Saturday R had her exams..(yes yes preschoolers who are just going to turn three have exams..more on that later) so dropped her to the school and then RD and I went to get some work done in the post office and ended up going to a south indian store where I got mahani pickle…now this mahani is a special pickle made up of the roots of mahani plant with no oil in it..but its spicy, tangy and awesome…RD has a view about this pickle…
You can either love it or hate it..there is nothing in between about it..
For eg. my mom, dad and me LOVE it..my bro HATES it..my FIL LOVES it but RD and my MIL HATE it..
who cares, I love it
oh I digress..
anyways so we came back home, went to pick up R, got the weekly veggies from Borivali..I have realised that both of us together should never go shopping for veggies…we shopped enough to lsat us for two weeks or something!
Came back home and started cutting veggies..
RD cut the bhindi, tondli, parwar and I cut the rest..let it be on records, I cut the rest (You are not allowed to ask what the ‘rest’ comprised of ;))
And had our weekly saturday fight of course…how can we not!
Sunday morning saw major drama in the house..RD wanted to cut his hair before the start of his vratham (he goes to Sabarimalai in May) and R wanted to accompany him to the ‘baal-cutter’ (Lets not even get into this one…my child definitely is a mumbaikar..baal cutter..*I am shuddering*)
The sometimes-nice wife that I am, I agree to make methi sambhar and cabbage curry for him…I put on the cooker and for about 20 minutes there is no whistle which is when I realise that the gas is over..
RD is called to do the needful..and for about 10 minutes since he started I dont hear anything from him! I go into the kitchen to check and then see him struggling with the regulator..now RD is an expert in gas changing..I mean he is known to be called by people from different buildings to help change their gas cylinders and here I see him struggling..
anyways he says the cylinder is stuck or something wrong with the regulator..
We admit defeat after about 25 minutes and decide to call our neighbour uncle..
He comes and tries and it fails..after which aunty asks me to come and cook or even eat at their house..sweetheart na she is!
Midst all this, R makes a puppy face to aunty and makes her believe that her mom couldnt cook anything till now (despite the fact that I had made poha in the morning for breakfast after asking R if she would eat) and manages to eat about 2 cups of steaming hot upma from aunty..and she is so smart she is that she knows I wont give her the whole cup so she says ‘amma mereko aunty degi!’
Anyways so I keep the cooker at aunty’s house and then bring it back after its done
So I have rice ready and the dal for the sambhar ready when I decide to use the microwave for the rest
so the red cabbage curry goes in first and comes out after loads of trials and errors
and then the methi sambhar goes in..and it comes out after which I realise that there is no vaghar added to it..but forget it..lemme just make it oil free I think 😉
So the R household has microwave cooked food that day..and honestly it wasnt bad at all 🙂
In the evening, RD tries to boil milk in the microwave making it run for 4 minutes each and we do that as well.and I succeed to make coffee as well yayayayayay!
Night my bro is coming from Goa and I make pulav and boondi raita..the pulav is made in the microwave with carrots, cauliflowers and capsicums..turns out pretty decent..
Gas still off…Bro leaving early so decide to make chai for him in the microwave..why didnt anyone tell me that even in the microwave the chai overflows…which it does…and then the milk packet I boil for R curdles…which means I am out of milk..boohoohooo!
anyways give the bacha hua chai to bro, who helps me clean up the microwave (Bros are the best na!) and then go and get milk for R…
Then make lemon rice for lunch and make coffee for RD and me. and RD and I have a head on collision literally and the ENTIRE coffee spills on the floor…no time to make new one and send RD without his morning cup!
Midst all this, my neighbour aunty (God I am so so thankful for such WONDERFUL neighbours) called and told me that she has called the gas company. Those guys are coming across with a regulator and changing my gas cylinder and tube and everything…I love her totally love her…
So back to gas cooking today 🙂
This post was meant to say that when a person (Read RM) wants something badly (Read Food), jugad can always be done for it (read gas for microwave) and God (read neighbour aunty) comes to help in the jugad 🙂