The sunset leaves a mark practically everyday over the backwaters. And it knows to give something special for Diwali. Across the water, the Vice Admiral’s residence is lit for the festival. But nothing can match what nature can give. It’s not IPhone 13 Pro, it’s just the 11 that I have. It had the small circle that came up after the click to rotate once clockwise and then anti, to optimise this picture. Other than that, no photo shop, no editing and ain’t it stunningly beautiful?
മാവു പൂത്തല്ലോ, ഞ്ഞാവൽ കാ പഴുത്തല്ലോ, ഇന്നും കാലമായില്ലേ, ഏൻടെ കൈ പിടിച്ചീടാൻ. My little mango tree in grow bag is flowering. It’s a unique dwarf variety, budded which means two varieties of mangoes in one tree. I know it’s the early flush and usually taken out so that tree matures. Perhaps I will leave it to the plant to decide. Super excited to see the flowering buds. Hence the relevant lines from my all time favourite Malayalam song ☺️ (പാട്ടിൽ കാടിനു പകരം മാവാക്കി)
THE GROW BAG REVOLUTION Grow bags are ready virgin earth on terraces and balconies of houses. Scary stories about the pesticides and poison that could be in the vegetables and fruits we buy, have influenced a keen interest in these bags, which can help us grow our own vegetables and fruits. Apparently, this Onam, Malayalees produced more vegetables and fruits at home, than anytime before. The dependency on suspect produce was greatly reduced. With the acquisition of 16 grow bags, I have just joined in the noble action of producing safe food.
Now we keep excess food in refrigerator and heat in microwave for use again. Olden days, both the storage and readiness were at the same place, the viraku (firewood) adupp. The Kerala fish curry with kodampuli (cambogia) is a case in point. Taste and maturity are enhanced on the second, third day etc
THE 5,000 MAGIC I have just hit a landmark! There are 5,000 followers to my mostly healthy food and wellness focused instagram account. It’s big, as per my personal standards and it has made me dream for that magical number of 10K. More importantly, it’s highly satisfying, exciting and very participative. Imagine me talking part in cooking competitions and get invited for collaborations by Instagram celebrities.
Plants In The Balcony I visited a plant nursery yesterday and bought some plants for the balcony. The person who helped me bringing them up from the car to the balcony mentioned that citrus is not an ideal home plant. I am not claiming that I don’t believe in superstition, and traditions are to be respected. So I turned to google. First, it’s not the lime he’s talking about, but I got mandarin orange and sweet orange plants. Orange trees are Feng Shui friendly. Then there are locational guidelines. Accordingly, the orange plants are on the South West of house. See I don’t pay heed to superstition 😉 I am most thrilled at the ‘all seasons, dwarf mango trees’. Imagine mangoes in your balcony; all season. Total Bliss.
Ever since I have adopted intermittent fasting, bone broth has been recommended by experts, albeit not the store bought. Acquisition of slow cooker Crock.Pot makes it possible for the required 24 hours cooking for quality broth. And, I have no holds barred, in adding healthy herbs to the mix. Here I have rosemary, thyme, basil, mixed herbs, lemongrass, cardamom, cloves, pepper, bay leaves as herbs. And, carrots, celery, onions, ginger, garlic, cilantro as vegetables. Most important ingredient, though is the apple cider vinegar. The lamb vendor was kind enough to keep some good bones for me. Here’s the result! Totally organic, thoroughly extracted bone broth. It would have taken 22 of these small mason jars and I have only 12, the rest going into Pyrex dishes
AN INTERMITTENT FASTER & A FOODIE. It sounds like a paradox! But that’s exactly what I enjoy. My fasting lifestyle is 20 hours of water only fast with just 4 hours for eating. And I have taken up cooking with a passionate Instagram account. Call it willpower, penance or sacrifice, and perhaps it’s an attempt to make some enjoyable quality food to savour during the limited eating window. It’s definitely highly satisfying.
AN END OF SEASON DELIGHT I have done this type of preparation a couple of times before. But there are some reasons for doing it again.
Mango season is all but over.
The brief season for mangosteen and rambuttan are on. Here I have healthy chia seeds soaked in coconut milk. The layers are mango, mangosteen and rambuttan. Crunchy layers are muesli and roasted pumpkin seeds. Remember, the exotic fruits have seeds which are to be discarded when eating. Mangosteen and rambuttan make this exclusive, isn’t it?