Diary of a Die-Hard Foodie

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”  – Julia Child

Dear Diary,

I never knew that I would end up writing a MORAL STORY FOR EVERY CULINARY ADVENTURE. My last week was quite eventful since I had a lot to learn. I tried to reinvent and refurbished some common simple recipes into culinary “so-called-masterpieces” ( LOL ).

Day 1

I tried out Brussels sprouts for the first time. As soon as I dropped the sprouts in hot olive oil, the house smelt like heaven. The fragrance was too indulgent and mouthwatering.

MORAL : Do not overcook the Brussels sprouts – it becomes taste-less. It must be crunchy !!

Brussels sprouts accompanied with hearty boiled eggs and bread

Brussels sprouts accompanied with hearty boiled eggs and bread

Day 2

Sometimes I think the only thing that prevents me from being a perfect dieter will be Noodles. To top off the indulgent “maggi” – pair it with eggs. To pardon myself for my indulgent damnation – I threw in some sauteed zucchini for the extra crunch factor.

MORAL : Always cook the eggs at the end. You dont want your eggs to be cold and soggy.

Maggi Noodles and Egg with Zucchini

Maggi Noodles and Egg with Zucchini

Day 3

Now I was addicted to Brussels sprouts and I would put it in almost everything. Today I had made pasta with cherry tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and reinvented the garlic bread with Arabic bread. A pseudo-Italian way of having pasta .

MORAL : Always use fresh garlic and not powered garlic. You end up with “garlic” fingers for the whole week.

Farfalle pasta with cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts and garlic bread

Farfalle pasta with cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts and garlic bread

Day 4

I have a confession and I know you would have figured it out….. I love pasta and if I have to eat it everyday of my life I would gladly do so. Today I made pasta with turkey sausage, cherry tomatoes, capsicum and tomato sauce. It was a beautiful spread of sauce on that white pasta. I would have preferred wheat.

MORAL : It is better to mix the pasta and sauce before serving else if you are a messy eater you will end up cleaning your living room couch and yourself.

Fusilli with sausage + Red sauce

Fusilli with sausage + Red sauce

Day 5

I found this new “breed” of pasta. This multi-vegetable ( multi-color)  pasta is definitely a must-try-it-out-yourself fad. A succulent bologonese sauce with shredded aubergine . Splendid !!!

MORAL : Adding more veggies will only heighten the taste of pasta. Nothing can replace that !

Multi-vegetable Fusilli

Multi-vegetable Fusilli

Day 6

Potato Stuffing – Long task but was worth it. Stuffed potato with sour cream and chives. Yes, that is mozzarelllllla (ooh la la) cheese.

MORAL : Make sure the potatoes are cooled before you scoop out the potato if you don’t have time – always keep a batch of ice to cool off your blistered fingers.

Stuffed potatoes

Stuffed potatoes

Day 7

Bruschetta with garlic sauce, feta stuffed chilies and mozzarella cheese with hummus dipping

MORAL : You wont require any dipping once you see these hot babes popping out from the oven…. Nice and crispy

Bruschetta - Snack Away

Bruschetta – Snack Away

 

So what have I earned after all these lessons ??? A big dipper badge slapped right across my arm !

A Big Dipper Badge ! 😉

 

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Diary of a Confused Kidult ( Kid + Adult )

Dear Diary,
I used to spend copious amount of time just looking out of my window. Making stories of how I would meet the right one.
I come back to senses when I find my mom patting my shoulder asking me if I have listened to anything she said.
My mother tried to break my shell of seclusion and was worried about me.
She even questioned me if I had a best friend and I wondered what the hell that meant. Life was so less complicated before that.
This question lingered so much in my mind that I blurted it to my friend over the phone. She replied to it saying “It’s not something you should ask …”
I again found myself in a confusion asking myself now what the hell was that ?
Going from school to college, I learnt and went ahead with whole new hope and aspirations. Made friends with a whole new bunch of people but being a common friend between two enemies ( bad idea )
I found myself in different situations leading me to ask myself what shit am I in?
Surviving the emotional turmoil of adulthood, I go for my masters in Germany. I am in this foreign land with foreign people speaking a foreign language. I stand at the bus-stop in the middle of nowhere thinking where the hell I am??
A boy steals me of my thoughts, my brain refuses to work and I refuse to hear to my heart and ask myself over and over again,
Why the hell am I feeling this way?
In my life, I have had my share of confusions leading to reality-checks,
but it made me what I am today.

Diary of a So-Called-Perfectionist

Dear Diary,
I have had it with today!!!! I have been a slob and I have to evolve into a “new” me.
I immediately tore a paper and jotted a plan for the next day :
  1. Wake up early
  2. Drink green tea
  3. Exercise a bit
  4. Read newspaper
  5. Take shower at ease
  6. Eat breakfast
  7. Get ready for work
  8. Reach work on time
At work :
  1. Be efficient and do daily follow-ups.
  2. Customer re-kindling and gentle reminder and follow-ups
  3. Fix appointments and go for meetings
  4. Make stats on my current projects and targets
  5. Eat healthy lunch and climb stairs
  6. Drink green tea and continue effective working
At home:
  1. Prepare dinner and lunch for tomorrow
  2. Prepare my clothes for tomorrow
  3. Have a restful evening
  4. Pray and sleep early

In reality

*tringggggggggggggg

*Snooze

*tringggggggggg

*Snooze

*tringgggg

Yikes, its 7:30 already!!!!

Jumped off the bed, hit myself on my shoulder as I wrestle myself through the door. Showered, brushed and I look at the clock at the corner of my eye as I apply my eyeliner..

“Shit, its 8:10 already????”

I make a hasty run towards my car with papers flying off my arm and almost spraining my ankle as I lose my balance over my heels.

*Ouch!

I limp and enter my car and accelerate towards my work.

AT WORK

Good Morning !!!

“Good Morning Julie “… I mumble

I take my place and I close my eyes to collect my thoughts..

“Ok, the day has just started and I can still do as I have planned, try to do my work with atmost diligence and hardw..

Suddenly interrupted by the phone,

“Good Morning , Trisha speaking “ as I faked a happy tone easily covering my disappointment for being interrupted.

“Good Morning ”

“How can I help you?”

“I am calling from Phoenix. I wanted to know why the materials haven’t been delivered to us as per your proposal? “

“Err… Phoenix ..What materials are you referring too ? “

“Do I have to tell you this? Don’t you even know what you are quoting or are you doing your work blindly??”

Growing red with embarrassment with anger burrowing as I speak

“I know there is some misunderstanding. I request you to kindly tell me which material you are talking about so that I can help you with it “

“The item is a machine filter, do you know how important it is especially since it is a critical item..”

I cut him short replying “I understand Mr. X, just to tell you that I am not incharge for this delivery and will connect you to the concerned department incharge”

“Am I not talking to Ms. Trinita?”

“Nope, this is Trisha with you”

A short oh escaped from the other side with a request to transfer the phone to Trinita.

I shut the phone down with a bang silencing the busy office as everyone turns their head towards my direction.

“There goes my day….”

The following day was quite eventful;

I burnt my tongue while drinking Green Tea

Had a feast of a lunch

Used the lift profusely

Paper work piles, lots of deadlines and zero appointments

AT HOME

I retired to my couch and my eyes fell on the same list of nearly-impossible things

I tore it into bits and threw them in the bin.

😀