Last night I slept like a log…in fact I usually do, what after a long day, and considering that I wake up quite early. But yesterday was extra long for your’s truly went for a swim with her friend P and by the time she returned, she had had it for the day and hit the bed straight away…
Now…did I say swim…ooops, well, actually, it was a swimming lesson…there you go…the cat’s finally out of the basket…Well, the kids had taken some swimming lessons last year…Dinesh knows to swim too…but I have never actually stepped into a pool…well, in a way, I did, as I had to get in with Agastya for his lessons…but that does’nt count, does it…I mean, I was just holding him and guiding him in a learner’s pool…Since those lessons, the poor dears have hardly been able to take to the water…according to regulations, each kid needs to be accompanied by an adult swimmer…with only one adult swimmer in the family, we were , no doubt, short by one. So I decided to adorn my swim suit(which again had been lying since the kids’ lessons) and hit the water. My dear fried P agreed to lend a hand and we’ve been doing that for a few times now. I put the kids to bed and then head towards the pool with her. It’s really a nice experience…of course, I can’t say that I’m able to swim with perfect synchronisation yet, but I hope to get there soon…
Speaking of challenges, last year there was a different one, on land …learning to ride a bike… In India, riding a bike, especially on busy city roads, is very, very challenging, not to say how dangerous it is …what with all sorts of big and small vehicles honking at the rider from all sides. The closest to a bike that I’ve experienced is the tricycle, as a kid. By the summer of last year, the kids had become quite proficient at riding their bikes…which meant that I found it more and more difficult to keep up with them as they raced along the cycle paths…So the learning began…Dinesh showed me the basics and for a couple of weeks,early, every morning, I would be out in the cycle path near our house, teaching myself…I tripped, I slipped, endured the amused stares of the morning walkers…but then I rode…and I still ride, with much more confidence…in fact, I feel that it was the best thing to have happened to me for a while. Me and my bike have become soul mates… the kids and myself take our bikes also to their school.
In a way, I have to thank the kids for all this…if it was not for them, I would have probably missed out on some of the nice things in life…I don’t know what other challenges life has in store for me…till then I’m still learning…
Talking of kids, these rhubarb-oats squares are one of their favourites-especially Rengoni’s. It is a nice, healthy, and filling snack to kill the gaps between meals for ever hungry kids…or for that matter , grown ups as well.
Rhubarb is a vegetable with a unique taste that makes it a favorite in many pies and desserts. It originated in Asia over 2,000 years ago. It was initially cultivated for its medicinal qualities, it was not until the 18th century that rhubarb was grown for culinary purposes in Britain and America. Rhubarb is often commonly mistaken to be a fruit but rhubarb is actually a close relative of garden sorrel, and is therefore a member of the vegetable family. Rhubarb is rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. Rhubarb stalks are commonly found in supermarkets, fresh rhubarb is prized by gourmet cooks.
1C wholemeal flour
1C porridge oats
1 tblsp olive or sunflower oil
1C of mixed dry fruits(I used raisins, chopped dates and cashewnuts)
For the sauce-
Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer till the rhubarb softens and is a gooey mass. Do keep stirring constantly. This takes just a few minutes. Remove from fire and let it cool.
Beat the egg. Mix in the flour, oats and oil and add to the sauce. Add the dried fruits and mix well.
Spread the mixture evenly into a greased, and preferably square baking dish and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 deg cel till firm and set. It is done if a toothpick inserted comes out clean.