Sunday, December 10, 2006

Down Memory Lane

I should really be writing about our Paris trip while it is still remembered amidst the crazy work days but today was a trip down memory lane that I don't want to miss. My mom was a working mom and so the weekdays were quite busy with the cooking in the morning (never understood why we spent so much time in the mornings in the kitchen when we have to get ready to go to work and school in India). I had to go to school and my parents had to go to work on saturdays (half a days) too. So sundays were our relaxing being together days. Sunday memories are still fondly thought of by me. I would typically wake up late in the morning and much to my dislike and my mom's liking, would take an "oil bath". While I did not like taking it, I liked the feeling afterwards. My mom usually prepared a big meal on sundays. We used to eat something light as breakfast and have a meal that was kind of like brunch but we just called it "eating late". One of the combinations that my mom used to make on sundays is mor kuzhambu (buttermilk stew) and paruppu usili (which I can't translate). I like this combination so much that my mom used to prepare it often and this is something I crave for frequently. So usually after this heavy meal, myself and my parents would be incapable of doing much. My dad would lie down with the latest kumudam (a weekly magazine) and fall asleep before finishing the first page (interestingly, I seem to do this now a days). My mom would go off to talk to the neighbor and I would go watch TV and fall asleep. We would all wake up one after the other around 3 pm or so and then my mom would make tea. The excuse for an early tea is that it helps with the digestion. And then we would go around doing our regular things to get ready for the following week.

What triggered these memories today (sunday) is the fact that I made cauliflower/broccoli mor kuzhambu and beans paruppu usili. My cooking can't be classified as authentic Indian but there are a few dishes that could be. These two are like that and fortunately, they came out very close to how my mom used to make. I don't do many things Indian these days but when it comes to mor kuzhambu and paruppu usili, I can't get any closer to being in India. So we had the same things for lunch and dinner today. I had to take a nap after that meal (just for old times' sake, you know?) but it was a short one as our dear Kutti had to sleep touching my legs and I can't sleep like that. Anyway, for a rainy gloomy sunday, mor kuzhambu and usili brought cheer and nostalgic memories.

4 comments:

Barani said...

Good one !! Nostalgic.. we used to have Vengaya Sambar, and Mixed Vegetable fry. :))

Ramki said...

Ours was seppangazhangu fry (or alu fry) and chinna vengaya vendhaya kozhambu!Sunday morning serials and the combination with this meal were simply an awesome combination.

Raman said...

Those were the days when no ready made thayir or moru was available. Born in a family of eight kids, we could not afford thayir, so my mother used to make me beat the thayir, take butter out and then use the butter milk for everyone's consumption. I enjoyed stealing the fresh butter and eat without the knowledge of my mother. It was delicious and I miss that flavor and taste in today's ready made frozen butter.

Julie said...

Well growing up American I would say roast and potatoes for Sunday lunch is probably one of my favorite Sunday meals! This is usually had after church but we just have it when ever at my home as an adult! Diffently love the nap when i can get one on a Sunday afternoon!