Today, as I was waiting in the kids’ school compound for them to come out, I saw Rengoni looking very happy and with an ice pop in her hand. Apparently their class had been very good and was rewarded by their class teacher. Every now and then, she keeps on dishing out small treats to the class.
Well, that’s all very good. She is happy and contented. The actual problem arose when Agastya came out and saw the pop in her hand. She was too busy talking to her friend who also had one of them and poor Agastya seemed to be all deprived. But I was really pleased when I saw Rengoni, sharing a bit, with her brother. Although it was far too less even for a bit, what really touched my heart, was that she made that effort and little Agastya was happy.
Just a year ago, such a thing would have been unthinkable, I would have had to literally coax her into doing what she did today. Because my two kids are neck to neck with regard to their ages, probably they considered( at times, probably they still do) each other to be competitors or rivals of some sort… Anyway, probably my little girl is growing up… All of a sudden, she seems to be taking her elder sister’s role quite seriously, rushing at once to lend a helping hand if Agastya gets hurt, in fact sometimes she tends to take it a little far and tries to impose on him that he is younger, in fact much younger than her and needs to be taken care off….sometimes with a wink, she tries to explain that he is doing something wrong, because”he is too small and he doesn’t know, does he”, which, of course, even Agastya, who is a great one for independence, rebels against, although, most of the time, he seems to be enjoying all the attention and loyally follows her around.
Anyway, I just hope they’ll be there for each other even when they grow up, sharing their smiles and tears!! Touch wood for that…
1 and 1/2C porridge oats
3 tblsp wholemeal flour
5 tblsp yoghurt
2 tblsp honey
1 tsp baking powder
3 tblsp oil
1/2 C chopped dried fruits(I used apricots, dates, figs and cashew nuts)
Mix together the flour, oats and baking powder.
Add the yoghurt, honey and oil, in that order and blend in.
Add the chopped dry fruits and nuts and mix well.
Place tspn fulls of the mixture on a greased baking sheet, leaving ample spaces between them.
Flatten them gently with a fork and bake in the middle of a pre-heated oven at 180 deg cel till golden brown ( approximately 20-25 minutes).
Take out of the oven and cool completely before storing in air tight containers.
The above recipe yielded around 17 cookies. They were really nice , soft and a little chewy. The kids simply adore them!!