#MondayMusings : Of misses, mixes and quick fixes
Last week I spoke about my experience in shifting from a PG to an apartment. Since the time I have moved to the new place everyday seems to teach me something new. Life is different than what it used to be. Hence there is a lot to learn. Why? Because there are a lot of mistakes to make!
PG life was in a way easy. Why? There are a few reasons. But let me highlight the main one. I didn’t have to cook dinner. After a tiring day at work, all I had to do was serve myself some food that was already prepared and often keep complaining about it. Yes that is how it went on pretty much everyday.
Now coming to the present day situation. I’ve to cook dinner everyday. Thankfully for me, breakfast and lunch are sorted as my office provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Hence these days after a long, tiring day at work, I can’t just gobble something and go to sleep. There is food to be cooked. And then comes the biggest worry- what do I cook?
With no fridge or mixer to come my aid, the options were limited from the start. But then came the biggest problem – the pressure cooker just stopped working. For someone like me whose skills in the art of chapathi make visualizing the shape of an amoeba a lot easier and can be used to define what a mess is, rice is the saviour! Plus I’m someone whose native cuisine involves rice, rice and more rice. So imagine my plight at the loss of the pressure cooker. First day when the fiasco happened, when the pressure cooker refused to let off the steam and burnt all the rice, the whole house smelt of the burnt rice instead of the delicious aroma of the yummy food that I had cooked. I was disheartened. I went to bed on an empty stomach that day – because I was disappointed.
But I’m not the kind of person who can easily skip meals. In fact, I cannot skip meals. So the next day, I looked at the kitchen supplies. A few eggs, some carrot that I had bought to make some yummy pulao and a tomato stared at me. What did I do? I gave the egg bhurjhi a new avatar with the carrots thrown in. Thankfully it tasted good. And that became my dinner for the new few days.
And then I got bored. Instant noodles was available, but it hurt my ego to cook that. And then I looked around for more things to experiment on and one day I found some pasta in the house! But what would I for the sauce? I didn’t know. Tomatoes had become food for the rich and then I chanced upon some tomato ketchup. And that was how my jugaad pasta happened! And yes it had carrots in it! Everything I cooked had carrots. Things improved. Yet, I couldn’t have pasta everyday and weekends I had to prepare something for breakfast as well. Pasta all day was getting boring. I had to find a way to fix it.
I always believe that where there is a will there is a way. Between all these misses, mixes and quick fixes, I discovered different things. But most importantly I realized how much effort mom used to put to make sure that we had proper food to eat always despite her hectic schedule. I also realized that nothing was impossible for me unless I tried. I always kept worrying about the fact that the food I cook would turn out to be a mess. It was the first few times. But gradually I improved. We shouldn’t give up on something just because we failed once. We only have to be willing to learn. And yes, sometimes you have to think quickly and there is no time to plan elaborately. In case of emergencies, mom always has a solution or sometimes even Google 😛
Lessons seem to be present everywhere. But we have to learn them. And as for a solution for the problem, I have found a solution – bought a brand new pressure! But yes, the question of what to cook remains everyday! Do you have a solution to this problem of mine?
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