The last few weeks I haven’t put much work into the few pots on my terrace that qualify as my urban terrace garden. Yet, it rewards me so! I had just thrown some fennel seeds from the spice jar into a grow-bag and they all sprouted into a small jungle of sorts. I knew I needed to thin it but was loathe to throw the thinning away. For the time being they looked pretty enough in a bouquet combined with the white and yellow flowers of the blooming brassicas.
The Crickets are back! :) You have all been such dears and humored and indulged me last time. Thank you, to each one of you, who chirped and let me know a little bit about youself and why you visit here, especially those of you who have stayed for some time! Pickles got more than one mention and so, here I have another, tried and tested, pickle for you.
The weather is turning and spring’s here in the budding out trees in my garden. The lime tree is leafing out and soon the frangipani and the grape vine will have new leaves. The winter bounty is about to end so gather the wonderful abundance and make it last a little longer by pickling it. You could make the quick kind that take almost no time and need few ingredients – such as kali gajar ki kanji, or these ruby-red refrigerator pickles which will sit in the refrigerator for a long time and brighten up your salads and sandwiches. This weekend I hope to get to making a small batch of amla pickle, which is one of my personal favourites. The gajar-gobhi-shalgam achar that I made a couple of weeks back is almost ready to eat, though the last bit leftover from last year’s batch is still as crunchy and serving us well. The very-Kashmiri monjji anchaar is also sunning on the kitchen window sill. I am finally learning to get my quantities right. I make so many pickles that it is no longer possible to consume each one in large quantities. For the monjji anchaar I pickled just a single kohl-rabi with its greens! It is a favourite of Kashmiris and can lift a bland khichdi out of its ordinaryness.
Welcome 2015, with a quick coffee-flavoured cake.
All in all, 2014 was a good year. Ani was home for some time. When he left, it was to find his feet and spread his wings with more confidence – he got his first job! I am now the mother of a gainfully employed young man. We traveled a little. The road-trip to Ladakh, a long time in planning, finally happened. Vijay and I crossed another milestone together – we have been married 25 years now. All of us, the extended family included, kept good health, which is the greatest blessing of all.