‘The travelling cat’…as Rengoni and Agastya call this one… For a couple of days, this particular cat has been regularly making the rounds of our backyard, perching itself comfortably on the fence. The kids, especially Rengoni ( the resident story teller) have been weaving all sorts of stories about where it’s been to and where it will go to. It does not have a collar around it’s neck, but judging by it’s hale and hearty look, does not seem to be a stray one either.
The kids wanted to feed it, and I am guilty of not allowing them to. No, it’s not that I don’t like animals ( that is Dinesh’s department, he just can’t stand them), but I know very well, how clingy they can be. Deuta (father) used to feed a stray once regularly, and before long, she had made her home at our house and we a had a litter of kittens runing around. But we loved them. And also, I had practically grown up with Silvi…the alsation-labrador that lived with us for nine years till she sadly passed away.
Silvi…what a gorgeous creature she was. I still remember how devastated we were when she died. Even now, I retell stories about her and the kids listen on with rapt attention…which always ends in”Aww, why can’t we have a puppy?” Maybe we’ll have to work on their dad a bit
Now, coming back to the kitchen, I made some wheat flakes and fruit and nut squares filled with raisins and walnuts.
I love making bars/squares like these, and make them quite often. Not only do they form a great breakfast on the go, but also form a healthy snack, especially to satisfy the after school cravings. And the combinations are endless. In other words, they are good value for the time invested. Simple to make and nice to taste.
1 and 1/2 C wheat flakes
1/2 C whole wheat flour(atta)
3/4 C raisins
a handful of walnuts, chopped
a handful of chocolate chips(optional)
100 gms of goor(jaggery)
1 C of plain yogurt
3 tblsp of oil(vegetable or sunflower)
- Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C. Line and grease an 8 inch square pan.
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, wheat flakes, walnuts, raisins and chocolate chips.
- Melt the jaggery and pour into the flour mixture. Use a spatula to mix, and don’t worry if it allgets a bit lumpy.
- Mix together the yogurt and oil and tip into the rest of the mixture. Use fingertips to bring everything together, breaking up the lumps.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepare pan, spread and smooth the top. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes or till nicely browned.
- Cool in the pan for a few minutes. Cut into squares/bars and transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in airtight containers.
Tastes wonderful. The top is crisp and slightly softer inside.You can add your own choice of dried fruits and nuts.
Have a great weekend!