My daughter is all grown up

Yesterday I received a letter from Bradbury. We have been invited for an induction programme. My eyes were filled with tears. I realized that my daughter will soon be starting full day school and I will get to see her only in the evening. I will miss a day filled with tantrums, her silly jokes, her pretending to be like one of the cartoon characters. Her life will be changed, and so will mine.

It is so funny, ever since the child is born we want it to grow up. To be able to clean their bum after a good poop or not wet the bed at night. These small things where your child is still dependant on you. But these can be so tiring for a mum. For the past 5 1/2 years I haven’t had a life to call my own. It was all about Radhika. And once she starts going to a full-time school I will have so much empty time on my hands. The house will not be filled with laughter throughout the day anymore. How desperately I will miss one little person that means so much to me.

When Radhika started kindergarten, I put her on the bus the first day. She was so happy to go by herself she did not cry unlike other children. That broke my heart and I swore to myself there is no way I can let her be so independent. Since that day I have tried to do everything for her and she still managed to be so independent. How did that happen? For the first parent teacher meeting the teachers told me that she is a very independent girl. And I said to myself that can’t be possible. I did not raise her like that. I started feeding her. Till date Radhika is fed her meals. She wants to eat by herself . I guess that’s the dilemma of a housewife and a stay at home mother. We bury ourselves in our families, especially our children and fail to realize sooner or later the nest will be empty.

Chilli Cheese Toast

This recipe was born on one rainy afternoon when Harsh was home and hungry. So I hope you enjoy it.

What you will need:

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp all purpose flour

1 cup milk

salt as required

Instructions:

Add butter to a heated frying pan. Once it melts, add the flour and mix well. Slowly add the milk and simmer. Once the mixture starts to thicken turn of the fire.

For the toast:

8 slices brown bread

1/4 cup finely chopped green chillies

1/4 cup finely chopped red capsicum

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

3 tbsp finely chopped coriander

Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg. cel.. Now spread the white sauce over the toast and evenly sprinkle the other ingredients. Arrange the toast on the rack in the oven. Let it toast for about 15-20 min, until lightly browned. Have it with masala chai.

You could also use a French baguette and serve it for a cocktail party with style.

Beef Biryani

I was really tired of eating at good restaurants. So I decided to try out the dai pai dong’s in Hong kong. It is a good change from the yum cha and the high flying Peking duck. While you get the company of the leisurely old for yum cha most of the time..the Peking duck restaurants are filled with expats showing off to their guests. A person might have moved to Hong kong just 3 months ago but he will show off at a peking duck restaurant as if he has been living here for ages and now he is practically a local himself. It is hilarious to see that.

But Dai pai dongs are a different ball game. You will never see an expat there all by himself (other than someone like me who has been there a couple of times before). He will always be accompanied by a local. The look on the expats face is that of a courageous soldier ready to soak in the culture. You can easily spot them, they will be the ones saying things like, ‘oh that’s interesting” or “yeah, it’s different”.

Now, since I was really tired of eating at LKF restaurants I decided to take my husband to a dai pai dong. It feels as if you are heading to eat pani puri in India. The only difference is the water being discarded around you i far too dirty. But as Indians we can easily ignore this and move ahead. Now in this set-up the dai pai dong had a very limited menu. So we ended up ordering some kind of a fried rice with beef. Now hold your breath – this tasted just like a biryani. It was a chinese attempt of making a biryani at only HKD 28. So move over the famous biryani house in central. Coz if you can take the smell and the discarded water there is a dai pai dong in Central ready to serve you a beef biryanish rice at only $28.