A Quick Update and some Quick to make Oats Cookies

22 Jun

I haven’t seen this space in a long time. I miss blogging at whim. It is more schedule driven. More of a weekend activity. It is now that I doubly admire all those bloggers who blog inspite of having a full-time job and blog more than many times a week. So much has been happening and I feel life is just whizzing past me. I make desperate attempts to make tiny post-it mental notes every time I observe or feel something interesting but then it slips away.  This post is more to recapitulate all the important stuff that has happened over some time now.

First things first-Mimi

Mimi has started talking so much and I see this difference after she resumed school on a regular basis.  She has a quip to make about everything. She wants to give her expert opinion about how I look, or her Papa looks or how she looks. She can ride her bike now and it is such a pleasure to see her pedaling away. Just the other day I asked her,” Mimi, what did the teacher teach you today?”  Pat came the reply, ” Quiet Mimi! Quiet!”  and yesterday I asked her the same question and she said, ” Don’t shout Mimi” So I take it that the teacher is really having a tough time getting Mimi to do what the class is doing. Recently they even got a class photograph as the term is about end on 28th of June. But I am sending her off to the Summer camp in her school that starts on 8th of July. This Sunday, she has a class performance to which all the parents are invited and they are going to perform, ‘ Incy Wincy Spider’. The entire time, we hear Mimi singing Incy wincy spider and when she’s in the mood, she’d do it with actions. I am excited to attend her first class performance and I pray everything goes well. I know she will enjoy it because she loves to sing.

I am amazed they got her to stand. ahem.. straight!

The Class photo: The caretaker had to hold her so that she didn’t run off

2. Next is this wonderful poetry festival that I had the opportunity to attend last night. Set against the romantic back drop of the Bahrain fort, it was certainly a night to remember. 15 wonderful poets with their marvellous poetry enthralled the audience. The Poetry festival is the first of its kind arranged by the Bahrain Writers’ Circle’s – Poetry arm – The second circle.  The theme was The Colours of Life and the brochure of which you can see below. Though the lights went off in between for some weird reason, it only added to the drama of the whole evening.  It was such a good break for me from my otherwise hectic work life. To listen to soul-full poetry is the best way to usher in a weekend. Some of the participants are good friends and I had rushed from work to support them. It was a delight to see them read their work.

The poetry festivals’ brochure

3. Apart from that, we were able to watch a movie in the cinema hall, along with Mimi after 2.5 years. We avoid going to the movies because Mimi doesn’t think it is interesting to sit in one place for more than a few seconds. But now that she is a little grown up, we thought it should be easier now. We thought Madagascar-3 was a safe bet and right we were. She sat through 3/4th of the movie and enjoyed it too. This is great progress as far as Mimi is concerned.

4. I have been working out quite regularly and running as well. Hopefully by the year-end when its the marathon season, I should be able to run atleast a few of them like the 11 km one in November and the 17km one in December.

5. I have recently made good friends with a Bahraini girl in my office. She is pretty as a picture but apart from that, she is very special. She loves Hindi Movies. She has watched every Yash Chopra banner movie there is starting from Kuch Kuch Hota hai ( which was the first movie she had seen and by far her favourite movie) to the latest Anjana – Anjani or whichever is running in the cinemas these days. She watches them with English subtitles but follows Hindi quite nicely. We converse in Hindi for fun in office and she does a marvellous job at some difficult pronunciations as well. She is so familiar with our Hindu customs and festivals that sometimes I find it hard to believe she is a Bahraini. She is so moved by Bollywood that in her wedding this winter, she has a Bollywood themed ‘Sangeet” . How cool is that! She is also going to wear Ghaghara-choli ( traditional Indian blouse – skirt) for her Mehendi ceremony. She is such fun company to keep in office and I hope to learn more about the Bahraini culture from her.

6. Last but not the least, I have some great tasting, quick to put together Oats cookie recipe today from the latest issue of the BBC Good Food Magazine. I find myself trying more recipes from the BBC Good Food Magazine more than the other recipe books that I have.

But these cookies are literally child’s play and that is what prompted me make them in the middle of week after coming back from work.

Cherry + Apricots+ Oats

They were such a breeze to put together, and the original recipe did not add any cherries in it, but I did because… I felt like it 🙂

The cherries gave the blonde cookies a pop of colour and the apricots lent the gorgeous texture. Full of oat-y goodness, there isn’t anything that I can say that didn’t work in this cookies favour. I took them to office the following day and they were devoured before I could count 10.

Another reason why they were devoured so quickly was because, the recipe in the magazine was meant to give out only 6 cookies. So I doubled the recipe and managed 15 cookies out of it.  Usually when I take cookies or bakes to office, I ensure I have around 20 + individual pieces. 15 cookies stood no chance at all. I managed to save some for Mimi, who liked them equally. I am going to try them with the usual good stuff such as chocolate chips and more dried fruits.

Photos courtesy : Namit Bhatia

It has been a great few weeks so far. In a few days time,  this part of the world will fold itself into a prayer and fast non stop for 30 days. Life will slow down, offices will close early, super market racks would be empty sooner as people tend to buy more than they need when they are fasting and there will be an atmosphere of prayer and sanctity all around. It is a different kind of experience to be in a Muslim country during Ramadan, albeit a wonderful one because there will tents that come up in the evening with lavish spread of food for everybody who wants to sample it.  I hope to capture the essence of Ramadan in some posts of mine and at the same time try to experiment with some local dish that is typically eaten during Ramadan.

That is all for now!

20 Responses to “A Quick Update and some Quick to make Oats Cookies”

  1. Meghna June 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Interesting post…. packed full of action… and I love the way you’ve put up the recipe for the cookies… good job by Namitoes!!!!

    • Anita Menon June 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      So good to see you in my space Meghna 🙂

  2. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) June 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    nice post and loved the cookies

  3. yummychunklet June 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    OMG, how cute is Mimi that she had to be held? You just can’t contain cuteness though!

  4. Liz June 23, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    First, Mimi is a DOLL!!! And next, your cookies sound amazing…I just made oatmeal cookies today, but I wish I had added apricots and cherries…how delish!!

    • Anita Menon June 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      Thanks so much for visiting my space Liz.

  5. Buls June 23, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Hahahahaha… love how you have become sort of like me… putting all that you have done in one post instead of separate posts. I have some many people give up blogging due to lack of time which is a shame since blogging is more about writing than others reading it.
    Would love to know about food in Bahrain, I am sure it is very different from Indian food.

    • Anita Menon June 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      Oh yea.. it is getting harder and harder to find time to do many posts. Hope its just a phase and I should be able to find that balance soon.

  6. Ameena June 24, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    I can’t believe Ramadan is right around the corner. Again. It seems like just yesterday! And I feel your pain on finding a work-blog balance. It seems impossible to do both…as I am realizing.

    • Anita Menon June 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      I wish you luck with Ramadan and fasting , Ameena.

  7. Cass @foodmyfriend June 24, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    She is so beautiful Anita! Love this recipe. Good one for a last minute bake 🙂

  8. Sally June 25, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I like this recipe a lot – really nice mix of flavours and textures. I miss my blogging space when I’m away from it too.

  9. marie June 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Condensed milk, oats & cherries? Sounds great! Mimi is one busy bee huh, you will all love looking back on that picture when she is older and not so wiggly. Her teacher is earning her pay 🙂

    • Anita Menon June 26, 2012 at 6:45 am #

      Love this comment Marie. I know it comes from experience. Made my day 🙂

  10. Tandy June 29, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    what a lovely post! blogging should never get in the way of life! I loved every Iftar meal I went to in Dubai during Ramadan – they are something special, even if you are not Muslim 🙂


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