Food for the mind and the body: Project 365/6 [Jan. 30, 2012]

Food for thought: The only worthwhile piece I read in the papers today

The comic strip was the only worthwhile item in the newspapers today. As the year began, I decided to write only about news that is in keeping with this blog’s purpose, which essentially meant I keep out the ‘big’ news made by the ‘big’ people: the great, the famous, the rich and the powerful. And, I was going to draw only on the papers I read every day. So far, it has not been too difficult to find news that is about the common people or at least matters to them. But today has been different. So here goes:

‘Where’s the toilet please?’ asks this dainty stick figure at the reception. She has just fallen off the door on which she was stuck. [Courtesy: Mike Flanagan]

Beetle’s sleeping in a tent, in the middle of a dark foest. ‘Who’ says a bird, and ‘Who’ again.

‘That should be spelled hoo,’ says Beetle to the bird.

‘Sorrie,’ says the owl. [Courtesy: Greg and Mort Walker]

Food for the palate: Mixed veggie kuzhambu with the aroma of capsicum

Cook 3 ounces of split red gram and mash well. Soak a small lime-sized ball of tamarind in 2 ounces of lukewarm water. Chop 2 capsicum into tiny bits, grate 1 carrot. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan, splutter mustard, add a few pieces of curry leaves pinched, 2 green chillies slit, add cut capsicum and fry till semi-transparent. Add grated carrot, stir a second, add cooked and mashed gram, squeezed out tamarind water, kuzhambu powder/ sambar powder bought off the shelf or prepared at home [see earlier post], and salt to taste. Let simmer for 10 minutes or till raw smell of tamarind goes. Eat with hot rice, dosa, roti, idli or use as dip for plain bread.


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