Friday, May 30, 2014

I Am Not Pregnant - An Open Letter

Dear Concerned Friends,

(Does not concern family)

It's been less than two years since the white dress, tiered cake and the rest of the typical Goan Catholic wedding scenario. And already, you and so many others feel this irresistible impulse to ask me if my dear husband has impregnated me as yet. Why? Why are you asking? Why do you need to know? And why can't you ever use the word 'pregnant' so i know what you're talking about?

Here's just a teensy bit of what you sound like. 

1. Any special news?
2. Any announcements?
3. Keep trying in life to achieve something.
4. Any good news?
5. Any interesting news you want to share?

When I respond with a negative on the 9 month default situation you get weirder.

1. Oh, so sad. Why?
2. So when then? And why you guys waiting so long? Is something wrong?
3. Achieve something means have babies.
4. Arre, but why?
5. I just want to be happy for you.
6. Here let me encourage you with an old-timey image of me when I was such a cute widdle baby.
7. But it's been at least 2 years already, right?
8. Is everything okay between you and hubby? :(

Is this all we need to talk about when we say hello? Also, why must you ask this inane question every few months. I have not been mean and sarcastic with you about it because I've been told that that would be very impolite. If I can keep it together and not label you as a brainwashed pawn of society, I expect the same kind of restraint when it comes to your need to incessantly keep asking me about being with child or not.

So please, quit it with this "good news" hogwash already. And if you really must ask such questions, ask me why I haven't adopted a cat as yet. I will be most thrilled to tell you all about my dreams of having a cat and why it has not happened as yet.

With love,
Mother of none.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mangalorean Seafood at Canara Restaurant, Dubai

What do Goans eat when they want a change from their own cuisine? Mangalorean or Kerela cuisine of course! Okay, not really, though these states really know their seafood and need for coconut as a prominent ingredient in practically every dish. You just cannot have a curry without coconut in it or fried fish minus semolina. Really, you just don't.

And so, lunch at the quaint and cozy little Canara restaurant was a perfect choice. With the restaurant's coconut-infused Mangalorean cuisine we knew we wouldn't be disappointed.

Rice, Curries and Fish
The first on our list of dishes to order included some plain boiled rice. While it does takes a little extra cooking time, it is comparatively healthy (thanks to a bit of bran left on the rice grains) than your usual white rice options like Tilda's Basmati.

And what goes great with rice? Fish curries accompanied by lots more fish on the side! Our curry dish was a mildly spicy prawn curry with ivy gourd. Side dishes included shellfish prepared in a spicy mixture with bits of coconut and sauteed squids. But the piece de resistance were the semolina-fried Bombay duck. Do note that a Bombay Duck isn't a an actual duck but rather, a fish.

Vegetables and Chutney
The black chickpeas served with coconut and sliced ivy gourd made for a great side dish while the grated and spiced coconut went well with everything else. It's coconut. You just do not say no to coconut!

What foodies would be most interested to know is that this joint will not burn a hole in your pocket (bad pun?). About Dhs. 110 for all of the above made it a very satisfying meal for two.

Canara restaurant is a popular choice for Goans, Mangaloreans and anyone from the south of India, and is located behind the Iranian School in Al Karama, Dubai. Interested in a visit? Know more about Canara restaurant menu and prices on Zomato.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Caturday Special - Say Hello to Koko Knut the Cat

Introducing, the very cute, Koko Knut!

Lucky us! Our friends adopted a cat and appointed as godparents, me and hubby. As unexciting this may seem to the average Joe and Jane, cat lovers around the world alone will understand the joy and honour that comes with hearing such exciting news. Here is the story of Koko Knut.

Koko the cat was found scurrying about and dodging vehicles on a mildly busy street before being rescued by Pats. Koko is now a registered kitten about six to eight weeks old and will be micro-chipped (as per UAE Municipality requirements) soon. She is being well fed, gets a lot of attention at home and has not broken stuff or destroyed any upholstery so far.

On our first visit to see Koko we got her her own mini scratching pad. She's already got a few toy mice to play with so will take some time getting used to her new toy. As godparents to this very adorable cat we fully intend to visit as often as we can. These events might even be included as part of some weekly Caturday specials on the blog.

Happy Caturday! 

Live in the UAE and want to adopt a cat? You can learn about how to register your pet and other valuable information for you and your cat here.