April did turn out to be one long month, complete with 30 days! Each year it does has 30 days. This year, however, April beckoned right from the last week of March. It expanded and extended its reach till first week of May for me. Puzzling? How about adding “A to Z Challenge” to the discussion? This phrase is such a game changer!
The challenge aftermath saw me staying away from pen, paper, laptop and anything that could lead me to writing for almost a week into May. My apathy towards anything in print grew to the extent that I shunned the benign daily news paper as well. Second week of the summer month gave me a breather as I discovered few new facets of life… Life, that got washed away in the month of April.
The challenge aftermath handed out two victors. One was food and other by all means, the challenge survivor me and my family!
When I visited market, for fresh supplies of fruits and vegetables, I discovered that it was dominated by the “King”. Shades of orange-yellow floated across the entire stretch of market. The lanes and the by lanes had the signature aroma…one that is associated with the King!
You guessed it right, the king of fruits, Alphonso Mango had its royal presence at every nook and corner. Sadly, my household had remained dry, pretty much unaffected by the flood of the mangoes in the market. Thanks to the challenge, I had delegated the responsibility of buying the fruits and vegetables to my son, for entire of April. Being the most obedient son, he abided by the list that I would hand him over. That meant not honouring the King!
I have corrected the mistake by declaring a “Mango Mahotsav” at my household. You are cordially invited at my place to indulge in mango mania!
Closer to home, I experienced a compelling pull from the kitchen. It was the most striking discovery! Kitchen and I share love and hate relationship, “hate” being the dominant part of our saga. Post challenge, I found myself keen on serving fresh meals, three times a day, much to the surprise of my family.
I couldn’t believe when I decided to try a new recipe of “Puffed rice dhokala” for breakfast. I followed the instructions for the recipe on the famous food portal, very studiously (I have no choice here, as I am a big food-illiterate and panic at the slightest deviation in the process and outcome)
It was a miracle of sorts when the dish turned out to be perfect fit for eating! I now hope that my new-found love for kitchen and cooking lasts longer…
Spending longer time in kitchen awakened me to the sorry state of affairs on the grocery front. Grocery had depleted to the dangerous levels. It was inching closer to the extinction. Before the situation could turn worse from bad, I summoned the help of online grocery store.
In the feat of fear and equal measure of enthusiasm, I ordered things beyond the level of adequacy. Outcome? I have lined up a mammoth task for me…one that of fitting the purchase in the containers, kitchen drawers and shelves. I have a track record of being top rated serial-defaulter on this account. Grocery purchase always exceeds the storage capacity of my household. Keeping up my reputation, I have postponed it to the next month to get over my notorious reputation.
Going by sea of changes in my life; though I fear it may turn out to be a blink and miss phase; it’s not only me but everyone in the family is happy that I took the challenge. I now have been encouraged to take part in writing challenges that ultimately lead me to wandering off into the “Food World”. A win-win for all…