a dream

This morning while waiting for his school bus to come, I realized I came out wearing wrong footwear.  Thankfully his bus arrived early and nobody noticed.

When I returned home, I cared less to change them even now and got busy packing his Inder his lunch.

“I won’t be home for lunch today.” He informed, before leaving.  And that gives me an opportunity to work on my blog (without disturbing my resting time).  Making small preparations for an easy lunch, I came out on my balcony where it is much easier to work than in an enclosed room.

The past week, many dangerous storms hit the country. During one such night, while taking my plant hangers down (to avoid any accident), a weird thought came into my mind. What one item I would pick if I had to flee my house suddenly?  My medicines, for sure.  In the last few years, they have taken much control of my life;  life without them would be a struggle itself.  After putting my plants safely on the floor,  I came inside and couldn’t resist asking Virat the same question, who jokingly replied, mummy it’s definitely not you, instead I will lock you up and run with my fully charged phone.”

The other day, while shopping for Virat’s swimming goggles,  I realized that I forgot to pay for the earrings that I chose from another store.   For one moment, I was happy for the loot but when I glanced at  Virat, he took me back to the store. 

Last month was my nephew’s birthday, towing a cricket theme cake when we reached there an amazing spectacle caught my eye.  “It never happened before!” I found myself saying this to Inder while stepping out of our car.   He looked up to see what I am referring to then nodded his head in agreement.BROWN HEADED BARBET

About 25 years ago, when my father bought this house from it’s previous owners,  it barely has any plant except a huge semi-dried out grapevine. But soon,  my plants’ enthusiastic father surrounded our home  with most gorgeous plants ever.   Gulmohar was the one such plant that was  welcomed around the same time.    In all these years, I have seen many birds taking shelter over this tree; a few even made their houses(I shared about it in my earlier post) but never saw it flowering.  For me, the moment was magical. 

Virat, now in standard 10 has a different and busy schedule to follow.  We now get very few opportunities to go out as a family.    In his free time, he either loves to stay home and play on his phone; and other times he likes to catch up with his sleep.   But yes, he never let any of his favorite movies go without watching it on the big screen and a few times he does makes his Mumma happy by giving her his company.  Our trip to AAHAR’ 18 International food and hospitality fair was one such place where we went together.

Exactly not knowing the idea and concept behind the fair we went there hoping to find lots of baking items but ended up asking an exhibitor to sell us a few chocolates who `very generously gave us 10 packets of chocolate free.  

Last week something happened that I wasn’t expecting so soon.  During a metro ride, a lady of my age offered me her seat.  Of course, at that moment I took the opportunity but when I realized what all  has happened I got up giving the same seat to someone younger.  However, that’s an another story that 2 stations later, I  got down from that train to catch another to find some seat.     On a serious note, huge changes were made here lately, on personal as well on a professional level. I have gained many new friends; accepted and overcame a few challenges.  My bake sale is the one such challenge that I managed beautifully with the support of my family.  And now, I took great pleasure in announcing my online bakery by the name “a dream”.   (logo of which was designed by Jyoti, my SIL’s younger sister). I am starting with taking orders for macarons, simple cakes and desserts.   But soon will be taking orders for theme based  cakes. 

More details and updates of my bakery will be on Instagram soon.  Till then try this amazing recipe and do tell me how it went.

recipe adapted by Chef in Disguise

Cheese and Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 100 g Paneer or cheese
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, cut into strips
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano




Place the quinoa in a sieve, wash 4-5 times and rub vigorously to remove bitterness.

Place the quinoa in a pot, add 2 cups of water, cover and allow to cook over medium heat till the quinoa absorbs all the water (around 15 minutes)

In a bowl, toss the quinoa with the cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and spinach leaves

Right before serving to add the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, and salt. Toss again