Breakfast

Mixed Vegetable and Egg Noodles.

3:52 AM




During my pregnancy days every afternoon I had to brainstorm as what to eat for lunch. As I ate alone so I hardly felt like cooking. Generally my meal comprised of milk, cornflakes, an apple or sand witch. But my doctor advised me to eat healthy and being an eggitarian I had to be careful to cook with nutritious and healthy ingredients. Mostly I opted for a one-dish meal with lots of vegetable, eggs, soy granules, mushrooms etc.

Now as MIL has left and with hubby in office this Monday both Maa and me didn’t feel like cooking. So I recreated one of those lonely meals for us, and like those pregnancy days we had our noodles with glasses of mango Tang. It was quite filling, tasty and quick.

Mixed Vegetable and Egg Noodles

Ingredients
Noodles: ½ packet; I used Ching’s secret egg noodles.
½ onion: thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic: chopped
2 green chilies:
1 dried red chilly: deseeded and chopped
1 small potato: thinly sliced
½ carrot: thinly sliced
½ cup chopped cauliflower
8 nos. French beans: chopped
½ small capsicum: thinly sliced
6-8 mushrooms: chopped; I used oyster mushroom
Some spring onion: chopped
1 egg
1-tablespoon soy sauce
1-tablespoon chili sauce
1-tablespoon vinegar
Salt

pepper powder: 1/2 tsp
Method:
In a big pan boil water with salt and few drops of oil. Cook the noodles as per instruction in the packet. 
 
Heat oil and scramble the egg with salt. Keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the green chilies and chopped garlic.

When the aroma comes add the onion and fry till translucent.

Now add the veggies one by one…potatoes, beans, carrots and cauliflowers.Fry with a pinch of salt.

Once the potatoes are soft add the capsicum and mushroom and let it cook for another couple of minutes.

Now add all the sauces and mix well so that it evenly coat the vegetables.
Add the noodles and mix.

add pepper powder. Check seasoning.Serve hot with scrambled egg, chopped spring onion and chopped red chilies.

9:02 AM

Amar Birpurush (My Brave Boy)


Birpurush
Rabindranath Tagore
Mone karo jano bidesh ghure
Maake nie jachi anek dure
Tumi jacho palkite maa chore
Darja duto ektuku fank kore
Ami jachi ranga ghorar pare
Tagagie tomar pashe pashe
Rasta theke ghorar khure khure
Ranga dhuloy megh urie ase…

…Amon samay ha re re re re re
Oi je kara asteche daak chere ।
Tumi bhaye palkite ak kone
Thakur debta smaran korcho mone
Bearagulo pasher kantabone
Palki chere kapteche tharo tharo
Ami jano tomay bolchi deke‘ami achi bhay kano maa karo…’


Birpurush
just imagine mother, that you and i
are travelling far (can't remember why)
your palanquin's rocking to and fro
with four beherAs going heiyA-ho
besides them i am trotting along
on my little red pony, singing a song.

just then the cry: "hAre re re re re"
you can hear them charging; utter disarray
beherAs running helter skelter
you pray to heaven for divine shelter
but i tell you calmly, "mA don't worry!i am here with you, now _they'll be sorry!"


God has blessed us with a beautiful gift…a cute little prince. He has made us complete. Though our life has taken a 360 degree change but whenever we hold him we found our world right there. The spark in his eyes, the toothless smile, the innocent smell and the warmth and softness of our little one makes us thank God for everything. It’s a wonderful feeling to have him in our life, to come home to see him play, to hold him with amazement and to love him to our hearts content.

In the meantime the kitchen is buzzing with activity. Maa and MIL are busy in cooking. Flavorful nutritious meals are being made for me and the visitors are getting delicious snacks.

Life is beautiful. I thank God for being a woman and being able to give birth.
(picture courtesy www.4to40.com)

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