Eye Test, Baking resource shopping and Bloggers’ Meet

05 Dec

And finally I am done and over with the long-awaited eye checkup. On saturday we went to the eye hospital after breakfast. I went through a rigorous test where I was made to sit in front of a computer and given a joystick in hand. It was a test to check my focusing abilities. The guy asked me to make a payment before he reveals the results. After running around 2 floors up and down, guess what the result was “You have no power related problems. There is a slight muscle imbalance. It’s in the starting stage. You will have to do some exercises continuously for a month. You have to come here daily, each sitting would cost 150 bucks and would last for 30 mins. If it is not possible for you, you can buy the software and practice at home. The CD would cost Rs.8500.” Abbas and I looked at each other’s face and told him we’ll come back and left from there… First option is totally impractical and both options are mighty expensive. SS suggested a pranayama exercise for the eyes and I guess I’m gonna stick to the free of cost remedy for the time being.

We had lunch at a restaurant. Then went to collect a parcel that was sent by one of the relatives. From there we went to this shop called ‘General Additives’ which supplies all baking resources. I go to this place once in 6 months and buy enough raw materials to last for half a year. I went at an apt time and caught hold of ginger chips and orange peels. So, I asked Abbas to buy some Rum for me to soak the fruits and I’m planning to bake my first X’mas fruit cake. Pretty excited!

Came home in the evening, made a simple dinner of Rice, Dal, Brinjal Fry and Chicken Masala Balls – Comfort food for us! Post dinner, sat to iron a mountain like heap of clothes again. Oh, I also soaked Rajma (RM, are you listening?)

Sunday morning breakfast was Rajma Curry and Chapathi. The Rajma was reluctant to get cooked inspite of 6-7 whistles in the pressure cooker. I was bugged and made the curry with hard-cooked Rajma using RD’s recipe. The gravy was lip smacking good. But the Rajma beans had failed me. I’m gonna make it again with a better variety of Rajma.

Then began the preparations for evening as we were gonna host a small get Bloggers’ get-together. I made Dahi Vada and prepared cutlets and kept them ready to be fried in the evening. In between all this lunch was cooked and had. Post lunch, I made the batter for brownie, poured it in cake tin, topped almonds all over and set the oven to pre-heat. And bang fell the oven’s outer glass cover down. Abbas got busy fixing it, we tried fevi bond, it did get stuck and I immediately put the cake tin in to bake. Halfway through baking, the glass gave way again. We finally stuck it with brown cello tape.

We had told Mantam that a few aunties are gonna come. I had also told that Chutku will come and that he has grown big now. They were super excited. Garima and SummerScript came and Mantam began showing them each of their toys one after the other. They were so pleased with all the Chips, Gems and fruit juices that the aunties had brought for them. We chatted for a while and then RS, her hubby and Chutku dropped in. Mannu cozily sat on Chutku’s dad’s lap for almost the whole time that he was sitting. Tammu came to the kitchen and asked me “Chutku to abhi bhi big nahi hua??” I put my precious cutlets in to hot oil and they broke and turned into crumbles. I was so disappointed and simply fried some papads to go with tea It didn’t strike me to tawa fry the cutlets which I did later and worked just fine. Chutku wanted to have the papads, he was running in and out of the kitchen. I gave him a plate of rusks and he held the whole plate in his hands and paraded towards his dad. I love watching this guy walking. He then got busy with Mantam’s cyle and car. RS asked him to say ‘Please give’ to me when he asked for Papad. And I got to hear his trademark ‘Peech’ – It was so so cute.

Garima was on her toes having left her husband back home. – Newly wed couple syndrome… Very much evident 😀 She wanted Mantam to do her checkup but Mannu was shy and giggling as if some guys was proposing to her. SS thoroughly enjoyed Mantam’s dance and when I gave her the brownie, she came back and said “I love you Seema.” Hehe… I said “What??” This girl reminded me of Suhasini (Mani Ratnam’s wife) for her beautiful eyes. Before leaving RS reminded me to introduce Bulu to them. Chutku wanted to stay back and whenever his mom or dad said “Let’s go”, he said “Beda” (meaning No). We had a fun evening all in all. SS had brought one container and had said that it was for me. I opened it only after they left and jumped in glee at the sight of ‘Kesari’ in it. I luuuuv Kesari and somehow I never prepared it… Abbas and the girls also liked it a lot.

After everyone left, I asked Mannu “Why were you sitting on uncle’s lap? Did you like uncle a lot?” And she said “Mmmm, yes but I liked aunties and Chutku also.” Whattay diplomatic answer!

So that was our weekend folks!


Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


18 responses to “Eye Test, Baking resource shopping and Bloggers’ Meet

  1. R's Mom

    December 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm


    I am so jealous…you made so much for a blogger meet…I am wondering if I come all the way from Mumbai..what all I am going to get *Drooling*

    Awesome Seema…

    And could you please do those excercises suggested by SS

    Kesari and all eh?

    lucky lucky lucky..I am so jealous! Well..I already said that na..I AM JEALOUS!!


    • Seema

      December 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      You come na? Infact we were talking yesterday that we’ll meet again when RM comes down to Blore, we could call S&S, Tharani also.

      Tell me what you want me to make for you, send me a list before you leave Mumbai, I’ll make all that you want okay? For R, I’m sure Bhindi and Dal with coconut would work just fine 😀

      Yes I’m gonna do the exercise suggested by SS.


  2. Sugar and Spice

    December 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    The idea of Blogger meet by itself sounds so fascinating! So happy you guys had a great time; what with 3 kids around (or is it 4 along with ss?)! When I come, you don’t have to make food for me, Seema. Just that the moment I meet you, I’ll ask for a quick baking tutorial! That’s all! Stay prepared, okay! 😀 😀

    I too have the same problem with Rajma. However longer I let it cook in the pressure-cooker, it comes out hard! 😦

    Take care of your eyes, Seema. Or if needed, get a second opinion, no!


    • Seema

      December 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Hehe, SS is also a kid, true 😀

      Oh, please come, I would love to give a tutorial.

      One thing you can try with Rajma is that when you soak it overnight, add just a pinch of baking soda. It didn’t work for me this time though.

      Mmmm, second opinion, not sure re. Lemme first try the pranayama suggested by SS. If it works fine, else will consider getting a second opinion.


  3. garima

    December 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I was scared I thought you will sue us for the junk food that we gave mantam 🙂
    They are lovely kids.Thanks seema we had a great time 🙂

    Hubby gave new name to the twins ‘Mannu Tannu’ from the movie Mannu weds Tannu 🙂
    LOL on ‘Newly wed couple syndrome’ *blush* 🙂

    And yes please do the exercise regularly as suggested by SS else SS teacher will spank you 🙂


    • Seema

      December 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Hehe, if I had to sue people for offering junk food to Mantam, I would have to sue Abbas everyday 😀

      Mannu Tannu, is it? 😀

      Baap re! I’m scared of SS now. She will spank me? Well, I can offer her something chocolatey and escape her wrath… I discovered her weakness 👿


      • summerscript

        December 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

        yeah.. she knows my weakness now (I love you!) 🙂

        Seema, try those exercises for few days , better if you have any yoga class nearby. But I would suggest not to wait for too long. You said its in initial stages. Get it checked again soon and see if you have any other options. Take care .


        • Seema

          December 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

          Yes, I guess I have to take a second opinion. Many say Sankara Netralaya is good. Lets see. Will take care, thanks 😀


  4. Bikram

    December 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    That’s stupid on the eyetest , i am sure you can ask someone about the exercises ..

    and bloggers meet .. yeh meet tab kyun nahin hui 😦 .. ok ok well great you met some bloggers
    and fooood right where is my share 🙂

    and a good reply by Mannu 🙂 lerning fast the ways of the world …


    • Seema

      December 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Yes, I felt that it was outright a money minting strategy.

      Next time when you are around, we’ll do it bigger n better ok?


  5. Little Fingers

    December 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I am so Jealous when ever these blogger meet happen, and this time I know all of you all :(. Wish I was also in Blore. dinner of Rice, Dal, Brinjal Fry and Chicken Masala Balls, you call it simple? Its feast for me to have that many variety 🙂 Please do take care of your eyes Seema..


    • Seema

      December 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Come down to Bangalore. We’ll have a meet again.

      I call it simple coz I hardly have any saute-ing or stirring to do.

      I’m trying, thanks LF.


  6. RS

    December 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Wow! I think after reading your and Garima’s posts I should just keep quiet! You have written everything and so well.

    And Seema – please do get a second opinion or even for the pranayama – first check how it should be done and for how long and all that – it IS very important !

    And yeah SS is a kid herself! She now wants to learn Kannada to be able to talk to Chutku next time 🙂


    • Seema

      December 6, 2011 at 10:31 am

      SS also posted just now.

      Yes, going for second opinion sounds sensible. Will do it soon.

      She wants to learn Kannada, is it? Tell her that if she speaks one wrong word, Chutku will say ‘Adddi…’ 😛


  7. Comfy

    December 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I was not even done drooling over the food you call simple when I got to the part where you met soooo many bloggers. Now I am all sad sad :cy: 😥 OK so maybe I am more J than sad but still. I want too..


    • Seema

      December 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Come down to Bangalore. Will make all that and more for ya. Would love to meet li’l Buzz and Bugz too.


  8. Scribby

    December 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    wow x’mas cake sounds like yum already 🙂 How can I have it 🙄

    what with Chutku to abhi bhi big nahi hua? 🙂

    aww at peech 🙂

    fun time you all had 🙂


    • Seema

      December 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

      You can come all the way to my home to have it 😛

      His Peech is so so adorable.

      Oh yes, we had a gala time.



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