Sunday, 31 March 2019

Mother’s Day

I hope all you lovely mothers out there had a beautiful Mother’s Day. Me and my sisters made yesterday about our mum. It was particularly hard for her as it was the first Mother’s Day since my grandma passed away and mum had a cry but she was fine. Losing someone is like an ache that never goes away but only mellows with time. I could feel that ache deep within me too. I aches for the lost time and the memories that could have been created if only I had lived in the moment. Because there is no guarantee that tomorrow will ever come. So treat your mums and your grandmas because this time will never come again.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Lentil Shampoo

Hair styles may come and go but beautiful, thick hair has always been considered a women’s crowning glory. There are so many hair products out there that promise to give you that but I find that natural is always best. But in this fast paced world it is sometimes hard to find the time. So every once in a while treat yourself to this shampoo it is from a Kashmiri recipe and will make your hair healthy and full of body. It is particularly good for flyaway hair. All you need are some lentils, I find the red lentils best for this shampoo and a blender or a pestle and mortar (if you can spare the time!).

Soak some red lentils over night and in the morning blend them to make a paste. Wash your hair with this paste like you would with a normal shampoo.



Thursday, 21 March 2019

World Poetry Day

It’s World Poetry Day today and I posted my Haiku yesterday! Anyway I couldn’t let this day go without posting anything because poetry has been my love ever since I was a little girl. I remember in Primary School I had a teacher, Mrs Davies, who really encouraged my love for poetry. She once tried to make me read out a poem in assembly but I was too shy. But my love for poetry has only grown over the years, from Shakespeare’s Sonnets to Japanese Haikus and the Ghazals of Rumi and Hafiz; I love poetry in all its forms. I wrote a poem for today, taking inspiration from Rumi and Hafiz. I hope you enjoy reading it and happy World poetry Day everyone.

Prostrating on the prayer mat
I chant his beautiful name,
the wetness of my tears
cannot douse the flickering flame.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

A Haiku on Spring

It’s such a beautiful day today. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the sky is a beautiful blue, need I say anymore? After the bad weather we have had recently I welcome today because this weather always makes me feel better hence I was inspired to write a beautiful Haiku.

The blue skies in Spring
make me wonder and daydream
life is beautiful.





Sunday, 17 March 2019

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

I remember when I was a child my grandma used to make this Gajar ka halwa in the winter. It is wonderfully soothing to eat this when it’s cold and raining outside. I like to sit in front of the fireplace with a nice cup of tea and some of this Halwa, mmm, heaven

Ingredients
Carrots - 1kg, peeled and grated
Nestle Carnation milk - 1 tin
Butter - 50 kg
Chopped Almonds for garnishing

Method
1) In a heavy based pan gently melt the butter over a low heat
2) Add the grated carrots and allow them to cook
3) Add the Carnation milk and stir until you have a fudge like texture
4) Garnish with some chopped almonds.

It can be served hot or cold.






Wednesday, 13 March 2019

The five ways I deal with depression

I am no stranger to depression even though my depression is caused by my seizures and most of the time I am a happy person. During the post ictal stage of my seizure I feel like I’m living in a sad, lonely world; I feel suicidal.  But thankfully this feelings pass after a few days and I am okay again. Below are five things I try to do to get over these ‘dead’ feelings.



1) Deep breathing
I find deep breathing to be such a powerful tool for fighting the feelings of depression. So take a deep breath and see how relaxed you feel. I normally do Anulom Vilom which is yogic breathing and means Alternate nostril breathing.

2) Creativity
Being creative is very therapeutic and really does help heal your mind. I have tried knitting, painting, baking, writing, photography.

3) Gardening
I have only just discovered gardening recently and intend to do some this Spring/Summer. Growing and watering plants and inhaling their scents really appeals to me.

4) Going out
When you are depressed the worst thing you can do for yourself is to imprison yourself within the four walls of your home. It will just add to your feelings of loneliness and sadness. Go outside and feel the wind and the sun on your skin. It also helps put your own problems into perspective when you spend time with others and see what is going on in their lives.

5) Sleep
I love this Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer Night’s dream. ‘And sleep that sometimes shuts up sorrow’s eye, steal me awhile from my own company.’ It says it all really, sleep replenishes the mind and body.

And finally I try to find beauty and creativity in everything. Live the most beautiful life you can because life really is beautiful.




Thursday, 7 March 2019

Mouthwatering Chaat

There are many Chaat recipes out there - Aloo Chaat, Chana Chaat, Samosa Chaat. But my Chaat is Chaat with a difference. I like to combine sweet, tangy and spicy flavours together and the result is mouthwatering and delicious and guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. With Spring approaching this is the perfect recipe for a snack or a light lunch.

Ingredients 

Chickpea cans - 2
Cucumber - half, chopped and diced
Red onions - 3/4, thinly sliced
Cherry tomatoes - 8, chopped
Lemon - 2, juiced 
Tamarind sauce
Full fat Greek yoghurt - 1 tub 
Potatoes, 8 medium sized, boiled and diced
Sweet Chilli peanuts - half a bag, crushed
Chaat Masala - as per taste
Sugar - as per taste

Method

1) Add the Chickpeas, boiled potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, red onions into a large enough bowl.

2) Take 3/4 tblsp of yoghurt and sweeten it with a little sugar and thin it out with some water. Add some tamarind sauce to this if you want and pour it over the other ingredients in the bowl.

3) Mix some sugar into the lemon juice and combine with the other ingredients.

4) Add the crushed peanuts, chaat masala , dollop of thick yoghurt, and tamarind sauce before serving and enjoy.




Painting Autumn leaves

It is such a beautiful time of the year and we are heading towards the end of Autumn. There are so many leaves on the ground, I could not re...