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The Other Woman in my Husband's life!

The Other Woman in my Husbandís life!

Sugar-coated phrases like, I love my mother-in-law, but...are commonly used by women while talking about their mother-in-law. For instance, I love my mother-in-law but she cannot stay out of my kitchen. I love her but she salted Saag Gosht to her taste. Or, I know she tries to be helpful but our cooking styles just don't mesh.

Daughter-in-law and mother-in-law are generally at odds when it comes to cooking and, as cliched as it gets, the husband is caught in between. As we celebrate national Mother-in-Law Day, which is observed on the fourth Sunday in October, here are 7 ways for women, especially for newly-wed, to win over her mother-in-law:

  • Let her cook for a day or two in a week. It's a win-win for both; you will get a break and a variety of palate, she will have her choice of recipes and food.
  • If she is not much of a hands-on person and only likes to advice, ask her favourite recipes and oblige by cooking it, once in a while. Again, it's a win-win situation, you will learn a new recipe and she will be a happy camper.
  • Try different international cuisines, as a happy medium. Venture into unchartered culinary territories. Help yourself and her discover non-South Asian food - try Mexican food, after all a Mexican Taco is similar to an Indian Roti.
  • Make it interesting; dine together while watching a movie or a TV show. Discuss the plot and its twist and turns afterwards.
  • Go an extra mile, literally! Go for a walk after dinners with your hubby and her sometimes. She would love it.
  • Give her books to read on food, health and wellness or on any topic of her interest. Get to know her interests. Make her feel important. Your husband will be proud of you.
  • Last but not the least, don't compete. Rather endeavor bringing her to your side.

Try the above tips for a happy mother-in-law, (yes it's possible) a happier husband and a blissful home for sure. As the saying goes, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and the way is shorter if it's via her mother.

Food of the Week

RasgullaDiwali, the festival of lights, is a religious celebration like no other, with festivities of lighting candles, decorating homes, exchanging gifts and serving sweets that come in a range of colours and flavours. Rasgulla, a Bengali sweet and a delicacy, is commonly made and served in festivals. We bring to you a recipe for making light-weight Rasgulla balls. It's made with dough and curdled milk, and boiled in water. Sugar is added to dough balls for a sweet taste and it's served in sweet syrup. Follow our easy-to-make recipe for making Rasgulla sweet balls this Diwali for your loved ones. These are so light and tasty that your guests will go for more than one servings for sure.

Desi Beats - Part 2

Desi Beats - Part 2

Thanks to all who wrote and liked the 10 Desi habits presented in the previous issue of the newsletter. We share a few more below and believe, from the by-lanes of Birmingham to the streets of Toronto, many Desi (day see) would surely identify with these quirky habits as well. Enjoy and let us know if you can add any to the list

  • We carry a box of tissue or a towel in our car.
  • Our weddings have more than 500 guests, even if it's held in the west.
  • Weddings are incomplete without several dances by both boys and girls, especially from recent Salman Khan or Ranbir Kapoor movies.
  • You teach Westerners swearwords in your language and they gladly learn it knowing its foul language. Is it fun?
  • You go back to your parents' country and people treat you like a celebrity.
  • You talk for an hour at the front door before leaving your hosts house.
  • You are on the lookout for a bargains and deals.
  • We can watch Bollywood movies all night.
  • You learned playing cricket in the streets of your neighborhood.
  • We watch India-Pakistan cricket matches, even if these are shown very late or early in the day.

Restaurant in Spotlight
The Copper Chimney

The Copper Chimney offers one-of-a kind meals, like garlic-vegetable balls that are full with pizzazz and richness of garlicky cooked-down tomato sauce. Their perfectly tender tandoori chicken is redolent of Mughal cuisine and the daal tadka is infused with strong flavour from onions and tomato spiked with young ginger. The veg pulau is made with buttery basmati rice studded with green beans. The Chef's special Nalli lamb is also entertaining. With so many tasty meals offered in home-made style, the Copper Chimney is a must-visit restaurant.

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