We have been talking about food related topics here on 5things. This week I wanted to break the mould. Oh dear ! That’s another food related metaphor. I am afraid I can’t help myself. I simply love writing about food.
This week’s topic is Icebreakers or Conversation starters. Which are your favourites?
In a big get together;
How do you know the host/hostess?
In a wedding reception;
The hosts are not here as yet! Even they are late!
This week Tanya wants to know what are our favorite canned foods.
Oneof my favorite desserts to make is fruit trifle. And I have a very quick and easyrecipe for it. All I need is a pre-made cake, a big tin of mixed fruit cocktail and some custard. It has earned me praise on many dinners.
Garbanzo bean( Chickpeas);
I love chickpeas in any form. I make chickpea rice with a tin within 15 minutes. When I want to make hummus, it so convenient to just open a tin and viola, it’s done in a jiffy.
Sweetened condensed milk;
If you’re a fan of masala chai, you should try it with a little sweetened condensed milk. It gives it the authentic flavor. I use this milk for making desserts too.
In our Asian style cooking, tomatoes play a vital role in curries. So when in a hurry, tomato purée cuts the cooking time by half.
We all love sweet corn. Buttered or just tossed in a salad or pasta. There are so many ways one can enjoy this.
Today Tanya asks us to list 5 Things that mean Spring to us;
Putting away blankets, quilts, and winter clothes
I look forward to doing this all throughout short winters. I don’t like heavy blankets and quilts and love the time when I put them away! In summer a light bedspread is enough when the air conditioning is running.
Lightning up of days;
It gets light sooner and gets darker later in the day. I especially enjoy the early morning quiet time when going outside doesn’tmean wearing more layers. Usually, it’s very pleasant and a light breeze is blowing.
Green leaves and colorful flowers everywhere;
The best part ofspring is the rebirth of plant life. I get such joy from watching the tender green leaves and branches sprouting from the bare trees. The gardens all around us are full of lovely displays of flowers. There is in fact a competition among the residents to see who’s lawn is more beautiful. There is some sort of award too.
Strawberries, melons, and guavas in fruit market;
As I am a foodie, it should be no surprise that I await the spring for the delicious fruits it brings. Unlike America, we don’t have all fruits, all years around except apples and bananas. So strawberries come at the end of winter and last a couple of months. Melons also start to arrive in spring/ early summer as do the guavas. I love to make a salad of my favorite fruits.
Nothing like the spring showers to lift the spirits. The sound and smell of rain are most welcome to me. It also holds back the sizzling summers for a little while.
The first three were the usual ways to boost my mood before the pandemic. But they are still my favorite!
• Getting a manicure and pedicure from my favorite salon
I find it so relaxing to go for a mani and Pedi to my favorite salon. They pamper me with soothing music and a great cup of cappuccino. Maybe I’ll go there again, soon.
• Catching a movie with family or friends
Pre-covid days, I loved to go to the theater to watch my favorite movies. Sometimes the movie was pretty bad but I enjoyed it in the company of good friends. Now I don’t know when we will be able to go to a cinema theater!
• Going out for breakfast or lunch on weekends
Yes, another activity I used to enjoy before covid hit the scenes. Getting ready to eat out and then eating a meal someone else has prepared was so much fun. I hope we can enjoy outdoor dining sometime soon.
• Staying at home with nothing to do, just chilling
This I still do and enjoy so much. Just relaxing and doing whatever I want and nothing that I need to do.
• Snuggling in my bed with my favorite book
I usually end my day like this. Being cozy in my bed and reading a book from my favorite author. It is a great way to unwind and often the perfect way to prepare oneself for bedtime.
Today Tanya asks us for our favorite 5 home remedies for the common cold.
I believe honey to be very effective in fighting a cold and scratchy throat. Either by itselfor in warm milk does wonders for the cold.
• Hot beverages;
Tea, coffee, green tea are all helpful when under the weather from cold. They warm up the body and elevate the mood pulled down by being sick.
Even the doctors recommendsoup when we are not well. Any soup would do as long as it’s not too spicy. But tomato soup and chicken soup are speciallygood.
• Vitamin C;
I find vit-c lozenges useful in cold. Oranges and orange juice are excellent source of vitamin C as well.
• Turmeric and ginger tea;
This is not my favorite but it is very effective. Boil ginger root in water for about 10 minutes and add a bit of turmeric to it. Add honey to make it drinkable. Both ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and give relief in cold or cough.
These are my go to remedies for the common cold. What are yours?