3.7 miles took 2 hours that also sizzled away some 1200 calories.. o yeah but the breathtaking vistas of the pacific ocean and the strange inspiration you feel when you are around the Golden Gate bridge are sure worth the effort.. A must for every family. And its a great start for the 2018 season.. stay tuned 🙂
Kartikeya’s first chemistry experiment at home..
As parents, its first you who should understand how chemistry can excite kids and then make arrangements for them to explore and entice them into a journey thats worth all the pain in the laboratory 🙂
Long way to go my boy! All the best to you 🙂
Courtesy: “Stupendous Science Experiments” by Rob Beattie
Total time for prep: 18 minutes
Total Carbs: Just 153 per ootappam. (your RDI is approx 2500 so this is a wonderful breakfast overall)
First its the smell of this ‘two-minute–roasted-peanut-mint-chutney’ that calls you in into the kitchen, then the fermented batter sizzling on the pan with vapor bubbles on the glass top makes you peek and smell the onion/coriander toppings.. (at this point, you are half way closing your eyes, inhaling deeply and start bending your head backwards)
.. and the slice cut green chili, dipped in olive oil and torched to perfection pulls you in completely.
A perfect breakfast with a superb nutrition scale.. Try it out and flatter yourself 🙂
It takes less than 30 minutes to cook this sumptuous meal and be happy you did a right thing today by NOT eating out.
Stewed jira-eggplant, braised bittergourd with jaggery and tamarind, hot spinach-zucchini-kadhi…. all under 30 minutes..
slow cooked to preserve the maximum nutrients… I can’t explain better than this pic.
To all those who don’t realize the incredible power of wholegrain blackgram, here is the most famous breakfast from India.. Steam boiled and served hot, these wholegrain idli coupled with pigeon-pea-powder-and-sesame-oil, tomoto-capsicum-and-garlic-chutney….
Not just for kids, this is an energy bomb for everyone to revive their boring days and dull weekends, go out and spend that energy blast ourdoors.. It all starts in your kitchen 🙂 ఇంటికి ఇనుము.. ఒంటికి మినుము 🙂
The ingredients, the combinations, the passed-down knowledge in handling, the simplicity in preparation, the amount of packed power ounce-by-ounce and most of all the undeniable taste that anyone and everyone comfortable with .. is what all makes the idli… the idli.
Those kitchen-morons just don’t know the best of it all.. I am surprised to see the amount of negative publicity in the press around Indian Food. The number of options we have for low caloried, high fiber content coupled with super good nutrition is just mind blowing. For example, look at this dinner option:
Bajra-Jowar Dosa topped with onions and served with veggie-filled Sambar ( a thick lentil soup with super beneficial herbs, spices and lots of vegetables ) and peanut chutney.
very delicious, mouth watering combination with amazing health benefits.. It takes pages to explain why you should focus on lentils, millets, fiber and vegetables..
raw banana flower bracts pounded in a rock mortar and pestle, added curd, raw green mirchi paste along with a heavy dose of mustard then tempered with traditional spices in peanut oil … Its all.. simple yet a bliss to eat in. yes.. a bliss.
Do you cook once and eat it for a week? yuck! (sorry, I honestly didn’t mean to insult you) Are you killing your kid’s taste buds and enthusiasm with stale, reheated, boring food? Don’t you agree defrozen items from a Microwave Oven can never ever compare with a Mother’s warm and fresh magic delicacy?
In a world obsessed with Calories but not Kitchen Wisdom, at times when eating out is considered convenient and fashionable but cooking your daily food is looked down, with families hardly having enough time to cook, sit down and eat together, if your kid is NOT saying this everyday, every week, at least once in an year, then you as a parent is a complete failure:
“<grins>Mommy! You are the best cook in the world</grins>”
PYKFTW – NTWFYK
In the Pic below is one of the super man snacks that a kid can get… minapasunni
Roadtrips in Southern California are sure a true mix of technology and nature. 2 days in Los Angeles, 2 days in Joshua Tree National Park and 2 more days in Legoland gave us a perfect blend of fun, infocation and entertainment.
what else goes first? The Universal Studios, yey. Start early if you are visiting for the first time because you need to catch up with a lot of rides. And if its December-31st, then you would get to enjoy live music and frenzy crowd dancing until midnight and finish it with a brief but amazing fireworks.
Here you have a really lot of options. We went to the Science Museum for a leisure day of infotainment. Don’t miss the IMAX movie experience, its one of the biggest screens in the world. You may prefer to stroll among the exhibits, but let kids roll all day and tire them with some science 🙂 You may drive to the BAPS swaminarayan temple if you have spare time and energy in the evening.
Drive to the Joshua Tree National Park, to slow down your watch and mind. Mesmerize yourself with a million stars in the sky and a zillion cacti on the ground :). The skull rock is silly but together with one of its kind — cholla cactus garden — would make a day full of fun for your kids. I think the baby cholla cacti are some of the cutest in their category, no wonder they are called the “teddy bear cholla” 🙂 We did our first exotic hike of the year on the “hidden valley trail”, with tall boulders all around, walk by the world-famous climbing destination the “Burrito rock” and of course watch your kids jump, climb and run in every direction. Its important to keep them on the trail, watch the plants and other micro organisms. Test your leg muscles too and your shoe grip. There are no cabins inside the park, only campgrounds but there are many hotels just outside the park entrance. If you are an astro enthusiast, then you are in the right place. Just go out after dark and grab yourself an experience of a life time.
LegoLand. This is a place that sure entices every kid with a lifetime of memories. Their Lego characters coming live, trivial but funny rides and lots of walking and excitement around.
They say the roadtrip between SFO and LA would take at least a week if you are serious about all the places in between, thats so very true. But when you are doing it for the first time, don’t miss the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the Soda Lake.
Watching the San Andreas Fault stretch a hundred miles with your naked eye leaves you in awe.
The Petroleum Highway and the thousands of “Oil Derricks” swinging like giant dolphins doing Sine curves will bring smile onto your face and explains something that drives that metal body under your steering wheel. The “driving buds” in your brain would sure get some satiation 🙂
Right, thats all. There are many other places worth your time :).. Just start driving first.
thanks for reading.
Just a lil trick I thought worth sharing. When kids say they are not in a mood for breakfast but its time, you can certainly grab the ‘parent’ wand and force them eat something, but thats not what the daddy here does 🙂 I asked them to the kitchen, made them break the eggs, wash the veggies, light up the stove, put the pan and toast some bread slices. In the meantime, I beat the eggs and cut the veggies. Then they added a good amount of garlic salt and jira masala, readied another pan and butter.. One kid wanted a dotted-sauce outlining and the other a linear ketchup border 🙂 Daddy bows like a magician and voila!
Cheddar jack cheese on garlic omlette with 17-grain bread sandwitch is deliciously ready 🙂
and they ate it happily.. thats the finishing touch. Hope this gives you a message. Happy Thanksgiving week 🙂
- Every Sunday afternoon
- You and your spouse are a team
- Each team plays 3 games with all other teams on that day
- Potluck or Pizza Lunch
- Entry fee $10 (to start with) and the lady in winning team takes all
Lets have some fun as adults. Bring your kids too but focus on your own game. They can play separately :). We can drop the entry fee if none of the teams are interested in OR we can bump it up, bet separately likes if someone wanna become a little richer by the evening 🙂
This is an open invitation welcoming you all to get hands on and have some fun. Beer and wine are on the house 🙂
Please feel free to ping me for any questions or directions.
If you hear someone bite an apple loudly, you will most likely to eat an apple yourself in the next few days.
Do you agree?