Sunday, 6 March 2016

Come over for some Fun and Gala time at The Alphabet Club

Hello Friends,

It's time for detention at the Alphabet Club hosted by Chiara at Grey Tail. Alphabet club is based on the idea of the movie Breakfast Club and for our detention ,we bloggers post about something related to the letter of the month.

I have been a bad student and haven't posted my club entries for January (Letter F) and February (Letter G), so this is going to be a rather long post.

F is for Fattoush (Arabicفتوش, also fattush, fatush, fattoosh, and fattouche) is a Levantine bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens and other vegetables, such as radishes and tomatoes.
Image from Internet
People who follow my blog must be knowing by now that I'm foodie ,however I'm not very diet conscious person. I'm particularly not fond of salads and fruits , so trust me when I mention a salad in my blog ,it must be really yummy. 

F is for Friends , not our real life friends lol , the insanely famous American sitcom. I love this series and have watched the whole series twice since I first discovered it in 2008.
Image from Internet
There is so much that one can learn from these characters and I think the best takeaway is 

Image from Internet

I will not bore you by showing off my Fractal piece again in this post,however I think fractal may be one of my favourite theme to stitch.Geometric designs with splash of colors ...whats not there to like!!

Image from Cross stitch collectible
G is for Guru - a word now being commonly used in English language has been taken from Hindi language meaning teacher/priest .

G is for Gajak - A dessert made of jaggery (called Gur in Hindi) , sesame seeds and peanuts. This is eaten in winter months in Northern India . The method of preparation  is time consuming. It takes about 10–15 hours to prepare 5–8 kilograms of gajak. The dough is hammered until all the sesame seeds break down and release their oils into the dough.
Image form Internet

H is for Himalayas - The mighty mountain range in the South Asia,  home to nine of the ten highest peaks on Earth, including the highest above sea level, Mount Everest.The Himalayas span five countries: NepalIndiaBhutanChina(Tibet), and Pakistan.
Nainital: one of the hill station in lower Himalayas

My hometown in India is very near to foothills of lower Himalayas. During my childhood, every summer we would visit various hill stations and enjoy the scenery there. May be that is the reason I'm a more of a mountain person than a beach or sea lover :)

H is for Hala February - an annual event in Kuwait, celebrated in the spring season every year. Its a month-long commemoration of liberation of Kuwait,in which a variety of cultural activities, carnivals, games and events are organized for families and children.

Here are few pics I clicked during this year's Hala February

Traditional Bazaar called the Souk decorated for Hala February Celebrations

Lights with the colors of flag can be seen on buildings 
Kuwait celebrated 55 years of Independence and 25 years of Liberation this year
Fireworks at Kuwait Towers-landmark and symbol of modern Kuwait

H is for Holi  (pronunciation: /ˈhl/Sanskritहोली Holī) is a spring festival celebrated in India, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love.The festival is celebrated by a lighting a bonfire on the night before last full moon day of lunar calendar. Holi frolic and celebrations begin the morning after the Holika bonfire. Children and young people form groups armed with dry colours(called Gulaal), coloured solution, the means to fill and spray others with coloured solution (pichkaris), water balloons filled with coloured water, and other creative means to colour their targets.
Colors being sold in market.Image from Internet

I'm not a big fan of playing with colors however I love the delicacies made during the festival. Preparations start a week before Holi and friends and families help each other in making various dishes.
My favourite Gujiya. Image from Internet.

Oh man, I feel hungry looking at these pics...I need to eat something now lol

I hope you survived this long post and like it.


  1. Great catch-up post and so many lovely colourful photos too.
    The festivals seem like a lot of fun, I love the coloured buildings.
    I'm also a big fan of Friends, I watched it from the first time it was shown in the UK. I am most like Janice, I think! She never got to be a Main Friend though so I suppose I am Monica but with Joey's cookery skills (or lack).

  2. I enjoyed reading your post! The Gajak item is famous from a place called Gwalior where I completed my college education. Nainital is the place where we had our honeymoon:) Dahiwada and Gujia are something which both the foodies at my home are crazy about. I make those quite often.

  3. I loved your long post! First the picture at the top/cover picture is beautiful!! Did you take that picture? I too love Friends, one of the best tv shows ever! I too am hungry after seeing all that yummy looking food :) All the lights and decorations at the festivals, looks like a fun time xx

    1. Thank you Khristine. Yes the blog cover picture was taken by DH in one of the places during our trip to Scottish Highlands in Aug 2015. I will check for the exact location in my travel diary.

    2. Ok, so i checked my travel diary and the picture is view of the sea from Tomb of Eagles in Orkney,Scotland.

  4. Hello,
    I found your blog via Stitching Noni. Such an interesting post!
    Love your header photo, as Kristine asks, did you take this picture?/what area is it? Really fascinating to see all these views of Kuwait and to read what is happening at the celebrations! Thank you for posting!
    Great to meet you, Barbara x

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Thank you for visiting my blog and the sweet comment.
      I'm glad you like the post and its great to meet you too.
      My blog header is a picture hubby clicked of the view of the sea from Tomb of Eagles in Orkney,Scotland.

  5. I can't find your email address but wanted to thank you for your kindness in gifting me such a pretty purse from pearlinstitches! It was such a lovely surprise. It's almost too lovely to use but I'm sure I will. Thank you again - you made my day!

  6. Wondeful post, my dear - I so enjoyed reading all about F, G and H. Friends was really big here, in Oz, as well. My favourite friends were Chandler and Ross.

  7. Very interesting post! Pictures are great, thanks to share all those celebrations with us. Amitiés.

  8. Oh my, what a post. You covered three letters here and it was so interesting to read about all the different food and festivities in your corner of the world. And thanks for sharing the pictures from the Himalaya.
    Friends is a well-known series here in Germany, too, and there were lots of reruns over the years.

  9. Well done. you got some great pics of the lights at night around here. :)

  10. Thank you for sharing about the celebrations in Kuwait! I love to read about celebrations in different countries. I love trying different foods, too. I am not sure I would like colors thrown on me, but I would enjoy seeing it happen to others (if they were enjoying it, too)! =)

    1. Hi Heather,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and the sweet comment.
      Looks like we have a lot in common. I too like trying diff foods,exploring different cultures and of course cross stitch.


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