Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thai Ponggal 2009

Thai Ponggal is a harvest festival equivalent to a thanksgiving event celebrated by Tamils across the world. Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over or spill over." The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future prosperity for the family. [Source: Wikipedia]

Thai Ponggal fell on 14th January last Wednesday and my mom made a variety of delectable meals to go with my favorite dessert, payasam. The main highlight is the sweet rice called ponggal sorru - a delicious concoction of rice, moong dal, brown sugar and milk is boiled in the pot on an open fire. We didn't make ponggal rice this year because two of my aunts brought us some of the ponggal rice they made.

Ponggal rice

Tomato rice with vegetable kurma, cucumber with chilli and tomatoes in yogurt, vegetarian fish in soy sauce, and freshly made pudina paste - yummy!

Tomato rice

Payasam (a sweet Indian dessert - with fresh milk and vermicelli and sago)

Vegetable Kurma

Xmas Potluck Party 2008

An array of delectable cuisine

Poh Wing with his scrumptious steamed pumpkin cake

An event filled with scrumptious home-cooked meals and desserts (there were wide variety of cakes; and I added to the list by baking a cheesecake) combined with a great company - potluck party with my colleagues last Xmas. And since it was a season to celebrate, we exchanged presents - and I got a cute mug :) Looking forward for the next gathering!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy 2009

Welcome 2009! My first posting for 2009; a delayed one since I was in the hospital with Alfred for his surgery on 5th January. By God's grace the surgery went well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your prayers and support during this difficult period. We would like to wish everyone a great year ahead - may all your dreams come true and may this year shower you with joy, good health, and abundance in every area of your life.