Monthly Archives: April 2016

TABLE SETTING

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TABLE SETTING

 

Nowadays hosting parties is part and parcel in our life. We host parties for different purposes.

Table setting that is laying a table or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware such as eating utensils and for serving and eating.The  arrangement for a single dinner is called a place setting.

The room room should be arranged for receiving and the host should see that the seating arrangement is done properly.

The etiquette to be observed by the host or the hostess begins from the setting of the table which depends upon many things like the number of people invited, the menu, the way of serving the course.etc.

No.of Persons:

One can manage guests themselves or with the help of 2 or 3 persons.It is best to limit to 8 to 10 couples for a party.If one cannot prepare everything can get few food stuff from outside also..If guests are all going to talk and enjoy themselves a small number would be ideal to make the atmosphere  informal and cosy.

A large number would mean that people will form groups and chat away in corners instead of everyone joining in the fun that is going on.

Arrangement:

Setting the table smartly and beautifully is important and quite often opens up a line of conversation and paves the way towards the success of the party.

For a basic table setting one should  remember the order of plates and utensils .One can remember the word “FORK”.The order left to right.

  • F for fork.
  • O for plate (Shape)
  • K for knives
  • S for spoons.

This setting is appropriate for most occassions.

  • The knife is placed to the right of the plate with the sharp edge towards the plate
  • .To the right side of the knife is the spoon.
  • The water glass goes above the knife.
  • Napkins can be placed under the forks or on the plate for an informal setting.

 Informal Dinner:

If a salad is to be served the salad fork is placed to the left of the diiner fork.

Desert fork can be brought with the desert

In formal dinner setting:

  • White and red wine glasses if necessary along with water glasses are positioned to the left of coffee cup.
  • You can serve appetisers and beverages in the living room before sitting down.

Before serving dessert clear the table of dishes and other implements and finger bowls should be brought in for the guests to clean their fingers of stains  from curry and grease.Finger bowls should be picked up and kept on the left where originally fork was placed.One should remember that finger bowl is not a hand bowl.One can then wipe off with the napkin.

The wines served to guests in the party generally are white wine, champagne with pudding.Sometimes tea or coffee is also served.

Last but not least one should not forget salt and pepper shakers too.

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DIY :Bottle Art

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DIY :Bottle Art

FLOWER VASE OR POT HOLDER

Old glass bottles like wine bottles can be converted to planters.

Used bottles can be painted using acrylic colors and decorated with pictures.I have used my favorite Ganapathi,which you get so easily in an Indian Wedding card as the front cover.

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Traditional recipe:Curry Leaves Thovaial

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Traditional recipe:Curry Leaves Thovaial

I thought of sharing my mother-in-laws recipe of this chutney.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut scrapings  1 cup
  • Curry leaves: A bunch
  • Mustard and dhal : 3tbs
  • Tamarind:  A small lime size
  • Green chillies 3 or 4 according to taste
  • Salt as needed.
  • Sesame oil 2  or 3 tbs.

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Method:

1. Pour oil in a kadai

2.Add mustard seeds and  when it splutters add split urad dhal ,then add curry leaves.

3.To coconut scrapings add the above fried items, tamarind,salt and chillies to it.

4. Grind all these.

Serve with rice. Sesame oil should be added while mixing with rice.Can be served with papad.Also a side dish for dosa.

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KOLAM

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KOLAM

India is rich in its culture and heritage.It is also a land of colours.This article of mine is about kolams.KOLAM is a form of drawing drawn as a ritual .It is believed that this practise prevails from ancient times,there is a mention about this during chola period too.

South Indians have this culture of drawing kolams in front of the house that is at the entrance.This practise prevails there in some parts India and also in some Asian countries too.Kolams are regionally known by different names in India,Rangolee in Maharashtra,Aripan in Mithila,Hase and Rangoli in Karnataka,Muggulu in Andhrapradesh and kolam in Tamilnadu.

Preparation:

We SouthIndians that too in a hindu family,it is a daily routine to clean front yard in the mornings and then draw kolams.It is not only a ritual but also health wise it is good.Women bend to sweep then bend for drawing kolams too.Bigger ones are drawn in front of the house and religiously smaller versions are done in pooja rooms.We draw it when it is damp.

Materials used:         

  In olden days mainly rice flour was used to  draw kolams because ants, birds will have their share from it.Nowadays on festival days or mainly  Tuesdays and Fridays some prefer to draw kolams using rice paste especially in their pooja rooms.Rice flour,powdered white stones, chalk powders are used. In addition to this people use turmeric and kumkum in their pooja rooms.Red brick powder is also used as a border.People living in apartments perfer to draw with chalk or color crayons and sometimes vinyl stickers are used instead of drawing regularly.Kolams  come in sheets decorated with stones.

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In the month of margazhi women  draw bigger ones some even prefer to use color  powders too.Each person will try to showcase their talents.Some people   keep pumpkin flower or shoeflower in it.The next month of Margazhi is Thai in tamil month .First day  is known as Pongal.Second day we celebrate siru veetu pongal those who keep the flowers  will celebrate this  Pongal.

Kinds of kolams:

There are different patterns for drawing kolams.Patterns which run around dots,then we have geometrical figures,we have objects drawn like ship, pots, lamps etc. Flowers,animals and birds too are drawn.Some draw simple patterns, or just draw straight lines,sikku kolam and even free hand drawing is done.

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Women calculate the dots that vary from one and another.The number of dots may be even or odd and sometimes increases or decreases according to the pattern.Even if a small dot is missed the entire kolam goes wrong.

Rangoli on the other hand have different colors in it. Flowers have brighter shades leaves have green tinch like wise according to the design colors are used.Gods and Goddesses are drawn in this method.

We keep lamps in kolams for festivals like Diwali and Karthigai.

In Kerala athapoo that is kolams with flowers are done for Onam.

Also another belief  is that when we draw kolams in front of the house it is for inviting Goddess Lakshmi.It is a fantastic ritual.Im also proud to say that I can perform such a wonderful task. This  habit is passed from one generation to another.

Your viewsplease.

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DIY:STENCIL PAINTING

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DIY:STENCIL PAINTING

Different stencils are available in the market.I have chosen this flower design.In a single stencil itself different painting works can be done by varying colors.Using this I have done a bedspread by repeating the design on regular intervals.

Paint Used: Fevicryl Acrylic Colors
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