The one thing I don’t understand is the same set of parents who chide a child about throwing a stone at an animal on the road are nonchalant and sometimes even encouraging their children to break leaves or pluck flowers indiscriminately. Why? Compassion towards plants is so underrated.
When you tell your child not to kick an animal on the road, please also tell him or her to pick up the leaf fallen on the road. That’s as lovely as the one on the tree. When you tell your child to place a bowl of water on the road for an animal , ask them to also carry a bowl of water and nourish the plants with it outside. And when your child admires a flower on the tree and wants it, ask him or her to enjoy how it looks on the tree or plant. Better than what it looks in your vase or prayer room.
My toddler loves this activity of watering the pots we have at home. One of the other things she loves are lot of the crunchy and crispy snacking options – so nuts and crackers work very well for her. And cookie-sticks ( if that’s even a word). I shaped the cookie dough into sticks since she prefers to eat on her own.
These are Wholewheat Bran Jaggery-Ginger sticks which contain no refined white flour or sugar. They also do not contain baking powder or soda. The addition of homemade ghee, some powdered almonds and the ginger makes it a very nutritious snack during these cool months that we have had in Bangalore.
1 cup wholewheat flour
1/2 cup wholewheat or oat bran
3/4 cup organic jaggery powder
2 tbsp ground almonds
1 tsp freshly grated ginger ( you can increase this if you want the flavour to be stronger)
3-4 tbsp Homemade ghee
1 tbsp of milk to bring it together.
Method – Mix the ghee, ginger and jaggery powder. Add the ground almonds. Mix with your hands. Add the bran and wholewheat flour. Add the milk to bring together the dough only if needed.
Rest it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Take it out, shape it as per your requirements and bake them in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, at 175 degrees C. They will cool up and become crisp.