Archive | February 7, 2014

Piano…

They say people who are into music.. their brain works very well with memory even when they enter old age.. I picked up learning piano and I did not pick up for that reason. I have started on guitar a while ago and it took back seat after one session of basic beginners’ class. I wasn’t committed as much to put forth such an effort, my fingers hurt me.. but Piano seems to be easy and much exciting.. here I am trying to bring my music talent up. Also, I could use this as a medium for stress buster. Don’t you think so?

Playing Piano with fingers

Playing Piano with fingers

One of my dear friends got me started on it and yesterday was my first class. I learned to identify notes and tried syncing my brain with the sequence of notes. The problem is the moment I switch on metronome, I stumble and fail to be in sync and I need to really practice that. Patience and perseverance is the key.

On a brighter side, I could still remember treble clef (usually played by right hand) – EGBDF (Every Good Boy Does Fine) and the gaps between the lines of clef from bottom to up is FACE. For the base clef, played by left hand it is GBDFA (Good Boys Does Fine Always) and the gaps between the lines of Clef ACEG.  Pictures speak more than writings.. here is what I mean..

Clef

Clefs

Clefs

Treble Clef – Right hand

Notes for Right hand side

Notes for Right hand side

Base Clef – Left hand

Notes for Left hand side

Notes for Left hand side

Most of the phrases in music require you to play with both hands and I am yet to reach that level. My friend says, if you can diligently commit to practice 20 minutes a day without failing, I am guaranteed to go way advance and much faster. The more the practice the better I’ll be. And I’ll have 20 minutes less time to crib about things in life in general 😉

And, I’ll be blogging about my progress here.. as I hit my mini-milestones in the process.

Any Piano lovers or players?

Or

Is anyone out there who started on Piano classes in their adult life and got somewhere? .. if so how long it took for you to comfortably play around with keys?

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Salads…

From the past 3 days, I’ve been diligently looking up for recipes to prepare salads for a healthy body. So far, they all turned out to be delicious and filling. Eating Salad for dinner makes me feel lighter and I seemed to sleep quite well.  It is all too early to come to conclusions, yet I am very happy about the outcome.

Here is a Salad made out of Brussels Sprouts with Indian touch of spices. It turned out to be an delicious one. I could not resist having it.

Salad - Brussels Sprouts

Salad – Brussels Sprouts

You could top it with walnuts, raisins, chicken pieces or any of your choice, I topped it with cranberries and few pomegranate seeds. You should try of what I did.. Although I found this recipe online but changed it according to my taste.

In any case if you need recipe – here it is, I have taken all in approximation and no measurements

Brussels Sprouts – cut in half at stem and then make into thin slices horizontally , after you slice them up, add about 2 spoons of lime juice to it and salt for taste.

5-10 Garlic cloves depending upon your taste – peel the skin and mash them up

Black pepper little bit – may be 1/4th of a spoon

Green chillies – 2 in very thin slices

Mustard & cumin seeds – each of one tea spoon full.

Red onion – small – minced

Cilantro or Basil leaves – handful

Olive oil – depending on your requirement – I used around 1 -2 tbs

cumin powder – 1tbs

turmeric – pinch

Preparation: Heat the pan, add olive oil 

Add mustard, cumin to the oil and sautee them, as soon as they start spluttering, add green chillies, garlic cloves and onion all at once.  After it becomes slightly transparent, add cumin powder, turmeric and salt to the mixture in the Pan. Mix them and then add the sliced Brussels sprouts to it.. fry it on high flame for few minutes .. and viola it is ready. Please remember it should not be over cooked nor under cooked.. keep stirring gently until it is done. Add Cilantro leaves at the end for the herbal taste (or you could add basil leaves)

I guess, I am not very expert in writing recipes or explaining it so well as other’s do. But, this is my first attempt and the salad turned out to be extremely delicious and I could not stop myself from sharing this with you all food lovers or people who love cooking.

Let me know what you think about it? or if you tried this – let me know how it tasted.