Now my son is no more a baby, I always thought I would get more time for myself but it doesn’t seem to be so. Running with and behind a toddler all day, I do get time once he crashes to bed but the problem is spending the whole day with this super active boy by the end of the day, I have no energy to write this blog or read or just catch up on a recorded movie on tv which has been recorded on from months…
Well no one to blame its a choice I have made not to hire any help for my son so thus others things will have to wait…
Though sometimes I need to redo my time management, thus have started reading Steven covey’s 7 habits again, I love this book!, it is the book that have changed my life, just as the movie that changed my life ofcourse 3 idiots and thus the name of this blog, 7 habits helped me transform at the time when I was at a low point in my life, very depressed and could not sleep for nights.
I love this book so much I decided to start it again cause one learns something new every time one reads something over and over again, plus one can recollect the small things forgotten.
I am reading this book at a snales pace, two reasons, 1 lack of time 2 this is how covey recommends it to read it..
I think about this book when I do my daily chores or spend time with my son…
The other day I was cooking this layered spinach rice, an old recipe from my friend mother, infact she had forgotten this recipe and I took a photograph from my moms recipe book and whats apped her back.
This recipe is a layered rice have lots of elements and old memories.
with Covey’s words spinning in my head I started relating them to this layered rice…
“to make quantum changes in life one must first make an inward change, go right at the bottom and make a paradigm shift” basically reprogram or relearn and start new…
If a person make superficial changes without making inward changes then it is only a band aid solution but under that more chronic problems develop and they will eventually explode, no wonder some people are always in a problem cause they never do the inside out approach instead thry choose blaming environment, other people etc the list is never ending to play the blame game…
to actually change one has to go right at the bottom and start again..
imagine just has this layered rice we have layers of ourself..
If the bottom of any dish we are cooking is burnt then no matter what we do to repair its gone, even if we present it beautifully and hide the burnt part, change the vessel, it will not work, one can fool the on lookers for a while but once they taste , it will imedietly tell the tale of the disaster. The solution is to start again redo it, and I always believe it’s never too late to start fresh…but one condition, pure honesty.
Covey baba ki jai ho!!
In this book Covey has quoted Thoreau, “for every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.” Satya vachan,
” we can only achieve quantum improvements in our lives as we quite hacking at the leaves of attitude and behaviour and get to work on the root, the paradigms from which our attitudes and behaviours flow…”
I love it his book, still on page 31, wonder how many months will it take to read the whole book, well I don’t have a train to catch, will take my time to revive it and absorb it…
well more on Covey later till then sharing this health recipe, a good recipe for children who do not like spinach in other forms…
it almost midnight got to snooze before my milk loving toddler gets up to have his milk… 🙂
1 bunch of spinach balanced and purred
2 onions cut julienne
2 potatoes cut julienne [1/2 cms width]
1 carrot cut julienne [1/2 cms width]
1 1/2 cups of rice long grained
Pinch of saffron
¼ cup milk
½ cup grated cheese.
Salt to taste
2 tbsp olive oil or regular oil
In the purred spinach add salt and chili flakes and keep aside.
Cook the rice in a pot separately and keep aside.
In a non stick pan heat the oil cook the potatoes, carrots for 7 minutes or till they are cooked well. Remove them and in the rest of the oil cook the onions till they are brown.Remove them and keep aside.
Take a baking dish, layer the bottom with rice then add the spinach gravy then put the vegetables [onions, potatoes, carrots] Repeat this process till the baking dish is filled up.
Make sure the last layer has vegetables on the top.Coat the last layer with cheese.
Heat the milk and dilute the saffron in it and then drizzle the milk on the cheese layer.
In a preheated oven of 150 degrees, put the baking tray for about 20 minutes or till the cheese layer is cooked well. Do not let the cheese get burnt, remove earlier if necessary.
p.s. In the purred spinach one can also saute ginger garlic paste and finely chopped onions in olive oil.