Monday, October 3, 2016

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe


My ultimate dinner solution is one pot, and it rocks further if I don't have to lift a ladle for it, literally! I got inspired with this recipe I saw online, where you just bake your root vegetables, and chicken thighs together, and you have a complete dinner in 50 minutes!!

You know how baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots taste so divine? Imagine some sweet and caramelised onion and garlic. They give an amazing flavour to the whole ensemble. Also, pumpkin works well too, definitely a must-have ingredient in my next roast.

I had some chicken thighs, skin on, yes it works best with the skin on. The crackle you get, and the amount of juice or rather fat is just so favourful for the whole dish. I mixed the chicken with largely cut onion, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrot. Then I seasoned with with balsamic vinegar, mixed dried herbs, salt, pepper and olive oil and let it marinate for 30 minutes. You can skip this part if you want. 

Bake this combo in a preheated oven at 220C for 50 minutes and you are done.

And there is one kid in my house that request for pizza, so I made a quick version with tortilla, pasta sauce, lotsa cheese and *drumrolls* baked sweet potatoes!! Total hit! He eats it with folded ala quesadilla... whatever rocks his boat.



In the meantime we were happy with the generously roasted chicken and vegetables. At first the whole pot seemed like over-crowded, but once its baked, it just reduces in size so much, and then you tell yourself you should have put more vegetables. And why not, definitely the next time I would!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Birthdays And Memories



NanaG just celebrated his birthday with Daksh, accompanied by minion-grandkids!




With that many assistants, we could have lighted all of NanaG's birthday candles, they could blow it together, without NanaG losing breath.




I had to post this here, the boys in their new clothes for another night of entertainment at Club Med!




Our short vacations in the colder lands - cineplexes! #KabaliDaa





Mummy was feeling generous and she got them the rug with roads and such. It was a hit, they finally had a spot to arrange all their hot wheel toys, and then Jeev started bringing in his animals, saying, the people love animals so they'd like to have some. Needless to say, the duo fought soon after because the animal were crowding the streets.




National Day celebration, duo-cultural boys!




He said 'Amma look, I am a walking and talking house'




Engaging in water paiting with cousin Daksh.




Brotherly play, before the fight breaks out. 




The boys during their religious attempts, doing the haavan with the rest.




Who could resist a horse ride? Only Jeev, he was practically begging us not to put him on the horse, despite being the animal lover.




Last but not least, this boy has come a long way, from being toothless, to growing his first teeth, and now, its time to extract the teeth to make way for the new ones. And next year he will be donning the primary school uniform. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jeev And The Club 2016

Yes, both Sanju and Jeev love to go clubbing. They have loads of fun playing, eating, swimming, and more playing and lots of freeflow drinking at the club. It this the Club Med Cherating. Not just them, but us parents too, have loads of fun playing, eating, swimming and freeflow drinking. I think you get the gist by now.



Its two months now, we were at the Club Med Cherating (yet again!) celebrating this year's achievements, and Jeev's 5th birthday, in which, this time, he promised he will be join the Mini Club activities and come back with many many fun things done and learnt. Our last trip there was exactly a year ago.

Kids had tonnes of activities lined up at Mini Club, which also included a talent show, where they joined the other kids to perform for us parents. Other than that, it was lots of singing, dancing, playing in the sand and the pool. Complete memories and experience for them.




Someone made sand Ninja Turtle for the kids while we soaked in the beach water, jellyfish sighting, and staying far enough not to be stung.



While the kids were with friends at the Mini Club, we parents, just did absolutely nothing, soaking in the Zen infinity pool. Ah, bliss!


Also eating.


And drinking.


And Selfie-ing, which we do very very rarely.

The ultimate finale was surprising Jeev with his cake! But I think he kinda expected it after all the holiday hoo-haa. You know how it is.



The best part about Club Med is they have endless activities, or you just chill doing nothing, but eating and drinking. And at night, you dress up and join the night entertainment that keeps the whole family happy!



Needless to say, we all got back tanned from the holiday, rejuvenated, and already planning for the next Club Med getaway!

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