Autumn has started in our part of the world since ten days and we are witnessing cool crisp mornings and slightly toasted but not hot evenings. And this cool nutty weather makes us want something warm to eat. The occasional rains make a crunch of murukku or a pakora even more inviting, when the weather cools down further.
We heard from Boo’s daycare yesterday that one more day that is Thursday is available for her apart from Friday and if we are interested we can secure her spot. We agreed since her carer also suggested a two day routine per week is better than a single one. Usually I plan out the next days meals before going to sleep but I didn’t end up doing that. Remember I was doing my own guest thingy – yeah in that relaxed euphoria momentarily forgot real life bites back nicely.
As is customary I checked the weather before stepping into the kitchen and saw the forecast was cloudy with high winds. Vendakkai vatha kozhambu with beans paruppu usili sounded oh-so-yummy in my mind for the weather today, but a glance towards the clock told me I would only be able to shell the garlic pods and chop beans. I had to use the okra at any cost today so decided to make a simple fry out of it ( only roast it and add salt ) and make a moong dal tadka to go with it. I have created shortcuts for most of my family meals so I was done in no time.
I have a work meeting at noon and it goes for an hour. Since I had to coordinate going to the daycare to feed Boo it left me exactly five minutes to eat my lunch. And I cannot tell you how aromatic and soul filling a hot bowl of rice with dal and bhindi fry tastes like when digging into it on a timer. I had a second serve as well.
Totally going to add it to the ‘what’s-your-strength-and-weakness’ kinda questions they ask in job interviews.