April 16, 2018mayurisjikoni
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DAY 13

“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”

Wow, we’ve reached half way, another half to go. As the letters are passing by so quickly so are the days.  I had the real Monday Blues today. Got up early, beat the clock and finished all my kitchen work before the water went away and was all ready to tackle a few hours on the computer. However, suddenly I felt a little dizzy and couldn’t concentrate on what I was supposed to write. Decided to rest a bit till hubby comes home for lunch. Served lunch, didn’t feel like eating much but he coaxed me to have a bit. After that suddenly a throbbing headache, can’t bear to look at daylight and eventually threw up. The cause: Migraine. 

Hubby thinks that I had it because its around this time that I’m suppose to get my periods but have been in the menopause stage for over a year. He reckons that the body still goes through those hormonal changes monthly without getting the periods. He gave some medicine, I switched on the AC in the room and fell asleep till evening! 

Basically, what I’m trying to get at is that as women we have to go through so much. Remember the time when you’re 11-12 and you no longer fit in the cute girl category and neither in the young woman one.. all gawky and not too sure of what changes are taking place in the body. Then you reach the time when you begin your menstrual cycles (and what a taboo it was back then to discuss or talk about it openly). Again you’re in such a horrible awkward situation as you don’t want the men of the family to know or even the boys in the class to know what horrible changes are taking place.

Then comes the time when you are about to give birth and have given birth. Don’t misunderstand me I thoroughly loved my adorable little bundles of joy but what it was doing to my body was not funny at all. At that time exercise was not given much importance, you couldn’t refuse the ghee laden food that was fed to you in the name of producing enough milk for the kids. Then begins the battle of the bulge, again hormonal changes whenever you have your periods…deal with your extra sensitive emotions during this time and kids tantrums. Wow what a combination.

The kids are all grown up and now you have to go through the painful for some stage of menopause. Again lots of changes occurring in the body. Finally the periods disappear and the symptoms remain… feeling nausea, migraine, bloating, stomach enlarging and what not. Some of these things that I didn’t go through when I was having my regular cycles are all coming to me now… including acne! Imagine a 50+ woman having to deal with zits!
 After a bit of pampering and loving care by hubby, am up now and blogging. I did get strange looks from hubby -trying to tell me that I’m suppose to rest. 

My breakfast dish for M is Masoub from SAUDI ARABIA. When I came across this recipe, I cancelled  mekitsi and melkkos and opted for this super easy and awesomely delicious breakfast treat. Why easy? Well its a great way to use up leftover plain parathas, rotis or brown bread. I used up parathas. And you need ripe banana and hey presto breakfast is ready. If you’re like me who loves roti with banana (I add a bit of sugar and ghee) then this breakfast is for you. It also tastes like a quick bread pudding.

Serves 1
Recipe source:

1 paratha or 2 rotis or 2 slices of brown bread
1 banana
1 tbsp sliced almonds
6-8 raisins
1 tbsp whipped cream
1 tsp honey
  1. Grind the paratha, roti or bread into a coarse crumb mixture.
  2. Mash banana and add the paratha crumb.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a serving bowl.
  5. Top with some whipped cream.
  6. Add sliced almonds and raisins.
  7. Finally drizzle a bit of honey and serve.
  • Use nuts and dried fruits of your choice.
  • Serving with whipped cream is optional, but it really makes it taste so good.
  • Best way to use up leftover paratha, roti or wheat bread.
  • The original recipe suggests even serving some cheddar cheese with it but I skipped it.

A-Z breakfast Dishes:

A – Apple Aebleskiver – Denmark
B – Baghrir – Morocco
C – Changua – Colombia
D – Dutch Baby Pancakes – Germany/USA
E – English Breakfast – England

F – French Toast – Canada
G – Griddle/Girdle Scones – Scotland
H – Hafragrautur –  Iceland
I – Idiyappam – India
J – Johnnycakes – Caribbean Islands
K – Khabees – Bahrain
L – Lahooh – Somalia

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  • Srivalli

    April 30, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Oh such a sentimental post Mayuri, hope you get better..this Masoub looks so inviting..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Srivalli.

  • Kalyani

    May 2, 2018 at 10:47 am

    these are such a tr eat, esp using leftover Roti in a sweetish nibble format. good pick .. and about those troublesome days, well lovely to have a caring spouse 🙂 we could all do with all the extra TLC that comes our way, isnt it ? tc.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Kalyani, this breakfast treat with leftover roti was really good. Don’t have to serve it with cream all the time. Yes, having an understanding spouse makes life so much better.

  • manjulabharathkumar2016

    May 8, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    First of all mayuri di hats off to you for talking about it, It is such an emotional post to read. My mom is going through this and I understand it totally.. Masoub looks so delicious , the crushed parathas transformed to an exotic dessert is so interesting !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Manjula imagine enjoying a dessert for breakfast. I made it again with left rotis and its fast becoming one of my favorite breakfast. However I avoided the cream this time. Older women have a tendency to hide what they feel especially when it comes to their bodies. It jus helps to talk to make one feel that you’re not alone in this journey.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    May 22, 2018 at 7:09 am

    How beautifully you have described what a woman goes through in each and every stage of life. Migraines are bad and I am one of the sufferers. Luckily I get just a couple of them a month and it is manageable. Hope you are felling better now. Masoub is such a fun breakfast and what a great way to use up leftovers as well. I will love this as I am a carb lover 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks Sandhya and feeling much better and this month so far no problems..keeping my fingers crossed. I loved this breakfast as its such a lovely way to use up leftover parathas or rotis.

  • Padmajha PJ

    June 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    All the trouble we women go through seems a little small when we have a spouse who understands and takes care of us and is a huge emotional support! And this dish with leftover paratha / roti is so good and even kids will love to have this one. Nice presentation Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you Padmajha.

  • Simply Tadka

    June 19, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Your all recipes are unique and interesting,. Thanks for sharing new cuisine with us.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Preeti and most welcome.

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