The Twinkle Winky

Twinkle

During my hostel days, we had the liberty to at least lie on the green grassy lawn for hours and talk about nothing when our minds are saturated with images of microscopic slides and assignments. Usually we choose to meet at night, so that while our mouth chat, our eyes gets the delight of viewing the twinkling stars. Stars and moon were my other non living companions throughout my life and i always wanted to have a telescope to enjoy them close up. 

Walking on the terrace while talking to my mom, with my heads up carefully trying to count the stars of different colours and sizes was another favourite of mine. In between the conversation i would interrupt her “oh wow mummy i jus saw a shooting star!” The stars keep me entertained every night for an hour all those five years ! Tats how much time i spent talking on the phone with mom. 
But when i finished my graduation and came back for good, slowly i wasn’t in a condition  to watch the stars as i would back in the college days or back when i used to chase the moon through the car windows. I had to go to work, take up responsibilities and no more late nights. Sigh! How i missed the stars.. i wish i had them in my hands now. Then i got married, bla bla.. no more time to gaze up into the sky. 

Now i’m a busy mom who likes to spend the whole weekend at home with the little darling teaching her age appropriate activities and games. This word prompt gently reminds me of our meeting. At the labour room, when she was recieved on the 5th nyt of June, that tiny being with big bright eyes looking into mine… i was speechless, but it ringed me what i had asked for not long back. God gifted me an angel who has the most beautiful twinkle in the eyes..winking at me innocently, and the best part is that i can watch them endlessly in my arms.. how sweet!

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Cream of Broccoli

 

Broccoli-Florettes

When i started weaning my baby on her sixth month of life,  broccoli was one of the earliest foods i introduced to her. She liked the taste of it, together with some other selected vegetables and fruits of high nutritional values. I was particular about the food preparation and the ingredients. Carefully selected fruits and vegetables were either steamed, boiled or baked. no fried foods were given until she was at least 14 months and even now frying stays at the bottom of the list.

the cream of broccoli is so easy to make and it can be used as a soup or as a healthy creamy dip. It only needs four ingredients and three steps!! Yes u heard me right, only three steps; boiling-blending-cooking. Thats all. Come lets see how it is done.
Cream Of Broccoli

Ingredients

  1. Broccoli florets – 1 cup
  2. Cauliflower florets – 1/3 cup
  3. Garlic – 2 cloves
  4. Full fat milk or cream – 1/2 cup or 50ml

Method

  1. Cut the broccoli and the cauliflower into small florets and keep them dipped in a bowl of water with added salt for 5 minutes. This helps to clean the inaccessible areas of the florets and kills the worms in it. Carefully drain them and keep aside
  2. Heat water in a pan and once it starts to boil, add the florets and the two cloves of garlic cut into halves. Boil them not more than 4 minutes, and check by using a knife. If u can cut the broccoli easily then they’re done.
  3. Drain and let it cool but do not discard the water used for boiling. We are going to use it for blending. 
  4. Blend using a blender or food processor and add enough water to get a smooth thin paste like consistency. 
  5. Now, transfer them into a saucepan and keeping in low flame, add the cream or milk. I have used about 50ml of full fat milk. Mix them evenly and let the soup thicken.
  6. Cream of broccoli is ready to be served. 

I have not added any sugar or salt as i believe limitting them helps us to create a healthier lifestyle. We become what we eat. We cannot control what we eat outside.. but definitely can modify what we prepare at home. Enjoy the dish and don’t forget to like and comment below.