Daily Prompt: Red Pill,Blue Pill

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If you could get all the nutrition in a day with a pill… no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation— would you do it?

The kind of joy I feel preparing food I eat, the spices I use, the different recipes I choose is the reason I will never replace preparing and cooking food, with a pill, be it red or blue.

Each day brings about a new way of eating the same meat, fish, and vegetables. Some days I like to spice up my meat, chicken or even simple vegetables, to change my taste for food. A pill cannot do that,it sounds boring .

Yesterday I prepared lentil soup, I used two kinds of lentils, onions, spices , oil and salt, I even used tomatoes as one of the ingredients to see if it tastes better with or without it. I’m always changing my recipe so it’s not the same recipe day in and day out. I consider it my privilege. If I settle for pills, I’d swallow one in the morning,one in the afternoon and one for dinner. And my total calories are taken care of, or are they?

Then there are these shops where they sell fruits and vegetables, what will happen to them, they will be out of jobs or business.

The only people who will be working would be the pharmacists and scientists. I wouldn’t put so much faith in them. I like to be free,  independent and not dependent on these experts. It’s bad enough they prepare our health pills, which after a certain period is declared  unsafe. What happens when the Red and Blue pills meet the same fate?

I do not think I can risk my health just because I’d be able to sit around and have hours of leisure,it does not appeal to me! 😦

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Daily Prompt: Smell You Later

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Humans have very strong scent memory.Tell us about a smell that transports you.

My mom’s preparation of Turki kebab takes me back all the way to my hometown Comilla, Bangladesh.I can still imagine my mom slicing the beef, the potatoes, onions and the tomatoes. They all had to be the  same size. My mother placing a layer of meat, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes and on top the yoghurt spice  mixture and then some whole red dry chilly peppers and on the very top the oil in a round aluminum pot large enough to hold all the ingredients with a lid.. She’d continue until all the ingredients were used.

She’d  put the pot on the stove and leave it for an hour. The aroma of this dish filled the kitchen and the veranda.We’d sit patiently for mom to call us for dinner. When we were called we’d sit and wait for mom to serve. This is such a pleasant memory, it seems to me when I think of it, I’m back home relishing the food, each morsel had such a divine taste.

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Daily Prompt: A Mystery Wrapped in Enigma

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Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you.

I have two names, one is Ranu which is a nickname, my family members and close relatives call me Ranu. Most of my relatives do not know my second name.

My second name is Chaman, my classmates and my school friends call me Chaman.

I do not have too many friends, because I’m not outgoing. I like spending time at home. I dislike going out in the evening, sometimes I’m forced to go out.

Rice is my favorite food. I love spicy food, I avoid eating bland food.

I love vegetables, but I do not care for fruits.

Among proteins I enjoy any kind of fish. I am not fond of chicken, I eat it. I find chicken tasteless, no matter how many different spices I use to cook it, I do not find it that good. Beef is my favorite meat. I can cook it many different ways.

I love learning languages, lately I haven’t tried to learn a new language. I find Spanish easier to learn than French.

I am very fond of music, my favorite singers are Mohammed Rafi, Lata, Tagore, Talat Mehmood and Celine Dion. Celine is a French Canadian singer, the rest are from India.

My favorite pastime is blogging, reading novels in three languages, the languages are: Bengali(my mother tongue) Urdu I learned to speak, read and write in school . I have tons of novels in English.

Right now I’m reading, “The American Dervish”, I read almost all the books written by Paolo Coelho.

I spend a lot of time with my feline friends : Gabriel and Raphael.

This is all about me.

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365 Writing Prompt: Comfort zone

What are you more comfortable with — routine and planning, or laissez-faire spontaneity?

Normally I am comfortable with both, routine and planning is necessary when I invite people for dinner. I have to decide how many people I can accommodate in my living-dining rooms combined.

Accordingly I invite the friends. I have to plan the menu, meat, chicken or fish which one or ones my guests like. Next is salad and cooked vegetables.

Dessert is something I try to keep simple, I spend a lot of time preparing the main course, for beverage I serve water, I avoid pop, there are times I feel some of my guests prefer pop.

Tea and coffee I serve with dessert.

When I don’t have guests I keep it simple, some days I’m happy with left overs, if I do not have it, I cook chicken or fish and serve this with a plain vegetable dish and boiled rice.

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DP Daily Prompts: Five a Day

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You’re being exiled to a private island,and your captors will only  supply you with five foods.What do you pick?

I will pick, 1. water, 2. a vegetable ( which is good for health) 3. fish or meat( a kind that is not harmful to our health. 4. fruit (any kind) 5. a snack ( some kind of nuts, biscuit, or even another fruit).

My first item is water, we cannot survive without water, it is essential to maintain good health.

My second preference is a vegetable of any kind. I named only one because we are allowed only one.Eating vegetable daily is advised by our physicians. What  a vegetable can provide for our health other food items do not.

Third on my list is fish or meat: out of the two I have written fish is better than beef or even chicken as far as our health is considered.

Fourth is a fruit: It is just as important and useful as the vegetable. Its function is to keep us regular, it is an important part of maintaining good health.

Fifth and last on my list is a snack: we must eat snacks that are good for our health, I have included nuts or biscuit or even another fruit. Since I can only list five things, I have thought about the foods very carefully, to make sure while we are captured ,we eat foods that will keep us healthy!

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DP Daily Prompt: Race the Clock

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Here’s the title of your post: “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse.”

Set a timer for ten minutes ,and write it. Go!

My friend said one day,” if on Wednesday by 10 am , you  make your  popular dish  biriyani and bring  it  to my house, I’ll give you  a gift that you’d  thank me for life.”

I was tempted, I woke up early morning completed my prayer and started getting the ingredients ready for the popular dish.

I sliced five onions chopped them and placed them in the pot,while the onions were getting caramelized, I got the potatoes peeled and , halved them and washed them. it was 8 am , I’ll be able to get it done on time I thought.

I gathered the spices, garam masala,cumin ,coriander,cayenne pepper, salt, ginger,garlic, in a bowl, I breathed a sigh of relief I’ll make it.

I realized I forgot to get the rice ready, I told myself to hurry, I  got the rice washed and drained the water.

What about the meat, tomatoes,yogurt I still did not take them out, O my God, the clock ran out, while everything was left as is, I was not able to put the biriyani in the oven, oh poor me, I wonder now what was the surprise?

My brain told me “you slow poke you do not deserve it.”

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DP Daily Prompts: Feeling Fancy

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You’re given unlimited funds to plan one day full of any and all luxuries you normally can’t afford. Tell us about your extravagant day with as much detail as possible.

I hope this becomes true,me with unlimited funds to plan one day of luxuries I can’t afford. I’ll start by inviting my good neighbors to a scrumptious dinner, I’ll serve everything that they like such as meat,poultry, fish, all the vegetables available in the super market, several variety of desserts, tea, coffee and cold drinks. I will not serve hard liquor because it’s really not good for health.

After dinner I’d make sure everyone gets food to take with them. It would be a memorable day for me and the neighbors!

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DP Daily Prompt: Ring Of Fire

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Do you love hot and spicy foods or do you avoid them for fear of what tomorrow might bring?

If I’m ever given a choice between spicy or bland food,my choice would be spicy, there is no doubt about it. I grew up in a family where any kind of meat,fish , or chicken was cooked with a lot of spices. I also ate green hot chillies with my food.  The chillies did not agree with my stomach but I did not stop eating them until I got sick. Every time I was sick I promised not to eat those green chillies, it was an addiction  I could not give up completely. 

When I moved to Gander with my husband,there was no such thing as green chillies, the locals did not know them and it was not available. So my obsession with chillies came to a screeching halt. What was available in the store was black pepper and salt. I couldn’t imagine cooking with salt and pepper only, so we asked our friends in Montreal to send us some of the spices we use in our cooking.

This is how things worked out for us as far as cooking goes,there was no other issue, we took trips to the mainland each year and bought our supplies and clothing. 

We moved to the capital within a few years,here we can buy anything we need,all kinds of fruits and vegetables and spices too.

The only food I eat without any spices is steak,to me it ruins the taste completely.

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Writing Prompt: Escape!

Describe your ultimate escape plan( and tell us what you’re escaping from).

He broke in and grabbed the most expensive things in the room. Having achieved his dream,he began to think how would he leave without anyone’s knowledge.

He saw the guard pacing to and fro and  the owners were sleeping soundly. If only he could distract the guard his road would be clear. He made  a quick plan in his head, he’d throw a piece of meat to the sleeping dog,it would start barking, the guard would look sideways for the intruder and he’d put on his magical suit and fly away.

He gave himself a pat on his back for the brilliant idea he came up with in a few seconds. It’s time to execute the plan,slowly and cautiously he tip toed towards the fridge, as soon as he opened it, he heard a clear voice saying,”take care, a thief is here, don’t you fear… the voice seemed repeating, he stepped back and looked both sides to see which way is safe to get out, a faint sound almost froze him, he noticed the kitchen had entrance and exit written all over. What was he to do, he has to escape or else he’d be in jail for the rest of his life.

Would he be able to run away with all this loot, suddenly someone said,”Not on your life you evil one I’d get you and tie a noose around your neck and parade you through the streets showing what we do with thieves.”

Who said that he asked himself, there was not a soul awake, do these guys talk in their sleep, he thought?

Everything about this house was queer, the load of things he had was making him insanely tired. He put them all on the floor and sat down, let me think he told himself, there must be a way to escape.

As soon as he sat down the whole house lit up, people from all directions were coming to get him, he screamed and kicked but the men bound him nice and tight.

His yelling and screaming woke up his parents, they came running to see what’s wrong. they saw him lying on the floor screaming, they are coming to get me, they’ll put me in jail, Mom,Dad help me.

Who will put you in jail, they… No son his mom said, you just had a horrible NIGHTMARE!

 

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