Bong Mom Of The Bong Mom’s Cookbook blog and the book, contributes this post for today. We both at Chatoveracuppa have been an ardent fan of her recipes (yes because we are bongs(as in Bengali too) but also because of her style of storytelling and because like us she is crazy about her cuppa, her cha. She puts her point across very easily and candidly while detailing a recipe, a recipe that is always easy to follow and has tempting results. Since we are talking about Legos today, this post has a recipe that children can try at home. 

Thank You Bong Mom. We are so excited to have you at Chatoveracuppa today. Cheers over a cup of hot cha! 

Legos are for all ! 
This post is going to be about a quick and easy Corn Chaat for you to serve as a side with all the  barbecuing you might be doing, but more importantly about Legos and my rant. So, bear with me. 

A few weeks back I was at *LS’s school(kindergarten) for some show that they had put up. As expected there were other Moms there, most of whom I had never met, and pleasantries were exchanged.

In lieu of these conversations a mother of a little boy asked me, “Does LS play with Legos?”. Her voice bordered just that little bit on curiosity and disbelief.

I was a little taken aback by the question. A big box of Lego is very much a part of our play room. It has been so for years now, since *Big Sis was born. Many years ago, my previous workplace was donating boxes of basic Lego bricks after a lego competition and I had lugged a huge box home anticipating a future where I would not have to buy any other toys, because of course there were Legos. These were the basic Lego bricks, in red, blue, green, yellow and white, all the exact same size.

When BigSis was around two, I bought her another Lego box, this one too just had the bricks but they were at least in various sizes. And since this huge pile of Lego takes a prime spot in the playroom, it was only natural that LS got introduced to it.

So, I wasn’t really sure what this lady wanted to know and I said, “Yes, LS does play with Legos. But she plays all kinds of things with them“.

Which is in fact true. LS uses Legos to make food for her kitchen, she uses them to make cake, to make cell phones and even wrapped cereal bars !!! She even devises complex games, like shown above where one player has to throw legos down a chute and the other has to guess the color, to play with them.

When Big Sis has nothing much to do, she builds figures and buildings with Legos too. And then LS is her big sister’s assistant . 

With little imagination, a Lego can be anything.And all this can be done with just plain simple universal Lego bricks.I have never bought a Lego Star Wars or a Lego Super Hero. My girls are not interested in star wars or Super heroes(at least not yet) and I do not believe in Lego’s specific marketing of combat themed sets for boys . In fact I have never even bought a Lego Friends as I don’t think girls should need special Legos either. I love the basic universal Lego bricks and that is what keeps my girls busy

So, then the lady tells me, “Yes, my son said, LS is a girl but even then she plays with Legos. I told him, maybe she has an older brother and that is why she plays with Legos

That really got my goat. I mean is that how successful Lego’s marketing has been. To even impress upon educated modern-day Mothers that “girls don’t play with Legos unless inducted by brothers” ??? Lego might have its own profit making ideas to shift from being a non-gender universal toy but why can’t even parents look beyond marketing and just accept the bricks for all the imagination they can stoke, be it a boy or a girl.

Does your child play with Legos ?  Do they play with the basic bricks or the new themed boxes of Legos ? 

Now for this easy and quick Corn Chaat which is very easy to put together and goes very well with all the outdoor barbecuing you might be doing this summer. It is healthy and cool also super simple.

It is so simple that it is almost a child’s play. A child who is adept with the knife in kitchen because they have to chop onions and cucumber. But if an adult takes care of the chopping, even a 5 year old can do the assembling. 

It all starts with a bag of steam-in-bag corn.

It could have also started with fresh corn on the cob, but then you will have to spend a wee bit of time in boiling the corn.

You could also start with a bag of frozen corn and just microwave it.

Next, put the steamed corn in a big bowl.

To it add

chopped red onion

chopped green cucumber

chopped green chilli

finely chopped tomatoes

Squeeze in a bit of lemom juice.

Sprinkle some pink salt and chaat masala. Toss gently to mix. Taste and adjust for everything.

While serving in a summer afternoon, garnish with chopped mint leaves.

*BigS (Big Sister) and LS (Little Sister) referred in the post are Bong Mom’s girls.