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BESAN SANDWICHES- Taste as good as they look!

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1.jpg You’ve always served your kid with sandwiches for his lunchbox, either a nice veggie filled one or one that is packed with chicken or fish. While these are quick and easy to make, there is another way to serve breads that we have found is an exciting way to use vegetables as well- Just dunk them into a veggie-filled batter, fry them to a crisp, and these BESAN SANDWICHES are good to be gobbled up. Read and follow the recipe below; Ingredients:

  • Besan or gram flour
  • Bread
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Ginger
  • Green chillies
  • Coriander leaves
  • Turmeric powder
  • Red chili powder
  • Asafetida
  • Salt
  • Oil

Method:

  • In a bowl or small pan, take finely chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger, green chilies and coriander leaves. Everything has to be finely chopped. 2
  • Add besan/gram flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafoetida and salt.
  • Pour in the water and whisk it to a medium consistency. There should be no lumps in the batter. Avoid making the batter too thin. 3
  • Heat 1 tbsp. oil for frying in a tava or frying pan.
  • Slice the bread into two. Then dip the bread slice in the batter. With your hands, coat the bread slice evenly with the batter. Also place the chopped onions & tomatoes on the bread slices with your hands. Don’t keep the bread too long in the batter as then the slice breaks.

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  • Place the batter coated bread slices on the tava. When the base is cooked and browned, flip and fry the other side. 5
  • Flip and fry a couple of times to get even browning and cooking. Fry the remaining bread slices in the same way. You can add more oil if required while frying the remaining batch.
  • Once done, remove the bread slices from the pan and serve the Besan toasts immediately or pack it for the kid’s lunch with a little tomato ketchup on the side and garnished with coriander.

  Reference: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com

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BREAD PIZZA- A Yummy Cheesy Twist

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The last couple of days for most of us parents have been blissful, with holidays, traveling and relatives occupying the day. There was no school, and no added headache of what to prepare for breakfast or what to pack for next day’s lunch. With school now almost about to resume, all the headache starts once again; the early morning whining, the running about, rush in the kitchen and then off to school…….and we are sailing in the same boat.

Making it a little easier for you, are our list of recipes and foods that we have compiled over the last few months, which can be found at http://kidsdirectorybangalore.in/category/receipe-of-the-week/. Do go through the archives and when you are stuck for inspiration, rustle something quick with whatever you can find.

Today’s recipe, is a twist to the children’s perennial favourite ‘pizza’, the BREAD PIZZA. Simple to make and quick to rustle up, it can even become your last minute lunch box option if you don’t have anything else on hand. Learn how to make this, by following the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Dry oregano
  • Basil
  • Tomato
  • Cheese
  • Olive oil

Method:

1. Begin by slicing the bread into two and placing them in a baking tray. You can also cover the tray with aluminum foil and place the bread slices on it. Toast the bread in a preheated oven at 200 C for about 8 to 12 minutes or more, till they are lightly toasted and golden. The slices can also be easily toasted in an electric toaster or on a tava/griddle.

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2. Next, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and add finely chopped garlic and sauté for half a minute on a low flame. There is no need to brown the garlic.

3. Add finely chopped tomatoes to the pan and sauté them till the tomatoes soften. Finally, add black pepper, dry oregano and basil, season with salt and stir everything well.

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4. Then add sliced onions, steamed corn kernels and bell peppers, even veggies like sautéed mushrooms, baby corn, steamed potatoes, cherry tomatoes and olives to the pan and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. The veggies need not be cooked through.

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5. When the bread slices are lightly toasted, remove them from the oven.

6. Top the sauteed veggies on the bread slices. If you want you can also spread some butter/olive oil on the bread first and then top the prepared veggies, and finally dot the veggies with tomato sauce.

7. Sprinkle some grated cheese (amul, cheddar or mozzarella cheese) over the bread slices.

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8. Place the tray back in the oven and bake at 200 C for 8 to 12 minutes or till the cheese melts or gets light browned.

9. Finally pack this Pizza Bread for your kid’s lunchbox or serve with red chili flakes, oregano and tomato ketchup for breakfast.

Source- http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com

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SIBLING RIVALRY, how it manifests and ways it can be handled!

 

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‘It was meant to be an eagerly awaited moment, something that had been told to me a hundred times over and one that I was looking forward to. I was ecstatic when I saw her, my little sister, someone I believed I could play with, and take along in my own little journey, someone who would become my own little playmate. Yet, as the days passed, I could feel a gradual anger building up, a resentment that I could not put a finger to. It may have been because of the attention meant for me that was not coming my way or the fact that it was assumed I would do chores that I had never done before. Whatever the case, I was sad and angry and totally unable to cope’. These words by a 40 something dad conveys how real SIBLING RIVALRY really is, and how deep-rooted it can become if not handled properly. Also, it tells us how it can carry on lifelong, filling the person with pain and resentment and difficulty in expressing.

Rivalry among siblings is normal, happens in most families and generally tends to resolve as the children grow. Much of it though depends on when it is identified, how it is handled by parents and other family and what measures are taken to give the children involved that sense of security and understanding.

Some siblings react with words, lashing out at the other. This is done most often by the physically weaker one, while the stronger sibling reacts with physical beating.

As psychotherapist Philip Hodson says, “Siblings fight because one has displaced another. Both become aware that Charles Darwin was right. They have entered an evolutionary struggle for the milk supply (also known as the love supply) and a contest for endorsement. Underneath all this is the fear of being rejected or abandoned by their parents so that the most desperate youngsters remain relentlessly hostile – and a nightmare to live with.”

Sibling Rivalry can be mild or severe and is most often displayed among toddlers and pre-schoolers in the below behaviour;

  • Attention seeking – Shouting, Interrupting, Throwing toys
  • Aggressive behaviour – Hitting, Biting
  • Regressive behaviour – Clinging, wetting their pants even though toilet trained for many months.

Although a child might have been told about the new arrival, it is difficult for them to understand the situation until their sister/brother actually arrives. The younger they are, it gets tough for them to handle the changes at home and cope with it.

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There are some other potential sibling rivalry behaviours that can be be seen on the arrival of a baby which include;

  • Throwing tantrums, showing anger and aggression
  • Ignoring the new arrival
  • Refusing to use the toilet, wanting nappies or to be bottle-fed
  • Disinterest in activities once enjoyed
  • Unbelievably difficult behaviour
  • Excessive demands
  • Very withdrawn and more clingy
  • Waking up in the middle of the night and sometimes even bed wetting
  • Change in sleeping patterns & wanting to sleep with parents

The arrival of a baby is life-altering for parents, but even more so for a child. There are some things though, can be done to prepare your toddler or pre-schooler well in advance. These include;

  • Getting your toddler or pre-schooler to interact with very young babies
  • Read story books about babies or pretend-play with baby dolls
  • Take your toddler and pre-schooler to pre-natal and antenatal visits
  • Allow the child to help you organize the baby’s bed and other material
  • Start the child on a regular school routine much before the new arrival
  • Treat the arrival of the baby as a shared excitement, involving the older kid in almost everything. Don’t get overly excited though, since children are not accustomed to it and may react negatively

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Besides the pre-delivery phase, it is important to manage the child even during the delivery. Handling the situation well, ensures the child feels safe and secure even during this period of upheaval.

  • Inform your child before going to hospital, even if required in the middle of the night. Disappearing without warning may cause sleep problems in the future.
  • Cuddle your older child and shower him with attention before introducing the new member
  • Make the older child visit you regularly even if he has to leave you at the end of it
  • Involve the older one in anything to do with the baby. Ask him to guess what the new sibling is feeling (hungry, happy, cold). This helps in bonding and ensures the older child treats his sibling as someone with feelings.
  • Constant reassurance that mommy loves both the kids despite sharing time between them can help displace feelings of insecurity.
  • Regular, although brief periods of bodily contact like hugs and cuddles also lessens the insecurity.
  • Remember to gradually increase the work that you start to expect from the older ones. The arrival of a new baby can be a very confusing for them and they tend to be unprepared for it.
  • Reinforce positive behaviour by praising for a job well done
  • Involve the older child in caring for the new arrival, making them fetch things, practicing supervised play, etc.
  • Keep aside some amount of special uninterrupted time for each child
  • Consistency from both parents in using family rules is very important
  • Set a daily routine for the older child. He will feel safe and know what to expect
  • Always keep up your promises
  • Remind people; family and friends discreetly to acknowledge both children when they visit.
  • End each day with special time for the older kid and always on a positive note, focusing on positive behaviour displayed through the day

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NOODLE HEARTS, sure to vet your children’s appetite!

 

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The familiar taste of maggi noodles, a new shape that grabs attention, the goodness of almonds – what’s not to like about these NOODLE HEARTS. If your kid won’t be intrigued by the shape, they will definitely by the taste. Make it for their lunch boxes or evening snacks, and you have one more food option that the kids will just never get tired of.

INGREDIENTS-

  • 1 Pack (100g/4oz) of noodles (Maggi or Ramen)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. Whole Wheat flour (atta)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 carrot – grated (3/4 cup)
  • ¾ cup finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 tbsp. almond powder (8 – 10 almonds, ground)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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METHOD-

  1. Begin by boiling Maggi noodles in just one cup water on medium flame till the water gets absorbed
  2. Next, melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan on low heat.
  3. Add flour into the butter and stir fry for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool. Add milk next, stirring continuously till lumps dissolve and return the pan to heat again.
  4. Add carrots, cabbage, almond powder to the flour batter in the pan and cook till thick. Put a pinch of salt into it.
  5. Finally, add the boiled noodles to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes more and keep mixing the noodles gently. Do not mash the noodles.
  6. Cook till the mixture turns thick enough to be shaped into cutlets. Remove from heat. Cool.
  7. With oiled hands, make heart shaped cutlets and refrigerate overnight. Next morning shallow or deep fry.

These delicious tasty Noodle Hearts make for a quick and healthy snack option for the kids evening tea. When you make them, we’d love to see what you do. Share with us photos on your version of these rolls on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/kidsdirectorybangalore

This recipe is a part of the LEARNING TIME series of 12 cookbooks that cover cuisines from all over the world. To win this complete set worth 4k, just answer 5 simple questions at http://kidsdirectorybangalore.in/learning-time-contest/

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And the MINIONS are back and going to raid YOUR PARTY!!

We haven’t gotten over the minions and many kids and their parents also feel the same too. Everywhere you go, it is so easy to find merchandise and products based on them, and yet they are most often store-bought. What if, in fact, we were able to create something based on these characters ourselves?

That query led us to find this absolutely delightful set of MINION PARTY MUST-HAVES, something that you and your child can create and ensure that the party a grand success.

1. Despicable Me Welcome Minion

Get crafty and paint a Minion onto a large piece of cardboard. This fun decoration is a great way to greet guests at your party.

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2. Minion Balloons

Yellow balloons are simple to transform into a Minion character with a sharpie and a printable of their glasses!

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3. Minion Treats

Twinkies work perfect decorated as minions at your Despicable Me party! Just use fondant (dyed blue), edible eyes, and an edible black marker to make them.

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4. Minion Cake

Here’s the best minion cake we’ve seen!

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5. Minion Cake Pops

Check out these adorable little Minion cake pops!

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Did you love these?? If yes, write in to us and send us images for the themed parties you’ve had. We would love to feature them :)

Source: http://catchmyparty.com