Meethi Tikya

What an absurd title for a blog post…isn’t it? At least it might seem like it if you have read my posts seven years ago :p

So anyway, I spoke with 2-3 of my friends from my blogging days and they all told me I should be blogging again. So Ithought about it and decided not to blog as currently I’m ‘too busy’ and have my ‘hands full’ with other more important stuff. But then I thought that seven years ago, I was quite busy too in my life too but I still made it a point to blog 3-4 times a  week. I can totally do 1-2 posts every week now. So after a hiatus of almost two years, here is another post.

So yea, this post is about the lovely snack meethi Tikya. I have beautiful childhood memories of this mouthwatering snack. My Nani used to make it us quite often. And today I decided to make it for my fussy kids hoping that they would eat a little.

Recipe:

Take 3/4 cup milk in a pan and heat with 1 cup sugar till all the sugar dissolves. Then add 4 table spoons of butter and melt it probably. In a separate bowl take 2 cups white flour and 1/4 cup sooji kneed it using the milk mixture. The dough should not be too soft or runny. Leave the dough to rest for 1-2 hours. Then roll it thick (around a 1/4 inch) with a rolling pin and cut using your favorite cookie cutter. Deep fry till golden brown.

Enjoy with milk or tea 🙂

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Toddler Recipe: Pasta

This is one of K’s favorite dish. She does not eat much anyway but this is something that at least makes her sit in high chair for a while 🙂

This is my vegetarian version because there are certain days when I feel that we should all eat meat-less stuff.

Ingredients:

  1. Pasta (Any kind that you think your toddler can handle)
  2. Half medium sized onion, chopped finely
  3. One medium sized tomato, chopped finely
  4. 2 mushrooms, chopped
  5. One medium sized potato, boiled, chopped finely
  6. Half carrot, boiled, chopped finely
  7. Half pepper (red/green), chopped
  8. 1 tsp olive oil
  9. 1 tbsp butter
  10. Salt, as per taste
  11. Black pepper, pinch
  12. 1 tsp, Soy Sauce

Additional Ingredients if you wish to add chicken. I often add these but I made the vegetarian version today so did not add chicken.

  1. Chicken Breast, cut into size that your toddler can handle easily
  2. 1 tbsp cornflour
  3. 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  4. Salt, as per taste
  5. 1 tsp, vinegar
  6. 1 tbsp butter

Instructions:

  1. Make pasta as per packet instructions. When cooked, drain excess water and add olive oil. Stir well so that pasta does not stick. Keep aside.
  2. In a pan, melt butter. Add onions. Stir fry on medium heat till it turns transparent. Add tomatoes and stir again. Let it turn mushy.
  3. Add all the vegetables, soy sauce, salt and black pepper. Keep stirring.
  4. If using chicken: In a bowl, add corn flour, soy sauce and vinegar to the chicken. Mix well and keep aside for at least 30 min. Then in a pan, melt butter and chicken to it. Stir fry it till it is done well and turned a little brown. Once done, add to the vegetables prepared in step 2 and 3.
  5. Just before serving, mix the vegetables and pasta.

P.S.: If you want, you can put the mixture (vegetables and pasta) in a baking dish, sprinkle cheese all over and bake till the cheese melts and turns a little brown.

Picture of the Month

K, made dis lovely picture in her playgroup this week and as it did not fit anywhere in her ABC Book, I had to think of wat to do with it. A new idea struck me while watching Barney 😛 I have decided to put it in a frame. Obviously the frame does not need to be an expensive one. I will just buy one from Daiso (Those who do not know what Daiso is, its a brand from Japan that makes low priced products. They are not too bad as far as quality goes but as stuff is produced in bulk, they can sell out at a lower price than usual.) and place it in her room. This is so simple that we can do this at home every few weeks and hopefully change the picture every now and then 🙂

The Book Project: First ABC Book (3)

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Last week K made a beautiful crescent moon in her playgroup class.

This motivated me to get back to the book project. Well yes, motivation is what I needed. You see K is too young right now to either participate too much or even appreciate all the effort that is going in to it. Thus, I need some sort of ‘push’ to continue working.

Any way, so this was supposed to be for Letter ‘C’ (Crescent) but as we already had the ‘Cloud’ for ‘C’, I decided to use it for ‘M’ (Moon).

The cover of the book is also nearly done. (The stickers were all put up by K)

The Book Project: First ABC Book (2)

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So here is how the book is coming along:

The letters

The letters all cut up and pasted on another sheet of paper. I had already created these sheets by leaving enough space on the right for punching. Remember I mentioned in my previous post I want to join all the pages by filing all the pages into a folder.

The pictures stuck up on the pages corresponding the letters. The picture with the Sun on it has letter ‘T’ on the backside

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The Book Project: First ABC Book (1)

As soon as K turned 14 months, I let her join a playgroup that is conducted in our condominium’s playroom twice a week . K happens to be the youngest right now in the group while the oldest is 2 years and 4 months. I just love the kind of stuff they do: sing nursery rhymes, read books and also have an arts and crafts session. Although these children are too small to actually create themselves, with help from their teacher and their guardian attending the playgroup session with them, they create some lovely stuff. In the past one month, K has created 4 beautiful pieces of art Masha Allah that I am so proud of.

K’s artwork: Mr Sun, The Name Tree, Butterfly and Mr Cloud

Now, I was saving all these little pieces of art in an ‘art bag’ but I realized that in the months to come, she will be creating many more small projects like this and I need to somehow preserve them.

So I have decided to convert these small projects into one bigger project: The ABC Book.

And we already have 4 pictures to go into our book: B (Butterfly), C (Cloud), S (Sun) and T (Tree).

I have decided to do the following:

  1. Get a file folder big enough to accommodate these pictures if 1 of them is pasted on one page.
  2. Get different colored construction paper, enough to make 26 pages (for the letters) and the pictures to go with each letter
  3. Get construction paper to write letters.
  4. I already have color markers, scissors and glue
  5. Get stickers to decorate and have fun!

I can also do separate posts on how to create each of the above art pieces. Let me know if you want me to do so. Else, I will just post when I will have these 4 letters in my ABC book insha Allah.

I am already excited!

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The move

I think I completely forgot to blog about this!

Nearly 10 months ago, my husband told me about a job offer that he had from Philippines. With a nearly 5 month K in my arms, I was completely unprepared for a news like that. He had not accepted the offer by then but he told me that he was willing to move because of the perks that he would get. He was asking me for my opinion.

MY OPINION!?

What was I supposed to say? I have just settled in Singapore and dont want to move again? I have made such nice friends here and I am scared I might not be able to do this again? I have not yet gotten used to having a baby around and you are talking about moving?

In the end, I didnt say any of this. Instead, I just said that it had to be his decision and I will be happy with it. I dont know if he saw the confusion in my eyes or not but just a few days later he broke the news that he had accepted the offer.

We did not know how we would cope with the ‘moving’ hassles with K so just one month later I was on board on the plane, off to Pakistan so that at least K would be at ease. I stayed in Pakistan for 3 long months while my husband got everything packed in Singapore, sold the car, got an agent to rent out the apartment, move to Philippines, settle in his new job, find a decent place for us to live and a car. Amidst all this havoc, I remained in Pakistan, unsure of how long my stay would be and obviously with a ‘not so great’ time table for K. You know how it can get when you are with family. People have different schedules and you are kind of just expected to go along with the flow. They will never SAY anything, they will just silently EXPECT and you just know that you HAVE to oblige. K started sleeping at 1 n the morning during those 3 months!! Imagine a 6-9 month old sleeping soo late! The good thing was that she was still breastfeeding so I was not too concerned about her food. She remained a good girl and did not give me a hard time otherwise, no trips to the doctor and her chacha must have been relieved who has to see too many doctors already with the older brother’s kids wenever they are in karachi.

so finally, in March, I reached Philippines.

First impression: it actually is a lot similar to Pakistan. You reach the airport and you can just feel that! its not as organized as singapore and it can be a bit frustrating at times but usually reminds you that people have flaws and that is exactly what you should expect from them. Something which you kind of forget while being in Singapore where everything is too perfect.

Now the best things about moving to Philippines:

  1. The condo here has amazing facilities esp for Kinza with two indoor play rooms, a fish pond and plenty of space to play outside.
  2. There is a shopping mall just across the road with a super market where you can find pretty much anything under the sun. This means we are not super dependent upon the driver as we thought we would be.
  3. No, we do not live in a bunker and yes, it rains a lot here and flooding is a major problem every year but Philippines definitely deals with it in a way much better than Pakistan. May be because there is a lot more rain here than Pakistan and they have learned their lesson. I cannot compare with Singapore because for them having water on the roads as high as 6 inches is flood.
  4. The locals are easy going, happy go lucky people.
  5. It is just so much easier and cheaper. to get domestic help as compared to Singapore.

Negative points:

  1. Isolation: I had made around 6-7 really good friends in Singapore who were MY friends. Not my husband’s colleagues wives, not mommies of K’s playmates. Here i am still trying to make friends and have not yet succeeded as such.
  2. Formalities: Things are way too formal here. Back in Singapore, if you wanted to have some people over for lunch, just make something and arrange for paper plates! You could take your kids along and let them have fun. Here, you have to leave the kids with nannies because you know that your hosts would have spent the past two days just decorating the house and there would be a 5 course meal which you are afraid your kids will disturb! So you either leave the kids with the nannies, take the kids along and get stared at by everyone and not get invited later or u just decide to stay at home