My weekly Slice of Life are my letters to my Doddamma. She is my father’s elder brother’s wife. Doddamma literally means ‘elder mother’. She is 88 years old. She cannot hear properly if I telephone to talk to her. So, I have been writing letters to her since October 2017. I enjoy writing letters and she is happy to read them. They are only about the everyday moments in my life. I post my letters to her every week.
On the 20th afternoon my mother’s youngest brother came home. He had not been feeling too well and was getting very tired. He came for cardiology check-up. My mother is the eldest of ten children. Her two sisters are younger to me 😊On the 21st my husband accompanied my uncle to the hospital. On the 22nd he went for an angiogram. My husband went with him. They came back late in the evening. There were a lot of patients. We waited and it is so difficult to wait. My husband had told us what was happening. At present my uncle has been prescribed medicines. He has to come for a check up nexy month.
Last week many of my husband’s old students had gathered in the college and my husband was happy to meet them. He is a dental surgeon and was a teacher till he retired in January 2017. He has always had very cordial relationship with his students. So many of them are his Facebook friends 😊.
On the 20th we hired a worker for a day to clean our garden. The rains have finally stopped. Though one afternoon we did hear a lot of thunder. It felt so strange as it was so sunny. There was a lot of grass. The garden is looking clean now.
We are going regularly for our evening walks, either to EndPoint or to the lake or to the Syndicate bank training college grounds. One evening my mother and I went to our neighbour’s place after a short walk near our home. We gossiped 😊.
Today afternoon I went to Asare. I make roses from organdie material with others. They are bought by Rotary and other institutions. Life is going there as usual.
Yesterday I made rasam powder. The recipe was given by Doddamma to my mother long back. My mother gave it to me. We get this masala in the market but I prefer to make mine. The ingredients are coriander seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds, fenugreek, black pepper and asafoetida. Spices are a very important part of our daily cooking.
My mother too enjoys writing to Doddamma. She feels there is not much to write but once she starts writing she is surprised there is so much to write :).
A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.
(Thomas Keller is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer)