Oats – Interesting ways to eat

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tingling the senses
stay healthy

I used the masala variety for this that comes nowadays.. Make the oats the normal way. Parallely I also scramble some eggs (not the Indian bhurji style) with sea salt and a pinch of pepper and which I make it dry by keeping it longer on the stove and stirring continuously.Meanwhile when the oats is getting cooked I add my own secret masalas  apart from the ones that comes in the oats along with a sprinkle of parmesan. Add the scrambled eggs to the oats, thicken it slightly and  top it with some dill and coriander. Simple no??

Regular oats can be powdered and used to thicken soup instead of corn flour and it does a much better job without any change in taste. In the south its also added to the idli and dosa batter or made into a batter itself for making all this. Even common place dishes like upma.  Now that’s sowing the oats everywhere ;)

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for O.  Linked to ABC Wednesday(N) for Night…. Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

 

 

 

 

Moon

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perfect sphere
making the night
less lonely

Today is also considered a new year in Kerala called Vishu. So Happy Vishu visitors and good wishes always……..

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for M.  Linked to ABC Wednesday(N) for Night…. Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

Gymnema sylvestre

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powerful nature
interesting solutions
simple and friendly

I came across this packet in Kuttralam on my way back to Bangalore from Kollam.. Since it was a boys trip there was no way we could have given this a miss with all those awesome massages and the chance to stand under the waterfall. . When we reached the place as usual a vendor comes peddling his products to us. We were on the verge of sending him away when he told us about this leaf he was having. He made us eat the dry leaf which was extremely bitter.  He then went ahead and proclaimed that we will not be able to eat anything sweet for 3 hrs. After that he gave us sugar which tasted like saw dust.  We were skeptical and tried more sweet stuff but then found it was true. The leaf had suppressed the sweet part of our taste buds. We were able to taste all other things except the taste of sweet. I then came back home and did more research on the stuff.   Called Gymnema sylvestre or ChakaraKolli in Malayalam literally meaning sugar destroyer, used in the treatment of diabetes, this works as an insulin supplement and has no side effects. For more info check Wikipedia page

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for G .  Also part of April UBC and ABC Wednesday with M for Magical Nature. For more memes click here

Deer O Dear

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Curiosity in its eyes
another new being
friend or foe?

Poaching has become such a common occurrence these day it’s sad to even think of them being killed for meat.

Taken in the jungles of Bandipur on the way to Ooty, this was a natural view from our vehicle and not a part of the safari.

Exif – 1/200, f/5.6, ISO 400

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for D.  Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

Cuisines n Cooking

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happiness spread
before your eyes
tuck in, enjoy

 

Alright here are my experiments at different occasions at home starting clockwise from top left.

1. The popular middle eastern Hummus
2. Baby potatoes fried in a tangy homemade sauce
3. Nachos with cheese and the works
4. Pizza with gouda, parmesan and mozarella cheese
5. Chicken breast steak with pepper sauce
6. Stuffed peppers with more peppers

Invites are for strangers, the door is always open to friends :)

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge as C for Cuisines n Cooking . Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

 

Barrels of Wine

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aging slowly
it sits in the dark
awaiting that kiss

During our road trip to Maharashtra when we were passing through Nasik I noticed a wayside sign for Vinsura Factory Outlet. Since wine constitutes one of those things I love, I could not let this opportunity slip me by and immediately turned towards the outlet with my better half and mom in tow.  We got some really good wines at extremely and wickedly cheap prices and you can imagine the smile on my face when we walked out ;)

Dont miss the opportunity for buying wine from the source or going for a wine tasting both in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge as B for Barrels of Wine Also part of Aprill UBC. For more memes click here

Mind and Darkness

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Mind and Darkness

When the mind becomes dark
With no control over emotions
All it takes is a tiny dusturbing thought
To release the hold of societal bondage
The facade we wear comes off
Releasing the fury inside
Behold man is his true form;
A destructive force crushing everything
A Juggernaut of uncontrolled evil

My poem and image based on the genre “horror” was selected and published in a book titled ” Patrick Royal and Verity of Poets Poems of the Horror Society”  and is available on Amazon. Go on they are not very expensive ;)…… Here are the links.

http://www.amazon.com/Patrick-Royal-Verity-Horror-Society-ebook/dp/B00ITENON4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394088605&sr=8-2&keywords=patrick+royal+kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Patrick-Royal-Verity-Horror-Society/dp/149615035X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394088619&sr=8-2&keywords=patrick+royal+book

Part of the Write Tribe Festival of Words Free WriteFor more memes click here