A big achivement this summer was that my younger one finally learned to ride a bike, much to his delight. He began learning to ride at 4. But he never managed to balance himself on a bicycle that had training wheels. Then one of the training wheels broke, and he went around riding the bike, lop sided. One day Mr L8H took the remaining wheel off, and Juniour would not sit on it. Period. We even bought a brand new shiny bike, but no use. He wanted one that had ‘wheels’.
Few years passed. Finally he again wanted to ride (rest of the kids in the neighborhood are often out on their bikes. Me thinks that has got something to do with this burning desire).
So we bought him a bike of his size. Now old enough to understand that wheels were not really helping, he got to work. Deligently. But he could hardly get up on it.
A couple of weeks passed. Several pairs of knee pads, elbow pads, and many whiny efforts later, he declared biking was not for him.
This was getting serious. I looked around, and came across a small bike on a trading site, 16 inches, the kind he rode with training wheels (the previous one got lost in moving). I bought it, and took him to the side of our yard that has a hill, and asked him ride it down the slope, using his feet as breaks.
Two days later, he was zipping up and down the road leading to our house. He spent entire evenings trying to perfect his new found skill.
Two weeks later, he went with his brother to a store mile down the road.
Following week, he asked if he could ride his bike to school. Not yet kiddo, not yet. Soon.
‘Kaleji’ means liver. This is an extremely healthy goat meat bone (trotters) and liver soup. If you are fond of goat meat, this is a great dish, light, refreshing and full of flavor.
- 1 lbs goat liver and heart
- 1 lbs goat trotters (just the bones, without the hoove part)
- 2 large onions sliced fine plus one small onion halved
- 2 large tomatoes chopped
- 1 tsp giner paste
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- ¼ tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbso kasoori methi
- 3 green cardamoms plus 4 more
- 2 black cardamoms
- 4 cloves plus 2 more
- 1 bayleaf
- 10-12 black pepper beads
- sprnkling of black pepper
- ½ cup yogurt
- 3 tbsp oil
- Add the trotters (bones) in 6-10 cups of water, 1 small onion halves, 1 tsp salt, 4 cardamoms and 2 cloves and 1 bayleaf. Pressure cook for 10 minutes. Reserve 2 cups of stock, and refrigerate the rest.
- Heat oil and fry onions till golden.
- Add ginger garlic paste. Stir in rest of the whole spices and fennel.
- Fry liver. It should start changing color and gain golden spots.
- Add tomatoes, soften, and lower the flame.
- Spoon yogurt and let it get absorbed.
- Put in 'kasoori methi'
- Add bones and stock. Cook till done.