Posted October 26th, 2009 by Deepa and filed in Books, Reviews
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IMG_7149I completed my self-assigned mini reading project last week. I had decided to read 4 books that describe India in a particular order one after the other.  Now that I have a proper commute to work, I have re-discovered the joy of reading while travelling. On a rare day with no traffic, my commute to work is about 50 minutes each way, of which 30 minutes is by  public  transport (bus or train or a combination of both).  On most days, I spend about an hour and a half on the bus and/or train.  And I spend that time catching up on all the books that I have wanted to read. I generally tend to read non-fiction books while travelling because of three reasons:

  1. It looks  far more impressive than reading the latest Harlequin romance.
  2. Given my need to read something I become a captive audience if I am caught in a bus or train with nothing else to read than the book I have in hand.  So when I have starting trouble with a particular book ( and they are mostly the non-fiction books), it is good idea to have them with me during my commute. Once I have started the book,  I mostly tend to finish the book.
  3. I have time to think through & examine my reactions if I read something particularly thought provoking.

My reading project consisted of the following 4 books: Continue Reading »


Posted October 20th, 2009 by Deepa and filed in Personal
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Weekend Cooking Spree

Posted October 4th, 2009 by Deepa and filed in Food

For Deepa's Blog 117On Saturdays, I try to cook food for the entire week. Sometimes enough food to last us through two weeks..  Last weekend, while Seejo was in his class, I decided to spend the time productively by finishing the cooking. I thought I’ll show you the final output of my cooking spree.

Now here are the challenges I face when I cook for two weeks:

  1. Variety.  We cannot eat similar food for a week , let alone for two. There should be variety in taste, texture, color, cuisine style, food type—in short this is the biggest challenge to overcome. What this means, is I cannot make rice & daal to satisfy us for a week :)
  2. Whatever produce is present in the refrigerator MUST be used up. This is critical as I’d not be cooking for the next two weeks and so the vegetables tend to go bad if I do not use them all up.
  3. Given challenge # 1 and challenge #2 , this means, I have to use the same vegetables in two or three different curries IN an innovative fashion so that a) I finish the vegetable and b) I satisfy the variety requirement by making a different type of dish
  4. Each dish should be cooked with minimum of actual stove top time. My cooking style is completely the fill it, shut it and forget it type. Continue Reading »