When I saw Blue…and then Red!


I was just SHOCKED(well, that was just the first emotion..it just got worse from there on) when I walked in on my son typing out the words BLUE FILM on Google search the other day!

I felt faint, depressed and well , very very confused!

I mean, he’s only 6 , for crying out loud! What the hell was he doing!!!!!!!!!!
What had I done wrong!!!

I walked up to him and asked him what he was doing. My question came out as a series of bummbling blurs..i mean, what do you expect I had just caught my oldest baby(well, he IS just a bit older that a baby!) checking out porn!

“Amma” he tells me all cute and innocent faced, when I had to repeat the question, “ All my friends were telling me that the movie BLUE was shot in Hollywood and I just wanted to see what it was all about”
Well, well, well!!! Turns out he was trying to see pictures of the Hindi movie BLUE….and yes! all you skeptical people I TRUST him and totally believe his explanation.…..

Internet access for children in India,or atleast in most families I know of, is pretty much unrestricted and unmonitored…I have now learnt my lesson.

But I shudder to think of the explaining I would have had to do had he actually PRESSED that enter button.


Apple Jam

Here’s some Apple Jam I tried out…never thought I would actually attempt something like this ..but its not that hard and gave me quite a sense of accomplishment!
I adapted the recipe that i found here.

You will Need:

1 orange
10 big spoonful sugar
2 cups Water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Any Fruit essence/color-few drops(optional)


Peel, core and cut the apples into slices.

Put the slices in a Pan and pour water.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a slow flame until slices become tender.This might take you 15 minutes.

Now take off flame and let cool .Puree coarsely in a blender.

Put back on stove and add sugar and cardamom powder slowly and stir. Add the lime juice as well. Keep stirring .
You will notice that it is slowly becoming a thicker mass.

Add the fruit essence/ colour and continue stiring until it becomes a jam-like thick crystallized mass.The aroma will knock you off…just lovely!

Cool well and then refrigerate in an air-tight jar!

Apple Preserve

Voila! Now wasn’t that easy-peasy!!!

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  1. Lol, but sure…it gave a fright’…

    Jam looks delicious.

  2. That is scary!! I’d react just the way u did! But I believe him too … *sigh of relief* … darn internet .. can’t live without it, but sometimes it scares the pants off of me!

  3. I can’t imagine my daughter doing a search on the internet quite yet, she’s 5 but I suppose the issue will be coming up soon enough. The apple jam looks incredible I love your addition of cardamom.

  4. That actually sounds pretty scary. glad that it could end in a laugh! We have done the block on my DD’s computer.. she can access only limited sites. Love the jam.

  5. Oriya Foodie

     /  January 8, 2010

    I love your space here and also the writing and the clicks and cakes/cookies… Everything is yummy here…

  6. Phew, that was a good save (re your son)! Your apple jam looks dleicious – it is not something that you can buy here, but I would love to try it.

  7. LOL!! I fell off my chair on that one…poor kiddo…ugh..the Internet – very dangerous. I caught my TWO year old typing to You tube, my older one had conveniently left it on for him after viewing her fave dance video there – God knows what his search would ahve ended up with. Seriously, more internet policing needed by us parents!

    My next foray will be into the jam deprtment, I conquered bread, now I need to meddle with jams, never done that before. Kudos….

  8. oh its funny but made me sit and think for a while too…Internet is such a helpful and informative media but at the same time if used this way that too by kids….I cant think of. need to keep a close watch on them I guess.
    the jam looks lovely. My Son loves apple so would definitely give it a try. bookmarked.

  9. This is an honest post about a situation that most parents dread. I would have reacted the same way. Probably a little more dramatic and more self bashing on my end(thats just me). I’m relieved too on hearing the obviously logical explanation!

    The jam looks wonderful!

  10. Delicious! I love the mix of apple and orange in your jam! I can see why you’d be proud of this!

  11. LOL..If I were you I would have fainted..:-)
    Delicious jam..Liked the color you got..Lovely clicks too..

  12. The jam looks lovely!. would love to try it…. Is it alright to use any variety of apple?!.

  13. Looks good, not only in India through out the world we have to keep a close watch on these kids when they are in computer.

  14. lol…! the recent “Blue” film causes a lot of misunderstanding (?) by name.

    Loved the first emotion pic and last one jam with bread! just homely! 🙂

  15. Cham

     /  January 6, 2010

    No more laughing story! Ouch! We never know what the net would bring in plate!
    My son is great fan of u-tube watching Arthur but I always keep an eye what he clicks (well he is 8 years)- There is a parent controlling toolbar (cybercontrol) but still if we are monitoring no need to worry!
    Jam looks wonderful!

  16. Jam looks very refreshing, I could simply hae a spoonful of that without any bread

  17. MMMMMM,..what a lovely jam this is!! I so love the combination of the apples with the orange.

    This screams: eat me on some fresh bread!!

    this is such a cool foodblog!

  18. Even i was shocked to read, but then…do install the child filters…oh jam looks lovely and tasty..:) very tempting!!

  19. LOL..I think I can imagine, I wouldn’t want to be in that position!

  20. Haha!! I can imagine the shock!! I saw “Blue” movie actually, it is visual treat but story is as usual..well…no story!! 🙂

    Jam looks delicious. Baking bread is easy once you get over the initial trial and error. Do try.

    Happy 2010.

  21. There is some telepathy between us, s, that we don’t yet know about 😀 It just so happens that we end up picking similar ingredients or may be we just both cook seasonally! I bet great minds do think alike 😀 Jam looks great, I will try it soon 🙂

    Unrestrained internet use to children has been somewhat problematic. You should think about installing some child filters ; I don’t have much experience but some of my friends with kids say they work well.

  22. The jam looks tempting. But we are not big jam eaters at home. I guess I will wait till next fall and try out the recipe.

    And the blue film stuff – shocking! As a new mom with a 3 month old I am so scared of this big bad world !

  23. Oh wow, I’m glad you didn’t have to explain what the search results would have brought up… 🙂 Such a wonderful story! 🙂

    Your apple jam is gorgeous!!

  24. jam looks wonderful…I was shocked to read, but then I guess…keep the filter on….so that nothing unwanted comes on screen

  25. the jam looks so good..and very different from the usual mixed fruits jams we try. bookmarked!!

  26. LOL, but no laughing matter this. Just like movies, internet are an unmonitored commodity in most homes in India and I was a little bit shocked that most parents were not too concerned and I thought if I were being a bit too sensitive. Probably not.

    It is not much better in the US but it is screamed about in TV and the news a lot that we are more aware of it.

    The apple jam sure looks delicious with none of the worries 🙂

    • s

       /  January 7, 2010

      …yes i really need to get going on those child filters….about time now. And thank you all for the lovely words…*blush*

  27. Hi. I was also really scared reading your first two lines. But I guess you should put a child lock. Internet can be really dangerous.
    The jam looks perfect and I love the add of orange.

  28. Nice Header Pic !
    And wow Blue Film – even I was shocked but that was very innocent google search 🙂
    And as usual Jam looks perfect !


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