Friday morning, I awoke to the first sound of the alarm. In my half asleep or half awake state of mind I was keenly aware that there were a few serious preparations need to be done.
Over the last couple of days I couldn’t manage anything special for Virat and every morning he woke up asking, “ What I have packed for lunch?” And that day, I didn’t want to disappoint him so I checked the ingredients in my mind then quickly came into the kitchen. There, to my surprise a packed packet of bread was lying beside the kitchen drainage pipe; I wonder what made Inder do that; surprised and shocked, when I picked the packet up, a number of ants starts crawling on my hand. I put that packet back to throw later. I don’t know from where or why they are appearing, they are just everywhere and will stay that way until the winters start. Though, I try to take every possible care by not leaving anything open even then as you can see they burst even in a closed packet.Ever since Virat has started managing many of the small and big things on his own I have stopped picking him up from the bus stand. But one fine day, when I asked him does he still feels the need of my coming over to pick him up. To which, his reply was, “Yes, everyday”
A few days back, on the way to the hospital (for some regular checkups) I noticed bird houses on a tree. They must have been hung by some concerned environmentalists to save the birds from heat. To see that more closely, I stepped out of the rickshaw and took a few minutes to fill my eyes with such a beautiful sight. There are a few ladies in our neighborhood park who always exude blessing and warmness every time you meet or greet them. And luckily, I happened to be in the park at the same time when they too were strolling, so its good to get my daily dose of blessings from them.
A few more sights that caught my attention this week.
This cake is so simple to whip but tastes so delicious.
Recipe adapted from BBC goodfood
- Dark Brown sugar – 175 gm
- Oil – 175 ml
- Eggs – 3
- Grated carrot – 3 medium
- Chocolate chips – 1 cup
- Self-raising flour9made with whole wheat flour) – 175 gm
- Vanilla essence – 2 tsp
- Baking soda – 1 tsp
- Milk – ½ cup
Preheat the oven at 180 degree C. Oil the 9 inch Cake tin. In a bowl sift flour and soda, tip the chocolate chips and coat them completely. In another bowl whisk sugar and eggs together. Add the carrots, vanilla essence and oil to the egg mixture and mix just to combine. If the batter is too thick add half cup of milk. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes, until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out and serve.