Mission impossible to Mission successful :D
Being a mother is walking on a tightrope. It is like holding a glass of hot milk in one hand, a bowl of sticky halwa in the other and trying to balance your steps on a floor splashed with slippery soap water. There are so many things that come with being a mother, which nobody tells you before you accept the job. Most of the times, you get into the job seeing cuddly baby pictures in magazines, but the babies turn out to be squeaking sleep depriving confusing little cute aliens. Basically, being a mother involves many job descriptions that are written in too fine a print to see.
One of such things that’s the common sworn enemy of all mothers is their kids’ meal time.
Ask any new mother (or for that matter any mother) what is her perpetual grouse and shell tell you its: “How to get her child to eat!” Kids these days are moody, selective and impatient. They have video games vying for their attention. They have unhealthy but attractive junk food from McDonalds luring them like a pretty monster. They have parents that dote on them and hence are too reluctant to force them to do anything, even if it’s eating.
I have seen young mothers in my friend-circle building running after their three-year olds with a bowl of flavored rice for hours on end. I have seen mothers of teenagers heat the food multiple times before it is tasted and rejected as boring.
But with more access to online and other information resources, I am beginning to realize that there are many kind people out there who are trying to make lives of mothers easier! When it comes to cooking and feeding kids, you may think that I'm talking about ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook food items. Not really, because I'm a total supporter of slow cooking, home cooking and natural eating. I tend to have reservations about using ingredients or food items that have been preserved for too long, unless I'm complete sure about the process used.
So when I say that mothers’ lives have been made drastically easier and lovelier thanks to the efforts of some generous people sitting somewhere behind some hidden curtains, I am talking of that company which has been a pioneer in the field of many consumer products for decades. I'm talking of Borosil.
Borosil has been one of India’s best known consumer brands for over half a century. You’d be surprised to know that they were making microwave proof glass even before the microwave was invented! In fact, in India, the name Borosil is generic for heat-proof glass.
Recently I discovered MyBorosil. This is an online platform that was launched when Borosil realized that their product range was growing so fast that there was no one store where you could see the entire product range under one roof. I browsed through their various sections like “Microwavables”, “Inspring”, “Trend-setting”, “Appliances” and “Sistema”; and instantly I had an idea.
I called up Akhila, who is one of the more troubled mothers in my building, having a very naughty eleven-year old son and a very moody nine-year old daughter – both very picky when it comes to food. She came over and while having yummy-licious masala chai in my Piccolo Cup & Saucer Set, we hatched a plan.
That whole day, till her children were in school, both of us sat and made note-cards for the various meals she normally cooks for them in a day. Of course her children are twenty-second century kids, having read all of Harry Potter and what not, so this was not an easy task. What helped was the fact that Akhila has a very fine taste in cookware and servingware, having a large range from MyBorosil herself, so we take the help of each of those items in our descriptions! So these were the placards for the three different meals of the day:
This dal makes the perfect accompaniment to rice or rotis, so you will see both next to it. Enjoy it with steaming hot rice served in the loaf dish or with soft rotis served in the luxurious Deep Round Casserole. Bon appetite!
To go with the Mughlai Paneer, you have fresh parathas made with less oil keeping your good health in mind. Eat them piping hot and you will soon be left licking your fingers. The meal is served in the Deep Round Casserole again as I love how it multi-functions for various uses, and hence love to re-use it different gravy items, rice and even rotis! End your meal with some vegetable raita that will soothe your taste buds and delight you in the cute Small Glass Katories. Bon appetite!
For breakfast, you have soft boiled eggs and rice idlis, served in the Mini Oval Dish Set. Rich in proteins, vitamins and soft on your stomach, this meal can be enjoyed with coconut chutney for the idlis and salt / pepper for the eggs. I'm sure you will enjoy this light meal tremendously.
In the end, don’t forget to wash it all down with a glass of warm milk in which I have already added your favorite chocolate powder. My favorite 'Everest Glasses Large' will ensure that you enjoy not only the flavor of the milk but also the experience of having them! Bon appetite!
(p.s. Thanks to My Beautiful Food for inspiring this post!)