Khichuri, my dear friends, is the ultimate one-bowl meal. Made of rice, lentils and vegetables (optional), it is comfort, health, warmth and nostalgia in a bowl.
I even wondered if there is a criterion for ‘inspiring people’. Was it only the rich, famous, powerful or super intelligent who were inspirational?
“Observe the buildings as you walk through the city. The urban landscape would have changed since 1989 but I am sure the character remains unchanged – it was an interesting combination of grit and culture,” my father told me over the phone. This was him persuading me to make a quick trip to Glasgow nearly 29 years after he had made the trip.
One among the Pithe2 family, Patishapta is typically made of rice flour or wheat flour and can be made anytime during the year.
You see, I am among those who’ve made several spur-of-the-moment NY resolutions, forgotten about them by July/August and then sulked. So did 2017 go any different?…
Conversations about travel make me nostalgic not just for the place but food too. I may not mark my attendance at the ‘must visit’ places but I always find my way to the ‘must eat’. Little wonder then writing about Scotland has me craving some whisky and the sinful Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Madame Editor loves gifting too, but unfortunately, it was rather late in the day when she realised that with a packed schedule until Sunday night, she was facing the issue of “What do I gift my friends?” while Didi1 was looking for something to make “with a handful of ingredients”.
Do you remember where we left off in the last post? That bit about me having a near meltdown in the gift store of the Edinburgh Castle? Well…
I confess. I have a crush on Edinburgh. I have been in love with Amsterdam from when I first set foot on that gorgeous slice of heaven on earth. But now Edinburgh, with its cobbled streets, mix of old-new structures and a skyline that gives off a broody gothic vibe on a cloudy day, has found its way into my heart.
So here is my contribution to the world of lists – this one for those who are planning to put up cake stalls in the near future. Or just love collecting lists. Most of these ‘to do’ can be applied to food stalls too.
Now I could give you a rather romantic answer if you were to ask what made me choose Scotland for my solo travel debut. But to be honest, my visa to the United Kingdom was about to expire in four months and for once in my life, I wanted to use said visa to enter the Queen’s Land more than once. Strange? Nope. That’s me.
Setting up a stall seemed to be about booking the spot, cooking at home, bringing food to the stall, selling, earning money and appreciation and you are done. Sounds simple? Not!
There is so much of my country I am yet to travel. In fact, there are so many parts of my city that I have never visited.
If I ever have to choose between tea and coffee, the latter will always be my soul choice.
So here goes part of my travel wish list. Have you been to any of these places? Are there more places I should add to this list? Are you planning to travel to any of these places soon and willing to sponsor my tickets? Tell me.
Yummmmmm… I still remember hovering around the oven, taking deep breaths to capture the smell of vanilla, wishing I could smell like that yumminess.
“What about you? What makes you travel,” he turned to me, his eyes seeking an answer.