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Too much October 29, 2012

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Some folks just wait for the weekends to get out and do something. The week days at work is for recharging. It is the other way around for me.

When the weekend comes, I prefer to be a couch potato with a good book. Recently, the stomach seems to need some grub with the book. That makes me mentally go through my pantry to quickly make something.

This has led to a 2 minute microwave chocolate in-a-mug cake, a sponge cake accidentally made with corn flour, a sponge cake with all the right ingredients in varying quantities, couple of non-veg dishes. Last weekend I became too ambitious.

When Sunday rolled around, I had chicken samosas or cutlets on my mind. My body told me to rest though. It was worn out after the weekend chores.

The minced chicken awaits me in the freezer. For the next day off. So that tea time is not the only snack time. 😀


Dark Fantasy October 28, 2012

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Sunfeast has a new range going on called the Dark Fantasy. I’m hooked, thankfully to a difficult-to-get variety in their range. At the end of the day, when I crave something for the sweet tooth, the chocolate filled biscuit comes to my mind immediately.

On Friday night, the shop nearby didn’t have the kind I needed. The kids cleaned out the stock, I guess. They have an ESP for these things! 😀 Saturday night, the same craving, and DH checked out another shop and got one! The box comes with six wrapped chocolate filled biscuits that are soon demolished by yours truly. It goes well with a good book too!

The ads don’t inspire one to head to the shops. There are too many oreo look alikes in the market. I’m a sucker for chocolate filled biscuits, what can I say.

An eagerly awaited Easter March 27, 2012

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DH and I are strict non-vegetarians. We need seafood or meat for our meals – all three, if possible. If we run out of fish in our freezer, we order chicken or pork for home delivery!

My parents never observed the lent while I was living with them – it wasn’t part of our religious belief. I’ve admired a friend of mine who went veggie for a year and remember thinking that I wouldn’t be able to last 10 days!

There wasn’t a conscious decision to observe this year’s lent. A mate at work said she’d gone veg from the Sunday and it led to a discussion about fasting formally beginning on Ash Wednesday. A suggestion to DH clinched it when he said he’d go veggie with me!

DH’s support lasted for about 20 to 25 days but those initial days would have been tough for me otherwise. DH lost 5 kgs in 2 weeks. The vegetarian fare didn’t hold his interest and the portions reduced even though I’ve tried to be creative in some of the dishes. Sadly, my weight has remained constant but that would be because of the choco bars and the cadburys that seem to find a way into my stomach when the craving for meat hits a peak.

One would think that the images of burgers or grilled chicken leg from KFC would go away after the initial period. Unfortunately, the temptation comes when I least expect them. The weekends are the worst. Needless to say, other “non-fasters” have found multiple occasions to celebrate by dining out and I’ve had to pass chicken stews, fish cutlets, prawn curry, grilled meat, etc.

There are only 11 more days to go! It’s 35 days over!! WOW!! Thank you Lord!

Evernote is hot!!! March 10, 2012

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I read somewhere that Google Trends show that searches for Meryl Streep is at an all time high. I can vouch for that looking at the search criteria hitting my blog. Congratulations to one of my favourite stars for getting that Oscar. She even featured on our quiz at work on International Women’s Day!! I’d like to inform that according to my WP Stats, Salma Hayek & Penelope Cruz in Bandidas is another popular search 🙂

I have no idea how I lived without Evernote. Quite a few people recommended it and the procrastination was all about installing the software on my smart phone. Now, everything goes there except the 2 page long to-do list from work. The only reason that hasn’t gone online is I distrust the internet for work stuff being public even if they are generic and not at all confidential. They are more reminders than anything else. I discovered that I can just mail stuff to my Evernote and things have become so easy.

It’s one of those things that is easy at first as long as you don’t clutter up your profile. That’s the good thing about tagging then. I can always go to the tags if I can’t remember the topic. A de-stressing activity of mine at work is to trawl through food blogs. This being the lent season, it’s mostly veggie dishes to keep the palate satisfied. I love it that I can email the link of the blogs I liked to Evernote.

Once I am back home and if I feel creative, I can just go online on my smart phone and browse away, pottering around with the pans and pots 😀

Procrastination – my middle name March 4, 2012

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I don’t know how others do it. Any new thing, they tackle it head on. It’s a challenge and their egos won’t let them back down. Unlike them, once I get the feeling that I’ve been set a mammoth task, I find excuses. If it’s a complex code at work, I turn to the intranet or internet browsing articles or recipes or fashion deals! If it’s to do with “Project Interiors”, I find that reading books (paperbacks or e-books) is more interesting. (more…)

Old vs New February 19, 2012

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What’s wrong with the old ways? One shouldn’t just embrace new methods because they look or sound good. Where is this rave coming from? We were discussing what my requirements are for my new apartment.


Tattoo-ed … not me February 1, 2012

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I caught up with a girlfriend from college. While waiting for me to turn up, she checked out designs at a tattoo studio. When she told me about her intentions to get a tattoo, I was interested. The TV program LA Ink had planted a tiny longing to have one myself. But the pain involved was the deterrent. (more…)

A recipe that refuses to go right January 26, 2012

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It’s an Indian snack that isn’t a complicated recipe. There are mixes aplenty in the supermarkets from MTR and other brands. But I figure that making food from the basic ingredients is healthier than the mixes – especially when there is a lot of negative publicity these days in the media about adulteration of many foodstuffs.

The dhokla is a healthy snack – it’s cooked by steaming in a pressure cooker or a steamer. The first time I tried it, (more…)

Oh no! January 20, 2012

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One of my work mates doesn’t fall in the average Indian women’s height range of 5′ 1″ to 5′ 4″. She stands out unusually at 5′ 8″ especially when accompanied by us (we’re about 5′ 4″).

One guy on the floor started noticing her as he is quite tall himself at 6′ (again the average height of an Indian male is quite low). He got into a habit of looking out for her in the mornings or during lunch breaks as he sat in front of his computer. He thought he fancied her.

He started searching for her in Facebook. He went through the friends lists… his friends (more…)

Christmas magic January 19, 2012

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I got my Christmas gift in the new year – a book called Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly from my secret Santa. My getting it late was no fault of my friend. I just decided to take a long Christmas break.