Five things I did this Weekend Did I tell you my parents are visiting me now/ I love it when my parents come down and spend a week or two with us. They are very outgoing and love travelling. So when they are here, you can’t manage to sit at home at all. So we have plans to go out almost every other day. Having Wonderful Food My mom’s a great cook and makes awesome Bengali dishes. They travelled in train only so that they could carry fresh fish, mutton, LOADS OF SWEETS and tons of presents for Bluey. Blame the baggage policy of airlines! So we gorged on delectable home-made restaurant quality food – mom style. There was mutton chanp, Chingri Malaikari, Chitol Kalia – a gastronomic pleasure! All of these will be posted in the food blog – so don’t worry Continued With Food at Barbeque Nation Barbeque Nation – the famous barbeque fine dining chain – has open right opposite our apartment. And given how big foodies we are how can we not have a Sunday Barbeque feast. Whenever I am at a BBQN I always instruct the servers – ONLY FISH, CHICKEN, PRAWNS ON THE GRILL. Yes I am a carnivore and I don’t want corn on the cob, mushrooms, pineapples, or anything vegetarian sitting in the skewers on my grill! I had 12 prawns yesterday! Okay they weren’t jumbo prawns. The only vegetarian started I like in BBQN is the Cajun Spiced Potato – so that little bit of that. Even Bluey enjoyed some Tandoori Fish and French Fries. But he didn’t like any dessert! Instead licked on a lollipop for a while! Gardening I absolutely love gardening – sowing seeds, watering watching the flowers bloom. I am currently having three varieties of rose in my container garden – a scarlet, a pink and white blend and yellow. The scarlet ones are pretty huge and they are blooming currently. I am growing some herbs and vegetables for the kitchen – organic and pesticide free. Did You Know – Mint is extremely easy to grow? Anyone can grow it. I’ll do a post on it. I replanted some mint this weekend. Falling in love with pencil and paper again Shinjini a.k.a Modern Gypsy inspired me to get me back to the art mode again. I had not sketched, doodled, painted with a pencil or color on paper for a long long time. Digital art had taken over everything – even professionally. But I started picking up the pencil again and made some sketches. This is what I did this Saturday. Inspiration from Google though! Started a New Book My last romance read – After You by Jojo Moyes was a disaster. I had loved Me Before You – the first book of the series but this book only made it clear why you shouldn’t write a sequel unnecessarily. It went so out of place I left in between for quite some time and finished it only because I wanted to get over with it! So now I started with The Girl Who loved a Pirate by Kulpreet Yadav. I am switching back to reading thriller and mystery – that’s my favorite genre. I hope this will be good.

Did I tell you my parents are visiting me now?I love it when my parents come down and spend a week or two with us. They are very outgoing and love travelling. So when they are here, you can’t manage to sit at home at all. So we have plans to go out almost every other day.

Having Wonderful Food

My mom’s a great cook and makes awesome Bengali dishes. They travelled in train only so that they could carry fresh fish, mutton, LOADS OF SWEETS and tons of presents for Bluey. Blame the baggage policy of airlines! So we gorged on delectable home-made restaurant quality food – mom style. There was mutton chanp, Chingri Malaikari, Chitol Kalia – a gastronomic pleasure!

bengali-fish-prawn-and-chittol

All of these will be posted in the food blog – so don’t worry

Continued With Food at Barbeque Nation

Barbeque Nation – the famous barbeque fine dining chain – has open right opposite our apartment. And given how big foodies we are how can we not have a Sunday Barbeque feast. Whenever I am at a BBQN I always instruct the servers – ONLY FISH, CHICKEN, PRAWNS ON THE GRILL. Yes I am a carnivore and I don’t want corn on the cob, mushrooms, pineapples, or anything vegetarian sitting in the skewers on my grill! I had 12 prawns yesterday! Okay they weren’t jumbo prawns. The only vegetarian started I like in BBQN is the Cajun Spiced Potato – so that little bit of that. Even Bluey enjoyed some Tandoori Fish and French Fries. But he didn’t like any dessert! Instead licked on a lollipop for a while!

family-time

Gardening

I absolutely love gardening – sowing seeds, watering watching the flowers bloom. I am currently having three varieties of rose in my container garden – a scarlet, a pink and white blend and yellow. The scarlet ones are pretty huge and they are blooming currently. I am growing some herbs and vegetables for the kitchen – organic and pesticide free.

Did You Know – Mint is extremely easy to grow? Anyone can grow it. I’ll do a post on it.

I replanted some mint this weekend.

mint planting container gardening

Falling in love with pencil and paper again

Shinjini a.k.a Modern Gypsy inspired me to get me back to the art mode again. I had not sketched, doodled, painted with a pencil or color on paper for a long long time. Digital art had taken over everything – even professionally. But I started picking up the pencil again and made some sketches.

This is what I did this Saturday. Inspiration from Google though!

pencil sketch ganesha, vakratunda

Started a New Book

My last romance read – After You by Jojo Moyes was a disaster. I had loved Me Before You – the first book of the series but this book only made it clear why you shouldn’t write a sequel unnecessarily. It went so out of place I left in between for quite some time and finished it only because I wanted to get over with it!

So now I started with The Girl Who loved a Pirate by Kulpreet Yadav. I am switching back to reading thriller and mystery – that’s my favorite genre. I hope this will be good.

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These are what I did this weekend. What did you do? Did you have some fun? Did you watch a movie? Did you have a nice family time? Tell me in comments below.

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8 Comments on Five things I did this Weekend

  1. Roshan Radhakrishnan
    October 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm (2 months ago)

    Those prawns look lovely… and as the size of my tummy will confirm, I got you beat in Barbeque Nation 🙂 We used to devour prawns there as though it were peanuts. Our stratgey was simple in BN: Only starters and desserts.. no wasting space on rice. 🙂

    For crime thrillers, look up Jeffrey Deaver and John Connolly. The early books of James Patterson too. If you want more action in your stories, check out the Jack Reacher series (on which the Tom Cruise movies are based on). If you want insane action, try out Mathew Reilly 🙂
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    • tinabasu
      October 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm (2 months ago)

      absolutely – we just jump over to desserts after starters and skip the buffet completely

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  2. Anamika Agnihotri
    October 25, 2016 at 7:58 am (2 months ago)

    I can thoroughly understand what fun it is when parents visit and to have Mom’s hand cooked food. I dream of having my balcony garden but haven’t been courageous enough to start it even, fearing I will kill the plants. I would love to read posts about how to grow mint. The sketch of Lord Ganesha is lovely. Once an artist always an artist.
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  3. Dipannita (womanzie)
    October 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm (2 months ago)

    Yummmm! Bengalis are always in love of good food and travel…

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  4. Mackenzie Glanville
    October 28, 2016 at 5:34 am (1 month ago)

    That for looks amazing! I agree I loved Me Before You, it was a book that truly captured me, I was disappointed in the sequel too, we read it for book club and some actually loved it, but i felt it was better just left at one. #mg

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  5. Amrita Basu (Misra)
    October 31, 2016 at 12:51 am (1 month ago)

    Wonderful week .The food looks outstanding. I can’t believe your mom carried all this by train .Patents are God’s angels on earth. Enjoyed this post and Bluey looks pretty pleased too.😊
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