Monthly Archives: December 2012

your women

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So cruel, insane, inhumane, ruthless,

What possessed you to behave as such?

Blame it on modern technology, media or society,

Or the way you have been raised?

Something’s gone horribly wrong somewhere,

You have become heartless, sick and evil!

Wake up all sane men!

You are not man enough,

Until you cherish, respect, honour and protect,

Your wife, daughter, sister and mother,

All the women around you!

We need you to love us and guide us,

Tenderly, gently, whole-heartedly,

Do listen to our hearts,

Be the true men whom we love!

(my tribute in memory of the 23-year-old Delhi woman who died in the hands of men worse than beasts)

All photos above courtesy of Google Images

winter visitor

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blackbird in my garden, one wintry morning

blackbird in my garden, one wintry morning

One cold wintry morning
I saw you out there
Amidst the grey and white
A small black movement
Rather familiar to me

All around was like early evening
Dark, frozen, bare
But you hopped about for light
For some winter nourishment
To survive and remain free

I’m grateful for the season’s blessing
Though the ground is dead beyond care
My winter visitor brings me delight
Little blackbird do frequent my garden
Your sing-song my only sweet melody

(by Hibiscus Rosa Noor)

stilton puffs

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Let’s face it, the weather is totally crap in England at the moment. Actually that’s not quite true (the brief snow fall we had last week was exciting), let me rephrase that. The weather doesn’t permit us to pursue our outdoor activities as much as we did in autumn, summer and spring. Therefore, a bit depressing really. But we should look at it positively. This is the time when we can chill out at home and carry out home-based pursuits. Time to catch up on our reading, watch our favourite movies whilst eating pop corn by the fire-place, play those stack of board games, do some DIY (in my hubby’s case) and try out some new recipes! At the moment my family and I are really into Nigel Slater, one of the best BBC TV cooks to date. The thing that sets him apart from the rest is that he is also a writer, so you can see why I’m drawn to him like a magnet to a fridge door.

When I first discovered him (based on appearance alone), I actually thought to myself, oh my, how boring this guy looks like, how interesting can his cooking be? But once I watched his show I couldn’t stop, now I catch him every week without fail. My family enjoys his cook shows too. We’ve now got one on his books (as pictured below), unlike any cook book I’ve ever seen (more like a food/season journal), a must have on our book shelf. I quote from his December 17th entry, “By teatime, the narrow lane outside the house is a sheet of ice. Not grey, as most ice seems to be in the city, but crisp, pearlescent white, as slippery as wet glass. This matters, because most of us walk back from the shops along the road rather than do battle with the uneven stone flags of the pavement. Amazed that I make it without landing on my back, I arrive home with a duck, some prunes and some tight-skinned little citrus fruits.” I just love his narrative style of writing, as mentioned earlier, quite unlike any other! He also talks the way he writes in his shows, brilliant!

my Nigel Slater book

As a result of this current fascination of ours, we are now trying out his recipes too, like the one I’m sharing in this post. My 13-year-old son (my eldest) helped out a lot here, he just loves Nigel Slater’s style of cooking. We made this Stilton Puffs for our tea time at the weekend, smashing, albeit a touch salty, that’s Blue Stilton for you. My son wants to experiment with Wensleydale cheese next time, one of his favourites. He reckons it will be a better choice. Like Nigel Slater, adapt and experiment as you go along! I’ve added a Nigel Slater episode at the end of this post, I hope you will  enjoy it. My approach to cooking and eating is to be adventurous always, trust me, life is more exciting that way. Experiment with food and ingredients from both the East and the West, let the fusion astound you! I wish everyone happy cooking, especially during this long festive holiday period. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers, followers and fellow bloggers who will celebrate Christmas a most wonderful time with your loved ones. And do take good care of yourselves!

blue stilton from the market

my son at work

stilton parcels

perfect for tea time!

december rose

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God gave us memories so that we might have roses in DecemberJ.M. Barrie

my red roses still blooming in the snow!

my red roses still blooming in the snow!

In the bleak of winter

In the cold freezing weather

I see you smiling away

Blossoming in your own way

I am happy to have discovered you

I never thought I would see such a view

Amidst the dull grey hues

You cheer me up from my winter blues

My red rose of December

You make me smile and cheer

Thank you God The Almighty

For this vibrant beauty

In my colourless frozen world

My red rose is my precious pearl

(poem by Hibiscus Rosa Noor)

winter colours

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I love this style (from Google)

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bright chunky bracelet, love it! (from Google)

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This is a cool one piece winter warmer! (from Google)

 The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. 

Winter is officially here in my little corner of the world; I am currently going around in my fleece socks, boots, cardigan, gloves, chunky winter scarf and winter coat on top of my usual clothes and head scarf. I remember when my beloved mom visited me in summer (seemed ages ago) and she had to put on my cardigan as it got a bit chilly (due to the endless summer rain), she did not like it one bit! Being an Easterner who hails from a 30c all year round tropical weather, bundling up in layers certainly takes a bit of getting used to. I don’t blame my poor mom at all. I have been in England for 16 years and I dare say I have just about grasped the correct sense of winter dressing to suit my identity! I actually love all these extra layers though, especially the lovely colourful cardigans and scarves. I used to wear bright colours a lot when I was in the East, it was not something I thought about, everyone around me all wore vibrant colours practically all the time. Therefore I was quite surprised when I first came here to find most people wearing shades of black, brown and grey instead. I don’t recollect having many clothing items in such dull prints!

Nonetheless, I blended in after many years of living in England, I am now quite fond of plain and pastel shades. Whenever my family or close friends want to buy me some clothes or head scarves from my homeland, I will remind them to get them in really soft colours. Having said that, I’m glad to see the bold and beautiful I used to love make a come back in the recent market, I might not get a bright red winter coat but I wouldn’t mind a fuchsia pink cardigan or a multicoloured knitted scarf to wrap myself in. And chunky bright bracelets to complement it all, yes, I am also very fond of them! The weather may be dull, grey and freezing cold out there for the next few months, but I am cheered by my colourful winter wear. There are many ways to lighten the spirit and mood during these short cold wintry days (the nights seemed endless), adding splashes of colour certainly helps! Anyway, I have included a few related articles at the end for those interested. Mind you, I’m no fashionista, just a regular 40+ woman brightening up her current colourless world, until the dawn of spring. In the meantime, I’m wrapping up well and staying warm. Brr…it is absolutely freezing out there, my fridge seemed a lot milder!!!

my garden

my garden this morning!

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