Archive | October 2014

Scottish Lunch (Friday Funnies)

Scottish lunch

Scottish lunch


Reading (quotes)

An  American -Russian writer  Vera Nazarian once  quoted :

“Whenever you read a good book,

somewhere in the world

a door opens to allow more light”


Two other quotes which I liked:


Start at the young age… let the imagination run wild. (credit: Facebook)


Saba-Thambi Oct2014


What are you currently reading ?

( I am reading ” The little Coffee Shop of Kabul” by Deborah Rodriguez)




Nusät – Italian Savory Pumpkin Cakes

an interesting savoury cake


Nusät Italian Savory Pumpkin Cakes

The origins of this cake seems to be found until the middle age as this cake was served in the Lombardia (Northern Italian region) around  the 23rd of December as the last of a 7 course meals.

We suppose that at this time not many could afford expensive ingredients, but in the last time this cake became richer and richer including different kind of nuts, raisins, almonds or sweet ingredients as fruits-mustard.

I will present you a simple recipe based on the ingredients available at that time. I added the nutmeg as this ingredients may have been THE ingredient which gave the name to the dish.

Usually this is baked as a single cake, but I decided to make a variation and make 4 single portions.

You need:

  • 1000-1200 g Pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 60 g breadcrumbs
  • 60 g parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 egg

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Inspirational Thoughts on Freedom by Swami Vivekananda…..

Swami Vevekananthar

Jaffna Oh my Jaffna! (WPC :Cover Art)


Palmyra  is the iconic palm  in Jaffna – the Northern Province of  Sri Lanka. The beauty of the Borassus palm  is that each part of the tree, from the root to the tip has an economic use.


Palmyra Palm Tree in Jaffna

Palmyra Palm Tree in Jaffna

The leaves of the palm is  fan shaped and the mono-cot could grow up to 3 meters.  A fermented drink   toddy (kallu) is also made from the sap of the  young  floweret (inflorescence). The chosen photo would be the Cover art if I had to write a book about Jaffna oh my Jaffna!

Cover Art.

The Squirrels. (Friday Funnies)

(I suppose we are closer to Friday than Monday!)


There were five houses of religion in a small town:

The Presbyterian Church,

The Baptist Church,

The Methodist Church,

The Catholic Church

and The Jewish Synagogue.


Each church and house of prayer was overrun with pesky squirrels.


The Presbyterians called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels.

After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.


In The BAPTIST CHURCH the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery which is a tank for administering baptism by immersion.

The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it.

The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many the next week.


The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation.

So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town.

Three days later…,  the squirrels were back.


The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution.

They baptised the squirrels and registered them as members of the church.
Now they only see them on their weddings, children’s baptism, Christmas and Easter.



The Jewish Synagogue reverted back to old tradition.

They caught one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and

…..they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.


(Arrived in my in- box.  Spare a thought for the original story teller)

Where does she keep it all?

Ma Yan Yan  is a Ballerina as well as a magician. You may not understand the language but  the vision is amazing. How does she do it?

The performance was at the Amazing  Chinese 2014.

Do  Not  Mess With Children! (Friday Funnies)

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, ‘Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?’

Her mother replied, ‘Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.’

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, ‘Mummy, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?’

WP Photo Challenge : Signs at The Universal Studio (Singapore)

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This entry is in response to WPC : Signs.