Never is yours..

It’s certainly ‘quite’ relaxing creaming a freshly baked cake..
Trying your best to cover every bit of the cake,
Those corners, those little edges you accidentally scrapped, or broke off removing from the bake pan,

And you begin to realise too, your cake is non symmetrical horizontally or vertically and at certain spots both!
You pinch yourself for your sloppy work,

You TOO come to that submissive acceptance,
Damn you! You made less cream than you would wanted, AGAIN!
With the littlest idea to why you do this to yourself every time,



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Nevertheless, none of these thoughts affect you,
You are still in your creaming world,
You remain quite relaxed,
You remain quite tranquil,

This cake, made as a gift for yourself, for mothering Sunday,
This Sunday that is,
You forget about ‘You CAN’T eat it all by yourself’ for a minute,
You forget about ‘You HAVE to share till you die’ for a second,

You daughter, now in your creaming space, in pursuit of her share,

You take the opportunity to be sorry for you..

Me: NO ONE bakes me a cake in this house!
Baby girl: Oh Amma, I would if I could, but I CAN’T! But I love you very much.

Her favourite get – out phrase of statement,
The sprinkle of love must be seasonal,
It’s Mother’s day weekend after all,

Sensing cake is incomplete, she continues reading her third book of the day..

Just in time (for the cake) you hear your hubby,
He comes home REMINDing you about some initiative he started,
You nod,
Now you start to recollect the information,
As quickly as you could,
But you couldn’t because you forgot all about it the minute he finished,
You just continue nodding,

That initiative has significantly contributed to his excellent performance at work,
Rewarded by peers he is beaming with pride,

You take another OPPORTUNITY..

Me: Let’s celebrate, I baked a cake for YOU!!!!!






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On a festive note…

My first ever post via my mobile phone…

The first and last for 2016 🙂

Think I cracked it, unusure why I never done it before,

Definitely increases possibilities for regular shorter posts,

For 2017,

I have readers from approx. 17 countries,  and I read blogs from all over the world, to all of you, thank you, I’m not a regular wordpresser, but each and every one of them were written with passion and thought,

To 2017,

Have a lovely lovely Christmas and a fantastic start to the year,

With love..



Onam Celebrations

We were invited to Onam celebrations recently, an event organised close to our village.

Onam is a major celebration celebrated in one of the southern states of India, Kerala.

A brief introduction, from my perspective that is…

Historically during the British Empire period, the Indians who migrated to Malaysia were mostly from the Southern states of India with Tamil Nadu being the highest exporter of migrant workers. On the same count, some of my childhood friends in Malaysia trace their ancestry to Kerala…

As with Deepavali, a major celebration in the state of Tamil Nadu and people of origin (like myself), Onam celebrations in Malaysia is more of a trickled affair, by ‘trickled’ I mean it is not as exactly as how our ancestors would have celebrated it however attempts are made to closely resemble it, as far as memory permits.
In honesty, I as a third generation of Indian origin from Malaysia, we have somewhat lost a few details and gained a few. It is memories that guide me with my heritage today and too will help guide my children…

People from Kerala mostly speak in Malayalam language, a language closely related to Tamil, my mother language.

Through this closeness of language and friendship, I have come to like and fall in love with many Malayalam movies and have great appreciation for their music.

And at the Onam celebration, undoubtedly I have fallen in love with THEIR FOOD too…

WOW was the word I could describe it!

We were served with almost 15 DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISHES on a banana leaf replicate, some came in tiny quantities, some served in abundance, and on the whole we were super filled.
They were pen ultimately finished off with Cherupayar Payasam or as we refer to it in Tamil Pachapeyar Payasam (made with green moong dhal and coconut milk) for dessert.

Post planned activities, the day concluded with delicious sugar high milk tea and fried lentil cakes or parupa vadai..

Since the day, I have been on search for Kerala recipes online in hope to recreate…

Grateful to have found Indu’s International Kitchen, a sweet and straightforward little blog and you can read more about Onam foodery on her site.

My baby boy who sat down ever so calmly for his share…
(and the rest was a messy history 🙂 )