Day 29: List
The prompt today takes me back to my childhood, when I was seven years old. If I was ever asked to do something my question was always why/(keno) in my mother tongue.
My eldest brother, who habitually made me run errands which someone else older than me could do, he’d ask me. I would look right at him and ask Why? He was in one of those moods that day when even if he saw a fly, he’d jump from his seat and yell out, ‘close the door I’m sick of seeing flies.’
If I’d known better I would have taken his temperature to see if my word, ‘why,’ would be tolerated at that moment. Of course not, first he said, ‘you know Ranu , curiosity killed a cat, just for repeating this word you’ll be punished you’ll have to make three cups of tea for me, one at a time, within thirty minutes.’
I knew making three cups of tea in thirty minutes won’t kill me, but ‘why,’ does he need three cups I told myself quietly.
I am not seven years old now, I cannot ask Mr. Huberman, ‘Why do you want us to make a list?’
I put my curiosity aside and said let me make a list for the dinner invitation I’m about to send to my imaginary friends, we are observing isolation and it would be unwise of me to invite people to dinner at this time.
This imaginary dinner can be tasty if I take the trouble of cooking, but who cares I’d like to have fun making this list.
To cook something I need a recipe and the ingredients I need for dinner.
Here is my list:
The above are the ingredients required to make pilaf( pulao, in Bengali)
Ingredients to cook beef curry:
1. Boneless blade roast 3 pounds
2. onion 3 medium size, salt
3. spices: ginger, garlic, cayenne, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala( combination of whole cloves, whole cinnamon, pepper corn, cardamom, whole cumin)
4. Canola oil or extra virgin olive oil, ingredients required to cook beef
Ingredients for vegetable dish;
4. spices, salt,
1. cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, green and red pepper, and lemon juice
Dessert : Famous cheese balls of Bengal.
1. milk — 2 litres
2. sugar— 2 cups
3. Juice of three lemons to make the cheese.
If these ingredients are cooked well. It’ll be a wholesome dinner for our awesome guests. But COVID- 19 saved me from going through this trouble!