I am going to be that aunt. That aunt who is always throwing baby parties and whisking the baby away for picnics and always lounging in the garden with the baby and always going to the beach , making dream catchers for the baby and telling the baby cool stories about growing up with his mother and reading bed time stories other than Noddy and introducing flowers and when the baby grows up he will know me as the cool aunt . The aunt who always has something up her sleeve just for the baby. The aunt who winks at the baby when his mother is mad at him or being over protective. The best aunt in the world. That’s my new role. Aunt. I’ve got to be good at it. I have to be excellent ! The baby is going to look up to me and ask zillion questions. I have to be ready.
For now, the baby is asleep , and his mother AND the grand mother .
I, the aunt, am sitting in a corner in the hospital room trying to work, trying not to get too excited when the baby sniffles.
Toby’s Estate is a newly opened Coffee house / restaurant in Mount Lavinia. Even though the first thing that grabbed my attention was the lovely interior, I took photos only of their food. Their coffees were ok. But the food was really really good and reasonably priced.
We went there recently to celebrate a birthday of a friend. Here’s what we had to eat.
Beef filet with mashed potato and vegetables.
Fettuccine with beef
Thai chicken curry with rice
Cheese cake to celebrate the birthday. THIS. was heavenly.
Darling’s mother was hospitalized due to a complication with one of her eyes, so we did a bit of running around . Came home and made a fried rice with Ghee for lunch.
The smell wasn’t very pleasant at first but it tasted very very good, if I may say so myself. I picked up the bottle of Ghee from one of our trips back home, out of sheer curiosity. I’ll be using some of it again.
I also made a Watalappan with some Jaggery Darling brought me to cook the new year Kiribath. ( Milk rice ) . But I didn’t use them. Found the Watalappan recipe here. But like it suggested, I didn’t make a caramel for it. I somehow knew the Jaggery in the pudding would make its own caramel. Also, if you feel like the pudding is going to be too sweet , reduce the amount of Jaggery or increase the milk. I went with my gut quite a bit here and it was delicious ! The more chilled it was, the better tasting. Yum!
So now. Let’s see the pictures shall we?
I make myself cry !
..and raisins of course
The bottle of Ghee I picked up from one of our trips back home
The coconut shell spoon given to me by my mother in law.
The final result. I added fried and chopped sausages and pepper.
Usually I’d be shutter-bugging every where, but some times I sit back and watch the world unrolling in front of me and refuse to take any pictures. Some days , I simply don’t have the camera. Which is a rarity, but it happens.
Here are the pictures from yesterday , the ones I didn’t take. This is inspired by Indi who once wrote a post like this and I was immensely impressed. With the photos he didn’t take.
I am in a trishaw. After work. It’s raining slightly and there is a massive traffic jam which is usually the case in the evenings. We are going through a small road , a de-route , which is taking us through a Tamil community by the looks of it, and they live by the side of the road in small houses with unpainted walls.
There’s a man squatting on the floor by his front door. He has no shirt on. He’s wearing a brown sarong. Who I assume to be his little daughter is squatting by him. She has a pottu on her forehead. Both of them are getting wet by the drizzle outside. They are trying to light up a lamp on the floor with some dry coconut shells. Both of them look tired, but both of them are smiling. There is a trickle of a smoke coming out from the lamp.
There’s a girl. She has big doe eyes marked by kohl and a black pottu on her forehead. She’s looking through the lattice on the front porch, squinting her eyes to the rainy wind, and she’s braiding her hair.
There’s a wooden door and it’s closed. There’s a huge gap between the top of the door and the roof. There is a gap between the bottom of the door and the floor as well. There is a white chair outside the closed door to a side with a heap of sarongs on it. There are some shirts in the gap on top of the door. The door is green. Rain is everywhere.
well, nothing happened, but here are my breakfast and lunch pictures from Sunday the 13th Jan. ( This is bound to get tedious at some point. For you AND me. )
I made pol rotti for breakfast which is a rotti made with scraped coconut and flour. You can find the recipe here. And we ate it with butter, chillie paste and a bit of cheese. Usually, we’d eat it the traditional way. With ‘Lunu Miris’. ( A paste made from chopping onions together with chillie powder, kosher salt, green chilies if you want. Add some lime juice after chopping and mix well ) .
Made a simple lunch since we were doing our weekly grocery shopping .
It was a Sunday when we did our shopping for vegetables and such . We usually go to a supermarket to get everything we need but since of late I’ve completely fallen in love with the local market down Narahenpita. There are no middle-men involved, and you get fresh veggies , fruits, fish, meat, spices at a very low price here. And I love it all the more because they don’t give you polythene bags unless you don’t take a bag with you. It’s a cluster of old warehouses converted to a market place, sort of like a farmer’s market so what’s not to love ?
What we’d be eating for over a week
Photo Credit : Charli G a.k.a Darling. ( I wish I took this shot my self )
Started the day with some Jasmine tea instead of the usual ‘black tea’ with milk
Because I got up late, we ended up buying buns from the bread cart
Then I went on to make a simple lunch. This is mallum.
A regular shot of dhal
Coconut water is said to be rich in iron . DRINK IT !
Coconut ready to be scraped.
Chicken curry , ready to go in
Lunch is served !
After lunch, headed off to spend some quality time with my sister
Ate Hot Dogs and had Guava juice to drink
We ended up getting pedicures and watching a movie with Darling , Sis In Law and cousins.
I am not even going to tell you how much of Corntos we shoved down our throats during the movie.
After the movie, since it was late and we weren’t all that hungry, we went to Pilawoos, had some plain tea and shared one plate of kottu, and some of them wanted Ice Cream , so we got Ice Cream for those who wanted it and some apple pie .
Phew . That’s a LOT of food for a day, if you ask me.