She opened the fridge. She knew what awaited her inside; but still she was aghast. That’s a typical of Mrs Chitterchatter. She loves surprising, shocking herself! The previous day the family had returned from Sanjay Gandhi National Park’s ‘Night under Sky’, camp. Though superbly enriched, the entire family was running low on energy. Being awake all through out the night under the open skies and in wilderness, had its spill over effect on them. After the scrumptious lunch from a nearby restaurant, they had slept through the afternoon and much into the evening.
So whats that has to do with a shocker from the refrigerator? Aha…there you are! Because she had slept for longer time, she got lazier than ever. She did not venture out to buy the vegetables nor she had planned enough to store the vegetables a day before. Much needs to be done by Mrs Chitterchatter on planning front, you may think. If you say that, you will have a company there…Mrs Chitterchatter herself!
So here she was, staring at the almost empty vegetables tray. “Oh my God”, she said in astonishment. Hearing that the Innocent Baby and the Giant kid who were fighting for nothing, rushed to the kitchen. When they saw Mrs Chitterchatter near fridge, they returned back. For, this happens a lot of times and hence was not a shocker for them. Mr Balanced, did not even bother to get up from sofa, for the kids had returned in less than a minute and had continued their fight; giving him enough an indication that everything was normal!
A lonely carrot, a little bit wrinkled capsicum, half consumed cauliflower, two potatoes on the verge of being crummy and a spotted cucumber welcomed her. Mrs Chitterchatter perked up the moment she took them all out and kept them on the kitchen platform. The red, the green, the whitish yellow and the brown colours cheered up her mood. Why not have a riot of colours way before Holi, she thought! An idea can really change the world, she told herself. She gave a pat on her back when she found the frozen peas in the fridge. Humming her favourite song, she was in thick of action soon.
All that she did was, cut them all. Recently she had bought a readymade spice mix, “Kolhapuri Mix Vegetable Masala”. She decided to use the same and in no time, the “Jugaadu” vegetable-dish was ready. It was complimented with the staples such as “sdah varan” aka plain daal, “bhat” aka plain rice and “khamang kakadi” aka Cucumber salad.
Needless to say, they all had a yummy lunch. Left overs to the rescue!
If you are new to my blog, let me introduce you to the family members in the post…
Mrs Chitterchatter and Mr Balanced live in the suburban town of the metro city with their teenage son, The Giant Kid and the pre-teens daughter, The Innocent Baby.