Archive | April, 2012

Motherhood: Reality Check

25 Apr

Although, Mother’s Day is still a few weeks away, and I had intended to write this post for Mother’s Day. But I just could not wait until then. DISCLAIMER: This post is ‘inspired’ by a post from my old blog(now deactivated).

Some time back, I was watching the movie ‘Marley and Me’ and in the movie, Jennifer Aniston who is a mom of three, says, “I cannot believe the amount of sacrifice I have made to become this person that I am not”.
Motherhood actually does funny things to you. If you think, you’ll realize that you have been fighting tooth and nail to become someone that you are not. I like to think that this transformation is for the greater good. But you got ta admit that motherhood isnt always the textbook kind, it isnt always picture perfect, there are the usual rough-around-the-edges moments.
When my first one was born, the first question I had asked my husband in the labor room was, “Does she have any hair?” Who asks that? By the time I had my second one, I thankfully didnt care about the hair anymore. Also I have refused to watch the 20-week ultrasound tape that I specially had the OB/GYN’s office make. I really could not bring myself to see the most non-human looking thing. I did feel terrible that I had almost compared my unborn child to an alien. ALMOST! 
And of course there were those nasty spells where everything was the baby’s fault(not to mention the husband) for e.g.
  • make me wear those disgusting maternity clothes
  • making me feel guilty for glancing and then dreaming about sipping a glass of my favorite wine
  • making me look fat and chubby(honestly, who cares about the motherhood glow nonsense!)
  • making me wear cheap flip flops instead of my heels
  • giving me nightmares about breaking my water and going into labor in the middle of a meeting at work
  • making me ridiculously clumsy and keep dropping things and then having to bend over and pick them up
Yeah, I have fulfilled my share of ranting and cursing. Does that make me a terrible mom? I hope not. In fact, I think I exceeded my own expectations. I am amazed that my girls manage to bring out the best in me. I might even start liking this new and transformed ME. But no surprises that they also manage to bring out the worst in me at times. That is especially when mom’s words ring a bell, “You’ll know when you become a mom”. 
All of you fellow moms out there, give yourselves a pat on the back for accepting this new found self-evolution.


Chicken Burger/Sandwich from scratch

18 Apr

Today I discovered this food blog called Edible Garden and was so inspired by it that I decided to make something and more importantly take a picture of my creation and post it here. This is what came out.

I wasnt really planning on doing a recipe post but I guess the title of the post warrants it. So here goes –

For the Chicken Patties – 
Ground Chicken
Finely chopped onion
Grated ginger and garlic
Red chili powder as per your taste
Oil for cooking

Mix all the above ingredients together to make a gooey mixture. Shape into small patties(the size of your burger bun) and cook on a pan(approx 2-3 min on each side) until brown on both sides.

For the assembly –
Sliced cheese
Sliced tomatoes and onions
Salad Greens
Cooked chicken patties
Ketchup or chili sauce

Stack all of the above on a burger bun(I used multi grain bread) and you are ready to go! Enjoy!

The Art of Ponytailing

16 Apr

Who would have thought that tying a ponytail would be such a big deal. Sure enough it is when being performed on a hyper-active 4 year old who doesnt know how to stand still. Add to it, the crazy morning hour when each person is trying to get out of the house and patience levels are running low.
I am filled with awe at how my mom did it when I was the said toddler in question. I am guessing that she had perfected the art and her best time was 2.5 min from start to finish. Practice does make perfect.
My tolerance level is abysmally low and I am on the verge of making an appointment with the kiddie hair dresser to have it all chopped off. That is exactly why I need to be reminded of the high cuteness quotient resulting from my labor every morning. This picture(taken on an exceptionally good day) does just that. So far so good.

Breakfast for the Soul

11 Apr

Couldnt resist taking a picture of a plate of Desi Style Anda Bhurji(fried eggs with chilies and onions and tomatoes) and Paratha. Move over you, Scrambled Egg.

A Cup of Chai is back!

5 Apr

I have been totally guilty of slacking but now I am back! I want to say a big thank you to all of you who have been reading this blog and have been asking me about my disappearance. I hope to not disappoint you hereafter.

Come to think of it, I have the most cutest seven month old reason to explain the disappearing act. Not to mention a hyperactive elder sibling who these days has been competing with the younger one for attention as well as toys with the same fervor. It amazes me how she oscillates between her acts of being a needy infant to a sensible BIG sister. But she does have all of us wrapped around her little finger even her baby sister for that matter. The little one is practically in love with her big sis.

In short all in well in our household and life feels like its making an attempt to get back on track. For once, I am all eager to welcome the predictability back into my life.