Monday, May 30, 2005

postcard from j: my cooking (s)kills

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life is what happens when you're busy making other plans!

my folks had gone to mangalore for a family function. and me? i couldn't take leave from work due to an all-important project that was underway. so, here i was - all alone (except that sherline stayed with me so that i didn't die of boredom) in the city of bombay. what fun!!! or so i thought...

i was eagerly awaiting this opportunity. made elaborate plans to:
(1) have the girlfriends over for a session of gossip and glug-glug-glug
(2) catch a late night show of a good movie
(3) clean out my cupboard and sort all the junk that i proudly own

...and lots of things. but did i do any of this? no!

i realized that i had to get back home after slogging at the office and keep home spic and span. worse, i had to cook. my nightmare come true! so, lunch was usually some stuff rustled up by the canteen-wallah but dinner became an all-consuming affair. add to it the bombay humidity and its not a pretty picture in the kitchen :(

what did i cook? m.e., a graphic artist in my company, gave me some recipes for quick-fix meals. i would come home armed with bread, vegetables, a bottle of sprite, snacks (just in case the cooking turned into a disaster)...and set to cook post 9:00 pm everyday. posting two recipes here:

(a) bread upma: really easy to make!
heat a lil oil, put in chopped onion+capsicum+tomatoes+tomato ketchup+any masala and let it cook.
cut bread into small pieces and put into the above veggie mix. stir well to coat bread pieces.
ready to relish!

(b) masala rice: best made with leftover rice
in a pan, heat oil. add diced potatoes+salt+turmeric and/or garlic.
sprinkle turmeric+dhani-jeera powder+red chilli powder on rice. add a hint of lime juice+sugar.
add rice to the cooked potatoes and allow it to cook.

some stuff i also made: lady finger (bhindi), mushroom ka sabzi, maggi atta noodles (must try)...

i sincerely hope that sherline, gaynelle and sharon ate well while they were at my place. they are all hale and hearty, so i need not worry!

moral of the story: thank god for mothers!

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