Vermicelli Upma/Semiya Upma

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After the whole cooking episode, I did realise there isn’t any basic or simple recipes in my blog. Over a cup of tea partially dreaming and going through my own pictures, I made up my mind to do some simple basic post, that beginners would find it easy. At least for the ones who follow my bog and for those who have asked for simple recipes, I’m going to come with simple, yet authentic indian food recipes!

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Simple things! – Apple, orange in honey orange juice – Breakfast

Good morning world!! One of my most favourite breakfast is fruits, soaked almonds, milk and yoghurt! This is staple during my week days. On special days, where sanity prevails by not storming through the kitchen, neither alarmed by reminders nor there is confusion of accessories and shoe (morning blues) these fruits gets treated with generous squeeze of tangy orange juice and glossy viscous honey.  
This simple breakfast brightens my day, if it charms you as well, slice apple and orange (add in any fruit you want) squeeze one full orange, add one table spoon of honey and finally sprinkle the nuts and/or few tender leaves of mint. Thats the little heaven in your plate!

Namaste from India – Whipped Lingonberry porridge (Vispipuuro)

I’m at home enjoying my most awaited holiday. I had been missing blog world, but somehow work trips, paper works had kept me occupied before i started from Finland. The day i arrived to home land, my mum and sis gave a super warm welcome, that i felt like a celebrity. When i saw my one year old nephew for the first time and my niece all grown tall, almost reaching my height, happiness new no bounds. We are creating havoc at home playing day in day out, that roof is about fall. Sometime to my niece i’m a beautician, event manger if she feels like its dolls birthday, or a watchman for water guns and indeed a photographer too! All we play is with her kitchen set where she cooks endlessly and i have to eat endlessly, hitting each other with water guns, papers drawings and colors, and to watch whole lot cartoon channels. Little one is a happy boy, never complains and growing fast. He has just started to walk by trying hard to lift his little bum, diapers are heavy i say, poor lil ones. He like to eat anything on floor and bits everything available at home. Its a beautiful phase, we are making the best use of their summer holidays, soon we are flying to our native place to meet our extended family. Before I get drown with family and endless parties waiting for me, here is simple and very special porridge from Finland. I can say Finland has spoiled me so much that India’s sun isn’t treating me well and i’m trying my best to hide from him.
Lingonberries are very typical Finnish berries which are handpicked during Autumn. My friend took me to pick mushroom and these berries, i came back home with one bucket of these berries. Not knowing what to do, she taught me how to make this porridge and jam (hope to post the recipe sometime). This serves as light breakfast or meal with cold or warm milk, i prefer warm milk. Marjut thank you so much for this recipe, can’t tell how much i miss you all and your food. My niece is obsessed with pink as me, soon we will trying with strawberries. So people if you don’t get lingonberries, you could very well try with strawberries or cranberries! Shall try to update during my trip if not shall catch soon after my travels, till then happy summer time, though i’m not happy with sun i’m making the best of summer fruits naam naam!

Ingredients 
 
Recipe source here, I halved the recipe
500 ml water
150 gram fresh or frozen lingonberries
Pinch of salt
75 gram sugar
100 gram semolina
Methods
In a heavy bottom sauce pan, warm the water, add lingonberries, sugar and salt and mash the half of the berries with ladle as water starts to boil. ( I don’t mash all berries as lingonberries are bit bitter).
Let them boil for 10 mintues. Stain the juice. Pour the juice back to saucepan. On low heat very slowly add semolina,  take care else they will form lumps. Let them cook for about 15 mins.
Let the porridge cool and whisk with electric beater, till it is light and fluffy. Serve with warm or cold milk.

It’s Papa’s day! – Sunny side up – Breakfast idea!

My Papa best, my papa best is the only advertisement (remember dhara ad?) breezes through my mind, just with the thought of my papa!. I’m sure every son and daughters in the world would feel the same.
Right from the days as little girls (me and my sister) till the date my sis got married and I moved to Finland, we have stayed completely over protected, right under the shadow of dad, hardly did we know what the world was. Our world used to revolve around, mum, dad, school and college. We still are quite tightly knitted family. Never did we have the feeling of want nor any desire since it was already there for us when it has to be. No we weren’t spoiled but they thought us where our limits should be. Moving far from them has been a challenging but a beautiful learning experience.

It was just me and sis who never learnt how to drive bi-cycle amongst all my cousin’s since he feared, what if we fall. Later when I moved to Finland, bike (cycle) being only easy medium of transport I had to learn biking during late twenties, my dad was so much worried how will I manage alone since it was all uphill and down the slope. At the same time, he was SO proud when I learnt, till date he keeps checking if the gears and breaks are in good condition and did I buy helmet? No I still didn’t…oh I dislike, it spoils my hair. 
He is our pillar strength to all we wanted to achieve in our lives, he never let any thorns to come across in order to make our path smooth. Just becoz I hate travelling in bus and car he takes me everywhere in his bike, is one such example. As much as today whenever I go to India, myself, dad and niece (only she wears helmet ha ha)  we go on a very long drive, talking hundred of stories, buying all the fav food from restaurants and street food, convincing mum if I fall sick he will take me to doc. 
Like I mentioned earlier, what I enjoy the most with papa is to have endless talk/discussion/argument over many things. He is a intellectual person with an excellent command over language and stunning hand writing. Now an honest confession, I’m never good with language, stood last in all dictation test and language exams. I used to make (still do) millions of spelling mistakes when I write, you might have noticed the trait in my blog. Pops has been helping me right from school days. After moving to Finland we have been exchanging quite a lot of emails where he has been correcting and polishing, I’m still learning. Having grown so much in this area is just becoz of HIM! I wish I had few percentage of command over language of what he has sigh!  The trick is that he asks me to read a lot and maintain a dairy to note down all the  new words I come across, which has helped me to improve, hopefully more  in the future.
So papa, here is our fav breakfast, sunny side up (bulls eye as we call it in India) as much as we both love it, mum and sis run away from it. Never mind, wish you were here with me over a cup of tea, fav food, loud music and endless talk I miss you!. You are our hero, our strength, our hope and THE one who we always look up in Life. We love you! Happy Pop’s day! 
One thing my friend Elisabeth’s dad said to me was, “no matter what, always  remember to walk on the sunny side of the life! To all the best dads in the world happy fathers day!”
And to my reader Sofie, thanks for ur comments and asking me to improve more on my writing skills, thanks a lot felt very encouraging. Will take best effort to get it done, you will see it future! :) 
Toasted bread, with sunny side (cook the egg more if you don’t like runny egg yolk) have kept my yolk in medium consistency and some marmalade…And indeed glass of milk or tea, choose urs. Happy  breakfast! 

Happy Mom’s day! – Breakfast ideas – Avocado with honey

Avocado with honey being my mum’s fav, thought why not I post it on Mom’s day. This light breakfast, we prefer mostly for Sunday mornings.

After reading so many post today where everyone shared many sweet incident with their mom’s, all I remember is how I used to nag my mum everyday morning to drink milk, I hated milk to T, so everyday a drama was played. Milk should neither be hot nor cold, no foam, no cream. Mum prepares the way I want it (have no idea how) yet I will keep it my hand for long, then again when cream starts to form I  used to say “I will not drink this milk”. 

As little girl I hated food generally, have troubled her to the extremes that I remember getting few light slaps! After which, I used to cry buckets creating more drama! These are such a sweet memories, puts a smile on my face just with a thought of it! There are endless stories, incident and anecdote that could fill up page. The beauty is we haven’t changed much till today. I still do harass/irritate her. She sometime forgets and asks me same question she asked before, I respond saying “Come on Mrs. Rajashekar you can think, think think”. In the end I make her to answer. She is the same patient, enduring and loving. Till date I enjoy completely to irritate my mom and sis and argue with dad endlessly. But that’s my way of love for them :) You see we were pampered kids!
Ah miss you guys! and Mom you are the best, as always thanks for bring me into this world and for making me what I’m today for giving me the best education for life and for teaching me how I should grow as a good human! These pic are for you mum enjoy drooling over it  :)
To my sis who is a mum of two little ones, I’m amazed how beautifully she is playing her role, for her life revolves around my niece and nephew, you are such a gorgeous mum! 
And to all the mum’s you all are fabulous! happy mother’s day!
We consider Avocado with honey as good healthy and easy breakfast.
All you need is
Well ripe Avocado 1
Honey  1-2 tbspn (according to amount of sweetness you need)
Cut the avocado, scoop out the pulp, smash lightly add honey mix well and enjoy!