Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sweet & Sour Cranberry Pickle



Winter is dull but berries are not only colourful they are full of taste and health benefits. I see the supermarkets and wholesale markets are selling the berries in really great prices I can’t wait to stuff our tummies with the goodness.

Though all berries are beautiful I figured not all of them are tasty. I mean I like to eat strawberries with chocolate dip or cream but don’t like it in salad and I truly hate blueberries. Aha, what I found in market today, a bowl full of cranberries. yummmmm.

Today I rang up my mum in India and asked what to do with them as Mr N refused it in breakfast. As always mum had plenty of scrumptious recipes to share. I picked the one I always had as a kid but forgotten the flavour over the years. My mouth almost got moist with the mare thought of it. So here it goes.

To make this beautiful and extremely quick pickle take a large bowl of cranberries washed in clear drinking water. and halve them all removing any seeds if you see. I just plain rinsed them altogether in colander to remove any leftover seeds.

Next in a wok warm up half a teaspoon of olive oil however you can choose anyone you like and when its ready add 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds and 1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds. When they start crackling and smelling heavenly you are ready to add the berries straight to wok. mix them all together and remember a very low flame as berries are really soft and cook very soon. Cover the lid. After a minute add a big spoon full of sugar(may be a bit more) and mix properly. The berries will look really nice and juicy.


At this time add pinch of broken dry red chillies (I added 1/2 tsp)according to your taste and a pinch of salt too.Mix them all thoroughly and leave to simmer for another 2 minutes and your pickle is ready. Cool it down on wire cooling rack and pour it in a mason jar or any leftover jam jars and put it in the fridge

This pickle tastes awesome as a filling in wraps and also as a topping on crackers with cheese for tea.




Old Mc Donalds Farm


We have been practising some rhymes with my little one. Oh, and Mr R really loves to dance and imitate the songs and rhymes.but that usually excludes Mr N who thinks he is rather a big  boy to sing along with the baby. So to finally making both of them enjoy together and have a  playful approach to craft we decided to make a farm to depict Mr R’s favourite rhymes and let Mr N run his imagination wild and have a great time together.

We collected all the scraps, old toys buried deep down the toy box, opened the craft box and picked nice stuff that would go with the theme, and little plastic farm animals and we also used some Easter decorations too.

Mr N  planned a farm on the paper and cut a cardboard base out of packing materials. then covered it with a base paper. we didn’t have green paper so we coloured it green. While paint dried we made the barn with leftover cardboard then covered it with lollipop sticks.


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we finally added the paper shredding from Easter decorations for crops and put some farm animals around. Mr N suggested we should also add a pond for the ducks so that Mr R could sing five little ducks too.

The end result was very pleasing. Children enjoyed playing and singing loads of rhymes together for a very long time.