I’ve been away a while. Well, we were planning this vacation-of-a-lifetime, a six-week holiday in another part of the world! How many people can manage that today! The preceding month was crazy at work; the blog had to take the backseat again. Vijay was at his desk till an hour before we were to leave for the airport. We didn’t even get the time to dig out winter woollies from the big trunk in the storeroom. I was going to arrive in the US with no fashionable warm clothes. The taxi arrived and V was still to shower and eat. Eventually, we did manage to zip-up the cases and leave for the airport in time. As long as we had money and passports, we didn’t need to worry.
The following six weeks turned out to be a vacation to remember. Friends and family shared generously their time and their homes and we got another peek at the amazing country that is the USA. How much of it I will be able to recount here I don’t know – it took me over a month and five poststo cover our 10 days in Ladakh last year! But I love to go back and re-read all the travel posts here. It is surprising how much we forget as time passes. The brain stores but foggy memories and none of the detail. I do want to remember this trip. I turned 50 last month and this vacation turned out to be quite the celebration! It wasn’t planned with that in mind though.
I have been vegging the last two days. TV and the couch have been a major part of this weekend. Before the weekend comes to an end I think I should clear a few pending things [too late…it’s midweek alreadyalmost end-of-week the weekend already!]. Reviews for one…
In March this year (yes, you cannot depend on me for a timely post) I was sent a box of picture perfect Washington apples by the India representatives of Washington Apple Commission(!). I was invited to a tasting session which I declined since my 9-6 time is usually spoken for during the workweek, and hence, the delivery. Each one of those seven specimens (Braeburn, Cripps Pink, Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith) were easily amongst the best apples I have ever eaten. Crisp, juicy, and flavourful.
The only problem with the apples is that they are not local. Far from it. They really are from Washington, USA! I was hoping that they had just been named after some Washington varieties grown in Himanchal. It is one thing to occasionally try out exotic fruits (and ingredients) but quite another to eat apples on a regular basis that are flown in all the way from the US of A! Is it the same as Indians in the US splurging on the recently-allowed-to-be-exported Alphonso? Perhaps not since our own apples here are neglected for lack of proper storage and transportation facilities. Look for good apples from Kinnaur and Kashmir; crisp, with just a hint of tartness. It is impressive that the imported ones sell at all since they are priced at double the local ones (Rs90 vs. Rs 180/kg!). But, then in summer Delhites will buy the ones imported from New Zealand at almost Rs300/kg! I think I might be too middle class for Delhi. If only we would import quince… Well, we could encourage the Kashmiris to plant some more quince trees instead, I suppose. Here’s a promise – if I am ever safe to return to my homeland I will start my own quince and sour cherry orchard! Continue reading “Couch Potato”→