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Smoothie Day 3!

If you have been following my journey for the last couple of days, you might have noticed that I am moving towards a more vegetarian and greener diet. One of the biggest changes is inclusion of smoothies in my breakfast.

Usually I have a lot of fruits and legumes. However, my diet has always lacked green-leafy vegetables. I wanted to include spinach etc. but could not get around to doing it. Today I finally did – in my smoothie!

Smoothie Day 3: Banana-Spinach-Yogurt-Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients: Two bananas, five two six leaves of spinach, Greek yogurt (I used a mango flavored one, but would suggest the plain one, without any flavor), peanut butter

Process: Put the yogurt as the base, add some water in you want. Cut the bananas into small pieces and put them inside, along with the spinach. Add a dollop of peanut butter and whirrrrrr goes the blender!

One tip: please ensure that you wash the spinach properly before putting it in the blender. I soaked it in plain water for an hour before washing it few more times thoroughly.

That’s it! Now, it’s time to present my masterpiece! Drum-rolls, please! 😀

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I found this recipe on Pick up Limes, a vlog by Canadian nutritionist, Sadia. If you are a fan of healthy food recipes, make sure you check her out, unless you are already doing it!

Until later,

~Arpita ❤

500 Followers, Happy Eid and a healthy breakfast!

Today is an unexpected holiday at work! It’s Eid-Al-Adha (Bakrid) for our Muslim friends. Even though this was not a declared holiday in the beginning of the year, but the other Eid holiday in June for Karnataka was postponed to Saturday vs. the original Friday. Which is why they cancelled that holiday and gave us this instead. Which is cool, because a mid-week break from work is definitely relaxing. 🙂 Happy Eid, everyone! Any festival in India is an excuse to munch on heavy-duty food, so I am sure quite a few homes are cooking lip-smacking dishes today. Yumm!

On to other news: As I mentioned in my last post, I purchased a blender to make smoothies for myself. It arrived yesterday and I used it to make my first smoothie today.

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It was a banana-pomegranate-yogurt smoothie and turned out pretty nice! Now that I have this ticked off my breakfast list, I am planning to purchase some bread and peanut butter to supplement my smoothie breakfast. Do you guys have any tips for nice breakfast? Do let me know in the Comments! I am moving towards a more vegan diet (I have not given up meat entirely, but I have very little of that in my diet anyway, and I have entirely cut down on eggs and milk). I am open to more and more green suggestions! 🙂

Annddddd, finally, I crossed the 500 subscriber target on WP earlier this week! Whoohoo! Pat on the back! I have been blogging since March 2015, and it’s almost 2018-end now. It’s definitely been a lovely journey here. I know many other bloggers who have reached this milestone much earlier as they are so much more dedicated to blogging than me. But for me Scribbles@Arpita is like an online journal. I write when I feel like it and do not really maintain a schedule (although I used to at one point). Since I started, this blog has been through many changes: I started this off to be an author’s platform where I’d focus more on posts related to books and being a writer. However, with time, I started including more on travel, lifestyle, work related posts. Today, this blog does not really have a specific theme, but my posts are usually a documentation of my life and the things which inspire/motivate me. I have also used this space to talk about depression and mental health and have received a great support from the community on this. For me, this companionship from people around the world means more than the number of followers on the WP dashboard. That said, when more and more people subscribe to your blog, it is an indication that you are doing something right to reach their hearts/minds. And that definitely excites me! Looking forward to bringing more of you in the folds of this blog and together building a community.

Love and Peace!

~Arpita

The Kitchen Artist

 

Today I was having a fun discussion with my friends at office. The topic was food. One of my friends was saying something about food doing the rounds across Whatsapp statuses these days. One of her friend’s Whatsapp status read:

There are three ways to my heart:

  1. Buy me food
  2. Make me food
  3. Be food

We had a good laugh at the joke.

I wasn’t much of a foodie earlier, but since engineering, my taste buds seem to have developed themselves.

I have earlier spoken about food issues on this blog, since I came to Bangalore. The situation has improved a lot since then. My weekends are usually boring (yes, even after borrowing Kwench books and watching Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani back to back on the laptop). So I have made a decision to cook myself (and my roommate, if she is there) some nice stuff on the weekends. The idea is to kill time and at the same time make the mouth water.

So yesterday I made Gajar ka halwa (carrot pudding) as an evening snack, which turned out to to be totally yummidelicious! Earlier at lunch I had made some egg curry, which came out pretty decent as well.

This evening, after I came from office, I decided to put on the magical cooking cap and make some banana fritters. Okay! Did your eyes just go wide at the mention of banana fritters? Well, let me explain.

At home, whenever bananas turned over-ripe and would not feel so nice to eat raw, my mother made fritters out of them. The recipe is simple: Mash the bananas, mix it with flour and sugar. Next, make small balls out of the dough and fry them in oil. That’s it. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love it.

I had two bananas which were dangerously close to becoming rotten, so I thought why not bring mummy’s delicacy to life? Well, today I got yet another lesson on how much there is still left for me to learn in cooking. I had mixed flour alright, but it wasn’t enough to make firm balls. I had only made fritters with chickpea flour before when I was home, so I trusted that the bananas to cook in the same manner. However, they were too sticky and when one side over-fried in the oil, the other side was too pulpy to turn over.

In the end, I switched off the oven and ate the half-cooked banana pulp. Worst part was to clean up the sticky fried mess in the pan (Dear Mr. Ram Kapoor, have you ever really cleaned utensils with Vim? Yes, I am talking about the naya Vim with 100 nimbuo ke sakti, which is supposed to clean every sticky stain in one minute).

Anyways, like the title of this post declares, I call myself a kitchen artist. I may fail disastrously, but like all great artists, I do not give up!

In order to rest myself, I was earlier thinking of making 2 minutes oats (yes, you read that right!) for dinner tonight. But then I thought about the rich taste of onions and potatoes in a delicious egg curry with some handmade roti. As the thought came, I found myself going to the kitchen and chopping up potatoes and putting them in a pan to boil. The rest, as they say, is history! It was almost as tasty as I thought it would be, only it was more of an aloo-dum than egg curry. Nonetheless, every artist needs time to develop and bloom. And I am only an infant by that standard!

What about you? Do you enjoy cooking? Share with you memories from your kitchen in the Comments below.

Food Troubles

The one thing that is a big problem once you’re out of home is the food. No matter how much you pay, no food will be like home food – that’s given.

Ever since I left home earlier this month, my food woes have increased by leaps and bounds. The entire first week since I came here I had acidity. The food in the office canteen is varied and good, but none fills my taste-buds with ecstasy. Plus, having to pay everyday for every meal I eat was not something I was used to. During college I stayed at a paying guest accommodation where we had meals three times a day for a monthly payment. Here, seeing the hundred rupee notes deplete by the day, my heart cringes! When you come from Bengal, even a hundred rupee note means a lot.

Meanwhile, my appetite also seems to have made some drastic modifications. These days, I am perpetually hungry. Even though last night I had rice in an amount which was sufficient for me at home, I spent a good part of the night feeling hungry. The nagging pain of hunger kept me awake. The situation has been the same for a number of nights since I came here. I’m guessing this has something to do with the cool weather of this place. I think I should increase the quantity of what I eat.

While I was tossing and turning in my bed I realized what it must feel to go without food for days. A big lesson in Life.

Have you faced food issues away from home? Share with me in the Comments section.