Reading list February 2018

Yes it’s another new year and this time.my resolutions did not include reading books. Naturally I have managed not to read a book in the first month of the year. This is definitely not the start to my year I wanted. To prevent myself from falling back yet again to read 12 books a year. I have started a reading one this month. So here’s the reading list for the 2nd month of the year.
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Anthony Doerr’s book is a man Booker prize winner which usually means it will be a good piece of literature but may not be a page turner .  I am still wading into it. Short review will be updated soon. 
Keep reading people. Books are your beat friend. 
 

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Confessions of a Hateful Cook

Many friends ask why I say I hate cooking when I seem to be cooking up storms every other day in the Kitchen!

It’s because cooking as never been my core competency. I wasn’t brought up or trained to like or love the process , I cannot refuse the fact that I love the end result. 😀😁
I remember watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s cooking show as a teenager and noting down a recipe for Paneer shashlik and for the longest time it was the only dish in my cooking repertoire. 😋
I now cook only the stuff I like to eat and is easy to cook. Which means you would not catch me cooking up RUI MACHER MATHA DIYE MURIR GHONTO , because fish head is yuck!! Or CHEESECAKE becasue I have zero baking skills. The point I am trying to make is, I only cook the easy stuff. So I hate cooking per se. If my tummy could handle the pizzas n pastas n burgers all day everyday I wouldn’t be seen anywhere near the Kitchen. In fact if asked to choose to utilise my time between cooking and any other task I would choose the other task. 

But as I learn with age life makes you do exactly what you hate.  That is what learning life leasons is all about. So I cook and hate it because it’s tiresome and the cleaning up afterwards adds to the gall I feel. It becomes a vicious circle of activity followed by hate.

I am also a person who only watches TV series and Food channels. Also a person who reads through menus and gawkes at food photos on home delivery and food apps. I love eating mostly the unhealthy stuff. So, I look at food I want to have feel hungry and go and cook up something which isn’t what I saw. Eat that depressing food and feel awful about it. And I hate cooking. There you go. 

Offlate with some time on my hand and age on my side (read getting old), I have begun experiments. And that’s how I cope with my hatered for cooking. I post my efforts on social media and feel better about cooking. So, my friends liking or commenting actually makes me feel better about cooking. May be someday in the future I will feel differently about cooking but till then its relationship that is complicated. 

THE END. 

Quick and easy Mini Uttapam

Prep time – 15 -30 mins

Cooking time 15 mins

Ingredients:

Home made yoghurt (Dahi)

Sooji

Chopped Onion, coriander leaves and green chillies

Salt and sugar 

White Oil

Method:

Whip the yoghurt with in a utensil, add a pinch of sugar & salt to enhance the taste. Start adding the sooji  into the whipped yoghurt in small quantities. Make a batter that is similar to pancake – not runny but not too stiff that it won’t spread. Let this batter stand for 20 mins. You can chop the veggies during this time. Alternatively you  can prepare the batter and keep it refrigerated, But use it only after it is at room temperature.

Heat oil a non stick flat pan or tawa, take a large table spoon and pour a spoonful of batter on the pan. The batter should spread out on its own, in case it isn’t spreading as desired use the back of the spoon to spread it. Donot make it too thin. Turn flame to low, cover with a lid and let it steam for 1 min. Open lid and check with flat spatula if the uttapam is coming off the tawa surface.  Sprinkle the chopped veggies. Let it cook for another min making sure it doesn’t burn ( that’s why batter shounldnt b spread too thin). Flip the uttapam with spatula carefully; let the other side cook for 2 mins. Transfer from pan to serving dish. 

These are mini sized uttapams so once you have got the hang of it you can make more than 1 at the same time.

You can eat these with any sides as per your taste. I prefer it without any chutney or sauce. 

Enjoy these in your breakfast.

Reading List Nov 2k17

I haven’t been reading any new fuction over the last 2 months, instead I have revisited a few books which I felt needed a re-read. Amongst them is Stephen King’s IT which I read after watching the impressive movie. But still my initial difficulty in tracking the convoluted timelines remained, especially towards the ending. Now looking forward to the 2nd chapter if the movie.

Here is my reading list for this month.

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One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kessey has been made into a very successful motion picture and my interest in its orginal story comes from the movie. As far as book adaptations are concerned I have always been a fair in judgement. Most avid readers find the books better. But for me, I also appreciate the amount of work directors and  writers put in to transform a book like Harry Potter or Lord of the rings into a movie. 

The book by Kessey falls short in comparison to the movie in keeping my attention. However the poignant beat of the story is much better highlighted to a reader than a viewer. If you are a fan of the movie you can and should read the book. For me it was a revealation. In fact this book tied up well with the book of Shutter Island also. 

2. 

Drained by E.H. Reinhard is a serial murder mystery with a no real mystery. The book opens with the serial killer in first person narration and follows the story till the obvious conclusion of the killer being caught. The characters are stereotypical and barely scratch the surface of the psyche of the killer. Overall a trash piece to be read and deleted immediately from the ebook library. 

3. 
 Malevolent by EH Reinhard is a police procedural murder story. It’s a simple book with a simple premise and very little in terms if mystery. The main character of Lt. Kane is poorly sketched and even after winning the day doesn’t engage the reader emotionally. 
To be continued …