The Tomatina Overloads!
After years of moping away my heart, I feel I am ready to break my mental block. This morning I felt like rummaging through the deep corners of my refrigerator, as my creative juices were ready to burst out of their cell. I saw a bag full of overripe tomatoes. As I accidently banged my head against the door, my pained, watery eyes rested at a box full of green chillies, that have seen their days! my mouth started watering and my tastebuds literally did their summersault. I needed that adreline rush due to all Indian spices to jolt me out of my rusted and depressed soul-searching moments. my son screeched his lungs out for I was not giving him my undivided attention for once! While he decided to drown me in the pool of mommy guilt, I was way past that guilt trip now. He sulked away his wounded ego and submerges his irritated self in the Peppa pig and Masha and the bear for the next hour.
All I could see was my gas burner, chillies, and tomatoes…Oh how I needed that heat! Thank God to my lazy self for kicking butt and dragging my mind off my dull thoughts far enough to reach that handle. My hands just grabbed the chopping board and like an old addict who just cannot stay away from her daily dosage, the tomatoes were diced away and so were the chillies…In a trance I put that familiar half ruined pan on the burner and put some peanut oil in it. Next came pinch of Nigella seeds (no wonder I love her)! In went tomatoes, green chillies, salt, red chilli powder, along with a hint of garlic paste. I could literally smell the taste, in fact taste that smell. it simmered on slow heat to release all its juices. After 10 long minutes, I eagerly removed the lid and added a pinch of sugar to create that age old balance of life! With flame on high, the oil got separated like mother from child who despite their differencesstill stayed connected with the soul! What was left was that gooey, tender, pulp(ish) mixture of sweet and sour heaven that I could simply gobble! The nachos in my pantry lifted their arms for me to pick and choose as its companion. I grabbed them and off I dragged my son towards the familiar comfort of my age-old couch to snuggle and buggle away together in the fantasy land of fairies and bears! It is well worthy baby and momma time enjoying theie own spice of life!
Guys!! I am back! And what a spicy comeback it is! I feel so refreshed and ready to go. So hold your horses and let your mouth drool as we are in my Kitchen again, my heaven for cooking and shooting away the taste in our lives. It is all about what is left in the kitchen…let us shake it away to make something yummy that satisfies the cravings of mouth and tummy!