Learning to die

She wakes up a little late , makes herself a cup of tea. We live like we are going to live forever, she thinks. She gets into her shorts and shoes and a baggy tshirt and does her morning workout routine. 50 Jumping jacks. 50 crunches. 45 Jumping Jacks. 45 push-ups. She showers. She braids a french braid , apply Khol carefully to her eyes. Puts on pink lip gloss. Sticks a very small embellishment in her braided her. She smiles at herself in the mirror. She pours herself cereal, adds milk, adds a handful of prunes. Prunes makes everything better. She reads her mail while waiting for her cab. She locks her gate and off she goes. Off she goes to live. Off she goes to die. 

 

 

The luxury of being home

My sister had her first baby , ( don’t know if she will have any more but. )  and she insisted she goes home to our mother with the baby. So I packed my bags and went with her leaving my husband to fend for himself. Long distancing for the first time since the wedding. The baby and sis took all my time and energy which I was more than thrilled to part with, but I had missed my husband, which I realized the moment I saw him yesterday.

The baby is amazing, my sister is doing good and my husband joined me and my family for the weekend so I am happy.

It’s been a whirlwind of a week though. Today somehow, the baby was sleeping half the day, and my sister was also resting, so me and husband went outdoors.

Have I told you I love being home?

There is so much of clean fresh air, and stunning sunsets, acres and acres of paddy fields , plenty of birds and flowers, my mother’s garden and now,  an amazing addition to our family to make everything a dozen notches better.

While I am not going to share the baby pictures yet, here are pictures from our evening outside the house today.

Husband is here !

Husband is here !

Blogging from the garden. Fancy that !

Blogging from the garden. Fancy that !

In my mother's garden

In my mother’s garden

Clear blue skies above him.

Clear blue skies above him.

We went for a ride

We went for a ride

The Scarecrow. Photo by Darling.

The Scarecrow. Photo by Darling.

We stood in the middle of the paddy field and enjoyed the view

We stood in the middle of the paddy field and enjoyed the view

This, is what I came to photographed.

This, is what I came to photograph.

We even caught a beautiful sunset
We even caught a beautiful sunset

Lazy Cooking

Am I lazy? Of course I am.

But in the kitchen, while cooking, my inner monologues sort of go away and I feel like I am in my element.

Not the case when I am baking.

Sigh.

Baking is difficult. Before marriage , I had baked only once or twice, having big time bakers for a mother and a sister made it easy for me not to. I never had any need to.

Now I do. Now that I have our own kitchen with our own supplies, I feel like I could bake all the time.

Except that I am scared to.

I first baked cup cakes last month for my sister’s baby shower. While they would have never passed the cute test, they came out perfect. Moist, not too sweet and very chocolaty. But my sister guided me through the process.

On 20th Jan, a Sunday , I made a simple lunch, pictures to follow, and tried my hand at baking muffins from a baker’s mix which I had picked up from Keels a couple of nights earlier. My thoughts were that I could start easy and simple and proceed from there.

Well, didn’t they turned out awesome!

The recipe only called for vegetable oil and eggs. I added chopped up cashews , raisins and some chopped up Cadbury chocolate.

Pictures ! Pictures !!

A bucket full of lentils

A bucket full of lentils

 

Pathola ( Snake Gourd, Tricosanthes Cucumerina ) Sambol. One of my favorite things to make.

Pathola ( Snake Gourd, Trichosanthes Cucumerina ) Sambol. One of my favorite things to make.

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Maldives fish for Pathola Sambol

Capsicums to be stuffed with chopped onions and then deep fried
Capsicums to be stuffed with chopped onions and then deep fried

Baker's Mate Muffins Mix

Baker’s Mate Muffins Mix

I added chopped up cashews , raisins and chopped up Cadbury chocolate

I added chopped up cashews , raisins and chopped up Cadbury chocolate

They came out perfect

They came out perfect

Leftover Post

I cooked dinner for 15 people. For the first time. And I , had a blast.

I sometimes think I invite people over just so I can cook things I haven’t made before. 😉

Like in this instance, I made Fettuccine with Parmesan and Parsley. Which is no biggy obviously. And a Tomato pesto to pour over it and mix before serving but decided to serve the pesto separately as darling pointed out not everyone may like the Tomato basil combo.   I also roasted Chicken, as per my darling sister’s recipe and it was to die for ! ( If I may say so myself .) When the first batch was out, I was literally jumping up and down in the kitchen in glee because  it was so good! And I made a salad to top it all off. I don’t ever mix my salads in mayo because I hate the stuff. Instead, I make a vinaigrette with Red wine / white wine vinegar, lemon or lime, salt and pepper.

To roast the chicken, I got the guys at Keels to cut chicken into pieces and I marinaded them in a mixture made out of butter / Olive oil , finely chopped garlic and ginger, salt and pepper. And into the oven they went. Roasted at a temperature about 200 c.

Dessert was a heavenly chocolate mousse brought over by a lovely friend who runs a dessert business.

I almost didn’t remember to take any food pics but as the guests were leaving and I was packing the leftovers to be sent to various places, I had the chance to snap a few photos of the leftovers.

Don’t you just love leftovers?

I didn’t cook lunch the day after. 🙂

Fettuccine

Fettuccine

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

The Salad

The Salad

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Heaven !