission of greenhouse gases and each one of us who has thrown away even a spoonful of leftover food or let a vegetable/fruit spoil away in the refrigerator is responsible for it. Meat and dairy products have much higher emissions than fruits and vegetables. We tend to take our food for granted and that needs to change.

We need to curb the greenhouse gases emission and reducing food wastage is the easy fix that can de done right away in our homes.

1.Buy the food you need just for 2-3 days so they don’t spoil and we throw away less.

2. A little imperfection in appearance of fruits should also be accepted so that it does get spoiled away with the seller itself and get thrown away. Consider making smoothies or jams with them. Use them in your baking or blending dishes.

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3. Make sure to store all the food products in a proper way in the refrigerators and air-tight containers so they stay fresh for longer and are not rotten and eventually dumped. Make proper use of the freezer section to store meat products to increase at their shelf life.

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4. The peels, shoots and roots of fruits and vegetables can be composted for your home garden. It makes a great DIY project for adults and a wonderful way of learning for kids.

5. Another way of using roots and shoots is to make vegetable broth out of it or use them in the main dish itself. For example, gobhi danthal sabzi from Punjab uses cauliflower stalks and Bengali ucche pata bora are bhajjias/fritters made out of bitter gourd leaves.

6. Instead of planning a delicacy out of the blue, it is always better to plan in advance and make meals with ingredients already available in your refrigerator. Planning meals for a few days or a week also helps a lot.

7. Portion control. Take one serving of food that you are sure to finish. Go for a second serving if needed. Make sure to do that with your kids as well.

8. Leftovers should not be thrown away. Use the leftover vegetable to make cutlets or parathas. Dal paratha also tastes really well. Leftover rotis/chapatis make an excellent rolls with just an addition of egg and some flavoring sauces.

9. The food scraps that cannot be eaten can be fed to animals nearby.

10. If going to restaurants, make sure to take-away the leftovers and either bring them home or give it away to the needy and make sure they don’t sleep another night on an empty stomach. Great of you could add in another dish onto it and not just leftovers.

11. Talk to the community around you and share the knowledge. Awareness is the first big step!

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Take small steps like these and you will make a difference. Small changes will yield big results with time.

This post is part of Blogchatter’s campaign CauseAChatter.

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Why is it a Piggy Bank? Why not a Dog, Chicken Or Dinosaur Bank?

As a parent when we think about teaching our kids to start collecting coins and eventually save money, we get them a piggy bank. With modern times, we can find piggy banks shaped in different cartoons and even characters from animated movies. But they are all still called piggy banks. Ever wondered why they are known only from the animal pig and not any other animal that a child may actually be fond of?

The answer can be found somewhere in the Middle Ages. In those times, the real banks were not into existence. People used to save their money at home. Not under the mattress, or a cupboard which also didn’t exist but in kitchenware. During those times, metal was not something that was used to make utensils and was a very expensive commodity. Pots and pans were made of earthenware. A special yet affordable orange-colored clay called “pygg” was used for it. People who were well off used to get huge custom made jars of pygg only to save money called pygg pots.

Earthenware pots and pans used in yesteryears
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Early English was very different than it is today. Pygg pots were earlier pronounced as pug pots. With the pronunciation of many alphabets evolving, for example the pronunciation of letter ‘y’ changed from sound ‘u’ to sound ‘i’. The pygg pots and the farm animal pig which actually lies around in pygg and mud sounded the same. Europeans completely forgot that the word “pygg” actually meant clay used to make earthenware in yesteryears. The word bank had also come into existence by then and when potters received requests to make pygg pots or pygg banks, they started shaping them into animal pigs. This accidental change was accepted widely by customers. It emerged so much in those years that little piggy banks were being fashioned for kids as well which delighted them.

Piggy bank made out of clay
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Pigs were also tied with good fortune. To possess a herd of pigs was considered a sign of wealth and prosperity in the Middle Ages. Successful breeding was possible with them with minimal investment and the owners would never go hungry. Many farmers survived the winter through just one pig that they owned. That is how pig also became a symbol of good luck in German tradition. Marzipan pigs are gifted during Christmas and New Year to bring good luck. In some Asian countries too, pig is considered to bring good luck and fortune.

Marzipan pigs gifted for good luck
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Such a sublime history of how piggy banks came into existence and from there it spread all over the world. It has continued till date and we and many more of our generations to come are going to teach our young kids to start saving in piggy banks. Now that you know about it, do not forget to share this piece of interesting history with your kids, maybe even as a bedtime story!

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3 Pencil & Paper Games To Play With Your Kids

Be it a child or an adult, everyone likes to play games. With the current conditions of being at home most often and playing the same toys and board games can sometimes be boring for children. A small change can make a big difference. But like me, if you do not want to invest in anymore games and with the “currently unavailable” tag on shopping sites over everything a child requires as it is not considered into essentials, getting that change might be difficult.

Considering all of that, I thought of sharing the games that I play with my daughter since she was four. All you need is a pencil and paper and you are good to go. Many of you might already know these games and some might have forgotten them over time. So let’s refresh our memory and take a five into our childhood.

1. Dots & Boxes
This is my daughter’s favourite game so listing it at the very top.

Begin with a grid of dots drawn on a piece of paper. A 6×6 or 8×8 grid works best for younger kids. You can increase the grid size once they get the hang of it or when you have more than two players. Players take turns to join two dots and draw a line. The lines can be horizontal and vertical leading to formation of boxes. One player can draw only one line at a time. You can use colored pencils or sketchpens as well. When one forms a box, they can write their initials to mark it. At the end of the game, when the grid is full, the player who made the most boxes wins.

Dots & Boxes

2. Hangman
This is an oldie and one of the most played game on paper. It originated in England during the 17th century.

This game can also be played by two or more players. Start by drawing gallows. One player thinks of a word without telling the other players about it and then draws dashes equal to the number of letters in the word. Mark the dashes that will contain a vowel with a star/asterisk. All the other players will each take a turn to guess the letters. Star/asterisk will help the other players especially kids to guess the vowels first and then guess the word. For every wrong guess of a letter or the word, draw a body part of the hangman on the gallows. Typical order is head, body, right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg. For kids, the words can be as easy as an apple, book, sweet, potato, etc and once advanced you can start with their favourite cartoon names or movie titles. This game can also be a great way to brush up the vocabulary that you have been working.

Hangman

3. Obstruction
Hungarian mathematician Laszlo Kozma created this game and it’s only for two players.

Make square grid of 6×6. Once learnt the grid can be made larger in size to make the game go longer. One player can be ‘O’ and other can be ‘X’. Players can even use their initials. Each player takes turns writing their mark in one of the squares but you can only do so if all of the neighbouring squares including the diagonal ones are empty. Each player takes a turn and marks only one box. The player who is unable to mark a box loses.

Obstruction

These games are a quick and easy way to pass the time. They are not only fun but a great way to help kids work on their focus and attention.

A child who is playing is always refining and learning skills which help them during childhood and beyond.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

Z For Zentangle Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Zentangle art is an easy and fun way to learn to create beautiful structured patterns. These patterns are called tangles and they are made with combinations of lines, dots, curves, S-curves and orbs. Zentangle is an art therapy practice to help enhance relaxation and focus.

Zentangle art can be done with outline or even without them. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

Supplies
Drawing paper
Pencil and eraser
Black tip pen used for coloring

Let’s get started

1. Place the drawing paper horizontally and draw different sized hearts.

2. Make sure the hearts are big enough to draw patterns in them. It’s best to draw eveythung with pencil first, just in case you need to erase and correct them.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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3. Draw intersecting lines inside the hearts to make sections. Straight lines as well as curves can be drawn for the same.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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4. Now draw different patterns in each section. You may go through some zengtangle patterns available online or just create some of your own. Words can also be a part of the patterns as children can always relate the word “love” with hearts. Eira actually decided to write love in the hearts as patterns.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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5. If your child has made the whole art with pencil than now it’s time to use the Black pen or thin marker to overwrite and complete the art.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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Your Zentangle art is ready!

It’s a super easy and relaxing art that not only children but even adults can try!

Hope you enjoy it!

This post is part of Blogchatter’s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

Y For Yarn Monster – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Yarn monster is an incredible activity including cutting, coloring, sticking and threading. It is an ideas activity for preschoolers as well as early schoolers and works on many skills. You child can create some really scary monsters or some silly ones.

You can hang these monsters in your child’s room or even add them to their puppet collection.

Supplies
Brown cardbord from an old packing box
Some colorful yarn
White paper
Crayons
Scissors
Glue
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started

1. Cutout a circle for the monster face from the old box. We used an old Amazon box for it. Your child can even choose to make a different shape for the monster face.

2. Make the horns, eyes & mouth for the monster on white paper and color them. Cut them out and keep them aside.

3. Make some slits around the edge of the cardbord circle.

4. Start wrapping the yarn on it. Secure the yarn on one slit and then keep going across all the slits back and forth covering all the slits. We have used two colored yarns, red and yellow. You can choose to use just one color or more than two as well.

5. Once done wrapping, make sure to tie the end of the yarn and secure them so that they do not loosen up.

6. Now glue the horns, eyes and mouth onto the face.

Yarn Monster
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Your Yarn monster is ready.

You can make more than one of these monsters and create a monster family.

We have made a quick video while Eira was creating her yarn monster.


Hope you enjoy it!

This post is part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

X For Xmas Popping Santa – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

For us, X always stand for Xmas. We have made some really lovely Christmas crafts but wanted to try something new this time.

This lovely Santa is always welcoming with open arms. Makes a wonderful craft for your child and also sits on your table to cheer you up. It’s fun to push him down and watch him pop right back at you.

Supplies
Red, black and white craft paper
Marker pen
Pencil and eraser
Glue

Let’s get started
1. Use strips of red paper and make an accordion fold which will help the Santa pop-up.
2. Make the body of the Santa, mittens and cuffs, pants as shown in the picture.

3. Also make a round face, beard, hat and eyes for Santa.

4. Glue the mittens and pants to the body as shown.

5. Glue the accordion fold into the lower half of the body.

6. Now fold the top half of the body onto the accordion fold. Your pop up body is ready.

7. Glue up the Santa face together and make a smiley with a marker pen.

8. Glue the face onto the body as shown in the picture.

Xmas Popping Santa.
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reuse is strictly prohibited.

Your Xmas Pop-up Santa is ready.
Isn’t it fun to watch it pop!

Hope you enjoy it!

This post is part of Blogchatter’s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

W For Wayne Thiebaud’ Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter popularly known for his foodart. Cakes, pies, icecream cones, doughnuts and all that you could find in diners and cafeterias in 1960s have all been painted excellently by him.

Wayne Thiebaud.
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I’m sure every child who will work on his art will love him. Me and Eira got a craving when we went through all his paintings.

Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
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Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
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He used heavy color pigments for the subjects of his paintings and always had shadows included in his work.

Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
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There were so many to chose from but from the point of view of a 7-year old trying to work inspired from him, Eira chose the “Lemon cake” painting.

Lemon Cake by Wayne Thiebaud.
Image courtesy Google.

Supplies
Drawing paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser
Tissues or q-tips for blending

Let’s get started
The best way to work on inspired art is to leave the child with the picture of it and let them recreate it on their own. Let them recognise the colors, if the colors are double tone that means they have used two colors and blended them. Maybe the child will want to change one of the colors and use their own which is ok as they are running their own imagination. Working on oil pastels gives a good color of the picture as well as helps in blending.

Lemon cake by Eira inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Eira did change some colors as you can see and still her work turned out wonderful. The best part is that she enjoyed working on it.

Hope your child will enjoy getting inspired from Wayne Thiebaud as well.

This post is part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z